Friday, January 19, 2018

Gear Reviews

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!

GU Energy Gels

I was recently supplied with a small sample pack of GU Energy gels by Stonehenge Cycles in Salisbury ( and thought I'd do a quick write up on my experiences using them.

The three gels (Chocolate Outrage, Strawberry Banana and Jet Blackberry) were consumed over two training sessions: one long 14-mile training run and one two hour cycle.

Retul Bike Fit

Having purchased my Canondale Slice earlier this year with little more than a 'by eye' bike fit, I decided recently that it was time to get a little more scientific about things and get a proper professional bike fit. Having undertaken some extensive research, I read a lot of good things about the Retul system ( To be fair, I heard a couple of negative things as well, but comparatively few.

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