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Stu Thomas

Stu Thomas

A former bank worker now working for a major national outdoor company Stu is an avid mountain and road cyclist and tests kit for MyOutdoors around the BreconBeacons and South Wales. As a member of South Wales Mountaineering Club stu, along with partner Julie (who also tests for us) also both climbs and walks. When not tearing up mountain bike trails Stu can be found on the road either commuting by bike or taking part in muscle draining sportives in the Peak District.

With his retail experience and insight Stu is able to help us with real time buying trends and reviews based on a wide range of kit for comparisons. Stu has also started writing for MyOutdoors Blog, first documenting his "conversion" to a road cyclist and soon to be reliving some of his recent cycle tours that have taken in both the Balkans and Estonia/Latvia. You may even be able to pick him out in photos of wild camping in Magillicuddy's Reeks on the site - Stu gets around!

Preferred activities: Hillwalking ,mountain biking, road cyclingg, climbing, skiing

Wednesday, 04 April 2018 11:14

OD Designs TrackStand goes to KickStarter

A couple of years ago I reviewed a product from OD Designns called the TrackStand. A simple design that allowed any bike to be stored upright by the stays enabling simple fettling or cleaning. Even better they could be linked together.

Wednesday, 04 April 2018 08:43

ASSOS legWarmer evo7 Tested and Reviewed

Hopefully the elusive season known as "Spring" will arrive soon. You'll know when it does. The drizzle becomes slightly warmer and pink thighs and knees will be evident as far as the eye can see. Yes the British cycling male will decide it's shorts time. Europeans are bemused by the rush to expose legs in Britain. At a brand event I was discussing with a German fellow and he couldn't understand why, when the temperature is below 10 degrees why us Brits risk injuring our important knee ligaments for no sensible reason. 

A few years ago I was writing some interactive cycling training to be rolled out country wide. I was restricted to items that this particular company sold and as I was writing the module on saddle fit and comfort, it occurred to me that for all the talk of good shorts, the right saddle etc I had to miss out something very important in the process. Chamois Cream. A lot of people don't like to mention it but smearing a good dollop cream into your bits can make a huge contribution in avoiding saddle sores

As I'm writing this I'm watching snow fall over the Swansea Valley. I had been planning on getting some much needed miles under my belt today. I've only done 300km so far in 2018 and I've got my first sportive of the season in just 6 weeks time. It's been like it all winter. A horrible few months for getting out on two wheels and I'll admit to starting to go stir crazy, so when I was offered the chance of an extra weeks skiing in the Austrian resort of Obergurgl I was hardly going to turn it down.

Winter isn't going yet. When we go out for a ride I reckon we still have a while of faffing about with getting layers right and wrapping up. It's an absolute pain I know but with the sportive season sneaking up on us we need to get outside and train.

Wednesday, 07 February 2018 12:01

ASSOS bonKa Glove evo7- Tested and Reviewed

I have massive hands and skinny wrists. It's true and trying to find gloves that both fit and perform isn't easy especially for the colder months. I've been through many a pair and either they don't fit or I don't get any feedback from the handle bars. The price has been irrelevant £7 gloves have outperformed £70 gloves. So when the bonKa gloves landed I my door I didn't let the brand or the price influence me.

Thursday, 01 February 2018 11:13

Upcycling With Laura Zabo

Come on own up. How many of us cyclists profess to be green? How many of us when we have a puncture just replace the tube and either bin the old one or throw it in the box "to be repaired"?

Friday, 08 December 2017 10:41

Things To Do on a Bike: Cyclo-Cross

As a kid Saturday afternoons meant one thing. 4 O'Clock was time for the wrestling on ITV's World of Sport. Not that pumped up nonsense from across the pond, but real wrestling, fat Northern blokes bumping into each other with their massively oversized bellies. I was a Giant Haystacks fan my self, Big Daddy was too nice and urban myth had it that he had a sister in Emmerdale Farm. Rollerball Rocco? No he looked like Bobby Ball. 

First of all a confession. When I got the call about going to Canazei and experiencing skiing the Sella Ronda, I may have bigged up my ability a bit. To be fair I have skied reds in Italy and France (although not always very well) and thought how much harder can it be? Besides this was a trip to the Dolomities, somewhere I've always wanted to visit and  no way could I pass the chance up. Do you know what? I was right not to. The next few days were full of the some of the most beautiful views I've ever cast my eyes over.

I was supposed to be going cycling in the Dolomites in July. A perfect chance to test the Rapha Brevet with it's Polartec Alpha insulation I hoped. For various reasons sadly that didn't happen and so I searched  for the opportunity to give this snazzy piece of kit a good test. It stood up to South Wales summer drizzle quite admirably but I wasn't sure that was enough of a test for something that costs £150 and it certainly wasn't testing the Polartec Alpha. I know I've got it. This year's touring was taking in the mountains of both Serbia and Montenegro. Perfect.

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Cycling Events

  • Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 +

      When it comes to closed road sportives Prudential Ride London is the biggest. With thirty thousand riders attempting either Read More
  • Kendal Mountain Festival 2015: The Bike bits +

    Looking through many of the event invitations I get sent can be a little frustrating. It seems like so many Read More
  • The Gothenburg Archipelago on Two Wheels +

    Touring the Gothenburg Archipelago: Stu Thomas and Henry Iddon Perhaps what I like best about cycling is the sense of Read More
  • Gothenburg - Sweden's secret singletrack playground +

    Gothenburg - Sweden's secret singletrack playground: Stu Thomas and Henry Iddon As cycling destinations go I’ll be honest, I’d never really Read More
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Cycling Reviews

  • ASSOS legWarmer evo7 Tested and Reviewed +

    Hopefully the elusive season known as "Spring" will arrive soon. You'll know when it does. The drizzle becomes slightly warmer Read More
  • Happy Bottom Bum Butter: Tested and Reviewed +

    A few years ago I was writing some interactive cycling training to be rolled out country wide. I was restricted Read More
  • ASSOS skinFoil evo7 Winter Baselayer: Tested and Reviewed +

    Winter isn't going yet. When we go out for a ride I reckon we still have a while of faffing Read More
  • ASSOS bonKa Glove evo7- Tested and Reviewed +

    I have massive hands and skinny wrists. It's true and trying to find gloves that both fit and perform isn't Read More
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