First Thoughts: Tubular Tyres

This morning I tried tubular tyres for the first time; it was only a short ride because I wasn’t feeling great. I traversed a few small hills, did a bit of work on the flat, and experienced a variety of road surfaces: decent tarmac, potholed tarmac and brick paving to name a few. (more…)

Review: Black Mamba Gloves

On a ride last Saturday with Team Expresso I was chatting with the bosses of Fortress Distribution who are based nearby. Their core business is what I would call barrier-layer equipment for dealing with hazardous materials.

One of their products is Black Mamba Gloves which they mentioned are good for bike maintenance. I received a few samples in the post yesterday and set about testing them earlier today on one of the grimiest bike jobs there is: transplanting a cassette from one set of wheels to another. (more…)

Old School Wheels

I heard that steel framed bicycles were nicer to ride than aluminium: that myth and it turned out to be true. I also heard that tubular tyres are nicer to ride than clinchers, so I decided to test that myth as well. I didn’t want black/carbon wheels on my traditional-looking steel bike; I needed to find some wheels with silver-coloured tubular rims and silver spokes. It’s difficult to find these elements in factory-built wheels, so I built my own instead. You can see the building process for the front wheel here. (more…)

They see me rollin’

I’ve finished the wheels I was building and fitted them to the art bike. Without further ado here is the finished product:

We are very pleased with the result: the bike already looked good with the Zonda wheels but the white rims really finish it off.

If you would like to exhibit or own the art bike, please get in touch.

Making Wheels

I bought the book and decided to rebuild the wheels that originally came with my Allez. The rear wheel is my turbo-trainer wheel and there was nothing seriously wrong with it; so I dismantled it and rebuilt it with the same spokes in the same pattern. The front wheel I never liked and it had only been used for about a week when I first got the bike; so I broke it up, measured the hub and rim, acquired the correct-length spokes to rebuild it with a better lacing pattern and started from scratch. (more…)