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2 days ago

No Two Cycles
The last of the riders are making their way back to the finish..... just over 250 ladies enjoyed (I’m sure they did!?) 3 beautiful routes around the Vale.Groups from Yorkshire, Derbyshire and a couple of the southern counties and lots of local riders....another great day put together by the 2 Wheels and a Piece of Cake team - roll-on September!Only a few punctures, slipping chains and bent derailleurs....and some beautiful bikes!! ... See MoreSee Less
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2 days ago

No Two Cycles
And here we go again on another beautiful day in the Vale of Belvoir. 2 Wheels and a Piece of Cake, Belles of Belvoir. The first of the riders on the 100m route are just leaving. Me...I’m having a bacon roll! ... See MoreSee Less
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6 days ago

No Two Cycles
Well what a great first few months stocking Kendal Mint Co products; the Superfood energy bars are flying out of the shop, the delicious protein drink is proving the second most popular too.This weekend I’ll be supporting the wonderful ladies of 2 Wheels and a Piece of Cake at their first event lf the season, the Belles of Belvoir - 2wheelsandapieceofcake.co.uk/events/belles-belvoir/In addition to providing my usual spannering support, this year I’ll not only be offering to look after your bike, but you too as I’ll have the full range of Kendal Mint Co products and I’ll even have some gorgeous Isotonic mix, perfect for keeping going on what will be quite a warm day.Do pop by and say hello..... and if you miss out (or are a bloke), I’ll see you at the Belvoir Blast in September!!Exciting times!!! I am so pleased to become a stockist for Kendal Mint Co Sports Nutrition products. You can now buy any of the range directly from me at No Two Cycles. Why these products? I have a backgroud in ultra-distance running in the ‘90s and early 2000s; more recently I’ve swapped the running for cycling. But you don’t have to be an endurance athlete....any ride over an hour and you should really be adding a few calories. I’ve tried numerous products over the years and I can confidently say that these KMC gels, bars and powders are the best I’ve ever used (I will be using these products whilst riding 200 miles in Velo29 Yorkshire Beast Sportive later this year) - great texture, great taste (liking mint helps), kind on your stomach....and the protein recovery powder - wow!!So, not only great tasting and effective products, but they’re made by an English company with great heritage and an ethos for sustainable production and products. What’s not to like? ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

No Two Cycles
An early morning start at Waltham on The Wolds supporting the RAFA 100-Mile Bike Ride. A glorious day in the Vale; good luck to all the riders on all 3 routes and the hundreds doing their own virtual rides at various locations worldwide.#notwocycles #rafarides ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

No Two Cycles
Another great ‘Bill and Dave’s excellent adventure’ ride; the Giro d’Belvoir....and at last, the sun has come out.I’ll be back at Caffe Velo Verde on Bank Holiday Monday running a drop-in bike surgery and supporting the Belvoir Retro Rides.....the beautiful KMC / Veloforte / Tru-Tension bundle is a small raffle prize in aid of the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance.....raffle open until Monday afternoon..... #GTCC#notwocycles#caffeveloverde#wheninrome ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

Dambusters Rides 2021
The bike is set up ready for Mike’s ride from RAF Scampton to Bristol tomorrow night. Whilst not on the same scale as the adaptions made to the Lancasters for Op CHASTISE, his bike has some subtle changes from its normal set-up for the ride. For the bike techno geeks, the details are:Wilier Triestina Izoard XP FramesetRitchley Pro Seatpost, Stem and HandlebarsFizik Arionne saddle with Fizik saddlebag containing essential spares and a multi-toolCampagnolo Srl Chorus 12-speed mechanical group set installed with the assistance of No Two Cycles. Campagnolo Vento Asymmetric G3 Wheelset shod with Continental GP5000 tiresGarmin Edge 820 bike computerExposure Lights Strada Mk10 Super Bright Front light for the hours of darkness after which it ill be replaced by an Exposure TraceR from lightExposure TraceR rear lightThe Apple iPhone mounted on the stem with a QUAD LOCK mount is not normally there but Mike has mounted it to aid communication with his support team (aka friend with a car) when paired with AfterShokz bone conducting headphonesThe Willer tube bag is normally only carried longer rides as it has easier access to on bike food especially when wearing gloves.Without accessories, the bike weighs 8.4 Kg. Mike purchased the bike second hand in 2013 after his second tour in Afghanistan. He has now ridden over 21,500 kms on it; albeit, the only elements of his original purchase that remain are the frameset, seat post, stem and handlebars. Not quite the bicycle equivalent of Trigger’s broom; but, close.Enthuse Fundraising Page: rafbf.enthuse.com/pf/mike-ainsworth#RAFBF #wiliertriestina #torqfuelled #raisethebar ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

