Cycling, Denbighshire top of table

Cycling, Denbighshire top of table

Sport Wales Survey results on cycling: North Wales has the highest levels of participation in cycling, with Denbighshire topping the table! I’m sure local clubs have a significant role in this, so well done VC Melyd!” — Sue Williams (Rhos CC)

Recently shared over on the FB group – in the course of her research unearthed figures from Sport Wales reflecting North Wales as the highest levels of participation – with Denbighshire at the top.

The sports Sport Wales study entitled Walking and Cycling in Wales dates from August 2014 – and is only 4 pages long if you fancied a peruse. However… well done us… and maybe VC Melyd could take a little bit of credit for that – in coaching, visibility, accessibility, and just being plain awesome ;o)

In 2012, in the previous 4 weeks, 8.8% of the adult population had participated in cycling, 2.1% in mountain biking and 0.3% in BMX. Equivalent figures for the previous survey (2008/09) were 6.8%, 1.4% and 0.2% respectively. 10.3% had participated in any form of cycling in the previous 4 weeks, in comparison to 7.6% in 2008/09. Male participation in any form of cycling (15.0%) is significantly higher than female participation (5.8%). Participation in any form of cycling was highest in the North Wales Region (12.8%). At a local authority level, the highest participation rate for any form of cycling was in Denbighshire (15.3%) and the lowest in Neath Port Talbot (7.0%) (n.b. four local authorities – Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Swansea and the Vale of Glamorgan – were excluded from this analysis because not enough respondents were achieved from the sampling frame in these areas to report at this level). Cycling participation was highest in the Powys Teaching Health Board (12.9%)and Betsi Cadwaladwr University Health Board (12.8%) areas, and lowest in the Cwm Taf Health Board area (6.1%).

#BehindEveryRace – Commissaire

#BehindEveryRace – Commissaire

Many thanks to Alan Overson for posting this over on the FB Group –

Welsh Cycling confirms Assistant Commissaire Training Courses for autumn 2015 in Wales and border regions.

Assistant Commissaire courses are being offered in the disciplines of BMX, Cyclo Cross, Track and Road with information on date sand locations available here. The entrance point to becoming a Commissaire is on the Assistant Commissaire course. This British Cycling course blends pre course online learning with the face to face delivery of a one day course.

The pre course learning covers areas such as anti-doping, safeguarding and protecting children as well as conflict management.  This enables the day to focus on the roles and responsibilities of a Commissaire, pre, during and post event.

Once candidates have completed the course they will be fully fledged Assistant Commissaires. In order to then progress up the pathway as seen below, practical experience is gained shadowing active volunteers.

For more information head over to British Cycling – with information on location and dates of courses here.

U16 Go-Race at Tour De Mon

U16 Go-Race at Tour De Mon

Many thanks to Mark for bringing our attention to this over on the Facebook Group –

To celebrate the Tour of Britain’s departure from the Island, Welsh Cycling will be running a Go Race Cyclocross race at the Tour de Mon on 23rd of August. Categories for U6s through to U16s. Enter online here:…/Tour-de-Mon-Go-Ride-Rac…

I ddathlu fod y Tour of Britain yn cychwyn ar yr Ynys, bydd Beicio Cymru yn cynnal rasus cyclocross Go Race yn y Tour de Mon ar Awst y 23. Bydd categoriau i rai dan 6 oed i fyny at dan 16 oed. Cofrestrwch ar lein yma:…/Tour-de-Mon-Go-Ride-Rac…


VC Melyd – Club Motto?

VC Melyd – Club Motto?

A long time ago – back when I first riding with the club – there was very much a spirit of “leave no person behind“. Sure sometimes it might feel like they were off as soon as you got to the top of a hill, and they were all rested – but they were there – waiting for me. They had not left me, they were not some speck off in the distance – they were not gone.

As odd as this might sound – this was a significant difference from other local clubs, that (at the time) had far more an old school / traditional take on things: If you could not keep up – then lesson learned – try as hard as you can – otherwise see you next time. For which, sure, there is a time and a place – but it sealed my fate in terms of which club I was going to join.

