Are eBikes cheating? The (not so) endless debate!

Just the mention of eBikes is enough to get people raging. It’s cheating! It’s just not cycling! Get off the trails! Pedal harder, you slacker! Even with all this backlash, the past few years have seen an explosion in eBike sales. Sales of commuter eBikes, road eBikes and mountain eBikes all booming. There’s gotta be…

Shimano Di2: Long term battery and performance review

Shimano Di2 electronic shifting – in Dura Ace and Ultegra variants – has been around for a fair few years now. A few product generations and subtle refinements have seen it perfected and take a stronghold in the higher end road bike market. But still, one of the most frequent phrases bringing people to my…

Wahoo Elemnt Bolt Problems! :-/

Well, damn. My six week old Wahoo Elemnt Bolt cycling computer has failed on me. After having trouble with my old but otherwise very reliable Garmin, I decided to try out something new with the Wahoo device. Six weeks of recording rides without issue then one morning I go to hit start and…. At first I…

Freshening up the winter steed

We’re over half way through Octover now, so it’s officially time to start thinking about winter. Today I pulled out the tired-looking Ribble (which had been sulking in the corner with a broken gear cable) and gave it a good freshen up ready to tackle the forthcoming foul weather commuting duties. I’d been putting it off,…

Beautifully Loud: De Rosa King XS Dura Ace

The Italian supermodel. Renowned worldwide for her superior style, sassy edge and a reputation for working hard while partying even harder. Sharing many a common trait with supermodels of Italian heritage, the lush looking King XS sits at the top end of Italian manufacturer De Rosa’s road bike range. Thanks to the guys at Bike Swanky…

REVIEW: dhb Aeron Pro bib shorts and jersey

A big thanks to Wheelsuckers for providing me with the kit. It’s 6am on a Sunday morning. Breakfast is eaten, my bottles are filled and I’m almost ready to ride down to meet a bunch of my club mates in Guildford for the AAT Surrey Sportive. Instead of my usual club kit, I’m pulling on…

Project Aithein: Groupset Choice

Choosing a groupset for the Kinesis Aethien was a bit of a tough call. My criteria was that it had to be either Shimano or possibly SRAM as per my other bikes and that preferably I would stick with 10-speed to match. I didn’t really want to “upgrade” to 11-speed, I don’t see a huge advantage to one extra…

GP 4-Season Tyres: 1500 Miles

You may recall I posted a quick first impressions review of the Continental 4-Season tyres back in November of last year. Since then I have covered around 1500 miles through the English winter and now into Spring. So how have they fared? Over the past months I’ve had the pleasure (?) of riding these tyres through…

Ride Review: Tannus Aither 1.1 Solid Road Bike Tyres

Since my first look in February I’ve been giving the Tannus Aither 1.1 solid tyres a thorough workout on my road bike. I’ve covered enough miles now to be able to write a more in-depth appraisal of their real world performance. They promised a lot, but did they deliver? You can read my full review over on…

Conti GP 4 Season Tyres: First Impressions

As you may know I recently swapped out my “summer” GP4000S tyres for some winter rubber, namely Continental’s Grand Prix 4 Season offerings. I’ve had a chance to test them out on a few rides including some fast paceline efforts, a bunch of hilly Surrey roads and the odd wet and greasy route. Here’s my initial…