Hutchinsons Tyres review on DZO mtb tyre


  Hutchinson's Tyres DZO Review 

My review this time is on a MTB tyre from Hutchinson's called the DZO Enduro 

The DZO is Hutchinson's supreme MTB tyre for Mud and Mountain conditions

 Real grip in the most slippery conditions

 Design : High central and lateral knobs assure a perfect grip on most slippery conditions,  mud shedding with ease and strong braking.
 Note the high knobs, a two knob system used here will grip in the muddiest conditions

  29er designed to be used as a tubeless tyre, for my review  I used an inner tube system, as it made it easier to change the tyres for my review.
Tyre pressure was around 30 to 35 psi.

DZO has a direction indicator printed on the tough side wall

Two-ply casing technology to increase puncture resistance

How easy is it to fit ?

 Remove the old tyre and inner tube if fitted

 Offer up the DZO to the rim

 Place one side of the DZO on the rim

 For review purposes I use a inner tube, this
is now placed in the wheel as normal
 Place the side of the DZO all along the rim

 Then use tyre levers to place the DZO onto the rim

 It may feel a bit tight so take it easy and make sure the DZO is in place on both sides of the wheel.

Add air and fit it to your bike and you are ready to go! 


This is the type of riding we do in the HCPG MTB Club ride outs

Typical muddy track.

Even the worst of the mud the DZO never lost it sure footing out on the trail.

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Outstanding Grip from the DZO MTB tyre.

Would recommend this to any serious off road rider out there!

  UPDATE 07/02/2016

Serious grip, never let lose.

Went all the way!

  Great for getting out of trouble!

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Monkey Mirror Review

 Monkey Mirror


What is a "Monkey Mirror" I hear you all say! 
Well it is a simple piece of mirror stuck onto a metal arm that attaches to your cycle helmet.

 The Monkey Mirror in the packet as it arrived from the United States Of America

 "Made in the USA"

 You can have any design you desire printed on the rear of the Monkey Mirror, it would make a great publicity gimmick, to be able to give to customers, advertising your cycle shop or cycle product, or just a personalized gift, check out there website for more details on the link below.

 The Monkey Mirror comes attached to a slim piece of metal bent in a configuration to allow it to be fitted on to your cycle helmet.

 To find out how to fit the Monkey Mirror, look at the video [link below] it will be a lot easier to watch the video than for me to try to explain how to fit it! 
It is that easy! 

A brief instruction on fitting
Guaranteed for one year

 What can the Monkey Mirror do for you!

Take a look at this video, at the present time it is being posted onto the Facebook platform and other sites.

Recognize it!

The video is the reason I did this review,  if the cyclist could have seen what was coming up behind him, things may have been different.

My experience with the Monkey Mirror

I went out with a group of  mountain bike cyclist for a ride the other night, at one point we had to come off the cycle path to join a main road, we had to wait for a break in the traffic before turning right and carrying on, what came to my attention was a few  of the cyclist were shouting out a warning of "Car Behind". I had the Monkey Mirror fitted to my cycle helmet and I could see the traffic from a long way back well before any one could hear it!
All round it was a lot safer.

A Towpath ride out

A ride had been organized along the towpath, and again the Monkey Mirror came in handy to see if any riders fell behind, or even if faster cyclist were going to pass you. 

My Verdict on the Monkey Mirror

Once you get used to it being there you can see a fair way behind you, giving you advance warning as to where vehicles are.
A very clever and simple design.
Once fitted it stays there.
Stays on your cycle helmet even after going over rough ground.

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Twitter feed post here

"One Day You May Thank Me For This Review"  Now go and check them out! 


This is so "Cool"
The Monkey Mirror can have your company Logo printed on the back surface, take a look at the photo of the  Special Monkey Mirror I had sent to me, great for prize draws, publicity, hand outs etc.

Quality finish from Monkey Mirror, it looks great to have out Twitter feed photo on the rear of the Monkey Mirror.

 Looks superb! 

Send Bob at Monkey Mirror a message and let him see what he can do for your publicity Monkey Mirrors.