Despite this – the comedy VC Melyd Club Motto (that shall not be spoken) came into existence. I have heard a few stories of how this came to be. I have certainly heard it cited… more often than not with reference to the person who coined the phrase – usually followed by giggling. It became a definitive, a verb, a doing word …

Q: “What shall we do?”

A: “Club Motto”.

It was posted by the learned Paul Rutt earlier today over on the FB group these very fine words – that I, for one, and I am not alone would much rather see as club motto:

Today – the learned Paul Rutt posted the following sound byte from a graduation day speech by Amy Poehler. Her point being that no one does things on their own… or at the very least, you don’t want to be that minority that did. It speaks to me on a host of levels – however – when I look around me on those club rides, events, sportives, as I raise a glass with friends… we have a special thing going on… and this would be a far better motto:

Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” — Amy Poehler. Harvard 2011 Graduation Day Speech.

I like it – I like it a lot – and for me – very valid to the club I am proud to be a member of. Thank you people. Thank you Paul. So – how do we go about getting this official?

*Although I had previously pondered Per Ardua Ad Astra when riding routes planned by Sally!


The Good List – 25% Women

The Good List – 25% Women

We have found ourselves on The Good List …. and its not even close to Christmas!

This awfully nice people over at bike5050 have started pulling together a list of clubs that are women only / putting effort into growing their number of women members / a good mix of men and women…. and what do you know – that means us:

Velo Club Melyd | 25% female | Run a women only coaching session every Monday 7pm @ Marsh Tracks Rhyl, a Thursday beginners ride, and a Saturday women’s club ride as well as promoting several women’s road races — The Good List.

Many thanks for the mention – and hey – check us out – we may not have realized it – but we are bucking the stale old stereotype – go us – we did a good thing.

#BehindEveryRace CSAS Marshal

#BehindEveryRace CSAS Marshal

Ever wonder who those people where at race events on the motorbikes, stopping traffic, the ones who do not look like local your average club members giving up their time? Well, I am glad you asked – they are CSAS Marshals (Community Safety Accreditation Scheme).

“CSAS was established by the Police Reform Act of 2002 the scheme allows Chief Constables to empower accredited employees of Welsh Cycling powers that have before only been available to the Police Service. CSAS marshals can now stop and direct traffic and pedestrians”

Posted by Mark an interesting article on what it is to be a CSAS Marshal

Red flag, whistle, florescent bib and absolutely no authority whatsoever to do anything other than warn motorists of an approaching cycle race. How times have changed and I can say after many years of being a CSAS trained marshal, my own safety and that of the riders has been vastly improved. Add in our motorcycle escort team, NEG Wales, and organisers have all the tools to run safer road racing.

The police training is brilliant and what you get from just giving one day to our sport is immeasurable. Most importantly, it gives race organisers and CSAS co-ordinator, Will Pring, a pool of people to ensure races are safely manned. At times, that pool is shallow and the same faces appear at the roadside. We need more. If it’s in the back of your mind, bring it to the front and be part of road racing. ” — Roger Sims.

Youth The Rules… an alternative.

Youth The Rules… an alternative.

We have mentioned cycling and The Rules before – the Velominati, and the alternative set presented previously. Here are some youth specific ones.

Thank you Alan for finding these – a great set of alternative The Rules – intended for Youth Cycling.

To be fair – these are the kinds of things I wish were available when I was younger 😀

I like rules 4 and 38 but most of all my rule ride your bike hard and have fun.” — Alan Overson

I think there is something we can all learn from these. The original was found over at Youth Cycle Sport – well worth checking out. So without further a-do … an alternative The Rules:


Rule #1

The best riders don’t care which bike brand they ride or how much their bike is worth – they just make sure it works well, that it fits them properly, and that it’s clean.

Rule #2

You don’t need the best, most expensive equipment to succeed. If you have a steel bike see how many carbon bikes you can beat…

Rule #3

Learn how your bike works. If there’s a problem in a race you’ll have a better chance of putting it right yourself.

