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…

Gravel. It’s STILL so hot right now…

Gravel. It’s no longer the terrain of bearded, sandal wearing introverts who shun society. These days it’s the hottest trend in “road” cycling. All the Rapha clad hipsters are turning their slightly knobby road tyres off the bitumen and onto the unsealed unknown. I’ve never been a huge fan. I love the road. There’s nothing…

April Round Up: A bonus month of cycling weather

Maybe it’s my old age, but I swear there just aren’t as many days in each month any more. Or perhaps the hours are getting shorter. Either way, yet another month of 2021 has flown by in a flash and we’re one third of the way through the year already. Back at the end of…

Have we reached “peak gravel” yet?

Gravel. It’s so hot right now. Flip through any road biking mag or scroll the usual websites and you’ll see it. Stories of romantic journeys across wild landscapes, grainy black and white photos of wide tyres crunching over high contrast pebbles. Gravel riding. It’s basically the new Rapha. I was naievly thinking (hoping) that the…

Unpopular opinion: Gravel is over-rated

Gravel riding is all the rage right now, “on trend” as they say. Listen to the industry marketing machines and you’d think that councils around the world have been laying  thousands of miles of pristine gravel roads all of a sudden and people are flocking to ride them. You even NEED a specific gravel bike…

The Quiver Killer

Surfers share a lot in common with cyclists. They get up early, they chase endorphins, they check the weather a lot and they’re always thinking about that next awesome ride. They are also very N+1 with their equipment! There’s a term in surfing circles; the quiver killer! It refers to one versatile board that will…