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Staff bikes – Tony Glover's Ridley X-Night

X-nightAt Cycle Art we ride what we sell. By choosing to sell the equipment we personally use and believe in, the advice we give is backed up by personal experience and an in depth understanding and passion for our products.

X-nightTony is the boss man at Cycle Art, our wheelbuilder, and our ‘cross expert. He was recently crowned the CXNE Veteran champion for the 2013/14 season – so it’s clear he knows a thing or two about ‘cross.

Tony races 2 near identical Ridley X-Night cyclo cross bikes, both painted in the Belgium colour scheme. The Belgium theme continues throughout the bike, with various little touches that make his rides stand out from the crowd – when they aren’t covered in mud that is…

x-nightThis particular X-Night is the higher specced of the two, with a full SRAM Red drivetrain, Avid Shorty Ultimate brakes (no discs here), Fibrelyte carbon chainrings, Mavic Cosmic Ultimate wheels shod with Challenge Limus 33 tubs (which can be run as low as 10-12PSI), Pro Stealth Evo carbon bar & stem, Crank Bros pedals, and a San Marco saddle. Neat little touches include the Belgium colour coded headset spacers, gold chainring bolts, Lizard Skins dual colour bar tape (red and black) and a gold KMC X10SL chain. For some reason Tony opted for blue skewers, although he reassures me he has black ones to put on…

The spec on the bike is more than cosmetic. With all Tony’s years of ‘cross racing experience, every part has been carefully selected. He runs a particular 10 speed cassette that doesn’t clog with mud like other cassettes. He uses Crank Bros pedals because not only are they light, they have 4 entry points as opposed to just the 2 on SPDs and they also don’t clog up too easily. He uses cantis because he doesn’t think discs are at a standard suitable for ‘cross racing just yet. Almost every part of the specification is there for a purpose – and it proved to be a winning combination.

This build actually weighs 6.7kg (just under 15lbs) and if it were a road bike (which Tony will be quick to point out that it isn’t) it would be UCI illegal (the limit is currently 6.8kg)

Full gallery of Tony’s X-Night can be seen here.

Staff bikes – Chris Bush's Sabbath Mondays Child

Mondays ChildAt Cycle Art we ride what we sell. By choosing to sell the equipment we personally use and believe in, the advice we give is backed up by personal experience and an in depth understanding and passion for our products.

Sabbath Mondays ChildThis particular bike belongs to Chris Bush. Chris is our bike fit expert and has many years experience in the bike trade, as well as being an ex European and British track champion. Chris is long term advocate of titanium bikes, and one of his often-heard catchphrases is, “metal bikes are the future”. He owns a Sabbath September for commuting and training on, but for racing and summer weather rides he has this rather nice Sabbath Mondays Child (the lack of apostrophe is not a mistake – this is how it’s written apparently).

The Mondays Child is Sabbath’s aggressive race bike – in that is has a long top tube and short head tube (although custom geometry is an option). It is constructed mainly from high grade double butted, custom drawn, seamless 3AL 2.5V titanium, with the exception of headtube (which is CNC machined from a solid lump of 6AL 4V titanium to make the front end extremely stiff) and a replaceable 6AL 4V dropout. Chris loves this frame so much, he’s convinced there isn’t a carbon fibre frame that he would replace it with.

Stans Alpha wheelsSpec wise, Chris chose the 10 speed SRAM Red groupset (the bike is 3 years old), hand-built wheels, Pro Vibe finishing kit and a fi:zi’k Arione CX saddle. SRAM Red was chosen due to it’s positive shifting and low weight (a view shared by others in the shop), although he admits he’d be just as happy running Dura Ace 9000 mechanical (wouldn’t we all?). He also runs a compact chainset, showing that you don’t need a double to go fast.

The wheels, hand-built by our own wheel guru Tony Glover, are DT Swiss 240 hubs laced to a Stans Alpha 400 on the rear and 340 on the front. These are designed to be light and responsive whilst still being able to withstand the combination of Chris’ power and Northumberland’s less than perfect roads. He runs with 25mm Ultremos (standing by our position that 25mm tyres are quicker than 23mm).

In this build, the bike weighs an incredible 7.4kg (16.3lbs) making all but the most expensive carbon fibre bikes look a little bloated. You wouldn’t know by looking at it, but this bike has covered over 10,000 miles – and still looks as good as new. All in all, a super light, great handling and very nice looking bike. We’re just not sure about that gold chain, Chris…

Full gallery of Chris’ bike here

Cycle Art – Meet the Staff

At Cycle Art, we’re all cyclists. Sounds obvious, but in order to best advise and serve customers, it’s important that we understand the sport, our products, and the needs of our customers. So who are the people behind Cycle Art?

