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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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5 / 5
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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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4 / 5
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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.
 
Overall rating 
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.
 
Overall rating 
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
+1point
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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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5 / 5
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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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5 / 5
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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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 dhb Windslam Roubaix Long Sleeve Jersey - 2012
dhb Windslam Roubaix Long Sleeve Jersey - 2012
This jersey offers greater warmth provided by the internal checked fleece.
 

Which base layer to go with this?

Firstly can you wear this with nothing underneath?
And then when it's colder, any base layer recommendations?
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I pair this jersey with a dhb round necked merino wool base layer and it keeps me warm, comfortable and helps moderate core temperature. The lowest temp this pairing has worked at is around 6 degrees C.
8 years, 4 months ago
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ballypete
Leicester, UK
 
 dhb Windslam Roubaix Long Sleeve Jersey - 2012
dhb Windslam Roubaix Long Sleeve Jersey - 2012
This jersey offers greater warmth provided by the internal checked fleece.
 

Size question

I've got a 30" waist and a 39" chest thinking medium will fit?
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Based on your stats I would advise the medium, especially for fitting around the waist. I am near your size and personally find the large more comfortable because it allows more room for baselayers and this gives the jacket a wider temperature range.
8 years, 4 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.
 

Is the Bracket included

in the price of this or do i have to buy it seperately?

Just need to know as I don't want to buy it and then find i have to buy something else to be able to put this on the bike
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HI,

The light unit comes with the flex-tight bracket which allows it to be fixed in a number of places. It's so versatile that I have mounted mine onto the rear of my cycle helmet.
8 years, 4 months 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.
 

What's the ankle length?

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Hi Musicbiker,

The sock length translates to around a third of the way up my calf. There is good overlap with bib tight ankle zips so no snagging or exposed skin.
8 years, 4 months ago
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ballypete
Leicester, UK
 
 

I need size UK 8.5 (Euro 43) is that S/M or L/XL

I need size UK 8.5 (Euro 43) is that S/M or L/XL
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Hi,

You will definately need the L/XL size as my shoes are a size 42 and the medium only just fits.
8 years, 4 months ago
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ballypete
Leicester, UK
 
 Castelli Sanremo Thermosuit
Castelli Sanremo Thermosuit
Ride through the winter with a similar lightweight feeling as your summer kit. The SanRemo Thermosuit combines a Trasparente Jersey, Sorpasso tights and the most advanced fabric technologies for full weatherproof coverage and total comfort.
 

Does the suit come in "Tall" versions?

Many wetsuits need this sort of sizing as once you join the top to the bottom you get height sizing issues.
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Hi JohnnyMSYD,

I am 5'10" tall and have bought the suit in size large. When completely fitted I estimate there is another couple of inches of material at least in the leg length and a bit around the backside as well near to the pockets. This indicates for me that it would fit a range of heights per size.
8 years, 4 months ago
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ballypete
Leicester, UK
 
 Castelli Diluvio Overshoes
Castelli Diluvio Overshoes
Light, weatherproof overshoes with a 3mm Neoprene construction and thermo welded seams to seal out the wind and rain. When your training plan pitches you against torrential rain and freezing cold, Diluvio (Flood) overshoes keep you dry and in control.
 

What holes do these have on the sole?

Do these overshoes have a hole for the cleat (I use SPD-SL), and a hole at the back for the heel so they don't get worn out?
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Hi,
There are two cut outs in the sole. One is for the pedal cleat and the other is for the rear heel pontoon. The cut outs are stitched for reinforcement.

I have had mine for a few months and no tears or wear on the bottom of the overshoe visible.
8 years, 4 months ago
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ballypete
Leicester, UK
 
 dhb Windtex Coloured Skull Cap
dhb Windtex Coloured Skull Cap
Enhanced thermal protection from cold wind for your head.
 

Will it fit a large head?

I am interested in purchasing the DHB wind stopper skull cap. However I noticed that Wiggle only sell it in one size.

I have a rather large head with the following dimensions:

61cm / 24 inch in diameter around my head ear to ear

67cm / 26 in diameter from my chin to top of my head

Please can you tell me if it will fit my head.
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Hi leedsrider, not too far away from my size and the skullcap fits fine on me.
regards
Ballypete
8 years, 4 months ago
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ballypete
Leicester, UK
 
 dhb Windtex Coloured Skull Cap
dhb Windtex Coloured Skull Cap
Enhanced thermal protection from cold wind for your head.
 

What is this sizing for this?

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Hi Zaragota,
Only one size, which seems to be big enough to cover most head sizes- unless so large that it could convey Cinderella to be ball with four horses harnessed to it...lol!
8 years, 4 months ago
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ballypete
Leicester, UK
 
 dhb Windslam Blade Long sleeve Jersey
dhb Windslam Blade Long sleeve Jersey
dhb form fit, Roubaix Lycra jersey with windproof front membrane and ventilation zippers. Designed for long hard riding in colder winter temperatures.
 

Do the sleeves have winproofing

It is clear from the description that the front has wind proofing but not the sleeves
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Hi RdV1,

I have one of these and the front facing section of the sleeves is made of the same windproofing material as the chest panels.

regards
Ballypete
8 years, 5 months ago
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ballypete
Leicester, UK