Parts & accessories

  • Rok Straps: Never struggle with bungees again

    19 January 2017 by Andy Davidson

    Rok Straps: Never struggle with bungees again

    We've all used bungee cords to secure our luggage over they years, and we all know how much of an annoyance they can be at times. Trying with all our might to stretch them that last centimetre before...

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  • Alpinestars Bionic Tech Jacket, £219.99

    06 January 2017 by Michael Guy

    Alpinestars Bionic Tech Jacket, £219.99

    Time tested: 1750 miles/eight months What’s good? Over the years I’ve found that the key to good body armour is not only the level of protection it provides, but also how comfortable and how well...

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  • AMMO Typhoon Wash & Shield, £9.95

    29 December 2016 by Richard Newland

    AMMO Typhoon Wash & Shield, £9.95

    Time tested: Six washes/one month What’s good: We used to drop a dollop of Fairy Liquid in a bucket and think we were giving our bikes a posh wash – but now the shelves are littered with myriad...

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  • MCN’s top 5 winter essentials

    19 December 2016 by Marc Abbott

    MCN’s top 5 winter essentials

    MCN staff have sploshed through enough puddles, ridden through plenty of lorry spray and slogged the length of the country (and beyond) in driving rain, to make sure we thoroughly test the kit we’re...

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  • BMW large soft bag, £175

    15 December 2016 by Adam Child

    BMW large soft bag, £175

    Time tested: Three weeks/1000 miles What’s good: I didn’t think this would be as good as a conventional hard top box, but it’s better. It’s huge – the 50-55 litre capacity is more than BMW’s topbox.

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  • Givi GRT703 40L waterproof cargo bag, £101.80

    12 December 2016 by James Archibald

    Givi GRT703 40L waterproof cargo bag, £101.80

    Time tested 4 months/3000 miles What’s good? I’ve taken to using this bag when I go camping. Its 40-litre capacity is perfect to keep all the gear I need for a weekend away and because of this I...

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  • XCP Chain lube, £6

    11 December 2016 by Rupert Paul, MCN Sport Editor

    XCP Chain lube, £6

    Time tested 5 months/half a can What’s good? It does what it says on the tin: lays down a thin, non-sticky film that doesn’t easily fling off. I like it. Chain lubes are a largely a matter of personal...

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  • Alpinestars Force Backpack, £139.99

    10 December 2016 by Alison Silcox

    Alpinestars Force Backpack, £139.99

    Time tested 6 months/2500 miles What's good? I’ve used the rucksack for both commuting to work and also for the odd weekend away. It’s really comfortable because of the combination of the wide,...

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  • Review: S-Doc Chain Cleaner Power Gel

    30 November 2016 by Andy Downes

    Review: S-Doc Chain Cleaner Power Gel

    What’s good? This is an incredibly effective chain cleaner which works effortlessly to remove S-Doc chain lube and will tackle most other brands with ease too. The process is simple; spray on, leave...

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  • Rated: Sigma slipper clutch for Kawasaki ER-6

    16 November 2016 by Adam Child

    Rated: Sigma slipper clutch for Kawasaki ER-6

    Tested by Adam Child, MCN Senior Road Tester Time tested three months/ two racing weekends at Oliver’s Mount What’s good? My Lightweight TT bike is producing just short of 90bhp and the standard ER-6...

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  • Alpinestars neck warmer

    16 November 2016 by Michael Neeves

    Alpinestars neck warmer

    Time used Three months/3000 miles What’s good? It’s probably my age, but unless it’s tropical outside I can’t ride without something to keep my neck warm. For the past three years I’ve been wearing my...

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  • Rated: GT85 Lubricant

    09 November 2016 by Liam Marsden

    Rated: GT85 Lubricant

    Time tested: Three months What’s good? GT85 has so far proved itself to be immensely useful. It’s incredibly good at cleaning chains, and even better at removing stubborn wheel grime which every other...

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  • Rated: AIM SmartyCam GP HD

    01 November 2016 by Emma Franklin

    Rated: AIM SmartyCam GP HD

    Tester Emma Franklin Time tested Two race meetings What’s good: This professional-spec bullet camera both records all your on-track action in 1280p HD and also instantly creates data overlay graphics,...

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  • Petzl Tikkina head torch review (£13.11)

    27 October 2016 by Richard Newland

    Petzl Tikkina head torch review (£13.11)

    What’s good about the Petzl Tikkina head torch? This is very much at the budget end of the head-torch spectrum, but I took the plunge on the basis that it was from a solid brand, and had attracted a...

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  • Rated: Aldi balaclava

    12 October 2016 by Simon Relph

    Rated: Aldi balaclava

    Time used: 2000 miles What’s good? If you feel the cool, then this is just the job. I always hold off with the extra layers until I really need them. I don’t worry on short runs, but if I’m out for...

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  • Rated: Oxford Products X30 Tailpack

    12 October 2016 by Andy Calton

    Rated: Oxford Products X30 Tailpack

    Time tested: Six months/1500 miles What’s good? This pack has its own bungee straps and Velcro attachments so it’s easy to get things in place. The size suits a day trip or a weekend break for one and...

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  • Kriega Hydro-3 hydration pack review (£89)

    27 September 2016 by Michael Guy

    Kriega Hydro-3 hydration pack review (£89)

    What’s good about the Kriega Hydro 3 hydration pack? Kriega have a well-deserved reputation for producing high-end bike rucksacks and luggage - and this Hydro-3 backpack lives up to their standards.

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  • Oxford Aqua 12 rucksack review (£39.99)

    06 September 2016 by Alison Silcox

    Oxford Aqua 12 rucksack review (£39.99)

    What’s good about the Oxford Aqua 12 rucksack? It’s bright, retina-burningly bright, but that means it stands out well against my black riding gear. The size of the bag is great, it’s only 12 litres...

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  • Drift Stealth action camera review (£99.99)

    25 August 2016 by Tony Hoare

    Drift Stealth action camera review (£99.99)

    What’s good about the Drift Stealth 2 action camera? It’s small, relatively cheap, easy to use and easy to mount to a bike and the footage is decent enough. The main plus is the ease of use. There are...

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  • Bullet Clear View visor shine review (£6.60)

    18 August 2016 by Andy Downes

    Bullet Clear View visor shine review (£6.60)

    What’s good about the Bullet Clear View visor shine? This visor cleaning kit is a great value product that comprises carnauba wax polish in a spray bottle and also comes with two microfibre cloths;...

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  • Product Review: Acerbis bike stand £74.99

    08 August 2016 by Tim Thompson

    Product Review: Acerbis bike stand £74.99

    What’s good about the Acerbis bike stand? Occasionally you stumble across a tool you hope might prove reasonably useful over time but instead becomes an instant, integral and indispensable part of...

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