My Celine – Cube Agree GTO 2014 Mod 2.0

My Celine – Cube Agree GTC 2014. Got it from Leisure Lakes for £899  (rrp £1299). Full carbon frame with Shimano Tiagra groupset wih Fulcrum 77 Racing wheels and Schwalbe Lugano tyres.

Got this with my replacement money from the lawyers some time after the crash.

Mod 1.7

New wheels! I had wanted to get Mavic Cosmic 30mm wheelset but could not afford them, so settled for the Fulcrum Quattro 35mm wheelset. They really look good on Celine, so this is a major upgrade but just under a full revision of the original specification of the bike; that makes this a .7 designation (Mod 1.7).

Celine Mod 1.7 2015

Almost forgot about the saddle there. Its the Romin Evo Expert Gel with layer 2 padding. At first I thought that would be too much but the layer 1 was just not enough! It’s worked out perfectly and is highly recommended. So far covered over 200 miles with two 63 miles rides and it’s worked out very comfortable. May 2015

Mod 2.0

Well the final transformation is here. Full upgrade to Shimano Ultegra 6800 groupset. Bit of a problem though as the Cube uses a press fit BB and the groupset acquired from Wiggle came with a regular bottom bracket. The other little issue was the front derailleur. It came as a braze-on, the Cube frame required a band. So had to get a band on adapter.

Celine Mod 2.0

So whats next you might ask? Well I intend to change the handlebars to a Easton EA70 road handlebar. I am using a EA50 on Whitney (Btwin Triban 7). It is ergonomic, with straight drops that don’t hurt my fingers. I have carpal tunnel in both wrists and this handlebar works out the best for me. So upgrading to the EA70 for Celine is a necessity. To be honest I hate the so called Cube road bar wing racing – who thinks up these names? The curve of the drops is just painful for me. They have to go!

Will get another wheelset, the Mavic Ksyrium Elite S (something light to climb hills!) and most likely a carbon wheelset in the future, all clinchers.

Cycling, Exercise, Tummy Re-Shaped

It’s been four years of cycling now. With just one long period of been off the bike in 2014 for six months. I was 120kgs with a 42 inch waist. I went down to 85-90 kg and 36 inch waist – had to get rid of all my trousers!

Then the crash, by the time I was back on the bike my waist had gone up to 38 kg and I was around 95 kg. This is how I look now in June 2015 :

June 2015

June 2015

Hopefully by Christmas my six pack will clearing be seen! I know this may have groused you out but I need to keep a record. You should had seen me before cycling. It was one tummy all the way up to the boobs (man boobs that is lol).

The sides have gone in, the round bulge has dropped lower and there is a look of what is to come! Currently working on 70 setups. Use to do 45 sits and 52 push ups but since the crash negative on the push ups because of the broken shoulder. I was doing 50 lady push ups and that’s now 10 proper push ups.

Oh along with cycling commute which is 20 miles for the day two days a week some times three days. Been increasing the miles on Sundays, so far up to 64 miles every other week.

75 Miles Milestone

I did 76 miles on Sunday 27th July. My milestone for the year! Now to do 80 miles then a 100! Here’s the proof! It was hard work but not too hard. Clive road hill, Westbeech Road hill, Shireoaks and another short sharp climb in Brown Hills were the test of the day, but it wasn’t about speed it was all about distance and pacing myself. I am happy with 5 hours 14 minutes. For 64 miles (100KM) my normal time is 4 hours 30 minutes so I am more than happy with this time. Barrie Williams Challenge 2014 here I come!

Clive Road Hill foot

The beginning of Clive Road, about to meet the hill!


Clive Road Pub

Clive Road pub on the other side of the rood with the sign above.

The top of Clive Road Hill

Top of Clive Road Hill

This is the top of the hill. It’s between 7 and 8 am and the sun is a bit late out. See that dip in the road? it only gets worse as you follow it down. The thing is its not that long. Can’t see why people have to scare you about this one. The Clint Hill road is far more deadly because its a long haul to the top.

Westbeech Road

This is a longer climb than the Clive but not that sharp nor unbearable.



Cosford RAF

Made it to Cosford in record time.


Shireoaks Academy

Shireoaks Academy

Top of the climb for Lichfield road. Now this is one to bear in mind and leave something back for! A banana at the top of the hill came in just fine!

New Handlebar and Tape

I was having issues with my bar tape unravelling (poor workmanship from the local bike shop – not Decathlon I must note). So I ordered Fizik Performance Handlebar Tape (White) from Leisure Lakes website, it never turned up! So went to Decathlon and got the Micro Fibre Bar Tape (White). I also got the Easton E50 handlebar for £40. Thanks Dan for your beautiful work!

Climb Clint Hills

On Sunday 4th of May I joined the Wolverhampton Wheeler Cycling Club on their Classic ride to Clint Hills via Kinver. I had no idea what I was letting myself in for. My trusty B’TWIN T7 (Whitney) had been fully upgraded to 105 specifications and the last thing done was a new 105 chain, Bottom Bracket and Crank. So with my last 50 miles under my belt I said why not?

Strava Link

Heck those hills are steep!!! I was once more the last man at the end of the group to ride in at the cafe on the peak of the last hill. What a view!

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I was also mostly the last man on the way home too. Yet  I was able to get home with 64 miles under the belt.

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Saw this on the way home, just outside Wolverhampton built up area. Nice of them to pose for me.

Spring Series 2014 – Cannon Hill Extreme

This was an unusual ride for me. I wasn’t stretched due to riding with my mate. We both at the end of the pack. Such beautiful country side in the area surrounding Birmingham. Really good ride and well organised with timely directions. 


Clarence and myself along with fellow cyclists at Umberslade Farm Park. 


My upgraded Whitney (my Triban 7) with 105 groupset.

Cycle2Work Update

So its been a year, 2 months and some days. Rode right through the winter, spring and what summer is coming. I have lost almost 30kg! muscles all over the place. So far the I have had only two accidents with drivers and none fatal. I think the most interesting rides is along the Walsall canal, check out the narrow boat below:ImageI must say that Decathlon as made a very good bike of the Rockrider 8.0  I haven’t serviced it yet but will do so soon. Had some on going issues with the front mech and the chain falling off but a visit to the shop made it clear the chain and cables had stretched and need changing so that need to get done soon, A realignment fixed the problem in 30 minutes. Great bike!

Rockrider Kit

Now I have been looking around for kit to add to my new trusty steed. Bullet proof tires – the 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 – £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.

What caught my interest today

Just heard that Nokia has dropped the Symbian OS for the Windows 7 Phone OS. Got that off the BBC Click show 13/02/2011. I say good riddance.

Got my daughter the Satio U1 some months ago and I can truly say the phone OS is rubbish! Well apart from its camera and mp3 capabilities. TNT reports that Sony Ericsson will be jumping ship to Android. I can’t see why Nokia and Sony Ericsson continued using their dead OSes so long.