CyclingTips Podcast: Sad stories and an e-bike rant

Supported by We open this week’s episode with a small rant, and a bit of cursing. James Huang doesn’t like it when cyclists treat each other as the enemy. We’re all friends here, right? Then, a discussion of some of the unfortunate events of the last week. We have Lance Armstrong’s thoughts on the Jan Ullrich situation, … The post CyclingTips Podcast: Sad stories and an e-bike rant appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Silkolene Dry Lube

Silkolene Dry Lube

Does an okay job but not as clean as cheaper alternatives, and the drip applicator is badly designed 5/10

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Cyclist killed in collision involving lorry at one of London's most notorious junctions

Broken bike (CC licensed image by garryknight, www.flickr.com)

Fatal crash tool place this morning outside Holborn Underground station, where Alan Neve was killed in 2013

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Cycling the best mode of transport for self-perceived mental and physical health, new study finds

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Joe Robinson 15 Aug 2018 City cyclists experience better self-percieved mental and physical health due to their mode of transport A new study has determined that cycling is the best form of transport across a city for both your physical and mental health. Research conducted across seven European cities, including London, Barcelona and Rome, found that people who cycled in cities not only experienced better self-perceived general health but also found themselves to have lower stress levels and fewer feelings of loneliness. The study, which was led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health and Imperial College London, found that cycling was seen to improve self-perceived levels of physical and mental health in all seven cities. Results were taken from a questionnaire completed by 3,500 participants, which included questions on which transport methods they used, how they viewed their own physical health and how they assessed their own mental health, ...

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ASO’s course designer promises more Tour surprises

ASO’s course designer promises more Tour surprises

Thierry Gouvenou spends his days searching the roads of France and beyond to plan the routes for the Tour de France and other ASO races. Read the full article at ASO’s course designer promises more Tour surprises on VeloNews.com .

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Lefevere: We have a team for 2019 but sponsor hunt continues

Patrick Lefevere speaks to the press after Gent-Wevelgem

It speaks volumes that a team sitting on 54 wins this season is struggling to find a title sponsor for 2019, but that’s exactly the position Patrick Lefevere and his Quick-Step Floors squad find themselves in. The Belgian outfit have been almost all-conquering in 2018, striking at an extraordinary rate of almost one win every four days throughout this calendar year. Not only have they demonstrated consistency, but they have also triumphed in the Tour of Flanders, La Flèche Wallonne, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, and, most recently, in San Sebastián. There’s quality within the quantity. At present, Lefevere has enough liquidity to keep the team going for at least another season, even if they don’t find a new title sponsor for 2019. Quick-Step have invested three years of secondary sponsorship, while Lefevere is genuinely toying with the idea of putting his ‘Wolfpack’ handle on the jersey in ...

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CCC/BMC beefs up roster with Barta, Geschke

CCC/BMC beefs up roster with Barta, Geschke

The two teams are joining forces for 2019 and will focus on the classics with Greg Van Avermaet. Read the full article at CCC/BMC beefs up roster with Barta, Geschke on VeloNews.com .

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Near Miss of the Day 169: Close overtake at speed - then driver gives cyclists the finger

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Our regular feature highlighting close passes caught on camera from around the country – today it’s Fife

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JRA with the Angry Asian: Enough with the e-bike hate already

It’s been a while since I’ve penned a genuine rant, but dammit, I’m fired up right now. It’s because of e-bikes. Not because I think the people who ride them are “cheating”, or because “it isn’t real bike riding”, or because e-bikes are a scourge on society. Quite the opposite. I’m sick and tired of … The post JRA with the Angry Asian: Enough with the e-bike hate already appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Cyclist who chased Westminster terror suspect: "You have a cup of tea and biscuit and carry on"

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Robert Nicholson gives eyewitness account of moment driver ploughed through group of cyclists yesterday morning

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Adam Hansen left out of Lotto Soudal's Vuelta team

Adam Hansen left out of Lotto Soudal's Vuelta team

Joe Robinson 15 Aug 2018 Australian set to miss two Grand Tours in a row after riding a record 20 in a row Having notched up a record 20th consecutive Grand Tour finish at the Giro d'Italia in May, Adam Hansen now looks set to miss two in a row after being left out of Lotto Soudal's squad for the Vuelta a Espana, which begins later this month. Hansen's record streak came to an end when he wasn't included in the Lotto Soudal lineup for the Tour de France team in July. And now the Australian has also been left out of the team for the Vuelta, meaning he'll miss his first Spanish Grand Tour since 2010. While riding the Giro earlier this season, Hansen confirmed he would miss the Tour in order to give himself a break from Grand Tour riding and to refocus on new goals in the ...

