ballypete
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    31 August 2012
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    14 September 2012
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Overall rating 
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Didn't perform as expected
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
" First the good. I used the shorts three times, each ride was over 100 miles and the pad performed admirably. The leg grippers worked as expected and I found the shorts comfortable, good looking and the medium was perfect for my 32" waist.
Now the bad. As I pulled the shoulder straps into place before the third ride I noticed the stitching had come undone on the front right panel. over the ride it came further undone leading to a hole in the material. this is either a one off fault or an inherent fault in the design as you have to pull the straps over your shoulders.
This is the first bad experience I have had with Dhb clothing, but my review reflects the poor performance on this occasion. "
Pros: Attractive, Comfortable, Good Fit
Cons: Low Quality, Wears Out Easily, stitching came undone
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 Campagnolo Shamal Ultra Mega G3 Clincher Wheelset
Campagnolo Shamal Ultra Mega G3 Clincher Wheelset
Shamal Ultra wheels have always been known for their excellent performance, but now Campagnolo have made the G3 spoke pattern better. The Mega G3 spokes are oversized, lighter and stronger making for a robust, strong and versatile set of wheels
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
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Awesome
Posted30 May 2013
fromLeicester, UK
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 45-54
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
Budget : Quality first
" I bought a set of these just before doing an end to end this year. I wanted something strong and light to cope with the miles and the hills I would be experiencing, with some aero ability but not enough to risk being blown around by crosswind.
I chose the black and white clincher version because there is something cool about the white logo standing out against the wheel as it goes round. In other words for the posing value and bike envy.
I did a lot of research about whether lighter wheels would make any difference to my ride, placebo effect etc, but I can confirm that my trusty Mavic Aksiums felt truly leaden in comparison. My acceleration was much improved and I definately went faster and easier over both flat and hill.
I became a true fan of this wheel 40 miles into my ride when going over the Berridale Braes. I got up the hill in what appeared to be apparent ease compared to lesser hills around home using my old wheels.
Initially the wheels felt less smooth when rotating them compared to my old wheels, but about 100 miles in they seemed to be much smoother and seemed to roll easier and for longer. I did not encounter a single issue with the wheels, which are still perfectly true and all spokes intact.
As well as being reactive i also found the ride to be comfortable, but I did put 25mm Continental GP4000 on the hoops for this ride.
If you can afford them, get them. I can sum these wheels up in one word- Awesome. "
Pros: Durable, Comfortable, High Quality, Rugged, Adjustable, Lightweight
+6points
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Ultimate Cycle Gadget
Posted14 May 2013
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fromLeicester, UK
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 45-54
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
Budget : Quality first
" The unit itself is well styled, sleek looking with graphics running diagonally across the unit. It looks and feels well built and the touch screen works well with a gloved hand.
I have mounted mine on the out front bracket that came with the bundle and it is easy to access without getting in the way of anything and looks fab. It took about 10mins max to install the sensor and magnets, no dramas.
The cadence and heart rate monitor were easy to install and pair with the unit, as was my i-phone for live tracking with the garmin connect app. The instructions are intuitive and in around 10 minutes I was riding with everything set up and scrolling through the menu to see the different screens.
Uploading to Garmin select is simple, as is setting up live track so that others can see where you are. Posting to social network also really easy and all this from a 49 year old technophobe!
the only negative was the cost, but the 12% platinum discount offset that a little.
My life is complete now I have the ultimate cycling gadget.! "
Pros: Attractive, Lightweight, Durable, High Quality
Cons: Expensive
+2points
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 Altura Coolmax Cycling Socks - 3 Pack
Altura Coolmax Cycling Socks - 3 Pack
A great lightweight unisex summer sock with Coolmax and an extra stretch instep and ankle section. Designed to keep your keep cool and comfortable on long summer rides.
 
