Shaved Legs

As promised, I have shaved my legs! For those of you who don't know, when I was raising money for a charity called Debra, I'd set myself a target of £500 and I may have said that, if I managed to hit it, I would shave my legs in an attempt to look like a... Continue Reading →

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The Charity Ride – Event Day

This is what it's all been about for the last 10 months. All of the training, all of the time spent on the bike(s). It all boils down to one ride. Sounds dramatic... I can almost hear the trailer music playing. The morning of the ride we woke relatively early. With the hotel we were... Continue Reading →

Less Than A Week To Go

It really isn't long now until my main ride of the year. 4 days to be exact. I'm feeling pretty happy about it, don't get me wrong I still have worries about not finishing or struggling half way round and not enjoying it. But I can't let those thoughts get the better of me now.... Continue Reading →

Summer Riding

Who doesn't love riding in the bright sunshine and the warmer temperatures? I know I do. Any excuse to get out on the bike in shorts and a jersey and I'm there. In fact, I used to say hotter the better until I went out for a 70 odd mile ride in 30 °C heat.... Continue Reading →

My S-Works – The First Ride

The first ride of any new bike is always a wonderful occasion. I was extremely excited to get out on my new S-Works Tarmac, although I was also a little apprehensive. I was a bit worried that I wouldn't be able to tell the difference between my old Tarmac and my shiny new one. Still,... Continue Reading →

The Devil’s In The Details

My last post was about building up my new S-Works frame. I mention that I love building my own bikes, it makes them just that little bit more special and gives them a more personal touch. All of my bikes have their intricate details that I love and I think that's what makes them feel... Continue Reading →

The S-Works Build

I love building bikes. Especially my own, it gives them a more personal touch. After building up my new S-Works frame this will be the fifth bike I have built myself for myself. The plan was to use all of the bits and pieces from my old road bike and port them across to my... Continue Reading →

My First S-Works

For as long as I can remember I've always wanted an S-Works frame. I love the look of the Specialized Venge, but I found it a little too stiff for the kind of riding I do. Don't get me wrong, if money and space weren't an issue there would certainly be one in the collection.... Continue Reading →

The Weekend Ride: Caunton

Some very pretty scenery around a place when we don't ride often enough. We set out from Will's after a few text messages the night before organising where we'd ride. We both agreed that we were slightly bored or riding the same roads. The issue was that we didn't normally have time to go further afield.... Continue Reading →

Overshoes Are So Underrated

One of the best things I have ever invested in, other than waterproof socks, is overshoes. Especially for when the temperature drops. For a long time, I'd never bothered with overshoes, until I started going out for longer rides in cooler temperatures. Don't get me wrong, these weren't freezing temperatures, I don't do those on... Continue Reading →

The Weekend Ride: A Café Run

My favourite type of ride. It happened completely by accident and we didn't plan on heading for a coffee. Although, from now, I think that should always be the plan. Josh and I decided that we would go for a ride. The weather was bright, chilly but the sun was out. I headed over to... Continue Reading →

First Ride

Will's got his new bike! A Specialized Tarmac. It didn't take long for him to fall in love with it. About 3 laps of the car park to be precise. We played around with the saddle height and position for a little bit to make sure he was happy and comfortable. Nothing worse than being... Continue Reading →

The Weekend Ride: Calverton

And then there were three of us. I've been trying to get Josh, my brother-in-law, to come out for a ride with myself and Will for a while. Josh and I usually go mountain biking but he also has a road bike which he uses for commuting. The starting point was my house and we... Continue Reading →

Picture or Personal Best?

So, here's the scenario. You're out and about on the bike. You're feeling good. The weather is great. You're enjoying a lovely cycle along a country road where you know there is a Strava segment. But, at the same time, you notice a fantastic photo opportunity with a fantastic view that could only be improved... Continue Reading →

First Few Miles of 2019

Wow! It's really cold! Yes, I was crazy enough last weekend to go for a quick ride. When I say quick, I don't mean fast, I mean we decided that around an hour was long enough to be cycling; and we decided that while we were on the ride. It was the first ride of... Continue Reading →

A Cyclists Christmas

Hopefully, everyone has had a wonderful Christmas and a great start to the new year. I have to admit, I love Christmas. Not just because of the presents but because of the whole thing. The getting together with family and friends. Eating and drinking far too much. It's the one time of year that you can... Continue Reading →

New Year, New Start, New Targets

Happy New Year everyone! I can't believe that 2018 has been, come and gone. Looking back on my Strava, it's been a pretty good year for me. We'll ignore the mid-year crash... I was extremely pleased that I'd successfully managed to achieve my target of 1000 miles for the year. That may not seem like... Continue Reading →

Charity Ride: The Ride

Hopefully, many of you will have seen that I will be taking part in my longest sportive ever and to celebrate it I shall be raising money for charity. I thought I would let you guys know a few more details of the ride that will be causing my legs to cycle for 100 miles.... Continue Reading →

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