Following an absolutely brilliant Het Nieuwsblad I made my way to Kortrijk where I had booked a cheap hotel, this was very deliberate on my part as Team Sky usually base themselves here for the season's opener. The following morning, suitably refreshed after a thoroughly enjoyable but long day following a spectacular seasons opener, I made my way to a much grander hotel than mine to find the mechanics and carers hard at work preparing for the day ahead. One of the great…Continue
Over the years I've been rather approximate when it's come to setting my saddle height. I've used the method of putting my heal on the pedal at the bottom of the stroke and adjusting my saddle until my leg is straight(ish).
This always felt to give a reasonable height but when I checked my bikes yesterday I realised that it must be quite approximate as there was a 3cm variation with my saddles set at 99-102cm when measured from the top of the saddle and down the seat tube to the pedal…Continue
The good news was that compared to last year, Saturday's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad was raced in a positive heatwave. Even better news, if like me, you are a Team Sky fan - they only went and won it..!
Following a crack of dawn ferry and a 90 minute drive to Gent I parked up and made my way to the start that was already a hive of activity. Even at this early hour the aroma of fried onions and beer was very evident and the spectators staking their place opposite the presentation stage was…Continue
Inspired by Viking chain mail and worn by the likes of Sir Edmund Hillary and Greg LeMond, could a Norwegian string vest be the 'must-have' garment to keep you warm and dry on your bike during the winter months?
Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing. World War Two RAF crewmen. The Norwegian Special Forces and Polar explorers. All are familiar with operating in severe weather conditions, but even the most rugged of men and women cannot rely on flesh and blood…Continue
When Wheelsuckers' member Rory Owen went shopping for a new cycling jacket that would provide the necessary protection for the onset of Spring, he opted for the Power Windstopper Active Shell Jacket from Gore Bike Wear.
Gore is a brand that consistently offers stylish, well constructed cycling apparel that really performs in the conditions for which they are intended. The American manufacturer is…Continue
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Keeping your core and extremities warm in deep winter are essential, but don't ever ignore your legs! They are, after all, the pistons that will keep you moving forward through the short dark days of winter so keeping them protected from the elements, warm, cosy and comfortable, is vitally important.
A decent pair of winter tights will provide both comfort and protection, so it is therefore no huge surprise that the fabrics and the pad insert used by the manufacturer are going to have…Continue
If you are fortunate enough to ride your bike throughout the year without encountering a single rain shower, then you are either a committed fair weather cyclist or living in hotter climes! Or perhaps you are just one of those lucky people for whom the sun always shines, but for the majority of us there is always the chance that a rain shower will seek us out and in the colder, wetter months ever changing conditions can catch out the unprepared.
Keeping an eye on the weather forecasts…Continue
The new EVA Pod Plus from Polaris certainly caught the eye when it was unveiled at Core Bike in Northamptonshire last week. It not only looks rather stylish with the lime green detailing, but is a well thought out and robust box too.
Made from the same Ethylene Vinyl Acetate material as its…Continue
Who we should approach to judge our fantastic, members-only competition to win free entry to the Haute Route Pyrenees 2014 is a question that vexed the Wheelsuckers’ Team for many days.
We all agreed that it had to be someone with the requisite authority, the knowledge and the experience to select an individual worthy of winning the prize and participating in such a challenging and prestigious event.
We aimed our sights high - into the realm of the Cycling gods no less - and…Continue
Spring still seems a long way off, but if you are determined to pack the winter miles in over the next couple of months, then ensuring you have a decent pair of gloves is essential. Once your extremities succumb to the cold and numbness sets in it can be impossible to warm them back up, so ensuring your digits are kept warm from the outset will make your ride that much more endurable and comfortable and a little safer too.
In the 1980 edition of the Spring Classic,…Continue
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The UK’s largest cycling exhibition, The London Bike Show returns to ExCeL Centre in London from 13th to 16th February 2014 bringing along everything you need from…Continue
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This week, we've FIVE fantastic goodie bags of mixed Nākd bars to giveaway to Wheelsuckers' Members thanks to the supplier,…Continue
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Are YOU tough enough to tackle the highest, the steepest and some of the most world-renowned cycling terrain in the world – all against the clock?
Ever since Octave Lapize famously shouted "Vous etes des assassins!" at the Tour organisers as he crested…Continue
Wheelsuckers member Gareth George was on the hunt for a new jacket that could protect him against the worst a British winter could throw at him. Having narrowed his choice down to three contenders, he eventually decided on the Espresso Due Jacket from the stylish and high end Italian manufacturer, Castelli. But is Gareth pleased with his purchase?…Continue
Thank you to Wheelsuckers member James Piggot for submitting this review for his pair of Prendas Ciclismo Air Tunnel winter gloves. If you would like to submit a review of any road cycling product your rate (or don't!) then please email firstname.lastname@example.org directly
I have been using these gloves for a few weeks now and can say they…Continue
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Olympic silver medal-winning cyclist and festival ambassador, Lizzie Armitstead at Harewood House
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We're giving away TWO Tour de France Standard Camping Packages at Harewood House estate worth £335 each to two lucky Wheesuckers' members courtesy of the organiser - …Continue
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The brief gluttony of the Christmas festivities are now a distant memory. Many of you reading this are no doubt already focusing on specific goals for the coming year - your first 100 miler perhaps? A challenging charity ride or a masochistic Continental alpine sportive? Each of us will have specific goals for the coming year and now is the time to start setting those wheels in motion.
Don't let lashing rain on your windows, dark mornings or the warmth of your duvet deter you from…Continue
If you're looking for some cycling reading to get you through the miserable weather we're experiencing in the Northern Hemisphere that would have even Lord Sugar off his bike - UK: severe flooding, USA: Arctic conditions - here's a roundup of the top most-read articles and forums on Wheelsuckers last year as "voted" by the tens of thousands of…Continue
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Hello Fellow Wheelsuckers,
On 27t/28th December I'm attempting to complete this year's Strava Festive 500 in one ride to raise money for Alzheimer's Society.
The seeds of this ride were sown this time last year as I wrapped up the 500k in three rides. This was my first serious miles since getting back on my bike in the summer of 2012. Once the idea was born it was just a matter of finding a decent route and choosing a charity to raise money for.
Image: Wrynose Pass courtesy of Visit Cumbria
So is a 40-mile loop of the Lake District really Britain's Best Ride of 2013?
There are probably many reading this who will have a particular ride in their own back garden that they would argue deserves this accolade. The Peak District, the Welsh Mountains, Dartmoor, the Yorkshire Dales and the…Continue