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Garmin Edge 1000 Takes on Strava

Garmin announced today the introduction of the Garmin Edge 1000 - its top-of-the-range ANT+™ compatible GPS cycling computer. The Edge 1000 builds on the features of the Edge Touring and Edge 810 units with a large 3” colour, high-res, touch-screen display and mapping.

With Ant+ all the usual support is here for Garmin (or other manufacturers’) devices for heart rate monitors and power/speed/cadence sensors. And with Bluetooth you can also pair your…

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Added by Wheelsuckers on April 9, 2014 at 15:00 — 5 Comments

Ronde van Vlaanderen Cyclo 2014

I was shivering for the first 10km and looking forward to a hill to warm up with but what I got was a long flat cobbled section instead and no time to think, just go.

Lets back the story up a bit, from club rides to Flanders seemed an attractive idea, to me anyway, regardless of the stories on how hard it is. Still unsure I waited another year to commit and then started focusing on the target this fall with more riding regardless of the weather. After what seemed a long but mild…

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Added by Paul Antony on April 7, 2014 at 11:30 — 7 Comments

Jo's Pro Cycling Adventures: Gent-Wevelgem

Gent Wevelgem is my one of my favourite races of the year and is based around the Casselberg & Kemmelberg cobbled climbs with two accents of each. I have always gone to the Kemmelberg and always to the same place, about 3rd of the way up on the left. This gives you a view of the riders turning onto the climb and some of roughest sections of cobbles on the climb. The drive into Kemmel is a sobering one as you pass many British First World War cemeteries along the road from the motorway.…

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Added by Jo Spencer on April 1, 2014 at 18:00 — 4 Comments

Book Review: FASTER by Michael Hutchinson

Faster. We all secretly want it, some less secretly than others. But what separates the fast from the not-so-fast? Why are some riders so much faster than me? And what separates them from the seemingly superhuman few who possess that little bit extra? Michael Hutchinson's latest literary offering looks to answer these questions by examining the man, the machine and everything in between.…

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Added by Middle Ringer on March 29, 2014 at 16:30 — 4 Comments

E3 Prijs Vlaanderen 2014

Yesterday was a good day. Glorious weather, fantastic racing, several half decent photographs, Team Sky making the podium again, and apart from the ferry fare and petrol…

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Added by Neil Care on March 29, 2014 at 12:22 — 1 Comment

Coming round a carousel at an airport near you!

I've been meaning to drop some blogs on the site about some of the products that caught my eye at the London Bike Show last month. As ever, there were some familiar, established names with swanky stands, but personally I am drawn to those vibrant young brands whose products reaffirm my belief that the cycling industry is bringing out the very best in British design and innovation.

For any manufacturer, old or new, when the likes of Chris Froome, fellow Team Sky rider Ben Swift, Sarah…

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Added by Dave Nash on March 14, 2014 at 10:30 — 2 Comments

Dwars door Vlaanderen 2014

P&O crew members work one week on, one week off. By the end of this week I will be on first name terms with the night duty on board the 'Spirit of Britain'... The Spring classic's are coming thick and fast now which meant another 04:00 ferry and another great day's racing...

Dwars door Vlaanderen is a great race, one of…

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Added by Neil Care on March 27, 2014 at 13:29 — 1 Comment

SHAVE A LIFE in aid of SPORT RELIEF 2014

A little while ago I posted an article pondering the question that vexes all committed road cyclists at some point:  whether 'to shave or not to shave'.  The post was prompted by the honed and tanned legs that I have often seen routinely displayed by our Continental cousins, but the article drifted into a discussion as to why some road cyclists (or…

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Added by Wheelsuckers on March 20, 2014 at 14:00 — 30 Comments

Book Competition: The Monuments

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With those pampered winter training camps now a distant memory and those lucrative early season run-outs in Dubai and Oman quickly forgotten, the gloves finally came off last Saturday, when Ian Stannard rode to a powerful…

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Added by Wheelsuckers on March 6, 2014 at 15:30 — No Comments

Building the Perfect Beast (Part 1 of 2)

Building the Perfect Beast sang Don Henley on the album of the same title in 1984 and this seems to be a fitting title for my first bike build in 2008.

I built my bike as I'd found that I didn't fit my first roadbike very well; the frame was the right height but it was too long and needed a really short stem to be comfortable. I also wanted a carbon framed bike but preferred the look of the carbon fibre itself rather than the over-bright paint jobs that seemed to feature on many…

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Added by Gavin Whitham on March 12, 2014 at 9:30 — 5 Comments

TdF Grand Depart Competition Winners

Olympic silver medal-winning cyclist and festival ambassador, Lizzie Armitstead at Harewood House

Another phenomenal response from Wheelsuckers' Members to our competition for a chance to win one of TWO Tour de France Standard Camping Packages at Harewood House estate to watch the Tour de France Grand Depart in July - each package worth £335!

