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Troy Lee Designs Sprint Trousers – Review

I bet that even if you are an ardent trail rider you have considered dabbling in a pair of downhill trousers. The first thought I had when I saw a pair, was that they look cool. You look more like you are riding a motorcycle then pedalling a bike in a forest and obviously all […]

First Look – Foog Clothing

When it comes to women’s mountain bike clothing these days there is a wide range to choose from when it comes to big brands like Troy Lee Designs, Fox Clothing or Dakine.  I wanted to take a look at something a bit different, from one of the many “start up” clothing companies taking advantage of […]

Giro Jackets Shoes – Review

Within the mountain biking community you could be forgiven for thinking that a certain brand of flat pedal shoes constituted a uniform of sorts. Five Ten have had something of a monopoly in recent years but there are a number of challengers out there if you’re willing to step outside the mainstream. I got my […]

Giro Switchblade – Long Term Review

The idea of a helmet with a detachable chin guard is not a new idea. Giro first created a ‘Switchblade’ in the 90s, though the detachable chin guard was flimsy and was known to cause lots of problems for users. Ultimately Giro retired the flawed Switchblade and it was put back in the box, until […]

Ergon BP1 Protect Backpack – Review

When I was preparing for the summer trip to the Alps I started looking out for a great protection solution, or rather Mr Betty made me look for one. I wanted to make sure that when I started going fast downhill I would not end up with a serious injury. I already own a pair […]

Juliana Strega – Review

Last weekend Mr Betty’s bike was at Ilkley Cycles as it was having the Rockshox Monarch replaced for the second time under warranty. Out of curiosity we travelled across the Yorkshire border into the wild, untamed land of Cumbria in order to test out the latest from the Santa Cruz and Juliana fleet. Biketreks were […]

Spank Spike Vibrocore Handelbars – Review

If you are looking for a (relatively) inexpensive upgrade to change the way your bike handles then you should be looking at the handlebars, whether that is changing the material (carbon or aluminium) or the width there are a myriad of options. As part of our holiday to The Alps earlier this summer we tested […]

Ergon GD1 Grips – Review

During a recent tester session at the Forest of Dean Ergon gave me a chance to test out their new GD1 grips. GD1s are the newest addition to Ergon’s wide range of intelligent grips. If you ride at the ‘gravity’ end of the sport then you may already be familiar with the GE1, and you […]

Hans & Mary; the perfect pair? Schwalbe tyres review

I think, fingers crossed, that I have started to get better on my bike. In the last year I have started tackling more difficult terrain and I have survived my first biking winter. Once I started to hit muddier, rootier and rockier trails I started to find that some of my kit and equipment choicers […]