Colin Lewis Cycles
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Cycle Chat 29.03.14

Just arrived in our shop in Paignton are the Ridley Cyclocross bikes (see photo) which are priced from £850 upwards. Cyclocross like all bike sport in our country is a growing sport with Roger Hammond being one of its successful exponents. Cyclocross being mainly a winter sport is useful for road racers to keep up their levels of fitness and competition awareness which I'm sure is what Roger did.

Ridley Bikes is worldwide leader in the cyclocross market. This is reflected in the sponsorship of two of the biggest teams in the cyclocross circuit, Telenet-Fidea and Sunweb-Napoleongames. Telenet-Fidea with former world champion Bart Wellens and Tom Meeusens is always in the front of each race. Kevin Pauwels and Klaas Vantornout are the leaders of Sunweb-Napoleongames.

The total amount of victories in modern cyclocross for Ridley Bikes is impressive. 7 World titles, several national titles and wins in all the major series as Super Prestige, GvA/Bpost and the UCI World Cup. An unrivalled track record in cyclocross!

So if you're interested in expanding your cycling experience or already participating in Cyclocross we have the bike for you.

I watched a bit of the Milan-San Remo last Sunday in cold wet weather. The race over nearly 300kms in a time of just under 7 hours has to be one of the most taxing races there is and needs some endurance just to complete let alone be successful at!!

So well done Ben Swift and Mark Cavendish for their 3rd and 5th place respectively. Mark won this back in 2009 and would have been going for another win again. 

Ben Swift produced one of the finest performances of his career to claim his superb third position at Milan-San Remo and spent some time leading the Sky train which I thought was for Boasson-Hagen benefit??

The Brit was able to keep his powder dry in soaking wet conditions for much of the day before appearing right at the front of the race heading into a breathless finale.

Sitting in fourth descending off the final climb of the Poggio, Ben was well-positioned before a regrouping in the final kilometre brought a host of top sprinters back into contention.

Clearly one of the strongest riders in the race, the 26-year-old was undeterred as he eked out a small gap on the finishing straight to edge onto the podium in the first Monument Classic of the season.

Heading into the twin-climb finale of the Cipressa and the Poggio, Ben had team-mates for support, with Salvatore Puccio and Edvald Boasson-Hagen both present in the elite front group.

Puccio (who ended the race a strong 12th) helped shut down key gaps before driving on the front up the Poggio to bring the race back together. Boasson-Hagen would fade slightly over the top of the final climb ahead of a tense run-in.

In the final kick, it was Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) who prevailed on the soaking-wet home straight. The Norwegian had the power to hold off Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) and the fast-finishing Swift after nearly seven hours of racing.

Until next week,


Cycle Chat 22.03.14

Another photo of the Aske Bike again this week!! 

To sum up the bike:- "Traditional Styling-New Technology!!" 

It has the traditional look of the diamond frame with now the new technology of welding instead of brazing. This has allowed Simon to keep the weight to the minimum for a steel frame. Simon also has on his bike carbon front forks to make it more 2014 technology. 

Just a word about Simon for those that don't know him is that this is not the first bike he has designed. In his days before he went to work for Colin Lewis he was working for a company making Carbon bodied cameras for specialist use. The idea came to him for a carbon bike of which he had a radical design of the original crucifix with a single arm fork at the rear for making wheel changing easier. 

Chris Boardman was recruited to test. Things started to get bigger and the Hotta was designed with still the crucifix style frame but now with a redesigned back end to include a more conventional drop out set up for the rear wheel.

This one was a winner with Ian Prebbles, winning the British Time Trial on it and many frames being sold.

The next step up was to design a bike for the Olympics for Graeme Obree which was a superb bit of kit in the radical Obree formation and a potential gold medal winner. Sorry to say Graeme was unwell at the Olympics and so the potential of him and the bike were not able to be seen.

The law then for frames was altered by the UCI to be just a conventional diamond frame for competition and so sales dried up.

