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Brite Ride 105 Maintenance Spray www.briteride.com 400ml £5.99


Brite Ride maintenance spray is just that - a fi nely blended lightweight PTFE based dressage designed to displace water or as a post wash detailer, leaving behind a thin, protective lubricant fi lm. The blurb recommends it for all surfaces including chains, cables, bearings and similar metal on metal interfaces. Don’t panic, Brite Ride assure me its carbon/ composite, polymer and plastic friendly too.


Ideally suited to derailleur pivot points, springs and other mechanisms demanding trace lubrication, beefi er brews are what’s needed for trailer hitches, cleat and locking mechanisms. Aiming some inside freewheel pawl springs, chains etc while turning the cranks evicts water with remarkable aplomb. Come spring simply spray a more enthused helping into a clean lint-free cloth and wipe away. Verdict: Versatile tool box staple when used carefully and in conjunction with stiffer lubricants.


Zamberlan 130sh Crosser GTX RR shoes £120 www.zamberlan.com Sizes 40-48 (894g as tested). Colours: Black/Apple/Red


The Zamberlan 130sh Crosser GTX RR shoe is a rugged, yet surprisingly lightweight trail shoe for walkers/hikers and make good pannier companions for tourists and mountain bikers who prefer riding in aggressive race slippers but want something softer. Genuinely waterproof, breathable uppers will ensure


trench foot remains academic thanks to a combination of Codura/Kevlar, micro fi bre TPU laminate uppers and Gore Tex linings, though, similar quality socks are equally essential to avoid compromising these qualities. Vibram enjoys deserved repute among hikers and,


increasingly, cyclists for hardwearing, tractable soles and these are no exception, although lovers of toe clips/ straps may fi nd entry/exit a little trickier. Elsewhere shock displacing EVA footbeds, elastomer/gel inserts with highly supportive heel and arches offer phenomenal support. Verdict: Stylish all weather, all terrain shoes that aren’t bad for short commutes/utility cycling either.


VDO X1DW Wireless Computer (with Cadence) www.paligap.cc £42


The VDO X1DW has a refreshingly well-conceived, user-friendly design that offers decent bang for moderate buck. Eleven functions comprise current, average and maximum speed, stopwatch, trip and total distances. Unusually we’ve three timer modes including a programmable countdown, aimed primarily at Audax/TT audiences which calculates an approximate updated time for given distances. Installation is easier than the avalanche of sensors, batteries, magnets and zip ties initially suggest thanks to well-engineered components and pictorial instructions. The head docks on the bar mount and engage/release in a simple sweep n’ click shoe cleat motion, so removal shouldn’t present a struggle when parking in the street. Forwards/back buttons save considerable time and are easily operated in all but the heaviest full-fi nger gloves. Operation is not entirely intuitive, but a little practice produced the desired results. Verdict: Well-made and competitively priced computer for those seeking a bit more information.


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