Parts & accessories (Jan - Dec 2015)

  • Product Review: Battery Pack EPS-K23 (£59.99)

    23 December 2015 by Richard Newland

    Product Review: Battery Pack EPS-K23 (£59.99)

    What’s good about Battery Pack EPS-K23? The idea. I love it. This slimline little auxiliary battery unit can pack enough punch to jump-start your bike, as well as power your phone (or any other device...

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  • Product Review: Polar Buff (£25)

    17 December 2015 by Alison Silcox

    Product Review: Polar Buff (£25)

    What’s good about the Polar Buff? There's little worse than draughts when riding in colder weather. The Polar Buff has been a great addition to my winter riding wardrobe and combats this problem. It's...

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  • RiDE review: Kriega US-30

    09 December 2015 by RiDE Reviews

    RiDE review: Kriega US-30

    Plenty of capacity and easy enough to load – but you’re loading into a big, floppy bag. Good size for a few days away but it’s a bag to stuff things in rather than place them carefully – so don’t pack...

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  • Product Review: Kriega R35 rucksack (£145)

    27 November 2015 by Alison Silcox

    Product Review: Kriega R35 rucksack (£145)

    What’s good about the Kriega R35 rucksack? The quality of the bag is great - the zips and fasteners are all very substantial and after 12 months of regular use it’s showing no signs of wear and tear.

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  • Product Review: Cruz Tools Econokit M1

    10 November 2015 by Richard Newland

    Product Review: Cruz Tools Econokit M1

    Product Review: Cruz Tools Econokit M1 £54.21 Tester Richard Newland Time tested Five years What’s good? Whenever I’m travelling somewhere remote or I’m just away on the bike for a few days, this...

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  • Product Review: Oxford Trip Wire lock

    03 November 2015 by Michael Neeves

    Product Review: Oxford Trip Wire lock

    Product Review: Oxford Trip Wire lock £39.99 Tester: Michael Neeves  Time used: Three months/5000 miles What’s good? This lock is perfect for keeping your bike secured when you’re out and about...

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  • Product review: Givi expandable rucksack EA104

    22 October 2015 by Michael Neeves

    Product review: Givi expandable rucksack EA104

    Product review: Givi expandable rucksack EA104, £48.95 Tester: Michael Neeves Time used: Five months/10,000 miles  What’s good? Coming from a large, waterproof, sack-type rucksack I was worried...

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  • Product Review: Oxford Commuter X4

    15 October 2015 by Liam Marsden

    Product Review: Oxford Commuter X4

    Product Review: Oxford Commuter X4 (£44.99) Tested by: Liam Marsden Time tested: Six months/350 miles What’s good? This illuminated brace can either be strapped to the rider or to a rucksack with...

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  • Product Review: WD40 with smart straw

    06 October 2015 by Simon Relph

    Product Review: WD40 with smart straw

    WD40 with smart straw, £6.54 Tester: Simon Relph Time tested: Eight months What’s good? What did we do before WD40 spray was invented? We probably walked because ‘the damned thing wouldn’t start...

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  • Product Review: Oxford Track Pump with gauge

    02 October 2015 by Tony Hoare

    Product Review: Oxford Track Pump with gauge

    Oxford Track Pump with gauge £29.99 Tested by Tony Hoare Time tested: One year What’s good? This pump has been MCN office equipment for the past year and whenever someone on our team has to sort out...

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  • Product Review: Wiz kneesliders

    24 September 2015 by Michael Neeves

    Product Review: Wiz kneesliders

    Wiz kneesliders £25 Tester: Michael Neeves Time used: 12 years What’s good? I’ve been scraping Wiz kneesliders since the late 1980s and they’ve always impressed me. You never forget your first...

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  • Product Review: Ion Air Pro 3 video camera

    08 September 2015 by Michael Neeves

    Product Review: Ion Air Pro 3 video camera

    Ion Air Pro 3 video camera £299 Tester: Michael Neeves Time used: One year What’s good? Replacing the Air Pro 2 ‘bullet cam’, this new version is waterproof to 15 metres and comes with free cloud...

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  • Product Review: Oxford X15 tankbag

    03 September 2015 by Alison Silcox

    Product Review: Oxford X15 tankbag

    Oxford X15 tankbag, £79.99  Tester: Alison Silcox Time tested: One month/1000 miles What's good? I’ve been on a couple of trips recently and used this to carry my valuables. There’s ample space...

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  • Product Review: CTEK MXS 5.0 battery charger

    01 September 2015 by Andy Downes

    Product Review: CTEK MXS 5.0 battery charger

    CTEK MXS 5.0 battery charger £65.99 Tested by Andy Downes Time tested: Two years What’s good? This eight-step, fully automatic battery charger has been on constant duty recently, keeping the battery...

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  • Product Review: Courierware Messenger bag

    13 August 2015 by Andy Downes

    Product Review: Courierware Messenger bag

    Courierware Messenger bag, £90 (plus shipping and £20 import duty) Tester: Andy Downes Time tested: Four months/900 miles What’s good? Many years ago I bought a large travel bag from this small...

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  • Book Review: A Penguin in a Sparrow’s Nest

    04 August 2015 by Richard Newland

    Book Review: A Penguin in a Sparrow’s Nest

    A Penguin in a Sparrow’s Nest (Frank Melling), £11.99 Tester: Richard Newland Time tested: Three days What’s good? Autobiographies are usually clouded by false humility, massive egos and the natural...

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  • Product Review: Hedcam Ten80 onboard camera

    31 July 2015 by Michael Neeves

    Product Review: Hedcam Ten80 onboard camera

    Hedcam Ten80 onboard camera £167.99 Tester: Michael Neeves Time used: Six months  What’s good? It’s an extremely light (39 grams), compact (just 80mm long), durable easy-to-use waterproof...

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  • Product Review: CTEK XS 0.8 battery charger

    29 July 2015 by Tony Hoare

    Product Review: CTEK XS 0.8 battery charger

    CTEK XS 0.8 battery charger, £38.99 Tester: Tony Hoare Time tested: Three years What's good? When it comes to bringing batteries back up to tip-top condition, usually after a period of inactivity,...

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  • Product Review: Alpinestars Tech Aero tankbag

    27 July 2015 by Alison Silcox

    Product Review: Alpinestars Tech Aero tankbag

    Alpinestars Tech Aero tankbag, £119.99 Tester: Alison Silcox Time tested: Two months/750 miles What's good? This is a really sturdy bag and so far the zips and straps are proving reliable and showing...

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  • Product Review: WD40 Chain Cleaner

    24 July 2015 by Tony Hoare

    Product Review: WD40 Chain Cleaner

    WD40 Chain Cleaner, £7.49 Tester: Tony Hoare Time used: One chain/20 minutes  What’s good? Chain cleaners mean you can de-gunk your drive chain, add fresh lube and extend its life, saving you...

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  • Product Review: Held City Bag

    21 July 2015 by Tim Thompson

    Product Review: Held City Bag

    Held City Bag £49.99 Tester: Tim Thompson Time tested: Three months/1500 miles What’s good? Price. For fifty quid you get a sturdy, laptop-carrying satchel that’s waterproof (so far), stable and...

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  • Product Review: Biketek tyre warmers

    14 July 2015 by Emma Franklin

    Product Review: Biketek tyre warmers

    Biketek tyre warmers, £184.99 Tester Emma Franklin Time tested: Six months What’s good? These Bike-it warmers, with robust Velcro closures and pre-curved shape, are designed to fit my 125cc race...

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