Meanwhile Simon went to work for Colin Lewis and then when Colin retired some 5 years or so ago was able to take the shop over from Colin (who still takes an active interest in the shop and Simon's cycling companion on a Thursday morning!!) and the rest as they say is now history.

The Aske will be tested over the cobbles of the Paris-Roubaix course shortly before the main event. A test for any bike would be an understatement!!

Congratulations to Team Raleigh's Yanto Barker who picked up his first win of the season last Sunday with a solo victory at Evesham Vale Road Race. Cycling Weekly called it "a tactical master class" as the Team took the top four positions on the day. 

Under a glorious blue sky Raleigh's six-man team lined up for their final warm up race before the Tour du Normandie, keen to leave these shores with a confidence boosting victory. The 100km race was four and a half laps of an undulating 22km circuit, set around the pretty farming village of Inkberrow, Worcestershire.

Until next week,


Cycle Chat 15.03.14

The First two Aske Ghiaia (see photo) are back from the welders and dispatched to the sprayer for their final completion before assembly for our first 2 purchasers. Sure they are waiting with eager anticipation!! I like the way the graphics are done. They are not transfers (except for word "Ghiaia") but are painted on to the frame and then lacquered over. The head badge is particularly eye-catching with what has been described as the "Sheriff's" badge so aptly by a reader.

Yes we all excited about this new venture for Colin Lewis Cycles and know there will many satisfied customers in the years to come. For further details either call in the shop in Paignton or else give us a ring on 01803 553095.

Geraint Thomas only became Plan A for the British team at Paris-Nice on the eve of the race, when Richie Porte was pulled out and swapped in for the injured Chris Froome at Tirreno-Adriatico. But this might well turn out to be as smart a tactical move as the one which moved Geraint clear of a fragmented and disorganised peloton over Mont Brouilly in yesterday's third stage to Belleville.

With no time trial, and no major summit finish, the structure and character of the race may well suit the Welshman better than it would have done Porte. While Porte, as defending champion, would have been team leader, the unpredictable nature of the terrain and the necessity to go for time bonuses wouldn't have suited his diesel-like abilities. Geraint is more of a racer, and this is turning into a racers' race.

However, defending Geraint's lead is going to be exceptionally difficult. In the short term, the Welshman has acknowledged that John Degenkolb will probably win enough bonus seconds today to take back the jersey, for a day at least. But in the long term, Sky have to manage a situation where there are still 20 riders within 20 seconds of Gernint.

Geraint believes that he will have to combine defence and attack in Fayence where he will be defending his position against people like Nibali, Rui Costa and Betancur. But at the same time he'll be trying to gain a bit of time on Slagter, because he can pick up bonus seconds on me later in the race.

After 5 stages its:- 
1 Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) 21:52:42 
2 John Degenkolb (Team Giant-Shimano) 0:00:03 
3 Tom Jelte Slagter (Garmin Sharp) 0:00:04 

Boris Johnson says we should make Britain a great cycling country with a national network of major cycling routes, including one alongside the HS2 rail link!! We agree!!

At the announcement of which London boroughs will become 'Mini-Hollands', the capital's Mayor also said he wants to stop people 'pointlessly getting into their cars for short journeys' in outer London boroughs.

Boris also said he was inspired by Chris Boardman's speech, during which the Olympic champion said cycling improvements in London could 'change the entire country' for the better.

Boris was enthusiastic not only about his plans for cycling in London but about what could be achieved across the UK, saying he believes a cycle network would be good for the country's economy, as well as its health and environment. We also agree on that!! The more the merrier!!

Until next week,



Cycle Chat 08.03.14

"It is so comfortable, just like an armchair!!" That was Simon Aske's comments after his first ride on his own designed "ASKE BIKE" (See photo). Further comments were that it was very responsive and it could do anything that he wanted it to do. Comments from customers in the shop were that it had smooth lines and looked the part.

More photos next week in Cycle Chat or else look at:- 

Here you will see a full array of photos pinpointing the key parts of the bike on Paignton seafront!!

