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Indoor Training Part 2 – TrainerRoad

In Part 1 I described the hardware I use for cycle training indoors. In Part 2 I’ll describe the principal software package I use for indoor training, TrainerRoad. Part 3 will cover the other software I use, and Part4 the… Continue Reading →

Indoor Training Part 1 – Hardware

This is the first in a short series of posts in which I discuss my approach to training for cycle time trials. I find road cycling to be unsuitable for structured training sessions other than extended endurance sessions, due to… Continue Reading →

SRAM eTap wiring (being the second part of remodelling the Cervelo P3C)

In which I test (and implement) some alternative wiring possibilities for SRAM eTap gear shifters The SRAM eTap Aero groupset was released in 2015 with a version aimed at road bikes where the gear change controls were switches in the… Continue Reading →

New aerobar set up for the Cervelo P3C – Part 1

In which I do yet another bout of TT bike fettling, this time to address the front end clutter. The (possibly mad) plan for the P3C handlebar Some months ago, I’d bought a secondhand 3T Aduro base bar (the same… Continue Reading →

Book Review: Jobst Brandt Ride Bike!

This book is a nicely presented tome all about the American cycle pioneer Jobst Brandt. I’d long been aware of Brandt not only because I bought a copy of his excellent book on the spoked bicycle wheel (The Bicycle Wheel),… Continue Reading →

My Venerable Hed H3 Trispoke Wheels

Hed H3 wheels are  probably Team Grumpy’s go-to wheel – they are pretty close to being indestructable (but not invulnerable) – they aren’t likely to go out of true as there aren’t any spokes to break or lose tension.  In… Continue Reading →

My Current Power Meters

In which I review the power meters I’ve been using over the last few years. All of these seem to be accurate and consistent in their data. This is a brief review of the four systems I currently use –… Continue Reading →

Brooks B17

A supremely comfortable saddle for touring use. Possibly my oldest bike component that is still in use (even if only occasionally). During a recent garage clearout, I unearthed this saddle. It’s clearly seen better days – the surface of the… Continue Reading →

Normandy 2023 – Part 12

In which we circumnavigate Bayeux and stop for lunch in Arromanches 29th August This was to be our final day’s cycling on our holiday, as our return ferry was to depart at 2pm on the 30th August. Once again, I… Continue Reading →

Normandy 2023 – Part 11

In which normal service is resumed with a tandem ride to the Abbey at Hambye Monday 28th August I started the day with another brisk ride round my training loop on the P3 – pretty uneventful, with a moderate time… Continue Reading →

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