Month: January 2014

Dream bike

Mombee Dream bike list, January 2014

Number one is the Condor Acciaio or Super Acciaio, much discussion to be had over the group set, which must be Campagnolo, but is Chorus or Athena the way to go? And what about the wheels? Close in second place is an Enigma Evoke or Esprit – too much Titanium? And third is the Ridley …

Cafes

Veloton – best coffee in North Wilts and it sells bikes!

Although Veloton is definitely not a cafe, it does serve the best coffee (and some tempting flapjack) within spitting distance of home in Malemsbury. It may be ‘over the border’ at the top of Tetbury High Street in Gloucestershire, but it also does this from the front room of a neat little bike shop . …

Wheels

Schwalbe Nobby Nic tyres

Ever since I started on mountain bikes, a scary thirty years ago, I have preferred a tyre with a square shoulder. In the early days this was offered by the Specialized Ground Control and that tyre gave me huge confidence… in recent years I’ve dabbled with newer Spesh’ tyres and Continentals, but these Schwalbe Nobby …

News

Cycling Books – Top reads

Over the years my collection of cycle books has grown and I’ve gradually been drawn into the secret lives in innumerable passionate cyclists. So what are my top reads? The logical place to start would be where most reader first come into touch with cycling books, Armstrong’s Not About The Bike fable… but let’s start …

News

Viva Wilier – where the name originated…

Italians have historically used the letter W as shorthand for ‘Viva’ and their road racers would be supported with banners that read “W Coppi” or “W il Giro”. The Italians also had a patriotic expression that read “Long live Italy, liberated and redeemed”, which translated to “W l’Italia liberata e redenta”… and this was further …

News

Transport For Slough – Bikes spotted at last

I seem to remember seeing something last year about Slough getting a bike hire scheme, similar too don’s Boris bikes, and wondering how this would work in a town where the movement of the workforce was based around a fairly traditional working day. Well, this morning I stumbled across one of the three (?) bike …