Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Gear Reviews

Purple Harry's Bike Cleaning Perfection?

If you’re anything like me, having spent a lot of hard-earned cash on your race day steed (that’s a bike, by the way) then you’ll want to keep it clean, shiny and with the drivetrain humming nicely.

There is no shortage of cleaning options on the market, with wet lubes, dry lubes, bike waxes, chain cleaners and pretty much anything else you can imagine.

Xterra Vector Pro X3

It's getting to that time of year again, when the longer days and milder temperatures tempting us out of the pool and back into open water.  And if you live in Britain, that means it's either time to dust off your wetsuit or look to purchase a new one.

While arguably the UK triathlon wetsuit market is dominated (or at least, appears to be) by Orca and 2XU, there are a number of other brands worth a look.  One of these is American-based Xterra.

It's a name that you're far more likely to see on the far side of the pond than in Europe; but they appear to have a focused drive into the European market for 2011 and beyond.

Mint-Ease soothing cream

Mint-EaseOk, so you might question whether a muscle-soothing cream is "gear", but as any keen athlete (whatever your ability) knows, muscle soreness is part of the game and a little light relief is very welcome at times!

Mint-Ease is a topically-applied cream made from 35% pure ethereal mint (surprisingly!) oil and is claimed to increase blood circulation, producing a 'deep and lasting warmth'.

The cream is designed to be used immediately pre and post exercise, as well as to fight Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) in the hours or days after a hard workout.

Wheelbuilder Aero Disc Cover

For those looking to get the final little bit of speed out of their Time Trial bike, a carbon disc rear wheel is often one of the ultimate upgrades.  Indeed, some experts claim that a disc wheel could be worth as much as 33 seconds over a 40 kilometre time trial.

But… and it’s a big but; disc wheels are horrendously expensive! About £1,400 seems to be the going rate for a good example. Which puts them well out of the price range for most of us, including me! (Ed Note: OK, I now have a disc! But read on, it's still relevant)

Profile Design vs. Speedfil aero bottle systems

So let’s face it, you bought a TT bike to go faster. You want to minimize your frontal section by squeezing your arms onto the aero bars, you want the aerodynamic advantage of skinny tubes and beautifully-contoured carbon, and you want the aggressive saddle / riding position that lets you eke out every last watt of power.

So the last thing you want to do is to have to sit up and break all of those aerodynamic advantages every time you need a drink!

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