Bring on the chemical cosh

This week I’m waiting to be medicated for my own mental health, I had a meeting with a doctor and spoke about the problems I have since the crash. Physically I’m weaker, my fitness has nosedived but as with the wounds which become scars the physical ability might will come back to me after all…

Chris Hoy.

We can all agree that when it comes to going fast on a bike Chris Hoy will be remembered in a way very few others will be, as a cycling pundit however he seems to be a bit of a cock. Watching the Tissot track racing from Manchester over the weekend some idiot at the…

Bertie, my brain based blood clot.

Out of all the damage I went through in my crash, Bertie, my brain based blood clot is the most forgettable. My brain damage make me forgetful anyway about most day-to-day things that require me live in a post-it note world and not one of those sticky yellow paper squares contained any instructions from either…

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…