Garmin Vector 3 power meter review

Garmin Vector 3 power meter review

After a couple hundred hours of testing against other power meters (and four sets of batteries), I can say the Garmin Vector 3 pedals are generally a very good training tool. As with any power meter, the location of the power meter is limiting — you have to give up your pedal of choice unless you already use Look Keos — but conversely, pedals are far and away the easiest type of power meter to travel with and swap between bikes. 9 of the best power meters What is FTP for cycling? Garmin Vector 2 full review Garmin Vector 3 at a glance Left and right pedals measure similarly (not always the case with L/R meters!) Threads into any crank — no longer multiple models for different crank widths Consistently tracks well with other dependable meters Actual battery life averaged 60hr, not the claimed ‘up to 120 hours’ 316g claimed, ...

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Cyclist Track Day York 2018 Gallery

Peter Stuart 21 May 2018 Some of the world's best bikes on test at York Sport Village This year's series of Track Day has drawn to a close with a fantastic sunny day of riding at York Sport Village. The Cyclist Track Days, in association with Assos, have been held across four days, with two events in London in April, an event at Castle Coombe at the end of April and the final day at York on Sunday. See related Cyclist Track Day Focus: Cannondale SuperSix Evo Hi-Mod Cyclist Track Day focus: Your chance to ride the 3T Strada Nine brands including BMC, Specialized, 3T, Cannondale and Look have brought their top fleet bikes for the public to try, and the expo has proved a chance for serious bike buying consideration and pure escapism in equal measure. Keep your eyes on the Cyclist Track Day 2019 website for details of ...

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Schurter comes out swinging in Albstadt

Nino Schurter (Scott-SRAM MTB Racing) celebrates his win

World champion Nino Schurter (Scott-SRAM) had something to prove on Sunday, in Albstadt, Germany, at round 2 of the Mountain Bike World Cup. He had lost the first round of 2018 after sweeping the Series in 2017, and then did not finish the Short Track race on Friday, relegating him to the third row of the start grid. By the end of the start loop, Schurter was firmly in control at the front of the race. He was joined for the first laps by cyclo-cross pro turned mountain biker Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus), Maxime Marotte (Cannondale Factory), Mathias Flueckiger (Thomus-RN Racing), Lars Forster (BMC) and round 1 winner Sam Gaze (Specialized). Gaze flatted and eventually dropped out of the race, while Flueckiger also flatted and Forster could not handle the pace, and were replaced by Stephane Tempier (Bianchi Countervail) and Jordan Sarrou (KMC-Ekoi-SR Suntour). When Schurter ramped up the ...

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Langvad and Van der Poel Win First Ever World Cup Short Tracks

Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) wins the Short Track

The first ever Mountain Bike World Cup short track (XCC) was held on Friday evening in Albstadt, Germany, with Annika Langvad (Specialized) and Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) coming out the winners. The top-16 finishers in the women and men will fill the first two rows for Sunday's cross-country (XCO) races, plus the event offered World Cup substantial points – 50 per cent of the XCO. The 1.7-kilometre course began with the start of the cross-country circuit on pavement and then grass past the tech zone, followed by a section of the singletrack near the end of the XCO circuit and the pavement finish. Jolanda Neff (Kross Racing) took the hole shot through the first corner for the women, but a group of 15 formed at the front by the end of the first lap, including most of the favourites, except for Catharine Pendrel (Clif Pro Team) and Pauline Ferrand ...

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The Pamir Highway: A solo ride across the barren heart of Central Asia

When Daniel Weststeyn turned 30, he wanted to do something memorable; to usher in a new decade with a journey that he'd remember for the rest of his life. This is the story of that journey – a stunningly picturesque solo ride through Central Asia. The post The Pamir Highway: A solo ride across the barren heart of Central Asia appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Marco Fontana's Bianchi Methanol CV

Marco Fontana's Bianchi Methanol CV

Marco Fontana is one of the most well-loved, stylish and charming riders in the world of XC racing. We spotted his bike lounging in the Bianchi-Countervail team tent at the Albstadt round of the XC World Cup and the affable Italian kindly took 20 minutes to talk us through the build of his Bianchi Methanol, which was still set up for the previous evening’s inaugural short track race. Bianchi Methanol 9.5 CV long-term review Everything you need to know about the new Cannondale Lefty Ocho fork Marco Fontana's Bianchi Methanol CV spec Frame : Bianchi Methanol CV Fork : Fox 32 SC Factory Brakes : Shimano XTR Shift levers : Shimano XTR Di2 M9050 Rear derailleur : Shimano XTR Di2 M9050 Cassette/chain : Shimano XTR Crankset : FSA SL-K, 38t chainring Wheelset : Crankbrothers Cobalt 11 Carbon Front tyre : Prototype Kenda Rear tyre : Kenda Sabre 29x2.0 Handlebars : ...

