Month: January 2015

Drinks

Coffee for cyclists – Part 2 – Getting into hot water

In Part 1 we looked at coffee, so how to best turn that into a decent cuppa? Making coffee from ground beans is dead simple, you literally just add hot-water… the key is preparing the coffee in a way that keeps the grounds out of the mug and, most importantly, get the maximum amount of …

Groupsets

Shimano Sora 3500 groupset – No more thumb-shifters

In 2013 Shimano updated their Sora groupset from version 3400 to 3500 and at last those thumb-shifters have gone… but Shimano Sora is still 9-speed, so how much better is it? I’d suggest that it’s a quantum leap forward in capability. The Shimano Sora sits near the bottom of their range of road groupsets, and …

Bikes

Cannondale CAADX Sora Disc – Initial impressions

I do like my Cannondales. I’ve been a fan for nearly thirty years, ever since they produced frames with properly oversize aluminium tubes, almost as fat as the Klein frames. My first road bike was an R700 (CAAD7 frame) and I’ve championed the way that they’ve managed to keep their frames relatively traditional despite the …

Opinion

How good is a cyclocross bike… the joy of CX

I took delivery of my Cannondale CAADX cyclocross bike between Christmas 2014 and New Year, and it’s been a revelation. In other posts I’ve commented on the trials and tribulations of sorting a winter bike to keep the Bianchi unscathed during the ice and mud that we’ll be getting out in the south-west in months …

Bikes

Bianchi Sempre Pro – 2014 summary

Nine months in with the Bianchi Sempre Pro and I’m feeling rather smug… I’ve not had any mechanical issues, the bike still runs like a dream and, most importantly, I’ve not turned into a hunchbacked mutant. In fact the Sempre has proven to be more comfortable than its predecessor the Cannondale R700. Over the past …

Bike News

Cycling inspiration in one picture

Inspiration comes in many forms and the advertisers try their damnedest to persuade us one way or another. But there’s one image that’s really inspired me to dig deep this year and to get out & ride whatever the weather… it’s this Rapha banner image from the shop site, which I trust they won’t mind …

Books, Opinion

George Hincapie’s The Loyal Lieutenant – Foreword by Armstrong!

I was given George Hincapie’s biography “The Loyal Lieutenant” for Christmas. It’s one of those books that I’ve seen on the shelves in bookshops and wondered what it would tell us about the inner workings and turmoils of the Lance Armstrong machine. Cards on the table first… I never liked Lance Armstong. Friends & family …

General News

Winter bike saga – Part 3 – We got ‘cross

After all of the indecision (Part 1) and the fixie shenanigans (Part 2) I threw all of the original plans out and went back to the drawing board. While I was trying to sort of the ebay fixie, I managed to get a few mountain rides in and decisied that, having also seen the Cyclocross …

General News

Winter bike saga – Part 2 – The ebay nightmare

As outlined in Part 1 of the Winter Bike Saga, at the start of Dec 2014 I decided that a fixie would be the ideal winter hack and although I was happy to buy a new bike (the Fuji Track looked the best bet), a secondhand single-speed fixie caught my eye on ebay. In practice …