One for the newbie roadies – handlebar positions

I’ve been reading a number of newbie roadie threads about handlebars positions, aching hands, fear of the drops, and so on. It got me thinking about the way I use my drops, and I decided to try and share this with you. It is in no way the right or wrong way to use them, and I’m sure there are other ways. I hope my post might help you.

Firstly, being a veteran, and a bit stiff, I use very shallow drops (like a lot of the TDF riders do).


I use 8 different hand positions as follows……

Right on the tops – For long seated climbs, or sitting up in the buch. For easy riding. Though I sometimes ride hard in this position, especially with a tailwind.


On the tops – A sort of ‘ready’ position where I can relax but quickly and easily more to a more serious position.


On the corners – I use this postion a lot in a bunch. When riding close. It’s easy to ‘touch’ other riders from this position. They like it! ? Slide forward and you’re on the hoods.


Touching the hoods – I use this position a lot when training. It’s a little lower and a good ‘working’ postion. Can be used standing.


On the hoods – Fully on the hoods. I can brake from here. A good position if you are riding with riders you are not sure of. Or communting in heavy traffic. Low enough to go fast, high enough to see ahead. Can be used standing.


On the hoods top – when the pace is high I’ll ride here. It allows you to get down and suffer.


On the drops/brakes – Going fast and needing to brake. Voila! Can be used standing.


On the drops – Going fast on my own, or in a small group, or if it’s raining and windy. On the drops. Bend elbows and grimmace for better effect. Also used for ‘commited’ sprinting. Can be used standing.


FWIW – I’ve been riding on the road since the early 80s. I was schooled in road riding by scousers, mostly from the Liverpool Cantury Road Club. Happy days!

Could you help my friends band?

My friend’s band The Bellrays is trying to make the best of this virus situation by doing live sessions on Facebook and YouTube. To take it to the next level they need 1000 YouTube subscribers. So far they have 744. Could you give them a sub? If you want to do a sub for sub thing, leave me a comment with a link to your channel and I’ll happily do that.

Thanks, and stay safe!.



Ruts/Ruts DC showing how it’s done…

Since the start of this social distancing era the Ruts DC have been putting out some great stuff to their fans (of which I am one)…….check this…

Hey Folks, tonight is the last episode of our series. Can you believe we have done 9!
We are also pleased to say that this is a special tribute to Malcolm Owen & Paul Fox, so please join us on this special occasion! ? See you then!! ??????
Cheers!
– Segs, Ruffy and Leigh

#punkrock #punk #ruts #rutstv #rutsdc #segsjennings #ffruk #ffrukits #peopleunite #punktv #sosumi #daveruffy

Confinement Ends

Here in France we’ve been on ‘lockdown’ with severe restrictions for two months. But that ended on 11th May. I was thinking about how the confinement had made me slow down, and think about what was really important, notice the beauty around me. It’s has been so peaceful and quiet. I have some lovely memories from the last two months…..so it’s happy and sad at the same time….and it was this feeling that inspired the composition. I hope you like it.

It’s based on a tune from the 60s by Donavan.

Bennetti’s Jazz Blues Club April 30th

Were are still confined here in France, so here is a collection of tunes from our members. Revisiting some old live performances, but also some fresh new recordings that I am sure you will enjoy.

Also, as it’s International Jazz Day…. Un grand merci à Clara Jaeger du magazine Kaizen de nous avoir donné une mention ….. ?
Big thanks to Clara Jaeger from Kaizen magazine for giving us a mention.

A sad day!

What a fuck up! There are no words that can express my contempt for the Conservative party and what they have done to the United Kingdom. Bastards!

Citroën SM Funk

I got an invite from a local French music label to submit a track for an album. The album will be call Museum. Each invited musician must use something from history as an inspiration for their composition. I decided to use the iconic Citroën SM!

I hope you like it…..

A funk number inspired by one of the most iconic cars from the 70s. The Citroën SM! …a high-performance coupé produced by the French manufacturer Citroën from 1970 to 1975. Citroën purchased Maserati in 1968 with the intention of harnessing Maserati’s high-performance engine technology to produce a true Gran Turismo car, combining the sophisticated Citroën suspension with a Maserati V6. The result was the incredible Citroën SM.

Bennetti’s Jazz Blues Club 2020

Bennetti’s Jazz Blues Club…proudly presents a programme of Jazz and Blues for 2020….
27th February – Soleil Couchant
30th April – Soleil Couchant
25th June – Soleil Couchant
27th August – Soleil Couchant
29th October – Soleil Couchant
26th December – Soleil Couchant

There will be some additional ‘secret sessions’. Please ‘like’ our facebook page to be kept informed.

If you are looking for some Jazz and Blues action in the Haute Vienne, Charente area of France, then Bennetti’s Jazz n Blues Club could be the place for you. We meet on the last Thursday every other month. All players of all abilities are very welcome, all I ask is that you contact me first so that I can fit you in where you’ll be happiest. Bennetti’s Jazz n Blues Club is primarily for musicians, our aim is, “to create a warm loving environment in which like minded musicians can meet, play, share, grow, and get hip!”, having said that, all fans of jazz n blues are welcome.