Tech of the week: Aero bikes head to head, super compact groupsets, Strava news and more

We’ve tested aero bikes, visited a wind tunnel, given you a load of buyer’s guides and searched out new kit in the last seven days

This week, we’ve been following up on our aero print issue of a couple of weeks ago. We put five of the top aero bikes head to head in a test at the Derby Velodrome, with WattShop crunching the numbers for us. Find out whether Cervélo, Specialized, Canyon, Giant or Trek came out tops in our test.

Five aero bikes ready for action at Derby Velodrome

We’ve also been to Belgium to look inside the state of the art Flanders Bike Valley wind tunnel and see how it is being used to develop new products and fine tune pro riders’ positions.

We all love Strava. But here’s our list of nine things we wished we’d known before we joined up. And if you’re riding in County Clare, the county council has installed signs to tell you where a segment starts, how long the climb is and the gradient, as well as including Near Field Communications to give more info via a smartphone. Just what we need on Box Hill.

The Flanders Bike Valley wind tunnel simulates riding at up to 108kph

There’s more cycling infrastructure from the Dutch city of Utrecht too. It’s installed electronic signs between traffic lights that tell bike riders whether they need to speed up or slow down to reach the next set of lights when they’re on green. And Sustrans Scotland has calculated that you could save almost £2000 by using a bike rather than a car for journeys of under five miles.

New kit and new buyer’s guides

In other tech news, Hunt Bike Wheels has launched a new wheelset with an ultra-efficient dynamo hub, Tannus Tyre has a new 25mm solid tyre with a new, smoother-rolling compound and Café du Cycliste has two new Africa-inspired jersey designs.

Café du Cycliste’s new jersey designs are inspired by African art

We’ve also reported on why you might want to pay for genuine Oakley glasses rather than buy counterfeits. And we’ve looked at the new wave of supercompact chainsets with 48/32 or 46/30 rings and why they may be the next big thing.

We’ve had a host of new buyer’s guides for you this week. So if you want to find the best women’s bikes, gravel bikes, clipless pedals and smart turbo trainers look no further. And we’ve also had a guide to bike storage if you’re wondering where to keep your new machine.

Don’t mix up your chain lube with your Locktite

Should you decide to fettle your bike at home, we’ve found some bargains on essential home maintenance tools. We’ve also told you how to use oil, grease and lubricants to keep your bike running smoothly.

Finally, we’ve been hunting out bargains from leading web retailers on helmets and helmet cameras and given you our pick of phone mounts and the best deals on bikes from Decathlon.

That’s it for this week. Enjoy your extra day’s riding today.

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