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    31 August 2012
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 dhb iON Helmet and Women's Triple Lens Sunglasses
dhb iON Helmet and Women's Triple Lens Sunglasses
Keep riding all year round with this excellent value dhb riding essentials set. Features the versatile iON Helmet, which is suitable for both road and MTB use, and the women's specific triple lens performance sunglasses.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
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Great style and value
Posted8 July 2014
fromLeicester, UK
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 45-54
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
" Bought this combo for my better half as her old helmet needed replacing. Taking it out of the box she was impressed about the quality of the design and finish and how light it was compared to the old one.
Putting it on she found it comfortable and easy to adjust with one hand using the adjuster dial at the back. she has quite a small head and the medium size fitted fine. the padding in the webbing does its job and it doesn't feel uncomfortable to wear for extended periods. The visor snaps on and off easily and appears sturdy enough to do regularly without causing damage.
The sunglasses are light enough for it to feel like she is not wearing anything, and they fit her face perfectly without sliding down the bridge of the nose. in relation to the lenses and nose piece she loves the colour coordination! "
Pros: Durable, Great Value, Attractive, Comfortable, High Quality, Rugged, Adjustable, Lightweight, Good Fit
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 Shimano Women's WM63 Mountain Bike Shoes
Shimano Women's WM63 Mountain Bike Shoes
A fully-featured woman's MTB sports shoe ideal for weekend racing and recreational use.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
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great entry level shoes
Posted1 July 2014
fromLeicester, UK
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 45-54
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
Budget : Quality first
" I bought these for my wife as she has been cycling on platform pedals with running trainers-it was about time to upgrade her to a better experience.
She absolutely loves the shoes as they look great and are easy to adjust. the power transfer due to the rigid sole was a real surprise to her and she didn't believe just how much of a difference it would make.
Finally, got them at a bargain wiggle price as usual. "
Pros: Attractive, Comfortable, High Quality, Adjustable, Good Fit
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 Castelli Estremo Winter Cycling Gloves
Castelli Estremo Winter Cycling Gloves
Designed for the coldest deep-winter cycling conditions. The Estremo Glove is constructed from a Gore Windstopper X-Fast fabric combined with a DWR water repellent treatment that will keep you riding your bike in all conditions.
 
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Perform as advertised
Posted21 November 2013
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fromLeicester, UK
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 45-54
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
Budget : Quality first
" Firstly, as expected from Castelli the gloves are well made from quality materials. Style wise, they look the business with the scorpion logo subtly embossed onto the side and also on the palm.
The Windstopper fabric on the upper hand does a great job of deflecting the wind and the fleece liner feels comfortable and keeps the fingers warm. The Silicone print on the palm gives good grip and the padding is well placed for riding on the bar or hoods.
The neoprene cuff has a velcro closure which is strong and seals everything nicely to your arm with no gaps. My hands were kept warm and didn’t feel sweaty at all wearing them, so good moisture wicking. The gloves are pre-curved during construction so although they look bulky they don’t feel like it, and there is still good tactile control of levers, zips, Garmin etc.
Have used in both sub-zero temps and rain and equally impressed with both as they performed as advertised. Will pair these with Estremo overshoes whenever I think it is too cold for my Diluvio set. "
Pros: Durable, Attractive, Comfortable, High Quality, Good Fit
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 Castelli Estremo Overshoes
Castelli Estremo Overshoes
Pure protection for sub-zero temperatures, driving rain and Arctic winds. The Estremo overshoe features a rubber textured surface for weatherproofing, warmth and durability - seal out the elements and keep numbness at bay on long winter road rides.
 
