The weekly spin: The ageless Katerina Nash
The weekly spin is a new column from our Editor at Large, offering commentary and analysis on topics ranging from racing to tech to industry to travel to simple observations from the saddle. It wasn’t a win. It was a podium finish, behind one of the greatest cyclists of all time and one of the … The post The weekly spin: The ageless Katerina Nash appeared first on CyclingTips .
10 things to consider when commuting
It’s not about the bike, the lights, lock or baggies says Rob Ainsley — unless you’re planning on riding to work. In which case it is… How to plan your first road bike ride A beginner's guide to the road bike New rider shopping list UK readers: can you help us get more people on bikes? Whether you’re a keen cyclist or a complete beginner, we’d love you to get involved in our Get Britain Riding campaign, in association with B’Twin. Click here to sign up! 1. Which bike? Your local chainstore might try to flog you a mountain bike for commuting. No. What you need is either a featherweight road bike and loaf-sized backpack, or a sturdy commuter with mudguards, rack, removal-van panniers and an Eiffel Tower kickstand. The roadie option is cooler and associated with high-income occupations — perhaps because they can afford to replace their bikes regularly ...
How to set up road tubeless tyres
Road tubeless setup can seem like a bit of a dark art to the uninitiated, but the technology has improved massively in recent years. Here, we demystify the process and explain exactly how to set up your road tubeless tyres. Best road bike tyres in 2018: everything you need to know Why gravel roads made me a believer in road tubeless Mavic road tubeless is late to the party but safer and easier than others, company claims Anatomy of a road tubeless setup To understand how to set up your road tubeless tyres, it’s first useful to explain what makes up a tubeless setup and what each component does. Tubeless tape Tubeless tape is an airtight rim tape that is applied to the bed of a rim to seal up spoke holes and rim joins. There are a few variations of tape available, with some rated for both road and ...
Thule UpRide vs Yakima HighRoad bike rack comparison review
As bike preferences have grown more diverse, and automobiles have grown ever bigger and taller, the once-common roof-based bike carriers have steadily lost ground to rear-mounted racks that are not only easier to load, but usually don’t require you to remove the front wheel, either. That said, roof racks are still preferred by many riders, … The post Thule UpRide vs Yakima HighRoad bike rack comparison review appeared first on CyclingTips .
World Championships: Jungels, Dennis, Van der Breggen talk team time trial – Podcast
The 2018 UCI Road World Championships have kicked off in Innsbruck, Austria, in the mountainous Tirol region of the Alps, with the elite women's and men's trade team time trails on Sunday. In this edition of the Cyclingnews podcast, brought to you in association with Prendas Ciclismo, Pinarello and Floyds of Leadville, Kirsten Frattini and Stephen Farrand discuss the winning performances from teams Quick-Step Floors and Canyon-SRAM . It was the final edition of the trade team event, after a seven-year run, before the UCI take steps toward a national team version of the discipline at next year's World Championships in Yorkshire. We hear from Quick-Step Floors' Bob Jungels , BMC Racing's Rohan Dennis and Boels-Dolmans' Anna van der Breggen on the official end of the trade team time trial, as they look ahead to the individual event. The World Championship shifts into the national team events on Monday; individual ...
Cane Creek announces road version of eeWings titanium crank, plus Stages power meter version
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BRAIN) — Cane Creek Cycling Components has announced the release of the eeWings All-Road – a new version of their titanium eeWings cranks designed to fit road, gravel and cyclocross bottom bracket standards. Additionally, Cane Creek has announced that their eeWings Mountain cranks will now be available equipped with an optional power meter from Stages Cycling. Like its mountain bike oriented sibling, the eeWings All-Road crankset is made entirely from high-grade titanium and is designed for ultimate stiffness and durability while weighing in at less than 400 grams. The company said that's in the same weight range as premium carbon cranks but 20-30 percent stiffer and more durable. The eeWings All-Road carries the same 10-year limited warranty as the eeWings Mountain. In addition to the existing 10-year warranty, Cane Creek has announced that they will offer a 30-day, 100 percent satisfaction guarantee to any rider who purchases a ...
