TESTED ‘This cool urban jacket leaves me cold’
100 Baggy sleeves The Agos features popclosure cuffs which don’t close tightly enough. Stitching The jacket is well made overall, but the stitching near the zip has frayed.
of the lining by the main zip is fraying slightly. There are armour pockets at the elbows and shoulders but the Ce-approved armour costs £20 extra.
www.tucanourbano.com/gb It’s got plenty of style and wouldn’t look out of place when worn to the pub.
By its very nature, this hoody is baggy so I had the overriding feeling that in the event of a crash it would ride up my back and the armour would move out of place, leaving me exposed to injury. The waterproof membrane, although a nice touch, doesn’t stop the exterior of the hoody becoming sodden, heavy and cold when it rains. It’s not a match for traditional riding kit, but for riders who don’t want to be seen in ‘proper’ kit it’s a decent compromise.
Osram Night Racer 110 H4 bulbs £24 (twin pack)
Tester Andy Downes Time used One year/900 miles What’s good? I fitted one of these bulbs to replace the standard one in my Yamaha MT-07 because I use mainly unlit backroads on my commute. Osram claim lighting performance is 110% better than standard and while I can’t verify that empirically, I can testify the bulbs are very impressive. The spread of light is better, it illuminates a lot further ahead and the light it produces is a lot whiter. The cost is reasonable for two bulbs that give such improved performance. You get one of the bulbs inside a miniature crash helmet so you can stash it safely as an emergency replacement.
I can’t think of a single criticism. www.osram.co.uk
XCP Rust Blocker £14 Tester Time used
After cleaning and drying the bike I applied this everywhere except braking surfaces and tyres. It comes with a long, bendy nozzle to get into hard-to-reach areas and it went on easily. It leaves a coating on all parts and any excess can be easily wiped off with a cloth. It’s reasonably priced and I still have most of a can left for future use. After a couple of months of winter riding, there’s not one whisper of rust anywhere on the bike. An excellent performance.
The slightly tacky coating it leaves behind holds onto tiny pieces of grit, which take some effort to clean off. It leaves a bit of a yellowish/brown residue when applied too thickly but this means you can see where it’s too thick and wipe it off. It took some scrubbing to remove burnt-on residue from the exhaust downpipes but this left no permanent marks.