The best bike kit keeps us warm, dry, alert and safe. It protects us when we need it, makes life easy when we need a well-placed, waterproof pocket and keeps on doing so for thousands of miles without breaking.
To test and review bike kit properly you have to put in the miles in all weathers. BikeSocial has two test teams; our full time staff and the BikeSocial Test Team, who help create the comprehensive and authoritative features below. The full timers for many years. Some of them get through half a dozen sets of helmets, gloves, boots, riding suits and gloves every year – pounding them into submission through summer, winter and everything in-between. These testers understand the difference between a good product and a bad one, whatever the price because they have an enormous database to compare them with.
The BikeSocial Test Team might have used fewer products, but their opinions are every bit as important because they are riding in dozens of different situations have their own different sets of key criteria and have been chosen to test a product because we know they can do it better than we can.
The test team is carefully managed to get the right products with the right testers. Unlike some publications or websites or bloggers and vloggers, there are no commercial relationships; no worries about saying the right or the wrong thing. Getting the most honest, accurate, trusted review is all that matters. The boss of BikeSocial and our Consumer Editor John both cut their journalistic teeth on RiDE magazine in the era when RiDE had the budget and the staff to do product testing better than anyone and made every page count. So they understand the importance of getting it right and know how to test a product properly
Our aim is to have the most trusted testing on helmets, boots, textile jackets, trousers, leathers, gloves, luggage, tyres, sat navs, intercoms, locks chains, alarms, trackers, security, disc locks U-locks and chains. Plus advice on how to choose the best kit for your budget and how to use it effectively.
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