One of the knock-on effects of the boom in road cycling as a recreational sport has been the huge increase in cycle tourism and, as recent posts by Wheelsuckers’ members testifies, there is no corner of the earth that is immune to exploration.
For many of us, trips abroad are now an essential part of our cycling calendar and with new cycling nirvanas being discovered every year and innumerable travel firms offering bespoke cycling trips, it appears that the appetite for overseas…Continue
Review: Vittoria Corsa G+ Clincher Tyre
Over the winter months I rode (and tested) the Rubino Pro G+ tyre from Italian tyre specialist, Vittoria, and was impressed not only by the durability and grip they offered, but also their low rolling resistance. In short, a winter/training tyre to compete with the perennial bestsellers out there.
For those not yet up to speed on the Vittoria G+ range…Continue
Same same, but different. It's a saying the Vietnamese use to describe the way they do things, how they live, what they're selling, almost anything. It boils down to how their way of life is essentially the same as Westerners, but actually very, very different!Continue
2 down, 10 to go; that is, a 200km ride in each of 12 consecutive months. This month I took myself off across the border and into the Borders. Relatively close to home, an area that I've driven past many times on the way to the Scottish Highlands, I'd possibly never have thought of riding here but for this ridiculous challenge that I've set for myself. My route started at Langholm and had to visit Innerleithen, Biggar, Moffat before returning to Langholm. It hasn't really turned to Spring up…Continue
One of the pleasant and unexpected consequences of the boom in cycling in recent years has been the plethora of cycling books that have hit the shelves! Rarely a week passes without a publisher dropping us a line about a new biography, training manual or some forensic study of a distant corner of the sport. 2017 has seen no let up and here is our pick of some of the new titles, with a diverse appeal of subjects that will entertain and inspire! …Continue
Added by Wheelsuckers on March 30, 2017 at 11:30 — No Comments
Innovations come in many forms and whether it is frame design, components or clothing, brands are constantly looking for the ‘next big thing’ that will allow them to steal a march on their rivals. Tyres are no exception and with many cyclists tending to favour a particular brand, manufacturers are always looking at improvements to their rubber compounds that might cause cyclists loyal to their competitors to switch across!
The search for the ultimate cycling tyre continues, but when…Continue
It’s always heartening to see the first daffodil blooms lighting up the verges and to know that spring cannot be too far away. Whether it’s those deep rims you’ve been secretly coveting all winter or (yet) another addition to your cycling wardrobe, now is the time to make those all-important upgrades for the warmer months ahead, to ensure that both you and your bike are looking sharp!
It’s common knowledge that one should always replace a helmet that has been involved in a crash, even…Continue
Following recent coverage of UK Anti Doping’s investigation into an allegation of wrongdoing related to the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine, Team Sky has produced a document which provides context around issues relating to the investigation and the steps they have taken since to strengthen their anti-doping and medical practices.
Team Sky Principal Sir Dave Brailsford has today written to the Chair of the UK Parliament’s Culture, Media and Sport Committee, submitting a copy of this…Continue
I wrote at the end of January about my Audax challenge of riding 12 x 200km rides in 12 consecutive months and how my January attempt went slightly awry with a slight nav error, a slight crash and a slight chain jam that ended up being rescued at close to midnight from the upper slopes of the Kirkstone Pass on a gorgeous starlit night - it's all a bit self reliant this Audax business.
February seemed to whizz by (I suppose there are miles fewer days compared to other months!),…Continue
The Vuelta a San Juan, held in Argentina in January, doesn’t usually attract much attention in the cycling press, but this year it grabbed the headlines when the Belgian Quick-Step rider, Tom Boonen, won the bunch sprint to clinch Stage Two of the race and, in doing so, became the first ever pro rider to win on a bike equipped with disc brakes. …Continue
In the last couple of years I have been dipping my toe into the world of Audax. For the uninitiated Audax is the art of long distance cycling with a rather more adventurous and self sufficient approach than Sportive rides. Distances vary but short events/rides start at 100km, 200km events are really popular and from there the distances just go up and up with through the night riding on 3,4,6 & 8 hundred km events. The Paris Brest Paris & London Edinburgh London are examples of the…Continue
British brand, Sealskinz, have gained a reputation for making some of the best accessories for cycling in inclement conditions, developing several highly technical fabrics to provide warmth and protection. Fans of the Norfolk based company, therefore, will be pleased to hear that they have today announced the launch of a range of waterproof apparel for road cycling, which is made up of men’s shorts with bib, men’s full length bib tights, a full zip jacket, leg warmers and cycling…Continue
Added by Wheelsuckers on January 27, 2017 at 11:59 — No Comments
Don’t let the wet and cold of winter send you running to your turbo! Invest in a decent winter jacket and you can take on the worst that Mother Nature can throw at you.
Deep winter is when weaknesses in your cycling wardrobe will be quickly and ruthlessly exposed by the elements. We've run regular features on the best kit for winter riding, including bib shorts,…Continue
Yuletide festivities may bring peace and goodwill to all men, but it is likely that they will also add a few extra inches on your girth! Every time the committed road cyclist reaches for another goose fat laden roast potato or dollops a second spoonful of brandy cream onto his or her Christmas pudding, they do so with a ladle-fill of guilt.
Fortunately, it is that very same guilt that propels us back onto our bikes, even though the riding conditions over the coming weeks can be…Continue
Well... maybe. An old RAF base in Norfolk was all set to become a hub for cycling until it was scuppered by the council.
Have a look here http://www.pedalrevolution.co.uk/pedalpark.php. The plan looks amazing and I can tell you from first hand experience that the three mile track is the smoothest outdoor surface I've ever ridden on.
The problem is that the council has decided that this site would be better suited as a…Continue
Added by Pete Oram on December 15, 2016 at 21:00 — No Comments
Strava has today published their End of Year Insights, which provides an intriguing window into the cycling nature of the global and UK cycling community.
The report suggests the ubiquitous app is in rude health, with 9.6 activities being uploaded globally every second, as opposed to 5.3 per second in 2015. 161 million rides were logged globally in 2016, with Strava cyclists in the UK accounting for 27.4 million, with a combined distance totalling a staggering 800 million…Continue
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Added by Mark Howard on November 21, 2016 at 9:30 — No Comments
A new book, Ride Strong: Essential Conditioning for Cyclists sets out to provide a comprehensive reference of all the key stretching, core and strength exercises to help the amateur cyclist prepare for his or her challenges ahead.
The beauty of this book is that you can do most of the exercises at home, with little need for equipment (though investing in a large inflatable ‘Swiss ball’ is recommended!).
Thanks to the publisher, Bloomsbury…Continue
Added by Wheelsuckers on November 18, 2016 at 16:56 — No Comments
It seems that every week a new cycling book hits the shelves, but occasionally one comes along that has a unique and original format. Ultimate Étapes - Ride Europe's Greatest Cycling Stages, is a wonderfully illustrated romp through a selection of the most memorable…Continue
Added by Wheelsuckers on November 18, 2016 at 16:44 — No Comments
The mild autumn we enjoyed in the UK this year allowed us to wear our summer kit well into September and October. Now that we are heading towards winter a little more protection is required, both from the cold and wet.
There was a time when cyclists would automatically reach for a pair of bib tights at the first sign of winter, but advances in fabrics in recent years have resulted in many manufacturers producing bib shorts that offer protection from inclement weather.…Continue
Added by Wheelsuckers on November 16, 2016 at 17:00 — No Comments