Why do cyclists shave their legs?

Big Jim recently posted on Fit Recovery about leg shaving for road cyclists. In the Northern Hemisphere they’re coming out of a long winter and into the warmer weather road season. Drains are being clogged all over the top half of the globe as summer approaches and road cyclists break out the razor for the…

Cycling, weight and body image

Recently I’ve seen a multitude of articles on cycling websites about body image and weight issues within the professional peloton. Now if you’re a professional cyclist, weight of course does matter. When you’re dragging yourself up endless mountain climbs all day for a living, grams count! Power to weight (watts per kilo) is king! For…

ICAN Carbon Aero Wheels: Fat and Furious

My cycling brother-from-another-mother, Big Jim in the US of A has been rolling on ICAN wheels for a while now. He’s had good things to say about them, so with a bit of cash burning a hole in my pocket I pulled the trigger on set of ICAN Aero 35’s built using DT240S hubs. The price was…

Pedals, pain and progress

Road cycling and suffering are intrinsically linked. To get faster, you have to ride harder, to ride harder you have to be prepared to suffer on the bike. Over the years I’ve learnt to love and embrace the suffering. I love to ride so hard that the only thing I can feel or think about…

Canyon Aeroad: Still awesome after 1000km in the saddle?

With a 30-something kilometre blast around my test loop, I finally rolled over the first 1000km mark on my Canyon Aeroad!  It took a little longer than expected as I was busy riding my US Postal Trek 5200 plus a handful of off-road sessions, then had to contend with the absolute bucket loads of rain…

Project Postal: Keeping the Trek on spec

The US POSTAL Trek Project has been going great guns! Since having the BB replaced I’ve really been able to move the build forward. It now sports a full modern groupset. I’d had a pro tip from Big Jim about possibly not being able to get the front mech low enough to run a 50T…