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Review - ProBikeKit Poligo Gilet

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A gilet is one of the most versatile and useful pieces of apparel in a cyclist's wardrobe. It provides wind protection and added insulation, and is especially good for changeable weather conditions. In this review, I take a look at the new gilet in the ProBikeKit own-brand cycle clothing range.

The PBK Poligo Gilet is a value offering: intended to provide an affordable protective layer that performs well.

The cycling gilet is designed with a windproof front and shoulders, and a mesh back panel. It provides notable protection for your core, while also venting and breathing well through the open fabric on the rear.

The full length zipper is useful for temperature regulation, and for ease of fit. One slight negative is that I have noted a tendency for the zip to catch on the zip baffle at times, making it harder to zip up on-the-fly.

There are no pockets on the gilet, and no access slits to reach your jersey pockets beneath. This means that you need to roll up the gilet to access y…

Fuelled by Oats - Natural Energy Food for Cyclists

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If tasked to select one true 'super-fuel', I would undoubtedly pick the humble oat. The ancient grain has fuelled more rides and more adventures than I can possibly count.

Whether in the form of porridge, muesli, flapjack, or oatcakes; oats really are the ultimate endurance fuel.


In Praise of Porridge When I think back to past challenges, there is one common factor... porridge.

It was porridge I ate at 4am, when I started the 'St Boniface Down Everesting'. Porridge was my fuel of choice at midnight, in the pouring rain, midway through the 300 mile Trafalgar Way ride. Even in the south of France, on the final day of the #7Countries7Passes, it was porridge that kick-started the epic ride.

Porridge is the without question the king of breakfasts.

Wholegrain oats, like those found in Nairn's Gluten Free Scottish Porridge Oats, are the key to porridge's 'super-fuel' status. These oats are high in soluble fibre, which help fill you up and release energy slow…

7 Tips - A Guide to Skincare for Cyclists

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We put our bodies through a tough time when we are out on the bike. Our muscles might feel the strain, but you should also consider what the wind-burn, abrasion, and cold temperatures can do to your skin.

Here are 7 Tips for looking after your skin, when you are enjoying an active outdoor lifestyle. My featured brand in this piece is the Czech/Swiss brand Sportique, who make by far the nicest and most effective range of natural skincare products that I have found to date.


1 - Lip Balms and Barrier Creams Applying a lip balm and the Sportique Elements Cream are two of my pre-ride rituals. The lip balm helps to avoid painful chapped lips, and the Elements Cream provides a unique natural protective barrier from the wet, cold, and from harmful UV rays.


2 - Chamois Cream The seat area of your anatomy undergoes constant abrasion and friction while cycling. A good quality chamois cream will help to reduce friction, and reduce the chance of saddle sores. The natural ozone found in Sportique&…

Review - Motion Nutrition Protein Powders

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The world of protein powders is a crowded one. From body building brands, to those pitched as endurance recovery products. Yet, the range of protein powders from Motion Nutrition stands out from the crowd; because they are organic protein powders, with none of the unpronounceable additives and preservatives found in many competitors' offerings.

I have been testing out three of the protein powders from the Motion Nutrition range: the Coconut Whey Protein, Raw Cacao Whey Protein, and Roasted Peanut Vegan Protein.

The Motion Nutrition powders are far lower in sugar and flavourings than most, and as a result they have a more subtle and natural flavour. They do require thorough mixing in a good shaker, to avoid lumps, and I actually found them best blended into fruit smoothies made with either milk or dairy-alternative drinks.

It has always bothered me that many of the leading brands put so much sugar and preservatives into their recovery protein drinks. Is it really necessary? What a…

Review - Thule Crossover Carry-on 56cm/22" Rucksack Holdall

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Combining the ease of transport of a wheeled carry-on bag, with the portability of a rucksack, makes the Thule Crossover Carry-on 56cm/22" holdall one of the most versatile and useful kit bags imaginable.

If you are a frequent traveller, the chances are that you try to squeeze as much as you can into your carry-on luggage, rather than deal with the potential delays and problems of the baggage re-claim belt. The consequence of packing the compact bag to bursting point though is that it often weighs a tonne, which means wheels are your best option for lugging it around.

The problem with wheeled bags is that you can't easily carry the bag on your bike to the train station, and things like stairs and busy pavements become an obstacle. The solution? A wheeled bag, which also has rucksack straps.

The Thule Crossover 87L Rolling Travel Duffel has been putting up with my use and abuse for the last 18 months, so the smaller Thule Crossover 22 inch carry-on bag instantly appealed. It …

Weekend Watch - 'The Frozen Road'

Self-shot and edited by Ben Page, whilst cycling around the world. This short film charts his winter journey into the Canadian Arctic.

Compelled by Jack London’s assertion, that "any man who is a man can travel alone", Ben sought an adventure of perfect solitude. Yet, he came to realise the harsh truths of travelling in such a formidable environment were a long way from the romantic images of this land.

'The Frozen Road' is an honest reflection on Ben's solo trip. Of the wonder, terror, and frustration experienced when riding through the unforgiving emptiness of one of the world's 'last great wildernesses'.

Weekend Watch - The Highland Trail 550

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The Highland Trail 550 has been on my 'bucket list' for some time. This great edit from Bombtrack Bikes showcases why...