Monday, 21 May 2018

Nascar Competition T&C's


  1. The promoter of this competition is Powerbox International Limited (Silverline Tools) of Boundary Way, Lufton Trading Estate, Yeovil BA22 8HZ (the “Promoter”).
  2. Entry into the competition is free, with no purchase necessary.
  3. The competition is open to those aged 18 years old or over. Entrants should note that proof of identity, address and age may be required and use of a false name, identity or address will result in disqualification from the competition.
  4. Entrants must be UK residents.
  5. Entries must be made via Instagram by following @silverline_tools and following all instruction on relevant post.
  6. The competition will run until 5pm on Wednesday 20th May 2018.
  7. The winners will be chosen at random and notified by Thursday 31st May 2018.
  8. The prize is a pair of VIP tickets to the 2018 American Speedfest at Brands Hatch on the 9th & 10th June (excludes travel and accommodation).
  9. Prizes are non-transferable, and no cash alternative will be offered.
  10. Travel and accommodation expenses are the winner’s responsibility and will not be reimbursed.
  11. The promoter, Powerbox Limited reserves the right to publish the name of the winners. The winners are required to give their full co-operation to all requests by the promoter.
  12. The promoter, Powerbox Limited is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected to this competition.
  13. The winners agree to the use of their name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winners or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current (UK) Data Protection Legislation and will not be disclosed to any third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
  14. If the winner is unable to take up the prize for any reason, or if Powerbox Limited has not been able, after making reasonable efforts, to contact the winner, Powerbox Limited reserve the right to award the prize (without notice to the first winner chosen) to an alternative winner. In this case the first winner will not be eligible for any share of the prize. Powerbox Limited shall not have any liability in such eventuality.
  15. The competition is open to all residents of the UK and N.I.
  16. By Entering this competition, the entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  17. Entrants must be made in accordance with the competition instructions. They are invalid if received any later than the specified closing time.
  18. Employees and family and friends of Powerbox Limited or any third party involved are not per Your data will be subject to Silverline Tools Privacy Policy which can be found on the website
  19. Your data will be subject to Silverline Tools Privacy Policy which can be found on the website www.silverlinetools.com

Friday, 18 May 2018

British Downhill Series Round 2 – Fort William


 
The Fort William Round of the UK Nationals Series is always highly subscribed, as a packed field of World Cup racers tries to plot out lines for the World Cup stage.

This year was no different, with a host of riders making the most of the chance to prepare for the big event in two weeks’ time. But for the Trek Factory Racing team there was added tension as Gee and Rachel returned to the scene of last year’s injury-causing crashes.

The introduction of a new rock garden in the bog section where Rachel crashed last year went some way to helping her over the psychological hurdle. However, the rocky track took a toll on her arms, causing her to pull up in her seeding run, before she eventually breezed through the last section to earn fourth seed.

In the Junior seeding run, Kade faced off against Thibaut Daprela, who pipped Kade to a World Cup win in Losinj. This provided more than enough motivation for Kade, who secured top spot in Seeding and turned that excellent position to victory in the Finals.

Kade said: “Hella weekend at Fort Bill. I was happy with both my runs. [I] had a few mistakes but [overall it] was good.”


Feedback from the team is that Kade continues to mature as a racer, keeping it clean and safe. Despite a hair-raising moment near the middle of the track Kade stayed composed and was stoked to take the win.


By the time the Women’s Finals took place the wind had picked up considerably. However, even the weather couldn’t get in Rachel’s way. Some changes to her suspension paid dividends and she roared down the brutal track to win by a convincing six seconds.

Rachel said: “This place is so savage! I’m buzzing to take the win, I feel like my old self again. Massive thanks to the team for getting me back on track.”

In the Men’s race, Charlie had qualified well in sixth. He was second at the final split but mistakes in the bottom section pushed him back into the ranks. He met a similar fate in the Finals; his race run was going well until the new woods section.

Charlie said: “It looked like it was drying out, so I tried to push hard and washed out and went over the bars. I felt fast on the bike and I’m looking forward to the World Cup in a couple of weeks.”
Meanwhile, Gee’s injury played on his mind. He explained he was delighted to have the weekend under his belt, adding: “That was a hard one to get through; I definitely laid some demons to rest.” A day of testing has been scheduled so that any lingering doubts can be overcome.

