Mobile Solar Chargers "Power Stick Power Bank review

Mobile Solar Chargers MSC "Power Stick"  Power Bank 2600mah Review 


A Power Bank

I went to the London Bike Show Press day a couple of weeks ago, and as I was walking around looking at the vast amount of displays I came across a stand called "Mobile Solar Chargers" on their display stand they had a great looking item hooked up to a light. Intriguing I thought and I wandered over to find out more about what it was all about, and what it turned out to be is a "Power Bank" which is a stick roughly about the size of a lady's lipstick that holds "Power" so you can boost or recharge your mobile phone, I-Pad, Cycle Lights and anything else that can be charged using a USB Lead.

 77 g out of the box so will not feel to weighty in your bag or pocket.
On/Off switch and charge indicator in LED lights (which indicates the charge left in the Power stick)

A very simple In/Out type set up.
To charge the "Power Bank" inset the small micro USB Cable (Supplied) into the "IN" slot, and then plug in to your USB point on your laptop or PC.
 I Pod mini connector USB lead  (supplied)

How long does it take to recharge your mobile phone

I did a test to find out how long it would take from a 60% charged phone. 

 The Power Bank connected to the mobile 

 70% 4.10pm (Just a time check)

 85% at 4:27pm
 95% at 4:35pm
99% charged at 4:50pm


Technical Specifications

Samsung 2600mAh battery (And you all know how good Samsung are)
Input   : USB DC 5v/1A
Output : USB DC 5v/2A
Cycle Life > 500 Full Charge Discharge
Charge by mains 2.6 hrs (1A)
Weight 77g
Operating Temperature : -10c - +50c

Supplied in the box

One Mini USB cable
Instruction sheet

1 Year Warranty 

How easy was it to use?

The simple answer is Very easy! just plug in and watch as the stick powers up your selected item, you can also power USB lights from the Power Bank, so if your torch light/cycle lights start to dim or power down, simply plug the light in and you will have an instant boost, enough to get you out of trouble. Mobile Solar Chargers also sell a USB high power torch, ideal to keep in the glove box of your car, cycle bag or handbag, the light has a very simple slider action so you can adjust the power and focus very easy, even with gloves on your hands.

USB High power torch from Mobile Solar Chargers, (More on this later)


      USB High power torch with flexible stalk 

What are the uses for the Power Bank 

The uses are endless!
When was the last time you went out and your phone died, just when you needed to make a call or find out something! or at the airport when you can't find a plug socket to charge up the mobile or tablet to check your tickets for a flight!
When was the last time you went out and your phone went flat, because you took too may photographs! or you went out and your Garmin or lights went flat because you forgot to charge them!
And the list goes on and on whether Camping, Hiking, Riding or just out and about.

It is also very durable! It is made out of  Aircraft aluminum Alloy, making it very compact and robust. The Samsung battery will hold a full charge for months, so you don't need to worry about it not being there with a charge, just check every now and again on the charge counter, which is located on the side indicating how much charge it has left, it also has Auto shut off for those of you like me that use things and forget to switch them off!

MY Verdict on the Power Stick

Excellent build quality

Ingenious piece of back up equipment  

Packaged in a portable stick that is extremely user friendly

Would recommend to all my members and friends


So where do I get one from!


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Price on 


£14.95 inc VAT plus delivery   

10% discount code on any order over £30  'MSCHC' on checkout. All above only available through the website, all have 1 year warranty.


We have managed to get anyone wanting one, a discount so check them out. Mention Harlow Cycling Page Group for your discount! 


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Aura Life Belt Review

Aura Life Belt Review

No this is not a review from something we acquired from the boat show! but actually the term life belt in this case, [although not normally associated with cycling] is an incredible belt that will amaze you.  I would probably define it as a unconventional safety belt by a company called Aura. I personally had never heard of them, so I decided to find out who they are and where they are based. Aura are a company based in Hertfordshire and they are primarily into running and cycling.


 What is it? and what makes this belt so different then? 

The basics are very simple, it is a belt with an integrated light in it! Simple yes, but this one from Aura Cycle Solutions is a lot clever than just a belt with a light in it.

