Archives for February 2014

How to do a proper hamstring stretch – Kinetic Revolution

I found this video to be extremely informative, and also found out that when I thought I had been stretching my hamstring I had in fact been doing something entirely different click this over here now. Give it a try.

Hamstring strech vs sciatic tension.

You can access the full article from Kinetic Revolution here.

Endura Crossbow Glasses Review

endura-crossbow-glassesI used my Crossbow glasses for a good 6 months before accidentally leaving them in a field after a triathlon. They are a very nice pair of face hugging cycling specific glasses with reactive lenses in them. They start off almost clear and then gradually tint more and more depending on the amount of sunlight, effectively meaning that, like the Endura FS260-Pro Bibknickers, they are suitable for our ever changing weather and can be comfortably worn on our many cloudy yet sunny days. To get technical I could say that the Endura Crossbow anti fog light reactive glasses feature a one-piece photochromic lens which adjusts to a wide range of light conditions, but to be honest I have no idea what photochromic means. I shall instead say that if it’s dark they go clear, and if it’s bright they automatically tint….like magic really.

As you would expect with a high end pair of cycling glasses they effectively move the airflow away from your eyeballs yet somehow manage to remain fog free (more magic) and they also comfortably grip the side of your head, so they aren’t going to fall off when you look down at your cycle computer while riding over a pothole…at least they wont fall off before you do. Oh, they are also very comfortable and for the most part you will barely know they are there. A very tidy addition to your growing range of cycling gear, that will see plenty of use. For those triathletes among you please do note that these are cycling glasses and aren’t that great for running in as they tend to bounce on your nose as you run, of course that could just be my funny shaped head or my particularly flouncy and bouncy running style. You can judge for yourselves if you ever see me out and about.

If you want to get your hands on a pair then you can find them at Evans Cycles who have some colours in stock for £71.24 at the time of writing. You can find them here.

 

Endura FS260-Pro Bibknicker

endura-fs260-pro-bibknickers-iiI have a new favourite piece of cycling equipment, the Endura FS260-Pro Bibknicker. I’m even willing to forgive its slightly weird name. I have never before ridden with a three quarter length tight, so that was a new experience but fortunately one that I favoured. Over here in the UK’s wildly unpredictable yet often moderate weather (recent flooding of Somerset and the South East aside!) I have in the past spent far too long deliberating over what to wear when going out on my bicycle. I have a lovely set of Endura Equipe gear for the warm weather (shorts review here)and some wonderful tights and merino gear for bad weather (not to mention a turbo trainer which excels in bad weather…) But when our weather spends so much of its time being in between good and bad, or often a mix of both within the same ride, I often go out and five minutes in realise that I chose wrong. At least with the bibknicker I no longer need to worry about the legs element of that equation as the compromise between tights and shorts is indeed a good one. Of course it does also raise the question as to why I didn’t try bibknickers sooner!

Ok, so I’ve argued the case for bibknickers, but what about the Endura FS260-Pro Bibknickers? With an RRP of £74.99 they are a bit more expensive than shorts, but they are a well built product and the quality does stand out. They simply have that nice feel to them when you pick them up. They are slightly weighty as the material is substantial enough to provide some insulation against the elements, but they also give the impression that they will last. I have been using them on and off for nearly a year and they still look like new. As for the technical elements the pad is well thought out and comfortable, with gel inserts and an antibacterial finish, and they have a host of other features. Here is the full list from Endura:

  •  Performance supportive stretch fabric with durable exterior and fast wicking inner
  • Endura 600 Series Pad, computer cut “Continuously Variable Profile” (CVP) stretch pad with gel inserts and antibacterial finish
  • Fully flatlocked seams and multi-panel anatomic construction (with seamless inside leg) for strength and comfort
  • Stretch reflective piping on thighs and rear
  • Silicone gripper hems for secure and comfortable fit
  • Wicking mesh upper bib with Lycra® binding
  • Rear pocket
  • SPF 50+

I cannot find a reason to dispute any of the above. I do find that legs ride up to the top of my calf muscles, but that isn’t an issue as that is roughly where they are meant to sit anyway. It doesn’t cause an issue.

The fit of the bibknickers is hugging, as you might expect from cycling gear, and the overall look is discrete (unlike cycling gear) yet very tidy. Since adding the Endura FS260-Pro Bibknickers to my eclectic collection of cycling gear I can happily say that I wouldn’t be without them.

As for where to buy them, at the time of writing Evans Cycles are listing them for £71.24 here.

 

Lifeventure Thermal Mug – Review

lifeventuremugA few weeks ago my wife and I picked up a couple of the Lifeventure Thermal Mugs from Go Outdoors and I thought they were worth a mention on here. We often find ourselves out and about wishing we had packed a thermos, and on the occasions that we do remember a thermos we struggle as we both take our hot beverages in a different manner. After a small amount of thought and going through a variety of cheap, nasty and not at all leak proof travel mugs we decided to splash out and spend £9.90 each on a pink and a blue Lifeventure thermal mug (pink for me, blue for her, naturally… wouldn’t want you to think that we neatly fit our boy/girl stereotypes).

These little gems are sealed stainless leak proof units that contain a decent mugs worth of beverage, or 300ml to those that like numbers. The manufacturer’s specs are as follows:

  • Keeps drinks hot for up to 4 hours or cool for 12 hours
  • Stainless steel construction with vacuum insulated walls
  • Expansion chamber with pressure release valve in lid
  • Sleek, watertight design available in 11 different colours
  • Conforms to British Standards for quality and safety

We have taken to filling them up in the morning, throwing them in rucksacks, laptop bags, handbags etc before heading out. So far we have left them a good four hours and the drink is still very hot when we’ve attempted to consume it. That is without pre-heating the mug before putting the beverage in. After 4 weeks of constant use they don’t leak, they are easy to clean and we are wondering why we didn’t buy them sooner. They also come in a variety of stereotype busting elegant colours.