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 Castelli Exclusive Milano Cap
Castelli Exclusive Milano Cap
For keeping sweat out of your eyes and adding some extra protection from cool air or from the suns rays we like to go with a classic cycling cap like this the Castelli Milano Cap, available exclusively at Wiggle.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
Avg 4 / 5 from
More room than most
Posted12 August 2015
fromWorcestershire, UK
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 35-44
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
Budget : Quality first
" I've got a few cycling caps and the one-size-fits-all is usually quite tight (I use a large helmet), but this has a little more room than most so is comfortable under a helmet, providing a bit of sun shade and keeping rain out of your eyes. It is elasticated though, so those with smaller heads should still be ok. The construction is also better than some I've worn, without deviating too far from the traditional cycling cap recipe. "
Pros: Attractive, Good Fit
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 CNP Hydro Tabs Max Caffeine - 10 tabs
CNP Hydro Tabs Max Caffeine - 10 tabs
CNP Hydro Tabs Max are an advanced effervescent hydration tablet combining electrolytes from sodium, magnesium, potassium and calcium to enhance hydration; B vitamins to support energy metabolism and caffeine to boost energy an focus.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
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Tasty
Posted12 August 2015
fromWorcestershire, UK
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 35-44
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
Budget : Quality first
" If you like cherry cola, you'll like the taste. They're a bit pricier than the High5 tabs, but the flavour is great and the caffeine helps with fatigue. They seem to 'go off' a bit after a couple of hours, the colour and flavour fading, but if you take them with you and add them fresh to your bottles, that's no problem. If it's good enough for Team Sky... "
Pros: tasty
Cons: Expensive
+1point
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 Sugoi Zap Cycling Cap
Sugoi Zap Cycling Cap
The Zap cycling cap from Sugoi offers great reflectivity in low light situations and excellent comfort thanks to the 6 panel design. Ideal for wearing under your helmet on low light/night time excursions on the bike.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
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Womens Cap
Posted22 October 2014
fromWorcestershire, UK
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 35-44
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
Budget : Quality first
" First things first, although there's no mention of it on the website, this is labelled as One Size - Womens. I'm not sure why, as it's not in any way feminine, but that could be part of the reason that it was too tight for my head. Unless you have a small head, look elsewhere!
It's a shame, because it's otherwise a nice cap - seems fairly well made and the weighty, slightly brushed material is warm and comfortable. There's also a decent reflective strip on the peak to keep you seen, athought the edges and stitching on this weren't particularly neat.
Unfortunatley, the fabric just doesn't have enough give and the elasticated section at the back isn't quite long enough to adapt to bigger heads without feeling restrictive. If there was a big more adjustability in the size, this would be a decent cap, but I've had to return mine. "
Pros: Attractive, High Quality
Cons: Unadjustable, Poor Fit
+3points
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 Northwave Sonic Long Sleeve Jersey
Northwave Sonic Long Sleeve Jersey
Warm Polyester Thermopile is used to construct this Sonic jersey. Ideal for cold rides, combined with a base layer for extra warmth or a shell jacket when it looks like rain. It will keep you riding in all weathers as you build your winter mileage.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
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Nice, but not as pictured!
Posted29 September 2014
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fromWorcestershire, UK
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 35-44
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
Budget : Quality first
" This is a nice winter jersey which fits snugly and has some nice features, but it's worth knowing that it's not exactly as pictured. I ordered the high-vis option for those dim autumn evenings. The white flashes shown on the front are not on the item I received meaning that the high-vis portion looks a bit like a girly halter-neck top shape against the black top and arms. The Northwave logo is also white, not black as pictured.
The most important thing to note, if you're buying for increased visibility - the reverse of the jersey is almost entirely black with a thin strip of yellow and white across the middle. This is why I've returned mine.
It's a shame, because it's otherwise a nice top. The good quality zip has a garage at the neck and a wind-resisting backing and the cuffs are nice and soft. I bought a large which fitted well - I'm normally a medium, but followed the size guide which seems accurate. "
Pros: Attractive, Comfortable, High Quality
Cons: not high vis!
+12points
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 dhb Prudential RideLondon-Surrey100 750ml WaterBottle
dhb Prudential RideLondon-Surrey100 750ml WaterBottle
The Official Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 750ml water bottle is the perfect souvenir to ride the hills of surrey and beyond. The triple function cap with a soft, rubber push-pull nozzle and soft squeezable construction allows fast fluid delivery.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
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Great bottle
Posted28 July 2014
fromWorcestershire, UK
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 35-44
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
Budget : Quality first
" They're branded as dhb, but these bottles are made by Elite, so match the Elite Super Corsa team bottles, which are great. The bottle sits snugly in cages (particularly Elite ones) and as with all of their bottles, the lid can be easily dismantled with the rubber stopper coming out for thorough cleaning. On the road, they're easy to open and close, but seal well to ensure no spillage. A great souvenir item for RideLondon! "
Pros: Durable, Attractive, High Quality
 