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Cycling on SBS TV and Online

Cycling on SBS TV and Online

Cycling on SBS rolls on in 2018 with a number of events and programs covering the latest from around the cycling world.

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Specialized’s Allez Sprint gets disc brake treatment + plus new rim brake paint jobs

Specialized Allez Sprint Disc2

Flagship Allez Sprint now available with disc brakes for the first time

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Specialized’s Allez Sprint gets disc brake treatment + plus new rim brake paint jobs

Specialized Allez Sprint Disc2

Flagship Allez Sprint now available with disc brakes for the first time

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Porte and Spratt headline Australia team for World Championships

Richie Porte on stage at the 2018 Tour de France team presentation

With the 2018 UCI Road World Championships still more than a month away, Australia have announced their line-ups for Innsbruck. Richie Porte and Amanda Spratt headline the men's and women's road race events, while Rohan Dennis has been confirmed to contest the men's time trial. Ranked eighth and second in the men's and women's categories respectively, Australia have qualified for the full quota of riders. In line with the reduction of team sizes throughout the sport, the maximum number of riders for the men's teams will be eight, while that for the women's teams remains at seven. "We know the course is going to be super tough and feel confident we have the right mix of talent and purpose for this event," said technical director Brad McGee. "We started this process thinking about how to win these races. Then we worked back from that endpoint and considered which riders had ...

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Trentin exemplifies Italy's improvements

Oh yes! Matteo Trentin wins

At the finish of the Richmond World Championships in 2015, Matteo Trentin helped Giacomo Nizzolo to 18th place. For a nation that had won the title four times during the halcyon days of the 2000s, Nizzolo's result sent few shockwaves reverberating through Italian cycling. Expectations ahead of Richmond had been low, but that result behind Peter Sagan represented a new dawn for the team. Team manager Davide Cassani had been installed a year earlier, but his Richmond squad was a blend of experience and youth, with the former Ariostea and Gewiss rider keen to build for the future. As Trentin stood at the finish, he expressed the need for patience in Italy's line-up, and he argued that time was needed both for him and his teammates. Almost three years on and Trentin and his teammates are genuine contenders on the world stage. The Mitchelton-Scott rider won Cassani's first major men's ...

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Mark Cavendish's woes continue as he withdraws from Arctic Race of Norway

Mark Cavendish's woes continue as he withdraws from Arctic Race of Norway

Joe Robinson 15 Aug 2018 Unknown problem keeps Manxman off of bike for longer than expected Mark Cavendish's difficult 2018 season shows no sign of improving as the Dimension Data sprinter was been withdrawn from the team's lineup for the Arctic Race of Norway, which starts tomorrow in Vadso. Race organiser ASO had named the Manxman as one of its confirmed participants last week, but Cavendish's name was absent from the team's final lineup for the four-stage race, has place having been taken instead by Bernie Eisel. In a press release, the team stated, 'Mark Cavendish will not be participating as he continues his recovery that saw him advised to miss out on the recent European Championships in Glasgow. An update on Mark’s return to racing will be given in due course.' The 33-year-old has struggled with illness and form since being eliminated on Stage 11 of the Tour de ...

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Self-adjusting smart bike and component recommendation: The new idmatch bike fit

Joe Robinson 15 Aug 2018 Using complex technology but understandable information, idmatch has updated our opinion on the bike fit Many of us are unlikely to ever get a bike fit and those who do may come away feeling slightly hard done by. All in, the process can take a few hours and although the fitter will undoubtedly be incredibly knowledgeable about the process, a certain amount of guesswork is hard to avoid. Body dimensions can be hard to decipher, with the exact positioning of joints and bones hidden underneath varying densities of flesh. The fitter will then use physical tools and his own intuition to work out the angles of the body and your exact position on the bike. Idmatch, however, claims to have completely overhauled how to approach the bike fit. Firstly, using a 3D camera originally designed for a games console, the Italian company states that it ...

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Geschke signs with CCC for 2019

Simon Geschke (Sunweb).

Simon Geschke has signed for the newly formed CCC team for 2018. The 33-year-old German has spent his entire career at Team Sunweb and its previous title sponsors, but has now decided to take up the new challenge of riding alongside Greg Van Avermaet. A dependable climber and domestique, Geschke won a stage of the 2015 Tour de France but has forged a career working for others. He recently helped Tom Dumoulin to second place at the Tour de France and has raced 11 Grand Tours in total. "I was looking for a new challenge after 10 years with the same team, as that is a long time. I wanted to change teams at least once in my career and I thought this year would be a good time, and then this opportunity came up so I took it," Geschke said in a statement released by the team. "The team ...

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Boardman URB 8.8

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Super-stiff, super-quick flat-bar road bike masquerading as an urban warrior that just falls down on comfort 8/10

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