CEP COMPRESSION WEAR….NOW IN STOCK!!

Yes we have a selection of the CEP compression socks and sleeves as well as the new cycling bib shorts.
This is what CEP say about their compression wear…
A physiologically perfect compression profile for greater performance, longer endurance and faster recovery.
Regardless if you’re wearing CEP before, during or after exercise, our products are your perfect partner for maximizing performance and recovery.

Why wear any compression wear before, during or after exercise?
Every muscle cell in the body needs energy in the form of oxygen. This is transported to the muscles via the blood. The better the blood flow in the body, the better the muscles are supplied with oxygen and nutrients. This function can be positively influenced with target graduate compression.
  We have a small selection of the running socks and sleeves in both mens and womens. We Also have the Recovery specific socks for men and women.
Cycling wise we have the new bib shorts, cycling socks and the compression Quad sleeves. SO something to suit every type of rider.
I can confirm that the bib shorts work well after trying them out on a 145mile bike ride! I could walk the next day and the muscle soreness was minimal compared to other long distance rides i had done. I found them incredibly comfortable throughout the ride and very supportive. As for the extended endurance aspect of compression wear i could possibly say it works! my legs didn’t once complain on the ride, only my hands and shoulder!
Unlike other compression wear you need to be measured for the CEP products which all are staff are trained in. It only takes 2 minutes and gets you the correct compression for your size…pop in and have a chat

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Summer Clothing Sale…..

We have 10% OFF on selected lines of ENDURA, SPECIALIZED and MAVIC summer clothing. Everything from shorts too jackets. Come in and have a look….
We are now stocking a larger selection of Autumn/Winter clothing to try and help you combat that chilly wind that has set. Both for road and mountain riders. We also have shoe covers and rain jackets for when it gets that little bit nastier!

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’.

Allez

A1 Premium Aluminium Frame
Specialized Aluminium Fork
Shimano 2300 Groupset
Axis Classic Wheelset
Specialized Finishing Kit
£550.00

 

Allez Sport 2013

A1 Premium Aluminium Frame
FACT Carbon Forks
NEW Shimano Sora Compact Groupset
9 Speed Gearing
Axis Classic Wheelset
Specialized Finishing Kit
£725.00

 

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
£850.00

 

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 RED TICKET PROMO

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………..

A Very Special Tarmac…

This arrived to us yesterday…
A 2012 Specialized Tarmac Expert in a very exclusive American Flyer colour way. We have a 56cm in store and the retail price is £3000.
Spec is  as follows –
SL3 FACT 10r Carbon Frame,
FSA SL-K Carbon Chainset with a Super Compact setup – 52/36,
Shimano Ultegra Brakes and Gears,
Fulcrum Racing 4 Wheelset,
Specialized Finishing Kit.
Bit of a special bike if you ask me…Come in store or call us for more info.