What to wear mountain biking
Comfort, protection and to some extent personal style determine what to wear for mountain biking. In general, trail riders and downhillers tend to opt for baggy kit consisting of loose fitting shorts with a pair of padded Lycra shorts underneath and a loose-fitting jersey, whereas more race-focussed cross-country riders will often go full Lycra. Ultimately, the choice is totally up to you, and you should wear whatever you feel comfortable in! Best mountain bikes under £1000 If you're new to mountain biking, you didn't miss much How to handle your nerves when mountain biking If you’re heading off for an all-mountain adventure up an Alp or in the Rockies, you’ll need to bring more serious kit because you’ll need to make sure you’re prepared for mountain weather conditions. Get into mountain biking 1. Helmet A helmet is an essential piece of kit for mountain bikers. The chances of slipping, crashing ...
Boardman MHT 8.9 review
Boardman’s rework of its big-wheeled, high-speed trail hardtail the MHT has been subtle, but then there wasn’t all that much that needed fixing. Best mountain bike: how to choose the right one for you Best mountain bike helmets for trail riding The MHT frame is new and deftly mixes performance with practical durability. It’s got a short tapered head tube, smooth-welded main tubes and flat wishbone seatstays. A curve in the seat tube brings the back wheel in tight, but there’s enough bottle-mount-free straight length to let you drop the seatpost low. Running the gear cable ‘naked’ outside the down tube gives a clean shift feel, the screw-in bottom bracket is a durability boost and there are rack fixings too. The 67-degree head angle and 73-degree seat angle give well-balanced poise and steering, and the reach is okay (an extra 10mm would be even better). Boardman MHT 8.9 kit Boardman ...
Interbike 2018 highlights: Ceramic, aluminum, rubber, and foam goodness
The 2018 Interbike show has closed its doors, and all of the exhibitors and attendees have scattered from the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in Reno, Nevada. But does that mean we’ve already shared everything that caught our interest there? Hardly. Featured in this round of follow-up coverage are: a wealth of neat go-fast upgrades from Enduro … The post Interbike 2018 highlights: Ceramic, aluminum, rubber, and foam goodness appeared first on CyclingTips .
How to watch the UCI Road World Championships 2018 live
The 2018 UCI Road World Championships take place in the picturesque town of Innsbruck, Austria between 23–30 September. There will be some demanding racing this year to crown those worthy of the rainbow jersey. Read on to find out how to keep up with the action as it happens. Hill Climb Diaries: part 2 — Reuben's new bike day 13 reasons to ride on the road The 2018 UCI Road World Championships The 2018 UCI Road World Championships start on 23 September and continues for a week until 30 September. The event covers team time trials, individual time trials, along with the longer road race for each category. The riding in the mountainous areas around Innsbruck sets the World Championships up to be one of the hardest in recent times. The Elite Men’s road race takes in 265km of riding with more than 4,500 metres of climbing. For your chance ...
In pictures: Bianchi's classic bikes
James Spender 19 Sep 2018 We head to northern Italy for a closer look at the classic creations that have helped define the brand's rich heritage This article was originally published in Issue 74 of Cyclist Magazine Words James Spender Photography Mike Massaro What better place to start hunting down forgotten gems than the oldest marque in the game? Founded in Milan by Edoardo Bianchi, the Italian company lays claim to being the longest surviving name in the business, with a heritage dating back to 1885. Over its 133-year history it has won pretty much every race going, with riders such as Fausto Coppi, Felice Gimondi, Marco Pantani, Mario Cipollini and Jan Ullrich, and is still notching up victories today with the LottoNL-Jumbo team. Bianchi’s pedigree is as rich as its bikes are diverse, so when Cyclist visited the Bianchi factory on the outskirts of Treviglio in northern Italy, we ...
VooDoo Canzo review
VooDoo’s four-bar linkage bikes have been strong contenders in the sub-£1,000 suspension field, but can the Canzo compete with the latest four-figure full-sussers? Best mountain bike: how to choose the right one for you Best mountain bike helmets for trail riding The chassis has a proper metal head badge on its tapered head tube. Its main tubes are double-butted and hydroformed, and the seat tube has an S-bend moulded into it to support the rocker link that drives the rear shock. That means you can’t drop the seatpost far into the frame, so you’ll need to upgrade to a dropper if you want to move your body weight around significantly on descents. The back end is from the ‘simple but reasonably effective’ school of design. Single-sided pivots at the end of square chainstays combine with the rocker link to create a four-bar linkage. This moves the rear wheel in a ...
