26 July 2015

Fresh Goods Sunday - Panaracer Gravel King Tyres - 28c

After build my Bowman Pilgrims it was replacing my winter road bike so had planned on just using my Conti 4 Seasons 25c with full mudguards all year but when I received the frameset the mudguard adaptors were not ready so I could run wider tyres for the summer / autumn without mudguards. 32c tyres were just too wide and didn't leave enough clearance on the fork crown for me so tried some spare Schawble Marathon racers 30c which were spot on but the heavy wired option.
I decided upon the Panaracer Gravel king tyre in 28c version as I did not want to go up to the 32c tread pattern/width. The tyre feels very tacky on touch with a fine file tread pattern. I had my concerns at first for off road duties but after several blasts up and down the old railway lines of County Durham I have not had any major problems. They are fast / comfortable enough on the road / tarmac sections as well.
You have got to allow more breaking distance on the fast / steep downhill sections on the line as I have locked up the rear wheel a few times with Shimano di2 hydro brakes.
They also don't like silty mud either and I lost traction straight away but fine gravel toppings is no problem. I would defo not run the 23 or 26c version on the type of terrain I ride but down south on canal paths etc they are probably fine. The claimed weight is slightly out but not a million miles away.
Here is the blurb on Zyro's WEBSITE rrp £29.99, I got mine from Westbrook Cycles with 20% off and next day delivery, cheers Calvin. Must admit not a bad tyre for the money, see how they last compared to Marathon models.

25 July 2015

North Yorkshire Moors Coastal Cycle Challenge 4th Oct 2015

4TH October 2015

8 AM AND 9.30 AM

Ride for yourself or charity.
Entry fee £10 includes certificate for all completions and medal for under 6 hours.
And food at the finish!
Please book early – numbers limited this year. Entry forms from
NYMCCC, 4 Laburnum Avenue, Robin Hood’s Bay, Whitby, YO22 4RR
Or ring: 01947 880534                                                   See facebook.com/NYMCCC
Or email: nscholes@hotmail.com
Surplus proceeds to Fylingdales Village Hall Trust

Utilising the old railway track between Whitby and Scarborough, with a diversion to the mast on Stoupe Brow, this route is mainly on an unsealed surface, is quite rough in places and presents a moderate off road challenge for cyclists of average ability. It is not a race but a personal challenge and certificates will be awarded to all finishers and also a medal if under 6 hours. A full meal is provided at the finish.
There will be manned checkpoints and marshals.
All entrants will start from Fylingdales Village Hall where they will be checked in from 8am to 09.30am. Having obtained their start times they will proceed to Whitby, then to Scarborough, back to Ravenscar, up to Stoupe Brow, then rejoin the railway track and return to the Village Hall.
All entrants MUST wear a helmet and are responsible for their own safety and their equipment at all times, for which the organisers accept no liability. Entrants must be 12 years of age and over.

24 July 2015

Salsa 2016 bike line up

Get a look at this 2016 Carbon Beargrease 2016 colour scheme, sick or what. Here is the SALSA CYCLES 2016 RANGE with loads of new models and tweaked models from previous years.

Busy week but quiet on the cycling front :-(

20 July 2015

Bikewise Sunday 20th July

21st Bikewise & the first one at the £14million HQ, good value for money I would say considering they sold the old site for £21m and still got to sell the land on the other side - old rugby fields & golf course. Mixed weather but mainly kept dry, windy in the afternoon. Good set out, pleased the grass was dry! Next time more bins and bogs please!