Kinetic K1 Running Belt Review By SporteerUK

  Kinetic K1 Belt one size Review from SporteerUK 

Priced at £22.99

http://www.sporteer.co.uk/Kinetic-K1-Running-Belt 


For this review I thought I would pass it on to one of our group members to do the write up and review for the Kinetic K1 Running belt, so, in the words of Richard here is his oppionion and photos on the K1...

Over to you Richard...

Kinetic K1 Running Belt With iphone.

Review of the Sporteer waistband

I'm used to wearing a armband when running, so the idea of a
waistband is slightly unusual. My immediate thought was that
it may be too bulky and uncomfortable and
may move too much but this belt which features a combination
of foam mesh and elastic belt meant there was no movement
at all and it was very comfortable to wear whilst running.
The elastic band is fully adjustable so it can be as tight
or loose as your choose.
Adjustable fits all sizes.


The main reason for wearing a waist or armband is to carry
your phone, be that to listen to music, track your runs with
MapMyRide/Strava or to make sure you are contactable.
This made all of those possible. For music there is no hole for
the headphone lead so it fits between the two zips which works
 perfectly.
The touch screen works perfectly through the plastic, handy for
changing tracks or responding to texts without removing the phone.


The pouch is large, big enough for the largest of smart-phones. I tested
with an iPhone 6 and there was plenty of extra space. It would
actually be nicer if they offered a slightly smaller size. I was worried
that with the space around the phone it may move around when
running but doesn't in practice it stayed in place just fine.
The clasp initially looked bulky and that it might dig into you but in
use I didn't notice it at all and it makes sure it never comes undone
accidentally.
In addition to the main compartment there are two smaller pouches
either side which can holds keys or coins, handy for keeping them
away from the phone so they won't scratch it. 

Side pouches for Keys Money Etc.


Being worn around the waist rather than your arm you do feel the
weight more but not enough to be an issue. It was very comfortable.
I found it is most suited for wearing across your back. It is too big to
wear along your side and I found I caught it with my arms. Across
your front would also be ok but I felt it more there.

My sports headphones have a short lead which works perfectly for an arm band.
For the waistband it did mean I had to use the extension lead and there was more
wire flapping around. A small issue probably specific to my headphones. One
benefit of the waist band is that it can also be used for cycling. When worn so
that the phone is across your back this works very well although with a small
pouch it is of limited use. Other than the phone it would only hold a couple of
energy gels, not much else.






It seems waterproof and although I didn’t put this to the test I have no reason
to doubt it is. The only gap is where the two zips join which you can make sure
is to the side so there is nowhere for water to enter. It’s also sealed from
your body so there is no risk of sweat entering the compartment.

To summarize this is a good alternative to an arm band, it can hold more such as
money or keys and is also suitable for larger phones whilst being very
comfortable to wear. Which people prefer may come down to a personal choice.


Specification: 
Touch screen window for full access to phone screen
Also compatible with other 5.5 inch screen smart phones
Adjustable, flexible belt (25-inch to 40-inch) for perfect fit
Light-weight and bounce-free
Interior sweat barrier and foam padding to protect your phone
Large interior pocket and two external pockets for carrying extra small items
Dual locking zippers eliminate annoying rattling during your workout and allow easy access to all earphone jack positions
Foam mesh backing for secure and comfortable fit

Thank you to Richard for this review on the Kinetic K1 Running belt from Sporteer UK.
The Quality of the Sporteer range is much higher than the other makes on the market, it is not until you start looking at other products that you realize the Sporteer range has been well designed with you in mind!

Well recommended.

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RubenaUK Gaadi Inner Tube Review





Rubena Gaadi inner tube review

The Gaadi from Rubena is a inner tube with two ends! 
"Why" you all may ask!
It was first designed for the electric bike market, the idea was to leave the wheel on the bike and just simply remove and replace the inner tube with the wheel still fixed to the bike! 
I have had this in my saddle bag for a while now, on the hope I could help out a fellow group rider who suffers from the dreaded puncture whilst out riding,  but unfortunately I beat him in getting a puncture my self, and this is how the review was born on the 
Rubena UK Gaadi Inner Tube! 