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Elite SuperCorsa Team 750ml Water Bottle
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 Sugoi Evolution Bib Short
Sugoi Evolution Bib Short
These highly refined bib shorts are ideal for long days of riding. Combining performance fabrics, RC-Pro pad and power band leg cuffs the Sugoi Evolution Bib Short gives a lot of performance for a great price.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
Avg 5 / 5 from
Great shorts. A bit blue!
Posted28 July 2014
fromWorcestershire, UK
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 35-44
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
Budget : Quality first
" I bought these, having owned and liked some Sugoi RPM bib shorts, because of the higher-spec chamois which I hoped would perform better on longer rides. Sure enough, they feel very similar to the RPM for fit, but better in material, construction and pad.
The material itself is quite matt with a spiderman-style grid pattern and under normal light appears to be a marginally paler than standard black lycra. Get them in bright sunlight though, and there's a definite blue tinge to the colour; they're almost a very dark navy blue. This may be an issue if you're trying to colour coordinate (or if you like Sugoi's normal shiny materials), but it is subtle and only really noticeable in bright sun.
The shorts are very comfortable and the chamois is easily good for a few hours in the saddle. They feel well put together and the broad double-thickness leg cuffs hold them in place firmly without ever feeling grabby. The reflective Sugoi logos seem to be printed on too, rather than the stuck on logos of the RPMs so should last without peeling off. "
Pros: Great Value, Attractive, Comfortable, High Quality, Good Fit
Cons: a bit blue!
+1point
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 Sportful Pista Short Sleeve Jersey
Sportful Pista Short Sleeve Jersey
An incredible value road cycling jersey with a soft, high wicking Nimbus fabric construction for comfort and dryness with clean, minimal styling to match any kit theme. Ideal for summer training, leisure and sportive riding.
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
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Weird Shape
Posted22 April 2014
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Comes up small
Small
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fromWorcestershire, UK
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 35-44
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
" I really liked the look of this top which has a impressive range of colour options and the dayglo version is nice and bright where some can be a bit weak. The material is nice and light, with a more open mesh on the side panels.
Unfortunately, as others have pointed out, the fit is quite strange. I'm usually a medium in dhb tops, large in some other race-fit brands so opted for the large of this. The arms are very tight, having a thick band of elastic around the back, and the shoulders don't seem wide enough, despite the jersey being quite baggy at the waist. I often wear a long-sleeve base layer under jerseys, but that would be a no-go with this sizing.
It's a real shame, but I've returned the jersey as I think going another size up to suit my arms would result in a billowing waist. "
Pros: Attractive, Lightweight
Cons: Poor Fit
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 Elite Corsa Team 550ml Water Bottle
Elite Corsa Team 550ml Water Bottle
Precise replicas of the bottles used in competition by the world's fastest riders. With class leading Corsa cap with safety blow-off feature, perfect for group rides and soft rubber push-pull valve is easy on the mouth and ensures easy opening.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
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Nice
Posted21 March 2014
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fromWorcestershire, UK
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 35-44
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
Budget : Quality first
" These bottles are great - I've tried a few different bottles and have pretty much settled exclusively on these (other than the occasional free High5 one). The rubber valve is nice and simple to use and the whole thing can be disassembled for easy and thorough cleaning.
I have Elite bottle cages on my bikes and these bottles sit snugly with no worries about them staying in place.
The Team Sky bottle looks great - it's not quite as vivid and glossy as it appears on the photo, but still looks the part. "
Pros: Durable, High Quality, Adjustable, Lightweight
+2points
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 Fulcrum Racing 7 Clincher Wheelset 2013
Fulcrum Racing 7 Clincher Wheelset 2013
The 2013 Racing 7 wheels are perfect for training/everyday use and are compatible with Campagnolo, Shimano and SRAM drivetrains.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
Avg 4 / 5 from
Good winter wheels
Posted9 February 2014
fromWorcestershire, UK
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 25-34
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
Budget : Quality first
" I got these as a low-cost winter wheelset after the Felt hubs on my Z85 suffered some sort of noisy internal failure.
They seem a bit heavier/slower than the Fulcrum Racing Quattros I have for summer and do not roll as smoothly - the money savings have clearly been in the hub/bearings which don't feel as well engineered.
Also, the freewheel on the rear is really quiet - virtually inaudible over a bit of wind noise, so if you like a nice loud, positive click, look elsewhere!
That said, if your'e after a tough, cheap wheelset for chucking about on dirty, rutted, winter roads where you wouldn't want to damage something nicer, for the money, they're hard to fault.
They look good on the bike too, with bold black/white graphics. Definitely an aesthetic improvement over the outgoing standard items (CXP22 rims with cheap Felt hubs). "
Pros: Great Value, Attractive, Rugged
+3points
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 dhb Vaeon Roubaix Padded Bib Short
dhb Vaeon Roubaix Padded Bib Short
The Vaeon Roubaix leg wear uses a super soft fleecy performance fabric to offer reliable warmth through your Winter rides. (dhb Vaeon Roubaix - replaces dhb PACE Roubaix)
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
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Like other dhb shorts, but warmer.
Posted12 November 2013
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fromWorcestershire, UK
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 25-34
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
Budget : Quality first
" These are great. I have a few pairs of dhb bib shorts (Aeron Race and Pro) and these are a similar fit, but with the added benefit of fleece-backed material so they keep the chill off your nether regions. They seem to have a slightly sturdier back panel too for extra warmth. The material feels good and still has a good deal of stretch to it and the pad seems to provide a good level of padding.
In conjunction with the dhb Vaeon Roubaix knee warmers and a winter jersey, I've been out and plenty warm enough down to 1°C and could probably go out in colder so that combo is a flexible alternative to bib tights. "
Pros: Comfortable, High Quality, Good Fit
Cons: Limited Color Choices
+1point
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 Altura Airstream Long Sleeve Jersey
Altura Airstream Long Sleeve Jersey
This Stretch thermal jersey combines comfortable insulation in a multi panel cut with high wicking and thermal fabric to make your ride as comfortable and warm as possible. Great on its own or with layers on those really cold days in the saddle.
 

