Tuesday, May 02, 2006


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More on 2007 XTR disc brakes and levers

'For 2007 there'll be a proper XTR hydro lever. The design places the reservoir between the bar clamp and the lever blade, along similar lines to Magura's Louise (or, venturing further back into history, Hope's old Pro) levers for a compact design...' More

Look expands partnership with Chinese

'With the increasing sophistication of Chinese bike making, it's no surprise that French frame builder Look is rather pleased to have extended its cooperation with the Chinese bike federation to include road and triathlon bikes...' More

Ullrich joins Giro with Tour goal

'Germany's Jan Ullrich hopes to get himself fit for the Tour de France by racing in this month's Giro d'Italia. Ullrich, 32, has been dogged by knee problems in the last two months and is still overweight and lacking strength. He finished 115th in Switzerland's Tour de Romandie on Sunday, 49 minutes 59 seconds behind winner Cadel Evans. "I'm not going to try and win the Giro because my big goal is the Tour de France but now I'm confident I'll be at my best come July," said Ullrich...' More

Monday, May 01, 2006

Architects want to reinvent the bike shed

'The London Architecture Biennale is a "festival grounded in the fabric and history of London, but one that looks to the positive aspects of change and renewal through contemporary architecture," say the organisers. 'Reinventing the Bike Shed' brings together a range of exhibits and events which highlight and illustrate the critical issue of inner city cycling. "New parking solutions for the most efficient and least selfish form of transport are way overdue," argue the exhibition organisers. "Cycling is on a roll, and parking needs to catch up..."' More

Rudy Project offer trip to TdF in sales promo

'Rudy Project Eyewear announced the launch of their 2006 dealer promotion designed to reward accounts that reach a personalized sales goal for the remainder of 2006. Once an account reaches or surpasses its sales goal they will receive a 10 percent credit on their January 2007 invoice and will be entered to win any of 111 prizes. The Grand Prize is a Trip to Paris for the 2007 Tour de France while other prizes include a 7-Day Caribbean Cruise, Rudy Project shopping sprees, Apple iPods and more. New accounts opened in 2006 are eligible to winning one of the 111 prizes including the Tour de France trip...' More

Cadel Evans takes Romandie title

'Australia's Cadel Evans stormed to victory on the Tour of Romandie with a scintillating time-trial ride. The Davitamon rider rode the final 20.4km stage in a time of 26 minutes and 19 seconds — enough to grab overall first place by just 27 seconds...' More

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Jamaican Daze: The Red Bull Chronicles

'"I'm a guest," I reply to the hooded guy with the gun, still blinking at this nightmare, profoundly aware of my skinny ass in flip-flops and boxer shorts. Fffft. I hear a faint noise and then the gunman in front of me releases my T-shirt. He is standing there, an arrow stuck into his skull... I had arrived in Negril eight days earlier for the Red Bull Fat Tire Festival. My second trip to an island I barely knew. In no time I plugged into the vibe, the local culture...' More

What makes the parts on your bike tick

'Unless you're a mechanic or your bike falls off your car and smashes into pieces on the interstate, you'll probably never see what lurks inside your bike's machinery. So, we snuck a peek at the inner workings of the gear you love to reveal it right here on these very pages. Like the celebs say on MTV Cribs when they show their bedrooms: "This is where the magic happens..."' More

Troy Lee Designs D2 helmet

'With a removable liner and serious breathability, this helmet is worth every penny...' More

Tested: Lemond Poprad

'The Poprad is not to be confused with a road racing bike. But it serves quite well as a road riding bike... Lemond wanted the Poprad to have the feel of a classic road bike, in addition to being cyclocross raceable. They started with their proven road geometry and made only those changes necessary to accommodate cyclocross racing...' More

Using the Web to find the best trails

'Good mountain bike trails make for good mountain biking. When you're travelling, if you don't have people to show you around, it can be hard to find the best trails. Which is where online trail reviews and resources come in handy...' More