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The Future of the Bicycle Industry Comes to Melbourne

The Future Seminars

Breakfast Seminars by bicycle industry leaders & academics from Taiwan & Australia, on the Smart Technologies driving the Future of bicycle product design and all that’s new.

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Which one is he?  The doping one?

The Curious Case of Simon Yates and the Perception of Cycling in Britain This is a story about the story cycling in the UK tells about itself. You’ve heard a lot of it before, and the history is not my interest here. Read Chris Sidwells for the authorised version or Tim Hilton for the more entertaining version. In brief, we’re told, British cycling was insular and parochial, and focused on social riding or on hill climbs and long, solo, point-to-point efforts. There was the schism that produced the British League of Road Cyclists. There was Tom Simpson, who begat Obree and Boardman, and way down in Manchester they begat Brailsford and all those Olympic medals. The Olympians begat Team Sky and the Tour wins and the Grand Departs in London and Yorkshire. Now Britain, Sidwells concludes, rules the cycling world. This is a lucid argument. Track cycling is routinely televised ...

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Giro d'Italia 2018: Viviani makes it a hat trick of stages

Giro d'Italia 2018: Viviani makes it a hat trick of stages

Joe Robinson 18 May 2018 Viviani takes the stage while Simon Yates enjoys a relaxing day in the fight for pink Elia Viviani ( Quick-Step Floors ) made the sprint into Nervesa della Battaglia look routine as he rode to his third stage victory of the 2018 Giro d'Italia. The Italian left it until the final 200 metres to launch his sprint managing to keep a fast finishing Sam Bennett ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) and Danny Van Poppel (LottoNL-Jumbo) at bay. This win help solidfy his position in the best sprinter's jersey. With Monte Zoncolan lurking tomorrow, the General Classification riders took it easy. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) retained the pink jersey keeping the same time gap over Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb). The stage how it happened When the riders woke this morning no doubt that a collective sigh of relief was given when they looked out of the window. Stage 13 ...

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Giro d'Italia 2018: Viviani makes it a hat trick with win on Stage 13

Giro d'Italia 2018: Viviani makes it a hat trick with win on Stage 13

Joe Robinson 18 May 2018 Viviani takes the stage while Simon Yates enjoys a relaxing day in the fight for pink Elia Viviani ( Quick-Step Floors ) made the sprint into Nervesa della Battaglia on Stage 13 look routine as he rode to his third stage victory of the 2018 Giro d'Italia. The Italian left it until the final 200 metres to launch his sprint managing to keep a fast finishing Sam Bennett ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) and Danny Van Poppel (LottoNL-Jumbo) at bay. This win help solidfy his position in the best sprinter's jersey. With Monte Zoncolan lurking tomorrow, the General Classification riders took it easy. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) retained the pink jersey keeping the same time gap over Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb). The stage how it happened When the riders woke this morning no doubt that a collective sigh of relief was given when they looked out of the ...

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Commencal Meta AM V4.2 Essential review

Commencal Meta AM V4.2 Essential review

Commencal’s Meta AM V4.2 Essential makes no concessions for what it is: an enduro bike. Downhills are its forte, uphills, well, are managed. For a bike squeaking in just under $3,000, this Meta AM V4.2 is shocking in its overall control and confidence. Commencal launches Meta AM V4.2 Commencal Meta AM Origin review Commencal Meta Trail V4.2 Essential 650b review Commencal Meta AM V4.2 Essential specs Frame : 6066 triple-butted aluminum, 160mm Fork : Fox 36 Float Performance, 170mm Shock : Fox DPX2 Performance Drivetrain : SRAM GX Eagle, 1x12-speed Brakes : Shimano SLX discs, 200/180mm rotors Wheels / tires : e*thirteen TRS rims / Formula hubs, Maxxis Minion DHF 2.5WT / DHRII 2.4WT Actual weight : 14.3kg / 31.5lbs Impressive parts and suspension Fox suspension handling both ends was a real highlight. Up front, the 170mm travel 36 Performance fork has a stiff chassis with a supple stoke. Being ...

