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 Castelli Aero Race 5.1 Jersey
Castelli Aero Race 5.1 Jersey
The most aero jersey Castelli have ever made evolves still further saving an extra 2 watts compared to the previous edition. Not only is this jersey aero it's also lightweight and very comfortable making it perfect for both racing and training.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
Avg 5 / 5 from
cool and aero
Posted27 August 2017
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 55-64
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Advanced
Gender : Male
" i've been wearing this a lot for long/hot rides, compared to a typical jersey it's considerably more comfortable once the temperature is into the 30s, i've hardly worn the other jerseys at all as this one is so much cooler to wear
pocket size is normal, unlike the tiny pockets on the climber's jersey!
i'd say it's more delicate than normal, needs a bit of care putting it on and especially when taking off as the arm grip area really hangs on once it's wet
compared to other castelli jerseys, it's snug, but that's to be expected for aero, it's cut to fit in position on the bike, standing it feels 'wrong' around the arms/chest
i take the same size as for a non-aero castelli, fit was ok for me
if you normally take size 'x' in a non-aero castelli, if that's already snug, then go up a size for the aero "
Pros: Attractive, Comfortable, Good Fit, High Quality, Lightweight
+2points
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Speedplay's new user-friendly Zero walkable cleat offers exceptional off-the-bike rider functionality and performance. The system clips in as normal, but features rubberised covers around the cleat that stay on while you are riding.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
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better than the standard cleats, but not as robust
Posted5 November 2016
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 55-64
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Advanced
Gender : Male
" compared to the standard cleats, stack height is slightly lower, i'm not convinced there's any useful aero advantage (at least not to me)
the walkability is the real attraction for me
the supplied screws are not the same as standard cleats, only one length is supplied and these are only just long enough for the adaptors, if you use the cleats with speedplay specific shoes the screws may not be long enough
if you use wedges or shims you'll need to buy longer screws, which is problematic as the heads on these are a bit bigger, but speedplay give no other option that i've seen for longer screws with the smaller head
the covers have survived a few months use, including on rough surfaces, what they don't like is twisting force, then they can detach, also, twisting seems to stretch them and they will not return to previous shape
the cleat buddies fall out very easily, i gave up on them
compared to standard cleats, the cover means there's slightly less feedback when clipping in, but not really a problem
pro
- walkable, no need to carry covers
- lower stack height
con
- supplied screws give no flexibility for shims/wedges, had to buy extra ones
- the covers are easily stretched/distorted
- cleat buddies are pretty much useless
"
+3points
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The Bont Vaypor S Road Shoe offers maximum cycling performance. With a monocoque carbon sole, every watt is guaranteed to be transferred to the road to propel you and your bike towards the winners podium! A racing cycle shoe without compromise.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
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best road shoes i've had so far
Posted5 November 2016
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 55-64
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Advanced
Gender : Male
" i've used many road shoes over the years, most recently the last two versions of specialized s-works which i'd thought would not be topped
obviously fit/comfort is personal, and i use insoles with high arch support which do not match some shoes (i've tried lake cx402, they were really not a good match)
after moulding, the bonts are the best so far, switching back to the s-works i really notice the difference in comfort/fit
i found the oven moulding method was not effective (oven temperature checked with two different probes, even raising the temperature didn't help) perhaps because the shoes cool very fast. i switched to using a temperature controlled heatgun, this made it easy to perfect the shape
they feel light on the feet, ventilation is very good, staying comfortable even at high temperatures with noticeable airflow through the front (on cooler days toe or shoe covers are needed)
stack height is lower than the s-works, and they feel even stiffer
toe/heel protection is good, no sign of wear after a few months (though i wonder about availability of spare heels when the time comes)
i like the quick-release boas, no slipping, on the fly adjustment is easy to do
btw i also tried some 2015 vaypor + in the same size, but i found the toe box felt too low, the vaypor s had a bit more height "
Pros: Adjustable, Comfortable, Good Fit, High Quality, Lightweight
Cons: Expensive, Limited Color Choices
+4points
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1 - 3 repairs, depending on tyre diametre. A highly effective product for repair of flats of all TUFO tyres. Use only once a puncture has occurred, will deal with slightly bigger holes than the standard sealant.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
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best i've tried
Posted20 March 2016
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 55-64
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Advanced
Gender : Male
" the tufo sealant works far better than others i've tried
it seems to contain fibres that bunch up at the hole and form a durable plug
takes about a quarter of a bottle to seal a puncture
once a bottle is opened, it can dry out, so it's worth giving used bottle a good shake to check it's still usable, also the nozzle can get clogged, you can use the tie wrap that holds the valve core tool as a prod to clear it "