No Two Cycles
No Two Cycles will be closed from Mon 17 May to Tues 25 May. I will be periodically monitoring messages and calls, but please be aware that I’m on holiday and it’ll take a little longer to get back to you than normal.Oh, and let’s hope the weather is this good.....but I’ll take the waterproof panniers all the same! ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

No Two Cycles
Benvenuti alla terza, epica avventura di Bill e Dave ...Well, what more can I say to top the witty ramblings of Bill......?We’ve had a great time putting together another cheeky route to make you both curse us and yet come back wanting more....and to be rewarded with Italian fare and booze....what’s not to like?? Italian bikes and cycling attire not necessary....but it’d be a noce touch, wouldn’t it? Si tratta di avere un bell'aspetto!CAFFE VELO VERDE & NO TWO CYCLES PROUDLY PRESENTSTHE UNBELIEVABLY SPECTACULAR GIRO D’BELVOIRSATURDAY 29TH MAY 2021After the unprecedented success of the Gravel Extravaganza, Bill and Dave’s excellent adventures moves from the monuments to the season’s first Grand Tour. As we know the small matter of the Giro d’Italia is underway but the real Giro is happening on the above date. The wonderfully named Taco van der Hoorn riding for the equally wonderfully named Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert Materiaux team (try saying that with a mouthful of spaghetti) won stage 3. Here he is reacting to the news that his win there qualifies him to ride in the proper Giro here. He might not be able to make it though as unfortunately ours is on the same day as the penultimate stage of the mickey mouse one. Ah well, never mind Taco, ours is a fun event anyway, and we won’t have to put out the watts on a Ganna like scale to get around the 53 miles (all road) and 2300 feet of elevation. We will also do a route for those brave souls who want to run due to them luvin’ it last time (it won’t be 53 miles). Big Dave @notwocycles will do another hard copy map and will put out mappage for GPS purposes a bit nearer the time, @ashwaterfallphotography will be lurking in the bushes to capture some classy shots, and there will be no signage out. This is grass roots cycling so man up!We are limiting numbers to 50 again as this suits the CVV/NTC set up nicely. There will be pre-ride goodies and post participation pasta perfection plus Italian bierra or vino. All of this for the paltry sum of £20 plus donations to the Air Ambulance.To enter please e mail hello@caffeveloverde.co.uk provide your details and the numbers in your group. We know covid rules are relaxing but groups of 6 still seems a good idea. Turn up between 0930 & 1130 for a Big Dave briefing, grab a coffee and some Veloforte go faster stuff and off you go! Remember – it’s not a race! Finally thanks to @jackie_swann_design for our fab poster! #caffeveloverde #cvvevents #notwocycles #veloforte #lincsnottsairambulance #giro #cyclecafe #cyclethevale #valeofbelvoir ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

