Battle of the lightest Italian steel frames: Colnago Tecnos vs Fondriest Xstatus 16.5

How does the lightest steel tubing made by Columbus and Dedacciai compare. In this blog post, let's find out!

Switzerland, Basel: Roche bikes

I recently had the opportunity to borrow a bike from Roche, the Swiss Pharma company. They have a large campus of c.12k people in Basel, Switzerland, and a pool of bicycles and e-bikes for employees and visitors to borrow. (not me...) Branded in company colours and logo, the bike was in good working order, clean, … Continue reading Switzerland, Basel: Roche bikes

Fondriest Xstatus 16.5 restoration complete & retro bike review

If you've been following this restoration project, you'll know I picked up an early 2000s steel-carbon Fondriest road bike, and felt the need to restore this handbuilt Italian charmer to something approaching its former glory. At the very least I couldn't let something so special get trashed or converted into a fixie and end up … Continue reading Fondriest Xstatus 16.5 restoration complete & retro bike review

2007 Giant TCR Composite sold…

It’s with some regret that I said goodbye to my first carbon road bike this week. Thinking of all of great rides together, thousands of metres climbed, long days in the saddle, eye watering descents. It’s a looker And those Campagnolo Record carbon brake levers... 😍😢 While I enjoyed the bike every time I rode … Continue reading 2007 Giant TCR Composite sold…

Spain, Mallorca, Coll de l’Orient and Coll de Soller

A very close family friend lives on Mallorca, and during our last trip to visit her, though it wasn't the main objective of the trip, it would be a mighty shame not to try a little cycling there. No planning, no bike brought from home. A quick google search identified a bike shop with road … Continue reading Spain, Mallorca, Coll de l’Orient and Coll de Soller

2020 TdF stage 20, Lure-La Planche des Belles Filles (on a Lemond Chambery)

What a day! A Tour was lost and won, a historic Tour deciding time trial climb results in a new young Slovenian cycling champion, who truly earned that yellow (and white, and spotted climbing) jersey. So a couple of days ago a friend suggested we head out to the Tour de France, as it was … Continue reading 2020 TdF stage 20, Lure-La Planche des Belles Filles (on a Lemond Chambery)

Awesome urban bike architecture!

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/bike-blog/gallery/2019/jun/17/build-it-and-they-will-bike-the-second-bicycle-architecture-biennale-in-pictures?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

2007 Giant TCR Composite First Ride (Basel, Switzerland)

So, after weeks of doing other stuff or having the flu, I finally managed to take advantage of the great spring weather and get this new bike out for a ride! I've been so looking forward to this, and I'm pleased to say I wasn't disappointed. The frame size is absolutely perfect for me and … Continue reading 2007 Giant TCR Composite First Ride (Basel, Switzerland)

Great infographics on improving urban cycling in Copenhagen

It's especially interesting to see a preference for urban cycling for convenience rather than altruism. Let's make altruism easy! Those Danes are keen on cycling, and funny too! Check out their cycling safety campaign video here (note not a single helmet in the above photo though...), and the Danish TV Tour de France 2021 coverage … Continue reading Great infographics on improving urban cycling in Copenhagen

Myanmar, Yangon – a morning wander

In the full light of day, I'm glad to say Yangon seems even more similar than I remember it from 12 years ago. Lots of traditions remain and daily life hums along.  Here's some snaps to give you a flavour of the city. It's not like any other south east asian capital.  And there's a … Continue reading Myanmar, Yangon – a morning wander