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    31 August 2012
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    13 November 2013
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    18 November 2012
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    14 September 2012
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 Continental Quality Road Pack of 5 Inner Tubes
Continental Quality Road Pack of 5 Inner Tubes
Pack of 5 high quality inner tubes. The Continental quality road inner tube is a must have cycling essential for 700c bike wheels.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
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Good quality tubes
Posted17 November 2012
fromLeicester, UK
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 45-54
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
Budget : Quality first
" 5 good quality inner tubes for under 20 quid equals a great deal- what more is there to say? "
Pros: Great Value, High Quality, Lightweight
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 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.
 
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Stopping Power
Posted17 November 2012
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fromLeicester, UK
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 45-54
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
Budget : Quality first
" I recently bought a set to replace the standard pads that came with some Tektra brakes on my Boardman. Two sets came with the order and the new pads were easily fitted in a couple of minutes.
The difference in braking power is massive, and much sharper even when operating while riding on the hoods. I didn't realise how poor the other ones were in comparison. I have tested them in both wet and dry conditions and they work superbly. No squeaking or other noises either, just consistent stopping power. "
Pros: Great Value, High Quality, Good Fit
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 Fibre Flare Ultimate Safety Rear Tail Light (Single)
Fibre Flare Ultimate Safety Rear Tail Light (Single)
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.
 
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Just Buy One!
Posted13 November 2012
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fromLeicester, UK
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 45-54
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
Budget : Quality first
" It's bright, its light and super easy to fit on a multitude of different surfaces. This product takes bike lighting to a whole new level.
Battery install and replacement is also a simple operation and there is very little to go wrong in the way of working parts.
You cannot fail to be seen by traffic approaching you from the rear. Just buy one and see for yourself. You wont be disappointed. "
Pros: Great Value, High Quality, Lightweight
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 R087 Road Cycling Shoes
R087 Road Cycling Shoes
Competition level SPD-SL road shoes with a Micro-adjust buckle and dual off-set straps and a lightweight glass fibre reinforced-polyamide sole.
 
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Excellent quality product
Posted11 November 2012
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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 these last year and they have served me well without any issues. I use them with SPD SL cleats and 105 pedals. They are a very stylish, lightweight, high quality product.
The ratchet adjustment makes for a perfect fit every time to reduce movement, and due to the wide fit my feet do not go numb. Over the summer my feet have never overheated and combined with overshoes have stayed warm and dry in the winter.
The rear pontoon is just wearing down to its lower limit due to the amount of walking to and from the bike stands at work, not bad considering that walk takes place twice a day for nearly a year.
Don't see the point in paying any more at present as these shoes do it all. Highly recommended "
Pros: Durable, Great Value, Attractive, Comfortable, High Quality, Adjustable, Lightweight, Good Fit
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 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.
 
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5 / 5
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Good quality levers.
Posted28 October 2012
fromLeicester, UK
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 45-54
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
Budget : Quality first
" A set of these levers came with the rest of the 105 groupset on my Boardman. They have operated faultlessly for well over a year with no issues.
A quick tap of the lever and you get a smooth, responsive gear change every time. Going up or down the gears when riding on the hoods is also easy with minimal effort applied. "
Pros: Durable, Great Value, Attractive, Comfortable, Rugged, High Quality, Adjustable, Lightweight
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 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.
 
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Good quality entry level wheel.
Posted28 October 2012
fromLeicester, UK
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 45-54
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
Budget : Quality first
" A pair of these came as standard with my Boardman and I have been riding them hard for over a year with no issues. I have ridden through everything the Leicestershire roads have to offer including potholes, stones, glass, grit, slush, rain and the occasional drunk sleeping it off on the carriageway.
They are not super light, but I would describe then as bomb-proof. They are ideal to keep you rolling safely on training, commutes, club riding or touring. They are as slick, smooth and silent as the day I bought them. They are also still true, and I have never had to touch the spokes or sealed bearings. "
Pros: Durable, Great Value, Attractive, High Quality, Rugged
+1point
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 TL-Rapid 5 High Power LED Rear Light
TL-Rapid 5 High Power LED Rear Light
The Rapid 5 is about all-round visibility.
 
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This is one bright light
Posted26 October 2012
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fromLeicester, UK
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 45-54
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
Budget : Quality first
" I have one of these in white, that I have easily mounted onto the back of my MET Inferno helmet using the versatile attachment clip that comes with it. It appears waterproof and there have been no adverse effects over the past year.
There are five lighting modes that change easily with a press of a recessed button. The flash mode is the brightest I have seen and we are talking seriously visible from the rear at night. The middle of the five LED is the brightest, the others are set at angles to increase side visibility.
The unit is strong and durable, it has also passed the test of time. It takes AAA batteries and they last for an absolute age. There is nothing bad to say about this light, only good things. "
Pros: Durable, Great Value, Attractive, High Quality, Rugged, Adjustable, Lightweight
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 HL-EL010 Uno LED White Front Light
HL-EL010 Uno LED White Front Light
Very possibly the smallest, genuine front light available today, the ultra modern UNO utilises the latest in battery cycle light technology to generate up to 30 hours of light output with an amazing level of brightness
 