No Two Cycles
So, I want the purists to bear with me a minute here....just get your calculator out, trust me, it’ll all make sense!!A few of you will undoubtedly know that Bill from Caffe Velo Verde and I will be riding The Yorkshire Beast sportive in June. The last training ride in the NY Moors was great, if not a tad windy, and proved (as if we needed proof) that riding 50/34 paired with a 12/27 was always going to give our legs something to think about. Sure, there’s the Shimano or SRAM options of sticking a dinner-plate cog on the rear wheel, but we’re both running Campag and with short-cage mechs (Record and Chorus respectively), a 29 is our limit.Last year I swapped out Bills chainset on his touring bike, fitting absoluteBLACK sub-compact (46/30) oval chainrings, so whilst I’m waiting for mine to arrive (subsequently to be fitted to an Ultegra crank) I decided to try my old SRAM touring chainset (42/28)...OK, so it may look odd, but climbing was soooo easy and I could comfortably hit 28/30mph at just under 110 cadence.... The Moors ride was in April, this month we’ll be hitting 100m and 10000’ of climbing in the Dales .... updates to follow.Other ‘mods’ to the bike; an obvious Hope Technology Ltd BB (Shimano with SRAM GXP conversion kit) and Hope jockey wheels; a Leyzene top-tube bag for all my food and a RideFarr aero bolt-on .... trust me, riding for 200 miles, comfort is key. The enigma bikes Evade is running Hunt wheels with Continental Gatorskins 28c, Campag Chorus, 11 spd (usually with a ROTOR Bike Components 2inPower PowerMeter), a KMC chain lubed with Tru-Tension Cycle Tungsten All-weather lube (assuming it’s dry, on the day I’ll be using Tungsten Race lube) and I’m perched on a Brooks C15.....again, on the day, riding in SIGR clothing bibshorts and if big Bill can get me sorted in time, an ImpsportApparel CVV top.#enigmabikes #ridefarr #notwocycles #Cadence #brookssaddle ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

No Two Cycles
Another great day at Caffe Velo Verde; no organised rides today, just a few hours of fettling for the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance. 2 bikes with gear issues, one brake bleed and someone asking if I could fit a new brake lever! Aside from other bike related tlc, nothing of much severity to report, but then why would you go for a ride on a bike that doesn’t work....?? Keep an eye on mine and the CVV Facebook page for subsequent ‘cycle clinics’ and of course, ‘Bill and Dave’s excellent ride events”. #airambulance #caffeveloverde #cycleclinic #willworkforsausages ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

No Two Cycles
In my time off from fixing bikes, I like to fix bikes...... #willfixbikesforcoffeeIt’s time to put the trusty winter steeds to bed, summer bike bling time is here! Give the winter ones a bit of TLC before their hibernation or give your bling a season starting once over - either way Big Dave’s the man! All work done minus parts/materials can be covered by donations to CVV’s 2021 charity - the Notts Lincs Air Ambulance.Show your bike some ❤️🚴🏼☕️🚴🏻‍♀️☕️🚴🏼‍♂️#caffeveloverde #notwocycles #nottslincsairambulance #bikesurgery #cyclesurgery #bikeworkshop #coffee #summerbling ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

No Two Cycles
Well, the cycling press will be torn for headlines this week; will it be the 3 Ineos Grenadiers filling the steps at the Tour de Romandie prologue TT, or will it be that the inaugural No Two Cycles / Cafe Allez! TT had a totally Brit dominated podium!? (our course was also harder....just saying')After the winter (and COVID) pause for the bi-weekly 'Tuesday Club', it was a welcome return for some informal, yet lactic producing speed sessions. This year, we'll still focus on 'fun' and inclusive speed / interval sessions, but with the added, and quite frankly, very welcome addition of Mark and Claire at Cafe Allez. Cafe Allez! will provide a suitable meet-up point and maybe the odd post-ride refreshment or two, where we can all compare power and speed stats without having to do so later and bore our families.But enough of that drivel Dave, what were the times? Well, after a few pre-ride withdrawals ("I ran too far this morning..."; "I forgot...."; "Dave Brailsford is on a conference call, I'll be with you shortly...." etc), the course was only tackled by a hardy 5, and the times were as follows:Joshua: 20'14"Tom: 21'23"Matt: 22'06"Peter: 22'39"....and yes, one DNF, puncture!Mark and I both posted times previously (18'47" and 21'45" respectively.....but if you're not there on the day, it don't count!)Aside from a huge thanks to the riders, there's an even bigger huge thanks to Mark and Claire ..... watch out for more Cafe Allez cycling events in the future! And finally, I must mention one person who shall remain nameless; instead of riding, opted, at the last minute, just to spectate and yet still participated in cake and smoothies afterwards. I can't say who it was, but with her unridden bike in tow, it really was a case of 2 Wheels and a Piece of Cake! ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

