Personal bike fitting
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….
Thief-deterring lightweight skewers
Mike Stenning cleans out his mum's workshop
Good looking, comfy carbon seat post
Ventoux-bound Stenning takes a tumble and continues his search for a Peugeot 504
Ventoux in the August heat
I'm one step closer to Mont Ventoux glory - my bike choice is sorted...
Rigid bike luggage, but rather bouncy
Well thought out, comfortable crosser
What's the best way to store my baby [bike] during the winter?
Something to aim at for charity
A low-cost visor to keep the glare and bugs at bay
Solid 'crosser with urban and touring crossover potential
Curious wax/oil chain lube for dry/dusty conditions.
Superb value for money 'crosser that's also a good winter trainer
Prevent costly drivetrain wear
Weather protection for machines living outside
If you feel you need such a gadget you could do worse than pick this one
No frills seat pack but pricing is questionable
A narrow-use lube that's best for competitive road riders
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?
Now there are no more excuses for a dirty chain
Made to order, these guards offer practicality and exclusivity in one package
A very small look at the massive fixed scene
The St John St Cycles Road Guards manage to be quite smart looking and effective if you're running tyres between 20 and 23mm wide.
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
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,
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.
Made from 67 per cent wool, these liners make very welcome companions, particularly in very cold, damp conditions.
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.
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.
Fixie-obsessed Michael Stenning wants some MTB action
Great fit and comfort, slightly marred by a niggly buckle
A competent and effective clear PVC shell with mesh venting the length of the arms and along the sides.
Fixed riding has been around since the advent of the bicycle but has been enjoying renewed popularity over the past five years
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: 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?
These stickers - made from Scotchlite - work by reflecting light shone at them (car headlamps). Unlike some reflectives, they stick to a variety of surfaces.
Despite looking like a cross between a football and motorcycle boot, these Lake MXZ300s have become a firm favourite of my winter wardrobe.
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.
This is an exquisitely finished and very intricate bottle cage that would make the perfect finishing touch to a much-prized classic.