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Zwift Review – A New Way of Indoor Training

So what is Zwift? Well, traditionally Winter cycling saw people putting on layer after layer, braving the cold and wet on a club ride or having to resort to riding indoors on a turbo trainer. The latter was always dull, staring at the four walls out of your mind bored. Some people found relief in watching films whilst riding, I generally had to resort to...

How to Repair Carbon Frame – Split Dropout

I was out riding my carbon frame earlier this week and suddenly the back end felt like it was wobbling around, I put it down to having a different tyre on that was pumped right up but the feeling persisted. Eventually 7 and a half miles out, I got off and checked it out properly. Carbon fibre broken? Turns out there was a clear crack...

Turning an old road bike into a fixie bike of beauty

Turning an old road bike into a fixie bike of beauty

I have an old possibly 1970s road racer bike that I managed to snap the chainring on and then bits eventually started dying and falling off in the summer of 2013. It was then left outside to die slowly, exposed to the elements. It was never the quickest to accelerate but once up to speed it coasted along beautifully sucking up all the bumps with...

Saintbury Hill – Cotswold Climbs 2

Saintbury Hill – Cotswold Climbs 2

Saintbury Hill is as well revered as Dover’s Hill and it’s a near cert that any local Warwickshire Sportive will go up at least one of them. The climb is about a mile long and feels like it gets easier as you go up the climb but still has an average of 9%. Saintbury Hill Climb Starting at the edge of the picturesque Cotswold village...

Dover's Hill

Dover’s Hill – Cotswold Climbs 1

As hills go, Dover’s Hill is very well-known. It’s the site of the famous ‘Cotswold Olympicks’ or Dover’s Games held every year on hill followed by a torchlight procession down in Chipping Campden and a general town-wide level of drunkenness. From a cycling perspective however, it’s interesting as the site of several British National Hill Climb Championships. People like former Cervelo TestTeam rider Dan Fleeman,...

Cycle to Work on a Bike (My Way and the Better Way)

Cycle to Work on a Bike (My Way and the Better Way)

I live in the countryside, bordering the Cotswolds and have to cycle to work in central Birmingham everyday. I’ve managed to put off learning to drive for many years and only now am I getting there, but I’ve not taken the test as yet. This means that regardless of the weather, I have to use my bike every day! This winter we’ve had some…interesting weather....