Caffe Velo Verde
What fabulous weather for Bill and Dave’s excellent Mannekin Pis gravel extravaganza classic. Tadej Pogacar and Demi Vollering decided to give us a miss to focus on their respective men and ladies Liege – Bastogne – Liege on Sunday. Their abstinence paid off in spades. Well done to them but I bet they wish they could have been at CVV HQ along with the other 50 participants, including a number of runners who were doing the 25km route. Chapeau to them. All were briefed by a very lucid and coherent Big Dave (No Two Cycles)who, as a consummate professional, stuck to coffee until he had seen the last of our brave gravellers on their way. However, before the final group had exited the farm yard, BD had located and accessed the beer fridge that I had been assiduously stocking with an exciting cocktail of Belgian Ales and made a beeline for the 9.2% bombshells. Approximately 30 minutes later he started talking absolute drivel and kept it up for the rest of the day.As this was most definitely not a race the only thing at stake was to avoid being nominated for the CVV Catarsetrophy – this iconic prize is one that can never be won outright, you can never keep it, only be photographed in its presence. The stigma of nomination and committee acceptance is enough to tarnish one’s reputation for good. Falling off on a gravel ride is inevitable so there should have been a few candidates. Charles, first back as he was doing the short route (golfing engagement later), made the excuse that he only fell off because someone else made him fall off, set the bar very high indeed. Jason fell off because he maintained he was doing 30 mph across a freshly harrowed field. Excellent excuse J. TBF, others fell off but fell short of these two on falling off excuses. C and J are joint winners. Britta and chums were outright winners of the ‘let’s yak and not draw breath all ride’ prize;The pre ride coffee/granola jack/ Veloforte go faster gels and the memsahib’s post ride 4 waffle choices proved a hit as did the ale on offer. The consensus was that the day was a success! Thanks to everyone for their support. Not sure at this stage how much we raised for the Air Ambulance (CVV 2021 charity). Next event is the Giro de Belvoir on 29th May. Keep monitoring NoTwoCycles/CVV Facebook and websites for further details!#caffeveloverde #notwocycles #cvvevents #cvvhq #cvvcatarsetrophy #veloforte #belgianbeer #waffles #gravelride ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

No Two Cycles
For those of you still oblivious of Caffe Velo Verde and/or the joint CVV / No Two Cycles extraordinary events......well, look what you missed out on!Keep your eyes peeled for future delights such as; The Giro d’Belvoir, a Tour de France themed ride, and more of the cycle-orienteering / trailquest / get-lost-athon... ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

No Two Cycles
And in other news; some of you may have seen my post on Strava about the return of the summer-time(?) Tuesday evening training sessions, run from Cafe Allez. Mark and I thought it’d be fun to start the series with a cheeky bench-mark TT......so here’s the first marker from a fat 51yr old.... #gauntlet #notwocycles #timetrialtuesday #RideTilYouPuke ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

No Two Cycles
So I’m out for a pre-TT warm-up and got chatting to 2 fellow cyclists, one was atop this steed from the Bamboo Bicycle Company - what a beautiful bike. He was running a SRAM 1x set-up which had served him well riding on longer days in the low Alps / Dolomites!!Maybe this will be my next build at No Two Cycles - why? Well, yew wood!! 🤣#notwocycles #bamboobikes ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

No Two Cycles
It’s almost that time.....time for a break. Please note that the workshop will be closed from Thurs 15 Apr, to Tues 20 Apr inc. I’ll be open again from Wed and also getting ready for the next exciting Caffe Velo Verde / No Two Cycles event on 24 Apr!! ... See MoreSee Less
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