Tag Archives: Mini Drive

RCUK’s Christmas Guide uses Lezyne’s Mini Drive Light!

Lezyne Mini Drive

RCUK’s Christmas Gift Guide: Five under £50, including Lezyne’s Mini Drive Light!

Part three of RCUK’s Christmas Gift Guide series brings you five ideas under £50, with products from Rouleur, Rapha, Lezyne, dhb and bikeParka.

Rouleur Mugs by Richard Mitchelson – £19.00

Cartoonist Richard Mitchelson has been at it again, producing a second set of mugs adorning the faces of some of the most famous names in cycling – Eddy Merckx, Marco Pantani, Greg LeMond and Laurent Fignon. The mugs are finest quality bone china manufactured in Stoke-on Trent, and they’re dishwasher-safe too.

They’re pricey at £19 a pop (or £67 for all four) but they’ll bring a small piece of cycling history to life every time to reach to make a brew.

Rapha Winter Hat – £35.00

Rapha’s Winter Hat has been around since 2006 but it remains a firm favourite thanks to its super-warm construction. It’s made in Italy from a brush-backed Sportwool fabric (70% polyester, 26% wool, 4% elastane), warm enough for sub-zero temperatures, and with sides that can be turned up if it gets too toasty.

It looks great, too. Understated but classy all the same, with Belgian-inspired styling. And it can be worn under a helmet.

Lezyne Mini Drive front light – £49.99

Lezyne have been producing stylish tools and accessories for years but this year marked their first foray into the light market. The result was three front lamps, with the cheapest the Lezyne Mini Drive at £49.99.

It weighs just 73g, is a doddle to fit and sits inconspicuously on your handlebars. The light has a maximum output of 150 Lumens on the highest output, with three subsequent four settings; medium (100 Lumens), low (50 Lumens) and flashing. That makes it a great package for commuting by bike . Read the full review buy it on Mpora Gear.

dhb Merino Long Sleeve Round Neck Base Layer – £36.89

A good base layer is essential to keeping warm through winter and there are few better fabrics than Merino, which is breathable, will keep you toasty and is soft next to the skin. Trouble is, it can be expensive. That’s where dhb, the in-house clothing brand of Wiggle, come in.

This long sleeve, round neck baselayer is top value at £36.89. It’s manufactured using a 190g yarn, while a lighter 150g version is also available. DHB also do a zip neck and short sleeve Merino base layers.

bikeParka – £39.95

bikeParka is a new company offering a simple solution to a long-standing problem for many cyclists. Not everyone is blessed with ample storage space for their bike(s) and the only option may be to keep it outside. bikeParka is a bicycle cover designed to protect your pride and joy from the worst of Britain’s weather.

It’s made from a waterproof, polyester ripstop fabric and the £39.95 URBN model features UV protection, eyelets for ties or small locks and Velcro lock-through panels to secure the cover with a standard lock. Adjustable toggles provide a snug fit, while the elasticated bottom keeps the material locked close to the bike’s wheels. bikeParka comes with a stuff sack so it can be packed away when not in use.

Lezyne Mini Drive Front LED Light Review

Lezyne Mini Drive

Lezyne Mini Drive Front LED Light Review

Stylish commuting light. Review given by RCUK. The Brits are a critical group, but all the better.

Lezyne’s first foray into the light market sees the arrival of three typically stylish lights. The Mini Drive sits at the bottom of the company’s debut range, priced at £49.99 and with a maximum output of 150 Lumens.

Out of the box

Pull the light out of the box and first thing you notice is how light it is, just 73g without the bracket. The light is housed in a 100 per cent CNC-machined aluminium unit with laser etched graphics. Less is more when it comes to Lezyne products and the Mini Drive is very small, sitting inconspicuously on the handlebars, unlike some of the obtrusive commuting torches we’ve seen.

Attaching the light is quick and easy thanks to Lezyne’s tool-free bracket, with a thumb screw to attach the mount to the ‘bars. An indication of Lezyne’s attention to detail comes from the fact that they supply two brackets; one suitable to a diameter of 25.4mm and the other to 31.8mm. In the past we’ve found other brackets just about squeeze onto chunkier handlebars or need adapting, so we were pleased to see this.

The weatherproof unit slots into the mount without any problems and is held securely is place, regardless of the quality of road surface. We also like the fact that the part of the mount to which the light attaches provides a little flexibility in the direction the torch is facing.

Performance

The light has four settings; high (150 Lumens), medium (100 Lumens), low (50 Lumens), and flashing. You’re best using high, medium or flashing to ensure maximum visibility, but the LED produces a strong beam thanks to an effective lens reflector.

Charging is by USB, so handy for when you get to work. Just plug it into your PC and you’re away, with the light flashing (only with a very dim output) while charging. A wall plug adapter is available as an accessory. Out on the road, the light switches to flashing when low on battery.

So the Mini Drive is a great torch for commuting, but how does it fair for occasional training at night? If you stick to reasonably well lit roads, high power is strong enough to light up a small section of the Tarmac in front of you, and, if riding at a steady pace, capable of picking out potholes and other hazards – as long as you don’t come across them too quickly that is, and it’s best backed up with a flashing safety light.

Trouble is, battery life is stated as one hour (in reality, a touch less) on full power, so if you’re planning considerable miles after darkness, it’s best to look further up the range, and certainly if you’re riding on unlit roads. The Power Drive (£79.99) puts out 300 Lumens, while the Super Drive (£99.99) boasts 450 Lumens, with the lowest setting equivalent to the Mini Drive maximum of 150 Lumens. Both lights will be reviewed on RCUK.

But, to be fair, the Mini Drive is designed largely for commuting, and it’s an impressive package in that regard, with the capability to throw in a few extra training miles if you, and your legs, fancy it.