Pros: effective
+4points
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 SRAM Red eTap 11 Speed Groupset
SRAM Red eTap 11 Speed Groupset
Because it's a bicycle. It's supposed to be simple. The Wireless eTap groupset offers one of the aesthetically cleanest, most efficient shifting setups available.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
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look no cables!
Posted20 March 2016
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 55-64
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Advanced
Gender : Male
" the packaging is stupidly wasteful, over 5kg of it! when i collected the box from wiggle my first though was that the wrong stuff had been sent
aside from that, very easy installation, though the instructions are only available online in pdf form, a curious omission considering the massive packaging and the multiple copies of other documents that were included
the shifters are a smaller than mechanical red, and after years of double tap the new shifting technique is going to take a while to become reflex, but operation has been flawless so far
after a few rides i noticed that the lower limit screw on the fd was catching the inside of the crank arm, i think it only happens during shifting to the big ring - the fd 'over shifts' then moves back in a bit - so i removed the screw and ground a couple of mm off the end to solve this
it's not mentioned in the description, but the box also contains brake cables and outers "
Pros: Attractive, High Quality, no cables, easy installation
Cons: wasteful packaging
+2points
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 Wippermann Connex 11 Speed Chain Link
Wippermann Connex 11 Speed Chain Link
Wippermanns unique and sophisticated 11 speed connectors are easy to open and close without any tools. Suitable for for use with Connex chains.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
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easy
Posted20 March 2016
Age : 55-64
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Advanced
Gender : Male
" very easy to fit/remove
only slight quibble would be that the instructions could be printed a bit larger and clearer - it is supposed to be installed the correct way around, a single large diagram would've been better than the teeny words in multiple languages "
-1point
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Overall rating 
5 / 5
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completely waterproof
Posted4 December 2015
Age : 45-54
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Advanced
Gender : Male
" i chose my normal size for castelli gloves, xxl, these are much looser than usual castelli gloves
i though about exchanging for smaller, but they're not too loose and this way there's room for using liners on cold days "
Pros: Attractive, Comfortable, High Quality
-1point
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 Castelli Tempesta Leg Warmer
Castelli Tempesta Leg Warmer
Designed to wear with the Tempesta 3/4 pant these perfectly compliment that garment or they can be used with your regular shorts for added wet weather protection. Large reflective panels raises your visibility when the storm clouds roll in.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
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tight
Posted4 December 2015
Age : 45-54
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Advanced
Gender : Male
" they work well, but the sizing is way smaller than normal castelli, and the size guide is wrong (results in too small)
i'm tall slim and c. 78kg at the moment, normally i'm L for castelli leg/knee warmers (i.e. what the size guide says), but trying to put on these in L was hopeless, at the thigh i was worried they'd rip if i pulled them up any higher, at the ankle i couldn't do up the zip
changed and got some XL, which just about fit, but i'd still prefer them a bit bigger, they're supposed to be zipped up on top of overshoes, there's barely enough slack to do it "
Pros: Attractive, High Quality
Cons: too small vs. size chart
+1point
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 Castelli Body Paint 2.0 Bib Short
Castelli Body Paint 2.0 Bib Short
The Body Paint 2.0 is Castelli's most comfortable and aerodynamic bib short to date providing exceptional rider comfort thanks to the advanced manufacturing techniques incorporated.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
Avg 5 / 5 from
the best got better
Posted25 July 2015
Age : 45-54
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Advanced
Gender : Male
" i liked the previous body paint bibs, but the pad in the 2.0 is even better "
Pros: Attractive, Comfortable, Good Fit, High Quality, Lightweight
-1point
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 Castelli Core Mesh Short Sleeve Base Layer
Castelli Core Mesh Short Sleeve Base Layer
A minimalist base layer for fast, cooling moisture transfer and freshness on hot summer endurance rides. Fully open mesh holds the jersey off of skin and the resulting layer of air works to regulate body temperature.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
Avg 5 / 5 from
snug, light
Posted25 July 2015
Quality 
5 / 5
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Value 
4 / 5
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Performance 
5 / 5
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Appearance 
5 / 5
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Fit / Size 
5 / 5
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Age : 45-54
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Advanced
Gender : Male
" compared to the previous mesh it's stretchier
good mesh. wicks very well "
Pros: Attractive, Comfortable, Good Fit, High Quality, Lightweight
0points
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 Polar T31 Transmitter/Electrode Non Coded Belt Set 2014
Polar T31 Transmitter/Electrode Non Coded Belt Set 2014
The Polar T31 Transmitter/Electrode Non Coded Belt Set is to be used with the Polar A-series heart rate monitors.
 

