Local bike shops are the lifeblood of the cycling community, and Pearson has been around since 1860 – just think how many people they’ve inspired to ride in that time. And thanks to creativity, adaptability and good old fashioned family pride it looks like they’ll be going a long time. Read it here.
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Why are so many 2020 bicycles more expensive than motorbikes?
This year’s crop of top end bikes have been extremely pricey, with RRPs extending over the £10k mark and leading to questions such as “why does that bicycle cost more than a motorbike?!” I set out to speak to some independent experts about why the big brand bikes are so expensive – and received someContinue reading “Why are so many 2020 bicycles more expensive than motorbikes?”
Are ketones the miracle fuel?
Ketones, ketogenic diets, fat burning… Carbs have been pretty out of fashion for a while. But is binning the good old fashioned master fuel a good idea for most cyclists? I spoke to some experts, and asked a few riders to play guinea pig and try ketones for themselves. See it here.
Solving the saddle mystery
Choosing the right saddle can be a nightmare. I’ve been on many women’s rides where it seems to be the primary topic of conversation! Trialling saddles can get expensive, so I put together this guide to help riders (male and female) cut through some of the chafe. See it here.
Can an endurance rider become a sprinter?
Short answer? No, not if your genetics just don’t favour short burst power. But you can be better – you can improve on your weaknesses. I combined gym training with a little boost via the supplement isle of Holland and Barrett…. Read about it here.
Is sports science ignoring women completely?
Women are harder to study – because menstrual cycles mean that our hormone levels vary from week to week and hormones play a big part in responses to assorted training methods, drugs and more. So, many sports scientists include only men in their studies because including women is costly and takes longer. That might beContinue reading “Is sports science ignoring women completely?”
Cycling and concussion – what you need to know
I still remember kneeling next to my friend after a very nasty crash at Herne Hill Velodrome. She wasn’t breathing and I’ve quite possibly never been so scared in my life. The weeks and months that followed for her inspired me to write about concussion – the risks and long term effects that we allContinue reading “Cycling and concussion – what you need to know”
Are time trial bikes actually that much faster?
You’d like to think that having invested in a TT bike, you’re going to go A LOT quicker, right? Well – it depends how fast you are. For some riders, the difference between a TT bike and a road bike with clip on bars could be – well – minimal. Write up here for allContinue reading “Are time trial bikes actually that much faster?”
Is everyone cheating on Zwift?
Covid means that all racing has moved indoors for 2020 – but is it fair? Well, for amateurs, maybe not – but levelling off the playing field could well make the platform inaccessible. Read about it here.
The geometry explainer
Geometry defines a bike’s personality – here’s what to look for when you view those charts. Read it here. Or, watch the video version…