Keep calm and ride on – COVID-19

We are in unprecedented times and I never thought we would find ourselves in such a situation with so many uncertainties.

However, we at Fulcycle are still open and carrying on with our daily tasks.

We are closely monitoring the government advice on the situation and taking all the necessary measures to stop the spread of the infection. So please don’t get offended if we don’t shake hands when you come in the workshop or that we wear gloves when working or fitting you on your bike.

In our expectation bike servicing is going to remain unaffected by any restrictions and in order to avoid direct contact we can always arrange for a drop-off and collection outside the workshop or any other location convenient to you.

Currently bike fitting is unaffected by restrictions and we will advise you if any changes come into affect.

Riding a bicycle is still one of the best ways to exercise and at the moment – one of the safest. There are calls for keeping cycling exempt from any future ban:

“The cycling industry will join forces to call on government to exempt cycling from any ban, due to its strategic role in the nation’s resilience – not only as transport but a form of exercise, the Bicycle Association has said.

Italy and Spain banned leisure cycling in the last week. The industry wants the UK to avoid cycling bans, and it wants bike shops exempted from shop opening restrictions as it believes cycling has a strategic role to play in mitigating some of the impact on peoples’ lives of restrictions on transport and access to the outdoors.

This follows 30 prominent health and transport experts’ calls to protect cycling and walking plus keeping parks open, and warns of the risks of confining otherwise healthy people to their homes.

Getting outside for fresh air and green spaces could be crucial in maintaining physical and mental health in the population during these times, they say”

Whether you’re heading into self-isolation or social distancing, being cut off from the world and your cycling is nobody’s idea of fun. Here are ten things you can do if you’re stuck at home.

https://www.cyclinguk.org/blog/self-isolating-10-bike-things-you-can-do

Fulcycle sponsoring young Belgium Rider – Alex Bosley (UK)

Alex and Bryan

Alex is a young talented rider selected to ride for WAC, a professional Belgium team, is an all-rounder and is looking to win the GC for the team.

Alex started cycling at 14, transitioning from athletics, so would be best described as having a broad base and lots of headroom.  He was too late to the party to make the cut for the highest level GB squads (i.e. Junior Academy), but certainly competes strongly with the academy riders.

Bike fitting in progress

In his second year as an Under 16, he finished the year ranked 13th nationally, after some poor planning and a nasty crash end of season prevented him reaching his goal of a top 10 ranking finish.  Last year, as a first year junior, he had a mountain to climb in terms of improving his fitness and endurance, and learning how to race the longer races at this level.  Alex did improve rapidly, his main aim was to race in Europe, and he spent three weeks over there in the summer.  He did a couple of races for BC Central Region, in one of which he got 11th place.  He was also in the Johann Museeuw Classic, with the team, and he had a strong peloton finish after they got a rider in the break (peloton finished 22 seconds after break after 120 km at average 45 kph).

After a few adjustments the fit already looks much better.

This season Alex is focussed on a few main races, mainly the high status stage races.  He may do the Johann Meseeuw UCI 1.1 again for BC Central Region, and possibly the Tour of Ireland.  With his Belgian Team he has a number of races, end of season there is the Phillippe Gilbert UCI race in October, there’s the Stef van Zuid-Limberg, possibly a Czech tour, and others to be decided.  These are basically his ‘A’ races, and he’ll fill his calendar with possibly some UK National races, and UCI races and Interclubs in Belgium whenever possible.

We met Alex for a first time a week ago and were taken by his cycling talent and youthful attitude. He is a charming young man who is fully committed to his cycling goals and we are more than happy taking him ‘under our wing’ so to speak and provide the bike fitting and servicing for him and his bikes.

We wish to Alex the best of luck in his future races and are more than happy to support his cycling career.

UCI Road Bike Regulations

It’s race day.

You have been training for 6 months, both on and off the bike, got everything packed the night before, drove 2 hours to the race, unpacked, did final checks, and finally left the bike off to be checked.

Through a combination of measuring jig and inclinometer, the judges find your bike non-compliant with UCI Road Bike Regulations.

Such an anti-climax! None bigger.

If only you had read the 54 page UCI Equipment Compliance document to find out if your bike is legal – not high on anyone’s agenda.

Even Thomas fell asleep the first time he read it (but don’t tell him we told you that).

We provide a UCI Regulations checking service to let you know if your bike is legal to ride or not. We can also do the necessary adjustments and recommend parts replacements to pass the UCI checks.

Caveat: we can’t check the frame and fork force standards so have to rely on the manufacturers credibility.

We can give you the piece of mind you need so you can focus on the race.

Prices start at £30 (excluding any bike fit adjustments or new parts).

Contact us on the contact form to arrange an appointment.

Bike fitting gift voucher

It’s Christmas time!

That sentence either filled you with dread or brought a great amount of joy!

If your friend or family member is an avid cyclist and you are struggling for a gift, then bike fitting is one of the best options. We will treat your loved one to a proper good 2 or 3 hour service where we will make them more comfortable, faster and riding more enjoyable. We will identify strengths and weaknesses and optimise technique.

If you are interested, please visit our gift voucher page.