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FSA XC190 riser bar
£49.954

Riser bars are pretty much standard fare on most off road bikes these days, and these ones are made from heat-treated aircraft-grade 7075 aluminium, which has excellent fracture toughness.

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BBB Fastbar
£22.954.5

If you're looking for a deep, anatomic-shaped bar with a short forward reach (9.5cm) these could well be the ones you need. The square and deep nature of the bends makes them particularly suited to those with large hands.

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Giro Advantage
£99.953.5

Giro's Advantage lid is aimed at those people who like to go fast and where every second counts, namely time trial racers and triathletes. It meets UCI regs so there are no problems for any races you might enter.

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Surly Singleator chain tensioner
£29.994

Designed primarily for running on single-speed bikes with vertical drop-outs (not fixed or those with coaster brakes, though), my Singleator has been in use for many hundreds of miles on my Airnimal Chameleon folder that I converted to hub gears.

GoLite Xirtam jacket

GoLite Xirtam jacket
£130.004

The first thing we noticed about this jacket was the soft-feeling material used compared to most cycling waterproofs. The Xirtam uses several materials laminated together, which produces a fabric that's wind and waterproof but breathable, too.

Golden Degreaser

Golden Degreaser
£8.954.5

One of our favourite chain lubes is Purple Extreme, and now from the same company comes an accompanying degreaser. The idea behind Golden Degreaser is to deliver paraffin-strength degreasing but in a biodegradable liquid.

Slipstreamz cycling earwear

Slipstreamz cycling earwear
£7.493.5

It's hard to recommend listening to music through headphones while riding. It can be a distraction and there's no doubting it affects awareness, but plenty of riders still do it.

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Agu Ventura bar bag
£21.993

This 6.5-litre bag is compact, but still roomy enough for the essentials. It'll easily swallow a puncture kit, spare tube, tools, a few snacks, your wallet and a compact camera. The click-and-go mount is excellent, super easy to fit and very sturdy in use.

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Cateye TL-LD1100
£29.994.5

As far as rear lights go this is the daddy of all the self- contained units. With 10 bright LEDs powered from just two AA batteries, the run time in excess of 100 hours (we actually got 102 hours) in legal flashing mode is simply amazing.

Carradice Super C saddlepack

Carradice Super C saddlepack
£27.503.5

In C 184 we described Carradice's 5-litre Prima Maxi saddlepack as the daddy of seatpacks. It isn't: this is. It's essentially a deeper version of the same bag, but made out of rainproof cotton duck with a drawstring and buckle-over lid closure.

Niftily designed commuter light

Halfords USB rechargeable front light
£29.994

Now here's a good idea for all those people who work with or near a computer all day. This light unit has its own rechargeable battery inside it, and recharges from a standard USB port.

Cateye HL EL320

Cateye HL-EL320
£29.994.5

With a single 1watt LED powered by four AA batteries, the EL320 is a simple and compact unit that offers up a nice balance between enough light to see where you're going and a good amount of visibility.

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