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MISSION WORKSHOP Rambler bag, £200, www.missionworkshop.comPublished: 11:31am 6 May 2011

The Rambler’s a mid-sized cargo backpack, with a number of great features. The main central compartment can be expanded — doubling the basic capacity to 44-litres — and, thanks to a set of compression straps and a highly suppor...

BLACKBURN AirStik SL Carbon pump, £44.99, www.blackburndesign.comPublished: 11:20am 6 May 2011

 

If you’re after one of the smallest, lightest mini-pumps around, 
the AirStik SL Carbon should be high on your list. Weighing just 51g and measuring 15.7cm end-to-end, it’ll slip into any rucksack (or larger saddlepack) with ...

VEHO Muvi Cam DV Camcorder, £79.99, www.veho-uk.comPublished: 11:20am 6 May 2011

Claimed to be the world’s smallest DV camcorder at just 5.5cm, it can record 60 to 90 minutes of 640x480 (2-megapixel) video on the supplied 2GB Micro SD card or use up to an 8GB card for longer record times — and you can get three h...

MICHAUD24 panniers, £200 (pair), www.michaudapparel.comPublished: 11:16am 6 May 2011

The poshest panniers here 
by a mile, the Michaud24s brings a little French élan to commuting luggage. The 20-litre business pannier, weighing 2.2kg, has space for cards, pens and comes with a leather laptop/document sleeve. 
The matching...

BASIL Jada-Mirte bag, £43.99, www.basil.nl/gbPublished: 11:13am 6 May 2011

 

‘Excuse me, where did you get your pannier?’ — it’s not a question you often hear one female cyclist ask another. But we’ve heard it about the Jada-Mirte on a few occasions. It’s easy to see why &mdash...

ARKEL Dolphin 32 bag, £108 (pair), www.arkel-od.comPublished: 11:10am 6 May 2011

 

Arkel isn’t as well known as some pannier manufacturers, but the Dolphin 32 has proven a great all-rounder with its simple, no-frills design. We found the large external open pocket useful for storing a spare layer, and the zipped ...

ORTLEIB Downtown bag, £110, www.ortlieb.comPublished: 11:10am 6 May 2011

 

Pitched at anyone who needs to take a smart bag into the office, the Downtown benefits from a softer, more rounded design than most. The good news is that this pannier's also as tough and no-nonsense as you’d expect from Ortlieb; t...

KNOG Dry Dog bag, £99.99, www.knog.com.auPublished: 11:07am 6 May 2011

 

Easily the highest capacity pannier here, the 40-litre Dry Dog is also impressively lightweight. 
A 840-denier backlined fabric, roll-fold flap and heavy-duty fasteners keep your stuff dry as a bone. The Klickfix fixings are limpet-tight...

KNOG 20 Tool, £32.99, www.knog.com.auPublished: 11:06am 6 May 2011

We're always looking for multi- tools that pack loads into a small, light package that we can grab for maintenance jobs at home and take on longer rides. The new Knog Tool 20 is just the job if you're after a bigger tool, with an eyewatering sev...

BELL Splash helmet, £19.99, www.madison.co.ukPublished: 11:01am 6 May 2011

One of a new range of kids’ lids from Bell, available in five bright colourways including ‘Blue Super Heroes’ (above) and ‘Pink Heart Animals'. It incorporates the company’s revolutionary One-Step Fit system, that a...

ORTLIEB Vario bag, £100, www.ortlieb.comPublished: 10:58am 6 May 2011

Ortlieb panniers are 100 percent waterproof. So a pannier-cum-rucksack with this admirable attribute is of great interest. 
In two words — it works. The Orlieb Vario takes A4 files and a laptop (protective case optional) and has a neat i...

PINHEAD Locking System, £49.99, www.pinheadcomponents.comPublished: 10:58am 6 May 2011

No matter how securely your frame is anchored, unsecured wheels, saddles and forks are still mighty tempting to thieves. Pinhead’s system locks your valuable components without having to lug around an extra cable — and should you nee...

SQUIRE Challenger 260 lock, £19.99, www.squirelocks.co.ukPublished: 10:55am 6 May 2011

Squire’s Challenger 260 is a good all-round D-lock rated Bronze on the Sold Secure scale, providing decent security for your pub steed or runaround if you don’t want to spend three times more on a higher-rated lock. The 12mm steel sh...

ONGUARD Brute lock, £41.99, www.moorelarge.co.ukPublished: 10:54am 6 May 2011

Brute by name… impressively this US-made lock sports a whopping 16.8mm hardened steel shackle and a ‘Quattro’ 
bolt mechanism which grips it on four sides. Another feature called ‘BumpBlok’ makes the cylinder resis...

KRYPTONITE New York 3000 lock, £79.99, www.madison.co.uk Published: 10:50am 6 May 2011

For maximum security in high theft areas, you need a hefty shackle that’s resistant to bolt-cutters and leverage attacks and this one offers 16mm of case-hardened Kryptonium steel, bettered only by the monstrous 18mm-shackled Fahgettabou...