Fat Lad At The Back

  • Get your pants off!


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    We won’t beat around the bush, if you’re still wearing pants under your padded cycling shorts you need to STOP! Whilst the thought of going pant-less might seem a bit audacious, the pads in your cycling shorts are specially designed to be worn next to your skin.

    If you do wear under garments they will more likely end up collecting sweat, turning your knicker elastic into dental floss and preventing the technical fabrics of your shorts from working properly and wicking away moisture from your skin.

    Back in the day before high tech fabrics were around, pads in cycling shorts were made from chamois leather, yes just like the one you use to clean your car with and you know how it goes as stiff as a board when it’s left to dry? Well it’s little wonder that ‘CHAMOIS’ cream was introduced to help keep the pad supple and help prevent chaffing. Thankfully we know have high density technical foam pads to keep us comfy but they are often still referred to as chamois.

    Today’s chamois creams are formulated to help reduce friction, chaffing, skin irritation and some have anti-bacterial properties. Cream can be applied directly on to the skin and /or pad before a ride but take heed, avoid intimate areas or riding a bike will be the last thing on your mind. There are many brands of chamois cream on the market and it’s trial and error as to which one suits you best. If you have very sensitive skin, we can recommend Assos which is formulated to have a cooling effect and also provides a lovely pre-ride tingle! Some creams have been formulated specifically for women, such as Hoo Ha Ride Glide which has a slightly thinner formulation so it’s good to decant into a small bottle for long day, ‘mid ride’ application!Pants off 10

    For many, chamois cream is an essential prevention of soreness during the hotter weather, when (without going into too much detail), it can get especially warm and sweaty in the undercarriage area.

    These creams won’t help with aches and pains in your sit bones from your saddle but a good fitting pair of quality padded shorts, chamois cream and absolutely NO pants will certainly help to keep your nether regions feeling peachy.

  • MEET THE FLAMBASSADORS 2017:Karen Wheeler

    Karen Wheeler - 1NAME:  Karen Wheeler

    WHERE WILL YOU BE ORGANISING SOCIAL RIDES?

    I'll be riding in Chichester, Bognor Regis FLAB social rides West Sussex

    WHY DID YOU APPLY TO BE A FLAMBASSADOR?

    I love cycling, love the brand and it's inclusive ethos, but mostly I want to get all the other potential FLABs out on their bikes because it's fun and FLabulous!

    FAVOURITE CAKE AT THE TEA STOP?

    Cream tea - pot of tea, scone (rhymes with gone), jam and cream - so civilised darling!! Failing that, especially if a morning ride - it's gotta be a bacon butty.

    WHO IS YOUR DREAM CYCLING BUDDY?

    hmm only the one?? Aside from my cycling besties (they know who they are...) it's got to be my cycling crushes Chris Boardman & Ned Boulting, I always loved their antics on the Tour de France show. (Brad & Cav and the Kenny”s are way too fast for me, but I so love watching them).

    BEST TIP OR PIECE OF CYCLING ADVICE?

    Remember which foot you've unclipped - saves many an embarrassing slide to the ground. Seat height - correct height = comfy bottom and protected knees.  And hills - I hate them, but don't be afraid of them,my mantra is ... just keep spinning (sung in the style of Dory the fish).

     

     

  • Emma's road to happiness.

     

     

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    The road to happiness by FLambassador Emma-

    My name is Emma Dickson from Loughborough and I’m a FLambassador for Fat Lad At The Back.

    When I saw the FLambassador roles advertised I decided to apply because I am a keen cyclist and have been helping my friends to get on their bikes for the last year or so as we needed the extra training because we’d signed up for a night ride around London.

    I was so excited when I was successful because I can now help more people of any size, age or ability to get out and ride. It's great having the FLAB community behind (and in         front) of you for support. Actually I did a little dance when I got the Email!

    Over the course of the next few months I am going to be writing a monthly blog about cycling and being a FLambassador and I’ll also be sharing some of my favourite recipes with you. I hope I may even inspire some of you to get on your bikes and to get cooking!

    So getting out on my bike is not just about keeping fit, it's for a healthy mind too. After a good ride on my bicycle, I am a better, happier person and can cope with the world.

    Eleven years ago things where a lot different, I was struggling with my mental health and was diagnosed with cyclothmia a form of bipolar. I was so miserable and down I wanted to end it all.

    I didn't really realise the benefits of cycling and often turned to alcohol for comfort. This was probably how I landed a job as a cook at the Red Lion pub in Kegworth. I live in the next village two and a half miles away and because I needed to get to work and it was cheaper, I decided to buy a second hand bike.

