December

Review: Venhill 1/4in square drive swivel ratchet handle

Review: Venhill 1/4in square drive swivel ratchet handle

MCN Shop Time tested: Two years What’s good? If you enjoy spannering on bikes it’s worth investing in good tools – having the right tool for the job can turn a tiresome task into an absolute joy.

Review: Givi EA112 Tablet Pocket

Review: Givi EA112 Tablet Pocket

MCN Shop Time tested: Five months/2800 miles What's good? I hate satnavs and always prefer a map or a handwritten route when travelling, so I needed to find a solution for a recent trip to France.

BMW large soft bag, £175

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.

Givi GRT703 40L waterproof cargo bag, £101.80

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...

XCP Chain lube, £6

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...

Alpinestars Force Backpack, £139.99

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,...