Reynolds 531 t-shirts

Reynolds 531 t-shirts

Reynolds 531 T-shirts for sale

If you’ve been into cycling for a while or if you know your cycling history you’ll know about Reynolds 531. It might not be the material of choice any more but it’s probably the most memorable frame material ever. When I was a kid, everyone wanted a 531 frame, but no one that I knew that was my age had a chance of owning one!

I now have one ready to build into something suitably retro, but even if you don’t, a classic t-shirt is always welcome. These are the real thing & even have the Reynolds brand on the label as proof!

If you want one, just click the relevant PayPal button in the size you need – quantities are very limited so get one while you can.

531 t-shirt embroidered black
531 t-shirt embroidered black-detail
Reynolds 531 T-shirts
in black £24.99
 
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531 t-shirt embroidered Light Blue
531 t-shirt embroidered light blue-detail
Reynolds 531 T-shirts
in light blue £24.99
 
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531 All Terrain t-shirt black
531 All Terrain t-shirt black-detail
Reynolds 531 All Terrain
T-shirts in black £29.99
 
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531 t-shirt All Terrain Black-back
531 t-shirt All Terrain Black-back-detail
531 All Terrain t-shirt grey
531 All Terrain t-shirt grey-detail
Reynolds 531 All Terrain
T-shirts in grey £29.99
 
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531 t-shirt All Terrain grey-back
531 t-shirt All Terrain grey-back-detail
531 Stars t-shirt black
531 Stars t-shirt black-detail
Reynolds 531 ‘Stars’
T-shirts in black £29.99
 
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531 Stars t-shirt black-back
531 Stars t-shirt black-back-detail
531 Stars t-shirt navy
531 Stars t-shirt navy-detail
Reynolds 531 ‘Stars’
T-shirts in navy £29.99
 
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531 Stars t-shirt navy-back
531 Stars t-shirt navy-back-detail
Chasing Trails MTB group skills courses

MTB drops & Jumps course at Dalby 15th Aug

One-off half day drops & jumps course

As with the previous post, you may have already seen some info saying that courses are now only available as exclusive days due to shifting demand.

This is true, but one or two people still have gift vouchers to use for a place on a group course. This means there’s a drops & jumps course on Tues 15th August which you can book onto for a discounted price of £29 per person!

Start time will be 9:30am, finishing at 12:30pm. Start point will be the car park at Dalby opposite Dixons Hollow, at the far end of Adderstone Field.

The course will cover exactly what you’d expect – some reliable technique to ride drops & jumps reliably & predictably.

 
You can book a place here or phone to pay by card or bank transfer 
If you want to book more than one place you can change quantity on the PayPal page after clicking the button. It will only let you book places that are actually available!

Drops & Jumps 
Tues 15th Aug 2017 
9:30am – 12:30pm 
£29 per person

taking part in a group MTB skills course

Group MTB skills course Sun 23rd July

One-off foundation skills MTB course

You may have seen some info already saying that courses are now only available as exclusive days due to shifting demand.

This is true, but one or two people still have gift vouchers to use for a place on a group course. This means there’s a foundation/beginners course on Sun 23rd July which you can book onto for a discounted price of £49 per person!

Start time will be 10am, finishing at 4pm. Start point will be the car park at Dalby opposite Dixons Hollow, at the far end of Adderstone Field.

The course will cover:

  • gears
  • effective braking
  • off road riding position
  • how to roll drop offs
  • getting the front wheel off the ground
  • cornering
  • …and how to crash much less!
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    You can book a place here or phone to pay by card or bank transfer 
    If you want to book more than one place you can change quantity on the PayPal page after clicking the button. It will only let you book places that are actually available!

    Foundation MTB skills 
    Sun 23rd July 2017 
    £49 per person

Renthal Kevlar Lock-On Grips long, long, long term review

Renthal Kevlar Lock-On Grips Looooooong Term Review

So, as I said in the previous long term review of these, there’s always a chance that manufacturer’s hype doesn’t quite live up to reality…

Renthal Kevlar Lock On GripHowever… I’ve now been running these grips for 2 years! They’re looking used now, but they’re still going & I can’t tell any difference in feel from when they were new! The first picture is a new set – the second one is now.

