Men’s road transfer season, analysed: Three good fits, three questionable moves

Now that most of the marquee signings are in the books for this transfer season, it’s a great time to take a closer look at how the big names could fit in with their new squads. After all, the chance to critique big-money decisions knowing only some of the full context and with several months … The post Men’s road transfer season, analysed: Three good fits, three questionable moves appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Check out the top UK cities for cycle commuters, according to Strava

Check out the top UK cities for cycle commuters, according to Strava

Joe Robinson 20 Nov 2019 The northwest lags behind as Bristolians lead the way The southwest city of Bristol has been ranked number one for cycling commuters in the UK while Liverpool placed last. New research by cycling app Strava found Bristol to have the most cycle commuters per 1,000 people with a total of 28.9. It comfortably beat Newcastle (20.8) and Southampton (16.4) into top spot. Despite having the highest total of commuters by bike, London lagged behind when compared to other cities only managing sixth with 11.9, finishing below both Leeds (14.6) and Cardiff (14.5). Birmingham saw the biggest year-on-year increase of cycling commuters, 10.8%, All, however, outperformed the two major northwest cities, Manchester and Liverpool. Manchester, the city in which Chris Boardman is now commissioner of cycling and walking, only registered 7.7 cycle commuters per 1,000 people, while Liverpool came bottom with 6.6 cyclists per 1,000. The ...

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Met road safety cop to review stop & search of Black Cyclists Network founder; Eastbourne cycling group slam town centre scheme; Deceuninck-Quick Step 2019 video; Brailsford on CEO role of Kipchoge’s sub-2 hour marathon + more on live blog

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Cipollini MCM Allroad Disc review

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It's fast, but there are more comfortable, versatile, capable and cheaper options. 7/10

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Housekeeping: Let’s keep things positive in the comments

Supported by Dear CyclingTips readers, It’s come to my attention that we’ve recently been seeing more and more comments on the site that resemble those in more toxic corners of the internet. I thought now would be a good time to address this. Throughout the years, CyclingTips has become known for the insightful, productive and genuinely interesting … The post Housekeeping: Let’s keep things positive in the comments 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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Abus Gamechanger helmet review

Joe Robinson Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 15:05 An aero lid that performs and even looks good on. However, some head shapes may struggle with sizing. 4.0 / 5 £129 The Abus Gamechanger is very rare - it’s an aero road helmet that actually looks good on your head. So often when testing or using aero helmets, I cannot help but compare myself to famously large, mushroom-like heads. The Mekon from Dan Dare, Mario’s mate Toad, you get the idea. It doesn’t help that my head size is in the top 5% in the world, but the bulbous style of many aero helmets does me no favours. Yet when I put on the Abus Gamechanger, I couldn’t help but think I didn’t look half bad. I am fully expecting to be told otherwise below the line of this review, but I cannot help but be fully impressed by how sleek ...

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The best frame pumps for road and gravel: Silca vs Zefal vs Topeak

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My recent search for the best mini pump was met by many people asking me to do the same for frame pumps. Well before mini pumps became available and were the common pick, frame pumps ruled the roost. These were most popular when steel frames were the norm, and the pumps would sit perfectly parallel … The post The best frame pumps for road and gravel: Silca vs Zefal vs Topeak appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Five cool things coming soon from Giant, Continental, Sportful, Infini Lighting and FFWD

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Some of our top picks from the road.cc test pile this week, with reviews coming soon...

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5 early Black Friday deals from Sigma Sports

Sigma Sports Early Black Friday Deals

Amazing deals on Schwalbe, SciCon, Shimano, Specialized, and Wahoo

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Carrera Crossroad e-road bike review

Joseph Delves Monday, November 18, 2019 - 16:02 If you want an electric racer on a budget there’s little reason not to make it the 'first' sub-£1000 e-road bike from Halfords 4.5 / 5 £1,000 Halfords claims its new Carrera Crossroad is the cheapest electric road bike available, and the first to go sub-£1,000, if only by a penny. Scraping in under most employer’s Cycle to Work scheme limit, we got one in to see how it scored. First impressions Getting the Carrera Crossroad out of the box is something of a lift-with-your-legs-and-not-your-back job. At 18.9kg, it’s not light, although by e-bike standards it’s not actually too bad. The more snobbish members of the Cyclist team were also somewhat disparaging of its clunky looks. However, a bit like getting your dad to take off his reading specs and hold the phone slightly further away before uploading a new Plenty of ...

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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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The best Evans Cycles deals for Black Friday 2019 (UK only)

Evans Cycles Black Friday 2019 Deals

Massive Black Friday savings on Castelli, Genesis, Giro, Kask, and SealSkinz and more

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'Common sense wins' as council drops legal action against cycling cafe

'Common sense wins' as council drops legal action against cycling cafe

Joe Robinson 14 Nov 2019 Cyclists will now be allowed to meet at the Velolife cycling cafe again The injunction that threatened to imprison cyclists if they met outside the Velolife cycling cafe has been lifted, it was confirmed today. Windsor and Maidenhead Council placed an Enforcement Notice on the Velolife cycling cafe and workshop in October 2017 after a complaint from a local resident. The enforcement saw it made illegal for cyclists to meet outside the cafe. Cafe owner Lee Goodwin sort for the ban to be lifted, working closely with his legal team, British Cycling and the charity Cycling UK. The wider cycling community also came to action, with a social media campaign calling for the injunction to be lifted. The council announced it would lift the injunction from Thursday 14th November allowing cyclists to once again meet at the cafe, a move that British Cycling policy advisor ...