Rule #4

Wear whatever you like, whether that’s team replica kit, flappy shorts and a T-shirt, whatever. Anyone who judges your cycling based on what you’re wearing isn’t worth listening to.

Rule #5

But if you’re a member of a club, do wear your club kit and wear it with pride.


Rule #6

Respect your opponents. Rip each other’s legs off during the race, of course, but shake hands afterwards.

Rule #7

See that rider who got lapped? They’re trying just as hard as you are.

Rule #8

No tantrums please when something hasn’t gone your way. That’s not how things are done in cycling.

Rule #9

The top youth riders still fit their training and racing around school or college – not the other way round.

Rule #10

It’s never too early to put something back into the sport. Offer help to younger riders, help to run your club’s race, help out at coaching sessions.

Rule #11

You’re probably a role model to younger riders without knowing it. Set the best example to them that you can.

Rule #12

Always do your best to finish a race even if it has gone badly. It will help build your character for tough moments in the future. And anyway, deciding to DNF voluntarily becomes a habit.

Rule #13

When the weather’s bad and you don’t fancy going out, remember that no-one returns from a bike ride regretting that they had gone out.

Rule #14

Races and coaching sessions are a privilege. Every now and again remember to thank the organiser, marshals, the people serving in the tea-hut…

Rule #15

Not all teenagers “get” cycling. If friends always give you hassle about your cycling then maybe they’re not such good friends.

Rule #16

Spend time with your non-cycling friends & family. See them at parties, go to the cinema together. Yes, commit to cycling but don’t let it take over your life.

Rule #17

If wanting to fit in at school is stopping you from cycling, or if you want to conform a bit more, those things will seem totally insignificant when you are twenty years old. Ride your bike, for yourself. It will be worth it.

Rule #18

Even if you’re not the fastest rider or the most confident person don’t let yourself be given a label early on. Be brave enough to follow your dreams.

Rule #19

The desire to train and race needs to come from you, not from your parents.

Rule #20

It’s normal to doubt yourself sometimes – even Olympic champions do it.

Rule #21

Hard work will always beat talent if talent doesn’t work hard. Don’t be put off racing if you’re not immediately good at it.

Rule #22

Try to be the best you can be. That doesn’t mean always winning – it means working to get the very best out of yourself.


Rule #23

Yes, have big goals and dreams but stay grounded. Even if you don’t get to the highest level you can still enjoy the sport and be very competitive.

Rule #24

Just because another kid keeps winning doesn’t mean they’re unbeatable. With hard work your time will come.

Rule #25

Just because you keep winning doesn’t mean you’re unbeatable. Other kids will be working hard to beat you.

Rule #26

Forget about race points and the National Youth Rankings – they honestly don’t matter to anyone.

Rule #27

Don’t worry if you’re smaller than other riders your age. Cycling is a sport where being small and light can be an advantage.

Rule #28

Don’t worry if you’re bigger than other riders your age. Cycling is a sport where being big and strong can be an advantage.

Rule #29

Be prepared to race against faster people and to ride bigger races. It’s tempting to take the safe option but that won’t help you develop as a rider.

Rule #30

Your race performance isn’t defined by your result. Focus on doing the best performance you can and not worrying about the outcome.

Rule #31

Count your race as a success if: you executed your race plan properly; if you tried your hardest; if you tried something new; if you attacked; if you didn’t get dropped; if you lasted longer in the bunch than last time; or if you crashed but got back on.

Rule #32

Learn from your mistakes – that helps you to improve in the future. Great riders learn far more from their “bad” races than their good ones.

Rule #33

Don’t do every possible race. Sometimes it’s better to go training instead, or go out with friends, or maybe just sleep..? Anyway, your parents need a break from racing too!

Rule #34

If you’ve been unwell, haven’t had enough rest, or if you’ve had a tough week at school or college then you mustn’t expect to be flying at the weekend.