And last but not least, Atherton Academy’s Luke continued his winning streak with another Youth section success.

Results:
Junior Men
1 Kade Edwards – 4:52.903
2 Henry Kerr – 4:53.040
3 Thibaut Daprela – 4:53.77

Elite Women
1 Rachel Atherton – 5:22.616
2 Tahnee Seagrave – 5:28.753
3 Katy Curd – 5:41.873

Youth Men
1 Luke Williamson

Elite Men
1 Danny Hart – 4:38.767
2 Greg Williamson – 4:44.195
 
 
3 Faustin Figaret – 4:44.952
10 Gee Atherton 4.49.029
22 Charlie Hatton 4.566.246






Thursday, 10 May 2018

Silverline Bike Security Advice




According to crime statistics, more than 376,000 bicycles are stolen each year, which works out at about one every 90 seconds. There is some evidence that bike thefts overall have steadily decreased from a 2011 high of 515,000.
But - while opportunistic theft of low-value, unlocked bikes remains by far the most common offence - the number of high-value bicycles being stolen is increasing. That worrying trend has been attributed, at least in part, to the rise in popularity of ride-tracking apps such as Strava, Relive and CycleMaps.
Police believe that technology-savvy thieves are using information cyclists share on the internet to locate houses where expensive bikes are being stored.
More than half of all cycle thefts in the UK occur in and around the victim’s home, in places like gardens, passageways and in outbuildings such as sheds and garages.
Silverline, proud partners of this year’s Prudential RideLondon series and one of the biggest and best-loved tool brands, offers these top tips for securing your bike effectively:
  • Check the privacy settings on both ride-tracking apps and social media accounts. Change the settings so that, if you still want to share your ride statistics online, only friends and connections can see your starting and finishing position.
     
    For extra security, consider randomising your start position, switching the app on 100 metres or so away from home to confuse the data.
     
  • Use an appropriate lock. If you are leaving your bicycle outside or in an outbuilding, make sure you use a high-quality lock which can’t be easily broken. Chains can be easily snipped so, if your bike is high in value, spend a little extra on a U-Lock. Bike locks are graded ‘Sold Secure’ gold, silver and bronze. Silverline’s High Security Bicycle U-Lock, made from ultra-hardened steel, has been graded gold, offering the highest level of security. View the range here http://www.silverlinetools.com/en-GB/Products/Bike%20Tools/Bike%20Security
  • For further peace of mind, Silverline also sells dummy security cameras which are a cheap and effective way to make would-be burglars think again. View the link here http://www.silverlinetools.com/en-GB/Products/Security/Electronic%20Security/614458
  • If you must leave your bike outside, lock it to something secure. The best locks will be useless if the object the bike is attached to can be easily broken. Mesh fencing, for example, can be easily snipped with wire cutters. Also, be mindful about attaching bicycles to poles in streets. If they are not tall enough, the whole bike can be simply lifted over the top.
     
    Select a place to leave your bike which is well lit, in public view and, ideally, near visible CCTV.
     
  • The frame, front wheel and back wheel must all be locked. Just locking the front wheel means it can be easily detached and the rest of the bike stolen. If you only have one lock, remove the wheels and feed the lock through all the separate parts.
     
  • Registering your bike is important. It deters thieves if they see it has been marked, and it also increases the chances of getting it back if the worst does happen. This can be done at www.bikeregister.com
As the number of £1,000-plus bicycles in the UK increases, it’s sadly inevitable that there will be thefts. It is impossible to completely safeguard against theft of any sort, but the risk can be minimised by following these easy, inexpensive steps.


Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Race report, World Cup Round 1, Losinj


Podiums for Mille, Kade and Rachel as tricky conditions take their toll
A physical, short and intense track provided a wild finals day at Losinj. Weeks of sunshine had turned it to dust and the rubber left behind after every run made the rocks increasingly slippery. As a result, the event ended with a mix of results for the riders. All happily showed off their pace, but nobody really found their flow across Losinj’s sharp rocks.