Lucky enough I had our local bike shop owner with me when this happened, so I asked David to give me his thoughts on the inner tube! 
David can be found behind the counter of his Lee Valley Cycles in The Stow Harlow 
A qualified bike mechanic. 



Not to  sure what he is thinking here! (This is David by the way)

The Gaddi out of the saddle bag!

Obviously the first thing I got David to do was to take the old inner tube out.

Wheel was refitted minus the inner tube, (After checking the tyre of course)

The Gaadi was blown up a bit to make it a bit more easy to handle.

The Rubena Gaadi being fitted to the wheel.

Valve is  just the same as any other tube, a Presta valve.

Once the valve was insrerted and the locking nut put in place, just a case of keep feeding the tube in to the tyre.


Easy does it being careful not to pinch the tube.

Keep feeding it in.


Solid ends.

Pop the tyre back on the rim.



On the first fitting David notice a dimple in the tyre, so he removed the tyre to take a look, everything was as it should be, both ends meeting up OK.

Tyre back on, no harder to fit than a ordinary tube.

Air Time!

"You Pump David" and I will look on!


With the tyre pumped up the dimple became more apparent!

Tyre off and tube out to see what was the reason for this.

With the tyre and Gaadi tube refitted David still had a problem with the dimple in the tyre where the two ends meet up!

Again another check.

Couldn't get rid of it!

Tyre is pumped up.

A sizable indent in the tyre.

My Verdict on the Gaadi from Rubena UK

After the Gaddi was fitted I took the bike for a litle ride around in a circle, all felt OK, But, after setting off I could feel a lump in the tyre, as though I was going over a bump, I asked David to take a ride and he felt it too,! 
To be honest with this review I can see what Rubena has tried to do to help out the electric bike rider, as removing a wheel can be a bit difficult, but I cant recommend this for the MTB rider or the leisure cyclist at the moment because of the bump I felt and dimple in the MTB tyre, David runs our local bike shop and is a fully qualified bike mechanic and even he was not impressed! 

So unless you have the need for this type of tube I would stick to your normal inner tubes for the moment. 

Thanks Matt for giving me the Gaadi to test out. 






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Sporteer UK V7

 

Velocity V7 Armband for iPhone 6S Plus and iPhone 6 Plus


 An Armband design by sports people in the USA, Ideal for the jogger, Horse rider, Cyclist, and for just about anyone who needs to take their phone with them whilst out and about.



 http://shop.sporteer.com/products/velocity-v7-armband


The V7 will take just about any phone, but it is best on the Apple I-phone 6 plus models, the phone I will be testing on the V7 is a ZTE Blade V6, its about the same size as the I-phone bigger models, and fits into the V7 Armband a treat.

Features:  On Sporteer web page they describe the V7 as follows

  • Edge™ touch screen design for full visibility and functionality of the iPhone 6 Plus screen
  • Extra space inside for carrying small necessities
  • Interior moisture barrier keeps sweat out and your iPhone 6 Plus dry
  • Elastic strap for gel pack or earphone cord management
  • Integrated external pocket for a key, credit card, ID, and/or cash
  • Locking zippers eliminate annoying rattling during your workout
  • Reflective piping and strap tab for night safety
  • Strap-Lok™ design prevents armband from falling off when adjusted during activity - no more holding your armband in place with your chin.
I have had the pleasure to use another Sporteer armband, the review link below
 ( http://harlowcyclingpagegroup.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/sporteer-wearable-smartphone-protection.html ) and found that to a brilliant piece of kit, so how will I get on with the slightly bigger V7


I used the V7 Sporteer armband on a Group mountain bike ride around the woods last night, 09/12/2015, and it was a ride with a difference!
The wettest ride I have been on in a long time, unfortunatly I had to leave my camera at home as it is not a waterproof model, so sorry to say no photos of the evenings ride out. I had the ZTE V6 in the armband all night during the ride, as it was just too wet to take it out to take any photos, I was drenched, the bike was covered in mud, and the jacket I had on was soaked through, and I had to remove the cycling glasses I was wearing as the rain was misting up the lens and I could not see where I was going safely, so in other words a "Madness Ride Out" .........!

