Tech of the Week: the velodrome shed, a new Venge Disc ViAS, and more

Our pick of the best tech stories from the last seven days

A velodrome at the end of your garden

velodrome shed

With the Olympic Games now less than a week away it’s time to settle down in front of the TV, get inspired, and maybe build a velodrome in a shed at the end of the garden. Yes, that’s right, there is now a company that will do just that for the princely sum of £49,500.

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Of course, it’s not a full size velodrome, and appears to be built from pixels rather than Siberian Pine, but there are certainly less glamourous ways to store your bike.

Specialized adds disc brakes to Venge ViAS

specialized venge disc vias

Not quite as expensive as building a velodrome shed is the new Specialized Venge Disc ViAS, the disc brake model of the Venge ViAS aero bike that Specialized launched last summer, which will be priced at £8,500 for the SRAM Red eTap-equipped top of the range model.

Specialized says that the new bike has been “redesigned from the ground up”, although the main changes are with the front and rear ends, both of which have had to be altered to deal with the asymmetric torque of disc brakes, while there are also thru-axles at both ends.

The future of cycling (from 1982)

cycletron bike

Back to the weird and wonderful with the Cyclotron bike that has been successfully funded on Kickstarter and promises to be “the future of cycling” with its “space grade carbon-fibre” construction and a whole host of connected integrated features.

As well as the hubless wheels, the bike has integrated lights that project a laser bike lane onto the road behind you and (when it hopefully comes to fruition this time next year) will connect with an app on your smartphone to show things like speed, cadence and gear selection, give turn-by-turn navigation, and even offer a subscription-based coaching service.

All your disc brake questions answered

Disc brake calipers rotors levers

Despite being around in mountain biking in years, and beginning to make a few waves in the road scene, there is still a lot of uncertainty among the road community about the rise of disc brakes in road cycling.

If you’re one of those who still has questions that need answering before you choose whether to buy a disc brake road bike, then our complete guide to disc brakes will hopefully provide the answer.s