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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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.
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,
Acknowledged by the Telegraph as a leading cycling journalist, John Stevenson has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.
He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.
Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc editor Tony Farelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.
John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of TotalWomensCycling.com before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.
He joined road.cc in 2013 and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.