Tech of the Week: beautiful Wiliers, new Garmin products, puncture-proof tyres, and more

The biggest tech stories from the last seven days

Wilier’s birthday present to itself

wilier zero.6

The sexiest bike of the week award has to go to the Wilier Zero.6, a very special bike that has been produced especially for the Italian brand’s 110th birthday, and features the same black and copper pricetag that adorned Wilier’s first ever road bikes back in 2016.

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The bike features a 680g frame that puts it neck and neck with the Merida Scultura 9000 LTD as the second lightest road frame on the market, and is available in three different builds. Altough in reality there is only one build that you’re going to be interested in, with Campagnolo Super Record being a natural bred for a throroughbred Italian superbike.

A decent smart watch for cyclists?

garmin vivoactive hr smart watch

Smart watches and cyclists don’t always get in too well, with most watches lacking the sort of functionality that could make them useful on the bike. However, Garmin seems to have had a decent punt at producing a smart watch that we’d actually use, with the new Garmin vivoactive HR which has built-in GPS and a specific display for when you’re riding.

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And Garmin has been busy elsewhere, buying American company DeLorme. This acquisition could well pave the way for Garmin integrating satellite text messaging into your next cycling computer, so you could soon be able to leave your phone at home altogether.

Puncture proof your tyres

But if you don’t want to buy anything, just get better use out of your existing kit, then you might want to take a little gander at our video on how to puncture proof your tyres.

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All you have to do is fill your inner tube with tubeless tyre sealant, which might be a bit fiddly and potentially messy, but as we show above, will do a great job at sealing any punctures, even if you’re unlucky enough to cycle over a nail.

Carbon-fibre mudguards, anyone?

stebles bike

It’s the eternal question: do I need a bike with built in carbon-fibre mudguards? We’ve all asked ourselves that at some point or another, and finally, if your answer is yes, then Stebles Bikes could soon have the bike for you.

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This bike was on display at the London Bike Show, and although this is a 3D printed prototype, the finished model will be constructed entirely from carbon-fibre, which might go some of the way to explaining the £2495.95 pricetag. Quite a lot for a winter bike…

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