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Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Custom wheels - hard man style...

Ellis is getting a winter bike built up - a lovely Kent Eriksen with full mud guards etc
That will arrive soon, in the meantime his custom wheels are ready and would be fit to grace Flanders and Paris-Roubaix
With consultation from Rob the wheelbuilding guru, Ellis has gone for the legendary combo of Ambrosio rims, Campy Record hubs, DT Comp spokes (3 cross) and 27mm Vittoria Pave Tubs
They look absolutely wonderful, are bombproof and the 27mm tyres will give a wonderful blend of traction, ride comfort and puncture resistance
Makes you wish for the weather to turn nasty !!

Bespoke Cycling at the London Cycle Show

For those who missed my group email - we will be on stand E1a
Please come and say hello and check out the new bikes !

Well done Brett and to all the other CCC riders

What can I say apart from Chapeau
Sounds an immense event, one that pushed body and mind to places they really did not want to go to!
I can't wait to read your ride report (hint hint)

Kent Eriksen Cross Bike

This Cross bike was built up for Hugo this summer, and was designed to be able to compete in dedicated cross races (London Cross League), some epic events (3 Peaks Challenge) and fast winter training rides. A pretty tall list - but I think its fair to say Kent has designed a bike that is up to the challenge.

So far ride reports have been wonderfully positive - and with the bike proving so versatile it really is a keeper....
Hugo went to town on the build - Campy groupset, Kent Eriksen Ti Seatpost, Reynolds Cross fork and hand-built wheels

I see lots of carbon wonder-bikes, so many that I am getting harder and harder to impress....
But then something like this comes along and is excuted so well that all you can do is sit back and admire it

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Parlee TT bike (custom Paint)

Look at this beauty

The paint colour is Land Rover's 'Stornaway Grey' with blood red decals
When the bike was being painted Tom was very excited and said I would be blown away by how it 'popped' in the light. And true enough it looks superb, and I wish Mr Stromsoe many successful rides and races on his new Race Steed

Parlee Z2 with waxed finish

This stealth bomber was picked up by its lukcy owner on Saturday
It is a custom Z2 with the waxed finish and a BB30 crank with SRAM Red
The wheels are the lovely Edge 38mm tubs
One of the lightest builds we have done in a while !

New IF Ti CJ

Phil is one of my very best customers and a true IF fanatic
This is his beautiful new Ti Crown Jewel
Its raw Ti with baby blue panels
The gruppo is Super Recordm wheels are Neutron Ultras and contact points are Deda Campione bars and Thomson stem and post
Add in some Brooks leather bar tape and you have a stealthly, classy bike for life

Wednesday, 16 September 2009


Weds 9th Sept
Eurobike….. New Parlee Z5 launched – a lighter, stiffer model than the Z4. BB30, tapered fork so should be a wonderful climbing bike and perfect for sportives. What I am most excited about is the sizing – 5 sizes and 2 head tubes options equals 10 sizes, so it will be a bike fitters dream!

Sunday, 13 September 2009

Sportives are sore!

Sunday 13th Sept
Did my first sportive for a while – the Circuit of Kent. Rode with Dean who has become a bit of an animal. I forgot who variable your efforts on road rides can be – a TT is all about constant efforts, whilst this was 250 watts on the flat, 0 downhill and 400 uphill. Legs feel sore now!

Sunday, 6 September 2009

Riding for the fun of it...

One of the joys of being inbetween events (in my case my next big event is in November) is the fact that you can just ride your bike for fun, with little stress or worries that you are hitting your training goals.
Too often we worry about HR and watts, sometimes its nice to get out with some friends and ride your bike....
So ride for 3 hrs somewhere new, leave the speedometer at home and admire the views!