A bit of time has passed since our last blog as we seem to have been really busy both with servicing and sales, but also choosing lots of nice products that actually work in real world conditions!
We’ve put lots of effort into stocking stuff that is critical to make riding a bike a pleasure – namely the grippy bits and visual aids, in English tyres and lights.
Firstly to the tyres, we’ve found you can never ever go wrong with Continental’s Gatorskins. They are literally bomb proof. We have ridden them continuously over the winter down stony gritty lanes and not had one puncture. We’ve been sure to keep the pressure high in them as this adds to the protective kevlar bead’s ability to ‘ping’ sharp grit and debris away. My rear tyre has done just over 4000 miles and is just showing signs of wear – pretty impressive. For off road riding we are getting in some award winning Maxxis tyres – the Ardent and the Minion. These are fast and grippy in that order. The Minion is a great tyre for out front, very grippy and able to take a beating. The Ardent is more racy suitable out back and with a fast rolling flat centre and wide grippy blocks for great cornering.
Lights are something to get really excited about, the different shapes, hues, textures and fixing options never cease to amaze! For the serious road rider or commuter we’ve got Lezyne Mini and Power Drives. They are beautiful aluminium engineered objects of art, the funky shapes are meant to help dissipate heat from the LED to optimise run times. There is also the Light and Motion Urban range which has a cool ‘side’ light function giving great all round safety visibility. Finally we’ve got some great Electr
on Terra lights. These are very reasonable priced, from £64.99 for a single head unit, but allow you to ride properly off road. So they are probably the best priced introductory light for real night time off road riding.
Finally one thing I forgot to mention in the intro that will keep you riding comfortably through the winter – gloves. We’ve got some great gloves from Madison and Sixsixone. There is a great really nicely insulated Madison glove that will keep you toasty warm and waterproof. But if you ‘run hot’ then there is a windstopper version and the Sixsixone Storm glove. The 661 is ‘midweight’ but what sets it apart from the run of the mill is the very lightly padded palm, meaning all the feel and grip you need is not lost through layers of gel! Its a glove for those that don’t like a ‘lost feeling’ when wearing gloves.
The last bit of non kit related news is some of our smashing current offers. We’ve got free servicing labour for life on every bike bought from us as well as 15% off all our Adventure range of kids and adult bikes. There is also the 10% off all lights, reflectives and gloves winter offer! In case you can’t get to us during the day we have extended late night opening on Thursday’s ’till 6.30pm and we are now also open every Sunday until Xmas from 11am to 4pm