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

Universal Colours Swiss product launch & ride

This weekend saw the launch of UK cycling apparel brand Universal Colours in Basel, Switzerland. To celebrate, the Voyage Cycling Store (a great group of guys) had a promotional event, with an in-store barista, and then a little ride into the Black Forest. Nice jaunt into the Black Forest, Germany and a mini race up … Continue reading Universal Colours Swiss product launch & ride

TdF 2021: Allez Opi Omi!

As you probably know, the first day of the Tour was quite eventful, with not one, but two big multi-rider pile ups, the first of which was directly caused by a foolish spectator, holding a sign directly in front of the peloton 🙈 So of course it was only a matter of time before the … Continue reading TdF 2021: Allez Opi Omi!

Allez, allez, allez!

TdF 2021, it’s almost time…. Are you ready ? Because I’m ready This was my work outfit today (home office… 😂)

To get you warmed up for the Tour de France 2021…

Check out this funny Danish TV ad for the local Tour coverage. https://youtu.be/iWFEtuVqOag “Weekend warriors activate!” 😂 In case you missed their great cycling safety video, check it out here Those Danes are hilarious!

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

Gan solo…!

https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/976/cpsprodpb/7B43/production/_118855513_mediaitem118855071.jpg (photo credit: Terry Blackburn) No, not a typo. All will be revealed below! Imagine my surprise when Twitter and the BBC News lit up this week with crowdsourced paparazzi spotting Harrison Ford in cycling gear, in Newcastle upon Tyne and Northumberland. It must be pretty creepy to be monitored and documented constantly (which I'm … Continue reading Gan solo…!

Helmet? Or no helmet?

Ah, the endless debate… Whatever you choose to do, this funny short film from the Danish Road Safety Council is worth a watch.

Fondriest Xstatus 16.5 (early 2000s) restoration part 3: Mavic Aksium Elite wheel service, freehub and cartridge bearings

I recently picked up a new project bike, an early 2000s Fondriest steel-carbon hybrid road bike, made of super-light Dedacciai EOM 16.5 tubing. Like most strays, this one looked rather sad and in need of attention to resurrect the goodness! On its first decent test ride (56kms, 760m climbing, 65km/h descents) I noted a couple … Continue reading Fondriest Xstatus 16.5 (early 2000s) restoration part 3: Mavic Aksium Elite wheel service, freehub and cartridge bearings