Ashmei Waterproof Jacket Review

Ashmei Waterproof Jacket review

Ashmei’s chic looking Waterproof uses a thin (7 microns) soft to touch fabric that offers more stretch than most. This delivers a waterproof rating of 20,000mm and element defence is further aided by taped seams, waterproof front zip with draft flap and good sealing around the hem, collar and cuffs. Ashmei has matched this with an impressive breathability figure of 45,000gm.m2/24hrs. Figures aside, this jacket delivers top level performance keeping you dry inside and out, even working hard. Unlike most, this jacket features three jersey style rear pockets with drainage holes that make life easy, especially on longer winter rides. There’s also a waterproof zip pocket and subtle reflective stripe. It has a race fit and while mine was a little tight on the shoulders this went unnoticed on the bike thanks to the super stretchy fabric. Mortals may need to size up though. This is a classy and highly ...

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Dmr Sled First Ride Review

DMR Sled first ride review

While DMR is better known for all things dirt-jump related, it knows a thing or two about well-considered bike and product design. The Sled, which is its second full-suspension bike, but the first made from aluminium, is proof of this. Surly Steamroller first ride review Beat the mental block and take your riding to the next level DMR Sled specifications Frame: 6061 aluminium, 160mm (6.3in) travel Fork: RockShox Pike RCT3, 160mm (6.3in) travel Shock: RockShox Monarch RT3 Drivetrain: SRAM GX w/ DMR Axe M30 cranks and Praxis Works chain guide (1x11) Wheelset: DMR Zone 275 Boost wheels Tyres: WTB Convict Light/High Grip 27.5x2.5in (f) and WTB Trail Boss Light/Fast Rolling 27.5x2.4in (r) Brakes: SRAM Guide R, 180mm rotors Bar: DMR Wingbar Mk3, 800mm Stem: DMR Defy 35+, 35mm Seatpost: X-Fusion Manic 125mm dropper Saddle: DMR Stage1 Weight: 14.8kg (32.65lb), medium size without pedals DMR Sled frame and kit The Sled’s ...

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Photo Gallery: 2018 Nahbs Custom Gravel, Cx, Rando, And Town Bikes

One of the best things about the annual North American Handmade Bicycle Show is the tremendous variety of bikes on display. Traditional roadies always make a strong showing, of course, but the countless gravel, cyclocross, randonneur, and town bikes on display provide visual evidence to the diverse interests of enthusiast cyclists. Variety is the spice … The post Photo gallery: 2018 NAHBS custom gravel, CX, rando, and town bikes appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Getting The Most Out Of Erg Mode On Zwift

Getting the most out of ERG mode on Zwift

This is a sponsored article in association with Zwift. ERG mode, a function found on a lot of smart trainers, controls the amount of physical effort you put into a workout by deciding how much resistance to apply to your pedalling based on your current level of fitness. Wahoo Kickr Climb first ride review Zwift: your complete guide While you may already be aware of ERG mode – also known as resistance control mode – as an important training tool, WorldTour coach Kevin Poulton says there’s much more to learn. According to Poulton — who has helped athletes at the highest level to win Paris-Roubaix, WorldTour Classics and Grand Tour stages, as well as compete at the Olympics — one of the secrets to getting the most out of ERG mode training is changing your pedalling speeds, even while ERG mode is controlling your power output. “We used to say ...

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Valgren Wins Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Michael Valgren (Astana) wins Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Elite

Astana might be in trouble behind the scenes , but on the road they have been pitch perfect this month. Michael Valgren added to their February success with victory at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad after a late solo attack. Łukasz Wiśniowski (Team Sky) had been distanced on the Muur van Gerardsbergen but fought back to take second place ahead of Sep Vanmarcke (EF Education First-Drapac). "After the Muur we got away in a big group," Valgren said. "We had three guys and we needed to do something because we had some fast riders. We had Oscar there and Lutsenko who is also fast, so it was up to me to attack. I counter attacked Sep Vanmarcke and they were looking at each other for just five seconds and I was away. "It was bloody hard and I am super happy. I would like to be up there in the big ones ...

