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Pedals – Speedplay X R.I.P.

For the last 6 years or so, my favoured pedals have been Speedplay X series pedals. I’ve enjoyed using these pedals because they are light (though the cleats are heavy, as they contain the clipping mechanism), have a remarkable amount… Continue Reading →

Time trials so far in 2019

So far this year, my racing has been characterised by lack-lustre performances, where I actually managed to complete a race. On the bright side, the recent change of date for the Duo Normand time trial in September now means that… Continue Reading →

A New Bike for 2019 – Shand Stoater

One of the things about commuting and touring that can be a bit irritating is keeping the transmission running sweetly in the face of sometimes wet and horrible weather. In the past I’ve had rusted and worn chains, clogged derailleurs… Continue Reading →

Summer Tour 2017

This year, we decided to visit some of the southern Hebridean islands that we hadn’t ventured to before. This report is written using Microsoft Sway. We used our newest tandem, a Thorn tandem – it behaved impeccably and we continue… Continue Reading →

Silca T-Ratchet Kit + Ti-Torque

I guess I’m really a sucker for  this sort of thing: a miniature toolset that offers a portable torque wrench of 2-8Nm all packed in a quality pouch with a wide range of bits (2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6… Continue Reading →

Tacx Neo smart trainer

Most of my ‘serious’ and focussed training is done in the garage on a turbo trainer – the time available to me for training is quite limited, and consequently I train before going to work, so usually around 6am. I… Continue Reading →

Duo Normand 2016

This was Team Grumpy’s 13th ride at the Duo Normand – as you’ll see in the report, the event was marred by tragedy in the race. The report is written using Microsoft Sway, here’s the direct link if the embedded… Continue Reading →

Team VeloVelocity ’25’ E2/25 3/9/16

I’d entered this event on the back of a recent 55:40 at the Finsbury Park CC ’25’ on the F1B/25 – I hoped to do a decent ride on a quick course. Of course, after Alex Dowsett’s storming ride on… Continue Reading →

Bossard Wheelers ’10’ F11/10

Left to my own devices for the weekend, I decided to ride the 22 or so miles out to the Bossard Wheelers ’10’, held on the F11/10 course out by Tring. I had a slight delay while I tried to… Continue Reading →

Stony ‘11.2’ 24/8/16

A warm and humid evening saw 17 riders line up for the last evening event in the 2016 time trial series. The weather seemed continually about to break into rain, with short spells of light rain which fortunately didn’t amount… Continue Reading →

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