by Dave Anderson
February 14, 2014
It’s Friday and we’ve had a fresh haul of stuff for you to feast your eyes on.
Eighteen Bikes Pinion 853
Coincidentally sporting 18 gears mounted in a bottom-bracket-based gearbox, this bike – handmade in the Hope Valley in the Peak District offers something different for the all-weather adventurer or the ‘keep it simple’ rider. 18 speeds all kept out of the way, with the weight low and central. This bike will be appearing next issue, so read all about it then. Alternatively, pop along to see us at the London Bike Show as we have it on display on our booth.
Price: £2450 (frame and gearbox only)
It’s Orange Bikes’ go-everywhere-do-everything bike. Commuting, racing, or just hooning around, as you’ll see from the video below… Jorji’s riding this for some fitness training, so watch out for her on a steep hill near you soon.
From: Orange Bikes
Chain Reaction Cycles Pro Bike Bag
While it’s big enough to house our young apprentice, Dan, this bike bag does far better at transporting bikes. It comes with zip-up wheel pockets that’ll take 29er wheels with tyres on and it has secure mounts to tie the frame down to the base of the bag, while anti-crush inserts fit into your front and rear dropouts to stop damage from being stepped on/crushed. There’s a load of grab handles and some widely spaced skateboard wheels for whizzing through airports.
From: Chain Reaction Cycles
Falke BC3 Socks
Mountain bike specific socks from Falke. They feature several different knitted zones for riding and walking comfort, including some handy ankle protection.
Price: £13 a pair
From: Falke – www.falke.com
Adidas Evil Eye
Huge amount of features in these half-frame interchangeable-lens Adidas Evil Eyes. The arms will click into three different positions for the perfect lens angle – and even snap off harmlessly in a crash instead of actually snapping. There’s a removable brow pad and you can even get clip-in Rx inserts for glasses wearers. Comes with clear, orange and dark lenses.
From: Adidas: www.adidas.com/eyewear
Cyclo BB30 Removal Tool
Press-fit bottom brackets are all well and good until you need to un-press-fit them and replace them. Cyclo has come to the rescue with this natty, workshop-quality tool in nickel plated steel, with Cyclo’s usual lifetime guarantee. The T-shaped bit goes in to the BB shell from the far side and then you tighten the steel cylinder, with its non-marking plastic edge against your precious frame. The BB will then come out, nice and square, ready for you to fit a new one. It’s not cheap, but if you have the ultimate home workshop, you might decide you need it. And your local shop should certainly have something like it.
From: Weldtite weldtite.co.uk
Ride For Michael stickers and wristband
Can you ride a bike? Good for you. Trouble is, Michael Bonney can’t do that any more. He had a relatively innocuous crash a year ago and woke up paralysed from the neck down. The Ride For Michael campaign was set up to help Michael regain his rightful place back in the bike world and to enable him to do things like: ‘leave the house’ or ‘go to Fort William to watch the downhilling’. Stuff that we take for granted. Join massively famous people like Danny Macaskill, Guy Martin and Martyn Ashton in getting an MB sticker for your helmet and bike and a wristband for your wrist.
Price: A decent donation