Tony Williams FLPI
MIOD MCMI MBCS
Ignore the letters after the
name, they're just to let some people know I'm not as daft as I appear
to be. I've picked up numerous qualifications and awards through
the many jobs I've had. And I've had many, in fact I've had more jobs than I've
had bikes but this is the first time I've had one that combines the two.
Why am I testing and
Because I was asked to and because I can. The
boys in the local bike shops wanted an independent view on their bikes and
components and a
medium in which to broadcast it. So here we are, a mutually
beneficial relationship. I get to ride and test all sorts of
exotica, they get an honest opinion and feebback.
As they're obviously slightly biased towards the kit they sell, I said I would test bikes
and equipment but I would have to be honest in my
appraisal. I don't get paid, I don't get discounts and I don't get
edited. What you get is my opinion (which for those of you
that know me, know I'm never scared
of giving) on how something performs and, if any, its shortcomings.
I'm not going to compare
everything I ride to a Colnago C50 (being thrashed above in the Forest of Arenberg) or the latest
ridden around thirty to forty bikes of varying pedigrees, so have a pretty good basis
against which to
Everything I test will be assessed on
its merits, its price, and its target market. I'll review them with
the potential purchaser in mind and the type of person that reads
this website. You!
The opinions expressed are my own personal view, you
don't have to agree and you don't have to take my word for it.
Every bike I ride, you can ride as well.
If you ask nicely, you'll be
able to road test any bike you're thinking of spending your hard earned
cash on. So read a report, ride it yourself and draw your own conclusions before
you put your hand in your pocket.
makes me think I'm qualified?
I've been riding bikes since I was too young to remember. I've
been racing bikes since
I came to Jersey in 1985; with varying degrees of lack of success.
Before that I was racing cars; so I know the odd thing or two about
vehicle dynamics and how things work at speed, under load, when braking
When you spin a racing car
at 120 mph, in the rain, at Silverstone, with a Ferrari bearing down on
you at 160 mph you learn a lot about levels of grip, survival instincts
and your own mortality. You also learn to pay more attention to
what's happening underneath you.
That's why I descend like I do.
I can hear the tyres on the road, I can see every drop of oil and I
always have a planned escape route. I've yet to crash on a
descent, but when I do you can bet it'll be a biggie!
Here's a post script.
June 2010 we had a biggie, imagine the above on a bike, but with lycra
instead of a fire suit.
Here's the details...
There are very few people
who can take a bike to and past its limits and (normally) bring it back in one
piece. I like to think I'm one of them. However, if you see
me with my clothes off you can have a go at counting the 30 or so
I've managed to collect over the years. So I'm not as good as I
like to think I am.
I've had a fair few bikes in
my time, about twenty at the last count. I most definitely fall in
to the category of having
more money than talent. I don't have much money either, which tells
you how little talent I have. What I can do though is test things
and give you an objective feedback on what's happening.
Hope you enjoyed the report.