However, the team can celebrate a podium for Mille Johnset. In her first ever Junior race, our Atherton Academy star took third place, with Valentina Holl coming out on top.

Mille said: “I had a swollen ankle all weekend, then I crashed in practice, so I was even more nervous for finals. I couldn’t bend my knee properly, but I [thought]: ‘Here goes!’

“It was a bit of messy run; I almost crashed again after where I came off in practice. There was a really small drop where I nearly went OTB but I managed to recover ‒ it was pretty ragged from then on. I wasn’t happy with the run, but I’m really happy with third place!”

Team director Dan Brown added: “[I’m] Happy for Mille today. It’s great that there is so much competition in the Junior Women’s [Section] this year, she’s going to have some work to do!”

Women’s Junior Finals Results 
 


1 Valentina Holl 2.50.09
2 Nastasia Gimenez 3.02.61 [+12.52]
3 Mille Johnset 3.06.71 [+16.77]
4 Paula Zibasa (SRAM Young Guns Racing) 3.07.41 [+17.32]

5 Anna Newkirk 3.12.21 [+22.12]

 
Meanwhile, in the Junior Men’s Section, Academy graduate Kade Edwards also earned himself a podium spot, fighting hard to take second place. There was some great racing between the top three. It looks like there is going to be an exciting season ahead for all of the juniors.

First qualifier Kade was left disappointed with his run, however. A mistake at the top cost him a lot of speed, but it’s worth remembering he’s been back on the big bike for just two weeks.

Kade said: “Stoked to be on good pace but gutted not to put the right run together today.”
Men’s Junior Finals Results

1 Thibaut Daprela (Commencal/Vallnord) 2.25.17
2 Kade Edwards (Trek Factory Racing DH) 2.26.82 [+1.64]
3 Kye A’Hern (Canyon Factory Downhill Team) 2.28.65 [+3.47]
4 Lucas Cruz 2.30.78 [+5.61]

5 Matteo Iniguez 2.32.58 [+7.40]

 
By the time the top five women came on track Cecile Ravanel was in charge: Five seconds clear of the field and poised to take her first ever World Cup podium. Tahnee Seagrave, who was disappointed with her qualifying run, put in a very aggressive performance to push Ravanel all the way, making up two seconds by the first split.

Seagrave lost a little pace through the drops but recovered in the final sprint to go fastest. This made her the first to beat Rachel’s qualifying time as she clocked 2.44.48 with four riders left on the course.


Marine Cabirou then slotted into second, while Myriam Nicole, who was down 0.5s at the first split, rode a very clean next section to take the lead by split two. Extending her advantage to 3.4s by split three, Nicole crossed the line to take the lead, finishing in 2.40.70 – seven seconds faster than Rachel’s winning qualifier. The pressure was on!

Tracey Hannah, who rode sore after a crash this week, didn’t quite get into contention before a big crash in the lower section put her out of the running.

Finally, Rachel was on course. Up by 0.6s at split one, she looked smooth through split two – but not as smooth as ‘Pom Pom’ across the sharp rocks. One-and-a-half seconds down, Rachel lost more time and was trailing by three seconds at split three. She was fastest again in the bottom pedal but it wasn’t enough to win, leaving her in second.

Rachel said: “[I’m] disappointed with my run today. [I] struggled to find any flow or carry speed, but that’s the comeback race done.”
Women’s Elite Finals Results

1 Myriam Nicole (Commencal/Vallnord) 2.40.70

2 Rachel Atherton (Trek Factory Racing DH) 2.44.26 [+3.55]

3 Tahnee Seagrave (Transition Bikes/Muc-Off Factory Racing) 2.44.48 [+3.77]
4 Marine Cabirou (Voulvoul Racing) 2.45.93 [+5.22]

5 Cecile Ravanel 2.48.41 [+7.71]

Finally, Charlie Hatton, who qualified in 34th, also struggled today. He explained: “[I’m] happy to get through this weekend without injury or a mechanical [issue] and [I’m] looking forward to Fort William to make amends.” He came home in eighth, 0.3s faster than his qualifying time, which was enough secure him 38th.

