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24 Nov

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Coco- Nuts?

November 24, 2012 | By | No Comments

Sustenance pre, during and post become one of those things that is questionable how much of it is based on reasoning and how much on habit for me
If I don’t have a precise cocktail of nibbles in my right hand jersey pocket or unexpectedly have to change my breakfast routine pre-ride because there’s no milk it allows a demon of self doubt to come creeping into my head.

So.. when it was suggested to me that coconut water be introduced I was hesitant. I mean this is a beverage best served with rum or replacing the POM juice from the latest fad super food shelf right?

Ride Brooklyn are currently supported by Vita Coco so I was happy give it a go.
Just as I’m sure the habit has a bigger impact on me than the contents i consume I’m not entirely sure what the nutritional effects of coconut water have been for me. What I have noticed though is that it stops me reaching for a coke post ride which can only be a good thing; and is much more nourishing physically and mentally than plain water so for now its slotting into my routine.

05 Nov

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Condor Bivio-X and My Cyclo-cross experience

November 5, 2012 | By | 6 Comments

For the last few months I wanted to give Cyclo Cross a go. Luckily enough I had the opportunity to do so on a Condor Bivio-X bike. I was able to race 1 event on the Bivio-X at Herne Hill, which I got second on the support race, I absolutely loved it. I really enjoyed how technical cross is, and it is not about being the strongest/faster rider, it is about knowing how to handle the bike throughout the whole course. I am not a cross expert, these are just my thoughts from my experience. I also enjoyed the adrenaline I had while racing and the fact that I was always thinking about the next turn, bump, steps or barriers, so I could take the best line or unclip at the right time.
Lets not forget, one of the best things about CX is the atmosphere at all the races. The races are really fun to watch and take part in, even though it is serious it feels more relaxed. My experience has made me really want to get stuck in next season. Make sure to click the image above or below to see more photos of the bike I used and to read some points about CX bikes and the Condor Bivio-X.

30 Sep

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Siempre Bicycle Cafe Glasgow

September 30, 2012 | By | One Comment

In the past few years I have seen Glasgow`s passion for cycling grow wither it be the success of the pedal for Scotland events, the building of the Sir Chris Hoy velodrome or just the sheer number of cyclist you see on the roads, trails and skate parks. As a product of this success there has been many homegrown Glasgow business pop up and flourish Trakke bags, Rig bike shop, the bike station and now Siempre Bicycle Cafe to name just a few.

On Friday I got a couple of my mates together to go give Siempre a test. We were greeted by the co founders Callan and kirsteen who both work there and we were instantly bowled over by there enthusiasm for cycling and great service. The shop is fresh and totally different to anything else in Glasgow, offering some great brands of cycling clothing that you don’t really see in other main stream shops. There cafe is also nothing short of amazing offering organic locally sourced coffee and food. We were so taken by its welcoming feel we returned later on that night for a BYOB which had more of a party feel to it than your normal cafe. Siempre has been lovingly created to give a much needed hub for the lucky cycling community of Glasgow next time your here check it out in the mean time check out their website for more info. Thanks to Ande Murdoch for taking a few snaps for me!

More photos here

 

02 Aug

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Nuun hydration tabs

August 2, 2012 | By | No Comments

On a typical 70 mile training ride I go through 4-6 bottles of water depending on the weather. Staying evenly hydrated is key to putting out solid numbers  and I get noticeable dips when I dont drink or eat enough on the bike. The typical set up for most people is to start off with one bottle of regular water and one with a energy/electrolyte charged drink. Then if you are like me and dont have a team car following you with fresh bottles or a domestique handing them to you should you run out, when you are through the first two, the second pair is whatever you can scour from the roadside shops. But the first drink being an electrolyte one is good because it will help your body make the most of the water you drink as it binds water. Being a bit of a technocrat I punch through a lot of vitamins and additives since training a lot makes you sweat out a ton of minerals. And being a vegetarian for the past 12 years has put me on the path of a lot of funny supplements to the point where I absolutely dont mind using a sparkling tablet to make a drink over getting a prefab bottle. Quite the contrary actually since I’m in the past have found myself in a position where I have to store a shit ton of bottles for future use. And with enough bike parts piling up around the house I prefer the main staples being beer and energy gel : )

