Weekend Ride: Hills & Di2Stats

I had an interesting ride over the weekend. I seem to have passed some cycling competency test or other and was allowed to move from the banks of the Thames to the hills of Surry and Sussex (Southern England, below London). As well as seeing how much time I could spend in ‘first gear’ (34:28)…

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Tour de Yorkshire – mini disasters and lots of fun

A look at my TdY with a gadgety twist I have just returned home after family visits and the long course at the Tour de Yorkshire. The course is 80ish miles (129km and over 2km of vertical) taking in the varied and beautiful Yorkshire countryside on, what was, a perfect-to-slightly hot and windless day. Results:…

Some races for 2018

I’m planning a couple of ‘raids’ this year.I think they’re called that. I’ve now managed, I think, to squeeze the Alps in as well as the Pyrenees. In the case of the Alps it was more that I sneakily influenced a family holiday to be near the Alps…”Wouldn’t it be nice to do some hill…

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New Shimano Stuff – 105 and Ultegra RX

I found this one in my in-tray which I thought was interesting as we see the high-end feature trickle-down continue Shimano have spiced up the latest 105 offering Along with a mid-compact 52-36T crankset (adds to existing 50-34T & 53-39T) here are some more options: disk (BR-R7070 calipers, ST-R7020/25) levers) or rim brake options hydraulic…

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Shimano Dura Ace R9100 C60 Review – on my dirty bike

A review of Shimano’s 50mm laminated clinchers. Shimano Dura Ace R9100 C60 Review I wasn’t quite sure how to review a wheelset and I’m certainly not going to make a habit out of it. There is only so much you can say about their roundness. Conversely, there’s probably lots we could say about the aeroness…

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Shimano Di2 – the dark side of the metrics

This is a short article highlighting some of the wonderful things you can do with Di2. I’m describing what I can do with a 2017 Ultegra R8050 derailleurs and DuraAce R9150 shifters which ARE more capable in the breadth of functionality they support than earlier models. Apologies in advance if you already have Di2 and…

March $£1000 Giveaway

COMPETITION CLOSED No more entries accepted after the last comment by me, below. Sorry Winner list will be published in a separate post and winners will be individually notified ————————————————————————————————————————— It’s March so it must be GADGET GIVEAWAY month. The eagle-eyed amongst you will have also spotted that today is National Old Stuff Day. Let’s…

Gadgets I’m Using Right Now

Here are most of the gadgets I’ve been using for me over the last month or so. I’m not sure they are my ‘favourite’ ones per se but I’m using them ‘properly’ for meaningful training stuff rather than just trying to break them or seeing if the GPS is accurate or not. There is nothing…

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Col d’Aubisque – Upgrade Kit

How’s that for a climb? Not too bad I think. #Excitement To support my elevational efforts later in 2018, the upgrade kit arrived today. The turbo-boosting, leg-spinning, granny rings of lactic fire are here and nearly ready for action. It seems very strange though, I have to admit. I seem to be turning my sweet-looking…

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Loving Shimano’s Di2

I finally managed a decent ride with the new bike yesterday. The main purpose was just to see how well, or not, it rode; as well as sneak in a few easy sprints. However with a couple of mates in tow it turned into an hour of ‘off-plan’ fun and we came back significantly more…

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Fast & Fun weekend

I still haven’t managed to have a meaningful ride on my 2018 bike. But I have spent several minutes gazing longingly at it hanging on one of my shed’s walls. I put on the ASSIOMAs and took some photos on Friday and then put them back onto my TT bike straight afterwards. Yes Sunday was…

TEAM QUICK-STEP FLOORS plus PRO Handlebars

I came across Shimano’s PRO brand whilst considering various other bits for my bike upgrade (details to follow) although didn’t end up going with them in the end, instead resorting to a drill and an existing handlebar – coincidentally another brand but their PRO model. PRO’s Vibe handlebars were of interest for a couple of…