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Garmin Virb Elite – BRUTAL review

Why review the Garmin Virb Elite? The Garmin Virb Elite is not the 'current' or most up to date model in the popular Garmin cam range.  So why are we reviewing an old model?  Well I'm glad you asked.  Although you probably didn't ask did you?  Most of the products we review here at VeloBalls are brand new, or at least current models, like the great Source Fuse hydration pack. But buying brand new comes with ...

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Hydration pack review – Source Fuse 2017

Hydration packs are a bit of an odd thing to try and review.  In my experience a hydration pack either holds water and has a tube that works, or it doesn't.  But cycling technology marches onward, so when the nice folk at Wheelies sent VeloBalls a Source Fuse Hydration Pack I decided to find out if the exciting world of bags of water has moved on since I last looked in on it. Although I wouldn't call myself ...

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Specialized Allez – The ULTIMATE Review 2017

Specialized Allez - the road bike range for all budgets. If you are on the market for a new road bike, odds are you fall into one of two groups of people; Those that can comfortably spend north of £1000, and those who need a little more bang for their buck. The Allez range of bicycles by Specialized speak for themselves, in that they are seemingly the only road bike praised by both elite road racers and fru ...

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Tannus solid tyres – an HONEST review

Like all humans who like to use pedals I live in fear of a menace whose name it is forbidden to mention on group rides, a terror that can strike on any road surface anywhere in the world. Yes, the ‘P’ word, the P-fairy (hmm, I never realised how wrong that sounds). P to the uncture. Flatties, unscheduled pressurizations, unplanned rubber ventilation, I’m afraid we can’t hide behind any of these names for th ...

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Clip-in, Strap-on

As that well known saying goes: once you go clipless, you can't go back ... less. Being clipped into a bike gives the the rider many benefits, including a feeling of more control and connectedness to the bike, and efficiency when going up hills. However, a problem many find with clipless pedals is the choice of shoes - having to be slave to what exactly shoes you own. And there a few nice ones (DZR particul ...

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New Zipp 404 Firestrike Claims Aerodynamic, Braking Improvements over Firecrest

Manufacturer Zipp has introduced the latest in their 404 wheel series, the Firecrest. The design looks to be an improvement on 2010’s Firecrest model, with new designs to the aerodynamic and braking power of the wheel. The major selling point for the wheels seems to be the rim and brake track. In 2010, the Firecrest used a dimpled, carbon fibre surface to help reduce “side force,” the force caused by wind m ...

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Frog Bikes Survey Shows Parents Tend to Opt for In-Home Bike Maintenance

Earlier this week, bikeradar.com reported on a survey performed by youth bike maker Frog Bikes, which showed that most parents do not take the time to have professional mechanics perform safety checks on their children’s bicycles. The survey of over 2,000 UK parents showed that most parents prefer to perform safety checks and maintenance themselves, and even found that a small percentage of parents had neve ...

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Rumours of a shock-absorbing Time machine

Framemaker Time managed to get some gearheads salivating earlier this week when the front page of their website was replaced by the simple image of an X-ray of a human arm and the tagline “New sensations are coming soon.” The image seems to confirm previous speculation that Time would soon release a new fork meant to absorb vibration. In February, website matosvelo.fr published a story where the examined pa ...

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Bicycle bondage storage system

Stumbling into the 'did it need to be done?' category of bike gear design we have a giant stretchy skater belt that claims to be able to hold your groceries safely on your bike.  We're possibly being a little unkind, if there's one thing that bikes always benefit from it's a bit of free-thinking.  We've often looked at the void formed by the 'triangle' in the middle of bike frames and wondered whether the s ...

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“The Professor” Recieves a Hefty Halfords Payday

When a rider falls in love with the sport of cycling, he/she becomes consumed by it. They get natural highs when they experience the speed and stamina of the game. They train endlessly to gain milliseconds off of a stopwatch. And when they realise how good they are, they compete against other lovers of the game all over the world. A select few achieve success. They are showered with medals, praise from thei ...

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