So that was the first "test drive" and now for a few further facts which after examining the first model off the production line we can now reveal: The weight is 1.6 kilos which, for the large frame that Simon needs, will be the heaviest it will ever be. The finished bike weight is 18lbs with 32 hole spoked wheels and 28 mm tyres. 

The "Aske" is priced at exactly £1000 excluding the front forks. This has got to be a bargain for a hand build custom frame built to your own specifications. 

Interested or just want to find out more give us a ring on 01803-553095 or call in our shop in Paignton and see it in the flesh.

Whilst you are copying and pasting here is something else:-,-3.567107,3a,90y,265h,90t/data=!3m5!1e1!3m3!1ssIrL_98RlD0AAAQJLkDBnA!2e0!3e2!6m1!1e1

This is a Google view of the inside of Colin Lewis Cycles Shop at Paignton. Click on the various arrows and navigate around the shop and do some window shopping at the same time. Also see if you can find the way upstairs and see yet some more bikes in our extensive showroom crammed with wall-to-wall bikes. Sometimes the mind boggles with what technology can do these days. This is a great example of it. What will another 20 years or even a year bring??

Until next week,



Cycle Chat 01.03.14

So it's off in the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Cali, Colombia this last Wednesday but rather late on our TV here!!! God early successes for the girls but now on Friday it will be down to the men to keep up with them. 

Great Britain's Becky James and Jess Varnish won team sprint bronze on Wednesday.

The pair defeated the Russian team of Elena Brezhniva and Anastasiia Voinova in a time of 33.032 to win Great Britain's first medal of the competition.

Great Britain's women's team pursuit squad retained their world title in a thrilling final against Canada, taking Britain's first gold medal of the 2014 UCI Track Cycling World Championships.

The British squad of Laura Trott, Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker and Joanna Rowsell qualified fastest by two seconds in blustery conditions in the afternoon session in Cali, setting up a gold medal final against the ever-improving Canada.

The final saw Canada go off hard in the opening two kilometres, opening up a one-second lead and putting Great Britain on the back foot. Half a kilometre later the Canadians lost a rider and the British quartet began to fight back.

Into the final few laps and the world champions were back in the lead but cracks were beginning to show as Elinor Barker lost a wheel and was forced to change on the straight, forcing Laura Trott to chase back on.

Great Britain stopped the clock on 4:23.407, over a second ahead of their rivals but Canada had given Trott, Archibald, Barker and Rowsell their toughest test yet.

Earlier Becky James set a personal best of 34.021 in the 500 metre time-trial but it wasn't enough to earn a place on the podium in a hotly-contested event. After her bronze medal in the team sprint the previous day, James was unable to add to her 2014 medal tally, finishing seventh.

Victoria Williamson finished tenth with a 34.305 ride after leading the competition in the early stages, with gold going to Germany's Miriam Welte in 33.451 ahead of a resurgent Anna Meares of Australia and Russia's Anastasiia Voinova.

Jon Dibben finished 14th in an explosive scratch race which saw 2013 world champion Martyn Irvine of Ireland take silver behind Russia's Ivan Kovolev. Cheung of Hong Kong took bronze.

Dibben was involved in a five-man break mid race, attempting to get on terms with Cheung and Kovolev who had taken a lap earlier but only Irvine could gain the lap necessary to contend for a medal position.

Reigning world champion Jason Kenny had to settle for fifth in the men's keirin after colliding with Germany's Max Levy in the last lap of the final. Kenny was attempting to chase down the leaders, headed by eventual winner Francois Pervis of France, but made contact with Levy.
The German went down hard and Kenny's managed to stay upright, but the Briton's medal chances were gone.

Matt Crampton's medal hopes faded in the second round. Drawn in the same heat as Kenny, Crampton led for much of the race before dropping back to fourth just behind his teammate, who had to fight his way through from the back of the pack to qualify for the final. Crampton went on to win the minor final, out-dragging Australia's Shane Perkins and Christos Volikakis of Greece.

Friday sees the start of the women's sprint and the men's omnium plus the women's individual pursuit, men's kilo and points race. Come on Great Britain!!

Until next week,


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