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Clothing advice: Make sure your kit fits after Christmas

Marc Abbott, 05 March 2009 16:52

Here’s a tip for anyone thinking of getting back on their bike this weekend after a winter lay-off… try your kit on before you get to the garage with your bike keys in your hand. Ask an expert here One member of my family found last weekend, to his cost, that a winter of enforced hibernation accompanied by a Christmas ...

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Clothing advice: Jackets for the larger man

Chris Dabbs, 20 February 2009 16:42

MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. I have been desperately trying to purchase a lightweight Gore Tex-style jacket and trousers. It’s my own fault I know, but I am pretty hefty. I bought some clothing about three years ago, but ...

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Clothing advice: Perfect gear for the work commute

Chris Dabbs, 13 February 2009 11:48

MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. I’ve recently started a new job that means an hourly commute. I will be riding my bike instead of using the old car - to reduce commuting time, reduce fuel costs and increase travel ...

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Clothing advice: Choosing a back protector

Chris Dabbs, 13 February 2009 11:06

MCN expert Chris Dabbs is here to answer any questions you have on anything bike related. If you have any questions, ask an expert here Q. I have a Dainese leather jacket with a Backspace G back protector insert. After reading horror stories about failure to use the right back protector - I am considering upgrading to a full-piece strap on ...

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KNOX chest protector

Liam Marsden, 17 January 2008 13:51

British protection specialists KNOX have responded to a recent MAID survey with the release of their chest protector. The MAID survey showed that 27% of chest injuries are critical, compared to only 4% of neck injuries. The chest protector covers the ribs and chest and can be fitted to any KNOX back protector via two straps. It is manufactured from ...

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How to revive your riding gear

Daniel Thornton, 30 November 2006 12:49

Why bother? Because you’ve paid good money for it and servicing it will keep it in tip-top condition for years to come. Remember the feeling when you first wore that new helmet, jacket or suit? You can cop that feeling again without the expense of buying new. More seriously, poorly maintained kit can be dangerous. Leather loses its strength, and ...

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How to buy riding kit that fits

MCN Technical Staff, 30 November 2006 09:52

What should I look for when buying gear? When it comes to leather, it will eventually break in to become comfortable. It becomes so because it stretches or the material breaks down from continual wear. So if a pair of gloves are loose in the first place then they can soon become uncomfortable. In the case of helmets, a loose ...

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How to keep warm in cold weather

MCN Technical Staff, 29 November 2006 16:44

Wrap up well, ride well Staying warm while riding is important. Cold affects concentration; it also induces tension and inhibits mobility. But if you’re warm and comfy, it’s possible to enjoy year-round riding, whether commuting to work or taking an out-of-season tour. Good vision is equally important, so you’ll need to address the issues of visor misting and crud accumulation. ...

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