The right rubber: How to save weight AND ride faster

Tyres (or tires if you’re in the USA). That tiny little pair of contact patches connecting your bike to the blacktop. In terms of simple performance upgrades, changing your rubber can have one of the largest impacts on how your bike feels and handles. It’s also an easy place to save a few grams at…

Not quite what I had in mind…

This morning was one of those PERFECT days to ride. Clear skies, dry roads, a gently cooling breeze and temps topping out at 25 deg C. It couldn’t get much better. I’d got my gear ready the night before as always and dialled the aero bike in perfectly. I had everything set for a fast…

Bike Weight Loss Part 1: Wicked Wheels

Eddy Merckx once famously said “Don’t buy upgrades, ride up grades.” It’s a good little slogan and one that still rings true, but of course we all know that big Eddy bought a few tasty “upgrades” of the chemical kind during his career – so take that with a grain of salt or three. Sure…

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,…

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…

Tannus Aither 1.1 Tyres

Just a quick update on the new Tannus solid tyres. I’ve published an article outlining my initial impressions after chatting with the Tannus rep and fitting a pair. It covers a bit of the science behind the tyres and also the mounting process, which is more complex than regular clincher tyres. First Look: Tannus Aither 1.1…