Rule #35

Keep a training diary. Record how well you’ve slept and note down your “feel good factor” each day. Look back at it now and again to begin to understand yourself.

Rule #36

Keep doing other sports as well as cycling. And do as many different disciplines of cycling as you can. Don’t specialise too early.

Rule #37

Don’t focus your ambition entirely on joining British Cycling’s programmes – keep an open mind and don’t be disheartened if you aren’t accepted. There are other opportunities to develop.

Rule #38

Sometimes just go for a ride for the fun of it. Not every ride should be a training session or a race.

Un/Written Rules

Un/Written Rules

It was suggested to me over on the FB group that some articles on “Unwritten Rules” – albeit the more tongue-in-cheek ones should be mentioned over here on the website.

The traditional points of reference are THE RULES (which, if you are unfamiliar with you should possibly consider selling your bike right now) … they are as much to live by as ride. The Velominati. The self proclaimed Keepers Of The Cog. Hallowed be thy name. These should of course be your inner compass – your very drive – however – there is no point running before you can walk… so it was suggested that the below was included as a ‘The Rules Lite’, or a beginners guide… and possibly a little more practical instruction:


Although I couldn’t possibly sum up every unwritten rule of cycling etiquette in just one article, below are the 13 most important rules to remember. Some will actually improve your riding, others will simply make you look good and the rest are just down right snobbish.


Face it, helmets just aren’t cool. Nothing looks more pro than the tour rider cruising down the boulevard wearing nothing but a broken-in cycling cap. However, concussions and drooling out the side of your mouth are really lame, so wear your helmet. But for heaven’s sake, take it off when you walk into the coffee shop! Are you afraid of slipping and hitting your head on the counter? When worn, the helmet should be tilted as far forward on your head as possible and never at an angle. Cockeyed helmets are a sure sign of an amateur.

To look cool, take off the helmet and slip on your cycling cap the moment you arrive at your destination. To look Euro-cool, make sure to always wear your sunglasses on the outside of your helmet straps so the television cameras can see the brand logo on the ear pieces. And please, no neon colored helmets! White is the only acceptable helmet color.


We’ve all been asked a million times, why do cyclists shave their legs? Our answers range from aerodynamics to massage to wound care. But we all know the real reason. It makes us look smooth (in more way than one)! So whip out the shaving cream and the Bic and mow the lawn.

For the ultimate in cool, roll up the cuffs of your shorts for that extra 1/4 inch of tanning space. To look Euro-cool, always wear a pair of the ultra-cool Pez cycling socks. And please, no gym socks!

The Kit.

Your jersey must match your shorts, which must match your arm warmers, which must match your socks. But under no circumstances should a replica pro team kit or a national/world champion kit be worn unless you’ve earned it. The only acceptable team kit is your own club kit. Retro wool kits are sometimes acceptable, but even that is iffy.

To look cool if you don’t belong to a club or a team, wear a stock Castelli or Assos kit but don’t mix and match. To be Euro-cool, wear the kit of an obscure European amateur team, but only if you have a story about how you spent the winter riding with them in Majorca to go along with it. Please, no century jerseys (I’m going to take some heat on that one), nothing with cartoon characters on it and never, under any circumstances, go jersey-less. Especially if you are wearing bibs.

* And a special note for women. As much as the guys on the group ride might like it, a jog-bra is not an acceptable substitute for a jersey. Wear the bra, but please throw a jersey on over it. It’s hot. You’re hot. But shorts and a jog-bra is just not.


I should say MP3 players, but let’s face it, an iPod is the only cool on-board music system. Of course legally, I have to recommend against wearing headphones out on the road, but since you’re going to do it anyway, here are a few guidelines. Never wear headphones on a group ride. Headphones on a group ride say two things.

1) You people are good enough to ride with, but not good enough to talk to or even listen to and

2) I’m not concerned with my own safety and I’m even less concerned with YOUR safety. There’s no faster way to become disliked by a group of cyclist than by showing up on a group ride with headphones, even if the music is off.

