Strava Subscriptions

Recently, Strava made a big announcement that they were changing their subscription model and moving most of their features into the pay tier from the free tier. This would then allow them to “rededicate” Strava to their community. I logged my first ride on Strava in May 2011 (the Red Route at Sherwood Pines). That was fairly early in Strava’s …

The Cat and Fiddle

The Cat and Fiddle is a very popular road, it’s not only a really great, long, challenging cycling climb (listed in the 100 Greatest Climbs books too!) but it’s also a popular road with those on Motor Bikes. This means it can be a bit challenging with the traffic, but it’s an epic and you have to ride up it …

Polaris Tornado Jacket

Years ago, I bought a Polaris Tornado Jacket. For really cold days in the saddle, it’s still my go-to jacket. I think it’s awesome. Warm and very practical! The jacket has a wind proof layer on the front/arms/shoulders, whilst the back is a high vis yellow fabric that allows heat/moisture out. There are some really neat features of the jacket …

Foul Weather

The weather today was foul. That’s pretty much par for the course for a British February day. Grey. Wet. Cold. It was that kind of rain where you can’t see it raining on the puddles, but the water is pouring down your face. That fine rain that soaks you through. And it was 2-4°c most of the time. Bloody miserable. …

Pretty Places

I’d had a bad week at work when I put this route together. I wanted to ride through some of the prettiest places in the Peak District to cheer myself up. You really do go through some stunning places on this ride. Of course the problem with Pretty Places is that generally Pretty Views come up hills. So this is …

Sparrowfart #3

I’ve been riding with B&DCC for a few years, one of the regular weekly rides is the Sparrowfart, an early ride on a Saturday so people have the weekend free for family. Generally, Sparrow rides are tough hilly ones. But quite short, designed to start at 07:30 and be back a couple of hours later so most of the day …

3-4-1 Deal

The Hills’ Angels are a bit in love with Simon Warren’s 100 Greatest Climbs. This route was designed to give us a testing ride taking in three of them near Sheffield. Winnats Pass, Curbar Gap and Rowsley Bar! The route starts at The Fox House, a popular base for hiking, climbing and cycling adventures. From here we can take in …

Mechanical Load Outs

So we were talking about being self-sufficient, and your bare minimum load out. Basic Load Out So this is the minimum I take? But why? Spare Tube You are not going to stand on the side of a road and do an old school patch. I don’t even patch the tube when I get home, I chuck it. I don’t …

Be Self-Sufficient

You may be riding as a group of friends, with a club or solo. In all cases you should be prepared to look after yourself in a wide range of mechanical and other eventualities. This means carrying a minimum amount of “stuff” with you to be ready to deal with those eventualities, as well as simple things like having a …

Road Ride Rules

As far as I’m concerned there’s a few rules you must follow as a road rider on the roads of the UK. And I’m not talking about The Rules. Or even The Highway Code. The later being a given and the former being a thing of personal choice. But these rules really, really matter if you’re going epic. Be self-sufficient Have …