8 pro mechanic set-up hacks inspired by the Spring Classics

Riding the rough stuff? Glen Whittington, our resident pro mechanic, ramps up speed and comfort with hacks from the cobbled classics

Cyclist riding over cobbles
(Image credit: Getty Images / Gregory van Gansen)

Spring has sprung! Well kind of - it’s been a wet start to the year in the UK, but we’re now fully in the mood for the Spring Classics, and a little bit of mud surely amplifies that? If you’re planning a trip to the cobbles, the Hellingen, or even some rougher roads closer to home, here's a list of the bike hacks I recommend.

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Glen Whittington

Glen’s an ex-racer who still finds time to ride bikes for SDWRacing. He started racing in 1998, initially specialising in XCO and Solo 24-Hour Mountain Bike. He became a mechanic in 2002, working in shops and also for professional race teams. During this time he spent more time racing cyclocross and road, and then also time trials. In 2013 he built his first bespoke frame and then spent several years at Roberts learning the art. Since then he’s designed, tested and now sells frames/bikes to the public as part of his ÆIGHT brand.