Farewell to my Planet X Stealth

After almost a decade, my Planet X Stealth and I have parted ways. I originally bought the Stealth all the way back in January 2013 during a Planet X flash sale. I was living in Berkshire (England). Even though it was one of their lower spec’d time trial offerings, it was a huge purchase for…

Virtual Running on Zwift in 2022

Zwift running first launched waaaay back in 2018. Since that “beta” launch, not much has changed. Almost all of the development focus has been on cycling, where the subscriber base is. The only two running updates worth talking about were the release of the 400m “May Field” track, and running Pace Partners. There is the…

Rolling resistance: Are your tyres holding you back?

When it comes to speed, one area where you can buy some noticeable performance gains are tyres. I’m not talking tyre weight, but rather rolling resistance. Fast, supple tyres absolutely make a difference.

Five beginner running tips for cyclists

Most people tend to go from running to cycling, a relatively easy progression. Picking up running after years of only cycling is far harder and can introduce a few challenges. If you are thinking of giving running a go (and are otherwise a healthy individual) I would encourage it! Here are five tips for the avid cyclist who may be about to embark on the “beginner runner” journey…

Late to the Disc Brake party

Disc brakes on road bikes have been around for a number of years now and have “matured” a lot in that time. Almost every single team in the Professional Peloton is 100% on discs and many manufacturers are no longer producing rim braked bikes. Even the new Shimano 105 Di2 electronic groupset is disc brake only! Rim brakes on high end road bikes are dying and there’s no two ways about it.

Where have all the real men (and 23mm tyres) gone?

Whatever happened to the 23mm tyre? It seems over the last few years it’s fallen out of favour and replaced with wider, softer, higher volume rubber. It’s coincided with bikes going soft too. Bring back the skinny I say! Bring back the days of stiff-as-a-board race pedigree road bikes rolling on skinny tyres pumped up…