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Riding in circles

  • Posted by alex
  • 21 February 2012

Over the winter we've watched record-breaking heros racing at the Manchester Velodrome in the Revolution track series.

And since my first visit to watch an event, a certain excitement surrounding track cycling has made me keen to give it a go.

The track at Newport is much the same as the one in Manchester, albeit crowd-less and silent when we turned up for our session yesterday. The silence drew my attention to the steep banks at either end of the track (45° banks, to be precise), which have been the only real niggle in my mind since first realising how steep they are. I have been reassured that if you can ride fast enough to get round on the lines, you're going quick enough to make it round at the boards.

Winding up the fixed gear approaching the first bend, I started to wonder; will my tyres grip at this (low) speed? Will I make it round? Or will I slide down it on my face?

But as the pace picked up all I could concentrate on was keeping on the back wheel of the bike in front, lap after lap, trying to pull into his slipstream and keep a good pace.

Before I knew it, I was flying. The rushing air lapping at my ears while shooting up the bank towards the advertising banners, then timing a descent to glide tidily to the back of the pack for a rest.

When your head is down and your speed is up, you don't worry about being clipped in, or remember you're on a fixed gear bike with no brakes and no freewheel. Fear vanishes and soon all that matters is going faster, catching the bike in front and absorbing every minute, while ignoring burning legs and lungs or anything else telling you to slow down.

We certainly weren't breaking any records, but track cycling is even more exciting to me, now that I've had a go.

Thank you Welsh Cycling - I'm sure we'll be heading back for another fix soon.

First or Last

  • Posted by aron
  • 1 July 2011

Le Tour

Le passion
Le drive
Le speed
Le chase
Le jersey
Le glory

Le T-shirt*

* Made without the use of
le performance-enhancing drugs.

Here's Mark Cavendish gunning it for the line. (you might want to mute it though)


The Best Seat In The House Isn’t Always In The House

Colour so rich you can almost smell it.
Detail unmatched by any screen on Earth.
It’s like you can actually feel the wind prickle the sweat on your brow, 
as you plunge into the shade beneath the trees.
Because you can.
Real breeze.
Real sweat.
Real shade.
Real trees.
It’s a High Definition, Surround Sound experience like no other.
There’s only one thing better than a 3D IMAX Technicolor sunrise.
A real sunrise.
Ladies and gentlemen, take your seats.
The show is about to begin.

Mike Reed

Illustration: Jenny Bowers

padding the day out

  • Posted by ade
  • 8 March 2011



Chris came to see us today.

He sell pads for cycling shorts. Everything we need to know about pads, Chris knows. He's be selling them for 10 years.

We are developing a padded short and we met Chris at a trade show where we found he supplied padded to the top cycling brands.

We spoke about different foams, perforations, silver threads, gel, hydrophilic, liquicel, sweat, 2d 3d 4d, men's and women's requirements, issues to do with nether regions and structural requirements to support the pad.

A more measured man you may not meet.

Save the Velodrome

  • Posted by howies
  • 1 December 2010

Save The Velodrome
Time is ticking for the oldest cycling circuit in the country.

South London’s Herne Hill Velodrome is in danger of closing for good.

Quickly deteriorating, and suffering a lack of funding, the track and surrounding mtb trails are used by hundreds of children.

Olympic gold medallist Bradley Wiggins started his track career  there aged 10. Now future champions race and train helped by a team of devoted coaches and volunteers. A campaign - Save The Velodrome - has been formed by a community based alliance of local residents and the cycling community. Keeping it going will require funding - both corporate and private, as well as ongoing voluntary support.

Perhaps fuelled by a tough economy, and a wider interest in health, cycling seems to be enjoying a resurgence at the moment though - and as more and more people realise the benefits of riding for both their hearts and pockets, this campaign seems to be perfectly timed. So to help keep this important venue alive, please visit savethevelodrome.com and register your support.

With thanks to Judith, Jason and Peter.

2 Wheely Good Guys

  • Posted by aron
  • 24 May 2010

Dan came to do some work experience at howies last summer. He worked with us on some shop installs and with other bits & bobs in general too. A splendid lad that also makes a cracking cup of tea.

Him and his mate Robin are heading out on a charity cycle to Paris soon so for those interested in seeing what they get upto, take a peek at their blog here - http://2wheelygoodguys.tumblr.com/ They're aiming to do 60 miles a day for 2 days, a stop in Paris for a day and then 2 days cycling back. They're in training at the moment, and trying to sort out bikes and the finer details.

So keep an eye on their blog for new updates. If you'd like to keep updated on twitter, you can follow them here - http://twitter.com/2wheelygoodguys

Good luck fellas.

Ladies Night

  • Posted by howies
  • 30 March 2010

Tonight, It's Ladies Night.

As part of A Beautiful Machine we bring you 3 leading ladies in the world of cycling, to prove that it's not always about the boys, but men are welcome too of course.

Laura Fletcher, head producer for the London Bicycle Film Festival, Poppy Smith from Cooler Magazine and Dr Lowenna Smith, rider and writer for Cycling Plus, who teaches a bit of Physics on the side.

Talks start at 7pm with plenty of free beverages for everyone.

Tickets £5 available on the door (in aid of Save The Children).

If you would like to reserve a ticket, give us a ring on 0117 929 8928 or email [email protected], or comment on this blog.


  • Posted by mark
  • 4 February 2010



Kim sent round an email this morning warning the Cardigan lot that she and Ade had been experiencing a few punctures lately (probably due to the building work going on next door) and warning everyone to be extra vigilant.

Kim i feel your pain, I've been having the worst luck recently and punctures have become the bane of my life, in this week alone i've already had 3, the amount of glass that get's stuck in my tyres is unbelievable. I have to empty them over the bath each time i replace an inner tube.

Interestingly enough i also just found out this little fact ...

"Punctures come in threes; if you get one, you've a 46.8% chance of getting another each time you go out until you reach your three".

Maybe my luck is about to change!

can anyone beat my 3 in a week???

Volume 3


The Ride Journal Volume 3 is now available in store, we have a very limited number and if this one sells as quickly as the last two, you might want to start thinking up some ideas of how to get out of work early and come and bag yourself a copy!

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