I haven’t changed my mind re the level of grip they offer, they’re very grippy without the jelly/sticky like feeling you sometimes get, which I find a bit gross!. The diameter is good, narrow enough for good control but not too narrow.

Renthal Kevlar Lock On Grip, well used!The knurled pattern has worn off, but hasn’t lessened the feel, the lock-on system works – mine are still on the Easton Havoc carbon bars and they still haven’t ever moved or damaged the bars in the odd crash.

Long life is always high on my list, but obviously there’s more to it that that! These do everything else I want & at risk of using a cliché, they’re a no-brainer. When they do wear out another set will be going straight on. If I had to pick a negative, some people might not like the colour. I’m fine with it, there’s Kevlar in them & they look Kevlar colour

Renthal Kevlar Lock-On Grips – long term test

Renthal Kevlar Lock-On Grips Long Term Review

Renthal Kevlar Lock On GripThere’s not a lot to say about these that I haven’t said before, in the, er, long term review. However, you’ll notice that it was posted May 2015 after a year of use. It’s now Sept 2016 & although the diamond knurled pattern now looks smooth & they’ve slightly worn to my hand shape, after 2 years 4 months I have no intention of replacing them just yet. The photo shows a new set from the Renthal site but I’ll edit in a better one of their current state soon.

So although these aren’t the cheapest grips out there, at £24.99 they’re the best I’ve ever used. With plenty of grip & also being the most hard-wearing I’ve ever found, Renthal seem to have done the impossible with these. It’s all down to a clever idea of mixing Aramid (Kevlar) fibres into the rubber compound. So as they wear, which happens slowly because of the Kevlar, more fibres get exposed, so there’s a constant resistance to wear whilst remaining grippy.

Told you it’d be short. Buy them if you can live with the one colour choice! I like it, and I’ve noticed they also do a set for motorcycles…

More info on the Renthal website.

2016 Ard Rock Enduro

2016 Ard Rock Enduro photos

This is the first year I’ve been to ‘Ard Rock & I’ll definitely be going back! It’s a spectacular event – the trails, atmosphere & organisation were beyond expectations & despite 60-70mph winds on the Sunday, the riding was still awesome. It has a great festival feel to it & if you like the idea of racing but prefer the downhills, Enduro is for you! Keep a check on the Ard Rock Enduro site or subscribe to their mailing list for 2017 dates.

To give you a feel for the trails, I’ll shut up & post some photos taken by various professional picture takers that were around the route. The only thing I’d add is that the trails are steeper & more technical than they look! The quality of the photography is great & all they photographers were great to deal with!

All photos are used with the photographer’s permission

Photo of Steve Phipps at 2016 Ard Rock by Digital Swaledale2016 Ard Rock by EventPhotosArd Rock 2016 - photo by JWDT PhotographyArd Rock 2016 (3) - photo by JWDT PhotographyArd Rock 2016 (2) - photo by JWDT PhotographySteve form Chasing Trails at 2016 Ard Rock - photo by MJP2016 Ard Rock by MJP (2)2016 Ard Rock by MJP (3)2016 Ard Rock by MJP (4)2016 Ard Rock by RH Photography

Long Term Test of Race Ready Braking disc brake pads

Race Ready Braking disc brake pads

Race Ready Braking's resin padsHow well do they wear..?

First thing I should say is that I don’t go through brake pads that quick. Brake pad reviews have the potential to be extremely subjective as different riders seem to be heavier or lighter on the brakes and sometimes by a huge amount. Added to that, riders being, er, heavier or lighter, the amount different people ride, the terrain & the trail surface of your local trails all make huge differences in the longevity of your brake pads.

So these were fitted in January and after a year are still good. This is about as long lived a set of pads as I’ve ever had. Again, it’s nowhere near 100% scientific! But seeing there’s still life in them, if you order a set & they don’t last you long I’d politely suggest that you’re doing something wrong! It could be your braking technique or not bedding them in or possibly riding in the Dark Peak on a wet day! Having said that, you’ll know how previous brands have lasted as a comparison anyway.

