Category: Components

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 …

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 …

Tyres

Vittoria Rubino Pro – Summer road tyre

Vittoria’s Rubino has been my ‘go to’ summer tyre for quite a few years now. They have a good heritage and are well made, but are always competitively priced. On the road during the summer the Rubino’s are supple, providing a good level of grip and a comfortable ride. More importantly, in my experience, with …

Saddles

Selle Italia Flite Giro d’Italia Ltd 2014 – First impressions

It may well fly in the face of any Velominiati rule, but my new saddle is a thing of beauty. My Cannondale had had a Selle Italia SLR Gel-flow on it, and for most of my riding (one to three hours around Malmesbury) it was better than my Brookes Swift… the Brookes only really came …

Components

Jockey wheels jammed… ooer missus!!

I love SRAM, I really really do… their appearance on the market was just the ticket for all those folk who felt that Shimano offered a wide range of disposable (albeit clean-running) components. For most road riders Campagnolo has always been the goal, the nirvana around which a dream bike would be built… but for …

Components

Saddles, bars and other touch points

These are those key touch-points… the points at which and the bike become one. All bikes come with the touch-points that the manufacturer thinks will suit you best (some bikes don’t come with pedals? – Ed), but you’re different to your mate. So assuming that the bikes fits and the moving bits are all working …

Components

Crud Road Racer 2 mudguards have arrived

All this wet weather has had a negative impact on our cycling. Even going for a ride when it hasn’t been raining has met with puddles and wet mud, so the bike and clothes invariably gets covered in cack – and much as I like to keep the bike running well, having to do a …