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Your turbo trainer won't like it
Posted20 November 2013
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fromLeicester, UK
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 45-54
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
Budget : Quality first
" I paired Diluvio gloves and overshoes with a Sanremo Thermosuit last winter, and but found that the cold got in to my fingers and toes at around 0 degrees after prolonged riding. I bought a pair of Estremo overshoes and gloves as they are advertised to perform at extremes of temperature.
They are well made of high quality materials as you would expect from Castelli, and go on easily enough as long as you are patient. The zips are strong, operate smoothly and do not slip back down. They also feel comfortable on and the upper portion fits against the calf snugly with no gaps.
Now for looks- normally there is a style about Castelli that the others just cannot match, however these things are ugly with a capital U. When I look at them on my feet with the red soles and white fabric round the toes I imagine that this is how it would look if I ever trod in a Victoria sponge/gateau.
But it is not all about looks and functionality counts too. I have been out several times now at either 0 or -1 degrees C and I have to say i am impressed. No cold penetration at all. Pair these with the gloves and there will be no need to go near the garage this winter, but watch out- your turbo trainer won't like it "
Pros: Durable, Comfortable, High Quality, Rugged, Good Fit
Cons: look like you have trodden on a gateau
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 Topeak Joe Blow Sport II Track Pump
Topeak Joe Blow Sport II Track Pump
Topeak quality at a great price! Padded elastomer grip and TwinHead connector make this efficient pump comfortable and easy to use.
 
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5 / 5
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Excellent product for the price.
Posted26 June 2013
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fromLeicester, UK
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 45-54
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
Budget : Quality first
" The pump is sturdy, does not rock around on the base when operating, feels and looks like it is made of quality materials. The hose is long enough to inflate tyres when bike is elevated on my servicing stand.
It is really easy to operate and the inflation head has a simple locking mechanism that reduces the need to fiddle or keep one hand on the valve.The guage is also simple to read and interpret. It pumped my road bike tyres from flat to 110psi in 20 pumps.
There are no negatives and a good spec for the price. This pump really does deliver as advertised "
Pros: Attractive, Versatile, Durable, Great Value, High Quality, Rugged, Adjustable
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 FSA BB30 Chrome Steel Bearings
FSA BB30 Chrome Steel Bearings
These FSA chrome steel replacement sealed cartridge bearings are suitable for use with BB30 bottom brackets.
 
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Quality bearings
Posted12 June 2013
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fromLeicester, UK
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 45-54
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
Budget : Quality first
" Bought for when I need to replace my current BB30 bearings. Looked at the ceramic ones first but could not justify the cost.
These appear well made out of quality materials and will be handy to have when the inevitable finally happens. "
Pros: Great Value, High Quality, Lightweight
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 Futura Socks
Futura Socks
Lightweight cycle specific socks with a ventilating mesh instep and a stretchy coolmax fabric construction for a close fit and efficient moisture transfer. Featuring a mid height cuff and Moa graphics.
 
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5 / 5
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Great product for the price
Posted12 June 2013
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fromLeicester, UK
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 45-54
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
Budget : Quality first
" These socks look great in the red and also the black. They fit well, are comfortable and with no annoying seams. length wise they come in between short ankle and mid calf socks.
feet stay cool and dry in the as well. great socks. "
Pros: Durable, Attractive, Comfortable, High Quality, Lightweight, Good Fit
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 Shimano CS-HG 1mm Sprocket Spacer
Shimano CS-HG 1mm Sprocket Spacer
1mm spacer designed to sit behind your cassette on the hub.
 
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Its a spacer
Posted12 June 2013
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fromLeicester, UK
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 45-54
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
" Ummm, it's a metal spacer that you can put behind your rear cassette if required especially if you have lost the one that came with the original items. "
Pros: Great Value, High Quality, Good Fit
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Good product
Posted5 June 2013
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fromLeicester, UK
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 45-54
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
Budget : Quality first
" I bought two of these pads as an addition to the gel bar tape on my bike to try and manage vibration and discomfort in my wrists while doing an end to end.
They didn't cancel out all vibration completely, but did minimise it to a noticeable degree compared to before. They fitted easily with no fuss as they have an adhesive layer.
Now I am back I will put them underneath my bar tape at a suitable point. "
Pros: Great Value, Comfortable, High Quality, Lightweight, Versatile, Good Fit
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 Oakley Flak Jacket XLJ Sunglasses
Oakley Flak Jacket XLJ Sunglasses
Flak Jacket XLJ sunglasses take clarity and innovation to the next level with the latest in performance technology. World-class athletes drove Oakley to create innovation after innovation, including interchangeable lenses with unbeatable optical clarity.
 