To look cool, remember that the smaller the headphone, the better. No 1985 walkman ear muff headphones please. Ear buds are the only acceptable iPod accessory. To look Euro-cool, make sure you are listening to an obscure independent British punk rocker or electronic group. And please, no Kraftwerk!

Clipping out.

Hard to believe, but this one actually deserves its own paragraph. One of the easiest ways to determine the experience level of a cyclist is to see how early they clip out before coming to a stop. A novice rider will clip out as much as a block before a stop sign or red light. A real beginner will clip out a block before a green light, just on the off chance that it might turn red by the time they get to it.

To look cool, let the bike come to a full stop before clipping out. To look Eurocool, never clip out. Track stands are the only acceptable way to wait at a red light. And please, no basket-clips and no mountain bike shoes on the road bike! Wearing trainers or mountain bike shoes on the road indicates that you intend to spend more time with your feet on the ground than in the pedals. You’re a cyclist, darn it, not a pedestrian!

The Friday Ride Hero.

Although getting dropped on the hard Saturday group ride isn’t cool, there are actually more ways to look un-cool on the easy Friday recovery ride. The best way to look un-cool is by pushing the pace over 19 mph or by doing your intervals off the front of the ride. Friday rides are for recovery and socializing. You’re not going to impress anyone by ramping up the pace. Unfortunately, messing up the pace is just as easy to do on the hard group ride and this is where things get really complicated. Sprinting at the wrong moment, setting the wrong pace up a climb or pushing the tempo at the wrong time can draw just as much scorn as pushing the pace on a recovery ride. Get to know the etiquette of a group ride by doing it at least two or three times before even thinking about getting to the front.

To look cool, show up to the Friday ride with a cup of coffee from an independent bohemian coffee shop and sip on it throughout the ride. To look Euro-cool, skip the coffee and blueberry muffin after the ride in favour of an espresso and a croissant. And please, never order any drink that has whip cream spilling out over the top of the cup. You didn’t ride hard enough to burn off 20 grams of fat and 600 calories.

Group Ride Etiquette.

Have you ever seen a pro team on a training ride? Side by side, shoulder to shoulder, quietly zipping along. Then, there is the club ride. You actually hear it before you see it. Slowing! Right Side! Stopping! Rolling! Hole! Then you see it. 25 riders spread out over an entire city block, three, sometimes four, wide. Weaving, swarming cars, running stop signs. Keep your group ride cool with the following four rules of thumb.

1) Never ride more than two abreast.

2) Never allow more than six inches distance between your front wheel to the rear wheel of the rider in front of you.

3) Maintain a distance, no more than 12 inches from your shoulder to the shoulder of the rider next to you.

4) It only takes one person to call things out. This should be the person at the front of the pack. Ideally, a little point of the hand is all it takes to indicate obstructions or turns. It shouldn’t take two dozen people yelling at the top of their lungs to make a ride run smoothly.

To look cool, keep the group tight, wheel to wheel and shoulder to shoulder. To look Euro-cool, only ride with other cyclist wearing the exact same kit. If this is not possible, make sure there are no more than three different kits in the pack and that there are at least three riders wearing each kit. And please, never swarm cars at stop lights or steer a large group of riders through a red light. It’s just not cool.

Carbon Wheels.

Carbon wheels are for racing! Never under any circumstances should they be brought out on a training ride. Training wheels should be strong and heavy with lots and lots of spokes. Carbon wheels say to the group, I’m not strong enough to do this ride without my £2,000 feather weight wheels. If you have the money to tear up a carbon wheel set on the road, then you’d be better off spending it on a coach who will get you fit enough to keep up with the group ride on regular training wheels.

To be cool, ride with Bontrager flat proof tubes. They’re about four-times as heavy as regular tubes and they just about double your rolling resistance. To be Euro-cool, don’t tell anyone you’re riding with them. It’s enough to know for yourself that you can keep up with those weenies even on a 22-pound bike. And please, no deep dish carbon clinchers. Carbon wheels are race wheels and clinchers are for training. Tubulars are the only way to go on your carbons.