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Ganna Going To Belgium's 'Opening Weekend' To Gain Experience

Filippo Ganna (UAE Team Emirates) was the best young rider

Filippo Ganna continues his transition from the track to the pro road peloton during Belgium's opening weekend, where the 21-year-old Italian will gain more valuable experience as an anchor of the 'youth brigade' on UAE Team Emirates ' diverse roster for Saturday's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Sunday's Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne . Ganna will join Matteo Bono, Simone Consonni, Marco Marcato, Aleksandr Riabushenko, Ben Swift and Oliviero Troia in the Belgian races, making his first appearances in the events after missing them last year because of the track world championships. “In 2017, my first year in the professional ranks, with the worlds on the track, I only had a small taste of the Belgian races, participating in Gent-Wevelgem and the BinckBank Tour," he said. "Regardless, they allowed me to breathe in the air of these particular and anticipated events loved by so many cyclists and fans." Ganna scored a bronze in the Team ...

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How To Put The Power Down Like Tom Boonen

How to put the power down like Tom Boonen

Riding away from a group (be they competitors you are looking to ditch or friends you’ll eventually drop back to once you’ve had your fun) is hugely rewarding, and while lighter riders will wait for the hills to make their mark, the more powerful among us can achieve the same effect by upping the pace on exposed flat sections, out of corners or into a headwind. Recently retired Tom Boonen, a four-time Paris-Roubaix winner, was a master of the art of putting in a sustained effort that could ride an entire peloton off his wheel. What is FTP for cycling? Beginner’s guide to indoor training: all you need to get started 1. Maintenance is key You won’t make your effort stick if you go too far into the red too early. Maintain your effort through corners and fluctuations in pace, changes in road surface and gradient. You’re looking to keep ...

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Omloop Het Nieuwsblad: Michael Valgren Takes Surprise Victory

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad: Michael Valgren takes surprise victory

Joe Robinson 24 Feb 2018 Astana make most of numerical advantage with Valgren taking first cobbled classic of the season Michael Valgren made the most of Astana 's numerical advantage in the final kilometres to take a surprise victory at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad . As one of three Astana riders in the lead group, the young Dane managed to launch himself from a group of 12 close to the finish, gaining a large enough gap to take him to victory. Team Sky 's Lukasz Wisniowski battled to second place with an ever aggressive Sep Vanmarcke (EF-Drapac) holding on for third. Thanks to the company of teammates Alexey Lutsenko and Oscar Gatto, the sheer numbers of Astana were enough to beat the likes of Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) and Wout Van Aert (Verandas Willems–Crelan). Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2018: How the day unfolded Omloop Het Niewsblad, for many, marked the beginning ...

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Longo Borghini Kicks Off Season At Omloop - Women's News Shorts

Elisa Longo Borghini (Wiggle-High5)

Elisa Longo Borghini ( Wiggle High 5 ) has selected a tough opening race for the 2018 season and says she will likely play a support role in Saturday's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad . The Italian champion has her sights set further down the road with the Ardennes Classics - Amstel Gold Race, La Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège - her main targets for the early season. "The main goal is that one, and I will try to be at my best for the middle of April," Longo Borghini said in a team press release. "I'm trying to find my good legs here. "My shape is not yet super so I'm using this race as training. I hope the team can be good because we have a strong one. I don't think I would like to be the leader on Saturday because for sure I'm not in the shape for winning this ...