Industry insiders: What new technology could be a game-changer?
Is there a new product, or a product in development that has the potential to be a game-changer? Read the full article at Industry insiders: What new technology could be a game-changer? on VeloNews.com .
The state of racing: Momentum Sports co-founder Thierry Attias
With his pro team losing UnitedHealthcare as a sponsor at the end of 2018, Attias says U.S. cycling needs more personalities. Read the full article at The state of racing: Momentum Sports co-founder Thierry Attias on VeloNews.com .
Huffy rolls with the times
Mass brand makes major investments amid market disruption — and wants to bring the IBD along for the ride. Editor's note: A version of this story appears in the September 1 issue of Bicycle Retailer & Industry News. DAYTON, Ohio (BRAIN) — In its 126-year history, Huffy Bicycles has proved time and again that the ability to adapt is embedded in its DNA. From world wars and the slow death of American manufacturing to the rise of mass retailing and the current retail apocalypse, the company, which got its start when founder George Huffman purchased manufacturer Davis Sewing Machine in 189, has endured just about every market disruption of the modern era. Huffy began producing bicycles in 1892, and by 1905 it employed 2,000 people at its factory in Ohio, which manufactured 600 bikes and 600 sewing machine per day. Although over the years it made lawn mowers, gas station ...
Dreaming big: How one woman rode the Vuelta route before the pros
There is no three-week Grand Tour for female cyclists, yet it’s a challenge many have found a way to take on. We can look right back to 1924 when the “devil in a dress” Alfonsina Strada, entered under a man’s name and rode the Giro d’Italia. Just a couple of months ago 13 women rode … The post Dreaming big: How one woman rode the Vuelta route before the pros appeared first on CyclingTips .
Specialized Turbo Levo Expert FSR e-MTB first ride review
The evolution of Specialized's Turbo Levo hasn't been a slow process. This latest model is an all-new bike from the wheels up. Would you race an e-MTB? Because electric enduro is now a thing MX meets MTB with the Schwalbe Eddy Current e-MTB tyre Learning from the first generations of the Levo fleet and the latest Stumpjumper, Specialized has made dramatic changes to this new Turbo Levo. Built around 29in wheels, a longer, slacker design with a low centre of gravity and shorter back end. It's also upped the rear travel and developed a new motor, which is smaller, yet more powerful and thermal stable. Also, a new battery provides up to 40 percent more range and there's brand-new software to keep you connected, too. What has stayed the same though is Specialized's commitment to making a mountain bike first and a pedal-assist bike second. Specialized Turbo Levo Expert FSR ...
Bontrager Flatline flat-pedal shoes review
The Flatlines are Bontrager’s first stab at proper flat-pedal shoes, and use a slightly-curved Vibram outsole. I found this took a few rides to bed in, but once my pedal pins started to bite into the rubber properly, the traction was impressive. Best mountain bike pedals for 2018 — 10 of our favourites Specialized 2FO 2.0 flat pedal shoe review How to get pinned on flat pedals Five Ten still takes top honours when it comes to steadfast, almost immovable grip on the pedal, but the Flatlines come close to my current go-to shoes, Specialized’s 2FO 2.0s , when it comes to offering loads of traction without making it feel like your feet are stuck in place. A large-block pattern is used across most of the outsole for better pedal interaction, but the toe and heel get a directional tread to help off the bike. This works pretty well but ...
Gravel Dispatch: Happy solitude at Rebecca’s Private Idaho
Rebecca's Private Idaho combines stunning mountain scenery with a tough route and plenty of celebration once the 92-mile gravel race is Read the full article at Gravel Dispatch: Happy solitude at Rebecca’s Private Idaho on VeloNews.com .
Industry insiders: Trend vs. fad?
Lennard Zinn talks to a few of the bike industry's innovators to get their perspectives on the difference between trends and fads. Read the full article at Industry insiders: Trend vs. fad? on VeloNews.com .