Building Sam Pilgrim’s Ridley Noah for Road Bike Party 3

A couple of days before Christmas, Road Bike Party 3 was released to much anticipation throughout the Interwebs. Sam Pilgrim has replaced Martyn Ashton as the rider this time around with about 90% of the film shot in San Diego. I’m always amazed at what these guys can do on a road bike. The video featured here is one I hadn’t seen until today as it has shows the guys from Global Cycling Network building the Ridley Noah that Sam rides during the video. An awesome looking bike to go with an awesome video. The first Road Bike Party video was ridden by Martyn Ashton. Martyn suffered a severe spinal injury during a trials demo on September 1, 2013 that resulted in Martyn losing all feeling below the T9 and T10 vertebrae. Road Bike Party 2 was in development at the time of the accident and was finished with help from Danny McCaskill and Chris Akrigg. That’s Martyn in the wheelchair at the start of the video. And here’s Road Bike Party 3 for those who haven’t seen...

Seven Things You Need To Start Cycling

Yesterday on my post about Three Things You Don’t Need to Start Cycling I promised to follow it up today with a list of things I think you DO need to start cycling. Everybody knows you need a bicycle but beyond that what takes priority? Equipment, skills, mindset, an understanding spouse? Probably a little bit of everything. What you DO need A bicycle. Whether it’s borrowed, used, or new you need a bike. Does it have to be a fancy, smancy road bike? No. Many of the readers of this blog started on something much simpler than what they ride now. I did as well when I re-started my riding in April 2008. I still had my old Cannondale but was skeptical about riding it because of my weight. I went out and purchased a Schwinn Trailways at a local Target because it came with a 700c deep-v wheelset. It actually road pretty good but was heavy (which was a great workout). I road it for several months and eventually moved back to my road bike. I still have that Schwinn in the garage in Florida and it will probably make a good commuter. I could see it filling another purpose as well. If I knew someone who was thinking of taking up the sport of cycling, I wouldn’t mind letting them borrow it to see if cycling was a sport they really liked before dropping a ton of cash on it. Cycling shorts or bibs. These don’t have to be expensive if you shop around and catch some sales. Could you get away with riding in some regular...

What I Wish I Had Known as a New Cyclist

Most of us started cycling a while ago and have learned a lot over the years. There are more and more people coming to this sport everyday though and I thought it would be cool if we could provide some examples of things we’ve picked up that the newbie might not know but should know. I’ll start. What’s the current technology is. When I bought my first bike 15 years ago I really wish I knew what the current technology was on road bikes. If I had I probably would have bought a bike with STI (shifters combined with brake levers) instead of downtube shifting. How much the sport of cycling can cost. It can cost as much as you want to spend on it but for the newbie they may not realize how much of an investment their making beyond the initial cost of a bike. Stuff like maintenance, clothing, and expandables (tubes, tires) is stuff they may not be thinking about. How to not have your butt hurt. Too many new people to cycling start off by riding too much too soon and invariably end up quitting or becoming disgruntled because their nether regions become sore beyond belief. If they’re taught to take it slow and easy at the start to get their body accustomed to time in the saddle they’ll be much happier. Those are just a few ideas. Let’s hear what you have to say whether it’s more on one of the items above or something...

Cycling Skills: The Quick Stop

Last night was the Monday night group and individual handling session ride. Even though there were some threatening clouds most of the time the rain held off giving us time to work. Unfortunately, the low, dark clouds did cut the time short a little due to low light. The sessions are supposed to start at 6 PM but there were a few folks running late and we mainly road warm up for about 45 minutes until everybody was ready. My warm up was about 10 miles. I thought I might as well keep on riding while everyone else was warming up since I need the miles like the Astana riders need a paycheck. Eventually we all got together and talked about quick stops. The quick stop is exactly what it sounds like. A quick stop to get yourself stopped in as short a distance as possible. The group leader demonstrated the technique a couple of times which included weight evenly distributed on the pedals (basically one foot forward and one back) and a steady pull on both brakes while simultaneously pushing the bike forward and moving your weight back. We didn’t specifically talk about it but I believe the throwing of the weight back helps offset the power of the front brake and keep you from flipping over. Somebody correct me if I’m wrong. We also talked about the importance of not skidding, if at all possible, because if the pavement is wet you could easily end up with some nice road rash. If you do find yourself skidding ease up on the front brake since it’s causing your...