How bright is the yellow?

Is it just flat yellow, or is it hi-vis?
6 years ago
by
Factor41
Worcestershire, UK
 
 Gore Bike Wear Contest Full Zip Short Sleeve Jersey
Gore Bike Wear Contest Full Zip Short Sleeve Jersey
A ventilated slim fit short sleeve jersey with a full zip for temperature control and quick changes. Perfect for summer rides and sportives with refined Gore Bike Wear styling.
 

How neon?

The colours are listed as neon yellow and vibrant orange, but how bright are these? They look like flat colours on the photos - is the yellow as bright as the dhb Chase hi-vis option?
6 years, 2 months ago
by
Factor41
Worcestershire, UK
 
 dhb Team Wiggle Honda Bib Short
dhb Team Wiggle Honda Bib Short
As the official team kit supplier of the Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling Team, dhb are proud to present the 2014 Wiggle Honda Padded Bib Short.
 

Same as Aeron Pro Bib Shorts?

Are these essentially another colour option of the dhb Aeron Pro shorts, or are the materials different, with extra team magic built in? Some of the panels look like a different fabric - is that the case, or is the contrast just black and grey colour sections?
6 years, 3 months ago
by
Factor41
Worcestershire, UK
 
 Shimano FC-M590 Deore 9-Speed 44/32/22T Triple Chainset
Shimano FC-M590 Deore 9-Speed 44/32/22T Triple Chainset
Great value Deore 2-piece design chainset for 9-speed transmissions.
 

