road.cc's Best Cycling Clothing of the Year 2018/19

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An ode to the hex key

Bondhus and PB Swiss hex keys

I was nine years old the first time I ever “fixed” a bike. I wondered how the handlebar stayed in place on my Repco Hotfoot BMX and so I undid the quill stem bolt. The wedge came undone and fell deep inside the cro-mo steerer. I’d broken it, or so I thought. It was years … The post An ode to the hex key appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Vitus Nucleus 29 VR review

Vitus Nucleus 29 VR review

Direct-sell brand Vitus uses its ‘one step less’ sales advantage to give the Nucleus 29 VR an excellent trail-tough, upgrade-ready frame and decent spec for the money. Don’t expect a smooth ride though, even with 29in wheels. Vitus bikes: latest reviews, news and buying advice Best mountain bike: how to choose the right one for you Best mountain bikes under £1,000 Vitus Nucleus 29 VR frame Skipping the ‘selling from a shop’ stage of the cost chain gives Vitus more cash to spend, and it's dumped most of that on the frame. The tapered head tube makes future fork upgrades easy, as well as adding stiffness. At 67 degrees, the head angle cuts a good balance between stability and not making the big wheels feel too barge-like on tighter trails. The reach and wheelbase aren’t radical but are long compared to the stunted ‘beginner bikes’ that mostly populate this price ...

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The weekly spin: The intersection of American football and international cyclocross

In two weeks, international cyclocross and American football will hold the biggest events of their respective seasons on the same day. I’ll be watching both. Because I often find the lead up to the marquee event more interesting than the main event itself — thus explaining my unique affection for E3 Harelbeke and Dwars door Vlaanderen … The post The weekly spin: The intersection of American football and international cyclocross appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Norco Charger 2 review

Norco Charger 2 review

The Norco Charger 2 will suit those who enjoy the mellower side of mountain biking, but those looking to push their limits in technical terrain will be better served elsewhere. Best mountain bike: how to choose the right one for you What’s the fastest tyre size for mountain biking? Norco Charger 2 frame The frame looks good up close thanks to its glossy paint and smooth welds. Under the surface, it features double-butted tubes which save weight by varying the thickness of the walls throughout their length. The overall bike weighs a respectable 13.3Kg in XL - the largest of four size options. Handily, two water bottles can be mounted inside the frame. Norco Charger 2 kit The component highlight has to be the SRAM NX 11-speed drivetrain. The cassette has a wide 11-42 tooth range of gears, and with a 30 tooth chainring up front, the gearing is biased ...

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Sportful Classic Race bib shorts review

Sportful Classic Race bib shorts review

The Classic Race W bibshorts from Sportful are designed to be functional and comfortable with plain styling and ‘high-end’ features. Best women's road bike saddles Best women's road bikes Women's cycling product reviews, buying guides, interviews, advice and more Sportful uses ‘AeroFlow Compress’ fabric, which it says provides exceptional fit and muscle support, and many shops recommend that you get one size bigger than usual to account for the close-fitting athletic cut on these shorts. I’m a UK10 / EU38 / US6, and tested a size small, and even though I found the shorts were a bit snug to get on, they were a good fit and didn't feel too small when in the saddle. These shorts are so grippy that they take a while to actually put on though, so they’d be no good for a commuter in a hurry. Once on, they do offer great support to the ...

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Science in Sport Go Electrolyte powder review

Pete Muir Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 11:15 High quality energy drink that’s tasty and easy to digest 4.0 / 5 £11 for 500g (approx 12 x 500ml servings) I’ve always been a water person. Admittedly, it would be hard to find someone who wasn’t a water person – it’s fairly fundamental to life – but what I mean is that I generally prefer to ride with just water in my bottles, rather than flavoured energy drinks. The reason is that I often find the consistency of energy drinks to be too gloopy, and the flavour too sickly, such that I want to wash my mouth out afterwards. In which case, I usually feel it makes more sense to carry two bottles of pure water and a pocket full of gels and bars. However, despite my aversion to energy drinks, I have been pleasantly surprised by Science in Sport Go ...

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Hayes Dominion A4 brakes review

Hayes Dominion A4 brakes review

Having dominated the disc brake market in the late 2000s with the HFX, Hayes has been in the wilderness for a while. It's spent several years data-logging braking habits and then developing the Dominion A4, and it’s paid off. This is a brake that performs well in real-world conditions, while being as user-friendly as possible. The ‘clean sheet’ approach includes thicker-than-average rotors (1.95mm) and grub screws for micro-adjusting the position of the long four-piston caliper to ensure rub-free alignment. SRAM Code RSC brake review 6 of the best: disc brake rotors Each brake is factory-tuned for minimum ‘dead stroke’, so the pad engagement is noticeably prompt and consistent. Reach is adjustable via a dial set into the lever blade and you can adjust the bite point with a 2mm Allen key. Even with four big 17mm pistons, Hayes’ ‘LoFi’ (low lever force, high piston force) design and the fact that ...

