Canyon Ultimate CF SL 9.0

The onset of Spring had me searching for a new carbon road bike. My first carbon bike, a Cannondale Synapse 105 has given me good service but in truth I needed a smaller size frame so after reading countless reviews and comparing prices I settled on the Canyon Ultimate CF SL 9.0 Canyon bikes operates…

Cycle Hire In The Algarve

A two-week holiday in the Algarve and the cycling shoes swapped for hiking boots. Sunday morning was no different from any other sunny day in the Algarve save that is the day when most of the Portuguese cyclists take to the road. Whether numbers were boosted by Rui Costas win last week as the new road…

Puncture Woe On Hampshire Lanes

It is like spinning a roulette wheel, which is about the right description for choosing a suitable tyre for use on Hampshires lanes. The year to date has seen the use of three makes of tyre and nine punctures. January and February were cold, wet, icy and windy and my Boardman Hybrid sported Vittoria Zaffiro…

I Need Another Bike

Building From Scratch (Part 1) The great thing or perhaps the not so great thing about cycling is that it gives you time to think and so while riding my Cannondale and getting soaked in yet another Spring deluge my brain dialled into the need for a second road bike with guards for wet weather…

2013 IOW Randonnee

The annual 100km Randonnee seemed like the perfect opportunity to combine my love of cycling and sailing with a visit to my brother on the “South Island” The plan to sail over to Yarmouth on Saturday, the Radonee on Sunday and some family R + R so a bit of passage planning for the sail…

Binsteds cycle diary and my first 100 miler

After my recent Coast to Coast ride I had one day at home before a weeks holiday in Portugal. I had been on pain of death not to get injured and ruin the holiday so I was somewhat relieved to make the Easyjet flight and ensure matrimonial harmony. The format was a walking and sunbathing…

Coast to Coast Greystoke to Castleside

The forecast for Saturday was unsettled with  showers so to be greeted with clear blue sky and a light westerly wind seemed like a lottery win. With Jeremy and Dave we quickly backtracked to the previous days finish line at Greystoke for our assault on the hills. All agreed at breakfast to take it steady…

Coast to Coast, Whitehaven to Greystoke

Our coast to coast ride was planned as a maximum three day trip because of work commitments and given a full days travelling to and from the Lake District it gave us a 48 hr window for the riding. After on overnight stay in Lincoln it was an 8am start for Whitehaven and a drive…

On Your Marks

A couple of days to go before our Coast to Coast ride from Whitehaven to Sunderland and time to service the bike and the last minute check of all the equipment for the trip. The bike I am using is my Cannondale Synapse Carbon 105. Sad as I am I actually enjoy a bit of bike…

Petersfield And The Meon Valley

While flicking through Cycle Tours Of Hampshire And IOW I came across a route taking in Petersfield and The Meon Valley that would, looking at the profile  make an ideal training circuit  for my upcoming Coast to Coast ride with several testing climbs. The weather forecast was predicting a sunny day resulting in the hottest…