Weekly Reviews Roundup #6

Wintery clothing, summery literature, year-round lighting and a fantastic review of our Sensa Aquila SL sportive bike.

16170_cateye_volt_100_rapid_x_front_and_rear_bike_light_setCateye Volt 100 front light & Rapid X rear light – Road.cc

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“Cateye offers the Volt 100 front light and Rapid X rear light, which together are a great combination for commuting with long battery life, multiple modes and are easy to use. They even look good too.

“Up front, the Volt 100 pumps out 100 lumens in constant and 150 in flash mode. That’s more than enough to be seen by, but it’s not bright enough if you want to venture away from the lit streets of the city or town.

“Smart looking lights bright enough for daily commuting and easy to mount to the bike.”

15935_knog_blinder_road_twin_pack_led_bike_light15927_knog_blinder_arc_1_7_rechargeable_front_bike_lightKnog Blinders and Blinder Arc 1.7 – Red Kite Prayer

Read the review | Buy Arc 1.7 here | Buy Blinder twin pack here

“One last note, these lights are all light, i.e. not heavy, relative to their competitors. I initially doubted their ruggedness, but a year later, and suffering the abuse of regular commuting, trail thrashing and having plastic hockey pucks dinged off them in the basement, by my kids, they’re going strong and show little wear.”

15355_castelli_alpha_cycling_jacketCastelli Alpha jacket – BikeRadar

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“The Alpha brings innovation to winter jackets, and plenty of style. Stretchy Windstopper 150 fabric creates the windproof, water resistant shell but, rather than a conventional softshell material, Castelli has detached the insulation, and only added it where necessary.

“Superb winter jacket with a glove-like fit. A supremely well-thought out, snug fitting jacket that we genuinely can’t find fault with.”

16675_sensa_aquila_sl_custom_road_bike_mix_ultegra_2x11_compact_2015Sensa Aquila SL road bike – Road.cc

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“With deep reserves of pace, splendid handling and impressive comfort, the new Aquila SL from Sensa is a thoroughly capable race bike that offers fantastic value for money with no shortcuts in the specification. It’s ready to race from the box and has the performance to back up the build.

“Fast, smooth riding race bike that offers a high level of kit for not a lot of money.”

15100_moa_gena_3_4_cycling_bib_tightsMoa Gena 3/4 bib tights – Road.cc

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“Italian company Moa’s history of making cycle gear goes back more than 40 years. They aren’t as well known as some of their fellow Italian brands, but you might recognise the logo from the Astana team kit. Moa also makes its own Nalini brand, and manufactures for other companies too.

“The Moa Gena 3/4-length bib tights are unusual in that they’re a lighter fabric than you’d usually expect in winter leggings.”

15287_sportful_diva_women_s_cycling_bib_tightsSportful Diva Bibtights – Road.cc

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“There’s toing and froing to be had endlessly regarding women’s bib tights and the necessity (or otherwise) of some sort of provision for toilet breaks. For my ha’penny’s worth, yes, it’s tricky with classic bib tights, but I’d personally rather have a pair of really well designed and genuinely comfortable bibs than a pair that simply manage to be overcomplicated and slightly irritating, as with many ‘clever’ ones.

“Extremely comfortable and well-designed; on the expensive side, but a sound investment.

17434_detour_de_yorkshire_bookDetour de Yorkshire by Rick Robson – Road.cc

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“The Tour de France in Yorkshire. In 2014 it came, we saw, and the world realised what they had been missing. Except that the world did not necessarily get to see all the best bits, but only the bits that could accommodate the whole Tour ensemble.

“Photographic guide around some of the best roads for cycling in Yorkshire in the company of local professional cyclists.”

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