The Departed: the best eight riders retiring in 2019

Joe Robinson 20 Nov 2019 A Grand Tour team composed of those hanging up their wheels at the end of the year With every season in professional cycling comes the ending of careers. Retirements of the peloton’s old guard, hanging up their wheels to make space for the next generation below them. This year’s crop of retirees seems to be a particular vintage as some of cycling’s most loved sons decide to explore their next adventures. Among them are the likes of superstar sprinter Marcel Kittel, cycling hardman Laurens Ten Dam and underrated Flanders supremo Stijn Devolder. With such talent departing cycling for 2020, Cyclist thought the obvious thing to do would be to create a Grand Tour team of this year’s retiring riders. If you think we have missed someone out, let us know! Laurens Ten Dam The wolfman from the very north of the Netherlands is ending a ...

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BikeRadar Podcast Ep 12: Future trends in mountain biking

BikeRadar Podcast Ep 12: Future trends in mountian biking

What are the upcoming trends in mountain biking? Tom and Seb look to the future to see what we'll be riding next

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BikeRadar Podcast Ep 12: Future trends in mountian biking

BikeRadar Podcast Ep 12: Future trends in mountian biking

What are the upcoming trends in mountain biking? Tom and Seb look to the future to see what we'll be riding next

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A deep dive into Team GB’s radical new track bike: All in for 2%

British Cycling debuted a groundbreaking track bike a couple of weeks ago in its bid for Olympic glory in Tokyo, Japan. Without a doubt, the bike is visually striking, and a clear departure from conventional design, with its unusually widely-spaced fork blades and seatstays. This was all done in the name of aerodynamic efficiency, we … The post A deep dive into Team GB’s radical new track bike: All in for 2% appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Wolf Tooth EnCase Bar Kit One multi-tool review: Tiny size, big on function

The proliferation of dropper seatposts and the advent of enduro racing have effectively killed off the use of seat packs on mountain bikes, ushering in a subsequent flood of clever options for on-bike storage of spares and tools. That sort of integration has been slower to make its way over to the road side, but … The post Wolf Tooth EnCase Bar Kit One multi-tool review: Tiny size, big on function appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Halfords early Black Friday bike deals 2019 – UK

Halfords' Black Friday deals

Cheap kids' bikes, discounted tool kits and a £398 electric bike

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Crickets, cold brew, and climbing 5k in a day: Tales from the 2019 VeloClub Summit

Had we made the VeloClub Summit in Northern Thailand too tough? I looked at the profile again. There was certainly a bit of saw-toothing on the itinerary, however we’d been pretty careful to lay out the trip as similarly as possible to our well-received 2018 VC Summit in Japan. That course seemed to exist in … The post Crickets, cold brew, and climbing 5k in a day: Tales from the 2019 VeloClub Summit appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Vosper: Shimano’s new gearbox + e-bikes = the future of just about everything

Even as smart and well thought-through as it clearly is, the true significance of Shimano’s new gearbox patent in the e-bike era is its potential to redefine how disruptive new technologies can succeed in the bicycle business. And that has huge implications for the health and long-term direction of the industry itself. Shifting the shifting paradigm The bike boom of the 1970’s was created and defined by a disruptive product technology: the drop-bar racing-style bicycle, and more importantly, by its derailleur drivetrain. Some number of chainrings up front, some number of cogs on a freewheel in the rear, and the whole system enabled by one or more increasingly sophisticated derailleurs to move the chain around. Functionally, the whole point of the derailleur drivetrain was to allow a cyclist to go faster and farther over more varied terrain with less effort. Almost as an afterthought, it also created the enthusiast-driven market ...

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Vosper: Shimano’s new gearbox + e-bikes = the future of just about everything

Even as smart and well thought-through as it clearly is, the true significance of Shimano’s new gearbox patent in the e-bike era is its potential to redefine how disruptive new technologies can succeed in the bicycle business. And that has huge implications for the health and long-term direction of the industry itself. Shifting the shifting paradigm The bike boom of the 1970’s was created and defined by a disruptive product technology: the drop-bar racing-style bicycle, and more importantly, by its derailleur drivetrain. Some number of chainrings up front, some number of cogs on a freewheel in the rear, and the whole system enabled by one or more increasingly sophisticated derailleurs to move the chain around. Functionally, the whole point of the derailleur drivetrain was to allow a cyclist to go faster and farther over more varied terrain with less effort. Almost as an afterthought, it also created the enthusiast-driven market ...

