Tom Downie

Tom Downie





How long have you been cycling for?

Seriously for the last 18 months, although I've always done some mountain biking or commuting for the last ten years.

What’s your top bike maintenance tip?

Cleaning the drive chain and using good lubricant will keep the bike working better for longer. It saves money on parts too.

What are your favourite Weldtite products?

For some reason I bought a puncture repair kit from a pound shop last year and learnt the hard way that Weldtite is the way to go for repair kits. I'm very attached to my Cyclo allen key set. The ball headed allen keys make a lot of fiddly jobs easier and there is less chance of damaging bolt heads with good quality tools.

Where are your favourite locations to ride?

I really like any decent cycling I can do from my doorstep. There's something special about leaving the car behind and getting out of the city onto the trails. So at the moment that's the trails and hills just north of Glasgow.

What bike do you ride at the moment?

Genesis Altitude 20 hard tail and a Trek road bike.

How often do you carry out bike maintenance?

I'm always doing bits of tinkering to keep things running smoothly between rides and then some more major work once a month. I like to take things apart and make sure they're all greased up and working smoothly. Sometimes I'm better at taking them apart than putting them back together but I'll have a go at most maintenance jobs.

What do you love about cycling?

There are so many personal challenges. It can be trying to do something technical on a mountain bike, getting up a hill quicker on a road bike or just spending a rainy evening learning how to fix your bike.

Product Reviews:

TF2 Plus Dry Lubricant with Teflon® (125ml)

I would definitely recommend TF2 Plus Dry Lube using it for dry riding over any wet lube as it will keep things moving nicely without collecting dirt. It seemed to cope with some mud and water, so I wouldn't rule it out for mixed conditions or trail centre riding where there tends to be less mud.

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Tubeless Repair Kit for External Use

My tubeless tyres with sealant normally get on with fixing punctures on their own. However, there are those times when no amount of sealant is going to do the job. A misjudged drainage ditch, a bit of flint or a big-rusty-nail-in-a-plank are all previous tyre killers for me. Up until now I’d put a tube in but this is messy and still leaves the problem of an expensive tyre with a worrying cut in it.

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Dirtwash Bike Cleaner (1ltr)

I thought the best way to test these products was to neglect my road and mountain bikes for a while. So once the drive chains were sounding rough and looking like they’d been dipped in crude oil and sand I set to work.

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TF2 Performance All-Weather Lubricant with Teflon® (100ml)

I’ve learnt the hard way over the years that not all bike lubes are equal. My most recent failure was thinking that because it hadn’t rained for a few weeks I should try some dry lube that promised “mess free all weather shifting”. Well two hours in my bike sounded like a rusty shopping bike and then the (new-ish) chain snapped and fell off. So I went back to the tried and tested heavy wet lube that works. The downside is that it gums the drivechain up so regulalar cleaning is needed to keep it smooth and clean. So I was more than happy to try the TF2 performance lube and see if it could offer the long lasting lubrication without the gunking up.

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