I have an update and its thanks to one of my local bike shops that I am not now in the market for something gravelly from Trek or Specialized.
I dropped Terry Wright Cycles an email to explain the bike I had and the riding I did. Just to see if there was any upgrade or tweaks I could make to the current bike. If it was a no, the pain of Facebay or Ebay awaited me. This was a big deal.
I hate selling stuff online and having to deal with people. The selling of the old bike is the worst part of buying a new bike.
We arranged a time for me and my bike to pop by their shop and it was agreed pretty quickly that there was some quick wins here.
I was fortunate enough to had upgraded the Shimano R500 wheelset to Mavic Cosmics which had a narrower profile.
That meant that despite an advertised maximum rear wheel clearance of 23mm tyres, I was able to fit 25mm. The internet had told me that a tyre upgrade wouldn’t fit…
Much as I wanted to believe that a quick investment of less than £50 could save me a fortune on equipment, my mind remained open.,
A quick hour spin didn’t totally convince me. Two weeks on though and I am finding the bike a lot more comfortable. It now feels much more stable and comfortable, a real bonus.
So thanks to my LBS for their help. If you have any questions on your bike fit and feel, you should always consult them before spending a wedge of cash.
Its been a while since my last update on how using the Rouvy app is going, so I thought I would pen a few brief thoughts.
Across the summer I have used it a lot less due to the hot weather. Yes, even here in the UK!
But there has been a number of updates for stability and the launch of the new group ride feature which is out to rival Zwift on that score.
I have yet to join one, so I won’t pass comment until I do, but the feedback in the Rouvy Facebook group has been broadly supportive.
As I am not riding regularly indoors I have stepped away from the levelling up process. Last winter I was keen to get a couple of grades up and really enjoyed the racing needed to get there.
The rides needed to be completed in TT mode though are quite long and the thought of 2-3 hours indoors on a trainer whilst the sun beats down isn’t one I wanted to contemplate.
But you can still rack up points (based on your suffer score on a ride) without needing to complete mandatory routes. So the fun remains.
I have also been riding some routes regularly enough to be able to insert the virtual me’s to try and beat, something that helps me find more pace.
I don’t want to lose to the early season less well trained version of me!
I think the app will continue to come into its own over the winter months. I am planning to race again this winter and use Rouvy to keep me out of the rain and cold.
There are of course plenty of alternatives to do that, but I like riding the augmented reality riders on a real world video. It works for me.
One negative has been the ongoing issues getting it to work with a tablet. You do need to check the high specs needed to run the app by clicking here. Fortunately the family laptop and my mobile phone rescued me when the Samsung tablet wasn’t able to run the software.
There is always lots going on behind the scenes here at Beers of Belgium CC and I am looking forward to getting the jersey on and getting out there promoting this page of the Fendrien website.
This will hopefully coincide with the return of bike racing and we will be able to recreate that moment when a beer is sipped in front of the TV after a strenuous training ride where you have pretended to be Greg Van Avermaet.
So keep an eye out for the kit delivery and our team jersey out there on the roads.
The company was supplying AquaBlue when they went bust mid season and haven’t been seen on pro faces since, so it will be interesting to see if they pay to have this range in a teams kit for next season.