Are gravel bikes a bit of a silly fad? Maybe. Quite a fun one though. My thoughts on the gravel bike vs hardtail debate here.
Looking to save watts? There are plenty of slippery things you could buy. But remember that you are the biggest source of drag, so the biggest savings are likely to come from somewhere a little closer to home than the bike shop. Read about it here.
Before cycling accepts us? Thankfully, this piece is largely redundant now – since a women’s Paris Roubaix has finally arrived. But the point still remains. See it here.
There’s a lot of buzz going on around aerosensors – little devices that, like power meters, Joe or Joanna Bloggs can purchase and use at home to optimise their training or set up. But – like early power meters – they might not be 100% user friendly. I investigated how they work, and asked someContinue reading “Aerosensors and the everyday rider”
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.
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?”
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?”
Amenorrhea is so rife in the amateur peloton that a lot of riders – and even coaches – think it’s ‘normal’. There’s also a tendency to believe that ‘unhealthy’ habits are evident in obviously low weight. Not true. After about a decade of switching between no periods and hormonal contraceptives, I decided to address theContinue reading “Cycling, underfuelling and amenorrhea”
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.
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”