Everything tagged with accessories

Blog post: KNOG Straight-jacket Fatty, £25.99, www.todayscyclist.co.uk

We’ve looked at several Knog locks before and it’s fair to say the cable versions are very much a case of style over substance, aimed at urban fashionistas. But the Straightjacket Fatty’s a lot meatier, with an 8mm hardened ste...

Blog post: TEARAID puncture kit, £4.99, www.tear-aid.co.uk

To fix a flat, simply clean the ‘wound’ with one of the solvent-coated wipes. Peel off a plastic patch and apply, and you’re ready to go. Quicker and easier than traditional glue, patches and sandpaper, the repairs we did weeks...

Blog post: TIMBUK2 D-Lux Messenger Bag, £100, www.timbuk2.com

Since our sample arrived after September’s Cycle Show, this new courier/laptop bag has been on the backs of a couple of testers and proved so durable that we thought we’d review it before it hits the shops next spring. The fabric&rs...

Blog post: LEZYNE Classic tools, £17.99, www.upgrade.co.uk

They say ‘chain rod’, I say ‘chain whip’; they say ‘pedal rod’, I say ‘pedal spanner’... whether you agree with the German-founded, American-based manufacturer on name, one’s thing’s no...

Blog post: PITLOCK skewers, £39, www.londonfieldscycles.co.uk

Similar in idea to the Pinhead skewers we previously tested, but offering even greater reassurance as there’s 256 different ‘Pit key’ combinations to deter thieves. Fitting is straightforward: simply remove your old skewers and...

Blog post: SIGG sports bottle, £19, www.sigg.com

Outdoor types will know Sigg bottles have been around for years, but this latest ‘sports’ incarnation features a ‘wide mouth’ design which allows you to top up your tipple with ice cubes — and makes for easier cle...

Blog post: MISSION WORKSHOP Rambler bag, £200, www.missionworkshop.com

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...

Blog post: BELL Arella helmet, £59.99, www.madison.co.uk

  It’s not often that a helmet gets 
an ‘instant fit’ endorsement from every tester, but this new women’s-specific commuter lid did. The Arella incorporates the latest retention system that has three adjustment poin...

Blog post: BLACKBURN AirStik SL Carbon pump, £44.99, www.blackburndesign.com

  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 ...

Blog post: VEHO Muvi Cam DV Camcorder, £79.99, www.veho-uk.com

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...

Blog post: MICHAUD24 panniers, £200 (pair), www.michaudapparel.com

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...

Blog post: BASIL Jada-Mirte bag, £43.99, www.basil.nl/gb

  ‘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...

Blog post: ARKEL Dolphin 32 bag, £108 (pair), www.arkel-od.com

  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 ...

Blog post: ORTLEIB Downtown bag, £110, www.ortlieb.com

  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...

Blog post: KNOG Dry Dog bag, £99.99, www.knog.com.au

  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...