winter cycling clothing

Best Value Winter Riding Bike Clothing

Over the years I have accumulated a lot of riding gear, mainly lighter weight kit for comfort, typically aimed at the warmer months. When the temperature drops and the rain comes out in force, I tend to layer up to keep to keep the heat in, and put up with the inevitable moistness that will follow at some point during the ride! This year however, I thought perhaps I should try some winter specific kit, and see if it was up to the job – maybe I didn’t have to ‘put up’ with cold and wet clothing anymore! […] Continue Reading…

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Truflo Easitrax 3 Review

Long Term Review: Truflo Easitrax 3 Track Pump

Truflo established themselves in the 1980’s and have focused on producing cycling pumps combining high quality features and amazing value. Their great reliability has earned them a good reputation amongst other big brands and they have been able to regularly expand their range to offer something for every type of rider, in every size, for any budget.

The Truflo Easitrax 3 pump is already a well known classic, now in its third incarnation, it is the bases on which all the other pumps in the range have stemmed from. It is Truflo’s entry level floor pump and is aimed specifically at those on a budget boasting a very competitive price tag. Although there are numerous other cheap floor pumps on the market, few are able to offer all the features of the Truflo Easitrax 3 making it a perfect choice for many. […] Continue Reading…

Truflo Easitrax 3 Floor Pump Review Truflo established themselves in the 1980’s and have focused on producing cycling pumps combining high quality features and amazing value. Their great reliability has earned them a good reputation amongst other big brands and they have been able to regularly expand their range to offer something for every type of rider, in every size, for any budget. The Truflo Easitrax 3 pump is already a well known classic, now in its third incarnation, it is the bases on which all the other pumps in the range have stemmed from. It is Truflo’s entry level floor pump and is aimed specifically at those on a budget boasting a very competitive price tag. Although there are numerous other cheap floor pumps on the market, few are able to offer all the features of the Truflo Easitrax 3 making it a perfect choice for many. A floor pump is an essential piece of equipment to any cycling enthusiast or mechanic. The larger shaft volume compared to a hand/mini pump, means that a higher quantity of air is expelled for each stroke, therefore resulting in your tyre inflating quicker. It also means that a high pressure is easier to achieve, and the Truflo Easitrax 3 reaches an impressive 160 psi (pounds per square inch). This translates to less time, and less effort needed when pumping up your tyres.  A good range of achievable pressures is important from a floor pump, as they vary massively from bike to bike. For example, a skinny and small volume 25c road bike tyre would commonly be inflated to around 120psi, whereas a large beefy 2.1 mountain bike tyre may only require 30-40psi. Although both tyres will ‘feel’ hard, the different tyre volumes affect how much air is required to reach a suitable pressure. Small volume pumps are great for squeezing every last bit of pressure into a tyre. Typically road bike specific pumps have a thinner smaller volume body, and achieve a higher pressure easily. This is all very well, but if you were to use such a pump to inflate a chunky mountain bike tyre, you would be there a very long time as each stroke is only inflating the tyre a very small amount. Alternatively, a big volume pump will inflate a mountain bike tyre very quickly. However, it will struggle to achieve a high pressure as each stroke is less controlled and you are essentially trying to fit a large amount of air into a very smaller space, and it will become physically very hard to reach a high pressure. It is for these reasons, if you want an all-round floor pump suitable for all types of bicycle, then a good compromise of body volume is needed, to inflate quickly, and also to a high pressure if needed. The Truflo Easitrax 3 is specifically aimed to be good for all situations. We have been using our Truflo Easitrax 3 pump for a while now in the workshop, and so…

Truflo Easitrax 3 Pump

Build Quality - 88%
Ease of Use - 88%
Features - 89%
Appearance - 95%

90%

Pretty Good

Overall a pretty good pump. The non-reversible head and narrow base might be an issue for some, but for most this a pump that is well and truly in contention. Comparable to the Airace Infinity track pump but a fair chunk cheaper.

User Rating: 4.68 ( 4 votes)
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Kuota Kharma Road Bike Review

Long Term Review: Kuota Kharma Evo Road Bike

Two months ago, I brought my first proper road bike, having ridden on a Carrera for 6 months which didn’t fit me. I had looked at many different bikes before making my decision but it was the Kuota Kharma Evo that stood out from the rest. Not only was the bike great value for my budget, getting a custom build was very attractive. After looking at the bike online and playing around with the build options on Koo-bikes.com, I popped into their bricks and mortar shop Cogs Bikes for a fit. After spending some time with the guys at Cogs I chose the black, red and white colours and selected the Shimano 105 build option. Overall, the bike looks beautiful, which was definitely important to me.
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Lazer Blade Road Helmet

First Impressions: Lazer Blade Road Helmet Review

Based on the design of the top end Lazer Z1 helmet the new Lazer Blade is a refreshing update to Lazer’s entry level models. At just £59.99 the Lazer Blade is considerable less expensive than the £200 Z1 yet still uses the same mould and ARS fit system. Weighing a very light 250g and coming in a wide range of sizes and colours, the Lazer Blade is a must have for anyone in the market for a new helmet this year. […] Continue Reading…

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