Louri Frame Strap Review

It was really nice to meet Sian and Thomas at the Cycle Show last week and to get a look at the many products that Cyclorise distribute in the UK.  Getting a close up look at the Louri frame strap and getting my own in a bike colour matching orange was a bonus.

The strap allows you to attach some essentials to your bike for races or when you want to travel a little lighter. Its really useful and easy to use – watch my video for the full low down.

The Louri strap costs £18.99 for the frame version and £17.99 for the saddle mount version.

Finally – the pronunciation – its looo-reee  as in

not lahow-rey ?  as in

For more information visit the Cyclorise and/or the Louri websites.

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


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”

Losing Some Weight

Lowe Alpine LightFlite Hydro
Lowe Alpine LightFlite Hydro


Losing a bit of weight is a great way to boost your speed and will help your climbing and as a result many riders are paranoid about the weight of their bike.  Fitting light weight components is expensive – from light cased tyres and carbon frames, to carbon seat posts and titanium bolts, for some it is an endless search to strip all unnecessary weight from the bike. Continue reading “Losing Some Weight”

MB Swindon Gravity Team

MB Swindon have 2 sponsored teams competing in national events this year. The first team I am going to mention is the Gravity Team.

Gravity Enduro events are kind of new and combine the fitness of cross country riding and the technique of downhill racing. There are various types of event and each one has a mix of timed (usually the down hill parts of course) and untimed sections.

For more info on the UK race format go here – http://www.ukgravityenduro.com/race-info/event-format/

Enduro racing is not a downhill race neither is it a cross country race, its a mix of the 2, you’ll need to have riding skills + fitness for these events, the stages or timed sections are usually pointing down, but can have short climbs and flat sections also, the terrain will also vary from trail centre type to natural root and rock. After each stage there is a non timed section to your next stage, this usually involves riding uphill for some distance and varies on venue and stage.

Each round will consist of 5 timed stages on the Sunday, with open practise from 9am till 3am on Saturday, at 3.30pm on the Saturday there will be a seeding run on stage 5, this is live timed into a finish arena were the baying crowd will be cheering you on. The seeding run sorts the running order out of each category for the Sunday, slowest first with 20 second gaps between riders, it also counts towards your overall time on Sunday.

The rider in each category with the fastest overall times is the winner, we reward the top 3 in each category + the top 5 overall times of the day.

The MB Swindon 2013 Team

James Scott (Captain)
Jason Pinkney
Mike Brazier
Dion Thomas
Pete Gowland
Antonio Fiore.

MB Swindon 2013 Sponsors

Hargroves (http://www.hargrovescycles.co.uk)
Ski & Summer Morzine (http://www.skimorzine.com)
Mike Buss PT (http://www.mike-buss.com)
MucOff UK BikePark (http://www.ukbikepark.com)
Fibrax (http://www.fibrax.com/)

Website – http://www.mbswindon.co.uk/race-teams/gravity-team/

Video courtesy of my friend and race team leader James Scott – having a practice this weekend at Afan.