Marginal Gains: Tyre Choice

With limited tyre choice and availability now a thing of the past, the amateur rider has never been in a better position to avail of recent tyre advancement. Choice has moved away from being merely about cost or durability and is now more focused in the search for performance. With a mixture of race success,…

Marginal Gains: Beards and Body Hair

Common to every aspect of competitive cycling is the search for better performance and those small but ever more important marginal gains. In conjunction with improving the aerodynamics of our equipment and apparel, to complete the full circle we must also look at our physique and how this may or may not affect our desired…

Marginal Gains

Marginal gains, it’s a buzz phrase brought to the fore by Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford but what does it actually mean to you and me? There is a big difference between competing in a local race and those competing on the biggest stage of all, can ‘marginal gains’ really give us all a competitive…

The Financial cost of winter

Throughout the season the expenditure on “all things cycling” can be quite formidable and for some almost overwhelming, with the range of available upgrades and equipment seemingly irresistible to the average avid cyclist. With the original outlay for kit and trusty steed complete and the aspiration of increasing enjoyment, comfort and of course performance gains,…

Winter Tyres

With winter once more upon us it’s time to consider ‘winterizing’ our bikes. We will take to our garages on-mass for the age old custom of making said bikes ‘winter proof’, or at the very least a little more prepared to cope with the rigors of cycling though the cold and wet wintery months. Yet…

Club Riding

One of the joys of joining a local cycling club is riding within a group, it gives you the opportunity to meet, chat and ride with like minded people. The camaraderie is often fantastic with a healthy dose of ‘banter’ on every subject you can imagine. Another plus for club riding is that they will…