Archive for December, 2014

Winter is a’comin’ in …

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Sometimes it gets a bit too cold for comfort. Ice, snow, freezing rain. All part of the pleasure of winter cycling.

Ride away ....

Ride away ….

But it is possible to get a workout without setting a wheel outside.

One way is to use an indoor trainer, a device which holds your bike and provides a degree of resistance to the rear wheel and lets you pedal away in the comfort of your own cellar, or garage, or even in front of your TV.

Cycle Ops

Cycle Ops

Most adult cycles can be fitted to a trainer. Hub gears present a problem, but the only modification most bikes need is replacing the rear quick release skewer for one that’s compatible with the trainer, usually in the box.

Blackburn

Blackburn

There are a few types of indoor trainer, usually delineated by the type of resistance used. The most common are air (spinning a small fan), magnetic and fluid. Each is to a greater or lesser degree adjustable, although in reality most resistance adjustment is relative to the gear you’re using on your bike.

If you’re looking for a more authentic experience then consider a computer/app controlled unit like the Wahoo Kickr which can work with your training program and videos.

We supply indoor trainers by:

Cycle Ops
Mag
Fluid2
SuperMagneto Pro

Blackburn
Mag 1
Mag 3

Wahoo
Kickr


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Alan That British Bloke


Then there was light

Monday, December 1st, 2014
Fits to virtually any seatpost or seat stay

Fits to virtually any seatpost or seat stay

One of the biggest developments in cycling equipment over the past few years has been the evolution of high-power, rechargeable lighting in a compact size.

A rear light which has become a favorite with the guys in the shop is the Cateye Rapid-X.

Plenty of lights in stock ...

Plenty of lights in stock …

Unlike many rear lights the Rapid-X is easy to fit to an aero seatpost or, if seatpost real-estate is lacking, will readily adapt to a rear seat stay. Also, unlike many lights of this type, the Rapid-X has excellent 180 degree visibility, so maintains conspicuity even from the side.

Of course, rechargeable lights do cost more than regular battery lights, but factor in the cost of dozens of Duracell batteries and they don’t seem so expensive.

And finally, a bright year light is also useful in the summer and many’s the time when I’ve dived under the tree canopy along a Sourland country lane, listening to a monster SUV bowling up behind and felt some reassurance that, the driver can see me.

We have a great stock of these lights as well as other fine lights and electronic accessories by Light & Motion and Blackburn as well as Cateye.


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Alan That British Bloke


 
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