Project Aithein: Specs & Photos

Frameset: Kinesis Aithein 53cm / Full carbon Aithein fork Bars: ZIPP Service Course Alloy 40cm Stem: Deda Zero 1 Alloy 110mm Headset: FSA Integrated Bar Tape: Lizard Skins DSP Bar Tape 3.2mm Groupset: Shimano 5800 105 11-speed Seat: Ritchey Pro Streem V2 Seatpost & Clamp: Unbranded carbon post / Superleggera clamp Wheels: 2015 Fulcrum Racing…

Project Aithein: Job done!

I did it! I managed to build up a road bike from a bare frameset without totally messing something up! It’s even come in slightly lighter than expected. With two bottle cages and pedals it weighs bang on 8kg (that’s 17.6 pounds in old money). With a bit of care and attention to detail it’s actually not…

2015 Women’s Tour of Britain

This morning I rode out to see the Women’s Tour of Britain. Today’s final Stage 5 started in Marlow town centre, before heading into the Chiltern Hills and finishing with a fast descent into Hemel Hempstead. Because of the road closures I chose to take a clockwise route out towards Henley and up into the hills…

Project Aithein: Groupset Choice

Choosing a groupset for the Kinesis Aethien was a bit of a tough call. My criteria was that it had to be either Shimano or possibly SRAM as per my other bikes and that preferably I would stick with 10-speed to match. I didn’t really want to “upgrade” to 11-speed, I don’t see a huge advantage to one extra…

Five cycling pet hates

Sometimes it’s best not to take anything I say too seriously. This is one of those times. Here’s a little tongue in cheek list of five things that annoy me when I’m out cycling. Some may seem reasonable, others are totally irrational, all get on my nerves to some extent. But remember, this is just…

Project Aithien: Because metal ain’t dead!

Introducing my new project, the Kinesis Aithien! After hankering for one since they came out I finally found a frameset at a price I was happy with. Yes – It’s an aluminium frame rather than carbon, but the Aithein is one of the lightest off-the-shelf alloy frames available at the moment. On my digital kitchen scales the frame weighs…

Saturday Five Hills Ride

I think summer has finally arrived in the UK (for the south at least). Got my climbing legs out yesterday for 72 sunny miles with over 5200 feet of elevation gain including five of Surrey’s peaks; Staple Lane, Crocknorth, Leith Hill, Box Hill and Ranmore. I started off solo and met up with a bunch…

Wiggo’s Hour Record Attempt

This Sunday will see Bradley Wiggins attempt to smash the hour record. There’s been a huge amount of interest in the record since the UCI relaxed the rules so that you no longer need to ride a Merckx style bike. Eddy Merckx’s 1972 hour record bike compared to Alex Dowsett’s 2015 track bike! Many people are expecting Wiggins to destroy…