I've blogged previously about my last commuter bike, a Giant Roam. It was great, and I had no reason to replace it. Until somebody decided to nick it. So, last summer, I splashed out on a new bike. The Kona Dew stood out, partly because it wasn't black, and partly because it had the combo … Continue reading Kona Dew Plus 2019 – Ready for the city!
Apologies if I have mentioned this before, but I suffer from a bit of a bad back. Fortunately it is not very serious, but sometimes it seems like half of my waking hours are spent trying to get comfortable. On my bike, I favour a more upright riding position. The standard geometry on my Giant … Continue reading Sit up and beg… the Humpert Ergotec High Charisma stem
(with apologies to Dick Van Dyke) Punctures are frustrating. But what can be even more frustrating is working out why they happen. And why they didn't used to happen. And why they seem to be affecting perfectly good tyres and inner tubes... My bike left the factory with these Giant S-RX4 tyres. They are a … Continue reading Diagnosis: Puncture
Since Google Now has been spamming me with this article for the last few days, I feel it is appropriate for me to respond. road.cc may well be a road bike site, but their suggestions for "Commuting bike of the year" are frankly ridiculous. 9 of the 10 bikes have drop bars, and two of … Continue reading “Commuting Bike of the Year”
So, after 18 months of cycle commuting (and riding a lot more in between), I've finally treated myself to a modern bike. I had considered many options (too many in fact), and in the end made a snap purchase of the best value big-name disc-braked bike I could find, for the simple reason that my … Continue reading Preparing a Giant Roam for the city
It's not often you see these levers mounted so I thought I would post a couple of pics (before I take them back off again)... What do I like about the levers (Dia-Compe's DC139, in case you were wondering)? I like the aesthetic, and the way they keep that clean curve of the front of … Continue reading “Guidonnet” levers in the wild
Brooks know how to make a purchase feel special. It's something of an anachronism that these ancient leather saddles are still hugely coveted more than 100 years after they first appeared. And although you (can) pay a lot of money for a Brooks product - getting it in your hands makes it worth every penny. … Continue reading A lesson in premium branding from Brooks – and a lesson in premium service from Germany
And then there were three... As time has gone on, I've become a bit clearer about what I want from a bike to commute on. And riding at a leisurely pace in work clothes it what suits me best. And what better way to ride in gentleman's work clothes than on a gentleman's bike? You … Continue reading What’s this – ANOTHER bike???
I've been cycling to work for just over 6 months. Basically - I love it. It's the quickest way into work (non-stop traffic along the route means that a car lags behind); it keeps me fit and healthy (with one proviso that I will mention in a moment); it's cheap; and it's therapeutic - starting … Continue reading My commuter bike
Now I have never had any particular interest in Raleigh bikes - my bikes as a child/youth were an MCS BMX bike (which I think may have been a lot rarer than I realised at the time) and a Peugeot MTB. But for some reason, all of the second-hand bikes I have bought as an … Continue reading Another new bike!