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OVO Energy Tour Series comes to Salisbury on Thursday May 31

You can read more about the tour here

Free of charge for spectators. The circuit-based nature of the Tour Series also means fans get to see the riders pass by numerous times during each race!


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Carbon vs Steel Weight Comparison


To wind down after a busy week on Friday evening I finished building up my 1998 Raleigh SPD frame made of Reynolds 853 steel tubing and it feels great.






Dave P had just bought a new Carbon Merida Reacto 5000, so I wondered how the relative weight of my steel bike compared.

Since I had steel and carbon frames, I thought an aluminium bike would make the comparison exercise more useful.




My alloy Reacto has upgraded Hunt wheels and tubeless Hutchinson tyres, so is  lighter than a standard model, but is representative of that type of frame.

Not surprisingly, the carbon bike was lightest at 8.78 kg, but the steel and ally frames were the same at 9.41kg. Just 0.67 kg more. I could shave that further by replacing the crankset of the Raleigh with a Carbon version, but for aesthetic reasons I will stick with the Campagnolo chainset.

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Riley’s are on the Pixie App

Riley’s have signed up to Pixie. We are offering vouchers worth £5 to spend with the app. Pixie app helps customers discover local independent businesses and rewards them with points for shopping locally. You can spend  your points in any Pixie registered business or get £5 off your purchase in Riley’s when you register for the app with the special code.