Thanks to OneLife iD we were able to giveaway FIVE of their colourful Squadra iD bands in a recent members-only competition .
The competition question we asked was:
In which country was Luke Rowe born?
And the correct answer was Wales.
The 5 correct members' entries drawn at random were:…Continue
Added by Wheelsuckers on December 5, 2013 at 13:00 — No Comments
It's that time of year again! The time of year when we road cyclists are inclined to drop unsubtle hints to our nearest and dearest about what we hope to find under the Christmas tree.
We all have different ways of going about this: some of us will casually mention that their winter jersey is looking a little threadbare before nonchalantly adding 'that Castelli one that David Millar advertises looks just soooo cool'. Some of us will leave copies of our…Continue
At around 1115 on tuesday morning I was T-boned by a car travelling through his give way at a roundabout. I was only one bike length from exiting. I was knocked a few feet off to the right, landing on my head and right shoulder. It was obvious from the start that I had broken my collarbone and that it was really rather badly displaced. The weather was perfect: slightly chilly with very little wind and bright sunshine. A cyclists dream morning. I had just picked up my newly trued wheel from…Continue
The surge in road cycling in the last few years has not passed unnoticed in the publishing industry and 2013 saw another bumper crop of books on all aspects of the sport. Historical reads, autobiographies, manuals and guides. From coffee table books to tiny books you could slip in your rear pocket - there is something out there for all of us to enjoy.
Here is a round-up of some of the best books published over the last year and hopefully, if you've been very, very well…Continue
Inspired by Viking chain mail and worn by the likes of Sir Edmund Hillary and Greg LeMond, could a Norwegian string vest be the 'must-have' garment to keep you warm and dry on your bike during the winter months?
Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing. World War Two RAF crewmen. The Norwegian Special Forces and Polar explorers. All are familiar with operating in severe weather conditions, but even the most rugged of men and women cannot rely on flesh and blood…Continue
Malevolent skies and the bite of a northerly wind are two of the biggest enemies of the winter cyclist. If you want to cycle in relative comfort right through the coldest months then it is imperative that your protection is built on solid foundations and as a cyclists feet are one of the most vulnerable parts of the body to cold and wet, wearing a decent pair of overshoes is the key to a happier place.
Even if it is not raining, your feet are defenceless against standing water or…Continue
Hands up. I joined this community to promote my blog. At first I was dubious if such a community could be successful when competing with existing social networks, particularly Google Plus which is probably the best of the big boys at creating communities. Yet none of them are perfect and I definitely feel there is room in this world for a bespoke social cycling network.
With that in mind, here's my thoughts on making wheelsuckers THE place for the cycling community:
Added by Human Cyclist on November 17, 2013 at 11:10 — No Comments
Muc-Off is probably a brand that you associate more with washing down your bike than washing down yourself, but the Dorset based company have a neat line in products for cleansing the body as well and this week saw the launch of the latest product in their toiletries range - the Ice-Fresh Sports Towel.
A towel that automatically cools the body? Well, it certainly sounds like an innovative product that is bound to appeal to cyclists intent on maintaining high-tempo mileage over…Continue
Anybody else found this site yet......
Anybody got any better ones?
Added by Gideon Ransley on November 10, 2013 at 18:57 — No Comments
There's been a multitude of cycling cafes popping up around the woods in the past year or so, testament to the growing popularity of cycling in Britain. It can only be a good thing in my book as cycling and coffee go hand in hand! Recently on a trip to the Czech Republic, I stumbled across a little beauty - a cycling themed restaurant.…Continue
Added by Middle Ringer on November 9, 2013 at 9:30 — No Comments
The competition question we asked was:…Continue
In the Spectator of 9th November, its Associate Editor, Rod Liddle (right), has penned a vitriolic feature entitled “Off yer bikes! Cyclists are a menace to society — and self-righteous to boot” with the equally inflammatory sub-title of “You are just pedalling, you plastic-hatted ninnies, not saving the bloody planet”. Both set the scene nicely for what is to…Continue
By Wheelsuckers member Human Cyclist
IT HAPPENS TO US ALL. It shouldn't, we know it shouldn't, and yet still the moment strikes. I'm not talking about the moment you…Continue
Winter fast approaches and for many road cyclists the sudden shift in temperature is the signal for only one thing: time to place the all-singing, all-dancing carbon fibre thoroughbred into hibernation and hoick the winter bike out of the garden shed!
This autumn, however, I was quite literally robbed of this perennial pastime when my old, battered, but much loved steel Peugeot winter bike was taken in the night by a thief. Quite inexplicably I should add, given its sorry…Continue
Accentuating the positive is a classic advertising technique for good reason. Dangerising cycling could backfire.
A great deal of cycle campaigning is currently stressing the dangers of cycling, and too often ignoring the multiple reasons why so many people get into…Continue
REVIEW: The Elite Bicycle - Portraits of great marques, makers and designers
Gerard Brown (photographs) and Graeme Fife (text), with a forward by Sir Paul Smith
Published by Bloomsbury Press (September 2013)
Review by Wheelsuckers member Julian Smart…Continue
Added by Wheelsuckers on November 1, 2013 at 7:00 — No Comments
Thanks to the good people at the publishers, Collins, we were able to giveaway SIX copies of their brilliant compendium of cycling trivia, the "Cycling Quiz Book" in a recent members' competition .
The competition question we asked was:
Which Sprinter is nicknamed 'the Gorilla'?
And the correct answer was…Continue
Added by Wheelsuckers on October 24, 2013 at 13:00 — No Comments
Come the cold, come the real cold, a helmet just isn't enough to keep those icy winter winds at bay. A decent skull cap or hat, that fits snugly under your helmet and keeps your head and ears warm, but allows your scalp to breathe, is a winter essential for the road cyclist. Get the insulation right with your extremities - your hands, feet and head - and you have a solid foundation on which to take on even the most piercing…Continue
The route of the 2014 Tour de France was officially unveiled in Paris this morning, although those of us who follow velowire.com will know that Dutchman Thomas Vergouwen had already revealed the route in full, prior to today's announcement!.
Next year's Tour, which will begin in Yorkshire on the 5th July and end in Paris on the 27th, will be the 101st edition of the…Continue