Drive train setup.

While writing about my Q-Rings one concern has come up a few times and that’s the chain getting dropped, I’m not going to lie and say it doesn’t happen, it does, it has and it’s frustrating but it’s also fixable, everything has an engineering solution and all the parts are available on the open market….

The Q-rings trilogy

I never thought I’d write a multi part blog about a set of chain rings, and I can’t promise I won’t write about them again because the way they’ve helped me stay riding while recovering from my spine damage is far more impressive than I could have ever have expected. No matter who you speak…

Do you need Q-Rings? – Part 2

Very few things in life are free and free watts are a myth. Having been running my Q-rings for a couple of weeks, buying them not for “free watts” but to easy the pains in my back while I get deeper into my recovery, the results are quite amazing. For the first few days I…

Do you need Rotor Q-rings?

As you might imagine breaking your spine is a tedious recovery process, non cyclist medical professionals couldn’t quite understand my need to find the answer to the question when will I ride again until I found my specialist who also bangs out some solid miles on his morning commute and Sunday spins, he’s one of…

Hang on.

Since breaking my spine and the brain damage and things I’ve not been able to work and this brings a new pressure to my life that I’ve only experienced a twice before, I live in poverty. I’m broke, when I say broke I don’t mean I’m down to my last £10, right now I can’t…

Why Women Run

Somewhere there’s a chap behind a desk in a bike business wondering why women won’t buy the premium rate bikes in the same way men do and I don’t understand how he doesn’t understand. It’s not that women won’t ride, I dare say at some point in the 10 years the short journey market will…

My favourite Metric

The power meter market is growing as more of us take up the tech to improve our riding data capture and understanding of how we ride. I’ve used both single sided Stages which give a very basic wattage output and the common misconception is that this relates to your strength on a bike, it doesn’t,…

Chris Froome.

  As always with the tour conversation will always go to doping, there’s no way for one second that I think Contador at his age can be that competitive when all the science dictates that he should be on the decline, and that guy from Drapac, that used to be Garmin slipstream that dopey David…

Special Liez. Calling bullshit.

This is quite a painful rant to write as I turn my back on Specialized, anyone who’s read this blog know how much I love their bikes, how much I bought into their Rider First Engineering and how much I value their investment in things like ReTul and their support of cycling but now it…

I want to be a Grimpeur

The effects of not riding on my fitness are tragic, I’m sure there must be long term respiratory suppressant effect to the amount of pain medication I’ve been taking, my body feels lazy and on the trainer that estimated 20 min delay in your cardio system to catch up with the work of your biomechanical…

Week 3

So I’ve switched from days to weeks because this is quickly turning into a week in review. This week was supposed to be another rant about Rapha and how don’t seem to acknowledge the variance in women who ride and their piss poor female customer engagement. However. I’ve just had a spanking ride, it wasn’t…

Week 2

Being in my mid 40s with a history of drug addiction and smoking I have to accept that I can only get my body to perform one sporting at any one time. I can’t for example train towards doing an hour record while also keeping my body in a condition where I could do a…