A good quality bike repair stand will make your bike washing and bike maintenance far easier. The Unior Tools BikeGator+ Workstand (this is the auto-adjust model) is one of the best that I've tested to date.
High quality materials
The Unior Tools BikeGator+ Bike Repair Stand is made of high quality aluminium and stainless steel parts, coated in chip-proof paint; to provide a durable, strong, yet lightweight product.
Bike repair stands take a lot of abuse in the form of bike washing, frequent transportation, and heavy handling; so having quality components, which will stand the test of time, is a worthwhile investment.
The jaws on the BikeGator+ clamp are made of a soft non-marking rubber, to avoid damage to your bike's tubes. Then, the lever on the clamp features the same soft-touch rubber that you find on the handles of all Unior mechanics tools. This is a product built to last.
Ease of use
A bicycle repair stand should function without fault, and make the tricky jobs of bik…
5am. The sun glistens on the reservoir, and bounces off morning dew. Kielder Forest - the largest forest in the UK, sits silent; its paths and tracks ready to welcome the largest gravel event in the UK - The Dirty Reiver 200.
A Reiver was a border knight - an armoured horseback rider, patrolling the border between Scotland and England.
Today, 800 riders will take to the same trails and tracks that were ridden by the Reivers; except these riders will be on a plethora of cyclocross bikes, 'gravel' bikes and mountain bikes.
200 kilometres of flat-out dusty racing…
The RideMassed in front of Kielder Castle, the pre-event kit chat continues; as it has done for the preceding months.
What tyre width are those? How's that Lauf suspension fork? Have you double wrapped your bar tape?
Personally, I'm more concerned about how many flapjacks I can wolf down at each feed station, and whether I have enough supplies in my back pocket…
7am. We roll down the hill from the castle, along t…
Ever left a bike on a bike rack for five minutes, and wondered if it is safe from opportunist theft? Ever left your bag in the luggage area on the train, and wondered if it will still be there when you come to collect it? Hiplok have come up with a great little solution, for peace of mind in these situations. Meet the Hiplok Z-Lok.
Taking inspiration from the classic zip-tie, which has long been a favourite with cyclists, the Hiplok Z-Lok is a reusable heavy-duty zip-tie, with a neat little key to unlock it.
It is pretty self-explanatory how it functions, but the applications are endless.
I have made use of the two little ties in situations like both those outlined above; as well as in roles like securing your helmet to your bike at events; or locking your empty pannier bag to your rack, as you run into the shops.
It is a simple design, but very effective; and made to the usual high Hiplok quality standard.
If Maserati made bikes, they would be exquisite, stylish, high-performance machines.
The Italian firm hasn't (yet) diversified into the two-wheeled world; yet they have created a bicycle ride experience that reflects the passion, heart and values of the brand.
The Maserati Tour of Yorkshire ride was a beautiful day on the bike...
'The Heart of Cycling'At the Press Conference for Le Tour de Yorkshire, Christian Prudhomme said that for him, 'God's County' is the "heart of cycling". When the Tour visited here in 2014, the region's reputation for its incredible passion for the sport shone bright and strong, and that has continued to this day.
Despite having ridden all over Europe, I have previously never visited the Yorkshire Moors or Dales on a bike. This year, I decided that needed to change; I wanted to see and experience the legendary climbs and crowds.
Welcome to YorkshireMy Yorkshire experience began the day before the Maserati Tour of Yorkshire …
Cycle Route 3951814 - via Bikemap.net
The BikeMap mapping service is one of the largest online mapping platforms for bike routes in the world. Using crowd-sourced data and details on the road surface and gradient, it creates what it believes will be the most suitable route for a bike tour.
Having used their service to plot my '9 Roads to Nowhere' ride, I thought I would feedback on the positive features, and drawbacks of the service.
Positive featuresSimple to use - The BikeMap service is very simple to use: you just select your starting point, then click the road along the rough route that you wish to take, and the BikeMap planning will create a suitable route, along suitable roads.Points of interest - Another neat feature of the platform is that you can add points of interest along the route, such as cafe stops and breaks. See in the above example, where I have starred the two cafe stops along the '9 Roads to Nowhere' route.Route embedding - Unlike many competing ser…