Bike essentials for your next long adventure (Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle, July 5)
SPECIALIZED EMT MTB TOOL
It's worth flagging up this tool to anyone who is doing a charity cycle, or simply just heading into the mountains. The small but very useful 'chain break' tool enables you to repair your chain while out cycling. As recommended by the local bike store, most other parts of your bike can be repaired, however, if there is a break in the chain, this tool can get you out of trouble. This handy multi-tool features 3-8 mm allen keys, a screwdriver and several other small handy parts for making repairs.
Pros: Rust-resistant coating.
Cons: Weight is slightly heavy
Verdict: A simple 'must-have' accessory for long cycles.
DIRTY DOG PIPE SUNGLASSES
Protecting your eyes from the sun is one important thing, but having a barrier to stop flying objects (bugs and mosquitoes) from blinging you along the way is crucial to your cycling day. The Pipe sunglasses are made in a special way to allow ventilation from moving air to stop fogging. The frame of these glasses is extremely lightweight, and they are comfortable on your face thanks to rubber mountings where they rest on your nose and ears. The lens technology is great as well – providing good clarity and depth of light filter in a variety of daylight conditions.
Pros: Ventilation on the lenses.
Cons: They won't fit all face types.
Verdict: A comfortable pair of sunglasses at a reasonable price.
EUROSTYLE CHAMOIS CREAM
Comfort in the saddle is one thing that can make or break your day on the bike. The secret behind Eurostyle cream is in the formula of menthol and witch hazel which offer both soothing and cooling. The cream can be used in many ways, applying directly to the shorts, or straight on to your skin.
Hit: Provides extended comfort from saddle soreness.
Knock: The smell from the cream is pretty strong.