Redshift ShockStop Suspension Stem for Gravel Bikes

Suspension on bikes has been around probably as long as the bike itself. And suspension stems have certainly been around since the start of the mountain bike era, with designs such as the Girvin Flexstem and the Softride Suspension Stem, although these didn’t meet with total success. With the surge in gravel biking in the … Read more

ShadowStand – Essential Bike Photography Accessory

ShadowStand is an ingenious bike support from Peter Bodola, an architectural model maker based in Hungary. Basically, it’s a triangular piece of recycled acrylic that fits under the pedal axle to support your bike while you take photographs of it. It’s small enough to fit into your jersey pocket, and saves looking for convenient gates … Read more

Wahoo Elemnt Roam Vs Garmin Edge 530

Wahoo’s Elemnt Roam and Garmin’s Edge 530 are both companies’ latest GPS bike computers. I’ve had a Wahoo Elemnt Roam since September last year and used it extensively on my winter bike during the colder months. However, due to some problems with the Wahoo and my SRM power meter (see notes at the end), I … Read more

My Zwift Setup

Up in my part of the world, training outside in the evenings (and some days) is pretty difficult between October and April. During this period, I rely on my Turbo trainer for cycling fitness. I’m lucky enough to have a dedicated room for my training, albeit in our outbuilding. Neo Trainer Late last year, I upgraded by mid-2000’s … Read more

Garmin Forerunner 735xt

Back in January, I bought a Garmin Forerunner 735xt to replace my aging FR910xt. The 910xt is a bit bulky compared with the 735xt, and also only downloads using ANT+, which I’ve had a few problems with. I also wanted something to track my sleep and to use for 24hr monitoring. Garmin IQ was also … Read more

Bike Packing

After last year’s incident with the baggage handlers, I decided to take some extra precautions when packing my bike this year. Firstly, I got some pipe lagging to protect the tubes of the frame – it’s available in a number of sizes and should fit most bikes – I got mine off eBay for about … Read more

Damn Baggage Handlers…

Unfortunately, the bike didn’t fare so well on the return trip from Lanzarote. When i was putting the bikebox in the car at Glasgow Ariport, I noticed at the end of one of the skewers, where its end was outside the box lid was bent. Since this area is recessed, I have no idea how the … Read more

K-Edge Chain Catcher with SRM Magnet

When I got my Felt Z3, one of the problems I had was installing my SRMs. The SRMs need a magnet to determine the rotation of the cranks for calculating power (and for getting cadence data). Usually, this is mounted on the cable guide screw below the bottom bracket. However, since the Z3 has internal … Read more

RaceDots

On the way over to the recent KoM 100 km sportive, I got to thinking about buying a decent cycling top to wear in events like this – maybe something from Rapha, Assos or Etxeondo. However, after putting my race number on with safety pins, I dropped the idea – the thought of poking holes … Read more

Thoughts on Di2

I’ve been using Ultegra Di2 on my new Felt Z3 for the past 6 weeks-or-so. In my cycling career, I’ve gone from downtube friction shifters, through indexed shifters, on to STI combined brake/gear shifters and finally to Di2. Here’s my initial thoughts: Good Slick shifting – easily as slick as a newly setup mechanical system … Read more

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