Tony GloverTony Glover
Tony has been riding for 28 years, and for 21 of those years he has been racing. He is a local legend on the bcross scene having notched up over 50 bcross podiums, over 20 mountain bike wins, and has won the senior CXNE league. He has even competed in the 3 Peaks b the toughest bcross race in the world (it is essentially a fell race with a bike). He is also quite handy on the road having covered 417 miles in the National 24 hour TT, been a road race winner, and a regular top 5 finisher in TTs in the past. He has worked in the bike industry for nearly 20 years after earning a degree in mechanical engineering. Along with Mark, he has built up Bicycle Repair Man from a tiny shop in Prudhoe into the biggest bike shop in the North East by some considerable margin. When it comes to bcross bikes and bcross racing, there isnbt much he doesnbt know. Tony is also regarded as the North Eastbs best wheel builder. He currently races on 2 superlight custom Ridley X-Nights and trains on the road on a Ridley Helium SL. He also competes from time to time on his Giant XTC Advanced 29er mountain bike.
Club: Derwentside CC
Dream bike: Thomas Frischknechtbs Ritchey Swiss Cross
Interesting fact: While Tony was at university, he designed and built the first ever bVb brake

Chris BushChris Bush
Hanging up in behind the Cycle Art counter is a British National Champion jersey. This isnbt a gift or a charity auction special b this belongs to our very own track champion, Chris. Chris has been riding for over 30 years with 25 years bike industry experience and has an impressive palmares. He has 2 gold medals in the Great Britain masters points race, a silver medal in the European Masters points race, a bronze medal in the British Open Team Pursuit championship and has shared the podium with Sir Bradley Wiggins when he was part of a team that won bronze in the 1998 National Madison Championship. He is also a Level 2 British Cycling road and time trial coach, rides into work every day regardless of the weather, and is Cycle Artbs bike fit expert having carried out hundreds of successful bike fits. Chris races on the track on a Ridley Arena, time trials on a Cervelo P2, trains and commutes on a Sabbath September and a Giant Bowery fixed 64b gear, and for fun has a Giant XTC mountain bike and a tandem called George. He also trains and occasionally races on a stunning Sabbath Mondays Child.
Club: VC St Raphael
Dream bike: 80s Cineli Laser track bike
Interesting fact: Chris used to be a Samaritan volunteer

James AshberryJames Ashberry
Jamesb journey into road cycling is very different to that of Mark and Tony. Despite having been fit and active in his youth, playing rugby at schoolboy, club and county level and an avid mountain biker (he actually bought his 2nd mountain bike from a young Chris Bush in the 90s) by July 2008, James weighed over 22 stone (140kg). He was morbidly obese, struggled to walk up stairs without losing breath, and admits himself that he was heading for a life of heart problems, diabetes and quite probably an early grave. A medical problem in July of 2008 convinced James to make a life-changing decision and he bought a cheap road bike and a turbo trainer. Now 7 stone lighter, James is a regular on the North East time trial scene, he is the club secretary of a cycling club, a massive follower of pro cycling, and is a British Cycling Sky Ride Leader. He rides into work every day that he possibly can, leads his club runs on a Sunday, and is currently trying to break the 22 minute barrier in a ten mile 10. James is also trained as a barista and is a freelance graphic designer. James races on a Ridley Dean time trial bike, commutes on a fully winterized Ridley X-Bow and trains on a Burls titanium road bike. When the sun comes out, his pride and joy is a custom Cervelo R3.
Club: ClC!sico CC (was Stay Classy / Well Handled RT)
Dream bike: Colnago C59 Italia with Super Record
Interesting fact: James once chased Sir Bradley Wiggins down the Col de Femenia in Mallorca. He didnbt catch him.

Pam GloverPam Glover
An important part of the Cycle Art ethos is the cafC), and without Pam, there would be no cafC). Pam is qualified in hotel management, and has worked as a catering assistant in a country hotel, ran a restaurant in Rothbury for 7 years, has been a catering manager for 2 schools and a day nursery before becoming the cafC) manager at Cycle Art. Away from baking the best cakes in the North East, Pam is also a passionate cyclist, racing in time trials and bcross, as well as club runs and offers a unique perspective from the female point of view of cycling, which is almost unique in the North East bike shops. Pam races on a Giant TCR Advanced and races cross on a Ridley X-Fire (when it arrives).
Club: Derwentside CC
Dream bike: bSomething that will make me winb
Interesting fact: Pam originally wanted to an air hostess