Category: Bikes

Bikes, Mountain Bikes

Giant Anthem X3 2012 – Long-term review

Let’s put one debate to bed to start with… I really rate 26” wheels, I think they offer a more versatile ride than a 29” wheel for my sort of riding, and I’m very happy with my decision three years ago to stick with small wheels. Saying that, if I was buying now, I’d almost …

Cyclocross Bike

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 …

Children's Bikes

Carrera Coast Balance Bike

I think balance bikes are great… they give young kids a chance to get familiar with the whole two-wheeled idea, and there’s plenty of support for the argument that says it’s much easier for kids to use a proper bike (with pedals) once they’ve mastered the simpler balance bike. The thing is, while the original …

Cyclocross Bike

Cannondale CAADX vs Kinesis Crosslight

Can two popular cyclocross bikes have completely different personalities? I’d have to say a big fat “Yes” – I’m running a Cannondale CAADX Sora Disc (bought in December 2014) and a Kinesis Crosslight Pro3 (about three years old), both ace bikes in their own right, but very specific in terms of which would be best …

Cyclocross Bike

Kinesis Crosslight Pro3 cyclocross bike – First impressions

Sometimes ebay throws you amazing bargains and our Kinesis Crosslight was one. I’d been looking for a decent second-hand cyclocross bike for sometime and this popped up locally for a good price. I suspect that, being Kinesis, it’s a brand that many commuters and, dare I say it, non-racing cyclists wouldn’t be familiar with, so …

Cyclocross Bike

Kinesis Crosslight Pro3 cyclocross bike – Joins the fleet

I’ve signed up for the Western League, a summer cyclocross series around Bristol and Gloucester, and I was hoping to entice my son to join me on this foray into the world of CX racing. So, having already got the Cannondale CAADX for me, I had a scout around for a serviceable secondhand cyclocross bike …

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 …

Bikes

Bianchi Sempre Pro – The first two months

This was the picture on the 30th May 2014… two brand new Bianchis propped up outside Veloton in Tetbury ready for their first spin home. On the left is an Intenso and on the right my Sempre Pro – two weeks previously the order had been for identical bikes, two Intensos, but I’m glad I …

Bikes

Hire a Post Office bike – Best bike birthday present

It was my ‘bike birthday’ last weekend, not quite my actual birthday, but an opportunity for the Malmesbury Peloton to get together for a ride and some lunch. I’d been given some idea of the route, so pulled out the road bike and donned my lycra ready for 10.30, only to find Ian arrive astride …