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No delays on safer lorries - an open letter to the Italian transport ministerPublished: 9:58am 10 December 2014

Representatives from the European Council, Commission and Parliament will meet today to discuss whether safer lorry cab designs should be postponed for a decade. We're sending the letter below to the Italian Transport Minister who chairs the Trans...

Zéfal Lock 'n' Roll wheel skewersPublished: 2:51pm 19 December 2013

ZÉFAL Lock ‘n’ Roll skewers
£29.99
www.zyro.co.uk

We’ve previously reviewed Atomic22 and Pinhead security skewers which rely on a unique bolt head and key; the Zéfal set uses a patented keyless system, wh...

Charge Spit riser handlebarsPublished: 2:35pm 19 December 2013

CHARGE Spit
£19.99
www.chargebikes.com

When renovating an old road or town bike you often find that the old quill stem and bar combo is a little low and narrow, and doesn’t offer the control and comfort that you’d prefer. Yo...

Atomic22 Security bolts for bike componentsPublished: 2:40pm 30 March 2013


 
I watched as a sad young man holding a fork-less bike frame talked to a police officer – you can guess the rest: every part on the bike had been stripped leaving just the lock and frame.  These days two hex (allen) keys ar...

SCHWALBE Durano Plus, £32.99, www.schwalbe.comPublished: 5:48pm 9 December 2011

We’ve ridden scores of Schwalbe tyres over the years and been variously impressed with their durability, grip and general construction. The Durano Plus is new for 2011 and takes another key aspect of tyre design – puncture resistance...

HALO Twin Rail Courier Berlin HC tyre, £22.99, www.ison-distribution.comPublished: 2:39pm 6 May 2011

As the name suggests, the Berlin HC is made of hard compound rubber as it’s intended for rear wheel use only. This needs stressing as, although it offers greater wear resistance, the harder compound gives much reduced grip so it’s ...

HALO Twin Rail Courier Berlin tyre, £22.99, www.ison-distribution.comPublished: 2:39pm 6 May 2011

Here's a beefed-up Berlin version with even greater puncture defence. The regular 1mm anti-flat strip is replaced with a whopping 2.5mm one (you’ll need a mallet this time). Amazingly, it still only weighs 415g and rolls better than some...

HALO Twin Rail Courier tyre, £16.99-£19.99, www.ison-distribution.comPublished: 2:36pm 6 May 2011

The basic Twin Rail Courier (available in seven colours) was launched specifically for the fixed-gear and courier market, in other words riders who are particularly hard on their kit. It’s got a steel bead to keep the price down and a qual...

CONTINENTAL Gator Hardshell tyre, £38.99-£29.99 (folding/wire bead), www.conti-tyres.co.ukPublished: 2:28pm 6 May 2011

Modelled on the famous Gatorskin race clincher, this 2010 Hardshell version has more reinforcement for fast commuting or training. 
A breaker strip wraps the entire width of the tread to prevent punctures, while a Duraskin mesh helps fend off ...

SCHWALBE Lugano tyre, £14.99, www.schwalbe.co.ukPublished: 2:24pm 6 May 2011

Increasingly seen specced on complete bikes, this is Schwalbe’s latest entry-level road tyre. Incorporating the company’s ‘bi-colour’ compound, meaning the central tread — shown in blue, red, yellow or white on th...

VITTORIA Randonneur Hyper tyre, £34.99, www.vittoria.comPublished: 2:16pm 6 May 2011

Snapped up quickly by the test team’s most fanatical tourer due to it being a featherweight in its class — the result of a superlight kevlar folding bead and supple (120tpi) casing. Close up, the all-new triple-layer puncture prote...

TUBUS Airy rack, £135, www.tubus.comPublished: 2:03pm 6 May 2011

 

Tubus, like Blackburn, has a well-deserved reputation for making durable bike racks. However, the company’s latest offering, the titanium Airy is aimed at weight watchers rather than long distance tourists. 
At just 222g, the Airy ...

BROOKS Swallow Chrome saddle, £145, www.brookssaddles.comPublished: 2:02pm 6 May 2011

 

No self-repecting fan of vintage bikes would dare adorn their steed with anything less than a Brooks leather saddle — but with dozens of his and hers models, sprung or unsprung, it’s tricky to narrow down the choice. For old-...

CONTINENTAL Ultra Gatorskin TYRES, £22.95, www.conti-tyres.co.ukPublished: 1:59pm 6 May 2011

 

We’ve raved about the puncture-proofing of equivalent Gatorskin tyres we’ve ridden on road bikes in the past, but this is the 26in version designed for fast commuting on a mountain bike. Constructed using a lightweight 170tpi...

FSA Gimondi chainset, £79.95, www.windwave.com Published: 1:58pm 6 May 2011

 

With the trend for retro-styled bike building showing no signs of wavering, FSA has released this classic-looking 48T chainset. Named after Felice Gimondi – one of only five riders to have won all three ‘Grand Tours’ &m...