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Superb
Posted4 June 2013
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fromLeicester, UK
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 45-54
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
Budget : Quality first
" A great set of glasses for cycling that do not move about or slip when you sweat, and do not fog up when stationary.
I think the matt white frame and jade iridium lens looks awesome to boot. They are definitely worth the money and miles better than any other glasses I have owned "
Pros: Attractive, Comfortable, High Quality, Adjustable, Lightweight, Good Fit
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 KMC X10 Vivid 10 Speed Chain
KMC X10 Vivid 10 Speed Chain
KMC introduces the Vivid series, which is compatible with any 10 speed system and comes with a full nickel outer plate plus a coloured pin and inner plate (white or black). The X-Bridge system provides smoother and more precise gear shifts also.
 

number of links

I use an x10 chain on my Boardman with a 105 chainset and cassette and looking to replace soon.

What is the difference between a 112 and a 114 link chain?
8 years ago
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ballypete
Leicester, UK
 
 Mavic Ksyrium Elite S Alloy Clincher Wheelset
Mavic Ksyrium Elite S Alloy Clincher Wheelset
A perfect blend of lightness and strength that's the Ksyrium Elite S clincher wheels. Great for training or racing, these wheels are more than capable of taking the stress and strain you'll put them through. Fitted with Yksion tyres also.
 

back in stock?

Hi Wiggle,

when are you getting some more of these wheels in stock? Doesn't feel right going somewhere else to buy them!
8 years ago
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ballypete
Leicester, UK
 
 Garmin Edge 800 GPS Performance & Navigation Bundle
Garmin Edge 800 GPS Performance & Navigation Bundle
Make the most of every ride with Edge 800 - the ultimate touchscreen GPS bike computer for training, touring and on the trail.
 

Does the heart rate monitor come with the soft strap

How is the heart rate monitor that comes with the performance bundle attach to the body? Does it come with the soft strap or another method.
8 years, 3 months ago
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ballypete
Leicester, UK
 
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 Sottile Waterproof Jacket
Sottile Waterproof Jacket
Essential in changing weather conditions, the Sottile Jacket gives you waterproof protection in a lightweight package that fits easily into a jersey pocket.
 

Which size for a ladies size 10 AuS

I wear Medium in Santini Knicks
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Hi Kirsty,

I would advise small for you. I normally order one size up for Castelli, but if you do this then there will be too much material flapping about your arms.
8 years ago
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ballypete
Leicester, UK
 
 dhb Merino Sock
dhb Merino Sock
The dhb Merino cycling sock has a slim and lightweight feel but offers exceptional warmth to weight ratio.
 

Warmer than the thermo-sock?

I already have a pair of the dhb thermo-socks. Are these merino socks any warmer?
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I have a pair of both and both keep my feet as warm as the other. The only noticeable difference for me is there is less odour and better wicking with the merino wool sock.
8 years, 2 months ago
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ballypete
Leicester, UK
 
 Swissstop Flash Pro Green Alloy Rim Brake Pads
Swissstop Flash Pro Green Alloy Rim Brake Pads
These high performance brake pads are dark green in colour and feature their GHP2 brake compound. They are designed for alloy rims only and offer excellent stopping power even in the wet.
 

2 pads or 4 pads?

Description states 'sold in 2 pairs'. Does this mean there are 4 pads in this pack?
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There are four pads per pack so you can change over both front and rear brakes. They also come with new screws.
8 years, 3 months ago
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ballypete
Leicester, UK
 
 Swissstop Flash Pro Green Alloy Rim Brake Pads
Swissstop Flash Pro Green Alloy Rim Brake Pads
These high performance brake pads are dark green in colour and feature their GHP2 brake compound. They are designed for alloy rims only and offer excellent stopping power even in the wet.
 

