Monty - Sportive Cyclist
Monty is an enthusiastic road cyclist with only moderate talent. He started Sportive Cyclist in 2013 to record the journey to his first 100 mile ride, the RideLondon 100. Over time the blog has expanded to include training advice, gear reviews and road cycling tales, all from the perspective of a not-very-fit MAMIL. Since you're here, Monty would also like you to check out his YouTube channel and subscribe to receive email updates. Also, Monty really needs to stop referring to himself in the third person.
Bryton Rider 450 review

Bryton Rider 450 Review: Best Value Cycling GPS?

Boom. Bike computer review time. In this case, the Bryton Rider 450.

The Bryton Rider 450 is a fully-fledged bike GPS device. It uses the magic (science) of satellites to track and record your rides, taking feeds from other sensors secreted about your bike (cadence, power) or your person (heart rate strap).

Once your ride is completed, it sends the data file to the Bryton Active smartphone app and, if you’re that way inclined, on to Strava.

You can also use the device to upload and follow routes, in an attempt not to get lost on twisty turny unknowny roads.

So, very much a bike GPS computer in the Garmin Edge/Wahoo ELEMNT mould. But how does it compare? Most importantly, should you buy one? Read on MacDuff…

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Bike Gears: How Do They Work?

Gears are a pretty fundamental part of the modern bicycle.

In fact, as the handlebar-moustache-sporting, Victorian gents amongst you will know, the introduction of gear rings and chains spelt the end for the Hi-wheel (the Penny Farthing to you and I) and other direct drive bicycles.

By varying the size of the chainring at the front and the sprockets (or cogs) at the back, cyclists could generate greater speeder without having to spin the pedals at ever-increasing RPMs (or balance precariously above gigantic front wheels).

In this post, I’m going to give an introduction to bike gears. Since this is a blog about road cycling, I’ll stick to talking about derailleur gears (i.e. the ones seen on road bikes). Conveniently, this means I can avoid having to admit that I really don’t understand how hub gears work (what? ah…).

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Bryton Rider 750 review

Bryton Rider 750 Review: Colour Touchscreen GPS At A Garmin-Beating Price?

Behold my full review of the Bryton Rider 750 bike GPS, brought to you in ALL the formats:

  • Mega video review; and
  • Full blog post with all the details (currently in note/bullet point form but I will build it out)

Good news: you don’t have to read/watch all them. Just pick the one that suits you best.

Read moreBryton Rider 750 Review: Colour Touchscreen GPS At A Garmin-Beating Price?

How To Remove & Fit A BB90 Press Fit Bottom Bracket

How To Remove & Fit A BB90 Press Fit Bottom Bracket

In this post, complete with video, I show you how to remove and fit a BB90 Bottom Bracket on a Trek road bike (in this case my carbon Trek Domane 4.3, which I bought in 2013).

You will learn:

🔨 what tools you need to remove a set of seized BB90 bottom bracket bearings

🔩 how to use a bottom bracket press tool to fit new Trek BB90 bearings

🔧 how to avoid the plastic dust cover being pushed out when you reinstall the crankset

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How To Upload Routes Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT

How To Upload A Route To A Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT

In this blog post, along with an accompanying, short video I explain how to upload a GPS cycling route to the Wahoo ELEMNT BOLT bike computer.

For the example in the video, I used RideWithGPS as the mapping software, and in fact, someone else (the organiser of the Spring Forward Sportive) had created the route.

All I did was to sync it with the Wahoo ELEMNT smartphone app and, from there, sync it with my own GPS device. Simples!

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Trek Domane with Campagnolo Zonda C17 wheelset

Campagnolo Zonda C17 Wheelset Review: My Quest For A New Pair Of Road Bike Wheels

I have a habit of using things until well after they’ve stopped working properly.

Partly this is my profound Yorkshireness (deep pockets/short arms), partly inertia. Unless something gets really annoying, I’m unlikely to do anything about it.

Early in 2018 (yes, this is a long term review!) my rear wheel got so annoying I finally decided to do something about it.

I needed to buy myself some new road bike wheels.

Cue the intro music.

Read moreCampagnolo Zonda C17 Wheelset Review: My Quest For A New Pair Of Road Bike Wheels

trek domane on work stand

Elite Race Workstand Review (Or How To Fix Your Bike Without Leaning Down)

It’s time for me to, once again, apply my razor-sharp analytical skills to the assessment of a piece of cycling equipment. I’m going to ‘review’ the Elite Race Workstand.

In other words, I’m going to waffle a bit, show you some photos and a couple of videos and try to help you decide whether a work stand might be useful to you.

Read moreElite Race Workstand Review (Or How To Fix Your Bike Without Leaning Down)