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    18 July 2009
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 Abus Bordo 6050 Folding Link Bike Lock - 85cm
Abus Bordo 6050 Folding Link Bike Lock - 85cm
The new lightweight BORDO 6050 is produced with 5mm steel bars with a colour matching plastic coating. New innovative soft touch casing is used on the lock body.
 
Overall rating 
1 / 5
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"Lite" bike lock
Posted21 September 2013
fromCambridge
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 25-34
Interest : Commuter
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
Budget : Quality first
" It's not clear from the product description that this is a "lite" version of the Bordo. While it's not a lot lighter in weight, it is a lot flimsier. The resin outer coating is replaced with soft plastic, and rubber around the lock section. The bars are also a lot thinner. Whereas the proper Bordo locks have a lot of rigidity, the bars in this flex quite a lot even when bent by hand.
This would be a decent upgrade from a cable lock in a low-risk situation, or a good second lock (for your front wheel), but is a bit pricey for that. If you're looking to replace a D-lock, you want the 5900. "
Pros: Attractive
Cons: Expensive, flimsy
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 Abus Bordo 5900 Folding Link Bike Lock - 90cm
Abus Bordo 5900 Folding Link Bike Lock - 90cm
The foldable Bordo lock uses a unique link construction to offer maximum flexibility when fastening your bike to a lamppost or railings. The clever design allows the Bordo to fold right up into its own compact frame mountable case.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
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Portable alternative to a D-lock
Posted28 March 2013
fromCambridge
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 25-34
Interest : Commuter
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
Budget : Value for money
" I've used one of these for about five years; it replaced a D-lock that was too bulky to mount on my frame without getting in the way of pedalling. After that time it bears many nicks from thieves who thought they could cut through it like a cable lock, and one or two who thought they could snap the rivets, but it's still as strong as ever. I think it attracts some attention because it looks so different.
Practically, it's nearly as portable and easy to use as a cable lock. I find the 90cm one just the right length to go round a lamppost, my back wheel, and my vertical tube, which you can't do with most D-locks. The 65cm one would work just as well on railings but give you less flexibility about where to park.
My only complaint is that after five years it's not taking the subzero temperatures in its stride like it used to, making the key very stiff to turn in freezing weather.
"
Pros: Durable, Rugged, Versatile
Cons: scratches my paintwork
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The Cool Mesh Superlight Sleeveless Base Layer from Craft enhances your hot-weather comfort thanks to rapid sweat-wicking and an active cooling effect from its 6 channel lightweight fabric.
 
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3 / 5
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thinner than you might think
Posted21 May 2010
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fromCambridge
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 25-34
Interest : Commuter
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
Budget : Value for money
" The photo doesn't convey just how insubstantial this base layer is. The fabric it's made of resembles nothing more than a net curtain, but much thinner. The first few times I wore it I put it on really gingerly, afraid of tearing it, but it's actually much stronger than it looks.
It's pretty effective, though as it's not the hot part of the Summer yet, I can't say how effective. I've worn it on the bike a few times, and also at band practice, and it did a good job of keeping me dry. I wasn't sure whether to get a medium or a small, and I got the small, and it fits like a glove - it needs to be tight on the skin to do its job, of course. It's very comfortable to wear, and so light you'd barely know it was there.
For me, the only downside is that its somewhat diaphanous nature means you can't wear it on its own - and even if you could, I'd be afraid of it snagging on something. "
Pros: Comfortable, Lightweight, Good Fit
Cons: Unattractive
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 Mars 4.0 Safety Rear Light
Mars 4.0 Safety Rear Light
The Mars 4.0 is the ultimate rear light in the Mars range.
 
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3 / 5
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nice but has major shortcomings
Posted2 March 2010
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fromCambridge
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 25-34
Interest : Commuter
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
Budget : Quality first
" It's compact (the photo doesn't do it justice) and very bright. The battery life is pretty good considering it only runs on 2 AAA's. I'd have loved it if it weren't for two problems:
1. It has a habit of turning itself off when I go over a pothole.
2. The pannier rack mount is very flimsy and shakes a lot on the road. This is probably related to the previous problem.
The second problem came to a head recently when the light fell off the mounting and went under the wheels of a passing car. Needless to say, I've replaced it with a different make. "
Pros: bright
Cons: Poor Fit, unreliable
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 TL-LD610 LED White Lens Rear Light
TL-LD610 LED White Lens Rear Light
A must-have for urban night riding. The new TL-LD610 is slimmer and brighter than its predecessor, with five LEDs and three modes that maximize your visibility.
 
