Ride London Essentials

With ride London 2018 almost upon us here are the first of few essentials I suggest taking along:

Lezyne Flow Caddy With Organiser

£10.99 
If this is your first 100 mile event the thought of sacrificing one of your drinks bottles may seem daunting.  This handy Caddy from Lezyne fits into one of your bottle cages and reduces the need for you to carry a repair kit, Co2 cannister’s and spare inner tube in another carryall.  Its worth taking a look at all you carry on the day as you want to have as little as possible weighing you down.
Drinks stations on route are available so the drink bottle sacrifice is well worth it.
The lightweight, rigid container is optimised to fit standard bottle cages. The Caddy is water resistant with a threaded lid and is available with or without organised sleeve insert.

 

High5 Energy Gel Mixed Pack (20x40g)

£11.50

Available Here

It’s important to keep your energy levels up regardless of your pace, and although there a plenty of food and drinks stations on the route you will need to top up in between.

High5 Energy Gel is a new generation sports drink for use during exercise. It contains key caffeine, key electrolytes and a carbohydrate formulation of maltodextrin and fructose in a ratio of 2:1. Many of the world’s leading event organisers and Pro athletes choose the award-winning EnergySource for success in the toughest endurance events.

The sachets are easy to open on the go and will lay flat in the back pockets of your jersey.

CONTINENTAL CROSS 28 INNER TUBE 700 X 32-47MM

£5.39

Available Here

Depending on the time your wave leaves the olympic park you may not be to concerned about repairing a puncture on the route, however the quickest way to be on the way again is a spare tube!

Carry at leaset two of the Continental tubes (three if you can) as the route is prone to give you punctures especially around the start for some reason!

Crank Brothers Gem Short Mini Pump

£18.99

Available Here

If like me you want to carry as little as possible on the day then a smaller quality pump is essential.

The Crank Brothers design and quality features in this affordable small compact pump. The reversible head is compatible with Presta & Schrader valves.

Large dual piston allows 2 effortless modes 1-40 psi high volume and 40-100psi high pressure.

Material: 6061-T6 aluminium
Pressure: 130psi / 9bar
Air switch: High volume / high pressure
Mounting bracket: Not included
Warranty: 5 years
Weight: 128g
Length: 176mm

BIKE PEDAL HANGER WALL MOUNT DISPLAY RACK

Being a MAMIL I like to try out new products that make my life easier.  I get a lot of grief about my hobby from the Missus, mostly about how I leave most of my equipment and cycling mags around the house.  And of course I often get remarks about my bikes cluttering up the house or the garage.  I admit they do get on the way occasionally.

If like me you cant bare to put your bike outside with a cover over it leaning against the fence then this might be for you.  Out of the blue I was approached by an eBay seller (daekqe Quality Cycle Equipment) who wanted me try his storage system.

I took a look and on the face of of it they seemed a bit cheap and looked quite flimsy.  I advised that I would be happy to give them a go and let him know what I thought.

When the package arrived I was pleasantly surprised, although very simple the product is well made and well finished.  It didn’t come with instructions but it is fairly to install.

You will need:

Tape Measure

Spirit Level

Hammer

Drill/masonry bit

Screw driver/small adjustable spanner

You start by taking a measurement of the distance between your front wheel and back wheel where they are in contact with the ground.

Install the first stand to the required height on your chosen wall drilling two holes and using the supplied wall plugs and bolts.

     

Using a length of wood place the spirit level on the installed bracket and mark out the next bracket.  Use the distance taken earlier whilst measuring the distance between your wheels.

You may need help with the next bit, lift your bike on to the brackets and mark where your pedal is closest to the wall when in the up position, this will be for you pedal hook.  Again secure in place using the supplied plugs and bolts.

When finished hoist you bike up on to the brackets and hook to make sure that you have all the right measurements.

The whole installation should take no longer than 10 minutes.  You now have a bike storage system that will get the bike out of the house, keep the missus happy and give you a clean tidy out of the way place to keep your bike.

I would advise that if storing outside you have a decent bike cover and also fit some kind of chain or lock system.

You can pick the storage systems up for a very reasonable £10.95 from eBay.  In my opinion this is a well put together bit of kit, easy to install and it is available at a great price.  You can click on any of the pictures above or here to be taken to the sellers page on eBay.

9/10 for quality

8/10 for ease of installation

10/10 for price

 

 

PBK Primal New Range for 2017

ProBikeKit and Primal have teamed together to create a new range of outstanding technical products. All made with highest quality materials to increase comfort whilst maximising performance, with designs that have been created using input from cyclists resulting in a product that we would be proud to wear out on the road.

available here

              

available here

Bold eye-catching design taking inspiration from Jackson Pollock providing a vibrant splash of colour.

