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Tacx Antares Rollers

You’ll either love or hate the turquoise blue drums of the Tacx rollers but, in combination with the grey frame, they do have a certain minimalist futuristic cool look to them. With 370mm width they’re a good set of rollers to learn on; you’re gently encouraged to stay towards the middle but have some margin […]

Tacx Antares Rollers
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Minoura Action Roller Advance

As the lightest rollers on test, weighing in at a mere 5.3kg and folding down impressively small, the Minouras open their account well. At 415mm wide their alloy drums are also the widest. They don’t have a parabolic (curved) profile but the additional roller width and low frame design does make them novice friendly, and […]

Minoura Action Roller Advance
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Elite V-Arion Rollers

These have plenty of features to justify their price tag. Most obvious is the variable resistance that offers three levels of load. Level two feels very similar to riding on a flat road with a light headwind and is suitable for most interval, tempo and steady pace sessions. You obviously can’t create enough resistance for […]

Elite V-Arion Rollers
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CycleOps Aluminium Rollers

The second set of rollers offering variable resistance, these have a more traditional and austere appearance. At 390mm width, the aluminium rollers allow plenty of scope for wobbles when learning the ropes, but with a flat profile and no retaining lip, could cause more anxiety. The aluminium drums do deliver a silky smooth ride, though, […]

CycleOps Aluminium Rollers
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Kreitler Kompact 3.0 Hot Dog

Kreitler rollers are known as the Rolls Royce of rollers and come with a lifetime guarantee. Go to any track cycling meet and you’ll see the riders warming up on Kreitlers and spinning silkily smooth to insane speeds on them. Despite the hefty price tag the orange square profile tubing does look a bit agricultural, […]

Kreitler Kompact 3.0 Hot Dog
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TorHans Aero 30

Torhans has spent extensive time and money in the wind tunnel, and features such as the 72° rear trailing edge of the 887ml bottle that sits in line with most head tubes bears testament to this. Details like aero fairing for the straw is either impressive or excessive, depending on your take, but with Chrissie […]

TorHans Aero 30
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Halfords Advanced Rear Mount

Key to a bike rack’s success is flexibility, ease of set-up and stability. And the Halfords Advanced Rear High Mount 3 Cycle Carrier scores well in all three. Flexibility’s down to the number of cars it fits: hatchbacks, estates, saloons… Its chameleonic characteristics stem from a plethora of rack frame settings and four sizes of […]

Halfords Advanced Rear Mount
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Panaracer Extreme Duro Pro

These aren’t the most supple tyres in Panaracer’s line-up but they come with a casing that’s tough and reasonably lightweight – hit an unexpected object in the road and chances are that the sidewalls will survive intact. There’s a puncture-breaker running underneath the tread that provides superb defence against all kinds of sharp stuff – […]

Panaracer Extreme Duro Pro
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Continental Gator Hardshell

Strong and durable, Gatorskins have to be the most popular training tyres out there, and the Gator Hardshell takes things a step further with even greater toughness. We didn’t puncture once in these despite autumn thorns littering our regular routes. Conti’s dense polyester anti-puncture breaker belt – they call it Poly-X – extends right into […]

Continental Gator Hardshell
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Books about Cycling

The Tour de France may be over for another year but, from travelogues to psychological insights into road racers, here to fill the void is this veritable smorgasbord of bike books… GREAT CYCLING JOURNEYS OF THE WORLD £24.99 www.newhollandpublishers.com Spending the summer with the team in 220 Towers can be taxing enough without beautifully photographed […]

Books about Cycling
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XLAB Gorilla Cage & Turbo Wing

The Gorilla Cage is a smart looking piece of carbon that’s not going to look out of place on even the fanciest steed. And, at £37.99, it’s competitively priced compared to other carbon cages. Hitting a pothole and losing bottles can spell disaster but here my bottle stayed firmly in place despite hard mountain biking. […]

XLAB Gorilla Cage & Turbo Wing
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Knog Dry Dog

The Knog may be the most style conscious of the panniers we’ve tested, with discreet yet distinct design touches, but it’s not without substance. Its main compartment is large enough to take clothes, tools and food, plus there’s a padded pouch for a laptop and/or documents, with another mesh pouch on top of that for […]

Knog Dry Dog
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Dawes Rear Pannier

Dawes is often seen as a byword for affordable, no-frills kit. But a product has to do more than simply be a bargain to be any good. Not that the Dawes pannier is a disaster; it’s just you get the impression that they’re hoping its low price will give it a bit more leeway in […]

Dawes Rear Pannier
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AGU Yamaska 435

The Yamaska may not be as tough as the Carradice CarraDry but it does use the same Rixen Kaul fixing system to clip to your bike. It makes for a solid binding, and the neat design means it remains rigid and rattle free over cobbles, kerbs and potholes. It’s also smaller, but this means there’s […]

AGU Yamaska 435
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Carradice CarraDry

Compared to the largely understated black offerings available these days, the silver CarraDry is the loudest pannier around. But while it may be the most ‘disco’ thanks to its shiny exterior, it’s also the most cavernous, with a maw capable of swallowing a 27-litre load. Two clips and an adjustable hook attach it securely to […]

Carradice CarraDry