BB Size?

I'm looking to replace an ageing Truvativ BB on my 2005 GT Avalanche hardtail. This chainset is compatible with my (now mostly XT) drivetrain, but I notice that there's no BB size options to choose. Other answers suggest that the BB is included in the package, so is size a consideration, or is it a generic thing that will just fit?
6 years, 5 months ago
by
Factor41
Worcestershire, UK
 
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 dhb Diffuser Long Sleeve Jersey
dhb Diffuser Long Sleeve Jersey
A high performance long sleeve jersey with a soft, high-stretch microfibre construction for an unrestrictive form fit. With mesh vents and a full front zip, the Diffuser is the ideal choice for full coverage on high paced road rides in cooler conditions.
 

is this a long sleeved summer jersey?

i am keen to find long sleeved summer road cycling jerseys to protect arms from sun damage.
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You'll find that most long-sleeve jerseys are thicker than their short-sleeve equivalents, often with a fleecy inner surface.

For warm summer days if I want my arms covered, I tend to wear a light short-sleeve jersey, such as the dhb Chase over a Nike Pro Core base layer. Just avoid the higher neck version of the base layers!
 
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Pro Core Long Sleeve Tight Compression Crew AW12
4.5 out of 5(118)
 
 
 
 
 
5 years, 7 months ago
by
Factor41
Worcestershire, UK
 
 dhb Team Wiggle Honda Bib Short
dhb Team Wiggle Honda Bib Short
As the official team kit supplier of the Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling Team, dhb are proud to present the 2014 Wiggle Honda Padded Bib Short.
 

Are these for male?

The pad details says it is for females
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Spec list says mens and there is a separate item with Ladies in the title so safe to assume it's a male product. The pad is the Giro Air, same as in the mens Aeron Race bib shorts.
6 years, 3 months ago
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Factor41
Worcestershire, UK
 
 High5 Selection Pack
High5 Selection Pack
The High5 Race Pack includes everything you need to stay fuelled, hydrated and focussed on race day. The pack has been put together as a performance sports nutrition program for events helping you with all your nutritional race day requirements.
 

Exactly what comes in the pack?

Does any one know what actually comes in the pack please? is it the same as whats in the picture? Only as I can't find an actual list!

Thanks
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If you view the expanded box shot, there's a "Pack includes..." section on the top edge of it. Looks like 8x Energy Gel, 3x IsoGel, 4x EnergySource, 1x EnergySourceXtreme, 1x Protein Recovery, 1x drink bottle.
6 years, 4 months ago
by
Factor41
Worcestershire, UK
 
 Race Faster Pack
Race Faster Pack
A complete set of energy drinks and gels to maximise your performance on race day, the High5 Race Pack gives you everything you need to stay hydrated, energized and focused for a competitive edge.
 

what does the box include?

I have brought a box like this before, does this one include the zero tablets and the recovery shake aswell as othe items listed?
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I guess the contents can vary a bit with extra samples going in if they're available, but in my Race Pack, I got one each of:

Energy Source Xtreme (Citrus)
Energy Source 2:1 (Summer Fruit)
Energy Source 2:1 (Juicy Orange)
Energy Source 2:1 (Fresh Citrus)
Energy Source 4:1 (Citrus)
Energy Gel (Juicy Orange)
Energy Gel+ (Raspberry Plus)
Energy Gel+ (Orange Plus)
IsoGel (Berry)
IsoGel+ (Citrus Plus)
Zero 10xTablets (Berry)
Zero Sachet (Citrus)

...and a nutrition guide for sportives - see pic. No recovery shake is included, but still seems pretty good value!
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6 years, 5 months ago
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Factor41
Worcestershire, UK
 
 Lezyne Pressure Drive Mini ABS Pump - Medium
Lezyne Pressure Drive Mini ABS Pump - Medium
A compact HP hand pump made of 100% custom CNC-machined aluminum for precise and lightweight construction.
 

Does this pump include the carrier or do you have to purchase separately?

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It comes with the same side-mounting clip with retaining Velcro strap as is available to buy separately. No need to buy a separate one unless you want a spare for a second bike. The mounts are all black, regardless of the pump colour.
 
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6 years, 6 months ago
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Worcestershire, UK