How did the V7 do on the ride?

I can honestly say "Great"!
The Sporteer V7 kept the ZTE V6 dry as a bone, even though the case was ringing wet!
I did not get the chance to try the phone out as the rain was hammering down all night and I did not want to take the chance on taking the ZTE V6 out of the armband until I was home!

Only problem I had on the ride with the Sporteer V7 armband was it  slid down my arm every now and again,  and I had to re adjust it back up, I think this was mainly due to the amount of wetness absorbed by my jacket, I will give the V7 another test out when its not raining to see how I get on with it in better weather conditions.

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Plenty of range here for every phone on the market! 

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Brightside - Side Lighting for Cyclist Review



NEW TO THE MARKET 

SIDE LIGHTING FOR CYCLISTS

http://brightside.bike/


Brightside Bike Light.

"Brightside"


I've had the pleasure of doing a review on a great new Safety Idea which is new to the market, if your a keen cyclist or even just a leisure rider, the "Brightside" bike light will make you very visible, especially at junction's and roundabouts during the day and at night!

How does it work: The Brightside is a smallish light that shines a Amber light to the Left and Right, it is simply mounted on your frame with the Frame clip mount and strap supplied.
Press the on button to change from each flash mode, from a fast flash to get you noticed to a slower flashing mode, and a constant setting. check the youtube video out on the link.
The light really does get you noticed I feel out on the road that little bit more which is a good thing.


How did the Brightside light come about: I met up with the inventor Aidan Gribbin  a while back at the Cycle show, we got chatting and he asked me to do a review on the Brightside Side light, once it was fully up and running from the design and manufacture side of production.  This is where we are now, with a full production model that can be purchased directly from their website right away! you will find the link to the Brightside Side Light on how the idea came about and it's construction below....


Whats in the box: 
1 X Brightside bike light.
1 X USB Cable.
1 X Frame Clip Mount.
1 X Frame Strap.
1 X Instruction Booklet.



Brightside light, Mount, Strap, Charge lead and Instruction sheet.

Fitting to your bike. 

The Brightside light comes with a universal strap which attaches to the frame clip mount, I tried it on several bike frames, as I was interested to see how well it would be seen at the front.


Fitting to a Specialized Allez 2014 Road Bike


Firstly I tried it on the Specialized Allez Alloy frame bike.
 Typical road bike frame is the one by Specialized, so my first try was at the front, on and around the Head Tube section, this position would put the Brightside Light up in front. 

No problem with the fitting, the frame strap was strong enough to go around the Head Tube without any extra force or stretching of the strap.

Brightside in place, fit's behind the brake cable.
 I found with the light fitted on the front head tube, I had trouble turning the Brightside light on whilst wearing thick cloves, no problem though,  I simply removed it and then turned it on to the setting I wanted, and then placed it back on the frame clip mount. 

In place and working a treat!

Brightside fitted to the bike.

Fitting to a Ribble Carbon frame road bike

Fitting to the Specialized was easy, but the frame on the Ribble has a very different Head Tube, much thicker than most Alloy frame bikes, so I now tried fitting it on to the Ribble.

Head Tube much thicker on the Ribble.

The frame strap stretches around the Head Tube enough to fit the frame clip mount to.

Brightside light fits the Head Post
I felt that the large Head Tube width of the Ribble stretches the strap to the maximum, if the light was going to be used on this bike for a while and then transferred to another bike frame, I have a feeling the strap may be stretched too far to give a firm fitting on the frame clip mount, so I have decided to re-fit the clamp to the top tube to see how I get on with the light there.

