July 31, 2012

Parlee Z5sli

Picked the new bike up yesterday. And I can report - it is absolutely amazing! More later.

March 31, 2012

Rotor Q-rings versus round rings

[Last week I wrote]/post/an-appraisal-of-rotor-qrings/) about my initial perceptions of going back to round rings, having run Rotor Q-rings for some months.I also said I’d try to put together some numbers, so the review was a little less subjective. Today I got around to doing a rollers test I usually do once a month to see how I’m progressing. The test is basically a pyramid of wattages. I warm up, then do sets of three minutes on, one minute rest, starting at 180 watts and escalating each time by 20 watts to just past my FTP, then back down to 180 again. ... Read more

March 25, 2012

An appraisal of Rotor Q-rings

I’ve been running Rotor Q-rings since July 2011, and in that time I’ve covered over 3,500km on them.Before owning them I was skeptical of the benefits, I remember when Shimano brought out their Biopace rings and their subsequent disappearance from the market. They obviously failed for a reason - were, are, manufacturers trying to address something that isn’t really a problem? In case you’re not aware of Q-rings, Osymetrics or their forebears here’s the lowdown. ... Read more

November 15, 2011

The 2012 Haute Route

Route finally announced.Looks much harder than last year! Demon stage 3, followed by a time trial up Alpe d’Huez the day after. I fear the Tuesday will be a ‘sandbagging’ day.

October 9, 2011

Ride on the tail end of a cold

It’s been 17 days since I last rode my bike, and I’m getting antsy. Lurgy has just about subsided, still coughing a bit, still quite snotty. But it was time to go have a steady [tempo] ride around Regents.Heart rate was noticeably higher for a given effort, but looking at the stats in WKO the drift wasn’t substantial - fitness not totally down the pan then.

October 4, 2011

Winter 11/12 training: lurg number one

I had decided to take most of September off riding. I did the odd ride, but nothing big - or more importantly, focussed. They were just fun, social, rides; enjoying riding a bike. The plan was, is, to start bagging the steady stuff now, October, to be in a race ready state much earlier next year. Just got back from a smashing holiday in Italy with the wife - no riding, just a chilled out week reading, eating, and drinking. ... Read more

September 9, 2011

A goal for 2012 - The Haute Route

When I heard of this year’s Haute Route I looked at entering.After all, who wouldn’t want to do a seven day sportive in the Alps? (one could also probably ask, who would want to do it). To be honest, the only reason I didn’t enter this year was because all the premium accommodation had already been sold. Sorry, I’m not being snobbish here, but seven days, in the mountains, and shared sleeping arrangements? ... Read more

September 9, 2011

Parlee Cycles - The best customer service you'll ever receive

A couple of years ago I wrote here about the excellent pre-sales service I’d received from Parlee Cycles, before ordering a bespoke Z2.This year I’ve experienced a couple of ‘niggles’ with my beloved bicycle, which have required help from Parlee themselves to sort out. One can always moan and whine about problems, but I find the mark of a company is how it deals with issues - I can stay perfectly calm when things are going wrong, as long as the party at fault deals with the issue well. ... Read more