Braking on wet carbon: the argument for disc brakes!

I’m still not a fan of the look of disc brakes on a road bike, but after the weekend’s very wet ride on my carbon wheels I can certainly see the reasoning behind them! Let’s just say I would not have wanted to pull up in a hurry. Each corner or road junction was nerve…

Garmin IQ “What’s My FTP” App Review

In the world of training with power, it seems FTP is king. Sure, it’s certainly not the be all and end all of power metrics, but it’s one that almost all people who train to power (or just ride around with power) seem to care about. Trouble is, FTP tests suck. Like properly suck. The…

So you want to buy a powermeter?

So you’ve been riding a while. Getting faster and stronger. You’ve spend a bit of cash on a nice bike and some flash kit. Now you’re thinking about powermeters. Some of your stronger mates have them. The pros all use one. Why not you? Surely getting a powermeter will turn you into a pro? You’ll…

When to replace your cycling helmet

I’ve had my trusty Specialized Propero II helmet for quite some time. Looking at the date on the sticker, it reads January 2013 manufacture. That’s five years of heavy use. It’s seen many hot and sweaty Aussie summer rides, countless soggy English commuting miles and a couple of crashes (no head/helmet contact luckily). Definitely overdue…

Switching to road clipless pedals

After 40,000+ km on mountain bike style SPD clipless pedals, I’ve finally made the transition to “proper” road pedals. I’ve had regular SPD pedals on all my bikes from my old Hybrid through to my Time Trial bike and never had an issue.  I don’t feel like I’m losing any watts in power transfer, although…

In praise of the “winter” bike

An important member of any cyclist’s fleet is the winter bike, sometimes called the rain bike or “B” bike. The one that sits in the corner of the bike shed, waiting to be called into active duty when the weather turns wild. Last winter I hardly rode outside – this was due to time constraints…