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.
Great impulse buy or stocking filler that you'll find lots of uses for, bit pricey though
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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?
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
Does what it says on the tin.
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
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.
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.