Gee, meanwhile, had qualified 22nd. As Rachel did he rode a quick top section, taking the lead by 0.1s at split one, but like Rachel he couldn’t sustain that lead through the top of the rocks. Down by about 1.5s at split two, he made up a little time through splits three and four, crossing the line into 3rd, in 2.25.27, which left him 19th at the end.

Gee said: “Well that was a wild one! Stoked to be through the weekend in one piece and with a solid place to build from.”
Men’s Elite Finals Results
1 Aaron Gwin (The YT Mob) 2.19.19

2 Luca Shaw (Santa Cruz Syndicate) 2.19.99 [+0.79]

3 Lucas Dean (Intense Factory Racing) 2.20.32 [+1.13]
4 Sam Blenkinsop (Norco Factory Racing) 2.21.10. [+1.91]
5 Dakotah Norton (Unior/Devinci Factory Racing) 2.21.82  [+2.62]

 

Other results
19 Gee Atherton (Trek Factory Racing DH) 2.25.27 [+6.08]
38 Charlie Hatton (Trek Factory Racing DH) 2.29.01 [+9.81]

 

Monday, 26 March 2018

Silverline Tools announced as Official Tool Partner of Prudential RideLondon


Silverline Tools announced as Official Tool Partner of Prudential RideLondon
Silverline Tools, Europe’s fastest-growing tool brand, is now the Official Tool Partner of Prudential RideLondon.

The leading brand, with a reputation for great value and wide range of products, will be a welcome addition to the Prudential RideLondon sponsor family. While Silverline are long-term sponsors of downhill racing world championship team Trek Factory Racing and the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup event in Fort William, it will be the tool brand’s first involvement in road cycling and a mass participation sports event.

Silverline Tools and Prudential RideLondon will work together to support all participants in the build up to, and during, the weekend event. This will include supporting:

  • A new bicycle maintenance service at the Cycling Show (26-28 July)
  • Mechanical support at each start zone in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and on-course hubs;
  • New event signage across the 100 and 46 mile route to enable riders get help easily;
  • Roaming support and bicycle collection vehicles; and
  • Information and advice on how to prepare your bike and equipment for this challenge.

Hugh Brasher, Prudential RideLondon Event Director said:

“We are delighted to welcome such a recognised brand into the Prudential RideLondon family. As an event organiser, we are constantly striving to make the participant experience truly memorable. Part of this is providing our riders with useful and engaging information and support before, during and after the event. Silverline Tools has a history of providing people with the right tools for the job. Making their expertise and experience available will give our riders the best chance of finishing on the day with knowledge and skills to take away.”

Rob Henry, Silverline Brand Manager said:

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Prudential RideLondon. As a brand that likes to connect with a wide and diverse audience, we love getting involved with big events like this. For Silverline, the event is more than just about cycling; it’s about getting out there and doing it - doing it yourself! It’s a fantastic opportunity, attracting keen cycling enthusiasts and families alike, and all while raising money for good causes. Bike tools are only a small part of our range of over 5000 tools and we think the event will be a great platform for raising awareness of the Silverline brand. We’re looking forward to supporting all riders on their journey to the Finish Line on the Mall in July!”

About Prudential RideLondon
Prudential RideLondon is the world’s greatest festival of cycling with more than 100,000 riders expected to participate in different events for all ages and abilities over the weekend of 28-29 July 2018.

Prudential RideLondon features two UCI WorldTour events: the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic for men and the Prudential RideLondon Classique for women. These two races are the richest one day races on the pro cycling calendar. Find out more at www.prudentialriderondon.co.uk

Prudential RideLondon was developed by the Mayor of London, Transport for London and London & Partners in partnership with Surrey County Council and is sponsored by Prudential. The event is managed by the London & Surrey Cycling Partnership.

About Silverline Tools
Established in 1978, Silverline is a leading industry manufacturer and supplier of more than 5,000 hand and power tools across the UK and Europe. Offering great value, unbeatable guarantees and a massive range of award-winning products, Silverline Tools are ideal for the home, garden and workshop.  As official Tool Partner to Prudential RideLondon, the Silverline events team will be on hand at The Cycling Show and Green Park during the event. For more information about Silverline Tools visit www.silverlinetools.com

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

6 top tips for a winter-proof house

Craig's top tips for a winter-proof house!


