Which Turbo Trainer Should I Buy

Which Turbo Trainer Should I Buy http://www.uktubotrainers.com

This is a recent guide written by ambrosio to help you decide how to go about purchasing a turbo trainer. The article offers help and advice on all the main issues you must consider when purchasing a turbo trainer.

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Which Turbo Trainer Should I Buy.        

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Olympic Cycling Venues to Open for Public

Olympic Cycling Venues to Open for Public

London cycling velodrome olympic

According to the BBC two cycling venues that were used during the London 2012 Olympics are set to open for public use on 4 March 2014. The Velodrome and BMX track are to be renamed “Lee Valley VeloPark” and will offer session for only £2 to club members and only £4 for individual cyclists!

The BMX track has undergone a make over and now sits alongside new mountain bike trails, and a floodlit road circuit. The Lee Valley Regional Park Authority (LVRPA), which runs the site, called it “the world’s premier cycling venue”.

A year ago Great Britain’s cyclists powered their way to 16 gold medals and earned huge adoration from the general public, this adoration has led to a ‘boom’ in the cycling industry with many people scrambling to get back on a bike and reap the great benefits it has to offer. With Olympic venues such as the Velodrome becoming available for public use it is hopeful that people will truly be inspired, especially children. “Inspire a generation” they told us…. perhaps this could really be the start of that pledge gaining momentum.

The riders that have helped raise the profile of Great British cycling such as Dame Sarah Storey, Sir Bradley Wiggins and Laura Trott will be back at the venue for the grand re-opening. With over 600,000 visitors a year it is expected to be a huge attraction for many cyclists. The LVRPA chief executive Shaun Dawson believes “For people who have never ridden a bike, to those who are setting world records, these unparalleled facilities will deliver the Olympic promise of inspiring a generation.”

With the site boasting exceptional facilities and having proved it can handle the main stage, the venue is part of UK’s bid to host the 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Championships. We sure hope the cycling world will be shining bright in London once more!

Ambrosio X-Carbo Wheelset for Sale at ETAIL SPORT (the last set!)

Ambrosio X-Carbo Wheelset for Sale at ETAIL SPORT (the last set!)

We have strong ties with our friends over at ETAIL-SPORT and they often stock our products on their ebay store. Recently they have listed one of our Ambrosio X-CARBO wheel sets, featuring Zenith hubs with aero bladed spokes.

This model was a top of the range Aero wheel set used by professional teams not too long ago. The carbon fibre rims have an aerodynamic shape with a depth of 45mm. Hand built on Ambrosio Zenith sealed bearing hubs, stainless spokes with inverted nipples (inside the rim) and 28 spoke drillings. The front wheel is radial and the rear is laced cross three both sides. With a RRP £1000+ you are making a steal off of etail sport.

If you are finding yourself looking ways to trim the excess weight off your bike then these wheels may be the answer. The front wheel comes in at 670g whilst the rear weighs 830g, every time you pick up this wheel you will be stunned at just how light it really is.

However there is an 80KG rider limit on them so do bear that in mind. Whilst these wheels are an older model they still contend with the big boys on the market, and with this model in not in production anymore, this is a great wheel set to make your bike look unique!

Personally I am very jealous of the person who ends up with these wheels as I have had my eye on old school wheels for months and these would be perfect. We wish etail sport best of luck in finding them an own and if you are the person who purchases them… have fun and send us a picture!

Front and Rear Included

Rims: 28″ Produced using full carbon technology (Available for tubular tyres only)

Front Hub: Ambrosio Zenith 36h

Sealed Bearings

111g
Rear Hub: Ambrosio Zenith 32h Freehub Shimano
Sealed Bearings
Weight 268g

Spokes: Aero Bladed Stainless Steel

Front Spokes, Radial

Rear Spokes, Lace cross

Weight: Front: 670g Rear: 820g

If you are interested in these wheels head over to http://item.ebay.co.uk/390644737874

Ambrosio Rating: 10/10 of course! 😉

Rail Fares set to rise (again)

As Rail Fares are set to rise (again), will we see more people taking up cycling?

Rail Fares set to rise (again)

Amongst the headlines today there is a story that seems to rear its ugly head all to often. This is the story of a rise in train fares that occurs every year in England due to inflation. This news is always felt powerfully to those who rely on trains as a regular means of travel as salaries and wages levels often stagnate instead of rising, leaving many people with less disposable income and rendering the train a non-viable option. However demoralising this story always is, perhaps there is a silver lining for the cycling industry?

The regulated fares that are due to rise are in the control of the Government and include season tickets, “anytime” single tickets around major cities, and off-peak inter-city return tickets. They will go up by an average of inflation – as measured by the retail prices index (RPI) for July – plus 1%. Meaning that this year train fares will go up by 4.1% according to official statistics. Ouch. To make things even more grim, if you are travelling on a busy line you could be “clobbered” with rises of up to 9.1% as train companies add extra increases to some tickets! These price increases do have to be balanced by price reductions on other lines…. but I’m sure this is little consolation to those who are set to pay more.

