1. Chain CheckerAs cassettes have gone from eight speeds to nine, 10 and 11, chains and cogsets have become increasingly expensive. So improperly judging wear on these parts carries painful financial consequences.With the likes of Park Tool's CC-2 (£24.99, madison.co.uk), you can...
Triathlon is a gadget-lovers' dream: you could buy something new every day of the year and still have plenty of bits and pieces to ask for in your letter to Santa. From heavy-duty wetsuits to lightweight aero bars, and innumerable shiny items in
Triathlons are a daunting feat for newbies. Not only do you have to attempt to master three disciplines, but before you can begin there is a rather troubling shopping list that's enough to make your bank manager cry. What’s more, the almighty array
When you're starting out in triathlon, one of the most important bits of kit you'll buy is your wetsuit. For those lacking a little confidence in the water, making the right choice is crucial, but even if you're comfortable ploughing through chilly
Lake CX210, £79.99A fibreglass-injected nylon sole and reinforced heel area make this a rigid shoe designed to transfer all the energy from your legs to moving forward. A breathable mesh upper features leather overlays that secure your foot and help it dry out from the swim. A c...
It's the time of year when you take to the open water. You know you need a wetsuit, but have you considered a change of goggles? The small, clear goggles you've been using in the pool won't stand up to the demands of the open water.When it comes to swimming in the outdoors, you c...
Every triathlete should get into the habit of wearing sunglasses for protection," says Peter Slaney, a former triathlete, optician of 20 years and managing director of www.directsunglasses.co.uk. And not just on the handful of sunny days bestowed upon the UK every year, but every...
In the kit-crazed world of triathlon, we are sometimes judged by our fashion sense as well as our sporting ability, often by the more elite (and more than a little vain) among us. But many style rules exist for a purpose - not only do they prevent
.thelondontriathlon.co.uk) costs £73 for the individual sprint or £78 for the Olympic distance, but the Leicester Flashman Triathlon cost just £21 to enter (sprint distance) in 2008. (See www.leicestertriathlonclub.co.uk for details.) Discover the joys of secondhand tri gear. I
Proper fit is a mustYour helmet should neither dig into your scalp nor flop around your head. The more snug the fit, the better chance your lid has of staying put on your head when you don't stay put on your bike.To ensure proper adjustment, start with the interior pads. Most are...
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