Compatible with Tacx Bushido

Would this transmitter be compatible with the new Tacx Bushido Trainer? I believe non-coded heart rate transmitters are supposed to work with that Trainer - looking for something cheaper than the Bushido transmitter. If not, could you suggest anything else that you have in stock?
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works with a tacx flow, so should be ok with bushido
8 years, 9 months ago
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 Speedplay Zero Stainless Pedals
Speedplay Zero Stainless Pedals
Speedplay pedals are incredibly lightweight thanks to intelligent engineering. The engagement mechanism is housed in the cleat, not the pedal, allowing you to have a double sided pedal with one mechanism (rather than one on each side of the pedal).
 

What is included re 3 hole fitment

Hey There. I noticed reading the reviews that there is a metal 3 hole plate available rather than a plastic. Do you know what comes with the speedplay stainless Zero? Does it also come with the cleat cover - sorry, could not see in the desciptions?
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the metal plate is to avoid wearing the soles of some shoes, it is not supplied as standard

nor are cleat covers
8 years, 9 months ago
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sungod
 
 Speedplay Zero Stainless Pedals
Speedplay Zero Stainless Pedals
Speedplay pedals are incredibly lightweight thanks to intelligent engineering. The engagement mechanism is housed in the cleat, not the pedal, allowing you to have a double sided pedal with one mechanism (rather than one on each side of the pedal).
 

Is this price for the pedals and the cleats as well?

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yes
8 years, 9 months ago
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sungod
 
SRAM PG950 9 Speed Cassette with Power Glide II Technology.
 

Scram PG950 vs. PG970

I am currently running a PG970 12-26 on my cross bike and need another cassette for another set of wheels. I assume the PG950 is compatible. What's the difference between the 950 and 970?
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for the same cogs the pg970 is a smidge lighter, due to alloy spacers i think, also a different surface finish

the two are interchangeable

performance of pg950 is fine, seems little reason to pay much more for the pg970
8 years, 10 months ago
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sungod
 
 High5 IsoGel Sachets - 25 x 60g
High5 IsoGel Sachets - 25 x 60g
IsoGel is a great tasting sports fuel for a burst of instant energy. It has a lighter drink-like consistency for easy consumption and absorption. The classic sachet with a rip-off top makes it ideal on the move for cyclists and runners alike.
 

how long is the shelf life ?

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there's a use-by date on each sachet

i reckon it's dated a year from manufacture
8 years, 10 months ago
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 Speedplay Zero Series Cartridge Bearing Set
Speedplay Zero Series Cartridge Bearing Set
Cartridge bearing for the Zero range of pedals. Kit contains 4 bearings (all 12mm in dia (2 x 4mm width and 2 x 5mm width).
 

Are enough bearings included to overhaul a complete set of pedals?

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yes, there are four cartridge bearings in the pack, enough for two pedals

note that these do not include the needle bearings which are part of the pedal body, these are supplied in the rebuild kit (which has everything else you need for a complete rebuild)
8 years, 10 months ago
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sungod
 
 Speedplay Zero Titanium Pedals
Speedplay Zero Titanium Pedals
Speedplay pedals are incredibly lightweight thanks to intelligent engineering. The engagement mechanism is housed in the cleat, not the pedal, allowing you to have a double sided pedal with one mechanism (rather than one on each side of the pedal).
 

Do the speedplay zero pedals come with all the hardware to attach to the sidi ergo 2 shoes

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for those shoes, i think it's the carbon lite range, speedplay says...

Use factory installed 1-F and 1-R Snap Shims

...these are all included with the pedals
8 years, 10 months ago
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sungod
 
 Cool Boxer with Mesh - SS2010
Cool Boxer with Mesh - SS2010
The Cool boxer provides a superior cooling effect and a 3-dimensional ergonomic fit for freedom of movement during work-outs in warm conditions.
 

Are these shorts padded

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no
8 years, 11 months ago
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sungod
 
One of Park Tool's top-selling products of all time, the Puncture Repair Kit Super Patch is a mess-free puncture kit that moves whatever way your tube does for ultimate flexibility and protection until you fit your new tyre.
 

Road Inner Tubes

Having bought a new road bike recently I need to get some new kit. I usually use another brand of adhesive patches as I always end up sticking the patch to my finger if I use the regular kits, the one I currently use only says for MTB and BMX use so would these be suitable for a road bike too?
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use a proper repair kit - rema tt04 is excelent

the park patches are ok for the lower pressures on mtb/bmx, but they can leak/fail at the much higher pressure of road tyres
8 years, 11 months ago
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 Speedplay Zero Stainless Pedals
Speedplay Zero Stainless Pedals
Speedplay pedals are incredibly lightweight thanks to intelligent engineering. The engagement mechanism is housed in the cleat, not the pedal, allowing you to have a double sided pedal with one mechanism (rather than one on each side of the pedal).
 

Does it matter what kind of lubericant i use on the cleat?

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use a teflon dry lube, this is what speedplay recommend

if you used an oil lube i think it would be messy, stick dirt to the cleat, and might even seep into the shoe after a while
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