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A quick snap of my Felt F95 2014 road bike

Felt F95 Bike at Blaenavon

I took the opportunity this afternoon to get out on the new Felt F95 2014 road bike to see if I can actually make a connection with the bike and riding a road bike after many years on the Cube MTB. Well, it looks like today was a step forward. I must confess to the fact that the transition from MTB to Road Bike really hasn’t been an easy or smooth affair. But, after an hour or 2 out on it tonight and actually really enjoyed the experience. I’m starting to feel more comfortable with the geometry and riding position (well, mostly) but feel like I still need to make some adjustments to get it exactly where I like it. Although, after not owning a road bike for many years, I have to admit that I’m not 100% sure what I should be looking for or expecting.
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Tone City Pedals – My First Impressions

Tone City Wild Fire & Angel Wings

Just had a go of the new Tone City pedals I ordered on the weekend and what can I say…. wow!! The Wild Fire is an amazing little distortion pedal; really offers some seriously nice crunch to either a clean channel or an over-driven channel. Couple that with the toggle for Modern or British voicing and the insane amount of level boost on tap, should you need it, and for £39.99 it really does punch above its weight.

I’m still playing with the Angel Wings chorus, but initial tests put a smile on my face.

I can certainly say that just adding the Wild Fire has opened up my Marshall JMD:1 and put a massive grin on my face.

I’m working on a video review that will be up on my Suicide Evolution YouTube Channel in the next week or so, so check that out too

First time on a road bike in many, many years!

Felt F95 2014 Road Bike

I’ve been mountain biking for the last 3 or so years and absolutely love it, but find that 35 ish miles is as far as I’m really comfortable riding and I want to go further. So, with that thought in mind, I’ve been toying with the idea of getting a road bike (or a Cyclocross bike) for the last year or so. Well, I ended up investing in a new Felt F95 road bike (sadly I missed out on a sweet deal for a Cube Peloton) and the bike was delivered to me today. So, after spending a little time fitting the handlebars and pedals, it was time to try it out and then adjust the saddle height, position, handlebars, etc.

Before I could do that I needed to give it a quick whirl to see what needed adjusting. So, on I hopped and went for a spin up the road to get a feel for the required adjustments. Sweet Jesus, what the hell am I riding!!! After so many years riding a mountain bike, this road bike felt like a totally alien contraption! The brakes were in a weird place, the gear changers are all wrong and the handlebars! What the hell are these….? They are too short, a stupid shape and the brakes are just out of reach… I hate it, I feel wobbly, unsafe and just plain wrong! Read More

It’s the Simple Things That Mean So Much More…

Garn Lakes Blaenavon

It’s days like today that you really appreciate simple things. It’s my day off and a few years back I would have normally sat around doing nothing particularly exhilarating. Playing on the Playstation or XBox, maybe a bit of surfing and if I was really bored, some stuff around the house.

Well that was before the new lease of life that buying a bike gave me. Don’t get me wrong, buying a bike hasn’t changed my entire life; nothing that massive. But what it has given me is a greater love of the outdoors. Getting out, seeing new places, getting off the beaten track and a real enjoyment of my own company.

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