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7 of the best handlebar bags

Handlebar bags

Phone, wallet, keys, iPad — they’re the accoutrements necessaire of modern life, but how best to carry them on your bike? One handy solution is a nifty little handlebar bag. Here are seven of the best

Clean and pumped

Weldtite cleaning kit

New cleaning kits from Weldtite to help you and your bike through the winter months

Clipless pedals 101

Clipless pedals

Here at Cycling Active we ride all manner of bikes, in all manner of locations, in all manner of styles. Our church is pretty liberal-minded, welcoming all and sundry to the ways of the velocipede but there is one common tenet we endeavour to instil in all of the flock…

From Caker to Kovert King

Kovert FX Pro

One reader gives his long-term verdict on a bike equipped with Shimano Ultegra electric gears – the Kovert FX Pro

7 of the best: Recessed cleat shoes

7 of the best shoes

Do you want the efficiency of clipless pedalling without feeling like a penguin in tap shoes every time you step off the bike? Read on…

The pick of London Bike Show 2012

Madison stand & cafe, London Bike Show 2012

Latest bikes and kit direct from the 2012 London Bike Show in January

Awards for new Burley Travoy trailer

Burley-Travoy-07

16th February 2011

It’s not just a bike trailer; it’s an ‘Urban Trailer System’ with a modular approach to payload and an easy unhitch-and-tow feature, according to its maker.

London 2012 velodrome Scalextric-style

Scalextric-1

27th January 2010

What a hoot; Scalextric are launching little electric Chris Hoys for the London 2012 Olympics. We’d better all be good; Santa is watching.

Video: Eureka moment results in handy AndyStand

AndyStand 3

27th January 2011

The ideal solution for your impromptu bike wash and adjustment session after a muddy ride, the AndyStand is the work of a Yorkshire cyclist who had a good idea.

New waterproof bike bags from OverBoard

OverBoard-handlebar-bag-rear-view

25th January 2011

Smart new OverBoard front and rear panniers plus a snap-on handlebar bag are 100% waterproof, according to the maker who normally makes gear for the RNLI.

Pimp your fixie

Brev-M-pedals

19th January 2011

Brev M is a new cult component brand; full of bright colours for the BMX and fixie scene. The prices seem reasonable and the quality fine. We like.

Get it in 3: Cateye Econom lights

Cateye-Econom

12th January 2011

The inexorable search for the perfect bike light goes on: Cateye have a better chance than most to make it. Is the new Econom The One?

Is that a rucksack on your back, or have you just got the Hump?

Respro-Hump

10th January 2011

Respro’s Hump fits on your backpack and as well as providing a waterproof cover, makes you highly visible, too. Why wouldn’t you like it?

Block around the clock

Breezeblockers

26th November 2010

Breezeblockers hand guards might be just what you need for the next few months. And there are foot covers, too.

Ready on Monday, a new seasonal jacket from Shutt VR

Shutt VR Active Softshell Jacket

25th November 2010

Yorkshire’s finest can turn it around quickly when the weather changes for the worst, claim makers of new jacket. The price tag would please a Yorkshireman, too.

Rapha’s solution to problem in trouser department

Rapha Softshell Trousers

18th November 2010

The last few days of terrible weather have highlighted the problem of cycling to work and looking good when you get there. Rapha think they can help.

HydroGEL update for JetBlack indoor trainers

JetBlack Fluid HydroGEL

17th November 2010

Claiming to reduce noise by 55% and tyre wear by 25-30%, the new HydroGEL roller features on JetBlack’s new £200 Z1 model as well as the less expensive Fluid model we liked in our recent review.

dig this: Goldeneye cyclings maps £6.99

Goldeneye Maps

5th November 2010

With cycle-friendly lanes and paths marked out clearly, each map is also matt laminated and suitably slim for carrying around.

Explore Wiltshire for free

Explore Wiltshire Maps

18th October 2010

One of the nicest of the UK’s counties to explore now has cycling maps to download for free. Visit Wiltshire launches a range of maps for all abilities and ambitions.

tech head: Mavic’s 2011 wheels

Mavic Ksyrium Elite 2011

9th October 2010

For riders looking for their first wheel upgrade, the Ksyrium Elite is the initial port of call. Benefiting from machined rims that help reduce all-up weight to 1,550 grams, they look the business and carry the respected Ksyrium name.

Eurobike: Shimano launch new range-topping MTB and road racing shoes

ShimanoSHR315

15th September 2010

Shimano claim the new synthetic material Rovenica stretches like fine natural leather for an amazing fit but also has remarkable memory and strength that always brings the shoe back to its original shape.

Foska: wacky jersey maker

FoskaWallaceGromit

1st May 2010

“We didn’t particularly want to emulate the Tour de France, especially when many Tour de France jerseys tended to promote things like aluminium gutter makers or supermarkets.”

Has SRAM hit its Apex?

SRAMApexCrank

23rd April 2010

Trek spokesman: “I think this is what is wanted by the average person who enjoys cycling but who perhaps doesn’t get to ride as much as they would like.”

SRAM wheels out more new kit

SRAMS27Wheel

28th April 2010

Despite their relatively low prices the new 2011 SRAM wheels come with some pretty impressive features, including specific rear spoke lacing and oversized alloy axles.