Rail fare increases

With this annual and disproportionate hike in fares I believe people might just give up on the UK’s under-performing and ever increasingly expensive rail system and turn to their bikes as an alternative. I know I have. The cycling industry in the UK is already enjoying a very prosperous time with many new cyclists taking up the hobby thanks to London 2012 and British successes in Le Tour de France (Thanks Wiggins, Cheers Froome!) Just over 24 hours after the ballot opened for the 2014 Prudential RideLondon – Surrey 100, more than 50,000 people have registered to take part in next year’s event! Hopefully in the next year the number of people enjoying getting out on the bike will keep on rising

Would you be persuaded by these price rises to get out on your bike more? A comment on the BBC News website read “I remember my dad telling me he went to night school in Norwich from Lowestoft ( 20 miles ) by bike, Seems like time for me also.”

This fare fiasco as coincided (albeit unintentionally) with  Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to start start a “cycling revolution” in the United Kingdom. With a huge cash injection of £94million coupled alongside a drive to promote cycling in cities and national parks so now is the perfect time to take up the sport!

Sources: BBC News, Sky News, BikeBiz, Cyclo, Retail Price Index

Riva Sport are Releasing Their First Road Cycling Shoe

Riva Sport are Releasing Their First Road Cycling Shoe

RSI (Cycles & Motors) has over 60 years of experience working in the cycling industry as a key distributor of many top products and brands across the UK, such as Ambrosio, Exustar, Schwalbe, Microshift, Riva Sport, Carnac, Nitto. We sell everything from frames and forks to turbo trainers and tyres.

With many customers looking to find a reasonably priced cycling shoe, we decided this would be a great opportunity to launch a product under our own brand – Riva Sport. After extensive market research and listening to customer feedback we realised that what cyclists were looking for in a road show was:

1.    Simple Design
2.    3 Strap system (Velcro)
3.    Comfortable Fit
4.    Good Size Range
5.    Removable/Vented Sole
6.    Reasonably Priced
7.    Most Importantly Good Quality

Taking this into account we have designed our very first road cycling shoe that not only meets but also exceeds the criteria given to us by our customers. We are currently offering a range of sizes: 41, 42, 43, 44, 45 and 46 EU.

With a trade price of £27.85 and a RRP of £47.35 (exc. VAT) road cycling shoes can be affordable for any level cyclist whist still maintaining exceptional quality and professionalism.

New Riva Sport Cycling Shoe

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Our opinion at Ambrosio: These shoes are tremendous value for money, the comfortable ride you get rivals the likes of Carnac and Shimano and they will be retailing at a much more affordable price! Although the simple design may dissuade young twinkle toes riders who want to stand out from the crowd with their flashy shoes, we believe that the use of leather makes these shoes look solid and professional. We can really see that RSI have used their market research and the final product really does feel as though they were made with cyclists in mind.

Ambrosio Rating : 8/10

Hub Disassembly Guide (Ambrosio Zenith)

Hub Disassembly Guide (Ambrosio Zenith)

Our Ambrosio Zenith Hubs are lightweight alloy hubs with four sealed bearings, ultra smooth and silent with interchangeable Campagnolo or Shimano freehub body.

Available in polished silver or black anodised finish.

Drillings: 28h, 32h and, 36h.

Taking apart  a bicycle hub can seem a very daunting and risky task, even to an established rider. However this step-by-step guide could be your saviour, if you are struggling to disassemble your Ambrosio Zenith hub then simply follow this guide.

We have broken the process down into 9 manageable chunks with pictures and descriptions, with the aim of giving cyclists the skills to be able to disassemble their own hub, without having to spend a fortune at a shop!

Just Click on the link below to see the PDF

Disassembly Guide (Zenith Hubs)

Below is the design/drawing of our Zenith Hubs that may help you visualise and better understand what you are doing.

Ambrosio Zenith

We hope this guide has been helpful and if you would like another guide about any of our products just leave a comment below!

Hub Assembly Guide (Ambrosio Zenith)

Hub Assembly Guide (Ambrosio Zenith)

http://www.ukturbotrainers.com

Our Ambrosio Zenith Hubs are lightweight alloy hubs with four sealed bearings, ultra smooth and silent with interchangeable Campagnolo or Shimano freehub body.

Available in polished silver or black anodised finish.

Drillings: 28h, 32h and, 36h.

Putting together a bicycle hub can seem a very daunting task, even to an established rider. However this step-by-step guide could be your saviour, if you are struggling to put together your Ambrosio Zenith hub then simply follow this guide.

We have broken the process down into 17 manageable chunks with pictures and descriptions, with the aim of giving cyclists the skills to be able to assemble their own hub, without having to spend a fortune at a shop!