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Dennis Takes Abu Dhabi Lead After Time Trial Victory

Rohan Dennis rides to victory

Rohan Dennis ( BMC Racing ) surged into the overall lead at the Abu Dhabi Tour after taking victory in the key time trial on stage 4. The Australian completed the 12.6km course in a time of 14:21, some 14 seconds quicker than his closest rival Jonathan Castroviejo (Team Sky), while his teammate Miles Scotson finished third a further two seconds back. Dennis now leads Castroviejo in the overall standings by the same margin he beat him by in the time trial. World champion Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) was one of the favourites going into the stage but suffered a mechanical, which was fatal to his chances of victory. After three straight days for the sprinters, the overall classification was game for almost anyone with a decent time trial in their arsenal. Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) would roll out last as the race leader, but his advantage over much of ...

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Specialized S-Works Tarmac Review

Specialized S-Works Tarmac review

The Tarmac has been incredibly successful for Specialized both in terms of race wins and sales. The new Tarmac replaces the curvy SL5 with a more angular design, with slimmer tube profiles and dropped seatstays, which follow on from lessons learnt on the Venge Vias and Roubaix . Peter Sagan’s S-Works Tarmac SL6 gallery The all-new Specialized Women's S-Works Tarmac is a bike with speed at its heart The new frame has lost weight over the last generation, now weighing 733g, over 200g lighter than the SL5. An all-new sub-300g fork is designed to be size specific, so the steerer tube profile changes across the size range to ensure consistent handling. On the road, the Tarmac feels very familiar, the supersonic speed of the SL5’s handling impressed me hugely, and the new Tarmac feels just as sharp. Where it betters its forefathers is in the hills with its 6.35kg weight, ...

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Highlights From The London Bike Show

Highlights from the London Bike Show

After scouring the stands at the London Bike Show today, we are reporting to you here with the highlights. We found action cameras developed for ice hockey players, faux-fixie machines with hidden high-tech-ery, and steel-looking bikes that are actually carbon. Read on and scroll through the gallery to see it all. UHWK action camera If you’ve been enjoying the ice hockey at the Winter Olympics, and who hasn’t, then the UHWK camera might tickle your fancy. It was developed to help ice hockey players capture the ‘rough and tumble’ action, but is now available to cyclists. The UHWK is attached to a headband, not unlike one you’ll find on a head torch, and will fit around a lid. It shoots 1080p video at 30fps, offers 150-degree POV filming and will — probably — withstand an attack with a puck whilst you ride. Visit UHWK to find out more Tomir XC ...

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Fouriers Ceramic Rear Derailleur Cage Review

Fouriers Ceramic Rear Derailleur Cage review

Friction is a drag. If you’re obsessed with efficiency and want gains, no matter how marginal, then maybe Fouriers has the answer. A complete guide to rear derailleurs More companies enter the oversized derailleur cage market This Fouriers cage features carbon and 6061 aluminium cage plates with 7075 aluminium CNC-machined jockey wheels, and is compatible with Dura-Ace 9000/9070 and Ultegra 6800/6870, with versions to fit other groupsets. Fitting isn’t too involved, but requires a new, longer chain – mine needed two extra links. The feeling of an efficient drivetrain is satisfying, and so long as it remains that way, the Fouriers cage is a positive addition The enlarged jockey wheels are the most visible change. I replaced a 40g Dura-Ace 9000 rear derailleur cage with 11-tooth jockey wheels with the 62g Fouriers item, sporting a 12-tooth upper and 16-tooth lower. It’s accepted that a bicycle chain runs more efficiently and ...

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London Bike Show 2018: Best Bits (Gallery)

Joe Robinson 25 Feb 2018 From custom-painted Cannondales to vintage-look modern aero helmets; here is the best bits of the London Bike Show Cyclist has spent the day trawling up and down the aisles of the annual London Bike Show at the Excel Arena in search of the newest and coolest kit on show. While most new products are launched at major races like the Tour de France or trade shows such as Eurobike, if you look hard enough you will always find some hidden gems. Below are some of our favourite spots of the day and why we love them. Stephen Hyde's custom Cannondale SuperX Image 1 of 20 Image 1 of 20 There is something about American National Champions and cool custom painted bikes. On the road we have Aqua Blue Sport's Larry Warbasse and his ultra-classy custom painted 3T Strada. Off-road there is Stephen Hyde with his ...

