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Nothing beats having your fuel right under your face on a long ride, and Bontrager’s top-tube larder does the job nicely.

It’s a small boat-shaped tub made out of the stuff they use for sunglass cases, and big enough for a couple of energy bars, gels, or even a couple of CO2 cartridges and a minitool.

A teardrop stretch mesh cover hooks over a short stub at the back to stop stuff flying out. You do have to fetch stuff out back to front though. Twin straps with rubberised backing grip the top tube, while the short bungee loop goes round the stem or seatpost. You’ll have to pull the stem off to fit it if you’re using tri-bars, but it works fine.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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