Just Click on the link below to see the PDF

Assembly Guide (Zenith Hubs)

Below is the design/drawing of our Zenith Hubs that may help you visualise and better understand what you are doing.

Ambrosio Zenith

We hope this guide has been helpful and if you would like another guide about any of our products just leave a comment below!

Which Turbo Trainer Should I Buy

Which Turbo Trainer Should I Buy?

Turbo Trainers are a product we get asked about very often at Ambrosio and whilst we do not sell our own turbos we understand that, for many the turbo trainer is an essential part of any cyclists kit. Although to some they may be considered a medieval torture device! Turbo Trainers give you an ability to ride your bike when the weather is poor or the roads are like ice rinks, whilst they are no replacement to getting out in the fresh air with miles of the black stuff in front of you, they are a great addition to assist training or improve fitness.

However as anyone who has gone through the process of purchasing one will know, selecting the right trainer for you is very difficult. Do you go for the high end expensive trainers that claim to run in near silence or would you rather spend a little and hope you get a trainer that satisfies your needs. Through this posting I will try to help anyone who is currently stuck in this arduous process.

Firstly, What to look for?

Resistance:

Resistance units usually come in three main varieties; air, fluid and magnetic. Air resistance turbos are usually more affordable due to their simplicity while fluid types offer a smoother and more realistic feel. Here’s a brief explanation of each…

Air resistance: A fan generates wind resistance. These aren’t the quietest option, however, and don’t offer the best ride experience, but they are cheap. They also have limited adjustablilty, leaving just the gears on your bike the only available adjustment.

Magnetic resistance: These are very popular at low to mid price points. A metal plate spins inside a magnetic field so they’re simple to produce. You can buy magnetic trainers with adjustable resistance so you can tailor your workout. Spend a bit more and electro-magnetic units offer more control.

Fluid resistance: Usually more expensive because of the complex internals, these offer a quieter and much smoother ride. Inside an impeller revolves in oil and they can offer plenty of adjustment via handlebar mounted levers.

Adjustment:

Some turbo trainers come with variable resistance whilst others you will only have the use of your gears to make the ride harder. Usually gears will be quite suitable for any rider however those in training or who like a challenge, the variable trainers will be the answer.

Frame:

A turbo trainer needs to have a sturdy frame that won’t flex or bend under your riding. A larger footprint and heavier frame will ensure it’s more stable, which you do want if you’re doing max interval efforts in your kitchen. Space can be a premium in many households and many turbos will fold flat, but how much space they take up when folded down differs greatly from brand to brand.

Wheel Mount:

A turbo fixes to the quick release of the rear wheel, and often a quick release will be supplied with the turbo that is specifically compatible with the model. The more expensive  models come with ergonomic levers that make setting up so much simpler. Most trainers will also accommodate various sizes of wheels, but it is wise to double check!

Noise:

Possibly one of the most important and defining features of a turbo trainer is noise, some unfortunately sound as though you are about to be hit by a train, and whilst this may not be a problem for the riders who ride hard in their garage, but it is a necessity for those who do not want to wake up the better half! Or to annoy nosey neighbours…

Secondly, Price:

Turbo Trainers are one of those products that just seem to have the ability to charge any price the retailer feels like, and the price you pay can become astronomical. (I wouldn’t recommend clicking on the link unless you are either very rich or insane… http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/tacx-genius-multiplayer-vr-turbo-trainer/rp-prod68496

 

http://www.ukturbotrainers.com are a new company that offer a range of turbo trainers at great prices! I highly recommend them.

I believe you are able to get a solid trainer from around £60-300, anything more and I would say leave to the professionals. One that I personally recommend is and Unbranded trainer at only £58.99 with free delivery! http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/290934626905 This is amazing value for money and will suit any rider.

I hope this post has helped anyone who is about to buy a turbo trainer!

Leave a comment of your favourite Turbo Trainer to help out your fellow riders!

Ambrosio Bikes Update

Ambrosio Bikes Update

 

Ambrosio are well know for their Rims and Wheels around the world, their quality and beauty make them stand out from the rest of the crowd. With Italian heritage they are constantly evolving to be the best. Nemesis, Evolution, Excursion, Balance are just some of the top rims they have made and combined with the Ambrosio zenith hub, a formidable wheel is born…

Aside from being recognised as the top provider of rims and hubs in the cycling industry, Ambrosio has also trained its eye on the wider market. Deciding to venture into other cycling products such as frames, forks, bars, chainsets, cassettes and other biking accessories. The main aim for Ambrosio was to ensure that the high quality image that Ambrosio has is also installed on the new range of products. This rule has ensured that all of the new Ambrosio products will be designed and manufactured with the same Italian quality.

This website aswell as http://www.ambrosio.co.uk are informational tools for consumers to learn about the products, however an eCommerce website for all Ambrosio products is currently under development.

Have fun browsing the site!

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