When I first started cycling like most I wasn’t a fan of hills, the ones near me in Surrey even scared me a little. However after cycling over three mountain ranges and many hills to get across Canada I found I enjoyed climbing hills on my bike and I now embrace the challenge. Watch the video to find out how to better deal with hills so you can learn to love them too.
Did you know you can rent Brompton bikes all around the UK? I didn’t either until recently and I decided to make the most of it to get a chance to take a new kind of bike for a spin. My first attempt at renting a Brompton on a visit to Manchester failed but there’s a Brompton rental locker (yes they live in lockers) near where I live here in London. So on a beautiful sunny day I went and picked up the Brompton I’d reserved online and headed home with it for the weekend. It turned out to be very handy to have a spare bike in the house because Nathan had a problem with the wheel of his commuter bike. It amazes me there’s a bike out there we can both ride. Check out the video to see what riding a Brompton is all about.
I thought it would be fun to make the Ride With Me style videos a monthly occurrence, a chance to pick a cycling subject, show various cycling routes and answer any questions you may have (feel free to ask questions in the comments below or in the comments of a video I read them all).
On this ride I take you on my longer cycling commute home via Richmond Park in West London and answer the question how I went from cycle commuting to cycling as a sport.
If you saw my previous video you will know I’ve been bike shopping. I managed to narrow down to 3 bikes, then had 2 of them eliminated for various reasons leaving me with the Canyon WMN Endurance AL 8.0 bike as my first choice bike, or so I thought until I went on a test ride at a Canyon weekend in Surrey. Find out what happened:
When you are new to cycling and heading out for a ride it’s hard to know what you need to bring. In the past this lead me to bring too much so in this week’s video I share the mistakes I’ve made and how I’ve gone from a large saddle bag to a compact one.
If you want to know what to bring with you when you go out for a ride from running errands, club rides, commuting, and bike touring. Below you will find the list I keep in my bike room for road rides, they can be early starts and this way I know I won’t forget anything 🙂
What to bring Road Cycling:
✔️bank card & cash (for an emergency cab)
✔️spare inner tube & tire patches
Extras depending on weather:
I’ve spent December enjoying the food and drink and while I’ve cycled into work just about every day and got some Zwift sessions in I’m in no way in training mode, just damage control mode. I think it’s healthy to have some down time so that you can come back energized and excited when it’s time to gear up again
I’ve decided that my goals for 2018 will be the Vätternrundan, a 300km ride around a lake in Sweden (in one ride) and Everesting which is picking a hill and climbing it repeatedly until you reach the height of Everest (8848m if you are wondering). Two big goals! Both of which scare me a little which means I know I’ve picked the right challenges because if it doesn’t scare you a little it’s not really a challenge.
I’ve also decided it’s time to get a new road bike and of course there will be a bike tour and other new adventures in the year ahead. To start 2018 off right (and get Strava off of 0) we headed out New Year’s Day morning for a few laps around Richmond Park for some fresh air and to give those legs a spin, below is the video I made to share the ride with you.
Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel 2018 is going to be an interesting ride.