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Rollers vs Turbos, the best rollers in the world with stuff free, gloves for every occasion, more carbon bling and a Chammy Cream review from a proper bottom doctor. 
It's a Sunday special! A longer more interesting read, we hope, with facts and offers and tips and hints. Read on for more.
Today we're telling you about Rollers, and how they can build core strength, Chammy Cream - rated by a man who knows his arse from his elbow, and other things you need to survive the winter.
Indoor training? Shouldn't real cyclists ride all day every day, wind or rain or shine... Well no. Turbos and rollers offer you the chance to fine tune your training and torture themselves in the darkness of a dank cellar or back bedroom. It's all different. Turbo's typically are good for aerobic high intensity work outs. Rollers are amazing for building skills and core strength and suppleness. Here's what some of our customers thought:-
TURBOS
Turbo - rollers might be less dull, but they're hardly "fun" at least with the turbo you can have the telly on and just switch off and pedal... TOBY WILKINSON - FACEBOOK

Turbo cause I'm getting over a broken femur - @MariaCostello - twitter

Because you don't have to concentrate so much and its highly unlikely you'll fall off! - @maboy1981 - twitter
 
ROLLERS
I find rollers give more body and bounce. A turbo acts as a good dryer but would need a good diffuser to get anywhere near the results of it's competition. - PAUL GRANT - Facebook

Because the fear of ending up mortally wounded keeping me focussed  - ANDY JACKSON - Facebook

The sensation of speed the ability to fall off without trying @craigc - twitter
So... imagine the best of both worlds. Resistance of a turbo when you want it? The smooth running and skill development of rollers.
Then imagine all that, with a free accessory pack worth nearly £70, a set of rollers with a lifetime warranty...

These are no normal rollers. These are the ones that can make you work harder. Smooth running, or set them up with a progressive resistance kick that increases with your speed. Just like riding on the road.
They're the ultimate rollers - there's no doubt about it. Exclusive to Planet X, with a lifetime warranty, these are the rollers that keep rolling. Balanced, smooth, perfect, reliable. After Mark Lovatt spent a winter season training on them for evaluation, we can say we're totally confident in their production methods and the durable quality of the rollers and frames. Awesome kit.

Yes - this offer is for the uprated "Progressive Resistance" set up which means you get a smooth running, roller style workout, but with builds a power profile with speed that comes as close as possible to real-road conditions. 

For a limited period we're offering this Roller Training Pack - with a total value of nearly £70 - totally free when you buy a set of the SportsCrafters Progressive Resistance Rollerset.
The training pack features all the essentials you need to get the most from your new rollerset, consisting of:-
  • SportsCrafters training mat - to keep sweat, chain debris, and tire marks off the floor
  • Red Level Star T shirt - for indoor workouts, it's perfect.
  • A Planet X Cycling Cap - stops the sweat dripping in your eyes.
  • A Tacx Bio Waterbottle - you can't have too many water bottles.
  • Button Hole Chamois cream - to keep you running smoothly.

SportsCrafters were formed in 1996, their mission is to lead the roller industry in affordable quality with refreshing new designs. Everything is manufactured at their small Granger shop with precision manufacturing equipment. They have sold our products under many private labels, so any similarity of their products to other brands is not coincidence. They develop their own designs and build most of their own tooling. All production machines are meticulously maintained and calibrated for precision. They purchase raw materials in high volume directly from local U.S. steel mills, extrusion mills, and injection molders to maintain high quality consistency.
Head to our site right now to order your set of the best rollers around, with a free pack worth nearly £70.
NOT CONVINCED BY ROLLERS? We have some options for you...
TURBOS are perfect for doing very accurate conditioned training. They also build amazing levels of pain tolerance and concentration as you fight the ticking clock that can't count down those intervals fast enough. We are the UK's biggest seller of turbo trainers and have models to suit all pockets and requirements. We carry models from Elite, JetBlack and Tacx.
STILL NOT CONVINCED? Then you'll need some gloves... Here's our best selling cold weather glove, the excellent Insul8or made especially for us and tested on cold northern bike rides. 
If this rain continues then we'd recommend our Deluge glove, just what you need when it's chucking it down AND cold. And unless you only ride between 11am and 2pm, you'll need a set of lights - check our amazingly priced Phaart lights, which are exactly the same as many manufacturers charge at least 5 times as much for!
LOADS OF BLINGTASTIC CARBON FROM TOP EURO BRAND NESS, FULL CARBON BARS - £39.99! - Carbon's a perfect material for handlebars, and top of the pick of the crackers are these awesome Ness Carbon Pro Anatomic Drop bars!  Just 290g and only £39.99. Incredible performance, incredible price. Make your front end up there like a Euro Pro rider.
There's lots of NESS stuff on the site - saddles, bottle cages, stems - all at amazing clearance prices - when it's gone it's gone! 
50% OFF CHRISTMAS CREME CRACKERS – A GOODFELLOWS GUIDE TO OUR TOP POTIONS AND LOTIONS
 
