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.
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Aerosensors and the everyday rider
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”
What’s faster – a hardtail or a ‘gravel bike’?
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.
Is fear holding you back?
What’s going on in your head can dramatically influence your performance. I spoke to riders who have used psychology to overcome fear and improve their racing, also picking up some tips and tricks from sports psychologists. Read it here. Related: The Sports Psychology of: Using Visualisation to Banish Fears The Sports Psychology of: Setting GoalsContinue reading “Is fear holding you back?”
Frame stiffness: is it really something to strive for?
It seems that brands are constantly looking to pile on the frame stiffness, whilst reducing drag and weight – and simultaneously adding compliance. But do you really want a stiffer frame? Read more about it here
Frame facing (and is the industry churning out rubbish bikes)?
Mass produced frames aren’t perfect – if they were to be perfect, they’d be a lot more expensive. But are these imperfections affecting riders? Are they so bad that we need to take matters into our own hands and have bikes tidied up and ‘finished’ after purchase? Probably not – but if you’ve got aContinue reading “Frame facing (and is the industry churning out rubbish bikes)?”
Cycling, underfuelling and amenorrhea
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”
Are deeper rims always faster?
Not if you can’t keep them in a straight line. If you can afford just one pair of wheels, and don’t know how deep to go – then this article seeks to find the answer.
How many young girl’s dreams have to die
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.
Women’s specific geometry: fact or fiction?
Are women’s bikes all about marketing, or is their a need for a different geometry to suit female cyclists? Having a custom bike built for my (female) body seemed like a good way to explore the question – read it here.