How does it work

The belt has a orange strip [you may choose a different colour] that incorporates a row of LED lights that illuminate the belt when switched on, you then have a choice of settings.
1. On
2. Fast Pulse
3. Slow Pulse
[this has a similar effect to those of the settings on a cars windscreen wipers]
The on off switch can be found on the webbing in the under the name "aura", just have a feel for the micro switch which can be easily found, and give it a press! 
The Aura can be fastened around your waist or diagonally across the chest by a nice sturdy clip fastener, adjustment is easy you just need to slide the strap adjuster through the webbing and adjust to fit.

Strap adjuster 

Clip fastener and the main control unit in the webbing (In Orange)

LED band on webbing

Great thing about the Aura is the visibility is all around.

Tough webbing
I dont think this will wear out or break in a hurry! 

 Uses for the Aura Life Belt

There are innumerable amount of ways you could use the Aura Life Belt, as we are a cycling review blog, it has to be out on your bike ride not only at night but at any time of the day. I found it not to be uncomfortable or intrusive and more importantly it didn't slip down or loosen off.  It would also be great for any joggers out there and I am sure as well for horse riders as it makes no noise, one could even be kept in the car for break downs, great idea for children even workers in warehouses, the list is endless! 

  Where to buy one

Below is the Aura Life Belt link to their main website, you will be able to find any information on all the other colours they do and it is also great to see that Aura offer a full 12 month warranty, so if your Aura product should fail, it is great to know you are covered. 
Contact with them for any questions or orders.

The colour of the Aura Life Belt we have on review is the Agent Orange.
other colours are 

Electric Blue
Shocking Pink
Acid Yellow
Agent Orange
Lime Green 

What Powers the Aura Life Belt 

2 x CR2032 batteries power the Aura Life Belt, readily available from most high street shops.
To replace the batteries is a simple process, simply unscrew a small screw found on the clip end of the belt and remove the cover, then change the batteries.
Battery life for the Aura Life Belt is approximately 70 hours use.


We found it no problem wearing it, and may even come in handy as a phone belt holder, the light can be seen from a good distance making it safe for drivers to spot you, it is easy to store, and can be folded and put into a bike bag for the next outing.
I simply can not find anything bad to say about the Aura Life Belt!

Price for the Aura Life Belt on their website is £22.99 including  Postage and packing

The Great news here for all you readers, we can get you a discount all you need to do is mention Harlow Cycling Page Group, and the discount will bring the belt down to £19.50.

Find Aura on Twitter 


Facebook page 

Google+ link 


A Quick video of the Aura Life Belt 


 Other Stokist



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Shop Review at Discount Cycles Brentwood


Several months ago I was approached to do a review for a cycle shop in Bath! as we are based across the other side of the country we thought it would be a bit far for us to go. Although we did love the Hand made cycles they were showing on there Web site and Facebook pages it would have been very tempting but for the distance. Never having reviewed a shop before it was a challenge I would have relished, so this is how I came about to check out the Discount Cycles store in Shenfield Essex, it was a Tweet they did on Twitter, saying they had a Bike Fitting Service, as I had previously reviewed bike fitting services so it caught my eye!

Discount Cycles are situated on the corner of  Hutton road and Chelmsford road just by the set of lights, they have a few spaces for car parking behind the shop around the corner in Hutton road, I found parking no problem, would recommend reversing into the space as it makes it easier to get out  on to the busy junction.

On entering the shop I was greeted warmly from an assistant named Steve he made me feel most welcome and took me round on a tour of the store, it was like an Aladdin's cave, don't be fooled by the small range of cycles at the front of the shop [many an hour could be spent wandering around the back and side rooms of this store] and what a very nice range of bikes they had on display, it was set out in categories ie children's corner away from the adults section, then bike section after bike section, Road, adults, Mountain bikes etc,  everything including unicycles! what did catch my eye was a Dawes Tandem! hanging on the wall! When was the last time you went into a bike store and saw a tandem, I then began to realize the sheer volume and variety of cycles carried by this rejuvenated local shop.  [Arkwright eat your heart out!] the days of only going to the local bike shop for a puncture repair kit or a bell for the kids bikes are gone [although they do sell them] you no longer have to buy a bike from a well know car parts/in car stereo store that sells a limited range of bikes, sold by a youth who doesn't know the difference between a gear splitter and a ear splitter!

