Mr Fixie Again


Aims and Goals

2018 my 70th year.

Birthday in July, we will be working in Italy. So cycling goals will reflect that six month space of little or no cycling. Bikes will be left at home…..

So in cycling terms my aims will be low, two maybe three 100 km  Audax, all of them extended by riding to and from Arrivee. Arrivee is the start and finish venue, which is not always in the same place.

February has seen the first one ridden and completed, total km being 160. It was also the break in of my New fixed wheel bike. Aluminium frame, carbon forked Dolan .

So it seems plans change , like the wind direction…. So working life at CIA will end at Easter. Then two weeks later we are off to Brittany, back to working full time for Eurocamp. Back in September….

When we return in September , I will have to regain fitness and resume riding….

The vague plan is to ride with the club (Sherston Velo) for whatever is left of the month. Then as the new (2018/19) Audax year begins, prepare plan the celebration of my 70th year… 2018 will close with mainly gaining and building strength and fitness. to roll onward and into 2019, Paris Brest Paris year…. With no intention of riding that, an SR on fixed will be the first goal.??????

Thoughts on my 70’th year…. Brian Chapman 600 as a Perm, Lands end John o Groats on Fixed ????? SR on fixed ???

Only time and tide will tell???




Dolan FXE (Upgrade)

First major upgrade looms , brakes as fitted off an old bike are twisted, so brake pads do not align correctly ( squarely) with the rims! Possible partial solution would be to bend them back, question would that be a safe and good idea. Aluminium does not lend itself to bending!!

So new brakes, which ones ?????

Dolan FXE

A new frame and forks, track ends and chain tugs. So chain/wheel should not move, safer as chain is retained better.

As the majority of parts have come off the Holdsworth, their life expectancy will be relatively shorter.

The plan is to change the chainring and cogs, which will mean a new chain at some point. Brake calipers are off Tommy’s Specialized, shorter reach, so again will be replaced.

This bike will form the base of my goto bike, Audax, Club Rides and work! Will that make me fitter/stronger and more flexible/supple?? Or just more weird /different?


Improving Muscle and Flexibility

Joined a gym BPF Tetbury, now as long as I use it regularly I will get stronger. Flexibility from stretching each day and after each ride!

So my aim is to not get bigger rather more muscle strength, muscle endurance. Increase core strength and with it posture.

Bike riding this winter being the rides for work and at weekends. Maybe depending on weather Wednesday’s with Tommy maybe.

Life progresses like an ever flowing river.

2018 moves me forward, gym ceases as a new job emerges. Membership stops after February.

So I continue as before with regular stretching , light weight work for arms and shoulders, plus core (plank). Use roller to massage muscle.

A new fixed wheel bike (Dolan FXE). With most parts off Holdsworth, a new bike is born. Alluminium Frame, Carbon Forks. Lighter, stiffer so more responsive….

Mr Fixie Returns

So it goes, a return to modifications to my dear old Holdsworth, fixed wheel again.

For the frames survival it has to be the last time the rear forks are compressed!

Cotswold Clarion

With the demise of Malmesbury Clarion CC from the end of December 2017. A new club will arise, like a Phoenix from the ashes of a manoeuvred vote. Malmesbury Clarion ceases to be!

After the formal ending at the AGM in January. Where attachment of Malmesbury CC will end their membership of the National Clarion!

So two members Tim W and I will with the assistance of three others create a new club or section of the National Clarion. This will be called Cotswold Clarion, a club open to all and any cyclist. The rules of the club are to be formulated as is the image / kit.

The rides will be based on a distance ride, possibly or likely on each Saturday. A no drop ride, however a ride which demands a reasonable level of fitness and bike maintenance. The carrying of sufficient tools and spares to get the rider home.

In the event of poor/wet weather eg from October to March the fitting of mudguards. No mudguards no ride!

The wearing of helmets recommended, but not mandatory!