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Great product for the price
Posted29 April 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 a three pack of these around 18 months ago. They have stood the test of time with no holes or other problems. Washed many times the logo has faded slightly but other than they still look good.
Performance wise, my feet are kept cool and dry in the summer months. A great product for the price "
Pros: Durable, Great Value, Attractive, Comfortable, Lightweight, Good Fit
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 dhb Clip Short Sleeve Jersey
dhb Clip Short Sleeve Jersey
dhb mid level ‘slim fitting’ jersey designed for the rider who likes to really get out and ride! Complement your ride with this fast style, performance fabric cycling jersey. High breathability and antibacterial treatment as standard.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
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Great product for the price
Posted22 April 2013
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fromLeicester, UK
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 45-54
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
Budget : Quality first
" I am doing an end to end in May with a small group and Wiggle kindly assisted us with a good discount on these jerseys as we needed this colour blue.
I am 5'10", 40 chest and 32 waist, and nearly 12 stone. The large is a good fit, medium would have been too small. I always go one size up with DHB and the fit is perfect, hence the 5 stars for fit.
The zip operates smoothly and feels strong. Managed to get plenty into the rear pockets as well without it losing too much shape or feeling uncomfortable. Jersey looks good on, although it is slightly shorter in length at the front than other jerseys I have.
Worn several times in fair to warm weather so far and it keeps me cool and gets rid of excess heat and moisture. I didn't overheat when hauling myself up some monster hills near to where I live.
A great product for the price. "
Pros: Great Value, Attractive, Comfortable, High Quality, Lightweight, Good Fit
+5points
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 GatorSkin Wire Bead Road Tyre
GatorSkin Wire Bead Road Tyre
The UK's favourite training tyre (formely known as Ultra GatorSkin).
 
Overall rating 
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Good quality tyre
Posted16 April 2013
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fromLeicester, UK
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 45-54
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
" "I bought a Gatorskin to replace a Pro4 endurance that got a flat within 50 miles of fitting. However, I still kept a Pro4 on the front and am able to compare the two tyres while writing this review.
The Gatorskin went onto my rims easy enough with no drama and I was back on the road in no time. there is a tread direction and an arrow on the sidewall to show you which way to fit.
The Gatorskin and the Pro4 tyre is still going strong after 1500 or so miles with no signs of cuts or extreme wear. I have not had a further puncture in nearly a year.
It has got me through a long cold winter on the roads, and I have never felt like the tyre could not handle the road conditions. Looking at the Gatorskin and the Pro 4 they both appear to be still going strong and if it ain't broke don't fix it!!
Weight of tyre is not an issue for me as I am riding on bombproof Mavics. Gotta say the Gatorskin has lived up to the reputation of being reliable and long lasting. "
Pros: Durable, High Quality, Rugged, Good Fit
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Overall rating 
5 / 5
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Castelli does it again.
Posted16 April 2013
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fromLeicester, UK
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 45-54
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
" "Been using my Nano leg warmers with matching arm warmers and Gabba jersey. I find the large fits my arms and legs fine. I am 5'10 and have typical cyclists legs, ie well defined and slim.
The silicon grippers hold everything in place perfectly, there is no irritation from the seam, the zip stays closed and does not cause any issues around my socks or overshoes, and there is no bunching behind the knees.
I have been out in both wind and rain without either feeling cold or wet underneath the protective layer. I got filthy with road spray during one ride and popped them into the washing machine with no adverse effects on looks or performance next time I went out.
I find the Castelli stuff really does work as advertised, and is robust and reliable" "
Pros: Durable, Attractive, Comfortable, High Quality, Lightweight, Good Fit
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 Castelli Nanoflex Water Resistant Arm Warmers
Castelli Nanoflex Water Resistant Arm Warmers
Warm breathable Arm warmers with Castelli's advanced Nano silicone treatment for fantastic water resistance. Nano Flex fabric behaves just like Thermoflex fabric in dry conditions, but provides unbelievable water repellency when it starts to rain.
 
Overall rating 
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Perfect protection
Posted14 April 2013
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fromLeicester, UK
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 45-54
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
Budget : Quality first
" Been using my Nano arm warmers with matching leg warmers and Gabba jersey. I find the large fits my arms and legs fine. I am 5'10 and have typical cyclists legs, my arms are an average size, neither skinny nor very muscular. The arm warmers stay in place with plenty of material coverage to prevent any gaps occurring.
I have been out in wind and rain without either feeling cold or wet underneath the protective layer. I got filthy with road spray during one ride and popped them into the washing machine with no adverse effects on looks or performance next time I went out.
I find the Castelli stuff really does work as advertised, and is robust and reliable "
Pros: Durable, Great Value, Attractive, Comfortable, High Quality, Lightweight, Good Fit
 
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Castelli Gabba Windstopper Rain Jersey
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+2points
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 Michelin Pro4 Service Course Folding Road Tyre
Michelin Pro4 Service Course Folding Road Tyre
The Michelin Pro4 Service Course are for cyclists seeking a very high performance tyre whatever the circumstances. Faster and safer due to improved wet grip compared to Pro Race tyre.
 
