Posts Tagged: bike

MTB Pacing Analysis

Just for fun, let’s look at my pacing segments on the mountain bike: Down Up Delta Total Time Power Time Power Time Power Time Power 4.00 332 4.15 282 0.15 -50 8.15 306 4.10 304 4.14 298 0.04 -6 8.24 301 4.04 314 4.09 308 0.05 -6 8.13 311 4.05 334 – – – –… Read more »

Not Marginal – Vast Gains

I decided to try and quantify the speed difference between mountain bike and road bike. TLDR; the road bike is approximately 13% faster (equivalently the mountain bike is 15% slower). If you are commuting, buy a cyclocross bike.

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:

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 »

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… Read 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… Read more »