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The Watcher in the woods  Mt Ventoux Update

Just come in from one of the scariest encounters along the deserted and mysterious lanes, animals scurrying through the undergrowth-their eyes glaring back at me from the woodland as I swoop into the bends….

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Q: Can you help please? I ride a Dave Hinde M2 Mtb designed for road use (rigid forks and V brakes). The bike was supplied with Continental Twister 26x1.9in tyres. The tyres were light and behaved well, but were prone to punctures from road junk, hedge clippings and so on. I replaced them with a pair of Halo Twin Rail 26x2.2in puncture resistant tyres that have been excellent, with no punctures, a good volume of air, they roll well and are comfortable, but they weigh a ton. Can you recommend a pair of tyres that is light, puncture proof and comfortable to ride?

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A very small look at the massive fixed scene

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£19.99

4.5

The road master blaster on the surface is a nicely finished aluminium barrelled frame fit pump but the similarities with traditional frame fit pumps end there

An essential part of the year round cyclist s armoury

£14.99

4

Made from Super Roubaix fleece material, these knee warmers are a good choice for chilly rides. In keeping with supplementary clothing of this type, they had a tendency to roll down the leg slightly after a couple of hours in the saddle,

The Cougar II is both secure and comfortable for your child

£429.99

4.5

This trailer has proven exceptional in all conditions over the past year. The bare aluminium chassis and fabric rain cover look just like new despite being used along muddy lanes and forest tracks and only hurried rudimentary cleaning.

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£12.95

3.5

Made from 67 per cent wool, these liners make very welcome companions, particularly in very cold, damp conditions.

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£7.95

3.5

It would be easy to dismiss this as nicely embossed yet unremarkable cork wrap. Run it between your fingers though, and the luxurious, rubberised compound reveals an extremely tactile nature coupled with excellent grip.

Langster stop tube decal

£399.00

4.5

A fantastic package for anyone looking for a sub £400 mount that will cut mustard as TT or hill climb tool but still deliver plenty of smiles per mile as a fair-weather plaything.

Salsa Rain Jacket

£19.99

3.5

A competent and effective clear PVC shell with mesh venting the length of the arms and along the sides.

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Fixed riding has been around since the advent of the bicycle but has been enjoying renewed popularity over the past five years

The City Cross is best used as a commuting bike rather than a tourer

£245.00

3.5

Mid-priced multi-use bikes have returned with a vengeance, being competent winter trainers, club bikes, commuters and light tourers. At the heart of the Dolan lies a 7005 aluminium cyclo-cross frameset with neat and uniform TIG welding throughout.

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£13.00

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This is one of those tools that, once you have it, you can’t remember how you managed without it. The shoe tuner is designed as a reference allowing the brake pads to be correctly aligned with the rim, thus improving stopping prowess and eliminating annoying brake squeal.

Nitto UI5GX Stem

£32.00

4

There's a lot more to this A-head stem besides a classy, high lustre silver finish, with all the beauty of polished aluminium without the need for Autosol.

Enigma Carbon bottle cage

£29.99

4

Its sculptured lines and seductive carbon detailing suggest this cage, made inTaiwan from industry standard 3K carbon wrap, might be form over function. But used continuously in very different situations, it has impressed me more than cages twice the price.

The Vanguard is very comfortable  and it looks good too

£26.99

4

Polyester is hardly the magic material that springs to mind when thinking abouttechnical base layers but this has proved to be a versatile and competent performer.

Q amp A   City Cross for cyclo cross

Q: I noticed when reading through the March issue of the magazine that you reviewed the Dolan City Cross. Do you have any idea what it is like as a cyclo-cross frame because I'm considering building one up for next season?

Respro I Shots reflective strips

£11.99

4.5

These stickers - made from Scotchlite - work by reflecting light shone at them (car headlamps). Unlike some reflectives, they stick to a variety of surfaces.

The sole of the Lakes provides a good  safe grip

£119.98

4

Despite looking like a cross between a football and motorcycle boot, these Lake MXZ300s have become a firm favourite of my winter wardrobe.

The safety belt includes two light strips for additional visibility

£19.99

3.5

This design brings the old-fashioned Sam Browne belt into the 21st century. Integral to the traditional reflective yellow harness are two light strips powered by a pair of AAA batteries.

Nitto R Cage

£25.00

3.5

This is an exquisitely finished and very intricate bottle cage that would make the perfect finishing touch to a much-prized classic.

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