As far as taste goes I couldn’t be bothered with any specifics. Like I said, if you chew a lot of nutritions and supplements you know the vast majority of whats on offer tastes dodgy and you learn to run with it. Typically I consume one cliff bar and and pack of shot blocks when i’m out for 3-5 hours. But going through a series of water bottles and energy snacks over the course of 4 hours makes you appreciate any taste other than road grit and lip sweat. Especially when you start to zone out towards the end during a cold and rainy ride, stuffing some mystery flavor energy gel in your mouth makes all the difference. One word off advice on sparkling tablets however. If you have a sensitive bowel and usually react badly to the bubbly sort Nuun is probably not for you. Me however will be chugging an apple flavored tab into the front bottle from now on : )

09 Jul

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10 May

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Endura Overshoes: Long term review

May 10, 2012 | By | No Comments

We’ve been wearing these Endura overshoes non-stop over the unusually long rainy season with April showers being more like April downpours these have been called into action more than we’ve wanted! The good news is that they perform excellently, the neoprene is so thick that it keeps you warm and dry yet is tough so no clips or boa wheels have punctured or worn the surface. The fixings are also strong enough to allow you to get the cuff tight around your leg. We would definately reccomend these.

13 Apr

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YNOT Bandicoot

April 13, 2012 | By | No Comments

Brick Lane Bikes have brought in a range of YNOT bags. YNOT are a canadian based bag and foot retention manufacturer. We tested out the ‘Bandicoot’ from their new range. Named after the marsupial this is very much a pouch, nice and compact for days when your travelling light. Its minamlist in its construction so don’t  The mini messenger bag is something we all endorse and there isn’t enough on the market! Get yourself to BLB or headover to YNOT.

Photo Credit. Daniel Bunce

SPECS:
• 1000D CORDURA® outer layer
• 18.5 oz Florescent Orange Vinyl Truck Tarp liner Bio-Pruf Treated™
• 1 main pocket and 2 inside pockets
• Seat belt strap with quick pull D ring and u-lock holster
• Reflective loop
• 12″ long, 5″ deep and 5″ high

11 Feb

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Endura Overshoes

February 11, 2012 | By | One Comment

Today was the first time I truly got to test the Endura Overshoes capabilities. Knowing Endura I had massive faith but with the recent London weather and added exposure of today’s ride I knew this would be a stellar test. I was not disappointed these seriously keep the weather out, this is through a combination of good fit and great materials. What set’s these apart is the looks, black is always the safe route but these drew some real envious comments from the hoardes of roadies, having a new piece of kit generally makes me feel like im somehow riding faster but with snug feet and knowing I had to back up the silver flair with some decent riding i’m pretty sure I was on this occasion.

(if your wondering what the weird lump is, its not my troll feet, my shoes have the boa system to tighten)

31 Dec

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Chrome Flow

December 31, 2011 | By | No Comments

Great post Christmas suprise to have the Chrome Union shorts arrive. I tried these on briefly today and the fit is incredible, light understated, incredibly stretchy, bang full of features, great cut thats trim enough yet casual and makes the post ride pint a bit more bearable with the lycra wrapped package and nappy bottom hidden. Looking forward to testing these in the field and giving a full review when they have been through some miles.

28 Sep

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Ride your Bike More

September 28, 2011 | By | No Comments

I can truly endorse these tyres, the Panaracer Ribmo; i have them on all my bikes, 25c on the Brooklyn, 23c on the Leader and a 25c folder at the bottom of my bag on long rides. The best wearing tyre i’ve found to date. Glad Urban Velo agrees. Nice little review and imagery of them over there, check it out.