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Ride Review: Top Road Bike Picks

  Popular biking events like the Tour de France attract all kinds of road biking enthusiasts, from casual weekend riders to competitive racers. With that being said, there's also a lot of different types of road bike out there. We got Brad our bike expert to choose his top picks across these categories and here's what he decided... Aero Bike - Bianchi Aria "Since we first saw the Aria, we’ve been impressed. Bianchi has produced an absolute stunner here! What I love most is that the ‘no frills’ design and structure that has led to incredibly competitive pricing, meaning you get superb value for money. If I was looking for an aero road bike today, I’d definitely choose the Bianchi Aria Ultegra. Then I’d use the money I saved (compared to other aero road bikes) to purchase a set of fast, deep section carbon ‘race day’ wheels. Happy days."   Lightweight Bike - Cannondale SuperSix Evo Dura Ace "I just can’t argue with Cycling Plus’ Rac [...]

Staff Race Results

The last couple of weeks have yielded some encouraging results for the Start Fitness cycling staff! On the road, Dan Meggison (GS Metro) put in two very strong rides. His first time trial of the season was the Blaydon CC two-up TT (18mi). On wet roads, Dan and partner Ali Bailey put down a solid 40:13 to take third overall on the day. Dan Meggison & Ali Bailey at Ponteland The following weekend saw the North Tyneside Riders CC 10 mile TT at Cramlington. Dan put in a smashing ride on his SCOTT Plasma, he took over a minute off his personal best and laid down an impressive 20:02 which was good enough for second overall on the day – cracking result Dan! Dan Meggison at Cramlington Next up was Patrick Deane (Tyneside Vagabonds CC) who used the North Tyneside Riders CC 10 mile TT at Cramlington as preparation ride to build a strong season. Paddy posted a respectable 24:09, placing him 36th in the vets category. Patrick Deane aboard his SCOTT Plasma Pa [...]

Six Winter Cycling Tips

The early stages of winter 2018/19 are coming in fast. Meaning shorter days, colder mornings/evenings and trickier conditions on the roads as well as on the paths. Cycling in the winter has its pros and cons, no matter how experienced you are. For those who are just entering their first winter of commuting to work or getting in that morning ride or the few who are looking for inspiration, we have come up with SIX tips to make sure that you stay safe on two wheels!   1. Service the bike If you haven’t done so already, get your bike serviced. Now is the perfect time to get any creases ironed out and a professional pair of eyes to repair or upgrade parts on your bike. If you're based in the north east region of England, simply book your bike in for a service with us, Start Fitness. Depending on what kind of service is within your budget, try to get the top end or closest to, as this will make you feel assured that your bike will see out the year. It can be a hit on t [...]

Start Fitness Team

Start Fitness Team Race Report – Ae Forest TT Northern Downhill

This past weekend saw Northern Downhill host their Start Fitness supported winter TT at Ae Forest. Conditions were bitterly cold all day with short snow showers and some welcomed sunny spells! With limited parking availability at Ae, NDH restricts the number of entries and each year this event sells out! The TT format is very similar to the way that a downhill race is run, but the courses are usually less steep and technical which opens the event up to a wider selection of riders. Top riders enjoy the high speed nature of these tracks and novices enjoy the less challenging nature of a TT – it’s a win for everyone! We had three of our staff representing Start Fitness on the day and all three had really good results! Firstly, in the senior category, we had Christopher Philogene aboard our Yeti SB6. Chris struggled all day, he punctured three times during his various practice runs and had a small crash in his first race run. It wasn’t looking very good, but Chris put it altoge [...]

Velo Trainer In Use

BLOG: Strava-ing for Data!

When training, whether it’s on the roads, track, trails or even on the turbo, statistics are high on the list during and post-cycle. Simple basics like, average heart rate, climb and length of the ride tend to come into the equation but sometimes, cadence, power output (watts), intensity and kilometres/mile splits, also feature, depending on what level your cycling is. This leans slightly towards those who prefer to use roads/turbos than it would do for MTB, purely because, the use of intensity and heart rate, would not really benefit someone going from top to bottom in the fastest time possible, unless there was a way to shave off seconds on a section of the course by slowing your heart rate! It’s not just the ability to share the information online, let’s face it, we like to brag if we’ve completed a race or reached a landmark of some significance (come all, we’ve all done it!) but it’s the capability to take note from the data collected and apply it to future se [...]