Our thanks to the organiser, Dare…

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Added by Wheelsuckers on March 13, 2014 at 8:30 — 6 Comments

Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne 2014

Following an absolutely brilliant Het Nieuwsblad I made my way to Kortrijk where I had booked a cheap hotel, this was very deliberate on my part as Team Sky usually base themselves here for the season's opener. The following morning, suitably refreshed after a thoroughly enjoyable but long day following a spectacular seasons opener, I made my way to a much grander hotel than mine to find the mechanics and carers hard at work preparing for the day ahead. One of the great…

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Added by Neil Care on March 6, 2014 at 20:00 — 2 Comments

Setting your Saddle Height & Identifying your Frame Size

Over the years I've been rather approximate when it's come to setting my saddle height. I've used the method of putting my heal on the pedal at the bottom of the stroke and adjusting my saddle until my leg is straight(ish).

This always felt to give a reasonable height but when I checked my bikes yesterday I realised that it must be quite approximate as there was a 3cm variation with my saddles set at 99-102cm when measured from the top of the saddle and down the seat tube to the pedal…

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Added by Gavin Whitham on March 3, 2014 at 10:30 — 7 Comments

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2014

The good news was that compared to last year, Saturday's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad was raced in a positive heatwave. Even better news, if like me, you are a Team Sky fan - they only went and won it..!

Following a crack of dawn ferry and a 90 minute drive to Gent I parked up and made my way to the start that was already a hive of activity. Even at this early hour the aroma of fried onions and beer was very evident and the spectators staking their place opposite the presentation stage was…

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Added by Neil Care on March 3, 2014 at 13:39 — 5 Comments

Vikings, bomber pilots and a string vest called Brynje.

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…

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Added by Dave Nash on November 20, 2013 at 17:30 — 4 Comments

REVIEW: Gore Power Windstopper AS Jacket

When Wheelsuckers' member Rory Owen went shopping for a new cycling jacket that would provide the necessary protection for the onset of Spring, he opted for the Power Windstopper Active Shell Jacket from Gore Bike Wear.

Gore is a brand that consistently offers stylish, well constructed cycling apparel that really performs in the conditions for which they are intended.  The American manufacturer is…

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Added by Wheelsuckers on February 19, 2014 at 18:00 — No Comments

Five of the Best: Winter Bib Tights

Keeping your core and extremities warm in deep winter are essential, but don't ever ignore your legs! They are, after all, the pistons that will keep you moving forward through the short dark days of winter so keeping them protected from the elements, warm, cosy and comfortable, is vitally important.

A decent pair of winter tights will provide both comfort and protection, so it is therefore no huge surprise that the fabrics and the pad insert used by the manufacturer are going to have…

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Added by Wheelsuckers on February 14, 2014 at 17:30 — 11 Comments

Five of the Best: Packable Waterproofs

If you are fortunate enough to ride your bike throughout the year without encountering a single rain shower, then you are either a committed fair weather cyclist or living in hotter climes! Or perhaps you are just one of those lucky people for whom the sun always shines, but for the majority of us there is always the chance that a rain shower will seek us out and in the colder, wetter months ever changing conditions can catch out the unprepared.

Keeping an eye on the weather forecasts…

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Added by Wheelsuckers on January 23, 2014 at 15:00 — 4 Comments

Polaris unveil the EVA Pod Plus bike box

The new EVA Pod Plus from Polaris certainly caught the eye when it was unveiled at Core Bike in Northamptonshire last week.  It not only looks rather stylish with the lime green detailing, but is a well thought out and robust box too.  

Made from the same Ethylene Vinyl Acetate material as its…

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Added by Wheelsuckers on February 6, 2014 at 9:30 — 1 Comment

GREG LEMOND to judge our Haute Route Comp!

Who we should approach to judge our fantastic, members-only competition to win free entry to the Haute Route Pyrenees 2014 is a question that vexed the Wheelsuckers’ Team for many days.

We all agreed that it had to be someone with the requisite authority, the knowledge and the experience to select an  individual worthy of winning the  prize and participating in such a challenging and prestigious event.

We aimed our sights high - into the realm of the Cycling gods no less  - and…

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Added by Wheelsuckers on February 6, 2014 at 15:00 — 2 Comments

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