Bar tape that sticks to custom gloves and 34cm narrow bars: tech trends of the Classics

We take a look at the quirkiest and nerdiest tech from the Opening Weekend... and Tom Pidcock's dog

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(Image credit: Future (Andy Jones))

The Opening Weekend is the first chance for teams to begin testing their bike setups for the Classics. The bone-shaking nature of cobbled racing mixed, more often than not, with merciless Flemish winds provides a unique challenge for both riders and equipment, which often produces some pretty unique bike setups.

But having been on the ground at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne for the opening weekend, it's fair to say that the bikes of the Classics are looking more 'normal' than ever. Giant leaps in carbon layup technology and the mass adoption of disc brakes undoubtedly mean that bikes are ever more capable - but that doesn't mean these bikes are boring.

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Joe Baker
Tech Writer

Joe is Cycling Weekly's tech writer. He's always had a love for bikes, since first riding a two wheeled steed before the age of four. Years down the line, Joe began racing at 16, and enjoyed great experiences internationally, racing in Italy, Spain and Belgium to name a few locations. Always interested in tech, Joe even piloted his Frankenstein hill climb bike to a Junior National Title in 2018.  After taking a step back from elite level racing in April 2022, Joe joined our team as a freelancer, before becoming Tech Writer in May 2023.