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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The workshop and bike fitting studio will be closed for the Christmas holidays from 20th December to 9th of January. If you need urgent repairs or bike fittings, do not hesitate to contact us and we will be more than happy to help.
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.
Alex Bosley, our sponsored rider, has just successfully completed the Tour de L’Orne in Brittany.
Overall, it was a fantastic weekend. Alex had two strong peloton finishes in the road race stages, and the racing was really brutal. Loads were dropped, and the standard was extremely high.
Alex’s is doing rather well compared to his UK Cat 1 team mate with two years extra experience. He finished only a few seconds behind in the TT race, while riding on his road bike.
The French riders in the team got dropped on the first stage. Alex was well in the running all the way to the end. During stage 3 he tried to bridge to the break, he got around 10 seconds, but then there was a counter attack, and 12 riders swept past him, and past the break, to become the new break, and Alex was swallowed up in the peloton again. He still came in 35th out of maybe 100 odd finishers (155 had started on the day).
So it looks like CC Plancoet will be his team for next year. They are a feeder team for the Cotes d’Armor DN1 team, who are themselves a feeder team for Israel Startup Nation Academy. The coach things he’s got a fantastic physiological base, and loads of potential. We can see we just need to work with his efficiency, his time trialing, and his tactics (the attack he made was ill advised and at the wrong time).
Good luck in for the rest of the season Alex! Allez, allez!