Clear deep blue skies, a gentle breeze and empty weekday roads. Some days are just perfect for wheeling the bike out of the house, pointing it in any direction you want and cruising around for some tan line inducing miles through the country. I put my Garmin on a screen with no ride stats – just time and temperature – and pedalled away without a care in the world for the spare hour or so I had.
Life doesn’t get much sweeter sometimes! And to think it’s still technically winter here, bring on spring and summer. #chilledoutcycling
In an attempt to increase my saddle time and get back up to flying fitness I splurged on a new set of rollers. Last month we smashed our target at work, so what better way to spend some of that bonus money than on bike tech? :-)
Back in the UK I had a set of Elite Arion rollers that I loved. Unfortunately I couldn’t take them or my turbo with me. This time around I plumped for the upgraded version with built-in resistance levels (picture below is me on the old set a few years ago).
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The Elite Arion has parabolic rollers, meaning they are taller at the edges to help keep you centred. It’s not a fail safe though and it is still possible to ride over and off, trust me on that one!
Two other great features of the Elite rollers are the lighter plastic frame and the ability to fold it in half for storage. I haven’t given the resistance levels a thorough testing yet, but I’m sure it’ll stop me from spinning madly when trying to put down some wattage! Not that I have much wattage now (okay, I never had much). It’s going to be a tough slog back to finding my form. #keepcycling
Yesterday for the first time in a while, I took the TT bike for a spin. Less than five miles down the road my quads were protesting, I was shuffling around on the saddle and I just wasn’t feeling “right” on the bike. I pulled over for a quick roadside evaluation, resulting in me lifting the saddle by a mere 4mm. Might not sound like a lot, but oh the difference it can make!
Back on the bike and I could immediately feel the change. Back to business! The bike and I were at one again! I smashed out the rest of my ride in comfort locked into the TT tuck, picking up a few PB’s along the way. I guess it pays to check your bike setup every now and then. My seat post must have slipped over a bump at some point.
When it comes to bike setup, millimeters matter!
(oh and excuse my American spelling of the word, just this once)