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…

A fool and his money

Those who know me will attest to me lusting over an Argon 18 Nitrogen since I first saw one at Bike Swanky. Such an classic looking frameset. Stiff, light, aero. It’s so me, got my name written all over it, totally need to own one. Dream machine. So when this email dropped into my inbox…

Bike Weight Loss Part 3: The Results

Before we get down to the nitty gritty, here’s the rub. Shedding weight off your bike is NOT cheap. In fact it’s downright expensive if you do it properly. If you have weight to lose bouncing around your midsection, then it’s much more cost effective to slash those pounds first! Fact. Save your money, take…

Bike Weight Loss Part 2: New Groupset

When I originally built my Kinesis I opted for a full 11-speed Shimano 105 groupset, it fit my budget and was on special for an incredibly good price. To try and shed a few grams and for pure PIMP value, this time I’ve plumped for a mix of top shelf Dura Ace with a sprinkling…