Saturday, April 29, 2006

Hanging out with Greg LeMond

'No matter how laid back, friendly, or chatty Greg LeMond was – thinking up an ice-breaker for 3-time Tour de France winner is intimidating. On our way back down from Brasstown, I had the chance to follow Greg’s wheel as he gapped the group on a fast descent. The lack of a serious chase provided the ice-breaker I needed, and seemed good cause to sit up and chat. And like happens on so many rides – we exchanged info about our homes and families – just like regular guys...' More

Special TdF challenge for 20 CEOs

'CEO Challenge LLC and Destination Cycling have announced a new Tour de France CEO Cycling Challenge to be held July 9-14, 2006 from the Biarritz Coast to the Pyrenees. Twenty CEOs will have the unique opportunity to ride actual Tour De France stage routes, compete against each other on one of the Tour’s most famous hill climbs, and watch the Tour live as it travels through the Pyrenees Mountains...' More

2006 Giro d'Italia teams

Two new VeloNews TV videos

Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Flèche Wallonne highlights. Link

Juliana R XC : Best mountain bike for women?

'The Juliana, based on Santa Cruz's Superlight design, was tops for its roomy cockpit, light weight, stable handling and amazing climbing ability. One tester said: "The Juliana helped me feel confident to the point that I, a fairly novice mountain biker, was launching off rocks and bombing hairpin singletrack..."' More

Titus Moto Lite: Best trail bike?

'We looked for a bike with 4 to 5 inches of travel at both ends, nearly equal ability in descending and climbing, deft handling in tight singletrack and a price tag of $2,500 or less-in short, a bike that's the perfect partner for an all-day ride. After days of riding Moab's punishing terrain and Fruita's buff singletrack, the Moto Lite's well-rounded handling and superb suspension proved itself...' More

Bicycling Editors' Choice 2006: Mountain bikes

'Best XC Performance Mountain Bike: Specialized S-Works Epic Carbon, $7,100: After a day of high-speed cat-and-mouse around the serpentine trail network of Fruita, Colorado, one tester proclaimed, and the group agreed, that the Epic has one of the finest-feeling carbon front triangles we've ever ridden. Match that to the new, adjustable Brain Fade inertia-valve shock, and the ride is unbeatable...' More

Best plush road bike?

'Specialized Roubaix Comp Double: The Roubaix walks the careful line between feeling predictable (it is, and mightily) and feeling dull-witted. It shines with a compact crank, so our testers noted that you'd have no problem happily stretching your legs on a climb when you're not in a chasing-the-peloton fury, and it shines yet again with great geometry that sits you more upright, "without ever screaming at you that you're on a plush bike." In fact, not "too" anything is the key with the Roubaix: "It's not too sluggish, nor too isolated from the road," said one rider...' More

Best women-specific road bike?

'Cannondale Synapse Feminine Cabron 2: The Synapse Carbon Feminine gets our nod because of its balanced ride quality, the result of a stiff, efficient and lightweight carbon-fiber frame shaped into a geometry suited for both fast-paced rides and more-casual events. One tester noted that the Synapse felt the most responsive of the three, while another said the bike's proportions and stable ride made her feel especially confident and aggressive (Mavic's stiff Ksyrium Elite wheels enhanced the performance)...' More

Bicycling mag Editor's Choice 2006: Road bikes

'Best Dream Road Bike: Independent Fabrication XS (frame and fork)... It achieved "whatever goal we set for it on climbs, descents, flats, fast days, easy cruises, hang-dog wheelsucks, sprints and desperate dashes for food," said one tester...' More

Friday, April 28, 2006

Hundreds of cyclists to take part in memorial ride

'Hundreds of King County bicyclists will take part in the National Ride of Silence on May 17 at 7 p.m. The ride commemorates the many cyclists who have been killed or injured by motorists while cycling on public roads (in the U.S.). Beginning at Gasworks Park in Seattle, Washington, the riders will proceed silently at a procession-like pace of 12 miles per hour through the neighbourhoods of Fremont, Interbay, Downtown, Eastlake and the University District. Total distance of the ride is fourteen miles... ' More

Velotechnik launch 81-speed Scorpion

'The new 81-speed model extends the range further with a front triple chainring, controlled by a bar end shifter. The result is a gear range of 12.3" to 123" (0.98-9.81 travelled per turn of the pedals), and of course on a trike you can take advantage of the low gears to go as slow as you like without any balance problems...' More

Bontrager goes aero-crazy with HED!

