Following on from our Winter Road Biking Tips (Part 1) where we looked at how best to stay warm and pick the right winter cycle clothing, this time we look at how best to prepare your bike or set up a dedicated winter bike.
One of the most obvious additions for your winter bike is mudguards, keeping your feet, lower legs and ass dry make a massive difference to your overall comfort on a winters ride. There are various options on mudguards from the tiny 'ass saver' which is a waste of time to the fully fitted full-length front and back guards dependent on whether your frame has mounts.
The fitting of mudguards also shows respect for your club mates, there is nothing worse than to have taken time and effort fitting mudguards only to be following someone with no mudguards and soaking you through anyway(note:refrain from all out rant)! Continue reading →
There's always something of a buzz about riding out at night when it's dark, some of your most familiar routes become something totally new and once the rush hour traffic has subsided a sort of calmness descends.
If you are serious about getting some road miles in over the winter and with less than eight hours of daylight per day in December and January, you are going to have to embrace the dark.
If like me you can't last on a turbo trainer for more than five minutes then cycling at night is a necessity.
One of the best ways to enjoy getting out on the bike at night is to join a group of like minded cyclists, especially if night riding is new to you.
Let there be light!
Obviously if you are riding at night then you will need to look at investing in some decent lights. I am a big believer in the more lights the better and you don't have to spend the earth with some great bargains to be had out there. Continue reading →
If you are new to cycling then buying your first road bike can in itself seem a simple task until you start to look at the many options which can appear endless!!
Firstly you need to know what you want out of the bike, it's no good buying the top of the range Pinarello riden to glory by Bradley Wiggins in the 2012 Tour De France if you intend to do a daily ten mile commute to work and back in the best the British weather can throw at you! So do I need to spend £200 or do I need to sell the car and spend £10,000, what the hell do I need?
When you are not used to a road bike a test ride is as much use as a chocolate fire-guard as you all of them will probably feel wrong to begin with! Continue reading →
There is nothing worse in cycling than getting out for a ride on your bike, only to be hit with gale force winds making the going tough if not near impossible.While uphill may be harder and the rain more uncomfortable, cycling into a proper headwind can really sap your morale. Continue reading →
My passion for cycling the most challenging and hilliest sportives I suspect comes from my roots living in the Conwy Valley in North Wales. Cycling up the steepest climbs we could find with our old Raleigh 5 speeds zigzagging our way up to the lakes above. Then suddenly the MTB was here and years of majestic riding and racing followed in the great forestry’s of North Wales.
Then suddenly I found myself in Lincolnshire, and my passion for MTB and cycling began to wane. Simply put; not enough mountains or even the modest hill! My friend however persuaded me to buy a road bike and suddenly my passion for cycling was reborn.
My first challenge was to cycle a 100 miles locally in the Lincolnshire Wolds which I enjoyed but was already hungry for the next challenge. Continue reading →
Sportives are becoming increasingly popular and are amongst the most rewarding events to take part in on your push bike.
They are designed to test you and if you train and prepare yourself right you will get the satisfaction of a job well done. If you get it wrong and you set off too fast (I still get this wrong!!), neglect to eat or just don't have the miles in your legs then you will be in for a very long and painful day! Continue reading →