Brightside fitted to the top tube.
Having moved the Brightside light to the top tube position I thought it was a better place, saves the strap from stretching and becoming too loose for use on other bikes,  of course I made sure I had passed the strap under the brake cable on the top tube.


Fitting to a full suspension bike. 

The next bike to tried it on was a full suspension bike a Specialized Camber, if there was going to be any bike to present a problem, I thought this would be the one!

On the Camber I found the same problem with the head tube making the strap stretch a bit.

Re positioned the Brightside to the headset position.

Fitting to a Hard-tail frame

I found the easiest frame to fit the Brightside to was a hard-tail bike frame.
Easy to fit, and sits right up at the front of the bike, where it will be seen by drivers. 




Verdict: I found the Brightside side light to be a nice well thought out light, it makes you visible to other road users. I had a lot of people looking at me on the bike as I cycled past them on a ride out, it has a nice flash mode. Mounting wise I thought the stretching of the strap on the Ribble bike was at it's limit, I'm not sure if the strap would remain a bit too loose if it was then transferred to another bike with a smaller frame after a period of time, only time will tell! mind you not everyone has as many bikes as me..... so the need to keep changing the light between bikes would not be an issue.

Did it fall off: On the all rides I did with the various bikes that I had, the Brightside never moved, apart from when I adjusted the light to the top tube, it was fine whilst cycling along, but when I came to a stop my right knee hit the Brightside dislodging it off of the mount. 
Brightside on the floor!
When I picked it back up the light has switched itself off.


No real problem with the mount, just the position I had mounted it on the top tube, so my advice is if you get one just take your time on positioning and mounting the clamp.
Charge times: Had no issues with the charge times, the light was excellent and the charge lasted well, the On/Off switch is a bit hard to operate when wearing winter gloves [ but so are most things including your mobile phone]!
Spares: I would like to see a spare Frame Clip Mount and a spare Frame strap in the options menu on their website, this would be handy if like me you own more than one bike, and this light is a must for dark evenings and nights.
Casing: After I knocked the Brightside light off the top post, I picked it up and found the light casing had no scratch marks or scuffs on it, so a well thought out and durable design, although the light did turn itself off as it hit the ground, on both occasions this happened I had no problem turning it back on again. The case is made of a tactile rubber, that is warm to the touch that would not split or crack when dropped.


Test ride:  On the test ride the Bright side gave good side visibility for drivers at junctions and crossing the road between cycle paths, many people I passed gave my bike a look, and even had a nice comment about the Brightside being really a great idea to be seen with..



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I Like this a lot!

A well thought out and designed Safety Light. That makes you visible from the side, not just from the front and back like most bike lights.

Great if you are a commuter cyclist. 

Price rrp

£34.99

Have noticed a 20% off discount code on Brightside Twittter feed page! 

  The 20%discount code is BSBL20

 

More on the Flash mode settings:  On the rush to get this out to you all, I thought I had better just recheck to see if I had explained the Flash Modes on the Brightside light, so here is just another recap! 
On: Light turns on to the fast flash mode.
On second push: The brightside has not got a memory switch (Yet) so the first press of the button brings to life and the second press will take it to constant mode setting.
Third push: Will take it to Power Save mode.
Fourth Press: Takes the Brightside to Steady Flash mode.
Take a look at the youtube video on the flash modes of the Brightside light. 

 


 Do you own a independent bike shop and want to stock the Brightside light then give Aidan Gribbin a call on 07931 103211
Tell him I sent you! 

                    ( For larger orders and trade enquires, please contact us direct)

UPDATE

now available at Evans Cycles shops.

https://www.evanscycles.com/brightside-side-lights-EV274020 

UPDATE

Released at the Birmingham bike show was a new light from Brightside, check it out on the website as there is a deal for the two lights...........


 


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