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20 April 2017 0 Comments

The Extra Mile

Anyone who rides regularly will appreciate the service of a decent quality cycle mechanic to keep their trusty steed in fine fettle, and I am no different. I’m sure there are jobs that I could do on my bike, but I prefer to spend the time riding the thing. So apart from cleaning it (I’ll […]

30 January 2017 0 Comments

A Year Powered by Etixx

Note: all the products reviewed below were won in a competition except where noted. No-one from Etixx has asked me to write this post or has requested editorial input. Product links provided are to the Etixx website and there are no affiliate marketing codes included if you follow them. Last year a couple of very […]

3 November 2015 0 Comments

Provis Pixelite Jacket

The prolonged period of unseasonably warm and settled weather late into the Autumn has left my winter training gear firmly in its place at the bottom of the cupboard. This is a good thing. However, it has meant that I haven’t had an opportunity to review the new PixElite cycling jacket sent to me over […]

28 May 2015 0 Comments

I blame Greg Lemond

“Lemond” by user:Chris Timm – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons. I still have my pair of Oakley Razorblades. I blame Greg Lemond. Back in the 80s I was into climbing and mountaineering and the height of sunglass technology were my classically teardrop shaped Boll? glasses with weird little leather flaps […]

11 December 2014 0 Comments

Hi viz versus Proviz

The idea that simply donning a fluorescent yellow jacket somehow bestows upon you a level of hitherto unknown invulnerability is a concept that has long wound me up to a tee. Flourescent hi-visibility clothing has little or no proven impact on safety for pedestrians or cyclists alike. A recent study showed that wearing hi viz […]

4 December 2014 0 Comments

A New Lease of Life

Like it’s owner, my trusty racebike ended the season in a shabby and disheveled state. Gear shifting had been a bit of a lottery all season: sometimes it took two clicks to shift a gear, sometimes one. Occasionally it shifted gears all by itself. At the Weymouth half, as if to say “enough is enough,” […]

27 September 2013 0 Comments

My favourite piece of tri kit

Creative Commons image by Patrick J Lynch on Flickr In a sport where it’s all too easy to be suckered in to gear-freakism you’d be forgiven for thinking that my favourite piece of tri kit would be a bling carbon fibre bike, a set of deep-section carbon fibre wheels, or a pair of??ber cool Oakley […]

16 August 2012 2 Comments

iPhone as bike computer

Author’s note: I have paid full retail price for all the kit mentioned in this review and have no relationship with any of the manufacturers. Really keen cyclists will invest hundreds, if not thousands of pounds in devices that monitor their performance. GPS devices are commonplace whether wrist mounted or handlebar mounted, and depending on […]

4 May 2012 0 Comments

This training run is brought to you courtesy of…

The cat is now out of the bag. Since accepting a pair of running shoes from Sports Direct to review on this blog I’ve been swamped with offers of kit to try. OK, that’s not quite true, but those nice providers of iPhones at 3 have sent me a cool Belkin neoprene sportsband for my […]

12 April 2012 0 Comments

Of Barrel Oaks and Clay Dicks

I love the English countryside. Despite the efforts of industrialised farming to create mega fields by grubbing up hedgerows it still contains a charm and quirkiness all of its own. Place names and customs ?whose origin are lost in the mists abound. Recently I had a fleeting opportunity to go for a morning run at […]

27 March 2012 1 Comment

Asics Trail Attack 7 – 1st impressions

When Sports Direct offered me the chance to review some running shoes, I jumped at it. I have entered “A Day in the Lakes” half-ironman race in late June which, as the title suggests, involves stomping around the Lake District. The half marathon at the end of the race is part road, part fell and […]

21 March 2012 0 Comments

Ethical Blogging

As someone who sets up blogsites for schools as a living, the idea that bloggers should behave in an ethical way is very important to me. I have reviewed a few products on this blog over the years (see below), and in every case they are products that I have purchased with my own hard […]

6 October 2011 1 Comment

Aero This, Aero That

                  While watching Bradley Wiggins in the World Championships Elite Men’s Time Trial on his way to silver, I was struck by how far the integration of man and machine had gone. Everything was tuned to getting the fastest possible forward momentum out of the least effort. […]

26 April 2011 3 Comments

My Dream Bike

As a kid I always was on the look out for a passing Ferrari Boxer, Lamborghini Espada, Maserati Merak and, my personal favourite, Ferrari Daytona when being taken on a journey. My brothers and I could quote Top Trump performance stats on Italian supercars at will, like any other boys growing up in the 70s. […]

23 August 2010 2 Comments


40kph is the Holy Grail for most ordinary cyclists. Let me explain. If you can manage an average speed of 40kph for just 1 hour you will have completed the club 25 mile time trial or the bike split in an Olympic distance triathlon in precisely 1 hour. It’s a mark that separates the serious […]