Friday, 21 November 2014

Why I won't be buying the Nexus 6


That title hurts. For two years I've been luxuriating in the power and simplicity of my glorious Nexus 4. So impressive is that device that my brother made the transition from iPhone to Android in order to pick up the Nexus 5 a year later. My daughter enjoys using her Nexus 7, another fantastic budget device with a big engine under the sleek black hood.

And now I'm turning my back on the Nexus line ...

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

The Nexus 6 Cometh!

The Nexus 6 is practically here! The timing couldn't be better for me; my lovely Nexus 4 has developed a hardware fault within warranty (which means I can replace the handset and give the replacement to my wife who hates her Sony Xperia J) and anyway ... i'm way overdue an upgrade. 

Monday, 13 January 2014

Dragon Ride 2013. Fondo recollections

Dragon Ride 2013. Welsh roads coated in pain.
“Where are you?”
“Five minutes away Neil, chill out.”
“Ok if you’re not here when it starts …. In five minutes … I’m leaving the safety pins under the start flag and going.”
“But Neil, wouldn’t you like to ride with me and Rob? We’ve just driven hundreds of miles and it only happens once a year…?”

Friday, 5 October 2012

Are cheap chinese carbon frames worth the gamble?

Just don't tell Darth about the bits Malone did
After four years and more than twenty thousand miles of cycling, I have decided to retire my trusty Trek 1.7. It has served me well, and will continue to trundle me through Warwickshire when the weather is sufficiently crap. But for sunnier and grander occasions, I want a bike that rides like it's just stolen something (lawsuit pending from Lance's soundbite department ... hopefully he's too busy).

Thursday, 27 September 2012

£40 Bicycle Workstand Review

Continuing in this months assault on decadence, I scrape a few pennies together and buy a brand new workstand off EBay. Purchased with a view to future bike builds, there's plenty of product testing to be done cleaning up my Flyxii and reassembling the Trek.

"Pop outside for a long stand me old mukka"

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Steve Malone's take on Cheap Chinese Carbon builds

Insane in the membrane
In this article, Steve Malone explains how he went from a Stig lookalike to a "skinny" road rider. He also describes his experiences with his first ever Cheap Chinese Carbon Frame bike build.

Friday, 7 September 2012

Coming Soon. Is it a good idea to buy carbon directly from China?

Flyxii Frame. Flyxii Bars. Undamaged cardboard box. But will they work?

We've all heard about them, and some of us have been tempted by the promise of cheap carbon with no apparent shortcomings. But are the new crop of Chinese factory outlets selling carbon bike products worth the gamble?

I have almost completed my journey from placing orders with Flyxii to placing my bum on the finished bike. In fact, the only thing i'm waiting for right now is a seatpost ... from the UK!

When I've had time to ride the bike, I shall write a detailed article on just how good or bad the experience was.

Watch this space....