Following on from my last post for readers to post their own reviews of front bike lights, this is for you to post your own reviews of your favourite rear bike lights. So go ahead, don’t be shy… Continue reading “Rear Light Reader Reviews”
Firstly I would like to apologise for not posting in a long while. Unfortunately the day job has rather taken over my life which has left almost zero time for the web site. Hopefully one day I’ll get the balance back. I would also like to thank everyone who has written in with their comments, recommendations and generally kind words.
Quite a few folks have asked for a place to post their own reviews of their favourite lights. That seems like a terrific idea, doubly good as it doesn’t take much effort on my part! Continue reading “Front Light Reader Reviews”
Following my success with folding handlebars which has transformed our hallway, I quickly found I could go one step further and get even more space by changing my pedals. While they won’t provide a breakthrough in terms of extra space like the new handlebars, they would reduce the profile of the bike by just a few more inches. There seem to be two options. i) Folding pedals and ii) quick release removable pedals. Continue reading “Folding and Removable Pedals”
My long suffering wife and family have put up with my bike in the hallway for some time. Apart from the issues of mud and oil on the carpet the main problem is of course that the bike takes up so much room and it gets in everyone’s way as they go about their daily business. I messed around with small wheeled folding bikes for a while as a potential solution but ultimately I found them not as robust and slightly harder to ride than a regular bike for my 7 mile commute. One day as I was battling past the bike with four bags of groceries, I was thinking if only I could find a way of folding the handlebars out the way, the problem would be greatly reduced. So began my quest for a set of folding handlebars.
Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been caught out on my bike in a few torrential downpours where I’ve turned up at work looking like an immersed rodent. I thought now would be a good time to write a few words about my panniers, the Ortlieb Back Roller classics. These ensure that while I might arrive soaked, I’ll be sure to always have a clean and dry change of clothes.
I must admit I wasn’t expecting much from this light when I received a model for review. It’s pretty tiny and I was anticipating a correspondingly small light output from the diminutive package. I was wrong – It’s a great little rechargeable light capable of an insane light output, has a decent mounting bracket and great build quality and weather sealing.
Back in September I picked up a pair of Schwalbe Marathon Winter tyres and put them to one side while I waited for the snow and ice to arrive. I was beginning to think it wasn’t going to happen this year so I put them in the loft a couple of weeks back. That small action was enough to kick sod’s law into action and about 3 days later I was seeing forecasts for a prolonged period of brass monkey bothering climate – so I retrieved the tyres and fitted them last week.
Over the last few years I’ve struggled to keep my hands warm when cycling on the colder winter mornings. In my early days of cycle commuting I only had a 3 mile ride which wasn’t too bad as I wasn’t out for long enough to get chilly. Since my trip is now 7 miles each way, when the temperature gets any lower than about 5° C my fingers really start to suffer. For a few winters I went through all manner of cycling gloves to try to solve the problem but nothing really helped for the freezing cold days. Last winter someone suggested I try a pair of Blazewear Heated Gloves. I’ve now had them for a little over a year. Continue reading “Blazewear Heated Gloves Review”
Back in September I started a mini-series on cycling trousers when I tried out the DHB roubaix tights and the Altura Winter Cruisers. It’s now time to finish what I started and round up the series with a quick look at some boggo standard tracksuit bottoms to see how they compare.
I had an email from a reader about a month ago enquiring about an issue he had with his new Smart Lunar 35 lux light interfering with his wireless cycle computer, a Sigma 1009 STS. Unfortunately, it’s quite a common problem that LED bike lights and other electrical equipment such as electric bike motors can make wireless bike computers go haywire.