Raleigh Parts & Accessories manager Bryan Harris reports on nutrition brand OTE:
“Over the past couple of months I have been training for the Liege-Bastogne-Liege sportive and have been cramming in the miles around work and home life.
“To help my flagging energy levels I bought some of our new OTE Lemon & Lime energy gel.
“The gel packaging is great, it features a dual delivery system where you can choose either to sip the gel by ripping the top section or gulp the gel in one go by ripping the bottom section. I wanted a quick boost so I opted for the gulp method.
“The gel tastes amazing and is light and refreshing, this is down to the fact that they are made from real fruit concentrates with no artificial sweeteners or colours. It was really light on my stomach and didn’t require washing down with water like some other gels.
“The gel itself contains electrolytes to replace the ones lost through sweating and 20.5 grams of carbohydrates to deliver energy to your muscles. OTE also have a brilliant Energy System guide on their website showing, based on your body’s build, how much carbohydrate you need to consume per hour.
“OTE gels are suitable for vegetarians, vegans, gluten free, dairy free and kosher diets and are available in three flavours, lemon & lime, orange and pineapple with caffeine.”
Discover our OTE products here.
Raleigh’s Bryan Harris talks about his favourite new product:
“Over the past few weeks I have been wearing the new Uvex Quatro Pro trail/enduro helmet while out riding my local trails.
“The first thing to mention about the helmet is the awesome bright colours, it gets you noticed while out and about. You can get subtle colour options as well.
“The Quatro Pro has some great features that run through the Uvex range like the new IAS sizing system. This means you can custom fit the helmet perfectly to your head in every direction. Uvex use a special multi-stage buckle system that enables you to open and close with one hand and adjust to fit perfectly. The lining pads that come with the helmet are antibacterial and can easily be removed for washing.
“The Quatro Pro is a very comfy lightweight helmet that provides your head with loads more rear coverage than a standard helmet. It looks really aggressive and bang on trend with the rear spoiler that helps provide an increase in down force while riding at high speed (and it makes the helmet look great)!
“There are 17 vents that allow loads of air to pass through the helmet keeping you cool. It also has a height adjustable visor to keep the sun out of your eyes. You can also attach a JVC Adixxion camera to the top of the helmet with the universal mount.
“I can highly recommend the Uvex Quatro Pro helmet for all mountain bike use from Enduro to flowing singletrack riding.”
You’ll find the Uvex Quatro Pro on Raleigh’s website here.
Steven Davidson writes:
“I used to be a bit confused about the need for chamois cream, with a synthetic pad is there any need for it? The short answer is yes and getting a good I think is vital. I recently saw the Top Gear episode where they were cycling around London and Jeremy Clarkson went and bought some chamois cream and described it as rubbing toothpaste on his gentleman’s area, weirdly this made sense. A lot of chamois creams have perfumes in that are meant to make you feel fresh down there but actually they can sting and feel a little uncomfortable. The Galius chamois cream is different, it has a very slight scent but it’s only subtle.
The thing with the cream is that it’s hard to say exactly why it does it well but it obviously does because you forget it’s there. It just does it’s job, it can be applied either to the pad or direct to the skin and you don’t need to use loads which means the tube lasts ages.
Obviously this is going to sound biased being a staff blog but I have used a few different chamois creams and I honestly think this is the best one on the market at the moment.”
Raleigh’s Ben Hillsdon writes:
“If you ride big distances you’ve probably worried about getting a flat battery on your phone, your Garmin or your lights. I certainly did on the 205 mile ‘Tommy Godwin’ rides we did earlier this year. I took one of these Pebble battery packs with me and it was a literally life-saver.
“I was able to keep my lights charged throughout the day and I was also able to continuously use the GPS mapping function on my Garmin. This battery pack was small enough to sit in a small bag on my crossbar with a short cable transferring power to the units on my handlebars.
“It was easy enough to charge up beforehand, it simply plugs into the mains power with a 3-pin plug and takes a few hours to reach maximum charge. Then it holds enough power to charge up iPhones multiple times with a simple LED flashing display to show how much power is has left.”
“I’ve since started using Pebble off the bike too, taking it on holiday or on work trips to act as a back up for keeping my iPhone or iPad charges. One of the most useful purchases I’ve made this year.”
Find the product here on Raleigh’s website.
Ben Hillsdon writes:
“I’ve been testing Selle Royal’s new Supra saddle with cut-away channel. The channel is designed to relieve pressure on your gentleman’s areas, which is a big plus point if you spend long days in the saddle.
“My first thoughts were that the saddle is a good light weight at 270g and the design is nice and sleek. The packaging is classy too and looks great in store.”
“The Supra is designed to give a sport riding position and has an flat anatomic design.
“Over short distance rides it’s hard to notice the difference between the Supra and the Seta saddle I was used to but after three hours or so the saddle really comes into its own. I didn’t get a numb sensation and found I could ride ‘on the rivet’ more.
“As with anything that makes cycling easier and less painful, it’s only when you go back to what you used to have that you notice the difference.
“I’d recommend this saddle if you want to tone down an area where pain is optional.”
The Selle Royal Supra saddle is available from Raleigh and all good stockists at £44.99. Check out the full range of Selle Royal saddles here.