The bikes on display were vast considering the size of the shop

 Just a selection of road bikes from Giant, Merida Claud Butler, Ridgeback, Dawes, Pashley just to name a few!
 Ladies  cycles
 Was told the bike aboves front rack will hold a 6 Pack of Bud!
 A Vast selection of youth bikes

 Right across the whole width of the shop an impressive collection of cycles!
 Bikes racked from floor to ceiling!
Behind the counter bike maintenance department for fixing and general repairs of cycles 

 This is what caught my eye on Twitter a Bike fitting service! will be looking into this a bit more I hope.
 Unfortunately it was not in use when I was there, you have to book a appointment with your own bike or you get a free set up when buying a bike from Discount Cycles, this might be worth giving them a call.
A nice Giant at a Knock down price! 

A Vast selection of tyres for most bikes

Fold up Raleigh bike 

 More bikes !
 Love the way that every space is utilized
Discount Cycles also stock Lights, clothing, mudguards, chains, bottle holders, bells, helmets, the list is endless! 
I spent a good while in Discount Cycles, asking this and that on different models, and they seemed very clued up on the stock they are holding, very informative and interesting.
If your looking for a bike for yourself or anyone you know who is in the market for a cycle, it could be well worth checking out Discount Cycles, as there prices are very competitive and I saw plenty of discounted prices in and around the shop.
Remember Discount doesn't mean down market, several stages on the Tour de France 2014 were won on a Giant bike.
Details for there website can be found below, if you give them a call tell them that you found them on here! 
There Twitter feed is below

There Facebook page can be found here 

Added Bonus


Quote  discount code 00010bk for 10% off at checkout on our website or mention it in store.

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Zefal Bottle holder review


Zefal Bottle Holder

Bottle holders.... they are on your bikes, you put your drinks in them what else is there to think about!!!!! until one day your one breaks, then do you replace it with they same one as you had and do they still make it? or do you upgrade and go with a prestige named cycle manufacture, if it's good enough for the Tour De France it's good enough for me!.... or are you on limited funds and just want some thing strong, light weight and durable in all weather conditions. Well this was my dilemma until I came across a great priced bottle holder in my local cycle shop, I was after a strong bottle holder for my mountain bike, as the plastic one I had fitted to my bike several years ago had broken.

I had been looking round over the last couple of weeks at several well known bike emporiums who stocked very well known names, which I thought were quite expensive [ I was told by shop staff you get what you pay for! and you have to pay for quality, ] to be honest this is not always true as I have proved in several of my previous reviews. So that's why I made a visit to my local cycle shop Lee Valley Cycles to see what they had in store, and they had quite a good selection which was all very nice, but I wanted something cheap as chips! [out to prove a point!] but it would also be able take a bit of a pounding on the byways and highways of my local area. Ah I hear you say... but how much did it cost you, well you cost conscious readers it was under £2.00.. yes really UNDER £2.00

I was guided to the name of Zefal, a nice blue colored one, [looked good] from the look of it I thought at first it was made of metal as it felt sturdy, but when I picked it up I could tell it was much lighter, and the specifications told me it has a Aluminum cage, with a Technopolymer beam.
For those of you who have never heard the name before, the name of Zefal of France have been around since 1880!

A little bit more on them and how they started, I found it very interesting to read about their history.

Walked into our local cycle shop, I was after a new Bottle Holder, as my plastic one had broken, and I came out with this! 
 Apparently this bottle holder has a durable technological construction, not only that but the techno-polymer beam brings flexibility allowing a better grip of the bottle.
 Fitting was a easy to do, I just slacken off the two nuts holding the old plastic one on, and replace it with this one, a 5 min job!
                                                        A nice Blue colour.

Zefal holding a full drinks bottle.

This has now been fitted to my bike for several weeks and I have found the quality is excellent, solid and stays where it was put, it does the job perfectly, all for Under £2.
Available from my local cycle shop 
Nice colour
Name reflects a bit of history

A Link to there main website can be found here 

Local cycle shop Lee Valley Cycles Link can be found here 

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Yogurt Tire Sealant Review by TY Bike Products

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