Rest : : Alex Monroe jewellery @agmonroe

It’s my wedding anniversary this weekend so I won’t be training on the bike.

Since I needed an inspired wedding anniversary gift for my wife I headed down to Alex Monroe jewellery shop near London Bridge.

Mrs Bugg loves Alex Monroe jewellery specifically the beautiful bumble bee pieces. She says it reminds her of her married name.  The intricate nature of the jewellery designs fascinates me knowing the skill required to create each piece.  Whilst I was there I noticed the selection of bicycle necklaces which resonates with my passion for cycling.

Amazingly Alex has kindly offered to donate one of these beautiful necklaces for raffling as part of my fundraising effort.  The full range can be found at alexmonroe.com and was created through Alex’s love of cycling.  He has an old school yellow Bianchi with horn handlebars which he rides into work. Very cool.

Details on the raffle will be posted soon, watch this space.

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Review : : Sigma Sport Mechanics Course

Sigma Sport mechanic course

Riding all year round in all weather conditions brings higher maintenance requirements on your bike.  The mechanics course at Sigma gave me an opportunity to get to grips with some of the basic servicing myself.

The day long course is held in the workshop facility at the Hampton Wick store.  I suggest arriving early to allow some browsing time through the expansive shop floor or hang by the coffee machine if you want to give your wallet a break.

Mark Haylett (workshop manager) introduced himself to our group of 6 and outlined the days activities.  His relaxed manner throughout the day enabled an interactive workshop with plenty of opportunity to get the hands dirty.  There was scope for everyone to steer the course a little with their particular interests and a good Q&A at the end.

The course covered; tool awareness, chain technology, cassette, headset, wheel basics, transmission, cleaning, gear tuning, di2, wheel truing, brakes and bottom bracket.

It was a mentally exhausting day with a lot to take in however I took away exactly what I needed and with some hands on practical experience to boot.  The workshop facility is impressive and seeing the other mechanics at work was a great added bonus.

The winners for me were:

  • Complete understanding of headset removal and reassembly.
  • Hands on reassembly of rear cassette.
  • Product knowledge for greases and lubricants.

A great relaxed day with lots of knowledge and practical experience.  Perfect for an enthusiastic novice liek myself.  Interestingly no hard sell on workshop tools at the end of the day; refreshing.