Overall rating 
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One out of two ain't bad
Posted5 April 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 a pair of the Pro4 endurance last year with the grey sidewall. They went onto my rims easy enough, and all seemed good until after about 50 miles the sidewall on the rear got a huge gash in it from a piece of broken plastic cup. I was a bit disappointed by this as endurance were supposed to be more resistant to punctures, and replaced it with a Gatorskin.
The front however is still going strong after 1500 or so miles with no signs of cuts or extreme wear. The grey colour is also pretty true to new after a long winter on the roads, and I have never felt like the tyre could not handle the road conditions. Therefore this is what I am basing my review recommendation on. Maybe I was just unlucky with the rear. "
Pros: Durable, Attractive, Rugged, High Quality, Good Fit
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 Castelli Gabba Windstopper Rain Jersey
Castelli Gabba Windstopper Rain Jersey
A fully protective wind and waterproof jersey built from the latest innovation in fabric technology; Windstopper X-Lite Plus. Tested and developed by the Cervelo Test Team, the Gabba jersey is a breakthrough in comfort and wet weather protection.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
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Castelli does it again.
Posted3 April 2013
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fromLeicester, UK
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 45-54
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
Budget : Quality first
" I have just bought a Gabba in black from Wiggle with a great discount. I looked at one last year but went for the Sanremo Thermosuit instead, which kept me so warm and dry all winter I didn't need to use the turbo trainer at all.. However, winter is over so time to buy a Gabba and see what all the fuss is about.
I am 5'10" 11 1/2 stone and 39 inch chest and 32 inch waist. Medium was too small, but the large fits fine- not too tightly stretched. The jersey is extremely well made and the windstopper fabric feels soft against your body and is not restrictive. The fit is great with no spare material to flap about and spoil the aero cut.
Nice Silver/white logo across the chest and of course the obligatory scorpions on the arms,chest and back. There is a long flap at the back which completely covers the backside, and the pockets have eyelets in to let any rainwater out. Zip is easy to move with a gloved hand and feels strong.
It has not rained in the UK for a couple of weeks, but tried it out in 4 degrees C with a strong wind whipping around yesterday. Paired with some Nanoflex arm and leg warmers I was kept protected from the wind, warm, and yet enough ventilation going on to avoid overheat or excessive sweat.
Very comfortable on and got some (I think) complimentary looks from other road users. I have to say the jersey looks great as well, it just exudes Castelli style and quality.
I am actually looking forward to some heavy rain!! "
Pros: Attractive, Comfortable, High Quality, Lightweight, Good Fit
+7points
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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, 1 month 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, 2 months ago
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ballypete
Leicester, UK
 
 Garmin Edge 800 GPS Performance &amp; 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, 4 months ago
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ballypete
Leicester, UK
 
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 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.
 

Where is the size guide?

Really poor description.

What facilities for relieving oneself.

Any water proof features on legs or anywhere else.

Zips on leggings? C'mon Wiggle. . this ain't up to your usual high standards.
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Hi TSquared,

There are zips on the legs that run up about 6" and have a seal behind them to keep moisture out. The arm and chest panels are made of a wind and water resistant fabric that certainly kept the rain out today. The tights are also water resistant and it was amusing to see the later sitting on my thighs in little balls before flying off.

Once you have undone the full length front zip, the top of the tights at the front is low enough to hook your thumb over and pull down sufficiently for comfort breaks without needing to undress any further.

Regards
Ballypete
8 years, 6 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.
 

Hi Any rough ideas on the size and what shoe size they relate to?

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Hi, if you are around uk size 7 or 8 then recommend the L/XL

Any bigger go XXL,
8 years, 6 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.
 

what sort of temperature range would a top like this be good for ?

if i wore a base layer would it be good for winter riding ? if not what would you suggest as a better top for lower temps around maybe 5° ?
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Stewie25, with a good baselayer or a merino wool one this will do the job I think. Have not worn mine in winter yet but I wore mine on a cold day in a stiff headwind recently and felt nothing get through
8 years, 6 months ago
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ballypete
Leicester, UK
 
 Pace SuperRoubaix Windproof Padded Bib Tight
Pace SuperRoubaix Windproof Padded Bib Tight
Our warmest Super Roubaix Bib Tights for coldest conditions. This premium product is a platform above our award winning dhb Merston range, featuring windproof knee panel and Italian Super Roubaix in the body - the daddy of winter brushed fabrics.
 

Size M or L?

I have a pair of dhb Earnley bib shorts size M which fit well. I'm 5ft 7, 38 waist (reducing!), 42 chest - would the M be the best fit or should I go for a Large?
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my experience with dhb is go up a size on jerseys but stick to your usual size on shorts and tights
8 years, 6 months ago
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ballypete
Leicester, UK