Month: June 2015

Wheels

Shimano RS61 wheels – First impressions

With the RS10’s on my Kinesis cyclocross bike starting to feel their age and the RS30’s still pressed into regular service on my son’s bike, I needed to find some new cyclocross wheels. I couldn’t find any reason for limiting my search top cyclocross-specific wheels, especially as the Kinesis is not used for huge mileages …

Cyclocross

Western Cyclocross League – Round 7 – The hills of Lockleaze

Anyone familiar with Bristol, especially if you commute, will know the large TV/comms aerial that sits on the hill above the M32 as you head into the city. Well, Round 7 of the Western League was run around the slopes under that aerial, so this course proved to be a war of attrition with my …

Cyclocross

Western Cyclocross League – Round 6 – Back to Hengrove

Last Wednesday saw me get my fourth cyclocross under my belt with a return to the course at Hengrove. While the rain held off (until the very moment that I crossed the finish line), the course proved to be challenging. Whereas the first outing at Hengrove was a counter-clockwise circuit that introduced me to the …

Miscellaneous

EH Works tool roll – Does the strap work?

I love my EH Works tool rolls… that retro look is the perfect way to compliment the Bianchi Sempre and they always look tidy… and I love the way they work, they’re so simple, easy to load with essentials, even easier to ‘roll’ out when the contents are needed, and easily expand/shrink depending on what …

Cyclocross

Road ride or cyclocross race – Which is harder?

Time for a little bit of science… how does a hard road ride compare to a cyclocross race in terms of effort? I’ve been wearing a bluetooth Polar heart monitor (linked to a smartphone app via Bluetooth) for my three cyclocross races and I’ve been amazed by how hard I’m working during the race… for …

Lights

Knog customer service is the business

I bought a Knog Frog strobe just before Christmas to make me a bit more visible on winter rides and it’s worked perfectly. However, a couple of weeks back I moved the Bianchi and noticed that the band that wraps round the handlebars had snapped – and being an all-in-one design, this meant that the …

Bike News, Miscellaneous

Rapha Camelbak water bottle

I already have two Camelbak water bottles – there’s absolutely nothing wrong with them, they work perfectly every time and still have plenty of life left in them (the blue one is well scratched from being on the Anthem coverd in mud, but the clear bottle is virtually pristine). In fact I don’t understand why …

Cyclocross

Western Cyclocross League – Round 4 – The art of cycling on grass

My third cyclocross was last night and I didn’t get into the largest chainring at any point… Round 4 of the Western Cyclocross League was held at Oldbury Park, in north Bristol, on a beautifully sunny Wednesday evening. The gales and rain from the preceding few days had evaporated and the weather couldn’t have been …

Bike News, Food News

Supplements for older cyclists

I’m 50 and, although I’m not a competitive cyclist, I like to think that I’m in fairly good shape given committments with work, family, etc. I could do with losing about 5kg to bring me comfortably in the weight guidelines for my age & height, and that would help my cycling too, but I’m not …