Lee Quarry – A Sort of Review

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Lee Quarry

Why a sort of review? Cos I only “sort of” rode there.

Being a little pushed for time but also being in the neighbourhood of one of the first “trail centres” I heard of when I started mountain biking a few years ago, meant that I had to give it some sort of a visit. And the sun was shining so it would have been rude not to, even if I was only able to stay for an hour or so. So here goes: Continue reading “Lee Quarry – A Sort of Review”

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Melon Optics Parker MTB Goggles, Ben Deakin Signature Model – Review

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I’ve never worn goggles before, only when paint balling, as I’ve never been skiing or snowboarding or ridden a motorbike. I may have worn goggles go karting or quad biking – I can’t be sure and it really doesn’t matter. What matters is, I have never worn goggles on a mountain bike until Saturday.

The “enduro” joke still stands and the micky taking still occurs.  You should only wear goggles with a full face helmet. Why do the enduro racers wear them?

Well, I bought mine first and foremost because they were a limited / signature edition and were in camo!  #OiOi

The Ben Deakin signature model Parker MTB Goggles from Melon Optics were begging to be bought by me to go with my Troy Lee Designs A1 helmet, Dakine Session and Adidas Terrex all in camo.  I love it! I’m sure I’m still a 9 year old boy at heart! LOL

However, some of my gang were going down the goggle route too and so this was the perfect excuse I needed to dip my toe in. Continue reading “Melon Optics Parker MTB Goggles, Ben Deakin Signature Model – Review”

What do I do now?

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So you bought a Garmin. You’ve got OS maps included too cos it seemed like the right thing to do, now what do you do?

Ride around bike parks and trail centres recording your rides and putting them up on Strava of course…

Well, there’s a lot more you can and should be doing. But first, here’s one of my crushes from the 90s – the delicious Louise Wener and her band Sleeper with “What Do I Do Now?”  You see what I did there? Continue reading “What do I do now?”

We’ve come a long long way together… (Vitus Escarpe VRX Long Term Review)

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Its been two years since I decided it was time to change my full sus bike (Giant Trance X2) and after much research I decided on the Vitus Escarpe VRX.

Longer and beefier forks. Wider bars. Bigger wheels (650b). I was excited! Continue reading “We’ve come a long long way together… (Vitus Escarpe VRX Long Term Review)”

Karcher OC3 Portable Cleaner

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Ask yee shall receive. So I asked to be included in the Karcher product testing for a new portable cleaner from the German pressure washer manufacturer and I eventually got one!

The OC3 was launched at the London Bike Show this year with much anticipation surrounding it coming from such a well respected manufacturer; but how does it hold up?

First let me start by saying I haven’t used anything other than bucket of water or a hose pipe to clean my bikes, so I cannot compare to other portable washers on the market and this review is purely on my experience so far.

The OC3 is really small and compact. Easy to move around the bike and hold in one hand if you wish while spraying with the other.  This is partly because the tank only holds 4 litres of water which is OK, but a bit of squeeze for cleaning a bike thoroughly.

Its not a high pressure like you might expect from Karcher (and I don’t know what the other portable washers on the market deliver) but its certainly enough to get loose surface dirt and mud off.

Let some of your favourite bike cleaner soak in and it will shift a little more, but don’t expect miracles this certainly will not do the job of a good stiff brush especially if you have let some dirt dry on.

Operation is simple – one button for on and off and one nozzle with no adjustable spray settings. I can’t complain about this but I am sure some will.

Its takes a couple (3) hours to charge fully and the charge lasts plenty for you to clean a bike. Depending on how through you want to be I think the charge would be sufficient for you to clean “the worst” off two bikes before transporting them.

I’ve only used this a few times as thankfully the sun has started to shine in the UK and there has been much less bike cleaning required of late – I am sure this will come in really handy come the winter again. For now it will be used for the occasional clean of my bikes and maybe come to some use as we start to use the garden more – cleaning patio sets, BBQs etc. Updates as and when I get around to it…

My only complaint is the lack of 12v car charging adapter which is really important for a portable cleaner in my opinion.

There are plans for larger tanks, brushes and other accessories,  for more info go here on the Karcher website.

You can buy the OC3 in Halfords for £129 – http://www.halfords.com/motoring/car-cleaning/pressure-washers-hoses/karcher-oc3-portable-cleaner

 

Remember to use your British Cycling discount in Halfords!