Fulcycle closed 19 September 2022

On Monday, 19th September 2022, the day of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral – as a mark of respect Fulcycle will close for the day.

We will be back to normal working hours on Tuesday 20th.

Vielo Presentation @ Fulcycle

Vielo V+1 RCUK 100 2018

When: 17th September 2022, 2pm

Duration: 1.5-2 hours

Where: Fulcycle

Who: Ian Hughes, Vielo Director

Price: Free

Ian Hughes, Vielo Director

Ian has kindly accepted our invitation to come to Wheatley and tell us more about his new company. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to learn more about this indie boutique brand which stands out from other corporate manufacturers. You will also be able to see their beautifully designed bikes and appreciate their truly unique vision of the future of road and gravel bikes.

Use the form below to sign up for the presentation. Spaces are limited – sign up now!

The presentation is free and we will provide refreshments.

The presentation has now been postponed until next month. Watch this space for future annoncements.

See you soon!

Vielo Plus One

Vielo R+1

You may have already heard of Vielo – the newest highly acclaimed British bike brand. Their bikes not only look stunning, but also ride like a dream and we can say this from our own experience.

Vielo bikes come in two models – the R+1 for the road and the V+1 for the gravel rider. Both types of frames are designed specifically for 1x groupsets, allowing for wider and stiffer bottom bracket shell. This means that more of the power from your legs goes directly to the rear wheel, instead of being lost due to flex in the frame. There are also additional small features which we really like – the metal heat deflector shields near the brake rotors, the beautifully crafted Vielo cranksets and bars, and the very clever location of the seatpost clamp bolt, to name just a few.

Bikeradar.com Gravel Bike of the Year runner up award.

Not surprisingly Vielo V+1 was chosen as a runner up to the prestigious Bikeradar.com Gravel Bike of the Year competition, ony to be overtaken by Giant, yet ahead of big brands like Cube, Cinelli and Cervelo.

We were lucky to meet Ian Hughes, the founder of Vielo, at the Core Bike show and spent a long time chatting. His bikes really impressed us and we were very keen from the start to begin selling them in our workshop. Of course you can buy one yourself directly from Ian’s website and I’m sure you will not be dissapointed, but what we are offering is a little bit extra. With every bike purchase from us you get a free bike fit, so even before we place the order for your bike we will know what size frame, stem, cranks and handlebars you need. We will also build the bike for you for free.

Ian Hughes visiting Fulcycle

From experience we know that riding a Vielo bike is going to put the biggest grin on your face and you will love every ride on it. The specifically designed carbon frame and uncomplicated 1x transmission are trully ingenious and will give you years of trouble free riding. The bike fit we offer is going to save you worring if you are getting the right size frame and components. And if you are still unsure – come to the Vielo presentation this September (details to be anonced soon), so you can see the bikes for yourself and have a chat with Ian.

Core Bike 2022

Just to let everyone know that the workshop and bike fitting studio will be closed on Tuesday 22nd March 2022. See you all at the Core Bike!

Electric bike servicing

We are happy to say that our fantastic mechanic Kiro has successfully completed the Cytech technical e-bike course and we are now equipped to service e-bikes in our workshop.

Weather you like them or not, electric bikes are becoming more of a common place on the roads and trails. The sales are booming and there are projections showing that soon e-bikes will overtake the sales of the old school, human powered machines.

All new bikes are electrically assisted pedal cycles (aka pedelecs or EAPCs) and do not use a throttle. The assistance is limited to a speed of 15.5mph and the power to 250W and they are particularly popular with commuters and mountain bikers. There are also some electric road bikes on the market, but the low top speed and relatively high weight are a limiting factor not favored by many riders. But watch this space – there is a talk that the legal speed limit will be raised at some point, which will make these pedelecs a lot more attractive and useful for road riders.

The two major players in the e-bike marked are Bosch and Shimano with most of the e-bike manufacturers subscribing to one of these two brands. The Panasonic and Yamaha are also very popular, while Brose is only installed on Specialized bicycles. Fazua is a practical modular system which combines battery and a motor which can be easily removed from the bike frame. And finally Mahle X35 system is favored by road bike manufacturers and makes climbing hill feel like a breeze.

As with any bikes, e-bikes need regular servicing and we are more than happy to do this for you. Mechanical, electric or electronic – we can do it all.

Vittoria Tyres

We now sell Vittoria road and gravel tyres in our workshop. The range we stock includes Corsa, Rubino, Zaffiro and Terrano.

The top of the range is the Corsa and from experience we can say it’s the best tyre we’ve ever ridden. The 320tpi, 225g, 4c tyre is light, fast and grips well in the corners. It uses cotton casing – a unique feature which gives it more adherence and comfort. It comes in three variants – regular Corsa, very fast Speed and extra grippy Control. If you are looking for a racing tyre – this is the one you need.

The Rubino is next in the range and it is comparable to the competitors top of the range products, yet it comes at much lower price. The Zaffiro is a long lasting tyre and it’s ideal for training or commuting.

We also have in stock the Terrano, which is excellent for gravel riding and depending on the conditions it comes in four different variants: Zero, Dry, Mix and Wet. If you like riding tubeless, these tyres work best with Air-Liner inserts, which improve the handling and reduce the damage to tyres and rims when riding at low pressures.

Drop in to see us in the workshop if you need tyre advice or just want to have a chat and a coffee.

Workshop hours update

On Monday, 17th January 2022, the workshop and bike fitting studio will be operating by appointment only. Do call us if you would like to arrange an appointment.

A Yellow Jersey (and two more)

Alex in France

Bravo Alex! You did it! Congratulations for getting your first ever Yellow Jersey and winning the Tour Cycliste De Flers Agglo.

Not only did Alex win the GC, but he also got two other jerseys under his belt. Read on about the full race on Alex’s blog.

What a fantastic performance and a great result. We are so glad to see that your hard work is paying off and are looking forward to helping you with winning many more trophies in the future.

Improve your ride (part 3)

Road bike fitting

Bicycle riders come in many different shapes and sizes, yet the manufacturers make us believe that the four or five frame sizes they produce are supposed to fit all. Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large – often this is all we are left to chose from when buying a bike. Yet, there are many other factors which will affect the bonding between bike and rider.

Stem length, bar width, seat height and position, seat shape, crank length – all of these can be adjusted to make you more comfortable and help you deliver more power through the pedals.

An incorrect bike fit reduces the comfort and power delivery. This will also reduce the endurance and over time can result in injuries.

The bike fits we offer can be adjusted for speed, comfrot or endurance. A road bike fit usually takes about two hours. We do not use computerised systems as they don’t always produce the desired result, since every rider is different and every fit is individual. The bike fit is based on our experience with thousands of cyclists and consists of active itneraction between you and the bike fitter.

We also have an extensive saddle library and are confident that we can find the right one to make you comfortable. We also offer shoe fitting (Lake shoes only) and custom foot beds to suit any type of road cycling shoe.

We find that often the changes to the bike geometry may be too big and it will take some time for your body to adjust. This is why we will ask you to come back after a certain time so we can check and micro-adjust your position for the optimal result.

If you would like to book a bike fitting session with us, feel free to use our booking form here.

Looking forward to seeing you in our workshop.