    The first week at work was hard as I had a big hill to conquer and I was a big lass. I just got off and walked up. My bum was a little sore too, but I needed to work, so kept at it. After a couple of weeks my bum felt better and I was getting a little further up the hill until one morning I made it all the way up! I was on top of the world. I felt good.

    So then I just kept going, cycling faster and getting fitter, but the biggest change was me. I was happy more than I was depressed. I don't think I even noticed it at the time myself, but everything went right for a change and the cloud had lifted. I was smiling.

    It's the little steps you take sometimes that lead to where you’re going.

    Emma 2                                         Broken Biscuit Rocky Road 

    Ingredients:
    200g broken Biscuits. I used rich tea and biscotti.
    1 tube of smarties.
    125g Butter.
    300g Chocolate. I used dark and milk.
    3 tablespoons Golden syrup.
    100g mini marshmallows.
     

    Method: 
    1. melt butter, chocolate and the syrup. You can use the microwave (1 minute at a time, check, continue till melted) or a saucepan over a low heat. Stir well.  emma 3
    2. Bash the biscuits in a bag. They should be small prices and crumbs.
    3. Mix all ingredients together till covered in chocolate.
    4. Put in a foil tray and push down with clingfilm
    5. Refrigerate 2 hours or more.
    6. Cut and serve

     

     

  • MEET THE FLAMBASSADORS 2017: Jamie Robertson

    Jamie RobertsonNAME:     Jamie Robertson

    WHERE WILL YOU BE ORGANISING SOCIAL RIDES?

    In the EAST - Great Yarmouth/Lowestoft area FLAB social rides Norfolk

    WHY DID YOU APPLY TO BE A FLAMBASSADOR?

    I have been helping people get into cycling for a while now through the local cycling club “Great Yarmouth Cycling Club” and it’s always a great buzz to help people start out cycling.

    I come across a lot of people who find it daunting joining clubs etc.FLAB is a great brand I personally have used now for a year. Love The clobber.  It seems only right to help others through FLAB especially those who feel intimidated because of size.

    I’m a big lad 6 foot 2. I clearly won’t ever be a small geezer as I have a larger bone structure (So they say) and being tall normal cycling gear just does not fit properly. Ride up me backside tops etc…So this is why I wear FLAB bits, Why should we not be larger than life and have a great time out on the road?

    I’ve actually dropped a lot of weight since I started but I’ll always be tall. I was 26 stone when I started in 2013 dropped to 18 stone, put a bit back on after my father died but it’s gradually going down. Just I have a larger muscle mass so FLAB has helped with that too.

    FAVOURITE CAKE AT THE TEA STOP?

    Coffee and Walnut (Or honey cake if I ever find it again, coffee stop I used to go to closed never had since)

    WHO IS YOUR DREAM CYCLING BUDDY?

    Would love to cycle with Geraint Thomas, I bet he’s hilarious.

    BEST TIP OR PIECE OF CYCLING ADVICE?

    Planning a sportive. try and ride 75 percent the distance before the event and use the fuel/drinks you plan on using on the day to see if it works.

    Also - Work on your terrains and every bike and rider is different, you will have what I call your “SWEET” gear which you can ride up gentle hills and down them and on flats without changing gear,find that and you’ll have a better longer distance ride.

     

     

  • MEET THE FLAMBASSADORS 2017: Cheryl Wilson

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    NAME:   Cheryl Wilson

    WHERE WILL YOU BE ORGANISING SOCIAL RIDES?

    Stockton on Tees FLAB social rides Stockton

    WHY DID YOU APPLY TO BE A FLAMBASSADOR?

    To spread the FLAB love! There are so many people who need to know about this brand so they themselves can get on their bike & be comfortable in their riding gear - cycling is not just for skinny whippets!

    FAVOURITE CAKE AT THE TEA STOP?

    I’m afraid I’m more of a toasted teacake girl!!

    WHO IS YOUR DREAM CYCLING BUDDY?

    As cheesy as it sounds I love to cycle with my husband who is a fellow FLAB!  We can get a bit competitive with each other which is a great motivator for us both...but we’re also are encouraging & supporting to each other. Plus he’s my bike mechanic if I have any bike issues!!

    BEST TIP OR PIECE OF CYCLING ADVICE?

    Always pack a snack - you never know when or if you’re going to run out of juice (bonk).  I find a handful of jelly beans (or dried fruit & nuts if I’m feeling healthy!) picks me up and give me the energy to finish my ride.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • MEET THE FLAMBASSADORs 2017: Daniel Hardy

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    WHERE WILL YOU BE ORGANISING SOCIAL RIDES?

