Abus Granit 53 London with Cobra Cable

A fantastic lock and cable combination that will allow you to secure your frame and both the wheels.

The d-lock comes with a Gold rating from Sold Secure, the highest rating possible, and with a 12 rating out of 15 from Abus. It’s a good solid d-lock that is suitable for locking in all locations. The shackle is made from 13mm hardened steel, the lock system is an advanced powercell double locking mechanism with Abus plus locking cylinder, it feels very solid and well made.

Cobra Cable

As with all d-locks it comes with a way for mounting the lock to the bicycle and Abus do one of the best mounting systems in my opinion. It fits a range of tubes, from 15 – 35mm and it does this by using shims inside the main clamping system. The locking unit has two different attachment positions so that the lock can be orientated in several positions.
The internal area of the d-lock is around 230mm by 105mm. There is a slight divert in the locking system to allow for a few mm of extra space, this will fit through most bicycles rear wheel and part of the frame as well as around standard bicycle racks.

The Cobra Cable is long enough to fit through the front wheel and back to the lock around the rear wheel, a handy extra that doesn’t weigh much but keeps opportunistic thieves from taking your front wheel.

The lock and cable combination is competitively priced at £69.99 with the included cobra cable making this a good purchase for those looking for a complete locking solution.

Available from Evans for £69.99

Louis Garneau Sharp Helmet

The mid priced helmet from the Canadian company Louis Garneau that offers good ventilation and a comfortable fit.

I was a bit worried about the tightening system at the back of the helmet, unlike other helmets I have used, the fitting system looks a bit on the skinny side. However my initial thoughts were proven incorrect when I went for several rides with the helmet and the fitting system held securely (no side wobble) and felt very comfortable, even when doing some technical and bumpy sections on my mountain bike.

The straps have all the usual adjustments, under ear and main chin adjustments, the straps are comfortable on the skin. The only disappointment is the strap fastening clip is right under the chin and not to the side which is much more comfortable if you like a tight-fitting strap. The padding on the inside is well spread out and plentiful, with replacement pads included with the helmet.

The helmets overall shape is a modern aggressively looking one, which means you don’t get the mushroom head shape like some older style helmets. The plastic outer case has what Louis Garneau call “U-bar technology” which basically has a raised section of plastic in between each vent which is meant to add structural support to the helmet. How much is not something I can determine but it is an interesting look.

Overall the helmet is great value for money, with a RRP of £69.99, the ventilation, fit and looks are things you would expect to find on a much more expensive helmet.

Evans Cycles currently have this helmet priced at £49.99 for some models and the rest at £69.99

Magicshine MJ-872

The Magicshine MJ-872 is a 1,600 Lumen bicycle light from the ever-growing company Magicshine. They have revolutionised lights for bicycles, in the past few years I’ve seen a growing number of cyclists using brighter and brighter lights with most of them being from Magicshine. The reason, they offer affordable bright bicycle lighting that allows people to see where they are going!

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Light Beam Patterns

All photos were taken with the following settings.

  • ISO 100
  • Exposure 4 seconds
  • Aperture F4.0
  • Focus Manual
  • White Balance Daylight
  • 18mm Focal Length
The lights main beam are all pointed to just below the Wendy house and to the right of the chair. The house being around 20ft away, the chair being 10ft away.

Dinotte 1200L+

A 1200 lumen rated light made from 8 cree XPG LEDs.

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Magicshine MJ-808

A Chinese made light that uses a SSC P7 emitter, note that the emitter can output the claimed 900 lumens but tests show it is more like 500-700 lumens.

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Hope Vision 1

The Hope Vision 1 outputs 240 Lumens of light and is the only one featured here that runs on AA batteries.

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Exposure Joystick mk6

This version of the Joystick outputs 325 lumens from a Cree XPG R5 LED emitter. Due to it’s torch like shape, the beam is narrower, it’s designed to be a helmet light rather than handlebar mounted.

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Cyclorama The Book

Want to know why many modern bikes have a sloping top tube? Why Human Powered Vehicle racing technology is growing so rapidly? Cyclorama the book is full of information and history of cycling that even the most knowledgable cyclist will learn something from it.

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Cyclorama is an online magazine that targets all ranges of cycling interests and abilities. They have taken their knowledge which they have amassed over the years and complied some of it into a truly fascinating book. Read into the different bike cultures around the world. See how bicycles truly are for everyone, even those with all kinds of disabilities. Read case studies on BMX Race bikes, multi-seater machines, folding bikes and many many more.

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A must have book for cyclists of any ability or level. With detailed information and great history, the contents of the book is captivating and I can’t wait to see what is included in Volume 2.

The Cyclorama book is available from all good book stores and through their network of Cyclorama book sellers.