Saturday, 12 January 2019

Specialized Recall

Steerer Tube Collar
Specialized is voluntarily recalling the steerer tube collar on select Roubaix, Ruby, Diverge, and Sirrus bicycles.

AFFECTED MODELS: If you own a Specialized Roubaix, Ruby, Diverge, and/or Sirrus bike equipped with a Future Shock, stop using your bike immediately and take it to your nearest Authorized Specialized Retailer. If you are unsure whether you have an affected bike, your Authorized Specialized Retailer will be able to tell you.

WHAT'S THE ISSUE: The steerer tube collar may be susceptible to stress corrosion cracking which may result in a sudden loss of steering control.

WHAT WILL SPECIALIZED DO FOR AFFECTED RIDERS: If your bike is affected, your Authorized Specialized Retailer will change out the affected collar with a new improved one at no cost to you.

For questions, please contact your Authorized Specialized Retailer or Specialized Rider Care at 0208 391 3500 or

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Turbo Training Sessions

Due to circumstances beyond our control* we have a new venue for this winter. The Studio at Waterbeach Barracks.
The advantages are no traffic, easy parking, lovely room. Changing rooms and showers are available.
The disadvantage is that it's a long way from the city centre and therefore a long, dark ride if you go by bike. You'll also have to explain to the guard at the barrier that you've come for the session.
Start time is 7pm. We normally finish at around 8:30.
First session is 14th November (that's a little later than usual as I'm not available on 7th).
(Triathlon Club) Members £3
Cycling club members £4
Non-members £6.
If you would like to come but do not have your own turbo trainer you can borrow one. Please let me know in advance so that I can bring one for you.
Please bring a towel or blanket to protect the floor. It's carpet so we can't mop up our puddles!
If you have been to these sessions before you only need read further if you would like a reminder of the purpose and nature of the sessions.
The sessions follow a progressive programme from November until the end of March. It doesn't matter if you miss some sessions or come in part way through, the progression is mostly about suitable training for the time of year. The focus in the autumn is on developing and re-enforcing good pedalling technique, with some physiological preparation work. There's a very useful educational element. In the spring the focus is on cardiovascular endurance and speed. The workload increases from month to month.
The sessions really are suitable for all abilities as it's impossible to get left behind and there's no need to wait for anyone. The list of former regulars includes three Olympians, several world champions and a host of professionals, internationals and elite level triathletes and cyclists. It also includes many more complete beginners and everything in between.
* Last year's venue is no longer available - one of the Halls at Chesterton has been turned into a library, the other is booked for too many of the days that we would want it.