Rubena may not be a well-known name to many - formerly Barum in times past, they are now making a big push back into the cycling market with their range of tyres manufactured in the Czech Republic. Sean Lacey checks out the Syrinx Racing Pros.
Cyclosport's Nick Gregory gives his thoughts on Ellis Bacon's "Great British Cycling: The History of British Bike Racing 1868-2014", an account of the rise of British cycling success from the first ever bicycle race in 1868 right through to the Tour de France triumphs of today.
Diverting away from events and nutrition, Cyclosport's Sarah Lewis takes on a review of a very different kind: the 'Super Sponge' from the proudly British brand emblazoned with a cycling hippo: Purple Harry.
REVIEW: Secret Training £49.99
We've all been there, finished a ride and there are no facilities to wash off the grime or better still take a shower. So what do you do? Tim Lawson thinks he has the answer in the form of Secret Training Race Informed Products. Cyclosport's Caven O'Hara checks it out.
What is it that we want from multi tools? Reliability? Functionality? Lightness? Absolutely. Effortless style? Perhaps. Cyclosport's Ashley Quinlan checks out the latest offering from Full Windsor which has the latter in abundance.
The original product in the Purple Harry bike cleaning range, Bike Floss's raison d'etre is to get into all those nooks, crannies and crevices that non-specific products like cloths and sponges can't reach.
REVIEW: Mio Cyclo 505 HC £399.00
Cyclosport's Nick Gregory checks out the Cyclo 505 HC - the top of the range offering from Mio, an electronics company from Taiwan offering consumers an alternative option in a bicycle GPS market dominated by Garmin.
Purple Harry proudly claim that their Cleaner and Degreaser is simple, effective and inexpensive, and if that is what you're looking for then you won't be disappointed.
Knog 20 Tool £32.99
The Knog 20 Tool offers a huge range of uses, we get to grips with it and give it a good thrashing, it's Australian so it has a bottle opener, obviously.
Purebeef is beef jerky, it is dried meat, there's no glamourising it and it won't be for vegetarians. Purebeef have been around for a few months with what they claim is a 'natural protein snack'.
This ceramic lube from Juice Lubes is their range topper and is specced for dry to moist conditions, they claim its qualities make it superior to other lubes out there, we think it is pretty good too.
Chapeau! (Exclamation mark mandatory) are 'The people's bicycle club'; their branding is a bold statement with the crisp clean graphics make a nice change to the norm. Their philosophy is based on a quality product at a fair price; they are realistic in product explanations and understated in appearance.
The finish line lube is a really good all-rounder for winter months especially. It comes in three different sizes; here is the smallest of the bunch at 120ml. The product claims 'for extreme riding conditions' it is suited to long distance riding and wet, muddy conditions, that'll be the UK at the moment then.
REVIEW: Polar RCX3 - Bike £184.50
Training aids are nothing new, by examining and breaking down your precious training time you can maximise the volume or intensity to reach your goals. Some ride by feel alone however looking at what results can be gained by athletes who look very closely at this then it's got to be worth a try. Polar's tagline is 'Listens To Your Body' so they must have some idea about a good training aid.
It's that time of year, those long dark days sap away at our mental ability to get out on the bike, the frozen roads and icy rain can start to get you down. This Elite Trainer Tyre will make indoor training such a pleasure you could almost say it's enjoyable. Almost.