First Fat Bike USA Championships: looks like a blast!

'First off you're riding bikes, on snow - that's silly... but it's fun!' Did she say 3 psi? Feels like floating on air? And it's on snow you say? Where do I sign up? Some guy I know a few weeks back said, with considerable venom, "I HATE those fat bikes!" Why? What's to hate? … Continue reading First Fat Bike USA Championships: looks like a blast!

crankpunk’s first proper bike features on GCN

Well it's not actually my bike, it's Stephen Roche's, but it is exactly the same, down to the groupset and even the saddle, that I had when I was 17 - my first proper, proper bike. Every penny of pocket money I had went into this machine. That I sold it for 400 quid to … Continue reading crankpunk’s first proper bike features on GCN

beautiful bikes from Firefly

thanks to my friend Bjarke for putting me onto this rather lovely bunch of bikes from the Boston-based brand, Firefly. titanium, beautifully welded, some very bike-geeky attention to detail and a sense of subtlety that quietly speaks volumes. and an MTB frame that wouldn't look out of place on my wall. i want one. nice … Continue reading beautiful bikes from Firefly

my Euro adventure 2011: part 2

'just make sure you don't get dropped.... oh, and don't crash anyone.' these were the wise and terrifying words of advice that my then-teammate Tjarco Cuppens offered with a mischievous smile as we drove into the city of Heerlen, located in the south of the Netherlands in the little tail of the country that nestles … Continue reading my Euro adventure 2011: part 2

old bikes vs. new: are we under-appreciative of the modern machine?

as is often his wont, crankpunk was sat at a local coffee shop a few weeks back, before the back got crocked, talking to a friend after a training ride. weʼd just done 150km and were discussing the differences between our bikes, the ride quality and comfort, the aesthetics, carbon lay-ups and so on and … Continue reading old bikes vs. new: are we under-appreciative of the modern machine?