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…

Wheel Balancing for Road Bikes?

I saw this video over on Shane Miller’s YouTube page. I’d mulled over the idea of balancing road bike wheels a few times in the past, but never taken it any further than the odd thought. You balance your car and motorbike wheels, so why not your very expensive road bike wheels? Check this out:…

How NOT to maintain your bike?

I’m sure there were a lot of very good maintenance tips in this GCN video, but I couldn’t take my attention away from Simon’s luscious Canyon Aeroad with SRAM eTap groupset, Rotor power meter crankset and Zipp 404 wheels… “….that’s the bolt that’s stopping my face from hitting the tarmac, so I better make sure it…

Project Aithein: Job done!

I did it! I managed to build up a road bike from a bare frameset without totally messing something up! It’s even come in slightly lighter than expected. With two bottle cages and pedals it weighs bang on 8kg (that’s 17.6 pounds in old money). With a bit of care and attention to detail it’s actually not…