Be prepared, or suffer the consequences…BONK!!!

Well yesterday I went out for a long ride in the last of the good weather. Not unusual for me any more on my Fixed Gear bike. I planned to do 80miles. The route was up to Monmouth and back via a big hill climb I wanted to try. It’s the one that comes out of Monmouth back to Chepstow along the B4233 towards Trelleck. Turns out it was a category 3 climb! It was tough but ultimately very rewarding. On the way back though  I took a wrong turn, got lost and it ended up being  a 97.8 miler! 17 miles more that I wanted to do and those last miles were the worst miles I have done for a long while. I carried enough food and water for my 80mile trip and strategized my eating and drinking so that I could go fairly quick over this distance. I obviously didn’t plan for my own stupidity though! The lack of food and hydration caused me to bonk bad. I don’t mean hitting the mental blockade called the WALL. I sometimes hit the WALL, but always push through it and come out the other side peachy and sort of better off. This was BONKING, complete bodily exhaustion and physical shut down. A lack of the right nutrients for the body. The only thing you can do when you hit this is get home quickly and safely. Sugary foods at this point only help for a short time as they spike your energy levels and run out quickly. Damage limitation!
I remember the doubt. Thinking that this will be the lowest point of my cycling life. I just remember thinking if I can get to Newport flats I’ll be ok. Its quiet and I can plod along. After negotiating the A48 in lunch time traffic while trying to stay mentally focused and trying to remember where I had just come from or where I was going due to the mental state I was in proved difficult. Eventually I made it. By this time there was no physical pain as such, only mental agony. Concentrating was hard and thinking hurt! I don’t remember much of the ride on the flats, I just remember looking down and thinking how are my legs still moving? I stopped at a Pub to fill my water bottle up. As I got off the bike I stumbled and nearly fell into the door way. Jelly legs giving you the comical off balance dance. I remained composed and they kindly filled them up…with ice. I took 5mins out but this proved worse as my muscle’s cramped.
I jumped back on the bike and continued my slow and agonising journey back home. As I entered Cardiff I felt relived, but every mile still felt like 10. I plodded at a snail pace till I reached my house. As soon as I got in I ran a bath of cold water and sat in it…hopefully that would relieve some of the physical pain, but my mental anguish was still present. FOOD…I still ate sensibly even though all I could think of was chocolate and crap. Protein and carbs with a glass of strong squash. I made it home by the skin of my teeth to be honest. Any longer and it would have been boarder line dangerous. Next time I’m taking my credit card and more food than i need. Be prepared for the worst! Its easy to think that will never happen to you as i always have. But it sometimes does!


2013 Specialized Pictures

Here are some pictures of the new 2013 Bikes that we currentley have in store. More are coming through towards the end of this month so stay tuned for more info….This is what specialized say about the ALLEZ range –
‘Stiff, light, race-inspired Allez offers great acceleration and handling—perfect for aspiring racers, or as a winter training bike for more accomplished veterans. Light wheels improve efficiency over any terrain’.


A1 Premium Aluminium Frame
Specialized Aluminium Fork
Shimano 2300 Groupset
Axis Classic Wheelset
Specialized Finishing Kit


Allez Sport 2013

A1 Premium Aluminium Frame
FACT Carbon Forks
NEW Shimano Sora Compact Groupset
9 Speed Gearing
Axis Classic Wheelset
Specialized Finishing Kit


This is what Specialized have to say about the Secteur range –
‘Roubaix-inspired Endurance Road geometry, FACT carbon fork with vibration-absorbing Zertz, and shaped tube sets make the Secteur Sport stable, smooth, and quick. Axis Classic wheelset add’s efficiency and reliability’.

Secteur Sport

A1 Premium Aluminium Frame with Zertz Inserts
FACT Carbon Fork with Zertz Inserts
New Shimano Sora Triple Groupset
9 Speed Gearing
Axis Classic Wheelset
Specialized Finishing Kit


If you would like any more info on lead times of other models or on our current instore models, then feel free to drop in to the shop and ask one of our staff. Or call us on 02920 230911




Specialized have a very good offer on a lot of there 2012 range of bikes. Up to 15% off some models!!
Available in store or you can find them in our online shop. Come in store for a chat and to see if what size we can get you. If you buy online your can specify to have it delivered to our shop for assembly if you wish. They do have a few bits and pieces that we don’t have in our shop. 2013 models will be coming in to our store soon! So keep popping in. We already have some of the 2013 Allez’s in stock………..

OFFER – 2011 Roubaix Comp – OFFER

The cobbles of the Paris Roubaix are brutal and bumpy and a race bike is to harsh to carry on for the day at race pace. This was the creation that helped the likes of Tom Boonen to push on and push hard. With the Zertz inserts it feels like your floating along the bumpy roads that seem to be rife in this area.
We have a 58cm left in store
Spec is –
SL2 FACT Carbon Frame
FACT Carbon Forks
Shimano 105 Groupset
Fulcrum Racing 6 Wheelset
Specialized Finishing Kit
was – £1999
NOW – £1500
for more info come in store or call on 02920 230911
not available on finance, cycle scheme or in conjunction with any other offer

OFFER – Tarmac Elite 2011 – OFFER

Fancy upgrading your alloy bike to something a bit quicker? Tour de France wetting your appetite for speed? This is the perfect bike for you! The Tarmac is Specialized’s full out fast road bike. A stiff carbon frame with a good performance groupset!
We only have a 58cm left in store.
Spec is –
FACT SL2 Carbon Frame,
FACT Carbon Fork,
Shimano 105 Brakes and Gearing,
Shimano R600 Chainset,
Shimano R500 Wheelset.
was – £1649
NOW – £1350
for more info come in store or call on 02920 230911
not available on finance, cycle scheme or in conjunction with any other offer

OFFER – 2011 Enduro Comp – OFFER

Is All Mountain more your thing? Enjoy the descents and want to go quicker? Don’t mind a bit more of slog uphill for the reward of those rocky gnarly downhill runs?
Look no further than the Enduro. This is the last version with an Air shock instead of the new version which comes with a coil shock. We have 1 Medium left and once it’s gone there will be no more.
Spec is –
M5 Alloy Frame,
Rock Shox Lyric Fork,
Fox RP2 Rear Shock,
Avid Elixir 5 Hydraulic Disc Brakes,
Sram X9/X7 Gearing<
Gamut Dual Ring Chain Device,
DT Swiss E440 Wheelset.
was – £ 2499
NOW – £1900
for more info come in store or call on 02920 230911
not available on finance, cycle scheme or in conjunction with any other offer