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Good for urban riding
Posted26 October 2012
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fromLeicester, UK
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 45-54
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
Budget : Quality first
" I have one of these in white on the handlebars of my Boardman, which goes well with the handlebar tape and saddle. It is very small and unobtrusive.
The unit appears very water resistant with no adverse effects throughout this year. Loading it up with one AA battery is very simple and there is a spline to ensure it goes back together correctly.
The switch has to be held in for a few seconds before activation and it is easy to switch between modes. Fitting is simple and it is easily removed.
I mainly use it on flash mode when riding in the city although on unlit roads it casts a powerful enough beam for a good distance so you can see any hazards coming up. "
Pros: Durable, Great Value, Attractive, High Quality
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Keeps toes warm.
Posted20 October 2012
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fromLeicester, UK
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 45-54
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
Budget : Quality first
" This neoprene toe cover is really easy to put on and off and keeps the chill off my toes. The material is excellent quality and fits well on my shoes without slipping or folding back near the shoe straps.
I wouldn't advise wearing these in the rain as too much shoe and ankle is exposed, but they do a great job in wind or reduced temperatures.
The underside of the toe cover is really strong and I haven't noticed any wear over the past few months.
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Pros: Great Value, High Quality, Lightweight, Good Fit
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 dhb Buffs®
dhb Buffs®
A genuine Buff® product - highly breathable, astoundingly versatile - it is made from a fast wicking material which helps keep you warm and dry while riding.
 
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Versatile and good quality
Posted20 October 2012
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fromLeicester, UK
Country : United Kingdom
Age : 45-54
Interest : Road Cyclist
Level : Regular
Gender : Male
Budget : Quality first
" This buff is a really good buy. It is cheap, looks stylish and can do at least 8 different head wear or scarf jobs in one.
The material is soft and comfortable, the reflective strip stiffens that section of the material but I don't notice any lack of comfort when pulled right up over my nose. It keeps my neck and chin warm on early rides into work.
Can't rate this product highly enough "
Pros: Great Value, Comfortable, Adjustable, Lightweight, Versatile
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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 &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, 3 months ago
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ballypete
Leicester, UK
 
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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.
 

sizing

Does the sizing chart accurately apply to these gloves by castelli ,as i take a large for most companies in jerseys but always have to size up to a x large with castelli ,does the same apply to their gloves?
Thanks Rick
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Hi Rick,
I also have to size up with Castelli from Medium to large, and its the same for me with their gloves- My hands are a medium in other brands of gloves but a large in Estremo- so in your case I advise you go for L/XL
7 years, 3 months ago
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ballypete
Leicester, UK
 
 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.
 

Rain?

Are they good in the wet?
West coast of Ireland Rain + wind.
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Hi tpn71

Yes they are good in both. as water resistant as my Diluvio gloves, but much warmer in sub-zero temperatures.
7 years, 3 months ago
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ballypete
Leicester, UK
 
 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.
 

Sizing for Sidi shoes

Should I go for XL or XXL when I have size 45 in Sidi Ergo 3?
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Hi R1CH,

you gotta go for XXL, anything smaller you wont get it on your shoe.
7 years, 3 months ago
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ballypete
Leicester, UK
 
 Castelli Exclusive Diluvio Shoe Cover 16 Stealth
Castelli Exclusive Diluvio Shoe Cover 16 Stealth
The Diluvio comes with a 16cm cuff to protect the lower leg from wheel spray and the opening on the bottom is designed to work with a Road shoe.
 

how low cold can it resist ( to what extent can these covers keep the frost out),

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hi Urguy,

These are excellent overshoes, but 0 degrees C and below and cold will get into your toes after half an hours riding
7 years, 3 months ago
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ballypete
Leicester, UK
 
 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.
 

What size in this product would best match a Carnac size 44 shoe? Thank you!

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Hi Nimax

go for the largest size possible XXL. I am size 42 shoe and they L/XL only just fits.
7 years, 3 months ago
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ballypete
Leicester, UK
 
 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.
 

Size for Lake CX236C

Hi I ordered the Estremo size S. Following the guidelines it told me that I should ordered S. Turned out S is too small.

I'm wearing Lake CX236C size 40.

Which size of the Estremo I should go for?

Thank you so much for the help/
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Hi mysrh,

you will need the medium at least with the size and model of shoe
7 years, 3 months ago
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ballypete
Leicester, UK
 
 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.
 

Sizing Help pls

I am 5' 11", 32 inch waist, 37 inch chest, What size jersey would I need?
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Hi Designman,

Your stats are thereabouts the same as mine and I find the large fits perfectly, and allows a baselayer or jersey to be comfortably worn underneath
7 years, 3 months ago
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ballypete
Leicester, UK
 
 Castelli Prima Glove
Castelli Prima Glove
Road cycling gloves with a breathable and high wicking coolmax fabric construction. Featuring a silicone grip palm for a more connected feel and conductive touch technology fingertips to allow for convenient use of touch screen devices during activity.
 

Under gloves

Can these be worn as under gloves to the castelli diluvio gloves?
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I would not advise you to wear an underglove with the Diluvio neoprene gloves. If the gloves are not a snug and tight fit then you have the wrong size. It is the neoprene contact with the skin that makes damp hands feel dry-and keeps them warm
7 years, 3 months ago
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ballypete
Leicester, UK
 
 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.
 

Are these also suitable for women?

I'm finding it very hard to find a decent pair of women's glasses, would prefer Oakleys and these look ideal but wondered if they would be too large for a woman's face?
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There isn't a great deal of difference between the male and female specific glasses particularly, other than the size of the nose bridge which is narrower on female models.

The main factor is the difference between the bone structure of male and female faces. To sum up, what really matters is the size of your face. Would advise you try a pair on at your LBS first.
7 years, 8 months ago
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ballypete
Leicester, UK
 
 

Data Cards for Garmin Edge

Do I need to buy data cards for the UK & Europe for the Edge 810
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Everything you need is supplied with this bundle. I bought one recently and with the maps supplied was able to navigate from John O'groats to lands End without getting lost once.
7 years, 9 months ago
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ballypete
Leicester, UK