'The relationship between Bontrager and HED became apparent in the last two tours where HED wheels found steady use on the Discovery time trial bikes. This eventually led to a partnership with HED allowing Bontrager to offer its co-designed products to consumers. The first result of that partnership, the tubular Aeolus 6.5, was introduced at last year's Dauphine just before the 2005 Tour de France. George Hincapie and Yaroslav Popovych rode the new wheels to first and second place in the last stage on a very hilly rolling circuit. From there the wheels saw action in the Tour.' More

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Getting into riding shape

'Early season rides can seem a little tough on the body. When you're not in riding shape, your body needs a little time to adjust. So what's the trick? Try to get as much time in the saddle over the off-season as you can, though it never seems quite enough...' More

Ullrich well adrift on comeback

'Former Tour de France champion Jan Ullrich made a low-key return to competitive action in the prologue of the 60th Tour de Romandie in Geneva. In his first race for eight months after injury, the German was 90th of 163 riders, finishing 26 seconds behind winner Paolo Savoldelli of Italy. Despite hitting a barrier just before the line, Savoldelli timed four minutes 27 seconds for the 2.11-mile lap. Spain's Alejandro Valverde was 0.64 seconds back in second place. Ullrich is using the race to prepare for the Tour de France but admitted he had work to do after the delay to his season because of an inflamed knee...' More

Tested: Giant TCR Advanced

'It's a stiff, comfortable, and fairly aggressive handling bike... Climbing, whether in or out of the saddle, was fast, as expected... The bike's light weight and stiffness made it a gem to sprint and accelerate on...' More

Tested: Litespeed Tuscany

'With the attention to detail on the rear triangle, the frame is incredibly stiff when you're laying down the power, but pleasingly (for us in London at least) it is also vertically compliant. There's just enough give to take the edge of the harsher roads, and on longer rides we were still feeling fresh and ready for more. The Tuscany makes you want to ride further...' More

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

The tall bikes are coming!

'A couple of seven foot tall bikes are being ridden around the entire coastline of the UK by Will and Ed Stevens. They're doing it for charity, they're doing it on the cheap and we salute their mentalness!...' More / Tall Bike Tour Britain

Techies drive up demand for custom bikes

'Five years ago, back in the Stone Age as far as bicycling is concerned, Anthony Laskaris was thrilled when he sold a bike for $2,000. It was a cause for celebration. Back then, the really fancy bikes were made of aluminum, the most expensive set of wheels on the market might approach $800, and a $2,000 sale was proof that big money, top-of-the-line bikes had a place on the suburban side streets of America. That was then. Today, when Laskaris hears the cash register ring up a $2,000 sale, he doesn't even raise an eyebrow...' More

Another look at LeMond's new Triomphe

'The first thing you'll notice on the Triomphe Series is the top tube. The tube starts as oversized and vertical at the headtube to resist frontal forces. It transitions to horizontal, almost flat, yet exceptionally wide at the seat tube. This design feature is intended to resist twisting along the entire front triangle. The top tube does not stop there. It flows seamlessly into the seat stays to the dropouts. It's a very similar flow for the down tube into the chainstays...' More

The world's toughest U-Lock?

'Paired with a good, thick cable (for your wheels), it’s a damn near theft proof combo. There’s 3.25 X 6-inches of wiggle room in that shackle—which (depending on the bike) often allows me to lock the seat tube and rear wheel to something stout. I rely on a cable for the front wheel. Yes, the lock could be larger, but then it would also be an absolute bear to carry. As it sits, this little lock tips the scales at just under five pounds. That’s a serious load...' More