Category: Bike kit

Primal Helix

Styling, function and value for money re important to me in bike kit. I have been trying out my new Primal Helix bibs and race cut top now the weather is warmer. The styling, comfort and performance is top end. The top has a golf ball type texture to reduce drag. It has a nice rubber grip at the bottom edge to stop it riding up your back. The zip is full length and very good, easy to pull up or down…

remove and add chain links at will

At some point, all cyclists will need to remove their chain to either get at other parts such as the rear mech or to clean, mend or replace the chain. Some cyclists like to take a chain tool and spare links on rides too in case emergency repairs are needed. Like most chain tools, the Toepeak Universal Chain Tool is small enough to take on the road. As a link breaking tool and for inserting chain link pins it works really well…

New wheels

Checking and replacing wheel rims Wheel rims can last for years and thousands of miles of cycling. If you ride in the winter and/or over hilly terrain your rims will not last as long as riding flat dry roads. This is because the rim is the braking surface (like a car brake disk) and will eventually wear so thin that the rim can brake. In the winter, when you brake you are adding extra grit and salt to your breaking…

Charles Cross

No surprises what you get with Evans Cycles. The shop is new to Plymouth but the brand has been around for years. Its a good high-street cycle shop aimed at entry and mid-level riders. The staff are very helpful with loads of (low to mid level) stock held. Lots of bikes under £1000 and Shimano parts, clothing and tools. There is a large workshop with several mechanic’s stations. The shop is also very conveniently located centrally (by Charles Cross (the…

What is this?

I love cycling mags and reading about new products and admittedly I rarely praise the good, but here is an example of some truly poor cycling component marketing (I am a Marketing Manager for my day job). The PowerTap is not a kitchen fitting (I think). Admittedly this is a high end product (retailing at over $1000) so it is aimed at people who know bikes, but for the stupid rich or those new to bikes and bike talk the…

Toe overshoes

I was given some lovely toe overshoes. These are great for chilly, damp spring days, just to take the edge off, when full overshoes would be too hot. These ones I was given had a Velcro strap under the foot. The strap did interfere with my SPD cleats a bit, but I could still clip in. They make a noticeable difference to the temperature of the toe area. How do I know this, well the Velcor strap came undone on…