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4 / 5
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cool bling
Posted2 March 2010
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fromCambridge
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 25-34
Interest : Commuter
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
Budget : Quality first
" The white lens thing alone makes this a sexy piece of kit, but it's also nicely designed. The power switch is the long red bit visible in the picture, so it's easy to turn on and off by squeezing. It has the usual thing where a press switches on and then from mode to mode, and holding it down switches it off, but with a nice twist: it remembers what mode it was in, and starts in that mode next time you turn it on. This feature is a big step forward in usability, especially given how many modes it has: Knight-Rider-esque, disco flashing, all lamps flashing together, and all lamps steady on. Experiments in the office suggest that with all lamps on it will startle people from 10m away in daylight, which is my kind of visibility.
The beam is relatively narrow, and as other reviewers have said the new snazzy saddlepost mount is quite bulky, but I think it's worth it to avoid having to get a screwdriver and a spanner out to attach it. "
Pros: Attractive, cool, easy to use
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 Cateye Rear Carrier Mounting
Cateye Rear Carrier Mounting
Designed to let you use Cateye lights on a rear carrier.
 
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1 / 5
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bad design from CatEye
Posted2 March 2010
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fromCambridge
Age : 25-34
Interest : Commuter
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
" Given how easy-to-use CatEye's latest saddle-post fitting is, I wish they had put a bit more thought into this one. First off, it only has two holes 50mm apart horizontally. If you only have vertical holes, or if the spacing is different, you're out of luck. They include two cable ties to adapt it to different spacings, but having tried that it is clear they don't stop the light bouncing all over the place on our bumpy roads, no matter how much you tighten them - and, to be honest, if I just wanted a pair of cable ties, I'd have bought them much cheaper elsewhere.
Then, even if you have holes with the right spacing, there's another design feature. To avoid having to include nuts, they've made the screws go straight into the plastic. This means you have to screw them in from the wheel side of your rack, where there's not much room to fit a screwdriver. As well, the included screws are not self-tapping, and the thread isn't sharp enough to cut their own thread into the plastic. I managed to completely strip the heads on both without managing to get them far enough.
In the end, to fit this, I had to borrow a small socket set from a friend and use it on the hexagonal ends of the screws, and even then I made me glad I've been weight-training at the gym. It took about an hour all told. My only consolation is that it's not going anywhere now it's attached.
My last complaint is the price. If this were an easy-to-use piece of quality engineering, I'd be happy to pay a few quid to be able to fit my light on my pannier rack. But it's a lump of injection-moulded plastic, two screws, and two cable ties, that are barely fit for purpose. When so many other light manufacturers are including pannier-rack mounts with their lights, I'm beginning to remember why I stayed away from CatEye so long. "
Cons: Expensive, Poor Fit, Poor Quality, only one size
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doesn't suit our weather
Posted18 July 2009
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fromCambridge
Age : 25-34
Interest : Commuter
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
Budget : Quality first
" I've found it useful for one-off rides up to 30mi or so, but as a commuter, I'm on my bike every day, in all weathers, and I found that it sheds itself far too quickly. I hate cleaning and re-oiling my chain, and I bought this in the hope it would mean I need to do it less often, but even in the relative dryness of summer I had to do it more often. "
Cons: Wears Out Easily
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 Speed Lever
Speed Lever
Facilitates quick and easy removal of even the tightest fitting rim/tyre combinations, it's not called the "speed-lever" for nothing!
 
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5 / 5
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faster than a speeding shard of glass
Posted18 July 2009
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fromCambridge
Age : 25-34
Interest : Commuter
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
Budget : Quality first
" They're smaller than they look in the picture, because they telescope to the size of the wheel: they're easily small enough to go in the bag under your saddle if you have one. It takes me just a few seconds to get my tyre off with these (once the wheel's off, of course), and less than 15s to get it back on afterwards.
Not only would I recommend it to a friend, I did, and he takes it with him on races and loves it. "
Pros: Versatile, easy to use
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thespeedingcommuter's Questions
 
 Drop Waterproof Cycling Trousers
Drop Waterproof Cycling Trousers
Lightweight, sporty cycling rain pants with low pack weight.
 

Do they have a zip at the ankle (or equivalent) so you can get them on over your shoes?

10 years, 5 months ago
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thespeedingcommuter
Cambridge
 
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 Vision 1 LED Front Light 2012
Vision 1 LED Front Light 2012
This fantastic little light may just be the best addition to your night riding you can make as it a single high powered LED that pushes out 240 lumens on max power!
 

Following on from the other question, is this light good enough to light up unlit back roads enough to ride at decent speed?

I use this light all the time for unlit paths within town and towpaths, and it's certainly bright enough to see branches and unlit pedestrians (and other cyclists), especially if they're wearing reflectives - and that's on the second dimmest setting! One of my colleagues has one of the Hope Vision Two variants and he uses that for very fast MTB riding in a forest.
10 years, 10 months ago
by
thespeedingcommuter
Cambridge