Check your bolts but not the weather. Garmin Edge 510 review

The forecast this weekend was pants so my buddies were debating whether to ride, and if so, what to wear for the Little Lumpy 100 mile Sportive. How wrong could the forecast be? I was riding local and left at 7:30am with a chill in the air but I only needed arm warmers for protection….

Obey the rules

When does a gathering become a movement? There were 27 out for an incident packed ride last night. It is incredibly social and very hard. You need to suffer to make it worthwhile. Put a lot in and you get a lot out. It was nice to hear Howard expounding the same views as me….

More and more riders!

Last night there were 22 riders out for the Tuesday Thrash. It is amazing what a bit of good weather can do. The same was the case on Sunday. I saw riders on virtually every stretch of road from families, sportive riders to various levels of sports rider. Car drivers are beginning to notice. The…

It’s all starting to come together

It’s all starting to come together. The sun is out, it is getting warmer and this last week I felt strong. I don’t train, haven’t done for years but I do try to ride wisely. By wise I mean not over doing it. The golden rule is no more that 10% a max per week,…

Has Spring sprung?

Joy of joys, despite a typically dreadful BBC forecast it was dry and, relatively, warm last night. Warm enough for shorts and a light long sleeve jersey and for the first time this year no winter road boots and not even any shoe covers. It was bliss. Has our long overdue Spring finally sprung? Of…

Group riding is fun afterall.

I’ve been riding for years and when I first really got into it I found that I was a bit of a sado and no one wanted to ride like me so I ended up riding on my own.  It wasn’t a problem because riding was really just about me, the hill and what my…

Is bigger faster? New thoughts on road speed

Do bigger wheels make you faster? If you’re a mountain biker there is no doubt that 29ers are much, much quicker. So much so that I really ought not be too proud of my Strava records as, without much effort, I am bound to be quick with the bigger wheels. So hats off to you…

The future is bright – the future is bike

It’s hard to imagine quite how our car mad nation is going to change over the next few years. I went up to the Surrey Hills on Sunday and the roads and trails were packed with cyclists: tourists, wannabe racers, sportive riders, XC guys and the new style gnarly North Downs free rider. What a…

Riding faster

I was asked last week how do you ride fast. The guy that I was speaking to rides regularly but doesn’t seem to be able to ride any faster. That got me thinking as I like riding fast. But before we get to involved we need to ask, what is fast? It is all relative….

Do you feel inspired? What are you going to do about it?

I usually write this blog in the hope that it might help motivate or inspire someone some one to ride. In fact motivation and inspiration is what the shop is all about. With the TdF and now the Olympics you probably haven’t even noticed that I’ve not been writing. What usually kicks off this rant…