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Verdict: 
Great impulse buy or stocking filler that you'll find lots of uses for.
Weight: 
15g
Contact: 
www.cycloc.com
Cycloc Wrap
7 10

Cycloc Wraps are simple bands of thermoplastic elastomer with a polyurethane popper to turn them into a hoop, and loads of possible uses.

The most obvious application is to press them into service as trouser bands to keep your cuffs out of your chain. They work well even though that's a practice that seems to have fallen into disuse since hipsters discovered rolling up a trouser leg and the rest of us grudgingly admitted that was a good idea. Sculpted facial hair and wearing your kid sister's jeans still aren't though.

They're also handy for just about any situation where you want to strap something to something else. We used them to attach things to the top of a rear rack; to stop a wheel flapping about when a bike was stored on hooks; to hold a jacket under a saddle; and to keep a not-quite-frame-fit pump in place under a top tube.

Out of the box, or rather off the header card, they're folded back on to themselves (one pack contains a pair), but you can open them up if you need them to be a bit longer, or join them together to make a longer strap.

We've found only one downside: most ankle bands are reflective and that's a good thing because there are few things more visible to a driver than a couple of bands of light bobbing up and down. There are no reflective patches on Wraps, and we'd like some or I suppose it would be more accurate to say we'd be happy if someone bought us a pair as a Christmas pressie but we might baulk at lashing out on them ourselves.

Distributor Upgrade Bikes lists four colours - black, white, orange and green - and also shows yellow, pink and red versions.

Verdict

Great impulse buy or stocking filler that you'll find lots of uses for, bit pricey though

road.cc test report

Make and model: Cycloc Wrap

Size tested: Green

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Cycloc says:

Ankle and accessory strap

Simple and stylish, versatile 'rubber' strap for use on and off the bike

Adjustable to three lengths with capacity to stretch. Link together to make longer straps

Protect your trousers when riding

Prevent your bars from turning when storing your bike at home

Use as a bungee for carrying small packages

Material: Polypropylene bobbin, over moulded with thermo plastic elastomer strap

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
9/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
9/10

Does what it says on the tin.

Rate the product for value:
 
4/10

Perhaps a bit pricy for a couple of rubber straps.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

It stretches and holds stuff in place. Can't ask for it to do more than that.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

That shade of green may be a bit 2012, but I still like it.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Yes.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.

Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?

This is a pair of versatile widgets that do what they're supposed to, and are well made - in the UK too. But they lose a couple of points for the price. You could do much the same thing with some cheap trouser clips and bungee cords, though Wraps are undeniably more elegant.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 46  Height: 5ft 11in  Weight: 85kg

I usually ride: Scapin Style  My best bike is:

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, club rides, general fitness riding,

 

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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Large_Pista [52 posts] 2 years ago
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This looks great – but why is it £12.99. Are they designed by Paul Smith or something?  20

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downfader [203 posts] 2 years ago
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Am I the only bloke to still put his trouser leg under the sock?  39

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OldRidgeback [2620 posts] 2 years ago
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downfader wrote:

Am I the only bloke to still put his trouser leg under the sock?  39

No you're not. I had some old school cycle clips years ago that I lent to my then housemate. Being the dunce that he was he then lost them. He said that if I bought some new ones he'd give me the money and I said he should just buy me some, but he never did, despite there being a bike shop just around the corner. I started tucking my trouser leg in my sock then instead and have done ever since.

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pwake [376 posts] 2 years ago
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Large_Pista wrote:

This looks great – but why is it £12.99. Are they designed by Paul Smith or something?  20

Agree. A velcro strap from B&Q/Wilkos looks like it would do everything these could.

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joemmo [1164 posts] 2 years ago
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I know they were probably made by enslaved toddlers in a sweat shop but aldi recently had 4 Velcro straps with scotchlite and LEDs for 3.99. Might still be some left if you dig around.

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Rob PC [11 posts] 2 years ago
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What happened to bungee cords too?

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Dr_Lex [301 posts] 2 years ago
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That sum bought me a classy leather & metal Brooks trouser strap; no wonder their grooved plastic waste-paper-basket, sorry, bike rack costs £60.

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Colin Peyresourde [1724 posts] 2 years ago
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This actually solves a cycloc problem I have, when I hang my bike up my front wheel turns (I think it's because of the break/gear cables).

But I would either be wiping my butt with cash or a shreddy square short of a box of cereal to actually buy this…..guess my wheel is going to continue to bang the wall until I need new break cables.

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PhilRuss [388 posts] 2 years ago
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This actually solves a cycloc problem I have, when I hang my bike up my front wheel turns (I think it's because of the break/gear cables).

[[[[ I use an old Q/R toestrap to connect front wheel to down-tube. No cost solution.
P.R.