Ornaments and Accessories.

This one is simple. No stuffed animals or figurines mounted to your handlebars no matter what it signifies to you. No mirrors on your helmet or your glasses. No reflector strips taped to your bike. No giant flashing lights (LEDs are ok).

To look cool, ride without a saddle bag. Put one small tube, a tiny pump and a tire lever in your middle back pocket. To look Euro-cool, ride without a saddle bag and with nothing in your pockets. This is cool because it means you must have a team car following you with all your supplies. And please, don’t plaster the stickers that came with your shoes or your glasses all over your bike unless your sponsorship contract with those companies specifically dictates that you must.

Cat 4 Marks.

Otherwise known as a chain tattoo, this is what we called them back in the day before Category 5 existed. Nothing gives away a rookie faster than a black streak of grease on their calf. The experienced rider can actually get through an entire ride without rubbing up and down on their dirty chain.

To look cool, CLEAN YOUR CHAIN! To look Euro-cool, take your chain off once a week and soak it in degreaser along with the bearings from your bottom bracket and your headset (you old timers know what I’m talking about). And please, it’s one thing to get grease on your leg. It’s another thing to get it on your hands, your jersey, your face!


MEN: there are many rules regarding shorts. First of all, they don’t exist. Forget about them. The only acceptable garments to wear are bibs, no exceptions. But please, throw out your bibs when they start to wear out. Enough anatomy is revealed by the skin tight Lycra, we don’t need to see a transparent butt panel. And this may seem obvious, but the jersey goes over the bibs!

To look cool, wear bibs, enough said. To look Euro cool, wear bib knickers or even bib tights. And please, don’t wear underwear under your shorts!

How to Dress for Weather.

If the temperature is below 60 degrees Fahrenheit, you must wear knees or better yet, full leg warmers. If you go out of the house in 50 degree weather with bare legs, it doesn’t mean you’re tough, it just means you’re an idiot. In the summer, no matter how hot it gets, you must never wear a sleeveless jersey. Tan lines are the proud mark of a real cyclist. If you must get some additional ventilation, cut a vertical line along the inside seam of your sleeve with a pair of scissors. Not only will this help you stay cool, but it says, “my sponsors give me so many jerseys, I don’t mind wrecking one.”

To look cool, if you need to keep the sweat out of your eyes, wear a cycling cap, not a sweat band or a bandana. To look Euro-cool, just don’t sweat. And please, no arm warmers with a sleeveless jersey!

When to Dress.

Believe it or not there are a whole bunch of rules regarding when to get dressed for a race or a ride. In general, the less time you spend in your chamois, the cooler. If you are riding to the start, you should get dressed just before you leave the house. Don’t eat breakfast or walk the dog in the morning in your full kit! The neighbours think you’re goofy enough for cycling as it is! If you are driving to the start and it is less than a 45 minute trip, it is ok to wear your bibs under a pair of regular shorts, but not your jersey or your gloves and especially not your helmet. Also, make sure the suspenders on your bibs are hanging down, (preferably on the outside of your street shorts) and not over your shoulders. If it is longer than a 45 minute drive to the start, you must bring all your cycling gear in a cycling specific duffel bag such as a Specialized or Rudy Project bag. Brown paper bags or shopping bags are never acceptable.

To look cool, wrap a towel around your waist when you change. Changing skirts are practical, but not very cool. To look Euro-cool, make sure it’s a white, thread bare towel taken from the cheap motel room that you and five team mates crammed into at your last stage race. And please, no bare butts in the parking lot. Once again, we see enough through the skin tight Lycra.

Original Source Credit: Pez Cycling News

Thank you Justin for the suggestion. Thoughts?

N.B.: If in doubt Rule #5 and Rule #9


Tyre choice

Tyre choice

Following up on a conversation on tyre pressure earlier in the week we have had a follow up on tyre choice after Rob T. raised a query on this.

1000 miles and the tyre is through to the canvas. Not impressed with continental ultra race. Not the hardest wearing tyre!

