For SPD users the journey into flat pedal riding can be a perilous one. Sure, you’re going to improve your technique and learn to bunnyhop properly, but you’re also liable to landing a set of pins into your leg. The problem is that a lot of shin guards look like they’ve come out of the Darth Vader spares bin, and for a lot of people are a bit over the top.
My body is definitely getting old. If it’s not, then I’m getting a lot weaker. There was a time when I’d sleep straight on the ground or with a thin Karrimat. There was a time where dossing in a phone box would do as well or the nearest gutter but time, like my hairline, moves on…
These are Shimano’s top of the range, none-higher, all-singing and quite a bit of dancing, race shoes.
Steve Makin reviews a big lad’s bike with shonky brakes, skinny tyres, dodgy bars, a very racy saddle and no gears. Possibly the most fun bike he’s ridden in years.
Lizard Skinz Blizzard Gloves Price: £28.00 From: www.2pure.co.uk A winter glove with neoprene trimmings over the knuckles and round the cuff but despite the neoprene this glove is water resistant rather than waterproof. The lining is thick and instantly warm and the Velcro cuff strap tightens up easily and tightly to keep the wind out. […]
Lifesystems Mountain Thermal Bag Price: £9.99 From: www.lifesystems.co.uk It may not be sexy and you’ll probably never have to use it but this metalised polyester based survival bag should be on your list of things to carry on a ride. Weighing a mere 85 grammes, you’ll only ever use it when things go seriously Pete […]
Ortlieb Medium First Aid Kit Price: £13.69 From: Lyon Equipment www.ortlieb.com Having a First Aid kit and the knowledge to use it should be something that every mountain biker has. The Ortlieb First Aid pack is a basic but effective piece of kit, small and light enough to be a permanent fixture in the bottom […]
Sealskinz Technical Mountain Biking Glove Price: £37.50 From: Sealskinz 01553 817990 www.sealskinz.com These winter gloves are the highest spec mountain biking glove in the Sealskinz range, they are waterproof, breathable and have specific gel padding on the palm to help absorb the shock from mountain biking. First thoughts about these gloves are the fact that […]
Jimi Wallet Price: £12.00 From : 2pure www.2pure.co.uk The Jimi Wallet so the marketing goes is the wallet for people that don’t do wallets. It’s a classic I-generation product. (How much of the last 8 years designs have been influenced by the I-pod?) the Jimi wallet consists of a translucent plastic clam shell box with […]
Orange P7 belt drive prototype Price: N/A From: Orange www.orangebikes.co.uk One of Orange’s advantages in the market is that they’re small enough to play with different ideas. With only 15 members of staff and all their suspension bikes made in a little factory in Halifax, the opportunity to play around with things like gearboxes, different […]
Foes FXR 2:1 Price: £1,849 frame only From: Balfa.co.uk The Bike The 6in travel ‘aggressive trail’ FXR has been part of the Foes line-up for the past few years. This latest incarnation introduces their 2:1 Curnutt shock ratio into the mix (where an inch of shock shaft travel equals two inches of rear wheel travel). […]