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Diego Ullisi's Colnago C64 — gallery

Diego Ullisi's Colnago C64 — gallery

UAE Team Emirates rides the most Italian bikes in the whole WolrdTour, with the team using Campagnolo-equipped Colnagos that are fitted with a full complement of Italian-made components. 2019 WorldTour team pro bike guide All-new Campagnolo 12-speed EPS electronic groupset spotted 29-year-old Diego Ulissi has been with UAE Team Emirates since 2010 — when it was previously known as Lampre–Farnese Vini — and he continues his tenure with the squad for the 2019 season. Ulissi’s Colnago C64 — which was released in early 2018 — is built around a 12-speed Campagnolo Super Record EPS groupset alongside the Italian brand’s Bora Ultra wheels, which are fitted with Vittoria Corsa tyres. Colnago C64 first ride review All-new Campagnolo 12-speed EPS electronic groupset spotted The Italian theme continues with the finishing kit, with Deda supplying its Alanera one-piece cockpit and Prologo its Scratch saddle. Click through the gallery to have a closer look ...

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Review: GripGrab Arm Warmers Light

GripGrab Arm Warmers Light

We ride and review GripGrab's light arm warmers to find out if they're as comfortable and lightweight and fitting as advertised.

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Five cool things coming soon from Pearson, Pro, Muc-Off, Tacx and Useeme

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Another smorgasbord of new kit, techy bits and bikes that we're testing at the moment, with reviews coming soon...

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What groupsets, tyres and pedals do WorldTour teams use?

What groupsets, tyres and pedals do WorldTour teams use?

The demands and needs WorldTour pro racers place on their equipment are far removed from those of the vast majority of everyday riders, but that doesn’t stop us from enjoying ogling at the latest and greatest kit that the top-end of the sport uses. We’ve spent the last two weeks hassling mechanics at the 2019 edition of the Tour Down Under — the opening race of the season — and from our findings, we’re pleased to present a comprehensive illustrated breakdown of what groupsets, tyres and pedals each WorldTour team will use in 2019. We'll also reveal which teams will exclusively ride disc brakes this season. Best road bikes 2019: how to choose the right one for you WorldTour team bike guide 2019 Road disc brakes: everything you need to know What groupsets do WorldTour pro racers use? For the 2019 season, SRAM, Campagnolo and Shimano are the sole three ...

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Castelli launches new Free Aero Race 4 Bib short

Castelli launches new Free Aero Race 4 Bib short

Italian sportswear brand Castelli has today released the latest version of its pro-level bib short, the Aero Race 4, to the general public. The Aero Race 4 is an update to the lightweight, minimalist, aero shorts worn to Tour de France and Giro d’Italia victory by Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome. Castelli Spring/Summer 2019 range preview Castelli Aero Race 5.1 jersey review I’ll be honest, the updates feel pretty subtle, but that’s not surprising considering every iteration of the Free Aero shorts since the first in 2007 has performed well in our tests and, probably more importantly, under the backsides of pro race winners. Wearers of the previous model will notice a new strap construction — the stripe mesh used is super-thin and featherweight to aid breathability. These are the sort of straps that ruche up when you pull them out of the drawer, but they do lie ...

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Terpstra's Direct Energie and Roompot Charles among Paris-Roubaix wildcards

