A lost love…..

I have just sold my road bike! I own a bike shop and I love bikes. However, it’s not always about the bike. It’s the riding that is more important to me. In fact my passion for riding is more a need for speed and physical exertion. All I need is a good bike and…

Wilier Cento 1 SR customer review

Wilier Cento1SR is it the best bike on the planet? – Andy Monk thinks so. He’s doing an Ironman later in the year and bought the Wilier to help him improve his time. “I’m sure we could all debate which set of wheels could take the above accolade ……… but what nobody can dispute is…

It is about the bike – Wilier Cento 1 SR review

It’s not about the bike is an expression that we all know and use. It helps justify keeping the old crock going and saves some cash. Of course a certain cyclist put the expression on the map and we all know it wasn’t the Trek and Bontrager combo that scored there. Despite being a retailer…

Sorting my own bike fit never stops

I have some new bikes and it is surprising how it has affected my set up. Just over a year ago I felt that I needed to go smaller to go faster. I had been riding a Whyte 29C medium which is billed as an XC machine but devours the meanest of tracks like a…

The need for speed – 2016 Wilier Cento Uno SR

Last week my new Wilier Cento 1 SR arrived. I had ordered it in June so if anyone wants to complain about having to wait all I can say is that you haven’t waited as long as me. Whilst the market is grossly oversupplied the really good stuff is always scarce. It might have been…

Trying to ride under control – Wilier Cento Uno Air review

Rode today and had three things to think about: new bike to try, new position and new numbers to aim for. The bike was a Wilier Cento Uno Air, it looked very aero not necessarily my cup of tea. As I like to customise everything I decided to add clip-on aero bars to make me…

Cheating

Cheating is something that we all do or have done. To cheat: Act dishonestly or unfairly in order to gain an advantage – according to the Oxford Dictionary. That pretty much sums up what we cyclists do. How often have you tried to buy your way to speed or wheel sucked your ride home? Cheat!…

The essential tips issue

Here are a few thoughts based on Sunday’s ride. It started icy and I was really nervous slipping and sliding everywhere. I finally went down, bringing down my mate too on a quiet road in Portslade. Heading north towards and along Twineham Lane we kept hitting ice in the shade.  By the time that we…

South Downs 100 or is it 160?

My season is coming to an end. This is depressing but for the first time ever I have a planned sojourn from riding. Tomorrow I’ll miss the Tuesday ride, next week I am away, I could do Tuesday 5th November but on the 6th I have a hernia operation, six weeks later (the recovery period)…

Cyclist can be idiots to, don’t always blame the drivers

Last evening’s ride looked like fun with a lot of new faces. I try to greet them all as many riders often younger keep themselves to themselves and that is when you get that cold, exclusive feeling sometimes joining a new cycle group. The Tuesday ride is far from that, on the contrary, there is…