Louri Saddle Strap




https://www.cyclorise.com/louri.html


In the past I have done a few reviews on saddle bag's, all of them have been great products from various well named brands, but the Lori Saddle Strap is something a bit different. it is not a saddle bag, it is a Strap!

Quality is Louri.

Made in the United Kingdom. 



This review is on a Louri Saddle Strap, and I must admit I was very skeptical to its quality and use, I thought it was just a over sized length of Velcro strap, but I was wrong, very wrong, the detail that has gone into the design of the Louri Saddle Strap is amazing, the Louri Saddle Strap has two elastic cords this is designed to hold the innertube steady and secure while the strap is padded to the seat frame from getting scratched and any movement, so all secure.


Its made in the UK.




I usually carry in my saddle bag a set of tyre levers, spare innertube, and a multi tool kit and in my rear pocket a very small cycle pump, the reason its in my back pocket is simply because it will not fit in the saddle bag, so the pump could easily be left at home if I forget to place it in my pocket, so I need a check list before leaving the house for a ride.. If I'm wearing a cycling jacket and it starts to get warm out on the ride, I have nowhere to keep it so I simply remove it and roll it in a length and tie the arms around my waist, and keep on adjusting it every few miles, as I do not cycle with a back pack unless I am out all day.. Louri has a solution to this problem with there Frame Strap. (Review coming soon).

This review is on a Louri Saddle Strap that retails for around the £19.99 mark, but with the help of Google you can find it at a cheaper price, not that is is expensive at the retail price, this is one strap that screams "Quality" and as a bonus, it's "Made in England" !
The Louri Saddle Strap comes in various designs.

I first came about the Louri Saddle Strap on Linkedin, and my first thought was "It's just a over priced Velcro Strap" ! How wrong I was and have to eat "Humble Pie" and apologize for thinking this! The Saddle Strap is a well designed and manufactured piece of cycling kit, 


FITTING

The good thing about the Louri Saddle strap is the easy way you can add items to the strap, 

Open the strap with the grippy patch facing up.

Place your tools and tyre levers around the stretchy strap and then place the rest of the items in the strap.

It should now look like this photo.

I simply placed the ends of the strap through the saddle and brought it around to the underneath of the saddle and back up through the loop and around!
Took me several attempts to get it in place, but once I got the hang of it, it was easy!
Best advice watch the Louri Fitting Video.. 

Once the strap is tightened it is secure. 

Looks nice and neat.
Mini Pump now added.




The Louri Saddle Strap sits under your seat to replace your saddle bag, I have tested it on the open road, cycled along the towpath, I have even gone out on a ride around the Epping Forest trails and I can tell you all the Louri strap did not need any kind of adjustment, or even to be moved in postilion, it stayed just where I had put it, and the contents were still there!

On one ride I was on it started to rain, this I thought was going to be the Louri Saddle Straps downfall, But I was wrong there, the bike was dirty and muddy, but to my amazement the strap was dry, and the contents were dry as well.



VERDICT:

A very well designed and manufactured alternative to the saddle bag that will take all your items safe and secure, its just a case of trying to get across the usefulness of the Louri strap range, take a look at there website, it has fitting information and great youtube videos


Fitting Video:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ni0uTUX1BU

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Update; Just to let you all know the Louri saddle strap works fine on any mountain bikes with seat droppers, had no problems with using it.




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New Wind-Blox Pro Wind noise Reducer


New Wind-Blox Pro Wind Noise Reducer.





"It's Just arrived a new version of the Wind-Blox Pro Wind Reducers".

What is In The Box: 

Fitting Instructions.
2 x Wind-Blox Pro.

The noise from the wind whilst out on the bike ride could get very annoying on a lovely ride out to your favorite cafe stop! 
The name Wind-Blox has been around for a few years now, 2012 was the time that Wind-Blox went live after all there testing of the first Wind Reducing product, since then new versions have come along, 2016 was the last time I had the pleasure to do a review on previous versions of the Wind-Blox, and to be honest I totally forgotten that I had a pair fitted to my cycling helmet already!

What is new with the new version of the Pro you may ask......

New inner strip added.

Reflective lettering.
Notice the profile of the edge.


As soon as I took them out of the box I noticed straight away the difference between the old and the new version.
The first thing that  I noticed was the profile on the out side padding which now has a raised middle section, and also the inner sleeve (Which is Pink in the photos) has now had a new anti-slip strip, this grips on to the cycle helmet strap, so now once fitted it will stay in place. (Not that I have ever had a problem with the previous model) as before the fitting is straight forward, the Pro version has been designed to fit cycle helmet with clip adjustment, size of the Pro model is 10 cm in length and 2 cm wide.




Fitting 

Ideal for cycle helmets with front strap 10cm in length, and for cycle helmets with front straps at least 4 inches long from the rim to the clip. the Wind-Blox get fitted to the front straps, I found it easier to lay the cycle helmet upside down, extend the strap, and place the Wind-Blox under neath the strap and close around the strap so the printing is on the out side, fit both sides, then you will find where the straps need to be adjusted, keep the neck strap tight if possible so the Wind-Blox is not to lose from your ears, and away you go.

Wrap around the strap and join together with the Velcro strip fixed to the Wind-Blox.

Fitted and in place, Note the profile.

Illuminated lettering.

All set for the test ride. 

How did I test the Wind-Blox.

I use a rear view mirror on my cycle helmet, link below,

http://harlowcyclingpage.blogspot.com/2015/04/monkey-mirror-review.html

I went for a ride along a road that would not have too many cars passing, open field either side, so the wind noise was all around as I was cycling, I found on the test that I could hear the cars a long way back before they were any where near me, so far they were very small in the rear mirror, but I could hear them easy, it was not because the vehicle that passed was a loud engine, it was driving at a normal speed, as this one passed me I waited for the next to approach from the rear, and again I could hear well before they were going to pass me, really surprised the sounds from the cars could be heard before I could see them.
I also tested the Wind-Blox Pro for chatting to other riders, this again I found the speech to be easier to distinguish, no need to keep shouting, very impressed.


MY VERDICT:

Wind-Blox Pro makes the ride a lot safer, they let you hear sounds a lot more clear, they certainly reduce the wind noise to make the ride a lot more safer and enjoyable, as I am used to using the Wind-Blox noise reducer's, you may need to play around with the straps on your cycle helmet to get them in the best place, you will find a great benefit to using them, and eventually even forget that they are fitted to your cycle helmet....

Priced at £13.00 free postage from the Amazon site.
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