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Flo 30 Rims

Yesterday evening Cerys and I used the new aerodynamic wheels I built in a 10 mile individual time trial for the first time. Now therefore seems a good time to draw some conclusions. In summary, Flo Cycling have done an excellent job of the aerodynamics with the Flo 30: the bike stability is a massive improvement over… Read more »

Myth Busted

Many say that if you use an high quality “open tubular” clincher tyre and a latex inner tube on a wide clincher rim you get equivalent ride quality to a tubular tyre. I tried it; it is in no way equivalent.

Speed for Sale

You can’t buy fitness; if anyone offers to sell it to you it’s probably time to call WADA. But as a cyclist you can legally buy performance in other ways: when you are cycling your speed is that at which the propulsion force you generate is equal and opposite to the forces opposing your motion. These forces are many and… Read more »

Review: SeaSucker Mini Bomber

To enable our nascent time-trialling careers we needed a way to get our bikes to the event. We chose the SeaSucker Mini Bomber which we bought from Corley Cycles: it’s out of stock there right now because we bought the last one.

10 Mile ITT PB (again)

Yesterday Cerys and I took to the black stuff for a 10 mile individual time trial; my second, her first. The event was hosted by Bicester Millennium Cycle Club at RAF Weston-on-the-Green. I rode a 29.24 (averaging 32.84 km/h) and Cerys stopped the clock at 37.42 (averaging 25.61 km/h).

10 Mile ITT PB

So I’ve improved my 10-mile individual time trial personal best to 32:44. This is an enormous improvement on my previous PB of DNS (did not start, or more accurately did not consider entering).

MTB is 95% Done

All the parts have now arrived and been bolted onto the bike (at the correct torques). I didn’t take a photo of the complete thing because the light was bad, but I did manage to take it for a test ride; it felt strange but good.

Mountain Bike Progress

The bike I’m building is coming along nicely. I would say it’s a bit more than half done:

Escaping from the City

I did the Escape From The City sportive on Sunday May 25. Like the Isle of Wight Randonnée it’s a 70 mile circuit route. It’s slightly less elevation gain (933m versus 1137 according to my iPhone). I got the pacing very wrong on the IoW Rando this year and I was determined not to make the… Read more »

Mountain bike build

As I wrote earlier, I am building a new mountain bike. It’ll be a 1×10 speed 29er in black and silver. I’ll be doing most of the assembly myself again; as last time I got the professionals to unite frame, headset and fork. This time I will build the wheels myself: the best road wheels I… Read more »