Will these pads fit my shimano sora brakes

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Yes, they will fit all Shimano compatible brake holders
8 years, 3 months ago
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ballypete
Leicester, UK
 
 Aksium Black Clincher Wheelset
Aksium Black Clincher Wheelset
Entry level at Mavic doesn't mean low end. This wheelset provides you with top Mavic technologies.
 

Mavic Aksium Black Clincher Wheelset, Are these compatiable with 8 speed shimano cassette?

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Mavic wheels come with a spacer which needs to go on before the cassette. This will be fitted to the wheels already if they're currently in use. In addition to this, there will be a spacer that goes behind a 10 speed cassette. This is NOT required with the 8 speed cassette.

So the short answer is YES.
8 years, 3 months ago
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ballypete
Leicester, UK
 
 Shimano 105 5700 10 Speed Shifter Set
Shimano 105 5700 10 Speed Shifter Set
105 Dual Control STi levers, sold as a pair, feature a short-stroke ergonomic design for effortless shifting, ergonomic bracket shape, clean cable routing, giving better operation, lighter steering action and a clean handlebar area.
 

will it work on a felt f 85

i own a felt f 85 2012 model with microshifters and i got advised by a friend to upgrade my shifters due to me joining a local road club and i dont know if it will fit my bikes gears and stuff it is 10 speed 105 on the rear with a 105 derailleur and fsa double on the front so i just wont to know if it would work if i dought these shifters
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These levers will fit fine with compatibility issues. They are made for a compact 10 speed gearing set up and you already have some components from the 105 groupset.
8 years, 3 months ago
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ballypete
Leicester, UK
 
 Respro Reflective Ankle Bands
Respro Reflective Ankle Bands
Ankle bands are one of the best ways to improve your visibility on the road, as the constant movement attracts attention and gets you noticed.
 

How many bands in a pack?

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Two bands per pack Zinda. I bought two packs so also use them on my wrists to aid signalling manouvres
8 years, 3 months ago
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ballypete
Leicester, UK
 
 dhb Core S Jersey
dhb Core S Jersey
A competitively priced Roubaix jersey for cyclists who are starting out in winter.
 

Are they meant to tight around the chest?

Just took delivery of one yesterday and tried on, sleeve length is fine however it's more than snug around my chest..

I've read about concerns/issues with the sizing of these in general but as have never worn one before wondered if they are meant to be tight around chest.

Thanks.
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It should be comfortable but not too tight. This jersey is not meant to be a 'form' or slim fit, so is a little more roomy.

If it is tight on your chest to the point of restriction then you wont get a base layer option, and it may affect your breathing. Sounds like you need to go up a size.
8 years, 3 months ago
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ballypete
Leicester, UK
 
 Fibre Flare Shorty Side Light
Fibre Flare Shorty Side Light
The ultimate safety Light. Fibre Flare uses the latest super-bright fibre optic technology in a flexible tube with multiple attachment options. Versatile design allows this product to be mounted on seat posts, chainstays, bags or clothing.
 

Are blue or green road legal?

I thought you were only meant to use such coloured lights if you're a response vehicle or doctor respectively.
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Road traffic legislation sets out the standard for obligatory lights, and requires a white light to be shown to the front and a red light to the rear.

The ' ROAD VEHICLE LIGHTING REGULATIONS 1989' Reg.16 " says that "Except for emergency vehicles it is an offence to fit a blue warning beacon or special warning lamp or device resembling such, whether working or not"

However, the flash from one of these lights is pathetic when compared to the standard of the police emergency strobe and the word 'resembling' leaves this open to interpretation. My advice would therefore be that provided the other colours are used as an addition to your standard lights then there is not problem with using them.

Probably the only time where my knowledge as a police officer will come in handy on this site...
8 years, 3 months ago
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ballypete
Leicester, UK
 
 TL-Rapid 5 High Power LED Rear Light
TL-Rapid 5 High Power LED Rear Light
The Rapid 5 is about all-round visibility.
 

Waterproof?

I'm looking for a waterproof rear lamp... Will this lamp do the job on longer trips in bad weather?
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Not waterproof, but I have had mine over a year, used it in all conditions and no water ingress so far
8 years, 4 months ago
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ballypete
Leicester, UK