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Sean says… Turning Season

I know it is Autumn when I’m scrambling around with my morning coffee wondering why I can find only ONE arm warmer, leg warmer and shoe cover. This is all whilst simultaneously calculating the exact thickness/waterproofness required for that exact day, well morning at least. Yes the Summer is over. Strava KoMs are getting more difficult to bag as the road surface gets more clogged up with debris. And there is the wind. A headwind blows harder and the nights Read More...

Sean says… How about bone conducting headphones?

July is basically all about my birthday. Which means more riding, and new toys such as these wireless, bone conducting headphones which are currently keeping me entertained on my daily Tour de France stage to work. (Because of course, July is also all about the Tour. In fact, some of you may even consider that more important than my birthday.) My wife Julia has been rightly concerned for years that as I crank up the volume on my ride home Read More...

Sean says… Ride and drink coffee around Dartmouth

Recently, a small miracle happened – in that our son was in school, we had no students with us at the academy, and the sun was actually shining. On account of this, Julia and I ventured to the Gin Palace capital of South Devon, Dartmouth. It is really a very gorgeous place. A picturesque little town on the South Hams coast which makes a nice stopping off point on a longer ride from Cycle Systems Academy. Think bright blue sea views Read More...

Road Bike Braking Systems

Sean Says:   Ever since the road racing bike started to take it’s modern form back in the early twentieth century, we have had some sort of cable-actuated, leaver-operated rim brake system in use. Let’s have a look at the mechanics of the various systems and what options are available to cyclists in 2016, from the modern Lycra clad roadie to the anorak wearing cycle tourist. Now many of you will be familiar with the calliper brake – a U shaped mechanism Read More...

Sean Says – New Bike Maintenance Courses

It’s an exciting time for us here at Cycle Systems. This week we are re-launching our specialised short courses aimed solely for the new or recreational cyclist, with a residential add on. The first of these courses is simply, ‘Bring Your Own Bike’. This one or two day course is aimed at the complete beginner to cycle maintenance, with so many new cyclists out there this may well include you. So don’t worry again about what to do if you get Read More...

Bike Mechanics in the Golden Age of Cycle Technology

  Sean Says: We are very much in a golden age of cycle technology – better frames, groupsets, wheels and tyres than ever before. All at very keen relative prices meaning you get more ‘bang for your buck’ than your parents or grandparents ever did. A worrying development, though, is one of obsolescence. Those of us who have been riding and fixing bikes over many years will know that ordinarily you can keep pretty much any bike on the road and running sweetly, Read More...

Sean Says … Campagnolo

  Personally I am a big fan of Campagnolo groupsets and of the current batch – any within the ultra-shift category I would be delighted to ride. Although as you probably know, my personal preference is electrontic shifting. Harking back to the podcast about groupsets, Chorus is my groupset of choice for mechanical shifting, weighing into account performance and value. What I particularly like about Campagnolo is the servicability of all parts of the product. Together with the fact that everything is Read More...