Showing posts from June, 2017

Stay Hydrated This Summer - With Erdinger Beer!

Summer months mean (hopefully) hotter weather, longer rides, and post ride BBQ beers. The issue with all three of those, is that they will likely leave you dehydrated.

Dehydration negatively affects performance and recovery, so to get the most from your cycling, you really need to avoid it. Luckily, Erdinger have a solution...

Erdinger Alkoholfrei is an alcohol free weissbrau beer, which actually has isotonic properties. That means it officially classifies as a recovery drink.

Here's the technical side...

What are isotonic drinks? Isotonic drinks are those that have a similar osmotic pressure to blood; that means a similar number of dissolved particles per litre. This characteristic means they can be absorbed into the blood stream faster than other liquids.

Dissolved particles include polyphenols, vitamins, electrolytes, carbohydrates, sugar, and protein particles. If the concentration of these particles is correct, then isotonic drinks can be absorbed up to four times faster tha…

The St. Boniface Down Everesting

To complete an 'Everesting' you must ascend the height of Everest (8,848 metres); in one ride; on one climb.

The challenge takes the concept of #insearchofup to new heights.

On June 24th 2017, I took on an 'Everesting' of St. Boniface Down, Ventnor (Isle of Wight).

From the seafront, to the radar station at the top of the climb. 38 repetitions would be required, to meet the magic number.

It was one hell of a hill climbing session...

Preparation The preparation for the big ride starts weeks before the pedals make their first rotation.

Gearing is chosen. Bikes are fettled. Nutrition is prepared. Bags are packed.

It begins... dawn depart Up before the sun, even this close to the summer solstice.
Porridge and coffee, at 4am.
Empty roads and dark skies at the start-line.

Mountain in the mist Fog, wind, and rain.

My own mountain, shrouded in cloud.

Brothers in Arms The first few hours are a solo affair.

Then, comrades join to provide company for a handful of rain soaked rep…

Review - Effetto Mariposa Caffelatex Tubeless Tyre Sealant

Finding a good tubeless tyre sealant is a bit like finding a good coffee in a foreign town: once you have found one that hits the spot, you will keep coming back, time after time.

It is most likely a coincidence that Caffelatex Tubeless Sealant from Effetto Mariposa seems to allude to a coffee connection. Even so, you might well find it addictive…

For me, latex based sealants still rule in terms of reliability and function. Stan's No Tubes was the original latex based sealant; but other brands have since taken on the concept and adapted it.

Caffelatex is unique because it contains a foaming compound, which promises to give greater coverage inside the tyre, even when a cut is not at the bottom of the wheel.

I have been using this sealant on a cyclocross bike for a few months now, and it seems to be working well. It seals around thorns easily, and larger cuts will seal if you use a tubeless plug (read my post 'How to Make a Tubeless Tyre Plug').

To be honest, I still found…

Review - Le Patron CC Casual Cycle Clothing

Some products impress you, even before you've tried them on. The stylish and unique range of cycling inspired casual wear from Dutch brand Le Patron CC, certainly earns that mark of respect.

The collection of products arrived from The Netherlands in a smart branded box; which opened up to reveal a set of clothing and accessories, with each item neatly packaged in a cotton musette, or wrapped in branded tissue paper.

Removed from its intricate packaging, the quality and detail of the Le Patron CC kit continued to show real promise…

Le Patron CC T-Shirts Over the past few years, I have reviewed and featured a number of cycling inspired tees on Life In The Saddle. Some have shouted "cyclist!" others have been discrete in alluding to their two-wheeled heritage. The Le Patron V-neck tees are definitely the latter of these two (thankfully); they are smart and subtly styled, and would be at home in any smart casual setting.

Made from 100 percent cotton, and pre-washed to avoid…

Review - Fori Savoury Meat Snack Bars

Most protein bars use whey isolate to deliver their protein hit, but that sweet and gooey texture is not the only way of getting protein into your diet. Fori, a UK-based brand, have come up with oven baked savoury meat snack bars!

I have been testing them out, and the Thai Turkey and Piri Piri Chicken flavours are (despite my initial reservations) rather good.

Aside from whey protein (derived from milk) there are hundreds of other sources of protein on the market (read my blog post: 'Smart Shopping List Ideas'). Turkey and chicken are right up there with the best, because they contain high volumes of Leucine - a crucial amino acid. These meat based bars deliver a great low-fat, high-protein fuel source.

The Fori bars use oven baked high-quality meat products, to provide a convenient way of getting protein into your diet, especially when you are on the move.

A savoury meat bar might not initially sound that appetising, but at the end of a long ride, or the end of a long day to…

Review - Supacaz Grizips Mountain Bike Bar Grips

The Supacaz Super Kush Bar Tape was one of my favourite bar tapes, when I tried it back in 2015; it provided impressive comfort and durability. Supacaz have just released their new range of Grizips mountain bike handlebar grips, to provide comfort for the off-road market too; I was keen to see if they lived up to the same standard.

I fitted a set of colour-coordinated orange Grizips to my Pivot Les 29, and hit the trails.

The Grizips immediately impress: from the colour, to the texture, width and grip level. They feel super tacky (grippy) and super kushy (comfortable), much like the Supacaz bar tape.

After a few rides, they still look like new; just a quick spray with bike cleaner, and a scrub with a soft brush, and the colour seems to be restored and the dirt removed from the grip pattern.

Secure, stylish, comfortable and durable. You can't ask much more from a pair of mountain bike grips. These Grizips deliver on all fronts.

Shop for Supacaz Grizips Mountain Bike Grips here

Review - Joe's No Flats Elite Racer's Tubeless Tyre Sealant

I have tested more tubeless tyre sealants that I can count on two hands; some have been great, some have been pretty worthless. The 'Elite Racer's Sealant' from Joe's No Flats is one of the best.

Thorns, small cuts and flints are sealed with ease. Even the largest cuts that I've encountered have sealed with the help of a tyre plug (see my post 'How To Make A Tubeless Tyre Plug').

The sealant seems to have a good lifespan, and is as good as new after 3 months of testing so far.

For all kinds of tubeless tyres: MTB, cyclocross and road, this stuff seems to work well.

Click here for my 'Top Tips for Going Tubeless'Shop here for Joe's No Flats Elite Racer's Tyre Sealant