Cycling at Night

There’s always something of a buzz about riding out at night when it’s dark, some of your most familiar routes become something totally new and once the rush hour traffic has subsided a sort of calmness descends.

1911731_589911671134873_3395055553472338357_nIf you are serious about getting some road miles in over the winter and with less than eight hours of daylight per day in December and January, you are going to have to embrace the dark.

If like me you can’t last on a turbo trainer for more than five minutes then cycling at night is a necessity.

One of the best ways to enjoy getting out on the bike at night is to join a group of like minded cyclists, especially if night riding is new to you.

Let there be light!

Obviously if you are riding at night then you will need to look at investing in some decent lights. I am a big believer in the more lights the better and you don’t have to spend the earth with some great bargains to be had out there. Continue reading

Winter Road Cycling Tips (Part 1)

winter_pcNow that the summer is coming to an end and the nights are drawing in, it doesn’t mean that you have to stop cycling. It can be hard to sustain the motivation to cycle through the winter when it’s cold and wet, but cycling is one of the few sports that you really can do all year-round with the right preparation, equipment and clothing!

Firstly you need to ensure that you dress for the weather, there’s an old saying ‘there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing’ and there is some truth in it. Feeling cold and and damp is not going to help motivate you to get out there so here is a few tips; Continue reading

BDCC Club Forum launched

BDCC_reflexBDCC are proud to announce the launch of the new club forum/message board for the use of BDCC club members and friends.

The forum is can be accessed via the main menu and will be the heart of the developing club.

Our forum is now accessible on Tapatalk! Tapatalk is a free forum app for your smartphone that lets you share photos, post, and reply to discussions on our community easily on-the-go.

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Pinarrello Abuse – Martyn Ashton

Road Bike Party with Martyn Ashton showing what is capable on a Pinarello normally reserved for the road!, my wheels struggle to stay true dropping off a curb!!

Talk about Pinarelllo Abuse!!!

Martyn Ashton started out as a motorcycle trials rider, and began riding mountain bike trials later on. He has been the front man for The Bike Tour since 2002, and has been the British Biketrial Champion four times and has been the World Expert Biketrial Champion. Ashton is the High Jump World Record Holder. In 2008, Ashton entered the Mountain Biking UK ‘Hall of Fame’.

Ashton not only rides trials, he has also designed the exhibition stages and has been designing products for his own Ashton Bikes range since 2002. He has appeared in TV shows, magazine covers and MTB videos, and also has his own column Hop Idol in the MBUK magazine. Ashton lives in Port Talbot, Wales.
Ashton broke his back in 2003 when he compressed a vertebra and fractured it during a fall, having misjudged a landing, but he soon returned to riding.

Unfortunately the second time he broke his back he wasn’t so lucky and is now paralysed from the waste down.

Welcome to the new website

BDCC_reflexWelcome to the new website for the newly formed Brigg and District Cycling Club. I believe that Brigg did have a cycling club many years ago and if anyone has any further details it would be good to include some history on the website.

The club has been set up to allow cyclists from Brigg and the surrounding area to have a focal point to meet like minded individuals and provide an added social scene. The ethos of the club is about enjoying the sport, so whether you are totally new or have been cycling for years then you are welcome to become a part of Brigg and District CC.

If you have any suggestions on things you would like to see from the club then please feel free to leave your suggestions below or via Facebook or Twitter. You can also keep up with your fellow members via Strava.

Yours in Sport
Paul Carvill

Which Road Bike?

If you are new to cycling then buying your first road bike can in itself seem a simple task until you start to look at the many options which can appear endless!!

Firstly you need to know what you want out of the bike, it’s no good buying the top of the range Pinarello riden to glory by Bradley Wiggins in the 2012 Tour De France if you intend to do a daily ten mile commute to work and back in the best the British weather can throw at you! So do I need to spend £200 or do I need to sell the car and spend £10,000, what the hell do I need?

Which Bike?

When you are not used to a road bike a test ride is as much use as a chocolate fire-guard as you all of them will probably feel wrong to begin with! Continue reading

Is Strava changing the way we ride our bikes?

See you on Strava!

If you train with a GPS then you will no doubt be aware of Strava and the way it has quite simply changing the way we cycle.

sträva is a Swedish word meaning to “strive for” or “aspire to”

The simplicity of being able to upload/record your rides and then compare against your friends and other riders on a particular segment or climb is amazing. For some the lure of achieving a KOM has become an addiction. For the uninitiated, KOM is short for “king of the mountain.” It’s a term borrowed from the Tour de France and it means you have the top time on one of Strava’s millions of segments; those lactic leg burner hills or pure out and out sprints that Strava users have created. Continue reading

New Garmin Edge 810 and 510 GPS cycle computers

Garmin has released updated versions of the popular Edge range with the new Edge 510 and the Edge 810.

Garmin Edge 510 & 810

The new models feature colour touch screens and live tracking via your connected mobile, enabling others to track your ride live as you cycle. While connected to your mobile it can also upload and share ride data instantly which seems pretty cool. Although I still like to use Strava as well as Garmin Connect, so not sure if I will upgrade from my Edge 500 just yet. Continue reading

BMX – G*Y*P*O Race Track

My son who is five years old loves to ride his BMX and after taking him to the recent Midlands BMX Champs at Balby Carr, Doncaster decided to see if there were any tracks local to us for him to go and have a go on! After speaking to a few people in the know, I heard about the popular public G*Y*P*O race track at New Waltham, Grimsby and decided to take the kids (and me) for a look.

G*Y*P*O BMX Race Track

G*Y*P*O BMX Race Track

After getting the over the initial nerves my lad was soon riding round having the time of his life, my daughter of eight rode round on her bike although it was not ideally suited and she was already pestering me for a BMX! Continue reading

Why everyone should try an Audax

Lincsquad Reliability Ride 100In the last few years sportives have become one of the most if not the most fashionable and popular amateur cycling pastime, certainly if the cycling press is to be believed. I did my first proper sportive last year (Lincsquad’s Paul Kirk Memorial North Lincs CycloSportive) and loved it (well, apart from being ridden off the wheels of all the hard nuts and cycling into a head wind for 8 hours) but if you love long distance, endurance cycling there is a year round alternative, the audax.

Audax comes from the Latin word that is the root of ‘audacious’ and audax rides (especially the very long ones) do require a degree of audacity and determination. An audax is a long distance ride that incorporates some features of a sportive such as a time limit, but importantly it requires participants to be self sufficient. Organisers often lay on tea and buns and often for long rides a meal afterwards, but there are no feedstops, no route markers and no mechanical back up. You have to carry what you may need and be able to navigate via GPS or a good old fashioned OS map. Continue reading