Colin Lewis Cycles
Colin Lewis Cycles

October 2014

Cycle Chat 25.10.14

Simon (CLCycles shop proprietor!!) back safely from his Frame Building course in Froome. He brought back with him a frame built to Aske Bike specifications (see photo).


A very successful course and he received the knowledge about frame building that will take the Aske Bike to a new level of sales and popularity.


Had a word with Simon about the production which is now brazed instead of welded and the majority of the build is the actual fitting of the bike tubes to the correct angle, fit them all in a jig but the shortest part is the brazing.


The brazing leaves a fillet around the joint which you can just see in the photo but the finish is as neat as a welded frame and obviously just as strong.


What is needed now is the jig and necessary tooling as well as the program where your dimensions are put in to come out with all the correct size and angles for the tubing.

So yes the Aske Bike Division of Colin Lewis Cycles is now open again for business and we are now taking orders.


For further details either give Simon a ring on 01803 553095 or call in the shop where you will be able to whet your appetite on my Aske Bike which is on display.


Team Wiggins!! That sounds good!! It’s all part of Bradley’s retirement process.


Recently-crowned European individual pursuit champion Andy Tennant and former British Cycling Olympic Academy rider Mark Christian will link up with Bradley Wiggins at his new team in 2015.


Bradley is setting up a new, UCI Continental-ranked squad, to aid his transition from the road to the track as he prepares for the Rio Olympics in 2016. He is likely to join them after next year’s Paris-Roubaix on April 12, which is believed to be his last outing for Team Sky.


And while some members of Britain’s men’s endurance squad – namely Ed Clancy and Owain Doull – will not join the team pursuit-focused outfit because of existing contracts elsewhere, Tennant and Christian are among its first signings.


It’s a climbers Tour de France next year with the likes of Chris Froome maybe not riding because of his unsuitability for the route chosen.


For the first time in Tour de France history, the legendary Alpe d’Huez will be climbed on the penultimate stage before the final procession in Paris.


That was one of several surprises unveiled on Wednesday as the official route for the 2015 Tour, from July 4-26, was announced in Paris by Tour director Christian Prudhomme.

After this year’s exciting fifth stage — in which defending champion Chris Froome (Sky) crashed out with a broken hand and wrist — won by Dutchman Lars Boom (Belkin), the cobbles return for a second successive year while the first part of the race pays homage to some of the greatest bike races in the world.


But perhaps the biggest shock is the lack of time trial kilometres, something that will not favour 2013 winner Froome, who had said last month he was hoping for more, or longer, time trials to give him an edge on Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo), who pipped him to Vuelta a Espana glory in September.


Until next week,







Cycle Chat 19.10.14

Simon is just finishing his frame building course and will be in a position as to how he will further the Aske Bike Project.


Surprising to me I thought that the frames were welded together?? But no!! They are brazed!!


Back in the “Old Days” when Colin Lewis made if I remember the name rightly his “Colain” bikes they were built using lugs for the main joints and then brazed together. No jig was needed as the lugs kept the frame in the correct position and geometry to enable the brazing to take place.


This of course was a heavier option to the new method because of the extra weight penalty of the lugs.


Now the frames are clamped in a jig to keep the geometry correct and then either welded or brazed. I will learn more about the process when Simon returns but I would presume that the brazing was an easier process than welding because of the less heat involved but the braze has to be carefully applied to avoid runs.


All of the so far completed Aske Bikes have been welded which made for a very neat joint with little evidence of any excess metal around the joint. Would have thought with brazing that the joint was even neater and possibly lighter??


Anyway let the master reappear and we will keep all our customers up-to-date as to the availability of your brand new made to measure and colour Aske Bike.


Interesting to who were the top-ranked teams for the 2014 WorldTour. Not made good reading for the bosses at Sky??


1. Movistar (ESP) 1440 points
2. BMC Racing Team (USA) 1212
3. Tinkoff-Saxo (RUS) 1186
4. Omega Pharma-Quick Step (BEL) 1016
5. Orica-GreenEdge (AUS) 953
6. Katusha (RUS) 938
7. Ag2r La Mondiale (FRA) 919
8. Giant-Shimano (NED) 905
9. Sky (GBR) 890


For Countries we were 8th. Don’t know what we have been previous years but looking at the countries above us it seems about right.


1. Spain 1834 points
2. Italy 1070
3. Belgium 1006
4. France 987
5. Netherlands 957
6. Australia 869
7. Colombia 814
8. Great Britain 721
9. Germany 640
10. Poland 565

The Individual Standings left Chris Froome in 7th but I reckon next year we will do better in all counts!!


1. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) 686 points
2. Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) 620
3. Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) 478
4. Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida) 461
5. Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) 392
6. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) 346
7. Chris Froome (Sky) 326
8. Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) 321
9. Daniel Martin (Garmin-Sharp) 316
10. Jean-Christophe Péraud (Ag2r La Mondiale) 300

Until next week,



Cycle Chat 11.10.14

The big news this week is that the new Aske Winter Jacket and Tights have arrived in the shopand are ready for sale!! (See photo)


The jacket is priced at £120 and the tights at £100.


This has to be a bargain when compared with the Castelli Winter Jacket which is priced at £180 and with little difference in the quality or the warmth and waterproof factor.


The Aske Jacket is designed by none other than Jon Locke and manufactured by none other than Yanto Barker (Le Col). These are both Mid Devon Cycle Club boys and great to see them putting their skills of design and manufacturing to work for the cycling community.


What a stunning shade of red. Very bright red with a hint of yellow but not gaudy, just pleasing to the eye. Tell you what when you next visit our shop in Paignton put it next to my Aske Bike which is on display in the window. The two go together just like peas in a pod!!


Talking about the Aske Bike Simon is shortly doing a course on bike building so as to make manufacture easier and quicker. He has considered having it manufactured abroad in the Middle East which is how the Madison Genesis Team produce the Genesis bike. This was cheaper but obviously time consuming.


The course will give him the knowledge as how to take the ever increasing popular “Aske” brand on to the next phase.


Incidentally 30 of the “Aske” Cycle Shirts have now been sold which has been very encouraging.


For all you many Jon Locke supporters I came across this recently which is exactly the same scenario as has been for Jon.:-


Tinkoff-Saxo rider Roman Kreuziger is free to return to racing, after the Czech Olympic Committee overturned the Union Cycliste Internationale’s decision to suspend him on the grounds of anomalies in his biological passport.


Kreuziger was provisionally suspended by the UCI on August 2 before the Tour of Poland after anomalous data in his biological passport indicated the possibility that he doped during the 2011 and 2012 seasons while with the Astana team.


The Czech rider subsequently lodged an appeal against the ban with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), but this was rejected. Kreuziger subsequently missed the Vuelta a Espana.


Now, though, the Czech Olympic Committee has found him ‘not guilty’.


Until next week,



Cycle Chat 04.10.14

Called in the CLCcles store this week in Paignton and what hit me in the eye first (after of course my AskeBike which was on prominent display in the window) was the 5 Cyclocross bikes ready for dispatch. They were all Ridleys I had never really looked closely at X bike before. Front and rear discs combined with appropriate lower gearing for the conditions and climbs, combined with a very rugged frame set up a winning combination.


If you are a Cyclocross competitor or are interested in taking it up please call in the shop for bikes, riding gear and any advice you might need. We are here for you!!


I suppose after Mark Cavendish’s win in the Men’s World Champ Road race 3 years ago nothing less than a win is now acceptable to a British Cycling Public who has got used to being the bride and not the bridesmaid. Yet after last Sunday’s event there was a twinge of disappointment that it was just Ben Swift left in 12th place and the rest of the team as non finishers.


Yes, Peter  Kennaugh and Luke Rowe both worked hard and did a good job supporting Ben but it was that hill that was just too much for the team taking them out one at a time not being able to keep up with the main thrust.


But it was the 24 year old Polish  Michal Kwiatkowski that took the lead and did not look like losing to become the 2014 World Champ.


I can remember seeing Michal riding in this year’s Tour of Britain and being in the gold jersey all set up to take the British Crown.  I can remember being impressed with him but only to see him drop to 2nd after he missed the break in the penultimate stage.


After an 11th in this year’s TdF reckon Michal Kwiatkowski is a name we will be seeing much more of in the years to come.


Yahoo Finance Canada reported that Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso has partnered with an investment group with an eye toward investing in cycling companies.


NOVO Group Holdings, a company founded last year to develop, acquire, and manage assets in sport, announced a partnership with Alonso recently.


Rumours have swirled for months about a possible WorldTour team organized by Alonso, but as of yet, no concrete plans have emerged.


Seemingly Alfonso has a great passion for cycling and obsession with technology and design. Sounds interesting that he will be aiming to get the most out of a human body with technology rather than a 1.6 litre turbocharged V6!! Watch this space.


Until next week,






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