    Ipswich, Felixstowe and Stowmarket FLAB Social rides Suffolk

    WHY DID YOU APPLY TO BE A FLAMBASSADOR?

    To help encourage others to ride as it doesn't matter what shape or size you are. Being a fat lad on a bike and the odd laughter from white van man is better than a fat lad stuck on sofa.

    FAVOURITE CAKE AT THE TEA STOP?

    Don't normally stop but as the distances are getting longer think a stop will be inevitable on much longer rides and will be ordering either a egg custard tart or a Bakewell tart or even better a nice cold beer.

    WHO IS YOUR DREAM CYCLING BUDDY?  The cycle buddy I have is actually really good plus a friend I've known since school so we have a good relationship and banter but if it was a professional I think it would be Bradley Wiggins

    BEST TIP OR PIECE OF CYCLING ADVICE?

    Just keep at it, I've only been back cycling for 18 months and only started due to work running a cycle 2 work scheme and thought it would save me a few pounds in fuel and help me lose a few pounds around the waist line, both have happened now loving cycling so much so that I only live 2 miles from work but normally takes me 10 -20 miles to get there or home so basically just keep at it.

     

  • MEET THE FLAMBASSADORS 2017: Ben Crossman

     

     

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    WHERE WILL YOU BE ORGANISING SOCIAL RIDES? 

    North Suffolk to the pub/teashop/coast and probably back again FLAB social rides Suffolk

    WHY DID YOU APPLY TO BE A FLAMBASSADOR? 

    Inclusive ethos that sport and cycling particularly is for every body shape not just anorexic whippet types. Get a second hand bike and some FLAB clobber and get going’ it will change your life.

    FAVOURITE CAKE AT THE TEA STOP?

    Funny that when I took up proper exercise including cycling and gave up cake I lost over 7 stone in 2016 so, sorry no cake for me, just a look of longing as I watch you eat yours.

    WHO IS YOUR DREAM CYCLING BUDDY?

    My twin daughters for a bumble about the lanes of Suffolk via the Hot Chocolate shop but Jure Robič is my ultimate cycling super hero.

    BEST TIP OR PIECE OF CYCLING ADVICE?

    It does not get easier, you just get faster.

     

     

  • MEET THE FLAMBASSADORS 2017: Jackie Rayner

     

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    NAME:   Jackie Rayner.

    WHERE WILL YOU BE ORGANISING SOCIAL RIDES?

    I'll be organising social rides around Bury St. Edmunds FLAB social rides Suffolk

    WHY DID YOU APPLY TO BE A FLAMBASSADOR?

    I applied to be a FLambassador because I want people to see that you don't have to be skinny to enjoy exercise and improve your health. It's a great way to see the countryside and to make new friends.

    FAVOURITE CAKE AT THE TEA STOP? 

    At tea stops I usually go for a fruit scone with butter and jam with tea or a latte.

    WHO IS YOUR DREAM CYCLING BUDDY?   My dream cycling buddy would be Colin Firth.

    BEST TIP OR PIECE OF CYCLING ADVICE?

    Best bit of cycling advice is learn how to repair a puncture and how to change an inner tube. There's nothing worse than being stranded miles from home. I always carry a spare tube and a puncture repair kit.

     

     

  • MEET THE FLAMBASSADORS 2017:Dean Nicholson

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    NAME: Dean Nicholson

    WHERE WILL YOU BE ORGANISING SOCIAL RIDES?

    Lewisham South London FLAB social rides Lewisham

    WHY DID YOU APPLY TO BE A FLAMBASSADOR?

    I applied purely because I love what Fat Lad does. It allows those of us who enjoy the things in life that are not always good for the figure to feel a part of something. I've always been a big guy, from muscle in my early 20's to the beer gut I have now lol. I got tired of never being able to by a nice cycling jersey that fitted. Then I heard about Fat Lad at the back at boom......job done. I'm a keen cyclist and love to get others involved and if they're scared because of their size? Then I simply tell that if I can do it then so can they.

     

    FAVOURITE CAKE AT THE TEA STOP?   Anything Cheese cake......cheese and cake.........mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    WHO IS YOUR DREAM CYCLING BUDDY?   Shannon Ford Smith or my best bro Kenny Moore.

    BEST TIP OR PIECE OF CYCLING ADVICE?    Don't be intimidated by the road you cycle along.

     

     

  • WHEELY GOOD ADVICE/EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SPOKE BUTTING AND MORE!

    WHEELIE GOOD ADVICE and EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT SPOKE BUTTING AND MORE!

    Struggling with broken spokes?

