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The Magnum Plus Cable Bike Lock is a double bolted lock with a heavy duty cable.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
suits my needs
Posted14 May 2012
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bikesaregreat2
fromNewcastle upon Tyne
Age Group: 35 - 44
Gender: Male
Attitude to Shopping: Quality Seeker - I'd rather spend a little extra on something if I know its going to last
Quality 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Value 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Performance 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Why this suits me fine... I understand from reading reviews that this is not as secure a lock as it claims. But it is good for me because -
-The bike is in the work bike shed and I only lock it in case the door is ever left open.
-It is twice as thick as my other cable lock.
-It is better than a U-lock of similar cost as I have had one opened by bending it with something like a hand clamp.
-It will only be used indoors so the mechanism will stay in good condition.
The keys do feel weak but I am careful with such things. And I do get 5 keys! And for carrying it, it fits inside the frame triangle nicely in its bracket, plus the velcro strap to further attach it to the frame.
Plus the bike is not expensive so I like this as a deterrent.
I recommend this product!
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 Carrera Subway Hybrid Bike - Large 20"
Carrera Subway Hybrid Bike - Large 20"
The Carrera Subway Hybrid Bike is perfect for leisurely cruises or the daily commute.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
So light so nimble...
Posted11 May 2012
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bikesaregreat2
fromNewcastle upon Tyne
Age Group: 35 - 44
Gender: Male
Attitude to Shopping: Quality Seeker - I'd rather spend a little extra on something if I know its going to last
Quality 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Value 
5 / 5
5 / 5
No negatives with this bargain (at 200 pounds)... All my Carrera's impress me (especially compared to Apollo's for brake & gear quality). As a hybrid - road bike - I like its light weight, even the saddle & pedals are light. I went up to a 20" frame (instead of an 18" for a Mtn bike). Tyres have less grip than a Mtn bike so less friction for more speed. Large front ring is bigger than a Mtn bike for more speed in top gear. No front suspension is good for the road. Brakes are good compared to many other makes of bike of similar cost. And the gears are very quick/smooth, esp. compared to gripshift ones!
- A nice feature on the gears is seeing clearly which gear you are in. Another nice new feature are the grips - oval not round for a more natural fit to your hands! I like the straight handlebars compared to these new American-style bent ones found on all value bikes at the moment.
- So in all you feel nimble - like on a Mtn bike - but have extra speed as a road bike. I am changing the pedals-- I have a spare pair of "Halfords Resin BMX Pedals" more grip. I am used to them & great value.
I recommend this product!
I like:light, great gears, good brakes once set
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The Cat Eye Bike Light Set gives an awesome triple-LED performance and is great value for money.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Nice Attachment Design
Posted02 November 2011
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bikesaregreat2
fromNewcastle upon Tyne
Age Group: 35 - 44
Gender: Male
Attitude to Shopping: Quality Seeker - I'd rather spend a little extra on something if I know its going to last
Quality 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Value 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Performance 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Reserved online and collected in-store (cheaper). Happy with purchase after testing... Got 4xAAA batteries in box with purchase. Bright! (of course front light is not required to light the way. I don't need that). Snap-on covers are as good as most others I've owned before - same design. I thought Cat Eye may have been a better design. But they keep splashes out. Quick & easy to attach to bike and adjust tilt. Back one sits vertical on seat post and looks cool. On/off buttons responsive. And the lights snap into the holders firmly / can be removed quickly & easily.
I recommend this product!
I like:lights can be removed when leaving bike, holders attached without screwdriver
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Clarks Single V-Brake Calipers are compatible with all V-brake levers.
 
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4 / 5
4 / 5
V-Brakes rule
Posted05 May 2011
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bikesaregreat2
fromNewcastle upon Tyne
Age Group: 35 - 44
Gender: Male
Attitude to Shopping: Quality Seeker - I'd rather spend a little extra on something if I know its going to last
Quality 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Value 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Performance 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I needed these because a bike I bought had a faulty part to one of the rear callipers and an odd design as well. These callipers are by design unable to fault. They are, as V-brakes in general, quick and easy to set up. You can quickly tighten the pads against the wheel rims and then quickly centre the pads using the adjustable screws. Of course you can also adjust the 'spring' by slotting the springs into one of three holes. I like the spring tight rather than loose.
Point to mention: I tried these on a light bike and they stopped the bike quick but I tried these on a heavy dirt jump bike and they were very slow to - slow the bike! The brakes are good though so heavy bikes probably need another type of brake!
I recommend this product!
I like:easy to centre, responsive
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The ImmobiTag is like a microchip for you bike so the Police will know the bike is yours.
 
