WAKE Flat Pedal Review

WAKE Best Bicyle Y0304 Flat Pedals
WAKE Best Bicycle Y0304 Sealed Bearing Flat Pedals

Does your hybrid bike need a reliable sealed bearing flat pedal that costs under £15? if so then read to the end to see if this might be the one for you. This review is a summary after 6 months use of the Y0304 sealed bearing WAKE flat pedal. These pedal’s brand is ‘WAKE best bicycle’ and throughout the autumn and winter they have not failed me yet. Continue reading “WAKE Flat Pedal Review”

WAKE Flat Pedal Review
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Finding Shimano Specifications

Shimano specifications and component compatibility can be found quickly, if you know how. Cycle 2 Health guides you through four search methods on Shimano’s website. Reading the examples below, should make it clear as to when one search method is better than another. There is even an email competition at the end which will test your understanding and perhaps earn you a little prize. Continue reading “Finding Shimano Specifications”

Finding Shimano Specifications
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Best value Shimano cassettes

Shimano HG51 8-speed cassette
Shimano HG51 8-speed cassette

When selecting an 8-speed cassette from Shimano in 2017 we have plenty of choice. This post concentrates on finding the best value Shimano cassette. Best value to me means durable and cheap. There are cycling bargains to be had after Christmas. Why not buy what you will need in the summer when it’s on sale now. Continue reading “Best value Shimano cassettes”

Best value Shimano cassettes
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Cassette Compatibility Tutorial

This post looks at replacing an 8-speed cassette to down gear your bike, however, the issues discussed are equally relevant to other speed drivetrains. Down gearing a bike can make cycling up hills easier. Buying a wider range cassette is a relatively inexpensive way to upgrade your bicycle.

If it’s hard to pedal, you’re in the wrong gear.

By the end of this article, you will be able to choose a compatible wide range cassette. If you want me to double check your conclusions, simply leave a comment with specifics. Continue reading “Cassette Compatibility Tutorial”

Cassette Compatibility Tutorial
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Improvers’ Plan – Week 3

I have actually been finding it easier to fit in the mid-week rides, relative to the longer rides at the weekend. A flat tyre on Friday evening’s commute meant Saturday involved swapping out tubes and tyres on my rear wheel, and this lead to various other repairs and tinkering. The flat tyre was due to the failure of a glueless patch. A further annoyance was Parcel force not actually doing what I told them. They took the spare parts I needed to my local post office instead of delivering the parcel to my neighbours.

I ended up buying the 27.5 x 1.5 Schwalbe Marathon Plus slick MTB tyres. Initially the ride felt harsher. As they are narrower I have to run them at a  higher pressure but now I don’t notice the difference. Continue reading “Improvers’ Plan – Week 3”

Improvers’ Plan – Week 3
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Punctures – Park to the Rescue

Today’s ride was endurance training (Strava Ride) and I got a puncture, it really took the shine off what was turning out to be a great ride despite the fine rain. Until recently punctures seldom were a problem on my commuter bike. Now I’m doing longer bike rides that take me further away from home I always take the essentials, as I explained in a recent Bike Ride Essentials post.

Yet again the Park GP-2 Super patch has come to the rescue. I’ve tried other glueless patches in the past on my daughters bike and they failed within 24 hrs. Yes they get you home, but then you have to change the tube or patch it properly. It’s more hassle and I’d rather do the job right first time. Continue reading “Punctures – Park to the Rescue”

Punctures – Park to the Rescue
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Tour de Manc Mistakes #2

Christmas Eve 2016 and I have just registered for the second Tour de Manc 2017. I pre registered so was able to secure a ticket this morning. In this post I want you to learn from my biggest TdM mistake. Back in 2016 on the big day, I was nursing a shoulder injury from a recent car accident but medication and physiotherapy had helped me overcome that problem. I was not the last rider to arrive at the first feed station, but I was the last to leave and the reason I didn’t discover until a week later was a revelation. Continue reading “Tour de Manc Mistakes #2”

Tour de Manc Mistakes #2
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Bike Fit Basics – Knee Pain

Several months ago I watched a really useful video, which gave me insight into the possible causes of my knee pain when cycling. It helped me understand how moving a saddle affects the knee and the strain that this joint can undergo when pedaling

When I started riding longer distances and especially when Allez Prestwich (AP) Cycling Club introduced me to some of the local hills they love so much, I found that I got a few aches and pains in my legs. Continue reading “Bike Fit Basics – Knee Pain”

Bike Fit Basics – Knee Pain
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