"Afterall, this is a ring of rubber with Fizik on it, is it a little expensive for its purpose? Perhaps but it looks good and works well. Its a nice finishing touch as well as a useful market. Especially nice with a matching Fizik saddle and bar tape, if you are that way inclined. Cant speak for durability but the rubber seems reasonably heavy duty."
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Castelli Squadra Long Water Resistant Jacket
A lightweight packable shell, ideal for stuffing in your pocket in case of rain on those showery days, the Squadra keeps the worst of the rain and wind off, while still being small enough to pack into your back pocket or saddle bag.
"I bought this jacket to replace my more expensive Sportful Hot Pack which has a hole in the shoulder from a fall. For less than half the price and a few tests during September, i can honestly say this is a good bit of kit of the money. Is it the best fitting race ready garment? No, but will it keep the rain out for short bursts of bad weather? Yes. I am 6" 4' 28-40 ish chest and bought a large and the sleeves are just about long enough for me, they are a bit baggy however, as is the torso but not so bad as to flap too much. I could likely do with a size down, but long arms negates this. As always Castelli stuff looks good too, you could do far worse in the race cape market."
Pros: Great Value, Attractive, High Quality, Lightweight
Cons: Poor Fit
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Continental Grand Prix 4000S Road Tyre
The Continental Grand Prix series of racing clinchers is the top choice of serious race bike specialists all over the world, and has been for many years. The latest incarnation is the Grand Prix 4000S.
"I decided to really invest in a decent set of tyres when i finished my first build, i looked long and hard but decided to throw my money at these. When i bought them, i did it when they were on offer and got two for £64 which at the time felt extortionate, but i can truly say they were worth every penny. I own two pairs now on both of my bike which both get regular use. Punctures are few (touch wood) and the rolling resistance i have found to be brilliant. An upgrade over any cheapy tyre."
Pros: Durable, Attractive, High Quality
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Shimano Ultegra Pair Of Brake Blocks
A pair of Ultegra brake blocks. Casing cover may vary slightly to image shown. They also fit Shimano 105/RX100/Exage brakes.
"So naturally i made a wrong choice when looking for brake blocks, i thought these blocks looked like cartridge blocks when i picked them, hoping to fit them with Kool Stop pads. When the arrived i realized my error but i needed the pads all the same. I used the pads for around two weeks and found the stopping ability mediocre, especially as i am used to Kool Stop on my other bike. Whether or not the stopping power could also be influenced by my brake (tektro) is arguable, but i was not massively impressed by these."
"I bought this to finish off my fixed gear build as i thought it looked awesome and would definitely compliment my bikes colour scheme. Once wrapped the bars look lovely, i get many a comment and they really are something a bit different. Comfort is good but not the best tape i have had, but i only used the tape to wrap the top of my bullhorn bars, so it really does suit my needs as i am on the tops more commonly. Tape is very gripy and so far very durable. An early crash didnt even leave the tape in poor condition so i would say it is tear resistant. Would recommend."
"Ive had many pairs of bib shorts in the past but have not had much luck in terms of comfort. I've been looking around for recommended bib shorts for a good while and decided to take the leap and get these. Firstly, the price was very reasonable, secondly i am a sucker for a good review. When they arrived i went on a ride the very next day and was pleasantly surprised by actually how comfortable they were. The pad really looked after my undercarriage. I got the black on black pair and frankly i cannot see why you wouldn't, go with pretty much all my other jerseys. The fit was good, as usual i would recommend going up in size for such a tight fitting garment, for example i am probably a s-m in most trousers with a 30-31 waist but i am on the tall side (6 4"), and i ordered the large size for a perfect fit. Highly recommend."
Pros: Great Value, Attractive, Comfortable, Good Fit
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Halo Hex Key Skewers - Pair
Anodised Alloy end cover and nut with Cr-Mo threaded rod using an Allen type Hex key fitting
"Fitted the front skewer to my track bike currently in the build process and they look seriously tidy, not to mention the added security benefits, the rear skewer ive put on my road bike. I havent ridden on the track bike as of yet, but as skewers go they are sturdy and look nice whilst functionality remains untainted. A good buy."
Pros: Attractive, High Quality, Lightweight, Good Fit
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Khamsin Clincher Wheelset
The Khamsin 2011 represents the entry level wheel of the medium profile range, but this is only in regard to the price and not the performance it guarantees.
"Bought these for my first road bike build, as i didnt want to spend a fortune on wheels and these had good reviews. About a year on and i couldnt be happy with them, they are quick, light enough for my use and look really nice. Not to mention, the freehub is not too loud or too quiet, just right. Ive probably done just over 1000 miles on them so far and i am a very satisfied customer so thanks Campag and Wiggle. Now i'm naturally looking at something lighter and pricier, i know ill keep these wheels for my winter bike."
"Bought this around three weeks ago due to the awful weather we were getting in the south of England. I generally don't much care for mudguards because i feel they ruin the sleek aesthetic of my road bike, however i get on with this mud guard just fine. It was easy to fit, taking around a minute as i played with the angle. It is light and flexible so can take knocks well,l whilst remaining durable. And most importantly it keeps my rear dry on the way to work, unfortunately i still end up with wet legs in a downpour, but that's not this guards job is it. For the money i don't think i could of asked for more."
Pros: Durable, Great Value, Attractive, High Quality, Adjustable, Lightweight, Good Fit