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Trendy accessories are not for everyone: many a cyclist is happier with the tried and trusted bent bit 01 metal and piece 01 string approach to customising. Nevertheless, there are some highly desirable, and even uselul, bike accoutrements on the market. For the acquisitive, a selection ol highlights lrom the range at the Edinburgh Bicycle Co-Op.
Oakley Factory Pilot Eyeshade System (£59.95) They may not sound like it, but they’re sunglasses. Wrap-around chic means that insects, wind and other undesirables are kept at bay, a loam rim makes them comfy to wear and they are genuinely indestructable. All the Tour de France team wearthem: what more do you need to know?
Vetta Cycle Computer (£24.95) Italian designed, super-light, handlebar calculator. Can tell you how Iar you’ve been, howtastyou're going, and whether your personal best is liable to break the land speed record. One at the cheapest, yet most stylish bike computers on the market, it works by magnetic sensor and is easily removable.
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Karrimor Sport Daypack (£26.95) A strong, lightweight, waterprool pannierthat turns into a rucksack, Irom the masters at cyclist-Iriendly equipment. Takes the arm-strain out at getting around where the bike won’t go.
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Vetta Chain Cleaner (£14.50) A miracle. Anyone who has eventually managed to get the chain 011 the bike, soaked it in white spirit tor a week and Iound that the old toothbrush treatment still had no eltect, will sigh with reliel. The Vetta clicks easily onto the chain while it is still attached to the bike; a lew turns at the pedals and your chain is burnished to shiny newness.
' K4 Tyres (£13.95) The best tyre tor town cycling, the K4 (Ktor Kevlar, a tough new plastic) is pretty nearly puncture resistance, yet slim and light, so itwon't slow you down.
Shimano Index System (£55-£90) No more grinding into bottom gear as the last uphill stretch gets to your call muscles. The index system, which can be titted to any bike, but mustbe matched with a Shimano derailleur, shilts you easily and exactly into gear every time.
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WE HAVE PROBABLY THE BEST RANGE OF MOUNTAIN BIKES IN SCOTLAND ALSO FULL RANGE OF KIDS, TOURING AND
RACING CYCLES ON SHOW AT OUR CYCLE SUPERSTORE THIS IS NO ORDINARY BIKE SHOP 30 Rodney Street, Edinburgh O31 - 557 - 2801
SCOTTISH 300K COLLECTOR
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IT WILL GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF THE VALUE OF
AND TELL YOU WHERE MODERN SCOTTISH WRITERS ARE COMING FROM.
ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION IN U.K. £7 (SIX ISSUES) FROM
JENNIE RENT ON, SCOTTISH .BOOK COLLECTOR, 11A FORTH STREET EDINBURGH EH1 3LE.
TEL: 031-228 4837
52 The List 10— 23 June 1988