Thursday, 8 October 2015

Review: GripGrab Hurricane Hi-Vis Winter Glove

Winter riding gloves are right up there on my list of 'the most important pieces of kit'. Get them right, and your hands are kept comfortable over those long winter base miles. Get them wrong, and you'll be struggling to grip the brake levers when the temperature plummets.

The Hurricane gloves from GripGrab have long been a favourite of mine, and as winter riding gloves go, they certainly "get it right". They were my glove of choice through much of last winter's inclement weather, and they provide that delicate balance between insulation, padding, feel and protection, which are all sought after at this time of year.

There's an exciting new change to the GripGrab Hurricane glove for Autumn/Winter 2015 though… They've gone Fluoro! Not only do they retain their great technical features, but now they've got a Hi-Vis safety benefit as well!

So, what makes the Hurricane such a great glove?

The first fundamental of any good glove, is fit. This is where the Hurricane really excels. These aren't an out-and-out deep winter glove, so they have just a single-layer construction, made from a wind-proof, breathable and water-resistant material. The construction means that the fabric can be closer fitting to the shape of your hand, whilst the material choice provides more stretch than you'd get with a fully waterproof glove. The result, is that the fit is outstandingly good, and you experience almost no loss of dexterity or uncomfortable fabric bunching. Impressive, for a winter glove.

The fit around the cuff is superb, too. Rather than a Velcro strap design, which can add bulk, the Hurricane has a high-stretch neoprene cuff. It's soft, comfortable and breathable, whilst also sealing the cold out effectively, and combining well with the sleeves on winter jackets.

The next fundamental factor, is insulation. As mentioned, these aren't a 'deep winter' glove, but are instead intended for use in roughly 3-15 degrees Celsius. [If you're looking for a real cold weather glove, check out the GripGrab Polaris]. The insulation in the Hurricane Gloves is effective though, because it is wind-proof, water-resistant and highly breathable. These three properties mean you keep the chill and the rain off, but you let the perspiration out; leaving your hands warm and dry.

The third essential for a good glove, is padding. You want enough to protect your hands from rough winter roads, but not so much that you're left with a loss of feel. GripGrab use a targeted padding approach with their gloves, and focus on protecting the hand from 'cyclist palsy'; a loss of feeling in your hands caused by nerve compression. The Hurricane gloves feature one 4mm DoctorGel pad on the palm, which provides notable protection from road vibration and discomfort. The rest of the palm features just simple silicone gripper dots, which help to provide a reassuring hold.

Finally, it's the little things that make for a 'great' pair of gloves. The Hurricane has touch screen compatible finger tips, so you can operate your phone without exposing your hands to the cold. It also has a soft sweat wiper on the thumb, so you can avoid that frozen-sweat problem. Then, there are neat reflective graphics, to help increase visibility to oncoming traffic.

Of course, the reason I'm especially shouting about these gloves this year, is the new Hi-Vis release. If you want the ultimate in Fluoro accessories, these have to be them! The bright yellow backs on the new gloves will help improve your road presence, and really help when indicating; whilst the rest of the glove retains the great features of the original black Hurricane model. It's a fantastic way to add a 'pop' of colour to dark winter kit.

The GripGrab Hurricane gloves then, are one winter glove that very definitely "gets it right". They provide comfort, protection and now added safety, all in one simple but highly functional glove. You'll 'Never Lose Your Grip' with these!

View the GripGrab HiVis range at (Link)
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Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Review: Pedro's BioGrease

Winter is coming. That means rain, mud, bike washing and bike servicing, in abundance. A few weeks ago, I reviewed the Pedro's Degreaser and Chain Cleaner; I was impressed, but after you've stripped your bike of dirt and dried-up lubricant, you need to re-lube and protect key areas, to keep things running smooth.

The obvious attention point is your drivetrain, and in the past I've talked about Picking Your Pedro's Chainlube, to ensure you've got the right lube for your riding conditions. In this post though, I'm considering what you need to keep your bearings, bottom bracket, headset and hubs running smooth this winter... grease!

The Bio-Grease from Pedro's is a friendly grease. I don't mean it's a smiling John Travolta. I mean it's kind(er) to the environment than most. It's bio-degradable and non-toxic, so there's less chance you're killing the fishes in the rivers, as it slowly washes out of your bearing races.

I'm pleased to say that it will take some time for it to wash out, though; as after several months of testing, this has proven to be one of the best bike greases that I've tried. It seems to have that optimal thickness; which keeps it in place, but doesn't make your hubs run like they're packed out with treacle. It also seems to be resistant to heat and extreme cold, which can sometimes decompose grease. Quite simply, from the moment you squeeze it out of of the well made tube, it does its job quietly and successfully.

Keep things running smooth this winter.

View the Pedro's Lube and Grease Range at (Link)

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Smart Shopping List - Cycling Nutrition

We all know the importance of eating right. What you eat is vital to your health, your mood and quite definitely your performance. You are what you eat: so your shopping list could be likened to your body's fuel receipt. Are you fuelling right?