Being the national 24 hour tandem record holder and a top age group triathlete Doctor Pete Goodfellow knows a thing or two about cycling, he also happens to be one of the countries premier bottom doctors, lets just say he DOES know his arse from his elbow. So who better we thought to help us get our heads around the mystery and myths that surround chamois cremes .
 
Pete has been working with us on a project to develop and create the worlds best cycling knacker lacquer range and the all new "crackers4knackers" website is set to be launched in 2013. In the meantime Pete has been spreading away and has performed his very own feedback and reports on the current vast range of creams we sell and distribute. These are exclusive to Planet x and there is a whopping 50% Christmas discount on most of them and they really do make a perfect Christmas gift or just treat yourself . 
 
So read his notes, and pick up a few christmas stocking filler lotions and join the world of friction reducing anti chafe , say goodbye to boils and pimples and general genital related cycling issues this christmas. 
Goodfellows Chamois Cream Review
There are lots of varieties of cream available and there are a number of different variables. I have split the variables into a number of categories. The creams that have been trialled and comments regarding each individual product.
I have split the variables into groups and have assessed each one independently.
At the end of each section I have added an overall opinion which is my personal opinion.
 
Packaging
The vast majority of creams available come in either a tube or a tub format. The “hard” chamois creams (see below) are by definition in tubs as they are too thick to come in tubes. Several brands are also available as sachets.
 
Tubs: Advantages – Visually good, Wipes clean. Secure lid. Non-compressible.
Disadvantages – Cream potentially contaminated by fingers in and out of pot each application so don't share. 
 
Tubes: Advantages – Clean to use. Smaller amounts in tubes generally.
Disadvantages- Potential to be compressed/burst.
 
Sachets: Easy to use 10-20ml, ideal for holidays.
 
Size
In both tubs and tubes there is a range of sizes measured in both ml and oz. They vary between 2oz (about 60ml) and 8oz (about 240ml). The harder types are generally smaller volumes whereas the thinner creams are in larger volumes. The hotter variants tend to be in smaller variants too.
 
Colour
Most of the creams are white and those that are coloured (green, orange and off whites) are all light coloured.
 
Consistency
There are two mainstream types of cream.
The traditional Chamois types which are hard formulation and often feel slightly greasy. These are all in tubs or sticks, but are thicker and more difficult to spread into chamois or skin.
The “thinner” creams more like E45 skin type creams are easy to spread in and of course thus more is likely to be used both in terms of frequency and amount applied.
There is one cream (Brave Soldier) which is different from the others and comes as an oily preparation which would be an acquired taste. (You're not meant to taste them - Ed)
 
Smell and other properties
The creams which are hotter have some form of wintergreen/embrocation/mint smell to them. Many seem to have a mild version and a slightly hotter version – summer and winter uses encouraged (marketed as normal and hot or normal and strong etc). There are a number of creams with natural healing products which I am sure would be a good marketing tool however little there is in the cream.
There are a couple of women specific creams which I think just contain a more feminine smell.
 
Goodfellows Top 10 Notes
8oz tub, white, creme consistency, plain smell - Cooling slow tingle, nice creme not smelly or sticky. 
 
8oz tube, white, thinner creme very easy to apply with a mild smell. 
 
Various sizes tub, white, medium consistency creme, minty smell. Nice and warming and easy to use and apply. 
 
4/ Docs 
An 8 oz tub, white, creme consistency. Natural with tea tree. Fine 
 
A 4oz Tub. White. Mild. A new style hard creme that goes a long way 
 
A 4oz Tub. White, Creme, A wintergreen and warming creme. Nice for winter.
 
7/ Inyangi 
A nubette butter based creme. 4oz tub. Green colour, Hard creme with a moderate smell. 
 
A 3.3 oz tube. White. Creme. Mild and neutral Easy to apply. Best all round and great value. 
 
Made specially for women. Anti bacterial anti-inflamatory. The best selling one so maybe women like to look after themselves more than men though it worked fine for me too .  
 
10/ Panzera 
The creme (well, the same brand and type) that used to go on Marco Pantanis crotch an italian made classic. Tube, slightly medicinal smell but if its good enough for Pantani. 
 
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