Tyre pressure: Do you go low?

When I first started road cycling, I was very much in the “bang 110psi in both 23mm tyres” camp. It’s just how it was. Hard is fast. Skinny is fast. Who needs comfort when you can go FAST! These days I’m a little more relaxed, I know that (especially at my weight) higher pressures are…

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…

From TT to Road bike: Aero topped handlebars

A little update on my winter project! As outlined previously I wasn’t getting enough use out of my Planet X TT rig so over the winter (still very much winter here in Tasmania) I’ve been fettling away to convert it from time trial weapon into a fast road machine. Since my last update, I sourced…

Cancellara’s Trek Madone

The legend’s Trek Madone. If I had to buy an “off the peg” bike and money was no option this would be high on my list. Of course it’d be much better with the new wireless SRAM eTap groupset, but #Spartacus is old school and rides mechanical. Not sure about the look of that stem…

Just how long is Shimano Di2 battery life?

UPDATE Click here to read my FIVE YEAR performance review! Battery life is something that a lot of potential Di2 or EPS (and now SRAM eTap of course) customers consider before taking the plunge. How many miles am I going to get? Will it suddenly go flat mid ride? Is there any warning? I’ve been…

Wireless groupset from SRAM

SRAM’s long awaited wireless electronic groupset has been spotted on Kristin Armstrong’s time trial bike at the USA Pro Challenge last week. The groupset still has no public release date or even a name, but it’s another step forward. From the photos released on Bike Radar it looks like the shift buttons on the extensions and…

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…