700 Road Cycling Blog

Before you get to the meat I’m hijacking this post briefly because – while the following words aren’t mine – they perfectly echo my sentiments. I knew I liked Jeandre. From the first email exchange when he used a 4 syllable word (something I haven’t seen on any CV in recent years) through my subsequent meetings with him.... More

Quality time : Why we ride.

Jeandre Fourie | 22/02/2020 15:59:14

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I have had, as I assume the majority of you reading this blog have had, a tumultuous and tenuous relationships with saddles. Considering the intimate positioning of a saddle it is no wonder it has taken so many years for the reality of saddle discomfort to be addressed. We all look for a generic solution to a very.... More

Are you sitting comfortably….?

Jeandre Fourie | 29/01/2020 16:44:13

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OVERVIEW Jon is a long time customer of ours and we have been with him throughout his road cycling journey. His evolving bike collection had humble beginnings and has seen a logical progression from stock, mainstream bikes to more revered names such as Pinarello. Moving from off-the peg to dedicated builds, Jon’s journey has led him to appreciate the.... More

Building the Dream : Jon’s Custom Sarto Lampo Plus

Dave Butcher | 11/11/2019 12:18:00

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The off-season is here. In recent times, more riders are choosing to hang up their bikes when the weather turns, in favour of indoor cycling. More and more riders are committed to dedicated training programs than ever before – be that through indoor smart training platforms or via professional coaches. More than just cycling-based training, .... More

Yoga for Cyclists : Optimise your off-season.

Dave Butcher | 14/10/2019 15:08:27

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There’s a bit more to it than that though and several solid reasons for the change. I’ve always been a bit contrary – Marmite if you will - so it may come as no surprise to many that in an age of expectation, instant gratification and 24-7 deliveries, we’re bucking the trend. I believe it’s important to.... More

Time for a change : We’re updating our store opening hours.

Dave Butcher | 22/08/2019 21:15:03

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The SuperSix Evo is a discreet beast. It is recognisable not for its off-the-wall silhouette, oddly shaped or large tubing; rather its elegant simplicity. With more traditional ‘square’ geometries and classic rounded tube profiles, it is a purist’s delight, uncompromisingly engineered to be fast. When Cannondale first created the SuperSix EVO, they.... More

SuperSix Evo : The Evolution of a Classic

Dave Butcher | 28/06/2019 13:00:00

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CeramicSpeed are a Danish company founded in 1998 and they specialise (indeed they are the benchmark) in the production of Hybrid Ceramic bearings for industry (including food and aerospace) and sports markets, with a large proportion given over to Cycling specific products. Their focus is to produce bearings that reduce friction and that continue to perform for a very long.... More

New Balls Please : The CeramicSpeed Advantage

Dave Butcher | 13/03/2019 10:48:28

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18 months ago I was on holiday, soaking up the sun on a Greek island - not a bike in sight. Whilst ambling back to the pool having retrieved a fresh, cold beer from the overworked fridge, I received a call from the shop. “……your bike’s been stolen” Assuming I had misheard (and less than entirely sober).... More

Returns Department…

Dave Butcher | 31/01/2019 16:05:47

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Perspective : Ride and Remember As a small independent retailer, I often wake in the early hours of the morning worrying about whether or not things are going well and whether I’m doing the ‘right’ things. This morning was a 3am Black Friday panic: ‘how do I compete with these massive online businesses who care.... More

Black Friday : A leftfield approach….

Dave Butcher | 21/11/2018 17:14:00

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OVERVIEW One of the things that makes a build special, is the mood and reaction of the person for whom you’re building. Ed has an infectious enthusiasm – that of genuine unrestrained excitement and joy - about what was a dream build for him. It was impossible not to be enveloped by.... More

Ed’s Colnago Concept Build.

Dave Butcher | 28/06/2018 12:49:54

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OVERVIEW Ian’s Nevi Spinas is a personal favourite of mine, not least because we discussed the build in some depth over beers. Like me, Ian had been a victim of some unscrupulous bastards who had stolen not one, but two Bianchis; including a Specialissima that he loved. After spending a few.... More

Ian’s Nevi Titanium Spinas Build

Dave Butcher | 05/04/2018 18:40:33

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Technorati Tags: Custom Bike Builds,Dream Bikes,Disc Brakes,Disc Wheels,Carbon Road Bikes,Enve,Lightweight,Wegweiser,Urgestalt,Sram eTap Hydro This is a carefully considered build and was a pleasure to work on. Anthony Anthony has chosen the Lightweight Urgestalt disc frame as his mountain machine. Yes it’s light, but the more important decision here was to use Lightweight’s Wegweiser.... More

Anthony’s Lightweight Urgestalt Build

Dave Butcher | 07/03/2018 13:11:44

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With the festive season upon us, we’ve put together some of our favourite gift pieces and Winter essentials to take the hassle out of choosing the perfect gift for the cyclist in your life.   SOCKS! The simplest gift and one that is always welcomed by any cyclist, is the humble sock. Who.... More

The Geese are getting fat……

Dave Butcher | 30/11/2017 19:14:32

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January as we know it is back in force and with temperatures set to stay at or below zero in the coming days, it seems sensible to offer some tips to deal with the conditions. This isn’t going to be exhaustive, more a nudge for your brain to help remember the common sense things you already know about cycling.... More

Ice Ice Baby

Dave Butcher | 20/01/2017 12:41:48

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I wanted to write a feature piece on SILCA as the brand represents everything good about the way I believe products should be viewed. Not simply in the context of cost but rather in the context of value; something that encompasses not only the ticket price but ideology, quality and longevity. I have known.... More

SILCA : They don’t make them like that anymore.....?

Dave Butcher | 30/11/2016 13:19:28

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