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10 PCS DEEP GROVE 6902 2RS BALL BEARING RUBBER SEALED WEATHERPROOF 15x28x7MM SET
10 PCS DEEP GROVE 6902 2RS BALL BEARING RUBBER SEALED WEATHERPROOF 15x28x7MM SET
Offered by Micro Trader
Price: £6.39

2.0 out of 5 stars Not great, 17 April 2017
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Not the best - too much play in the first ones I fitted.


Slade House
Slade House
Price: £4.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 1 Aug. 2016
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This review is from: Slade House (Kindle Edition)
Getting a bit tired of the supernatural hoohah.


Polar Chest Strap Soft Strap keine Size:M-XXL
Polar Chest Strap Soft Strap keine Size:M-XXL
Price: £19.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Then it worked fine, but only for a couple of months, 1 Aug. 2016
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Used this in conjunction with a Garmin monitor unit. had to trim down the rubber protection around the press studs for it to fit. Then it worked fine, but only for a couple of months. Not sure what the problem is now, but no signal coming through.


John Dies at the End
John Dies at the End
Price: £4.74

2.0 out of 5 stars ... sure if this is supposed to be frightening or funny or both, 1 Aug. 2016
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Not really sure if this is supposed to be frightening or funny or both. Ultimately a bit annoying.


Starhide Mens High Quality Luxury Soft Veg Tanned Leather Wallet Gift Boxed (Brown / Tan) - 1075
Starhide Mens High Quality Luxury Soft Veg Tanned Leather Wallet Gift Boxed (Brown / Tan) - 1075
Offered by WALLETS KING
Price: £16.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK once you cut the middle section out. Otherwise ..., 1 Aug. 2016
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OK once you cut the middle section out. Otherwise it is so full of its own pockets its hard to get any stuff in it.


Ventoux
Ventoux
by Bert Wagendorp
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 1 Aug. 2016
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This review is from: Ventoux (Paperback)
Enjoyable but not quite the cycling classic I had expected.


Bruch & Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos
Bruch & Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos
Price: £7.75

5.0 out of 5 stars A recording I have known since the 1970s but not ..., 1 Aug. 2016
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A recording I have known since the 1970s but not heard in the last 20 years. Seems to stand the test of time.


Garmin Oregon 600 Handheld GPS - Standard
Garmin Oregon 600 Handheld GPS - Standard

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars one step forward, two steps back, 1 May 2016
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Bought this to replace my Oregon 400t, which bought in 2009 and was generally very good. I used it for mountain biking and walking in all weathers, but the screen finally died and though I replaced it, water got in and that was the end.

Here we are seven years later and given the progress in mobile phones in that time, the very minor improvements in the Oregon seem hardly worth the wait. The screen is a bit brighter; you can run it in landscape or portrait mode; the software is a bit more intuitive. But several things still seem strangely backward:
- it's still impossible to swap maps over without attaching the unit to a pc - even though you may have several maps on the card in the unit. Why not offer a way of doing this via the firmware?
- you can't charge batteries in the unit without buying an additional Garmin-branded battery pack - about £20. So you have to take a charger with you too.
- the screen is no bigger than the old unit. Maybe this is to save power, but it looks pretty archaic compared to a smart phone at similar price
- though it has bluetooth, you can't bluetooth it in to a PC, so loading your tracks onto or from strava or wherever still requires a cable. So pretty much useless unless you like sharing tracks wirelessly with another garmin device. Not something I've wanted to do so far.

And a few things seem to be worse:
- battery life - I now get half a day instead of the day I got with the 400t
- touch screen - though in some ways better, it was great when cycling to be able to wake the unit up by tapping the screen. Now it's a fiddly button press
- cycle mount - I have Garmin's own brand clip for mounting the oregon to my mountain bike. The 400t stayed rock solid in it - never came off once, even on a seven day pyrenees off road crossing. Same clip is specified for the 600 - but the unit falls out of it a couple of times on every ride and is now looking very beaten up as a result. I now have to tie a lanyard to the unit round the handlebars to catch it when it happens. I even bought a new mount - no better. Redesign of the back of the unit, for advantages I can't detect, seems to be the culprit.

On this showing it feels like it must just be a matter of time before Samsung or LG or Apple look at what garmin does, ruggedise their phones and made them work with OSM maps, improve battery life and wipe Garmin out.

Update, May 2016. Also find that the screen doesn't like the rain. Bigger drops have the same effect as touching it - changing the view and even deleting stuff.

Update August 2016. Just used this for the Transalp mountain bike race. Not great. Randomly crashed/froze on three of the seven days - and reset seemed to require taking the batteries out for an hour or more. Big chunks of my trails missing as a result. On the plus side the tendency to drop off the mount seems to have died down and the battery life is better now I have tweaked the power management.

Update April 2017. Unit now switches off randomly several times during a 3 hour ride. Might be associated with vibration, but hard to tell and pretty frustrating. I wish there were something better on the market - I would buy it. But having recently tried an Edge 810 which crashed regularly and then failed completely and went back after 2 weeks, I don't know what to try next.


Etherwood
Etherwood
Price: £9.41

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars nice.., 29 Feb. 2016
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This review is from: Etherwood (Audio CD)
Not very knowledgeable about drum n bass - Goldie's timeless and Roni Size Reprazent being my principal reference points. This is much less edgy, angry, or relevant, but more ambient and euphoric. Which is... nice ... is it that much of a progression after 20 years? Track names, lyrics, sentiments expressed and his voice are all somewhere on the slightly to very annoying spectrum. But the music does occasionally take flight - and the marvellous 'unfolding' makes me feel like either I have taken drugs or should take some right now. 94 mins and 18 tracks is way too long - I was expecting the last few to be called things such as 'whatever' and 'losing the will to live'. But not a bad soundtrack to driving, or chilling when you have no energy to talk. Or maybe watching a sunset with an impressionable girly - dunno. Play loud.


Crud Road Racer Mk2 Mudguard - Black
Crud Road Racer Mk2 Mudguard - Black

1.0 out of 5 stars good design, bad material., 2 Dec. 2014
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Design is good but plastic is very brittle. Lower part of front one fell off after a couple of weeks. Today, two months after I bought them, it broke in two where it attaches to the fork. Not sure if it's worth trying for a replacement as the material is not up to the job and a couple of cyclists I know have had similar experiences.


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