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Kittel: Today Was The First Day Where I Felt Normal Again

Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin)

Marcel Kittel’ s broad smile was already growing a little more uneasy by the time a group of reporters gathered around the German sprinter in the moments after stage 3 of the Abu Dhabi Tour . After a frustrating start to life in the red and white of Katusha-Alpecin , Kittel was convinced that his fortunes had turned in the most dramatic fashion thanks to a breathless comeback in the closing metres at Al Marina. Four sprinters dived for the line simultaneously, and though picking a winner on first glance was an impossibility, Kittel’s instincts told him that he had won the day. He punched the air accordingly as he wheeled to a halt, though he must have noticed that Phil Bauhaus was accepting high fives from his Sunweb teammates a little further back the road. One of them could not be wrong. Word soon reached Kittel that the commissaires ...

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Five Reasons To Enter Vélo South

Five reasons to enter Vélo South

Taking place on Sunday 23 September, Vélo South will take 15,000 riders on an unforgettable 100 mile journey on fully closed roads through the stunning West Sussex countryside. How to fuel for a sportive 21 top tips for first-time sportive riders Here are five reasons you should register to be in with a chance of getting an entry when they open on Thursday 1 March. 1. Apart from Ride London-Surrey, this is the only opportunity you’ll have to ride 100 miles on closed roads in the UK this year, and with over 25,000 pre-registrations already it looks like being a sell-out! 2. Velo South starts and finishes at Goodwood Motor Circuit which is renowned globally as the spiritual home of motor racing, but is also steeped in cycling history — it hosted the 1982 UCI World Road Racing Championships, which featured cycling greats such as Greg LeMond, Sean Kelly, Guiseppe ...

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Five Reasons To Enter Vélo South

Entry opens on Thursday 1 March

15,000 riders head for an unforgettable journey, here's why you need to be involved

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Photo Gallery: 2018 Nahbs Custom Mountain, Adventure Bikes

DeSalvo John Tomac

Traditional double-diamond bicycle frames naturally lend themselves to custom construction, which is perhaps why the hand-built industry has typically focused on hardtails when it comes to mountain bikes. Complex suspension designs require increasingly complicated (and expensive) R&D; work, not to mention highly specialized parts, and that sort of thing just isn’t in the cards for … The post Photo gallery: 2018 NAHBS custom mountain, adventure bikes appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Last Chance! Win A Breezer X Porcelain Rocket Custom Seat Bag!

win a breezer x porcelain rocket custom xl saddle bag

Win a Breezer Seat Pack made by Porcelain Rocket! Breezer Bikes is giving away 5 custom, hand-made seat bags made by Procelain Rocket. These are tough, roll-closure bags made from 500/330D Cordura material with reinforced areas around the straps. Perfect for exploring, whether on the road or on the dirt, and they’re valued at $140 each! […] The post LAST CHANCE! Win a Breezer x Porcelain Rocket custom seat bag! appeared first on Bikerumor .

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11spd: This Week's Best New Bike Gear

11spd: This week's best new bike gear

It's been a busy week for bike news this week. We've seen plenty of weird and wonderful kit at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show , taken a look at the new thru-axle version of the Genesis' Croix de Fer and spotted a very lovely looking track bike from Ridley, the Arena . Plus Ben Delaney has given his first impressions on the Wahoo Kickr Climb before taking part in a livestream on Zwift's Facebook page this week , where you can see it in action: Friday 23 February (1pm MST / 8pm GMT), Tuesday 27 February (12:50pm MST / 7:50pm GMT) and Wednesday 28 February (6pm MST / 1am GMT). But now, with the working week soon to be finished and weekend fast approaching, it's time to take a look at 11 of the hottest products to fall into the hands of our writers, videographers and reviewers here at ...

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