    We receive a lot of requests from our community looking for advice about wheels and how best to prevent broken spokes. Ade our community project Manager spoke to self confessed “Wheel geek’ Oliie Gray who is the service and dispatch Manager of Sussex based Hunt bike wheels and below you will find a comprehensive guide with all those spoke and wheel questions. Ollie and the guys are more than happy to answer any more questions you may have and you’ll find their details at the bottom of the post.

     

    Why do my spokes keep breaking? and is it solely down to weight ?

    Spokes in bicycle wheels absorb almost all of the vibrations passing through wheels, and act as dampeners during the course of riding your bike. As such, and given their physical properties (each spoke is obviously quite thin and long) and the number of them, a wheel failure coming as a result of excessive force will most often manifest itself in a spoke snapping or breaking. The variables at play include a whole lot more than weight, and I’ll go over just the most important of these:

    Spoke count & gauge:

    The number of spokes is incredibly important to how tough/stiff the wheel is (or conversely, how compliant the wheel is). The greater number of spokes in a wheel, the more widely the acting pressures on them are spread (and thus each spoke has less ‘work’ to do). The guage of a spoke is less significant, but does play a role. The gauge of the spoke refers to its thickness. A thicker spoke will be tougher, but also less compliant and of course slightly heavier.

     

    wheel 2Spoke butting: Butting a spoke will mean it possesses varying levels of thickness (with the thinnest part being the main part in the middle). Butting adds extra protection around the parts of the spokes which are submitted to the most forces during the course of a ride (found both where the spoke meets the hub, and the rim). All Hunt wheels are triple butted, meaning that the spoke is strong only where it needs to be, and as light as possible where it wants to be.

     

     

    Tyre pressure & choice:

    Here at Hunt we cannot stress enough the importance of choosing a tyre and running a pressure that is well suited both to you as a rider, as well as the riding conditions and surfaces of their intended use. Recent studies have shown that lower tyre pressures are actually faster than super high ones. This goes against commonplace beliefs and assumptions about cycling (particularly road cycling), as most often our perception of speed is governed by how much of the road we ‘feel’. There is a lot of interesting science behind it, which is covered in the following podcast: (https://cyclingtips.com/2016/08/cyclingtips-podcast-episode-9-rethinking-road-bike-tire-sizes-and-pressures/). It is that very absorption of the road surface, most commonly associated with higher tyre pressures, that is slowing you down. Simply put, your body is absorbing more of the road than it needs to be. Lower pressures mean much more of the absorption happens in the tyre, which not only places your body under less strain, but also your wheels.

    Stability of the build: This refers to the quality of rims & spokes. Good quality/true rims (true at the point of manufacture), will allow for more even distribution of spoke tension. This reduces the maximum spoke tension at any point on the wheelset and thus reduces the risk of that spoke snapping.

     

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    Weight & riding style:

    This seems like such an obvious thing to say, but the way you behave when you ride is absolutely crucial to ensuring or maximising the longevity of your wheels. If your system weight (that is, the rider + the bike + any additional luggage) is 86kg, and you’re riding a wheelset with an 85kg upper limit, it does not mean they will instantly explode upon first riding them. It simply means that you should perhaps refrain from bunny-hopping off kerbs and hitting the gravel tracks with a menacing grin on your face. I am the primary tester of Hunt Bike Wheels, and by this I mean I ride in such an irresponsible way that I’ve a bit of a name for myself as being a dab hand at breaking things. On a serious level, though, it’s genuinely important for us to know where the limits are of our wheels out in the real world. We’re all keen riders across a number of disciplines here at Hunt, and so we make the wheels we want to be out riding on!

    We actually spoke to Cycling Weekly about rider weight limits on wheels, and this is probably worth a quick read before proceeding to the next section: http://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/product-news/worry-wheelsets-weight-limit-287016

    What wheel would you recommend for a rider up to 90kg ?

    For riders south of 85/90kg, you can get away with a much lighter build of wheel, involving lower spoke counts and consequently lighter weight. As such, these wheels tend to have more of a focus on performance, owing to the nature (for the vast majority) of the kind of riders who would ride them.

    Rim-brake: Either of our carbon wheelsets; the 38 or 50Carbon Wide Aero. Or for aluminium options, the Race Aero and Race Aero Wide.

    Disc-brake: Our 30 or 50Carbon Aero Disc wheels. Or for aluminium, the Aero Light Disc.

    What wheel would you recommend for a rider up to 130kg ?

    For heavier riders, this is where the focus on performance needs to shift towards durability. Certain features of wheels included to maximise durability and longevity will necessitate a compromise on all-out performance, but it’s better to have a wheel built to match your needs, than a faster wheel that might not make the distance.