Terpstra's Direct Energie and Roompot Charles among Paris-Roubaix wildcards

Joe Robinson 21 Jan 2019 Five French teams and a return for Wanty-Gobert at this year's Paris-Roubaix Paris-Roubaix organiser ASO has confirmed the seven wildcard teams invited to this year's race as Niki Terpstra's Direct Energie headline a list dominated with home representation. Direct-Energie will be joined by four fellow French ProContinental teams who make the cut for the season's biggest one-day race. Those teams are Cofidis, Delko Marseille Provence, Arkea-Samsic and Vital Concept. This year's race takes place on Sunday 14th April and all you need to know about the race, including the route, can be found here . %u2B50 #ParisRoubaix 2019 Team Selection %u2B50 1%u20E38%u20E3 UCI WorldTeams 7%u20E3 WildCards / Invitations : %uD83C%uDDEB%uD83C%uDDF7 @TeamCOFIDIS %uD83C%uDDEB%uD83C%uDDF7 @TeamDelko_MP_ %uD83C%uDDEB%uD83C%uDDF7 @TeamDEN_fr %uD83C%uDDEB%uD83C%uDDF7 @Arkea_Samsic %uD83C%uDDEB%uD83C%uDDF7 @VitalConcept_BB %uD83C%uDDF3%uD83C%uDDF1 @roompot_charles %uD83C%uDDE7%uD83C%uDDEA @TeamWantyGobert Welcome to hell ! pic.twitter.com/bobeuwr8CW — Paris-Roubaix (@Paris_Roubaix) January 21, 2019 There could be hope for a high-placed finish for the ProContinental ...

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Genetic Schizo pedals review

Genetic Schizo pedals review

There are times when you want to ride using cleated cycling shoes and clipless pedals. Equally, there are occasions when you might want to spin at a more leisurely pace to the shops, cafe or pub without the hassle of kitting yourself out in dedicated footwear. This is where products such as Genetic’s Schizo pedals come into play, offering you the best of both worlds: they’re flat on one side for the more casual trip with your trainers, while the other side is clipless for use with supplied Shimano SPD-compatible cleats. How to use clipless pedals How to set up clipless pedal cleats I used these for a few months, for a variety of long commutes, leisure and bike-testing duties, and they’re still looking good and working well after 1,000 miles. They’re designed to hang so that the flat alloy side presents itself, but it’s a breeze flipping the pedals ...

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Land Rover Explore Smartphone review

Land Rover Explore Smartphone review

This Android Land Rover Explore Smartphone sports a range of features designed to keep itself and you safe. It comes with an IP68 rating (Ingress Protection rating), so it can resist extreme temperatures, a 6ft drop, water, sand, dust, dirt and vibration. I tested its ruggedness when my sample was ejected on a rocky trail, fell into a puddle and was ridden over. It was fine. Best bicycle phone mounts: buyer's guide and recommendations 12 of the best iPhone and Android apps for cycling Inside the case is a 2.6Gzh processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, sitting behind a 5in Gorilla Glass 5 screen. This worked well with gloves. The ambient light sensor and red-light filter were useful too, saving my night vision. The 4,000mAh battery is quickly bolstered with the included magnetic battery pack, which adds 3,620mAh of juice, plus a ceramic patch GPS antenna. This ...

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Zipp 303 Firecrest 650b tubeless disc wheel review

Zipp 303 Firecrest 650b tubeless disc wheel review

In keeping with current bike trends, Zipp has created a 650b version of the 303 Firecrest wheelset, which is naturally tubeless-ready and for disc brakes only. Bontrager R4 Open Classics tyre review Specialized CruX Expert review The emergence of road-plus and gravel bikes, with tyre widths from 28mm to 50mm, has increased the need for smaller-diameter wheels. That’s because a high-volume tyre on a 650b wheel has roughly the same overall diameter as a 700c wheel, but offers incredible grip, comfort and versatility. Smaller-diameter wheels fitted to an appropriately scaled bike are helpful for shorter or younger riders too, permitting equivalent handling and performance to a larger machine. Designed for tyres sized 28mm and larger, the 303 650b rims have a new carbon-fibre layup and are 21mm wide internally with ridges that lock a tubeless tyre’s bead in place so it remains secure at low pressures. They’re 45mm tall, with ...

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White: No one wants to win a bike race because of a crash

Daryl Impey checks on Patrick Bevin after stage 5 at the Tour Down Under

Confusion seemed to be the theme at the finish of stage 5 of the Tour Down Under . First came the relegation of Caleb Ewan after he threw a series of headbutts in the direction of eventual winner Jasper Philipsen, and then came the debate over Patrick Bevin and whether he would be penalisd for taking a long tow from his team after a crash occurred inside the final 10 kilometres. At one point an announcement came through that the race jury were looking at two incidents and that two jerseys were under review. In the end, only Ewan was sanctioned, while Bevin was taken to hospital for checks. His seven-second lead over rival Daryl Impey would stand. At the Mitchelton-Scott bus the mood seemed relaxed, even if there was a suggestion that Impey might need to head to the podium if Bevin's tow and drafting were to face censure. ...

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Ewan defends head-butting sprint

Ewan defends head-butting sprint

Ewan disagrees with UCI jury's decision and claims headbutts were necessary to avoid crash. Read the full article at Ewan defends head-butting sprint on VeloNews.com .

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