Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Tour of Mt Blanc 2014

No pics here as we were riding in rain and cloud for most of the time. Jan 2014 was a time to think about future rides for the year. Duncan and I decided to have a go at the Tour of Mt Blanc, run by the same organisers of the Marmotte, but a longer distance (330kms ) and more climbing (8000metres plus).
Sounded like a good idea at the time !! Well time moved on and last Friday we flew out to Geneva to tackle this ride. We were dubious as to whether we would, or could ,finish this one as it is was ramped up to be a mega ride.
The ride starts at les Saisies in France .......I had cycled through here in driving rain when cycling from Geneva to Nice in early June....... at 05.30 .....lights on and straight into a lovely long descent.......
Anyway without being boring we completed the ride quite comfortably as we did not want to come home with tails between our legs for the few people who knew we were doing it to feel let down !!!

300 entrants. 270 started  160 finished ( Rain,cold and thunderstorms would have been the reason for non finish). Me 109 and Duncan 111. So we were pleased. Apart from the real ,real cold conditions a lovely comfortable ride.

The problem is you come back looking for more demanding longer events that may really test you. I suppose it is like everything in try something and if it suits you ,you want more of it !!

The great thing about long and really long rides is that as one gets older your mind can be used to push you on when perhaps physically you may have given up when all is not lost.....

Fizik saddles

Fizik saddles. These are all brand boxes .

Fizik Arione CX kium white /red.
RRP £124.99.
My price £60 SOLD

Fizik gobi XM kium wing flex. White/red.
RRP £99.99
My price £50

Fizik Tundra 2 kium. White/red/black.
RRP £119.99
My price £59 SOLD

Look on my parts and accessories page for many more Fizik saddles and Prologo saddles.
Gobi XM

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Gobi XM

Friday, July 4, 2014

Giant Defy 1 information for you ! 2013 bikes now at £799-850

Giant Defy's in stock ...including the 1. Updated 26/05/14  now at £850

Defy 1's here at present .......................................

X/large x1 £875

large...... 1 white £875

M/large 1      £875

Medium (triple ) 1£799

Small  £875

RRP £999

The main upgrades the 1 has over the other (very worthy ) bikes in the Defy range can be seen in the pics but I will spell them out.

Firstly, Shimano 105 STI shifters and derailleurs.

Secondly it is the only aluminium Defy with carbon seatpost which helps add feel and comfort whilst lowering weight and maintaining rigidity.

Very important upgrade is the press fit BB. This in the past has been only reserved for the more expensive carbon bikes.A press fit BB can improve rigidity in the crucial BB area by approx 25%. Therefore this is a very important upgrade over the other bikes.

The handlebars are the wider and much better looking 31.8mm which improves feel and also improves handling whilst descending.

10 speed 11 28 rear cassette for wide range of gear changing which along with compact chainset gives you best and most versatile gearing for allround performance.

The 1 is the only model with DT Swiss Competition spokes as opposed to Black stainless spokes.

Giant connect handlebars and stem as opposed to Giant Sport on the other models.(Weight saving).

The 1 is the only model to have the P-R2 wheels which have 24/28 hole as opposed to 32 hole on the S-R2 wheels fitted to other Defy's.Bearings on the P-R2 are fully sealed.

O.K so there you have it.You make your own choice depending I suppose on your budget. Rest assured that whichever Giant Defy you decide on you are unlikely to find any other bike which will perform as well as the Defy. Giant have much more money available for research and design and testing than any other company . They now make many bikes for all the companies you are also looking at, for example, all the non lugged Colnagos ,the Scotts , some Treks......the list goes on !!