BASECAMP BC-522 Lycra Review

Today for the first time in my life I was a Mamil .

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Base Camp Lycra

Also, for the first time since I rode a bike in my teenage years I wore padded cycling shorts, so as you can see it’s been a day of new and old experiences .

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Base Camp Lycra

The Lycra shorts and shirt were supplied by GearBest for me to evaluate and report back , on first inspection I thought I had ordered the wrong size by a country mile . I normally wear medium size so that is what I ordered , upon opening the package when it arrived from China it looked looked very small indeed .

On further inspection of the shorts and shirt I noticed that they both seemed a very well made piece of clothing that should be hard wearing and comfortable as well . All the seams and stitching looked nice and tidy . The three back pockets were of a decent enough size for stuffing things into if needed .

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Base Camp Lycra

The shorts were nicely padded with what Base Camp call stereo padding !! It is a nice thick layer of padding that seemed strange at first but you soon get use to it .

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Base Camp Lycra

When the time came to try the garments on I soon realised that I should have ordered a larger size . So be warned I am 5ft 10″ tall and weigh aprox 11.5st with a 32″ waist and a medium is rather on the small size for me .

It was still too cold to go out in just this set so I decided to wear them as base layers under my normal cycling clothes . So with some trepidation I set of this morning and was surprised how comfy everything felt under these garments , the padding in the shorts felt fine and was in all the right places and the seams around the legs and waist were not too tight . Whilst the shirt felt snug around the rib cage it felt fine everywhere else and was certainly doing a good job of keeping me warm .

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Base Camp Lycra

After nearly two hours in the saddle with 31 miles under my belt I still felt as comfortable as I had when I first put them on , with no extra sweating or feeling too hot . The padding in the shorts certainly gave my backside and other bits a comfy ride , with no sign of chaffing or rubbing anywhere so it certainly did its job.

 

All in all so far I have been impressed with the products BestGear have supplied , the shipping is free and totally trackable via the couriers they use , my goods turned up with DHL without a fuss . So yes I will be ordering from BestGear again and I would happily advise people to check them out .

 

This is a link to featured clothing http://goo.gl/Q7OckR

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1950’s Raleigh Roadster

For a while now I have wanted to try a pre 1960’s road bike , not really sure what the fascination was but I managed to find one a few weeks ago that looked well qualified to fill the post , so I made the decision to purchase it .

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1950’S Raleigh Roadster

I must admit upon opening the box it arrived in I was unsure if I had done the right thing , but once I looked past the poorly positioned guards and badly de laminated tyres I could see it had great potential .

Once I had got it all built back up I went for a short ride around the cul de sac just to see what I had let myself in for but I was actually quite surprised it felt quite smooth and seemed to do all it should do at walking pace . The first job was to organize some new tyres as the old ones were well past their best and I would never go far on them no matter what . So I decided to go for some Schwalbe hs130’s as I wanted a degree of puncture protection at least and these offered that .

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1950’s Raleigh Roadster

Once the tyres arrived and were duly fitted in one of my early morning tinkering sessions I decided it was time for a slightly longer test ride , so off I went on the maiden 1.5 mile ride along the local cycle paths . The first thing I noticed was how much smoother it was with some new rubber fitted and inflated at 75 psi .

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1950’S Raleigh Roadster

I also found that at least 6 of the 8 gears seemed to be working fine and I figured that with some re positioning of the 4 speed sturmey archer trigger box the other 2 gears would be found . Yes I did say 8 gears, it’s a mixture of a Sturmey Archer 4 speed hub and then instead of just 1 external gear this has 2 with a Benelux rear mechanism and down tube lever giving me 8 gears .

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1950’S Raleigh Roadster

Sure enough a slight re position of the lever and hey presto all 8 gears report for action .

 

One of the main hurdles I had against buying a 1960’s bike was the idea of a riding a really heavy bike that could only be ridden safely in the dry due to steel wheel rims and next to useless brakes . When I was searching for a suitable bike  I noticed this machine had the correct period and size 26 x 1 1/4″ alloy wheels and the previous owner had fitted koolstp brake pads all of which should give quite adequate braking , which I am happy to report has so far .

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1950’s Raleigh Roadster

I have no idea what model Raleigh it is as at some point it has been repainted a rather unfetching shade of brown , but a couple of people have said that the lugs look the ones used on Lenton models which were Reynolds 531 tubing . When I weighed the bike on my cheap set of baggage scales it clocked in at just over 15kg so I was well pleased at that .

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1950’s Raleigh Roadster

The frame number looks to be 169513T which seems to be coded to 1951 which fits in with the 1952 date stamp on the rear hub assembly . It has all the correct period lighting units powered by an untested dyno hub built into the front wheel .

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1950’S Raleigh Roadster

My next job is is to  connect the dynamo up and tidy the cable runs and improve the general appearance of the bike by removing the black tape which is keeping these attached to the frame with some steel clips .I doubt the dynamo powered lights will give out much lighting so I will have to sneak some modern lights on for safety reasons and the Basecamp bc-403  might have to be fitted .See http://goo.gl/vb0mux for details .

Once the above is all done I will start looking at finding a slightly longer handlebar stem to give me a slightly longer reach than I currently have .

 

2nd Review of Basecamp cycle lamp model bc-403

Continuing on from my initial Review of the Basecamp bc-403 front light , I thought I would show some more comments about it after a few more rides .

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Set off on full power this morning with the 3 warnings lights ablaze, I  noticed it was down to 2 after 20 mins of use then down to 1 after a further 10 mins and then the final green light flashed for about a minute before loosing all illumination. So all in all on the initial out of the box test it has been in use for about an hour and 15 mins so will re charge and and continue to update this review .

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Well it took just over 5 hours to charge the battery pack and as expected the warning light changed to green once fully charged . Neither the plug ,adaptor or battery pack got hot during the charging process .

Since the recharge I have been on 2 more early evening dusky rides , the first of which I set off with the light set on the 2nd power stage and moved it on to full power after 15 minutes of use as the night got darker I must admit I have the light angled down so it illuminates the road in front of me rather than further ahead of me .

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The 2nd ride was a later start so set of with full power selected and stayed on that setting for all of my 40 minute ride. At the end of the ride I expected to see the battery indicator to be only showing 2 green lights but all 3 were still illuminated . So far these 2 rides have lasted an hour and 15 minutes in total which is about the same length of time as the initial charge .

In practice this is my brightest light I have used and I find it offers a good spread of light without the fear of blinding any oncoming traffic . I also like its small compact size . I look forward to using and reviewing it more as time goes by .

Its an ideal commuting lamp and its small compact size helps when you have bar mounted camera and trip computer fitted as well .

In my next review I want to include pictures of the 3 brightness settings but I need to work out a way of showing the distance and spread of each setting .

See http://goo.gl/vb0mux for buying details