My New Road Bike

So here it is, my first road bike and off course it is from Decathlon. Its the new 2013 model B’twin Triban 7 April 28th 2013

B'twin Triban 7

B’twin Triban 7


Here are the road shoes I got from last year for a bargain!

Shamano R105







New pedals Keo Look Easy, had to change the Wellgo pedals that came with the bike – they were just too tight no matter how loose they where set. It became too dangerous to ride after causing a number of very near misses and a fall right at Decathlon door when I was proving that they were no good. I should had gotten a refund! The look so much better then the original pedals!


The decals from¬† I did ask for the roundel that Sir Wiggins has on his bike but they didn’t do it. Even so, this looks really good on Whitney and does well to announce to the world she is hot and on the road and is certainly my girl!



Replacement brake shoes and pads for Whitney – Clarks Multi-compound brake pads


Cycle Update 2013

Well its been almost two years now of cycling, guess that makes me a committed cyclist! I have changed or more likely merged over to road cycling. The Rockrider 8.0 has had a changed of tires in August 2012, the rear tire was almost smooth, the front has a good amount of wear let in it. These are the original tires that came with the bike. They are the mountain bike off-road 2.0 tires. Very good I must say. Well changed both. Using the Decathlon branded tires for on and off-road use – 1.75. With the same tubes too! I have done my fastest speed this week off the hill in Wednesbury –¬† 34.74 mph. I couldn’t get over 32 mph with the other tires. weight has change too. I have to get a road bike! I have clocked just under 3000 miles – 2925 miles to date. Took the car in for service and they tell me there are faint cracks in the rear tires due to the car been standing still too long! Now just think of that, you just can’t win!

Service new 1.75 tires

2012 service with new 1.75 Decathlon tires

I haven’t changed anything else on my trusty steed. I am thinking of a Churd mudguard. Haven’t gotten round to it yet. Guess I haven’t been messed up badly enough to get one. Although I came close last week when my mate and I went to Sandwell Valley. I am so angry with myself for not taking any pictures then. Its a beautiful place to cycle or ride a horse too – there was a lot of err cowboys ūüėČ there. Next time might just might get the mudguard, it has to be a Crud Race-Pac and white.


I actually got a new helmet. The Decathlon one was getting tatty and worn. So I got a Specialized Echelon II 2013 model. Its really cool and it maybe heavy according to some reviews but compared to my old one its really light. Oh it reflects light too, although I don’t know how that works.

My Specialize Echelon II

Love the work Team Sky has done in 2012. They have really put cycling in the forefront for the UK. Sir Bradly Wiggins and Lord Mark Cavendish (and he really should have been knighted too) are my undying heroes.

Cav and Wiggo


Its been ages since my last update! Winter is here, hard drive prices gone right out the roof! Still riding, although I am worried about the car. The battery almost didn’t start the car the other morning – I only drive it three times a week now. I just can’t stop riding – I love the new body!!! At 83kg and loving it. So long dark nights are on us, hence the title lights.

I don’t work a lot so with a budget of no more than ¬£30 I am really shopping around for the best value. The Cateye brand got my hopes up. So I got the UNO 1 Opticube EL101. It has a single LED. The chap at the local bike shop said when asked to compare it with the EL135 – Its the one that will allow you to see, the other to be seen.

Cateye UNO 1 Opticube

I must say I am not happy with it at all! I would say its to be seen – certainly can’t use this to actally see that will without street lights.

Interested in bike lights see the following links:

British Cycling

London Cyclist


My SPD Setup

So after been busy riding to work these past months – chalking up over 700 mikes I might add, I have finally gotten my Shimano¬†pedals and shoes. It took a while but the wait was worth it. Got the PDM520¬†for ¬£19.99 (a saving of ¬£8!) and the MT32¬†for ¬£39.99. Really wanted the MT087¬†but really couldn’t justify ¬£75 on a pair of cycle shoes with parental¬†responsibilities!




So its been about two weeks now since the change. The bike rides better, I seem to have increased the speed without additional effort. The pedals do look awesome and gives the bike a very pro look.

First Bike Job

Now this was fun! My son and I had to patch his rear tire – with no prior knowledge! So making use of the iPhone app BikeDoctor, BikeTutor¬†video¬†and a few¬†YouTube videos we got the wheel off without breaking anything!!! My son’s bike is a Trax TFS.1D full suss. We both took turns applying our first patch. Turns out that there were two holes. Must note I wasn’t impressed with the quality of the tube or tire but for a ¬£120 what to expect?

Made use of the following tools:

  • Halfords¬†Large puncture Kit ¬£6 (Which I thought was better than what was offered at Decathlon)
  • Decathlon Multi-tool ¬£6
  • Decathlon Presta Bike Pump ¬£5
  • WD-40 – The bolts holding the rear wheel where rock hard to turn!

The wheel just before we took it off the frame.

First puncture

My son pumping up the tire after the patches.

Wheel Off

Rockrider Kit

Now I have been looking around for kit to add to my new trusty steed. Bullet proof tires Рthe most honourable Schwalbe Marathon Kevlar MTB Tyre. Then theres the matter of the tool kit. I have a Decathlon multi tool 8-way, but its missing the spanners, chain tool and a few others. So the hunt for that perfect multi tool for a reasonable £25 Р£30.  This is an on going tread on Bike Radar  (check it out).

Its a beauity thats for sure and covers a wide range of tools in one bit of kit:

Top Features of the Topeak Alien II 26 Function Multi Tool

26 tools fold into an engineering-grade plasticbody for easy carrying

2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 8mm Allen wrenches

8, 9 & 10mm hex bolt wrenches (each 2pcs)

Mini pedal wrench

Phillips and flat screw drivers

Universal chain tool

Spoke wrenches for 14g & 15g

2 tyre levers

Stainless knife

Bottle opener

T25 Torx wrench for disc brakes

10mm Allen socket for Shimano’s new LX crank bolt and a compartment for two chain pins

Size: (LxWxH) 3.4″ x 1.7″ x 1.6″

Weight: 270g

Can be found on Wiggle and Evans Cycle.

Commited Cyclist

Commited cyclist I am now. Got the Rockrider 8.0 from the Decatalon Superstore. £399.99 it cost. I had to really pust to do that but I am so happy with my purchase. The chaps there were very helpfull, the bike was setp for my height and I was able to ride all the home on it

Rockrider 8.0

Rockrider 8.0

That’s my new wheels folks! It has the same frame as the 8.1 along with the HD disc brakes, SRAM gears. It is fast! its two weeks now and I have already coverd just over fifty miles without a penny in petrol, along with losing weight and feeling so much better. Awesome.
The bike I really wanted was the RockRider 8.1. It had a splendid review on you should read.

Rockrider 8.1