"I bought this after losing my Cateye Strada. What appealed to me is the amount of information displayed using the wide screen format.
The 'manual' comes as a large double-sided piece of paper in a variety of languages and encompasses both wireless and wired versions. There are two sections 1. Installation and 2. setup. To avoid confusion I cut-out the sections of interest and binned the rest.
Installation was easy. Simply attach the sensor using cable ties and fix the mount onto the handlebars. The mount itself is screwed into place and can be attached in a couple of ways. The first allows angle adjustment whilst riding using a ratcheted washer and the other a fixed angle without the washer.
Setup took a little longer. It pays here to study the manual carefully. Helpfully the manual comes with a wheel circumference reference table. Once the date/time and wheel size are set it was ready to rock and roll. At any time you can also set the Odometer and Accumulated Ride Time which is useful if you need to change the battery and preserve your data.
This unit differs from my old Cateye Strada and a lot of other cycle computers because it has to be started manually. In practice this is not an issue. Just touch the main button before you set off and away you go.
While riding there are three main screens available: Screen 1 - Speed,Distance,Time/Stopwatch Screen 2 - Average speed,Distance,Ride time Screen 3 - Maximum speed, Odometer, Accumulated ride time
In any of these screens the stopwatch can be activated, which results in a little flashing 't' appearing. When the stopwatch if turned off the 't' stops flashing. I find the stopwatch handy to time my total ride including stopping at junctions/traffic lights etc.
Another useful feature is the 'pace arrow' which shows if you are above or below your average speed.
The one thing I did find annoying was that you cannot lock a particular screen. After 5 seconds you are always returned back to screen 1 even if screen lock is engaged. The screen lock function is designed to lock the device when it has been removed from the bike.
Overall this computer offers and large clear view from the handlebars, useful functions and is great value to boot!"
Pros: Adjustable, Attractive, Great Value, Lightweight, Versatile
Cons: cannot lock a particular screen, manual takes some deciphering
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Mars 4.0 Safety Rear Light
The Mars 4.0 is the ultimate rear light in the Mars range.
"I have been using the Mars 4.0 for a while now as my primary rear light. It is very very bright and the battery life is good. It has two amber side-lights too which provide side-on visibility.
The tool-less bracket is very well made. It comes with an integral rubber shim which saves time when fitting. You don't have to mess around, trying to wrap the rubber around the seat post before attaching the bracket.
In use the unit has yet to fail. It is fully weatherproof and I can attest to the fact that no water ingress has been found even during the most torrential downpour.
"This is an all-weather wet oil. I've been using it for over a year now and my chain and gear-train are thanking me for it. It holds it's own against other well-known brands that I have tried in the past. It just goes to show that just because it's green doesn't mean it's not going to perform.
The bottle, label and cap(HDPE 2) are recycleable and if you return it empty to your local bike shop you will receive 20p! The oil contains no petrochemicals, no palm oil and no teflon. It is not harmful to animals, aquatic life or flora.
In use you simply put a few drops onto each link, leave to settle in and then wipe off the excess. Of course this oil can be used on other components such as brake cables, levers, springs etc.
If you are worried about the polluting effects of other oils and would like go green then this is a great performing product."
Pros: easy to use, enviromentally firendly
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Mighty Short Finger Cycling Gloves
Ergonomically designed lightweight summer riding gloves, Suitable for Road and Mountain Bike use, Machine washable and fast drying, Sure Grip Neoprene palm pad improves shock absorbency, Stretch back for better fit and comfort, Velcro secure sure fit wrist cuff, Fleece nose wipe
"I have now used these mitts for three summer seasons. The velcro works and the gel pads are intact. The black towelling has faded but that is to be expected. On the underside where the soft suede-like material is stitched to the mesh finger panels it is just beginning to tear a little. I expect these will carry me through at least another couple of years.
Overall a great quality product from Endura."
Pros: Adjustable, Attractive, Comfortable, Durable, High Quality
Taking all of the time and labour out of scrubbing your chain, Muc-Off's Chain Doc Chain Cleaner acts like a car wash for your links, spinning brushes and Chain Cleaner fluid into every nook and cranny for a thorough and effortless clean every time.
"This is a chain cleaner and as such does the job well for the first few uses.
However, I found that after several chain cleans the rubber band that holds the plastic grease chamber open snapped. Then the hinge assembly came apart. Now when cleaning the chain I need to hold the two parts together manually.
If you are looking for a chain cleaner I would pay a little extra and get one that is more robust."
Cons: Poor Quality, Wears Out Easily
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Hunston Windtex Skull Cap
The Hunston range - warm and windproof whatever the weather
"I bought this primarily for my longer commute to work but now I use it whenever the mercury drops below 10 degrees. No, it will not win style awards but it keeps your ears and head nice and toasty. Also I found it keeps my hair quite dry during the occasional winter shower. The ear flaps do cut out some traffic noise so you need to be extra alert . Overall this is a piece of kit that should reside in every cyclists wardrobe. Great value for money too."
Pros: Comfortable, Durable, Good Fit, Great Value, High Quality, Lightweight