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Topeak AERO WEDGE Saddle bag review


The Topeak Aero Wedge saddle bag comes in four sizes 

The bag we are reviewing is the small version of the Topeak Aero Wedge, the size is approximately
  • Length: 180mm
  • Width: 85mm
  • Height:110mm
  • Weight: 100g
 Although it does not look like a great size, believe me it can hold many cycling items from spare inner tubes to tool's, lights, tyre leavers etc.

3M Scotch-lite reflective safety strip
 Tail light strap
Not another review on a seat bag! I hear you say, well the biggest problem I have is getting across to all of the review blog readers, is just how high quality this seat bag is. When I first got it out of the box and removed it from the plastic bag the Topeak was wrapped in, I realised straight away it was not just a run of the mill seat bag. What initially caught my eye was the very nice 3M Scotch-lite reflective safety strip, that has been neatly sown into the rear section and which is positioned above the tail light strip, this is a tough Denier Teflon strap [it is not often I come across a rear light strap that I would mount an expensive rear light on] but the one fitted to our review bag certainly changes my thinking, I tried it and it holds my light a treat, so much so I completely forgot it was fitted to the rear of the bike bag!  [will be trying out other lights on the light strip in due course]

 Tail light strap, I was very impressed with this feature on the Topeak Aero bag  

  A well placed 3M Scotch-lite reflective safety strip

Material is 1000 Denier Teflon coated fabric, which is an extremely hard wearing fabric.

 Seat post strap 

  Locking QR buckle 

Zip tag has a nice feel and gives a good grip to the zipper, when wearing your cycling gloves.

Zip feels first class, with a nice open and close easy glide feel to it.
The Topeak has a wide opening to allow easy placement and removal of items.


 "Very Easy"
The first thing I did was to just offer the bag up to see if anything attached to the seat post needed to be removed or even repositioned, I then attached the rear strap to the seat post and fastened the Velcro strap.

 The Topeak has two straps attached to the bag, one sits to the right, and the other one to the left, these need to go under your seat frame, so you need to feed the strap with the male end of the clip over the metal frame and bring it down to clip into the female clip
 Male clip

 Once the strap is passed over the seat frame clip it into the male end then do the same for the other side of the bag.

Once fitted in place simply pull on the straps to tighten the bag up, position neatly under your seat.

 Nicely tucked in under the seat with
light attached.

 Time to fill it up! 
Mobile goes in.

Tyre leavers

Multi-tool fits in nicely

Puncture repair kit also fits in nice and snug.

 Large Aero Wedge saddle bag

Brilliant for road bikes and any off road adventures you may have on your MTB bike.

 Large Aero Wedge on a road bike.

This Aero is a few years old, and it is still as good now as the rider first bought it, plenty of room, and keeps contents dry. (S.Griggs )

How is it on a full suspension MTB!
Small, compact, and a great bag to take along on any ride!
 The Aero Wedge sit under the saddle a treat! Plenty of room for the rear lights etc.

 Neat and compact, that's the Topeak Aero Wedge.

 Bargain high end quality seat bag, well worth considering for your road or MTB ride.


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After a hard wet muddy ride, your Topeak Aero Wedge is bound to get wet and muddy, it Happens!
Well you will all be pleased to know it comes up clean with just a wipe over with a damp cloth, and the inside I can tell you  was dry ! 

 Typical ride out we have done! 

 First just a wipe over to remove lose mud, then a damp cloth to remove any mud splashes letft over.

Very clean and the inside stayed dry on the ride!

More Aero Seat bags from Topeak

UPDATE 30/08/2015
Having filled the Topeak Aero Wedge Saddle bag many time the zip is still as good as new!
This bag gets changer from bike to bike!

Aero Wedge Pack, large

Looks "Massive! 
Link for the Topeak Aero Wedge Pack, Large.

UPDATE 21/11/2015 

After 7 months of hard use both on and off the road getting the Topeak Aero Wedge saddle bag very mudy, how did it come up looking at my last MTB trail ride!
Take a look at the photos here.

I took off a lot more mud to reveal the Topeak badge! A quick wet down then applied a bike cleaner and brushed.

It is the same bag "Honest" its not a new one, after the brush and bike cleaner gave the Topeak Aero Wedge bag a polish up with a microfiber cloth.

A superb saddle bag, well worth checking out your local bike shop for stock!  
My loccal bike shop can be found at The Stow Harlow. 

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