May 21, 2013

O.Symetric chainrings and gear shift quality

After trying out Rotor’s Q-Rings I decided to give O.Symetrics a go too.Plenty has been written about ovalised rings and their perceived, or real, advantages - but subjectively I like them. Plus, objectively, I also found Q-rings really did work for me, with a lower heart rate for a given wattage (and comments about them messing up the power readings on an SRM are not true, according to this comment on the wattage forum from SRM themselves) ... Read more

April 16, 2013

How long does it take to find form?

Coming back from an injury, starting from scratch, or just been plain lazy (me). How long does it take to find an acceptable level of form?I guess there is a further question there too - what is ‘an acceptable level of form?’. For me, it’s being able to race a third cat road race and finish it in the pack. Since I did the Haute Route last year I’ve been very, very lazy with my riding. ... Read more

January 18, 2013

Brand Loyalty

What generates brand loyalty? I’m willing to bet there are whole studies on the subject, and no doubt any marketing executive could tell me their thoughts. I read something a while back that suggested a study had found the secret to happiness. The secret, it was said, was down to personal relationships – the links we have to others. And I think this is at the heart of brand loyalty. ... Read more

October 14, 2012

Cycling induced memory loss

“Really? You can’t remember what we had for dinner two days ago?” asks the wife. This is a game we play all too frequently. My wife, who has a memory only rivalled by a computer hard disk, likes to frequently test how my own memory is quite the opposite. I’ve come to think of it as more like rough scribblings on a piece of loo paper, which is then duly flushed down the pan. ... Read more

October 2, 2012

Condor Cycles at the Cycle Show

Went for a wander around the Cycle Show last Friday. Saw some very nice stuff - and, although rather partisan of me (I own an Acciaio and Condor Cycles are very much my LBS) my favourite stand there was Condor. Here are some snaps:

September 1, 2012

Haute Route, done

Crikey, it’s all over!It’s been a week since I last got off my bike, and I’ve not, yet, got back on it. Two weeks ago, on Sunday 19th August, I got up at 5am for a 7:15 start in Geneva. The beginning of a week’s riding through the Alps, to finish in Nice on Saturday 25th. First off - some compliments for the Haute Route organisation. Billed as the toughest and highest cyclosportive in the world, they do everything possible to make life around the event easier for the competitors. ... Read more

August 12, 2012

Haute Route 2012 preparation - done

Well, that’s it. I can do no more. I am ready for the Haute Route.I have spent most of this year riding solo, a slave to the power meter. For the last month and a bit I’ve shunned alcohol of any kind, my goal to stay off the sauce until the end of the Haute Route (by which time I’ll have been dry for 39 days, a PB). As a bonus, the dry phase has seen me drop a bit of weight too - no other adjustments to my diet. ... Read more

August 11, 2012

Gear selection for the Haute Route

OK, after experimenting with chainrings I’ve found I prefer the feel of the O.Symetrics.But I can’t run a 38 on the Haute Route, it’ll be suicide of the knees. I’ve got a 27, but even then I fear that’ll be too big. Arise the 29! Campagnolo do a 12-29 that works with a standard mech, and is supported by EPS too. Result! This is more or less the same ratio as a 34 x 27, so that’ll do nicely. ... Read more

August 8, 2012

Decisions, decisions - round or wonky rings for the Haute Route?

Recently I’ve swapped from Q-rings to O.Symetrics (more on that in another post) - but there is a small problem with the upcoming Haute Route.After a weekend’s riding in the Pyrenees I realised the compact variant of the Os, with a 38 inside ring, wasn’t going to be small enough. I did, foolishly, forget (read: didn’t bother) to change the block on the wheels I took to the Pyrenees, and ended up doing the Tourmalet, Hautacam and Luz Ardiden with a 38 x 25 smallest gear. ... Read more