April showers… a time when a super-protective, hard-wearing waterproof is a must, for those that want to go out and play in the elements. The new Swrve Keiu Anorak has fast become my go-to, always-packed waterproof, for this time of year.
Simple, but incredibly effective - that sums up the design of the Swrve Keiu Anorak. It is a classic waterproof; designed to keep you dry both on and off the bike. As with other Swrve apparel that I've reviewed on the blog, it delivers.
The Keiu anorak uses Teflon Shield+ waterproofing, with a fully taped seam construction. Seal out the elements, whilst allowing moisture to escape from within. I've worn this in wet but mild conditions - the most challenging for any waterproof fabric, and it has excelled.
Most waterproofs feature a full-length zip, but that can be uncomfortable when tucked down on a bike; as well as providing a potential weak point for water ingress. The anorak style design of the Swrve Keiu…
Cycle Route 3951814 - via Bikemap.net
The BikeMap mapping service is one of the largest online mapping platforms for bike routes in the world. Using crowd-sourced data and details on the road surface and gradient, it creates what it believes will be the most suitable route for a bike tour.
Having used their service to plot my '9 Roads to Nowhere' ride, I thought I would feedback on the positive features, and drawbacks of the service.
Positive featuresSimple to use - The BikeMap service is very simple to use: you just select your starting point, then click the road along the rough route that you wish to take, and the BikeMap planning will create a suitable route, along suitable roads.Points of interest - Another neat feature of the platform is that you can add points of interest along the route, such as cafe stops and breaks. See in the above example, where I have starred the two cafe stops along the '9 Roads to Nowhere' route.Route embedding - Unlike many competing ser…
5am. The sun glistens on the reservoir, and bounces off morning dew. Kielder Forest - the largest forest in the UK, sits silent; its paths and tracks ready to welcome the largest gravel event in the UK - The Dirty Reiver 200.
A Reiver was a border knight - an armoured horseback rider, patrolling the border between Scotland and England.
Today, 800 riders will take to the same trails and tracks that were ridden by the Reivers; except these riders will be on a plethora of cyclocross bikes, 'gravel' bikes and mountain bikes.
200 kilometres of flat-out dusty racing…
Massed in front of Kielder Castle, the pre-event kit chat continues; as it has done for the preceding months.
What tyre width are those? How's that Lauf suspension fork? Have you double wrapped your bar tape?
Personally, I'm more concerned about how many flapjacks I can wolf down at each feed station, and whether I have enough supplies in my back pocket…
Those with a good memory will remember that I reviewed a hoodie, as well as a casual tee and sunglasses from UK brand Sundried, back in 2014. The kit proved to be great quality, and I'm pleased to say it is still going strong.
In this review, I've turned to their active range of clothing, and a pair of running tights that I've been testing out on my 'Spring Break' cross-training trail run streak.
The Roteck Leggings from Sundried are a simple, but well designed pair of running tights. They use a good quality medium weight wicking fabric, with flatlock seams, to provide comfort and durability.
The fit is good, and the medium pair that I have are plenty generous, and not at all restrictive (my sizes are listed on the Reviews page). The elasticated waistband and drawstring, help to personalise fit, and avoid any annoying slippage.
Other noteworthy features include a zippered mesh valuables pocket on the rear; as well as reflective cuffs on the ankles, for increased v…
Commuting on a bike is a great way to stay fit, relieve stress, and avoid the traffic. What is the best bicycle to commute on though? The most interesting, safe, and versatile option?
I commute around 10 hours a week, which amounts to between 250-300 kilometres. I've been putting in these early morning and evening rides for over 5 years now, and have commuted on everything from a mountain bike, through to a single speed road bike.
However, I now think that I've discovered the ideal commuting bike… the cyclocross bike.
I wrote a post last year on 'Getting 'Cross', where I discussed a new found love of the world of mixed-surface riding on a cyclocross bike.
What also quickly became evident after a few months of commuting on a cyclocross bike, was that it was an incredibly good bike to use for the job: more interesting, more robust, and more versatile than anything I'd used previously; as well as safer, in many respects.