Race Ready Braking's Resin PadsDo they stop you?!

Yes. Obviously they stop you… But how well & how quickly & with how much control..? For context, I don’t chuck stuff out until it can no longer be fixed. Therefore on my 160mm ‘Enduro’, ‘all mountain’, ‘trail’, or just ‘mountain’ bike I am still running a set of Hope Mono Minis from the misty past of 2007. As an aside I’ve only just replaced the lever blades & brass pivots and apart from that I’ve bled them on occasions. So by modern standards they’re not super-powerful stoppers. I can’t remember what brand the previous set of pads were as it was much longer than 5 minutes ago, but I do remember that they were a bit sub-standard. They felt like the front disc had a touch of oil on it. It didn’t because fitting the RRB pads sorted it out. All I need to say is that I’ve not been in any situation where the brakes have let me down or caused any problems & since fitting them I’ve never had a dodgy moment caused by not enough power or feel. Incidentally, if you have a set of brakes that you hate,try a different brand of pads before getting rid of them.

Last time I used them in ‘anger’, I was being chased by a teenage nephew who’s fear levels are non existent, possibly into negative levels. I was helped on the downhills by the fact he was on a hardtail but he relentlessly caught up on the uphills. Pride (& the fact that I teach skills for a living) meant he could not be allowed to overtake, or even get too close, so I had to ‘make the most’ of every downhill section. The quality of the brakes obviously play a big part in staying on the bike when pushing it a bit, but the feel through the levers was good at all times. The only times I was anywhere near to a mistake was pushing the corner speed a bit much, but speed control was always good. Using the same brakes with other pads in the past has given a completely different feel. I’ve tried a good few brands & some have been good, some not so, but the RRB pads are amongst the best for power & feel. At least with my Hope’s anyway.

Price? This is where you might start to have doubts, but maybe not for the reason you’d expect. At £3.50 for a set of resin pads you may be thinking ‘how good can they be? See above…

Long Term Test of Brill Cleaner

Brill Cleaner 500mlBrill Cleaner – how does it work for bikes?

I’ve been using this for a couple of months now, so this post is what I’ve found after a good few uses…
…those of you that know me might have noticed that in the past I might have, once or twice, turned up for a ride with a pre-muddied bike! So maybe I’m an ideal candidate to test out bike cleaner?! Or maybe not, you decide!

Whether it’s the influence of the product or not, I’ve actually been more motivated to wash the bike after muddy rides since it arrived! Often the mud will have dried on before I get to the hose pipe so it’s a good test for any cleaner. My frame is a blasted anodised finish & the mud seems to stick more than it might to a glossy painted finish.

The Brill Cleaner works more or less like other brands, with a difference, which I’ll get to.
You spray the bike, let it soak in a bit then give it a go with a non-abrasive brush. Then hose it off & it’s done.

It’s very effective, not too much effort & not particularly time consuming; much quicker than a bucket of soapy water. Where it has the biggest difference/advantage to a lot of products is that you get a bottle of concentrate, either 500ml for £8.95, 1 litre at £14.95 or 5 litres for £29.95. You then dilute it according to whatever job you’re doing. 1:10 seems fine for muddy bikes, so that means you get 5 litres of cleaner from a 500ml bottle. This makes it great value and you can also use it for cleaning other stuff that might need a stronger or weaker solution (I know, why would you even want to non-bike stuff?!). I haven’t tried it on the dishes, probably not recommended..!

There’s a list of items with the recommended dilutions on the bottles. Whichever size you order, you get a spray bottle included which you re-use. It’s a ‘made in Britain’ product & although it’s new to the cycling world Brill has been around since 1987.

It’s also 100% biodegradable and if you look at the FAQ under “What does it clean”, the answer given is – Everything!

All in all, it’s well recommended with seemingly no downsides apart from you still have to actually remember to clean your bike…

You can get more info & order from the Brill website – www.brillcleaner.com
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