Time trial tech and Vuelta pro bikes
It’s been all about 25 mile time trials this week, with our video showing you what went into one of our journalists getting his personal best time below 50 minutes. And we’ve had a look at Marcin Bialoblocki’s Strava stats for his record-breaking 43 minute 25 miler – although he was later disqualified for riding too far from the left side of the road.
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Ahead of the Vuelta a España, bike companies were wheeling out custom bikes for their stars. In his last professional race, Alberto Contador received a custom Trek Emonda SLR, while Scott had double the work to paint up custom yin and yang Addict bikes for the Yates brothers. And we’ve had a video run-over of Chris Froome’s Pinarello Dogma F10 too. No customisation there yet though.
Tool kits and lighter bikes
If you’re a tool junky, you’ll lust after Park Tool’s Master Kit, with its 268 pieces. You’d better have deep pockets, mind – it costs over £6000. There’s probably a tool in there to replace your chainrings – we’ve a video telling you how. And we’ve also told you how to make your bike lighter for free. We start off by giving it a clean and end up taking a drill to it.
You might also want to fettle your brakes: a fixie rider was convicted of wanton and furious driving last week after he killed a pedestrian when he crashed into her on a bike without brakes.
We’ve hunted out the best Decathlon deals again this week and found some bargain Castelli kit too. Don’t forget our Sunday Trading bargains from the top on-line retailers either. They’ve been joined by Midweek Most Wanted, our round-up of the hottest new kit to come through our doors for testing here at Cycling Weekly.
Next week it’s Eurobike, the huge trade show in Germany. So we can look forward to coverage of a bumper crop of new product announcements from leading vendors.