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Holy Bike Peace of Mind Batman!
Posted03 May 2011
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bikesaregreat2
fromNewcastle upon Tyne
Age Group: 35 - 44
Gender: Male
Attitude to Shopping: Quality Seeker - I'd rather spend a little extra on something if I know its going to last
Quality 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Value 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Performance 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I wish I'd found this earlier! Good idea and the website good to be able to upload an image of the bike. But I personally wouldn't advertise the fact that it is protected by putting stickers on the bike.
I recommend this product!
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The Halfords Resin BMX Pedal will fit the majority of BMX bikes with 1/2" axle threads.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
sure footed
Posted03 May 2011
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bikesaregreat2
fromNewcastle upon Tyne
Age Group: 35 - 44
Gender: Male
Attitude to Shopping: Quality Seeker - I'd rather spend a little extra on something if I know its going to last
Quality 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Value 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Performance 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Why I recommend these... Their wide platform quickly helps to get a sure footing, but even more, the 3 raised studs on either end (both sides) help even more whatever trainers I am wearing. I bought a bike with these on and instantly swapped two of my bikes for these pedals. These are cheaper than alloys and perform better than my narrower, metal style pedals which are more uncomfortable. They fit (most?) other bikes, not just BMX, but do check yours before buying.
I recommend this product!
I like:won't rust
+9points
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The Bell Avanti Bike Helmet is stylish and functional head protection.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
you forget it's there!
Posted13 April 2011
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bikesaregreat2
fromNewcastle upon Tyne
Age Group: 35 - 44
Gender: Male
Quality 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Value 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Performance 
5 / 5
5 / 5
A well made helmet with removable visor that is so light that you forget it is there! I have had it for 6 months now to get a feel for it and I removed the visor. As it is light it is comfy.
- I wish I had tested more helmets in the price range before I bought it as it does not perfectly fit the shape of my head, but it is still very secure. So I advise many fittings before buying! My next choice for me would be a skater-style helmet as it would suit my head shape better.
I recommend this product!
I like:so light
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 Carrera Gryphon Disc Spec Performance Hybrid Bike Medium 08
Carrera Gryphon Disc Spec Performance Hybrid Bike Medium 08
Carrera Gryphon Disc Spec 56cm Performance Hybrid is ideal for the fast commuter or fitness rider
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
speed machine!
Posted11 April 2011
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bikesaregreat2
fromNewcastle upon Tyne
Age Group: 35 - 44
Gender: Male
Quality 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Value 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Performance 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I have had this for a year now so it has been tested! I highly recommend this bike for speed and ease with the narrow tyres - and also value. I have many bikes including ones with chunky wheels (mountain) and wheels a bit thicker than this bike (hybrid) and this is my favourite due to its acceleration and speed with little effort. I love its light weight. And I love the straight handlebars as racing bars hurt my hands over time. I personally love the mechanical disc brakes which work well including in the wet, and I think look cool on a racer. Of course it is more fragile than a hybrid wheeled bike but I am careful and 10.5 stone. The wheels themselves are strong. I only use the large (front) chain ring for all gradients.
I recommend this product!
I like:light, effortless
+1point
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 Apollo Phaze Mens Mountain Bike 17"
Apollo Phaze Mens Mountain Bike 17"
The Apollo Phaze 17 inch enjoys exploring woodland trails or muddy paths for hours of fun.
 
Overall rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5
a fun bike
Posted10 April 2011
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bikesaregreat2
fromNewcastle upon Tyne
Age Group: 35 - 44
Gender: Male
Quality 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Value 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Performance 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I have had this bike for 6 months now so I have been able to assess it fully now - and it took a while. Now I conclude that it is a great bike for the price IF you just want to ride it gently off-road or have fun riding it on the streets, or to work. This is because the suspension is very loose - fun for just cruising around. Gears and brake quality are poor but you learn their limits and they are fine for just messing about. For the price when bought in a sale it is great. Good long seat stem. And surprisingly well balanced.
I recommend this product!
I like:fairly light
I don't like as much:gripshift gears
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 Bikehut Folding Bike Workstand
Bikehut Folding Bike Workstand
Bikehut Folding Workstand is a sturdy tripod with rubber feet for enhanced grip.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
makes life easy!
Posted09 April 2011
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bikesaregreat2
fromNewcastle upon Tyne
Age Group: 35 - 44
Gender: Male
Quality 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Value 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Well put together. Performance great. No more struggling with the bikes on the ground when making adjustments! Maximum height 1.6m. I put on a heavy dirt jump bike and there was wobble if you spun the back wheel fast but it is still solid. Easy/quick to pack up to save space or to take it somewhere.
I recommend this product!
I like:mobile, light
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X-Rated Mesh Dirt Jump Bike lets you do some crazy jumps with these 26inch wheels.
 

i have read on the reviews that this bike is heavy but i want to know will i get use to the weight of it and will it stop me doing really high jumps

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It is too heavy to jump... at all. It is good for cruising on the flat or on a downhill. Not just weight is the issue - the cranks are weak (cottered) and the wheels are easily damaged. But for price it's a great low rider cruiser!
2 years, 5 months ago
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bikesaregreat2
Newcastle upon Tyne
 
 Bikehut Folding Bike Workstand
Bikehut Folding Bike Workstand
Bikehut Folding Workstand is a sturdy tripod with rubber feet for enhanced grip.
 

Can the clamp that is gripping the seat post be used horizontally to grip the cross bar?

It's just the seat post on my DH bike is very short!
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I also wondered about this before I bought it. I was pleased to discover that the clamp can be rotated 360 degrees! so the seat stem is not the only part of the bike to be held! But the seat stem is thinnest so ideal - SO for frames it looks like the widest the clamp jaws will open is 57mm (approx.).
3 years, 5 months ago
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bikesaregreat2
Newcastle upon Tyne
 
X-Rated Mesh Dirt Jump Bike lets you do some crazy jumps with these 26inch wheels.
 

Is this a good traveling bike?

This might be stupid but I currently ride around on a suspension mountain bike and go travel around 16 miles every other day. The majority of the time I am standing up so this jump bike looks quite good for me because I could spend some time learning and performing some jumps. I'm just wondering if this bike is built for 16 mile journeys and mountain biking or if it is really only intended as stunt/jump bike.
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In my tested opinion, because of the single gear *ratio* this heavy bike with wide, californian style handlebars, is only fun downhill (including the slightest downhill gradient). Uphill or flat is hard work to get up to speed to perform even a small bunny hop off a kerb. But downhill with the low rider position is a blast due to the weight. 1 mile on flat is exhausting (unless there is a bit of wind to push you).
3 years, 5 months ago
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bikesaregreat2
Newcastle upon Tyne
 
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