In this post, I thought I'd outline the kind of items that often feature on my own shopping list. The product selection is strongly influenced by insights that I've gained from nutritional experts, as well as key ingredients used in recipes from books like Hannah Grant's 'The Grand Tour Cookbook'. I've split the list out into different nutritional categories, to make sure all bases are covered, and also to hopefully give a wide range of alternatives.

Hopefully it will give you some ideas for your own weekly shop...


  • Whole Eggs - Yolks are a source of Choline - important to reduce muscle fatigue.
  • Wild Salmon and Smoked Salmon - Fish is a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids.
  • Frozen Plaice Fillets - White fish is a rich source of low-fat protein.
  • Smoked Mackerel - Makes a great quick-and-easy high-protein risotto. High in Omega 3.
  • Sardines and Tuna - Ideal store cupboard protein source.
  • Poultry (Chicken, Turkey) - Easy to digest, super-lean protein source
  • Lean Beef Mince or Diced Beef - High in iron, B vitamins, zinc and selenium.
  • Cottage Cheese - Low in fat, high in protein, high in calcium.
  • Greek Style Yoghurt or Skyr - More protein than standard yoghurt.
  • Whey Protein - For home-made recovery shakes.
  • Semi-Skimmed Milk - Still a super-food/drink.
  • Humous - A great healthy lunch or snack
  • Mixed Bean Salad - Great to add to leafy salads. High in fibre and protein.
  • Mixed Nuts - Almonds and cashews in particular. Almonds are high in vitamin E, copper and magnesium. 


  • Porridge Oats and Oatmeal - The 'King of Carbohydrates'.
  • Sweet Potatoes - Super high in vitamin A and C, as well as iron, potassium and fibre.
  • New Potatoes and Baking Potatoes - 'Skin-on' means more fibre.
  • Brown and White Rice - Brown rice is ideal for everyday, white rice for pre-ride/race.
  • Lentils and Quinoa - Slow release energy, high in protein, high in fibre.
  • Wholemeal Bread - A good source of B vitamins.
  • Whole Wheat Pasta - A lower-GI carb source than white pasta.
  • White pasta - Still preferred by many, especially just before an event/ride.
  • Cous Cous - Basically, it's pasta, in a different form.


  • Olive Oil- The best 'healthy fat'.
  • Rapeseed Oil - Good for high-temperature cooking.
  • Peanut and Almond Butter- Full of good fats, vitamins and protein. 
  • Coconut Cream and Oil - Rich in Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) - i.e. 'Good fats'.
  • Seeds - Pumpkin, linseed, sunflower seeds. Add them to bread mixes to reduce the GI level.

Fruit and Veg:

  • Spinach - High in iron, magnesium and calcium.
  • Celery - A source of vitamin A and C. High in fibre.
  • Cucumber - High in B vitamins. High in fibre. 
  • Carrots - A source of vitamin A.
  • Cherries - Super high in anti-oxidants.
  • Blueberries - High in vitamins K and C, and anti-oxidants.
  • Tomatoes - Source of vitamin C.
  • Mixed Peppers - Packed full of vitamins.
  • Pak Choi - A nutrition powerhouse. Potassium, vitamin A, C and K, and loads of minerals.
  • Oranges - Vitamin C for a healthy immune system.
  • Apples - A good source of fibre.
  • Pears - A good source of fibre, vitamins B2, C and E.
  • Bananas - Instant fruity energy, high in vitamin B-6.
  • Broccoli - Vitamin B-6 and vitamin C. 
  • Beetroot - High in performance boosting nitrates.
  • Onions - Best lightly cooked. These are packed full of folate, potassium and magnesium.
  • Mushrooms - High in anti-oxidants. 
  • Celeriac - Vitamin B-6, calcium and magnesium.
  • Butternut Squash - Vitamin A, B-6 and C, and magnesium. Dietary fibre.
  • Dried Fruit - Dates, raisins, apricot - Great for 'Pimping Your Porridge'.


  • Fresh Coffee - A natural caffeine kick. Far better than instant!
  • Green Tea  - High in polyphenols, a strong anti-oxidant.
  • Herbal Tea  - Many health benefits, including relaxation.
  • Fruit Juice  - High in sugar, but useful for pre-ride energy


  • Herbs and Spices - For example, turmeric is proven to decrease muscle soreness. Basil may reduce inflammation. Mint can calm bowel troubles.  
  • Fresh Ginger - Great for adding a bit of zing, and proven to reduce muscle soreness.
  • Garlic - A very powerful antibiotic, may help to reduce blood pressure. 
  • Multi-Vitamins - See them as an insurance policy, just in case you don't manage to get all your vitamins and minerals in a well balanced diet.
  • Dark Chocolate - Rich in minerals and anti-oxidants. Just don't over-do it!

Time to go shopping...