Month: July 2015

Bike News, Cyclocross

Upgrading the CAADX – Tubeless disc brake road wheels?

My Cannondale CAADX is still running exactly as it came out of the shop, with it’s Sora groupset and bog-standard wheels… all unchanged apart from the rear derailleur jockey wheels. It’s a terrific set-up for a winter commuter, but it needs to lose some weight for the winter cyclocross racing. I know that changing the …

Cyclocross

Western League Round 9 – Back to Hengrove

This was the third race of the season at Hengrove, held here after Bath Council (allegedly?) took issue with the Odd Down track being used for a cyclocross race, so forced that to be cancelled. It should be said that this Western Cyclocross League is brilliantly organized and many thanks go to the team that …

Cyclocross

Western League Round 8 – Warmley Park was very warm

Warmley Park is right beside the Bristol-Bath cycle path in east Bristol and was a thoroughly pleasant place to run a cyclocross race. The only hitch, which seemed to deter some of the regular riders, was the heatwave that we had across the UK last week – when I arrived at the course, at about …

Shoes and Boots

Northwave H2O Overshoes – Review

I’ve been using some neoprene Shimano overshoes for cold/wet road rides for donkey’s years and they’ve become rather shabby – with tears at the heel encroaching on the zips. It was time for a change… However, given that the Bianchi (and my road shoes) tend to avoid those days when the weather decides to through …

Brakes

Tektro CR720 cantilever cyclocross brakes – Initial impressions

My (secondhand) Kinesis came in a well-looked after condition and was fitted with Frogs cantilever brakes and TRP brake pads. Those have been fine as I made my first steps into the murky world of ‘cross racing, but in the last couple of races (with some more aggressive hills and corners) I’ve found the brakes …

Components, Maintenance

Replacing SRAM hoods – Easier than you’d think

The hood on my Kinesis’ right hand SRAM brake lever started to tear a few weeks back and by last week was clearly not going to last much longer, so needed replacing. The Kinesis is now proudly wearing brand new bright red SRAM doubletap hoods in place of the old black ones. They were suprisingly …