Month: May 2014

News

Pink? In touch with my feminine side? No…

… It’s Giro time again!! I’ve always been quite comfortable with pink, it’s a nice colour and I’m more than happy to wear bold pink stripes at work, and pink lycra jerseys if I’m out [on your bike… Ed]. But it’s this time of year when the whole family gets a bit twitchy when ‘pink’ …

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Rapha Wind Jacket – worth every penny?

Last Sunday’s spin on the Planet-X Pro Carbon was the perfect test for my Rapha Wind Jacket. The weather was pleasantly warm, but there a decent breeze blowing and wet squally clouds threatened. A short-sleeve was likely to be too chilly and adding a light long-sleeve top could well pushed me into overheating territory, so …

Bike News, Dream bike

Bianchi Oltre XR.2 – £15,000 dream bike?

I’ve been working through some options with Veloton in Tetbury for my new bike, but having failed to fall in love with a Bianchi Intenso in the classic ‘Bianchi’ blue-green colour scheme, they pointed me at a Bianchi Sempre. Although the Intenso and Sempre are fairly close in their geometries, I was keen to try …

Bike News, Cafes

DEDOMP – Double expresso, dash of milk, please.

There’s a new acronym doing the rounds at Mombee Central… DEDOMP, most definitely not DEDOM. When I’m out on a spin, if I can possible engineer the route I will go via Veloton (hopefully while it’s open) and order a “double expresso, dash of milk, please”… It’s the ideal pick-up ahead of the final stretch …

Bikes

Planet X Pro Carbon – first impressions

Apart from a very spin on a friend’s Orbea Orca a few back, I’ve had no experience of riding carbon bikes, and I had an old-school view that “carbon wasn’t necessarily better than modern steel, aluminium or titanium”, but a spin on a Planet X carbon bike has changed that. Paul’s bike is a couple …