1. Gas Safety 
It pays to be prepared and perhaps the most important thing to consider now is what happens when you turn your heating on after months of having the system switched off!

Gas safety is absolutely essential, so before you fire up the boiler, you really need to get it checked by a qualified and registered engineer. First, you need to make sure it will work when you need it – nobody wants to be replacing their boiler in the winter! Also you need to be checking for carbon monoxide release.

It's a good idea to fit a carbon monoxide detector and make sure it's working regularly. As well as this, if you haven't had your gas appliances and flues checked for a while, now's the time to do it.

Whilst checking your flues, you might want to look at any air vents or even your chimney (if you have one) to make sure nothing has grown over and is causing a blockage. Finally, when you fire up your boiler, make sure the gas flame turns blue. If it doesn't, shut the boiler down immediately and call an engineer. 

2. Radiator Maintenance 
Of course, your heating system's efficiency is not just about the boiler, so take time out to check all of your radiators. Do they leak? Do they have air in them and need bleeding? Follow our easy guide for bleeding radiators:



3. Flood Risk and Water Damage 
Another way of preparing your home for the winter is to minimise the risk of floods and water damage when the rain and snow arrive! Gutters and drains are always susceptible to blockage by leaves or other debris, and if you get a spell of heavy rain or snow for lengthy periods you could be in trouble. Our lock rods are great for cleaning your down pipes, gutters and even chimneys! One more thing, is your guttering strong enough to take the weight of potential snow sitting there for days? If you're unsure, you should look at replacing it! 

We have a range of winter essentials available to help with flooding and water damage including sand bags, water pumps, torches and various covers as well as much, much more! Check out our website and get tooled up for winter!

4. Roof 
Firstly, you need to make sure that all of the tiles are in place and that lead flashings around your chimney are in good condition. Make sure there are no gaps anywhere that could let in water or allow the wind to get underneath! On the subject of chimneys, it's always good practice to have it swept before you start up a fire since there can be debris, old birds' nests and all sorts of things causing an unsafe blockage. If you need a dry place to store your logs for your fire this winter, have you thought about building your own log store? We have a simple video showing you how:


Of course, you should always arrange for an experienced roofer to climb up and check your tiles - never think you'll just nip up there yourself! That said, you can nip into the loft and check the roof from inside. Assuming your loft is boarded and you have light in there, find a safe position away from the loft entrance, switch off the lights and check for daylight coming in. There will always be small amounts of light coming through, you are checking for major gaps! Whatever you do, be sure to switch the light back on before moving away from your secure position.

If you don't have your loft boarded already, now is the time to consider doing so. Insulation has been shown to make a big difference to the size of energy bills, with some households saving over £200 a year!

5. Lighting Efficiency 

Speaking of energy and bills, now the days are shorter you will be using your lights for much longer periods, it's a good time to go around and check your light bulbs! Do you still have the old-style energy-sapping bulbs? Fitting energy-saving bulbs can make a huge difference to your electricity bill, while also help you to play your part in saving the planet. 

6. Draughts
You may have welcomed a bit of a breeze coursing through your home in the warm summer months, but when the cold sets in you will want to get rid of any drafts that drift into your home through leaky door seals or windows. 

Most people have double-glazing but you'd be surprised where draughts can sneak in! No house is fully sealed and everywhere that there is a void in it's structure - including letterboxes,anywhere holes have been created for passing pipes or cables through, and even cat flaps - there is the potential for a draught. Even inner doors can be a problem, so even though it may seem a little old-fashioned, the humble and trusty draught excluder across the bottom of a door can make all the difference! 



Friday, 12 January 2018

Trek Factory Racing signs Charlie Hatton and announces three new partnerships for 2018

The Trek Factory Racing team are pleased to welcome an Elite rider with enormous potential – 19 year old Brit Charlie Hatton. 

Charlie’s 2017 was packed with great performances; two National wins, the overall British Downhill Series title and three World Cup top 20 results, the highlight 11th place at the World Cup Finals where he was just tenths of seconds off the top ten. 

