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Disc brakes: the best option for road bikes

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. …


Added by Wheelsuckers on February 20, 2017 at 17:00 — No Comments

An Audax Adventure

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…


Added by Andy Bruce on February 1, 2017 at 13:21 — 6 Comments

Sealskinz launch clothing range

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…


Added by Wheelsuckers on January 27, 2017 at 11:59 — No Comments

Five of the Best Winter Jackets

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,…


Added by Wheelsuckers on January 18, 2017 at 14:54 — 1 Comment

Winter Road Cycling Essentials

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…


Added by Wheelsuckers on December 21, 2016 at 13:30 — 2 Comments

Europe’s longest closed road circuit in Norfolk!

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 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…


Added by Pete Oram on December 15, 2016 at 21:00 — No Comments

Strava publishes 2016 End of Year Insights

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…


Added by Wheelsuckers on December 7, 2016 at 14:00 — No Comments

Scicon bike bag, bargain buy?

I did a review on this bike bag this year (two parts) and really liked it. A good buy if you can cope with the Orica logo. 50% off rrp and £80 off Wiggle's normal price. Probably only on offer today - a Black Friday jobbie.

Added by Mark Howard on November 21, 2016 at 9:30 — No Comments

Competition Winners: Ride Strong

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…


Added by Wheelsuckers on November 18, 2016 at 16:56 — No Comments

Book Competition: Ultimate Étapes

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…


Added by Wheelsuckers on November 18, 2016 at 16:44 — No Comments

Five of the Best: Winter Bib Shorts

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.…


Added by Wheelsuckers on November 16, 2016 at 17:00 — No Comments

Bike Club Ghana

This Friday, myself and fellow co-founder of Wheelsuckers, Nick Williamson, will be setting off to Africa to cycle 500km in five days across Ghana .  .    on mountain bikes! We will be raising money for a UK Charity called and their partner in Ghana, the Shape Lives Foundation. 

One of their most innovative projects is their Bike Club, which provides bicycles to children and members of the wider community. A bike in the rural…


Added by Dave Nash on November 16, 2016 at 10:30 — 1 Comment

Kit Review: dhb Classic Rain Shell Jacket

Even with four apps, TV and Radio to hand, rarely do the weather forecasters get it right, especially this time of year.  Getting caught out in the summer rain is usually no big deal, but this time of year with the cold and occasional frosty mornings, there can be a heavier price to pay! 

So more often than not I’ll pop out with some form of lightweight rain jacket or gilet stuffed in a pocket.  Recently I was armed with Wiggle’s dhb Classic…


Added by Mark Howard on November 15, 2016 at 11:09 — 1 Comment

Book excerpt: Ultimate Étapes

A sumptuously illustrated new book, Ultimate Étapes - Ride Europe's Greatest Cycling Stages, offers a wonderful cycling tour of Europe, detailing some of the most iconic and memorable stages from the Grand Tours and famous one day and stage races, including several of the Classics.

The author, cycling journalist and writer Peter Cossins, who penned the brilliant The Monuments in 2014, has concocted a parcours that weaves its way through Europe, from the green…


Added by Wheelsuckers on November 15, 2016 at 10:30 — No Comments

Do you even Zwift, bro?

When it comes to indoor training I’ve always been in the “short sharp suffering in the pain cave with intense intervals and no distractions” type of guy, but after clocking up a few rides in the virtual world of Zwift, I’m converted! I know it's coming into those cold, dark, icy winter months for you Northern Hemisphere folk so you'll soon be heading…


Added by Middle Ringer on November 8, 2016 at 9:41 — 4 Comments

Assos to open London store

In what many will regard as confirmation that the UK cycling boom shows no sight of abating, the leading Swiss cycling clothing manufacturer, ASSOS of Switzerland, will open its first Experience Concept store in the UK later this month.

Their new flagship store, situated on St James’ Market, in the heart of London’s premier shopping district arrives on our shores in the same year that the premium cycling brand celebrates 40 years of ground-breaking product…


Added by Wheelsuckers on November 1, 2016 at 13:20 — 1 Comment

Competition Winners: Break Away

Break Away: The Heroes and Hellraisers That Made Road Cycling by Euan Ferguson and published last month, sets out to celebrate fifty people who epitomise all that the sport is about - from the early pioneers to the legends and characters who have graced…


Added by Wheelsuckers on October 21, 2016 at 12:33 — No Comments

Book Competition: Ride Strong

Sorry. This competition is now closed.

There is a saying in cycling circles that you win all your races in the winter months and this is a sentiment increasingly shared by amateur cyclists who are looking ahead to new challenges or simply wanting to record a few PB’s on Strava. A implementing a structured and focused exercise plan will help you to achieve your aims and objectives.

A new book,…


Added by Wheelsuckers on October 20, 2016 at 13:30 — No Comments

Top Tips for Autumn Cycling

We’ve enjoyed a relatively benign autumn this year, but in less than a fortnight the clocks will go back and we will once again be plunged into those darker, murkier days, so if you are still rolling around in your summer bibs, you’ll soon be placing them in hibernation for the winter months

The autumn months can be schizophrenic in nature – blue skies one moment, torrential rain the next, so never is it more important for the road cyclist to be meticulously prepared for changing…


Added by Wheelsuckers on October 20, 2016 at 13:00 — 13 Comments

Review: Schwalbe Pro One Tubeless Tyre

So hands-up,  how many of you have switched to tubeless tyres? Probably not that many, despite the fact that several manufacturers have been selling ‘tubeless ready’ wheelsets for a few years now and in August, the market leading brand, Zipp, finally announced the launch of a tubeless ready version of their bestselling carbon rim, the 303. 

Several tyre manufacturers were quick to seize on the tubeless market, including Maxxis, Hutchinson and Kenda, but it is Schwalbe who have been…


Added by Wheelsuckers on October 18, 2016 at 15:43 — 4 Comments

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