  • Manufactured from breathable and comfortable Sfero material to maximise performance.
  • Sport Cut, regular fit
  • Sfero material suitable for temperatures ranging between 4-14 degrees Celsius
  • Mechanically brushed back material ideal for transferring moisture away from the body while locking in warmth and sealing out the wind
  • Full length hidden zip keeping clean lines, whilst allowing variable ventilation, with 3 rear pockets giving plenty of storage options.

This and all the other design in the range are available here.

 

See.Sense Icon Rear Light Reviewed

Cyclist’s need to be seen! There is nothing better than the See.Sense Icon Rear Light to light your way

When I started cycling I genuinely thought it was a fad, something I would do for a month or two then sell the bike and move onto something else.  Six years later, and now with a few bikes I find myself loving the sport more and more.  I am constantly looking for the best bits of kit that will help me enjoy my riding.

Back when I started out I was content to buy and use cheaper less reliable equipment, this was due to my lack of experience and the belief that if it did the job, well or not, it would do.  As I have progressed with the sport it has become apparent that this is not the case.  There are a few things that you can get away with scrimping on, safety is not one of them.  Making sure that you are visible to both pedestrians and other road users is paramount, for your safety as well as theirs.

Being visible isn’t just ensuring you have hi-vis clothing, your lighting needs to be reliable and robust.  In the past I have had lights that ranged in cost from £1 to £20, they were always battery powered and could also be considered disposable.  It’s a false economy!
When looking for a bicycle light look for a rechargeable model, yes they are more expensive generally but will save you money in the long term.  The only downside I have found with a rechargeable light is forgetting to charge it!
Second, make sure the light is robust and well made.  People say that you pay a price for quality, this is true for lighting as with the rechargeable aspect if you want quality you have to pay a little bit more.
Over the past month I have been trying out the See.Sense Icon Rear light, not only does it fit the two main criteria you should look for, it comes with a couple of features that make it a must have.
See.Sense is a Northern Ireland based business Co-founded by CEO’s Phillip and Irene McAleese in 2013 when the See.Sense intelligent light was successfully launched on Kickstarter.  The See.Sense intelligent light was conceived after a cycling accident Phillip was involved in.  Growing tired of drivers saying, ‘Sorry mate I didn’t see you’, he set about using his skills in electronic and software design create a bicycle light that used sensor technology to improve his visibility to cars.
Phillip and Irene McAleese
As standard the icon features 190 lumen’s twin CREE LEDs with either a constant or blink mode, the battery when fully charged gives up to 15hrs run time.  It comes in at just under 64 grams and can be mounted in various positions using the rubber adjustable straps supplied.  What gives the Icon its standout appeal are the additional features available by pairing the light with your smart-phone.
You begin by charging the Icon fully, a Green LED advises when charging is complete.  Whilst charging download the See.Sense app from the app store, both Android and Apple versions are available.  As the light powers up and you pair your device, you will probably be notified that the firmware will be updated.  This happens automatically and then your ready.
The first feature that needs mentioning is the Intelligent sensing, billed as currently being the ONLY bike light in the world that can react by flashing brighter and faster at roundabouts, road-junctions, approaching car headlights at night and daylight visible with twin CREE LEDs. The See.Sense ICON uses advanced sensor technology to monitor road surfaces, brightness of surrounding light and bike orientation and speed to determine the light brightness and intensity.  This can also be changed via the app manually.
These sensors along with the app give the See.Sense an edge over its competitors with a couple of more outstanding features.
I like to stop and have a coffee on my Saturday and Sunday rides, I do chain up my bike but for that bit more security the See.Sense steps in.  Linked via Bluetooth and having a range of 100m if the bike is dormant and suddenly moved the light sends your phone an alert to let you know.

 

Fortunately I have not had to use the next safety feature yet. In the app you have the ability to set up contact details of your next of kin.  You enter their number and save it, in the event of an accident your See.Sense via your mobile will send an alert to your nominated contact of your exact location. It will send them a text with a message saying “I have had a crash, my location is [longitude/latitude]”, giving you and your loved one some peace of mind.  You also have the chance to send a text follow on saying that you are ok.

With all the features the most amazing thing about the See.Sense Icon is the price, there are other lights on the market that you can get in the price range but none offer the features of the See.Sense.  The light is available direct from See.Sense and a host of suppliers such as Chain Reaction with prices ranging from £59 to £79.  Shop around as there are some bundle offers on including the See.Sense front light.
In the box you get the Icon rear Light two securing straps, a frame mount and the charger lead.
During testing, the light performed exceptionally well.  I cant find fault with it and if I were to give points out of ten, which I don’t, this would be an eleven!

 

 

The icon rear light is available through Wheelies here