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UCI suspends Astana sports director after Yorkshire crash

UCI suspends Astana sports director after Yorkshire crash

Joe Robinson 18 May 2018 Lars Michaelsen will serve suspension and handed fine after colliding with central reservation earlier in month The UCI has handed Astana sports director Lars Michaelsen a suspension and fine as a result of his car crash at the Tour de Yorkshire . During Stage 4 of the Tour de Yorkshire earlier this month , Michaelsen was driving one of the team cars in the race convey. As the convey rounded a bend, the Astana car took the corner too quickly, subsequently colliding with a central reservation bollard. Luckily, nobody was injured in the collision however video footage caught by a spectator did see a race steward have to quickly avert the danger, almost being hit by the car. Team Astana car crash #TDY2018 #TourDeYorkshire2018 pic.twitter.com/l3ZUr4Ipfz — Nathan Currie (@nathlukecurrie) May 6, 2018 See related Tour de Yorkshire 2018: Rossetto takes stage after 120km alone; Van ...

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UCI suspend Astana sports director after Yorkshire crash

UCI suspend Astana sports director after Yorkshire crash

Joe Robinson 18 May 2018 Lars Michaelsen will serve suspension and handed fine after colliding with central reservation earlier in month The UCI has handed Astana sports director Lars Michaelsen a suspension and fine as a result of his car crash at the Tour de Yorkshire. During Stage 4 of the Tour de Yorkshire earlier this month , Michaelsen was driving one of the team cars in the race convey. As the convey rounded a bend, the Astana car took the corner too quicklym, subsequently colliding with a central reservation bollard. Luckily, nobody was injured in the collision however video footage caught by a spectator did see a race steward have to quickly avert the danger, almost being hit by the car. Team Astana car crash #TDY2018 #TourDeYorkshire2018 pic.twitter.com/l3ZUr4Ipfz — Nathan Currie (@nathlukecurrie) May 6, 2018 See related Tour de Yorkshire 2018: Rossetto takes stage after 120km alone; Van Avermaet ...

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11spd: This week's best new bike gear

11spd: This week's best new bike gear

The darling buds of May have sprung forth, and the cycling world has also sprung forth into a new season of racing, riding and generally going around on bikes. Bike of the Year 2018 contenders and category winners Time-trial tech gallery from the Tour of California This time of year is always encouraging. For the southern hemisphere, it promises welcome relief from the heat of summer, and for the north, the hope that there might actually be a summer at some point in 2018 . This week, as well as the usual carbon-rich pickings, there are one or two slightly more whimsical offerings. So, if this tickles your fancy, why not relax with a cup of the hot beverage of your choice for a few minutes. Shimano Dura-Ace R9170 wheelset Shimano promises 'pro-tour confidence and performance' with its Dura-Ace wheelset, or to give it it's full name, the Dura-Ace WH ...

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Giro d'Italia stage stats: How many watts do you need to attack from the peloton?

Giro d'Italia stage stats: How many watts do you need to attack from the peloton?

Joe Robinson 18 May 2018 Stage 12 was nothing but relaxing and the power numbers of the stage's protagonists prove this Stage 12 of the Giro d'Italia to Imola should have been a formulaic procession for the sprint teams with such tough days ahead this weekend. However, thanks to some torrential rain, a bit of wind and a couple of attacks, the race yet again found itself at breakneck speed. One of the favourites for the day, Elia Viviani ( Quick-Step Floors ) found himself on the wrong side of a split with best young rider Richard Carapaz (Movistar) while Sam Bennett ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) showed his superior strength to begin his spint early and comfortably hold off the rest of the peloton. The bad weather meant the likes of pink jersey wearer Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and defending champion Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) brought themselves to the head of affairs, ...