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BMC issues voluntary recall of Teammachine disc bikes

BMC issues voluntary recall of Teammachine disc bikes

Joe Robinson 14 Nov 2019 Safety problems with the fork have forced BMC into this recall of bikes BMC has issued a voluntary recall of its Teammachine SLR01 disc bikes due to fork issues. The brand issued the recall on Thursday afternoon in order to undergo safety checks stating it would affect 'bikes from the Model Years 2018 and 2019' adding that the first bikes of this kind went on sale in June 2017. BMC stated it had 'identified a technical problem with the fork that could result in a cracked or broken steerer tube, leading to potential crashes and injuries.' While the recall is only voluntary, it continued by stating: 'To safeguard the user and uphold the brand’s own strict quality standards, BMC Switzerland requests that these bikes are no longer ridden and are brought to a BMC retailer for a safety check.' BMC asks its customers to take ...

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Gore C5 Gore-Tex Infinium Thermo Jacket review

Pete Muir Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 16:08 A warm, lightweight winter jacket with a slightly bizarre ‘leatherette’ look 3.5 / 5 £219.99 In an age when Gore-Tex seems to have found the ultimate material with its waterproof, lightweight, breathable ShakeDry fabric, it might seem odd to produce a jacket that makes a point of not being waterproof. But there is a certain logic to the Gore C5 Gore-Tex Infinium Soft-Lined Thermo Jacket. ‘The C5 is designed to be versatile over any kind of conditions,’ says Gore Wear’s Ben Washington. ‘If it’s raining, if it’s not, if it’s cold, if it gets warmer… you’ve got flexibility. It works across a range of temperatures and different weather conditions. You would really only wear the insulated ShakeDry jacket [the H5] when it’s really cold and wet.’ The idea of the C5 is that it’s the perfect compromise. It’s not fully waterproof, but ...

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Check out the Canyon bike Arkea-Samsic will be riding in 2020

Joe Robinson 14 Nov 2019 The French ProContinental team have made some high profile signings for next season Nairo Quintana will continue riding on Canyon bikes in 2020 as his new team Arkea-Samsic confirmed it would be partnering with the German manufacturer. The French ProContinental team will end their one-year relationship with Spanish bike brand BH in order to switch across to Canyon from 1st January. While Arkea-Samsic were not granted a WorldTour licence for 2020 , the high profile signings of Quintana and Nacer Bouhanni suggest they could be granted an invite to the Tour de France in July. This means Canyon should have its bikes present with two teams on the Nice start line next summer with Movistar also using the German brand. With Katusha-Alpecin being replaced in the WorldTour by Israel Cycling Academy , Canyon will drop down to just one top tier sponsorship for next season. ...

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The cycling film made by an ex-doper: Kenneth Mercken Q&A

Peter Stuart 13 Nov 2019 Based on the director’s own experience, Belgian film The Racer lays bare the dark underbelly of doping in pro cycling in the early 2000s Cycling on the silver screen has had its ups and downs. Kevin Costner’s 1985 depiction of Greg Lemond in American Flyers has enjoyed cult status, as has the grittiest of gritty Sunday in Hell (1976). Yet the heavy-handed depiction of the corrosion of Lance Armstrong’s soul in the 2015 The Program was met with less enthusiasm by those well-versed in the intricacies of cycling’s troubled years. The Racer (Coureur) has opted for realism over sensation – the lead actor, Niels Willaerts, is a cyclist, and director Kenneth Mercken is not only a cyclist, but a man who has had first hadn experience with the film’s seedy doping subject matter. The Racer follows a young neo-pro, Felix, who becomes National Road Race ...

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Assos Equipe RS Spring/Fall Range: first ride review

Stu Bowers Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 09:59 Assos's new Equipe RS line marries aero performance with extra insulation to set you up for the change in seasons 4.0 / 5 from £200 Assos today launched its new Equipe RS Spring/Fall range of kit, including a jacket, short sleeve jersey, gilet and bibshorts, aimed at delivering race-level performance with added insulation, perfect for those chilly late and early season races. Assos Equipe RS Spring/Fall Jacket £265 Don’t be misled by the term ‘jacket’ here. I would be happier if Assos had called this piece a long sleeve thermal jersey, because in reality that is more what it feels like. Putting on the Equipe RS Jacket feels like you’re zipping yourself into a skinsuit, the fit very much indicative of fast-feeling, aerodynamic kit, but it’s not cheating the wind that is its highest priority, it’s protecting you from it, and even ...

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