Team Director Dan Brown said “ We’ve been keeping a close eye on Charlie since he was a Youth rider and his performance last year was one of the breakthroughs of the 2017 season. It’s exciting to be heading into the season with such a strong roster”.

Charlie Hatton “I’m stoked to be joining one of the very best teams out there. Growing up I used to always see the team on films and now it’s crazy to think I’ll be riding with them, I can’t wait for the season to kick off.” 

Charlie will join Gee, Rachel and Junior Kade Edwards on board the Trek Sessions as the team sets its sights on regaining the title of “World’s Fastest Downhill team” which they held for both 2012 and 2013. 

Kade said “I can’t wait to go racing.  Last year’s podiums were Ok, a start, but I want to win… it’s gunna be a hell of a year with some good people.”

Gee Atherton said “Having Charlie on board with us is going to be awesome, we’ve already got to know him pretty well and I think he’ll be a massive asset to the team. Personally I’m coming in the strongest I have for some years, not having to rehab this past off season has allowed me much more bike time which means I’m feeling super comfortable on the Session”

Eldest sibling Dan Atherton will continue to hold a pivotal role guiding the team.  Dan will concentrate on progressing mountain-biking in the UK through his work on Dyfi Bike Park, designing the fifth Red Bull Hardline and mentoring the Atherton Academy which continues to support young riders including Mille Johnset and Luke Williamson. 

 There are some significant changes to the team’s equipment line up for 2018 with Endura supplying apparel, Hope Technology moving up to be the key component supplier and Renthal supplying bars, grips and stems. 

Dan Atherton said “My life is all about pushing boundaries, whether it's a day on the mountain digging or a day on the bikes. With Endura on board it's good to know I have a company behind me that is willing to push as hard as I am. We are all stoked to be working with a company whose products can stand up to our lifestyle! “

Pamela Barclay, Endura’s Brand Director said “Dan, Gee and Rachel offer something more and embody the Endura mantra of Renegade Progress. Sometimes, you have a hunch that a group of people share your outlook on life, and we’ve always liked the way that they go racing: with commitment and dedication, but an unmistakable sense of fun. It already feels like a good fit.”

On the bike, Barnoldswick based Hope Technologies become lead component partner, they will supply everything from headsets to hubs and brakes to seatposts. 

Rachel Atherton “First day on my new bike and it feels amazing, I’m not renowned for liking change but when I jumped on the bike yesterday for the first time since breaking my collarbone I felt totally at home, the set up feels really square, and attacking which I love, I cant wait to take it to the races.”

Head Technician Joe Krejbich said “We’ve run Hope for many seasons but for 2018 that relationship has deepened so that we are finally representing them in true fashion! It goes without saying that they have a fantastic reputation of making great bombproof products.”

Rachael Walker of Hope Technologies said “Hope have worked with the Athertons for a long time, since 2012, with the supply of seat clamps and headsets. Now that partnership will expand to brakes, drivetrain components, carbon seat posts and hubs. The Athertons have been at the peak of our sport for so long, achieving what many other teams and riders can only aspire to. To build on our relationship with Atherton Racing seems like a natural step. Having some of the best riders in the world using what we feel are some of the best components produced can only mean there are some exciting times ahead.”

Renthal will provide bars, grips and stems, while chain devices will come from MRP and seats from Wilderness Trail Bikes (WTB). 

Ian Collins, Renthal’s Cycle Product Manager said “We’re super excited to collaborate with Trek Factory Racing DH and the Athertons. Renthal chooses to work with the very best riders in the World and Trek Factory Racing DH has two distinct facets which we can draw from. Gee, Rach and Dan are legends of the sport, all still at the top of their game. Their depth of knowledge and racing experience is vital. Added to this, Kade Edwards and Charlie Hatton are young, exciting, up and coming riders, who are the next talent to push the sport forwards. This is a great combination for Renthal to continue to develop cutting edge product with ultimate reliability.”

In other partnership news, long term supporters Silverline Tools, Red Bull, Oakley. Fox, Muc-Off and Bell also remain in the mix. 
Look out for further news very shortly.

All Images credit: Moonhead Media 
and Endura