A chat with BLKTEC’s CEO, Greg Grobler

I've been riding on BLKTEC's wheelsets and components (stem, bars and seatpost) for almost a year now and though they do sponsor me (I want to make that clear as I can) I really only have good things to say about them. Well he would say that, you may be thinking but also, I don't … Continue reading A chat with BLKTEC’s CEO, Greg Grobler

Taiwan Local Bike Shop Extraordinaire

Due to the excellent T-Mosaic bike shop having moved location, my default LBS is now the Author Bikes shop about 4km from my house here in Taichung, Taiwan. This place is massive, and in all honesty I'd be quite happy to live here. They have three levels in the store and another two above, one … Continue reading Taiwan Local Bike Shop Extraordinaire

CrankPunk to partner with Velocite for 2015

Awesome news, Velocite, the makers and purveyors of fine bicycles are to be my sponsor for 2015 on the road and on the dirt! I've known Victor and Jessica Major for a good few years now and we've always talked about working together, so it seems the recent Chinese New Year looked down on us … Continue reading CrankPunk to partner with Velocite for 2015

Jonathan Vaughters graces Twitter with a description of crankpunk as a “talentless wanna-be writing [a] self-promotional blog”… Compliment accepted

A Twitter spat. My first. And with the mighty JV. I am honored. Some back story... It's no secret that I feel that all former dopers - all - should not be welcomed back in any capacity whatsoever into the fabric of cycling, be it as managers, coaches, team owners or administrators. I also feel … Continue reading Jonathan Vaughters graces Twitter with a description of crankpunk as a “talentless wanna-be writing [a] self-promotional blog”… Compliment accepted

The story of American doping in the 80s: The Olympics, Eddie B, and his “product”, our old friend Lance

This documentary looks at doping in the 80s in the USA, it isn't cycling-specific, though it is cycling-related as it deals with doping on a systematic and institutionalised scale, nothing most of you won't have known already but that may be enlightening for some. Almost comical is the recounting of how many athletes suddenly started … Continue reading The story of American doping in the 80s: The Olympics, Eddie B, and his “product”, our old friend Lance

Martyn Ashton, riding again, inspiring as ever

If you're looking for inspiration look no further than Martyn Ashton. Paralysed in a fall in 2013, the British rider barely stopped to feel sorry for himself before cracking on in rehab and then getting out and trying every single sport he could. You can check out his report on his first year post-accident, it's … Continue reading Martyn Ashton, riding again, inspiring as ever

Marijuana to enhance cycling performance? (& not just for downhill MTB kids)

Yes, apparently this might be happening. An article in The Guardian this week cites a report in The Wall Street Journal that an increasing number of ultra-marathon nutters runners are lighting up the doobies in training and pre- and post-race. “If you can find the right level, it takes the stress out of running,” says … Continue reading Marijuana to enhance cycling performance? (& not just for downhill MTB kids)

Vandevelde to be president of new North American Pro Rider Association. Huh?

Seriously, I did not make this up. Christian Vandevelde, he of  le dopage Americain, is to be the president of the new Association of North American Professional Road Cyclists (ANAPRC). At the time he received his suspension (6 months, bless, received for 'admitting' he doped on US EPOstal), he whimpered: "I’m very sorry for the mistakes … Continue reading Vandevelde to be president of new North American Pro Rider Association. Huh?

Lee’s Lowdown on PEZ: the bicycle in war

Third installment of my weekly column over on PezCycling News, this one is about the use of the trusty old bicycle during wartime, from pre-1900 to just last year, when a bike was loaded with explosives and lots of sharp nasty things and used to kill 45 people at a market in Kandahar. Yeah. Nice … Continue reading Lee’s Lowdown on PEZ: the bicycle in war