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A gravel adventure in the wilderness of mid-Wales

Cyclist riding through Cambrian Mountains in Wales

John Whitney find Wales’s wild Cambrian Mountains to be the ideal backdrop for a gravel bikepacking trip

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Tailfin’s new AeroPack adds stability and easy-access over seat packs

Tailfin, the creators of the unique T1 pannier rack designed to fit regular road bikes (without provisions for racks) have launched a wholly new product range, one that’s designed to fit an even wider variety of bikes, offer more customisation options, and add plenty of stability over more conventional large seat packs. Initially launched on … The post Tailfin’s new AeroPack adds stability and easy-access over seat packs appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Ten products I loved in 2019: James Huang

There’s a saying about time passing that goes through my head on repeat. “Life is like a roll of toilet paper; the paper comes out at the same speed, but the core keeps spinning faster and faster” … or something to that effect. I’m now well into my mid-40s, and that cardboard tube is starting … The post Ten products I loved in 2019: James Huang appeared first on CyclingTips .

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How to make your old bike feel new again

How to make your old bike feel new again

Refreshing the right parts will bring new life to your old steed

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A snazzy POC helmet, the new Conti gravel tyres, and the seriously flashy Specialized Turbo Creo SL Expert

First Look Friday

This week’s First Look Friday has officially landed

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Decathlon Summer of Cycling winner is back in business on gravel

male cyclist riding a Decathlon Triban gravel bike during the Dukes Weekender

After a painful commuting crash last winter, Ben Riddle has rediscovered his confidence for riding his bike by throwing himself into something totally new: gravel cycling

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The WorldTour can wait for rising star Tom Pidcock

20-year-old multi-discipline star forgoes a shot at the WorldTour in 2020 in favor of challenging for 'cross worlds while also racing road, gravel and mountain bike. Read the full article at The WorldTour can wait for rising star Tom Pidcock on VeloNews.com .

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Q&A: Rising UK cyclocross superstar Anna Kay

Maria David 14 Nov 2019 We chat to Helen Wyman’s protégé who is making her mark on the international cyclocross scene just as much as Tom Pidcock. Photos: TFOTO As Tom Pidcock forges ahead in cyclocross , Anna Kay his opposite number in the women’s category is also garnering cyclocross glory. With greats of the sport Helen Wyman and Nikki Brammeier now retired, the Experza Pro CX rider is doing a sterling job filling their SPDs after she took silver at the U23 Cyclocross European Championships in Silvelle, Italy , and had a podium finish at the World Cup in Bern, Switzerland. Not only did Kay celebrate her own success, but also that of her Experza Pro CX teammates and the Team GB squad which included her boyfriend Ben Turner. Cyclist caught up with Anna Kay ahead of her World Cup races at Tabor and Koksijde. Image 3 of 4 ...

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Arkéa-Samsic to ride Canyon in 2020

French Pro Continental team Arkéa-Samsic will be sponsored by Canyon Bicycles next season, Canyon has announced today. The team will ride the Canyon Ultimate in the mountains, the Aeroad on fast stages and the Speedmax in time trials. Canyon released imagery of the 2020 team bike of Warren Barguil, which follows a rather fetching – and … The post Arkéa-Samsic to ride Canyon in 2020 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Bikepacking the Empty Mountains

Words and photos: Tomás Montes There’s a region in north-east Spain they call Serranía Celtibérica, the Celtiberian Range. More commonly known as Spanish Lapland, this region covers 13% of the country’s total landmass, but is home to just 1% of its population. It’s sparsely populated, vast, imposingly mountainous, and undeniably beautiful — perfect terrain for … The post Bikepacking the Empty Mountains appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Beeline Velo navigational bike computer review

Katia Knight Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - 12:52 A nifty, no-frills navigational tool perfect for the commute 3.5 / 5 £99 Beeline, the company behind the Beeline Bike Computer (gadget and app) launched as a kickstarter in London in 2015. Co-founders Mark and Tom felt that navigating unfamiliar journeys by bike using your phone as your GPS was clunky and dangerous (all the stopping and starting) and could be improved. And so the ;Beeline Velo navigational bike computer (and its app) were born. The Beeline Velo navigational bike computer is a very simple gadget. It’s not pretending to be fancy and it boasts one functionality: the computer (which looks more like a Garmin watch face than what we commonly refer to as bike computers) fixes onto your handlebars or bike stem and, through bluetooth technology linked to your phone and the Beeline App, displays easy to read and compute directions ...

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