So what road bike tyres are we all using, have had experience of using, training, commuting, racing, you know… road bike tyres.

 – Longevity;

 – Ride Quality;

 – Puncture Resilience;

 – Grip.

While the first three are an inconvenience and a bind – the latter just plain hurts, people and bikes.

The discussion bounced back and fourth but essentially revolved around the pro’s and con’s of the following clincher tyres:

 – Schwalbe Ultremo ZX

 – Contintental GrandPrix 4000S (and GP4000S2)

 – Michelin Pro Race 2, 3 & 4

On the matter of winter tyres the ones that kept coming up …and the popular by inclusion Continental Gatorksins – which while more resilient than most tyres lacks grip, especially in the damp…. with a reputation for being Marmite with regards to love or hate. A more safe choice would be the Continental 4 Seasons – less puncture protection, a more lively ride, and traction.

Comments and further experiences – join the conversation over at VC Melyd Facebook Group.

Tyre Pressure?

Tyre Pressure?

Bike tyre pressures seem to be dragging out a thread on the VC Melyd Facebook group at the moment.

Through the medium of waffle we have managed to ascertain that people are either all over their tyre pressure, or its a general ‘that will do’. Other things came to light such as it would very much depend on other factors, such as tyre type, tyre size, weight of rider – the latter being the one that seemed to define whether this was some or all of the air. All very scientific.

It turns out that Vittoria – manufacturers of great tubulars and so-so clinchers have written an App to make such troubles go away – or at the very least give you a line in the sand in a ‘bloke down the pub said’ third party opinion to compare your findings against. While I was unable to find it on my phone – I was able to find a working version on-line. Now this makes NO ALLOWANCES FOR TYRE SIZE – however lets assume that this is great if you don’t want to over complicate things.


Sure – if you don’t know what the weather is going to be, or how many TPI your tyres are (it’s usually plastered all over the outside of racing tyre boxes – as an indication of suppleness)… however really does make no allowances for 23c or 25c tyres. Wider tyres are now not only just for winter – 25c and 28c rolling more efficiently than 23c in more recent studies … just come with friends and club mates silently pointing wide eyed at your delicate racing rims with balloon tyres on.

  – Bigger riders, more air;

  – Wider tyres, lower pressures;

  – Wider tyres, deeper profile, more protection;

  – More air in the rear than the front usually around a 60/40 spilt;

  – Wetter weather, slightly lower pressure.

Too low, tyre off in a corner, rim on road, snake bite punctures – too high, vibration, jumping off road in corners, e’splode!

The rest it would appear is an art, done by feel, which kinda goes along with everything I love about riding.

The most well rounded responses thus far being unsurprisingly Darren:

Everyone needs a digital pressure gauge in their life. There is no definitive answer to your question, the variables are so many. Time of day, temp, road conditions, bike weight, type of tube, width of tyres, road surface etc.. You’ve got to start somewhere though and trial and error will get you there and the numbers you’ve been given are a great start. Wet roads on a cold day you’ll need less for example I’m 69kg and on 25s in the winter I run 80 front and 85 rear, if it’s wet I may run a little lower. It just suits me. On 23s in the summer using latex tubes I will ride 90 front and 95 rear. If though just pounding up a few hills I may go higher. If the roads are crap slightly higher is better to avoid pinch flats.

— Darren Wareing (Road Race Secretary)

Join the conversation over in the VCM FB group (and I will get this updated if we ever get back on topic again).

Oh, and just on the off chance you wanted some more people telling you something you already knew – here are a bunch of other random graphs with crucial bits of information missing or just seemingly wildly wrong (my particular favourite was one that suggested according to their graph at 25C I should be running at 180psi… it is not included for health and safety reasons).


12nov-table UdRE3

Not that we have to really worry too much about tyre rubber temperatures and the like – it is worth considering that pressure is relative to air density and temperature… so here is a little something to take that pain away also.


Now… we have ‘some’ air in our tyres – can we go out riding now?