Tech of the week: bikes of the year, more team kit and good news for whales

Last week we revealed our Bike of the Year. But there's plenty more tech news out there.

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Lots of bikes

The big tech news this week is our Bike of the Year 2017. There’s lots of coverage, including our overall winner, best women’s bike, best aero bike, best endurance bike, best disc braked bike and best value bike. There’s also behind the scenes coverage of the shoot in Portugal.

And if you want more best bikes, you can always watch our five best e-bikes video.

Calum Ray's golf bike

Don’t dump your golf clubs, repurpose them

If you’ve hung up your golf clubs in favour of cycling and are wondering what to do with them, well you can always use them to make yourself a unique n+1 bike, like this one, while one of Selle Royal’s new Love-themed TA+TOO saddles might be just what you need to top it off. And FSA’s new EasyHeadset tool will help you work out if you need a Big Fat Pig headset bearing to complete the look.

You might want to reconsider your wheel choice though. We’ve reported that Swiss Side wheel aerodynamicist JP Ballard believes that Zipp’s whale-inspired tubercles on its new NSW 454 wheels may work underwater for whales, but not very well for those of us who ride through air.

DT-Swiss RWS Thru Axels, with a detachable lever, create a very neat look and save 1 Watt

DT Swiss’s new wheels come with a detachable thru-axle lever

Ballard’s comments were made as DT Swiss and Swiss Side launched their new ERC 1100 DICUT tubeless ready disc brake wheelset, which weighs 1500g. We’ve tested the new wheels at the launch in Switzerland.

More pro kit

The new Team Bahrain-Merida of Vincenzo Nibali finally showed us what their new jersey will look like last week. But we only rate it 3/5, with Movistar still being our favourite.

Sidi's new Shot shoes are the choice of Bahrain-Merida and Astana. Oh, and Chris Froome

Sidi’s Shot shoes are the choice of Bahrain-Merida and Astana. Oh, and Chris Froome

And we’ve reported that both Bahrain-Merida and Astana teams are signed up to wear Sidi’s new Shot shoes next year – the choice of Chris Froome when he won this year’s Tour de France.