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Cannondale F-Si Hi-MOD World Cup first ride review

Cannondale F-Si Hi-MOD World Cup first ride  review

Cannondale just released the latest version of the F-Si, the brand's top-end carbon cross-country hardtail, which features an updated frameset and a whacky new Lefty fork, the Ocho. The bike is incredibly efficient, and yes, the Ocho looks weird, but it works well, tracking precisely through hard corners, remaining active in chunky terrain while still offering that legendary excellent small-bump sensitivity. Everything you need to know about the Cannondale Lefty Ocho A year of hard riding on the Cannondale Scalpel Si Team So what about that fork? I’m sure you’re all itching to learn what the deal with thank funky new fork is. There is lots to talk about, so I’ve put together a separate article on it . You guessed it; it’s lighter! In terms of weight, Cannondale claims to have shaved 80g off the previous generation of the bike. That 80g doesn’t sound like a lot but bear ...

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Simon Yates: There are no easy days here at the Giro d'Italia

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) riding stage 12 at the Giro d'Italia

Simon Yates finished safely in the peloton after the rain-soaked finale of stage 12 to Imola, happy to have avoided the splits on the way to the Enzo and Dino Ferrari motor racing track and then resisted a series of attacks on the rolling 15km circuit around the Tre Monti hills. The Mitchelton-Scott leader finished a relieved 32nd place behind Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe), the winner of the tumultuous stage. Yates still leads Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) by 47 seconds, with Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) third at 1:04. "I was hoping for a quiet day but every day at the Giro seems to have a little bit of something," Yates explained post-stage, clearly understanding the ethos of the Corsa Rosa after a week as race leader. Race director Mauro Vegni included two sprint stages between the Apennines and the Zoncolan to perhaps help the overall contenders recover between the mountain finishes. Yates ...

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Giro d'Italia: Sam Bennett wins stage 12 in Imola

Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) wins stage 12 at the Giro d'Italia

Sam Bennett ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) claimed his second stage win of the 2018 Giro d'Italia , sprinting to victory on the Imola motor racing circuit at the end of a chaotic, rain-soaked final hour of racing. The Irishman produced a spectacular long-range effort as he tracked down late attackers Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida) and Carlos Betancur (Movistar) in the final 400 metres, before ripping past them and away from the rest of the field. Danny van Poppel (LottoNL-Jumbo) took second place, and Niccolo Bonifazio (Bahrain-Merida) third, but they were caught off-guard by Bennett and were forced to unfurl frustrated sprints as the 27-year-old sat up and celebrated. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) finished safely in the peloton to retain his overall lead, with the other general classification contenders present and correct, despite a period of panic when the bunch split with 30km to go. And it was at that moment that the balance ...

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Giro d'Italia 2018: Chris Froome comes good on Monte Zoncolan finish

Giro d'Italia 2018: Chris Froome comes good on Monte Zoncolan finish

James Spender 19 May 2018 Chris Froome takes his first Giro d'Italia stage win of his career on Stage 14's Monte Zoncolan Chris Froome and the Monte Zoncolan took centre stage in a day which saw the race culminate with all the big names at the sharp end of proceedings. With 4km to go a near silent Froome finally made his move on the unmerciful Zoncolan gradient, chased by maglia rosa-clad Simon Yates and defending champ Tom Dumoulin. Yates finished second, staying in pink, with Froome making a quite brilliant, and quite unlikely resurgence for the win. Yet Tom Dumoulin, coming in fifth, will be more than happy with his performance. How the stage unfolded With a week to go the Giro hit the mountains proper, leaving the peloton staring down the barrel of 186km from San Vito al Tagliamento to a finish atop the mighty Monte Zoncolan. Some 10km ...

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Giro d'Italia 2018: Bennett takes rain-soaked Stage 12 victory into Imola

Giro d'Italia 2018: Bennett takes rain-soaked Stage 12 victory into Imola

Joe Robinson 17 May 2018 Deciding to sprint early, Bennett proved he was the strongest rider on the day Sam Bennett ( Bora-Hansgrohe ) powered away from the peloton to take a sprint finish into Imola on Stage 12 of the 2018 Giro d'Italia. After deciding to go early, the Irishman left everyone else behind to take his second stage victory of this Giro d'Italia. Matej Mohoric ( Bahrain-Merida ) and Carlos Betancur ( Movistar ) managed to stay away from the peloton until the final 200m yet could not hold off Bennett who was by far the strongest rider today. Behind, Danny Van Poppel (LottoNl-Jumbo) finished second and Nicolo Bonifazio (Bahrain-Merida) finished third. The terrible weather threatened to cause disruption among the General Classification riders however Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) avoided any danger to finish comfortably at the same time. See related Giro d'Italia stage ...

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