    Rim-brake:

    Our all-new Race Aero SuperDura wheelset has been designed to meet the needs of heavier riders who wish to minimise that compromise on performance. With cycling growing in popularity for riders of all shapes and sizes, we felt there was a gap in the market for a wheelset designed to be incredibly stiff and hard-wearing, but with a nod towards speed. Big guys are getting faster! They were actually designed following feedback from ex-Leicester pro rugby player, Will Johnson, who is a member of our Open Development team. He’s done his best to try, but he still hasn’t managed to break them or even knock them out of true! They are rated to a max weight of 130kg, which is exceptionally high by the industry’s standards – particularly for a wheelset designed with racing in mind. Another option is the 4Season Aero V2 wheels. These are rated to 115kg, owing to the lower spoke count (these are 24f/28r compared to the 28f/32r of the RA SuperDura), but feature our award-winning 4Season hubs, with great sealing on the bearings for year-round dependability.

    Disc-brake:

    Our 4Season Gravel Disc wheelset is one of the toughest I can think of. I couldn’t honestly tell you of a single example in the past of one of those wheels failing. They’re rated to 115kg, as are our new 30Carbon Gravel Disc. These feature the same super-wide, hookless carbon rims as the 30Carbon Aero Disc, however feature a 28f/28r spoke count (as opposed to 24f/24r) and also utilise our 4Season hubs. They’re a really impressive wheelset, and I’ll be riding on them for the 2017/2018 London X League season. There is no test on a wheelset’s limits than a season of cyclocross!

    What wheel would you recommend for a rider over 130kg ? 

    Whilst none of our wheels are aimed at riders over 130kg, this is a territory where, honestly, most would struggle to find an off-the-peg offering suited to their needs. Similar to exceptionally tall riders (6”5’ and over), it is here where it might be pertinent to consider custom hand-built wheels that will feature the necessary spoke counts/tensions to accommodate the weight (and consequent forces passing through the wheels).

    However, if you take some care with how you ride, and run as wide a tyre as you can fit in your frame (ideally 30mm+) and keep a close eye on your wheels for the early signs of wear you will still be able to get a good working life out of a pair of wheels such as the Race Aero Super-dura. Although we can’t guarantee the warranty on a wheelset that has been used over its system weight limit we will always try to be as fair and helpful to our customers as possible and we keep a good stock of spares to allow you to replace any damaged components.

    Are there any tips you could offer to stop my spokes breaking ?

    My big one is to run lower tyre pressures! We are big advocates of tubeless tyre technology here at Hunt, and one of the great benefits associated with this is that you can run much lower pressures without fearing a pinch flat (whereby the rim ‘pinches’ the inner tube against the ground). In some races during last year’s London X League I was running 15psi! Having said that just pay attention to ensure your tyres aren’t ‘bottoming out’ on bumps or drops so the rim hits the tyre. As well as causing snakebite punctures or tyre damage it can also put a ding or crack in your rims, so if you feel this starting to happen just increase the pressure by 5 or 10 psi and try again.

    Another big tip is to just be precautious with your wheels. A lot of time people will have spokes break and it’s down to the fact they haven’t been keeping an eye on the distribution of spoke tension in their wheels, which can change over time. A (very, very basic) way to check this at home is just to ping each spoke with your finger… if they feel different to one another, or make a distinctly different ‘pinging’ sound, then it’s worth having them checked over by a qualified professional.

    I’ve also included a couple of links to some material that make for good reading/watching for anybody who’d like to learn more about this sort of stuff, including the modern revelation of wider tyres (and consequent increases in air volume relative to pressure), wider rims and all the associated benefits:

    Hunt Bike Wheels is a brand under The Rider Firm, a company comprised of cyclists across different platforms and disciplines. It was founded by Tom & Pete Marchment (brothers) a few years ago, and we basically just seek to create the products we as riders would want to use. We look for unexplored gaps in the market (hence the Race Aero SuperDura, as well as our brand-new SuperDura Dynamo Disc wheelset) that we don’t think other companies are paying enough attention. We embrace modern wheel technologies such as tubeless-ready rims, lower tyre pressures, wider rims, etc. So we’re slightly ahead of the curve in some senses! We are a team of 12 now, but we’re always growing, and the guys would be glad to answer any questions your readers might have.

    We love to talk bikes and riding.

    Please speak to us or come and visit us at our Partridge Green HQ, bring your bike we have the Sussex lanes and South Downs on our doorstep.

    Email: Team@TheRiderFirm.CC

    +44 (0)1403 711813

    TheRiderFirm, 8 Huffwood, Partridge Green, Sussex, RH13 8AU, UK

    https://www.theriderfirm.cc

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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