1. The new Genesis Fugios are absolutely stunning

    The new Genesis Fugios are absolutely stunning

    In case you hadn't heard, Genesis has just announced its 2020 range and while it's stuffed full of fantastic bikes there's one that stands out a little brighter than the others - both literally and figuratively: the Fugio. 

    Updated and upgraded for 2020, the Fugio now uses Reynolds 725 tubing paired with a full carbon fork making for a lighter bike that rides with even more quality. The Fugio is basically a Croix de Fer with an extra dose of imagination, and a bike that really comes into its own when you point it down that seldom-trodden path - it doesn't come with 47c tyres as standard for nothing! 

    Better than that, the Fugio 30 is adorned with Shimano's brand new GRX gravel drivetrain, the first gravel-specific groupset ever made, and one that pairs a 40T front ring with a 11-42T Deo

  2. Bikes we love: Rich Handley's gorgeous Genesis Volare 953

    Bikes we love: Rich Handley's gorgeous Genesis Volare 953

    Let's get this out of the way first: carbon bikes are great. They're light, stiff, aerodynamic and represent just about the pinnacle of cycling technology for anyone who wants to ride as fast as possible. But even taking all that into account, we still have a major soft spot for a steel bike. Technology might move on, but style is eternal and there's something timeless and wonderful about thin tubes and a stainless steel finish. 

    One bike that has this in abundance belong to Madison-Genesis rider Rich Handley. It's his Reynolds 953 Genesis Volare and we think it's easily one of the best-looking bikes you'll see anywhere, let alone in the professional peloton. 

    Proving that steel doesn't mean retro, this Volare has a full Shimano Dura-Ace r9150 Di2 groupset and has internal routing for the wires along with external routing for the rear brake cable giving the perfect balance of aesthetics and practicality. 

    This frameset here isn't available to b

  3. Fuelling Team Ineos with SiS

    Fuelling Team Ineos with SiS

    The Tour de France is well underway and Team Ineos, with Egan Bernal and Geraint Thomas, are expecting to be up there when the race reaches its climax in a couple of weeks. But fuelling for a three-week stage race where you're spending 4-6 hours in the saddle every day isn't an easy task. That's why Ineos work with Science in Sport to make sure that their riders are eating properly (and eating enough) to perform at their best. Here Ben Samuels, Performance Nutritionist from Science in Sport explains how the riders fuel for peak performance. 

    For a number of seasons now, we’ve worked closely with Team Sky - now Team Ineos - to understand the goals and requirements of nutrition and Science in Sport products across the team. Nutrition plans for grand tours will be mapped out day-by-day and Team Ineos have three main goals for sport nutrition during a grand tour:

    1 - Fuelling and recovery around each stage

    2 - Driving optimal body composition


  4. Six easy ways to keep your bike working properly

    Six easy ways to keep your bike working properly

    At some point of owning a bike, you're going to end up with an odd creak or squeak. But if you look after your bike properly, that should be the exception rather than the rule. Here are a few things to check regularly that'll help keep your bike working as well as possible.

    Check chain wear regularly

    One of the most important checks to keep your bike is working smoothly is to monitor chain wear. A worn chain doesn't just affect shifting, it'll also cause your chainrings, cassette and jockey wheels to wear quickly, too, so making sure that your chain is in good condition is doing your whole drivetrain a favour. 

    A chain checker - like Park Tool's new CC-4 - is a simple way to see how worn your chain is. You just drop the tool into the chain, maintain pressure on the right hand end, and see how far the left tip drops. Park Tool have, as ever, made an excellent video showing you how to use it:

  5. The DT Swiss GRC 1400 wheels are the new kings of gravel racing

    The DT Swiss GRC 1400 wheels are the new kings of gravel racing

    When DT Swiss decide to do something there's no messing around, they do it properly. Don't believe us? Check out the new GRC 1400 gravel wheels. 

    The rims are 24mm wide internally, making them perfect for large volume tyres, and the 42mm depth has been optimsed to give you the best aero advantage with 35mm tyres. Think aerodynamics doesn't matter when you're racing off-road? Think again. As soon as you're past about 10mph, aerodynamics are the main thing holding you back so any improvement will help you ride faster. They roll really well, too. Tested with a 35mm tyre against the CRC 1400 cyclocross wheels, the GRCs came out with a 5% reduction in rolling resistance with the tyres at 3.5 bar, and a 7% reduction at 4.5 bar. Told you they designed these to be fast...

    They're also tubeless-ready (naturally) and have 130kg ma

  6. Seven Saddlebag Essentials

    Seven Saddlebag Essentials

    Whether saddlebags are cool or not is something that'll probably be debated ad infinitum, but it's impossible to deny that they are are super useful. For example they free up your jersey pockets for more interesting stuff (like food) and mean that everything you need is attached to your bike when you want to ride. No more scrabbling around for those tyre levers that you absolutely left in that drawer but just aren't there any more. With that in mind, here's our list of the most useful things to have in a saddlebag. Oh, and if you end up in the middle of nowhere without the right tools to fix what's just happened to your bike then it's your fault. Unless you've snapped the frame or something, then we'll let you off.

    Inner tube

    Unless you’re running tubeless tyres (and maybe even if you are running tubeless as it’s never bad to have a plan B) you’ll need an inner tube in your saddlebag. You should make sure it’s solid one, too, not on

  7. New battery saving or peak power Eco mode lets you tailor Shimano STEPS more than ever

    New battery saving or peak power Eco mode lets you tailor Shimano STEPS more than ever

    New firmware (version 3.4.3) for the Shimano STEPS e7000 and e8000 systems will let riders customise their Eco mode, as well as Boost and Trail modes with High, Medium and Low settings. 

    The STEPS eMTB system gives you three pre-set modes to choose from:

    - Dynamic is the default mode with Boost level set to high, Trail on low and Eco on high. The high Boost offers maximum assistance when you're trying to nail a difficult uphill, low Trail offers control through the tricky bits while still packing a punch when you're pressing hard, and High Eco delivers the perfect balance between extending your range while still being fun and responsive. 

    - Explorer has both Boost and Trail set to medium. That means you'll feel like you're riding faster than usual, but with improved technical control. Eco is set to high to give assistance on all terrains. 

    - Custom does exactly what you'd expect - lets

  8. Bikes we love: Madison Genesis's Zero SL Disc

    Bikes we love: Madison Genesis's Zero SL Disc

    Pro bikes are almost always very cool. They have slammed stems, implausable stem angles, high saddles, everything that makes a bike look great but also make them almost impossible for us mere mortals to ride. One bike we particularly like (and yes, we're biased) is this season's Genesis Zero SL Disc as ridden by the Madison Genesis pro team. In a world increasgly full of black bikes, this turquoise beauty stands out for its striking lines as much as its fantastic colourway. Purists might not like the sloping top tubes that come with modern, compact geometry, but we think this bike looks fast standing still. 

    If you want to get your hands on one of these, there's good news and bad news. The bad news is that you can't buy one in a team replica colourway, that's team-only. The good news is that the frameset-only version is just 1,699.99 and comes in black with punchy red details.

  9. Sun's out - Premax on - Guns out

    Sun's out - Premax on - Guns out

    After years of thinking that the sun will come out if we just wait until tomorrow, it’s finally here. Now that the weather’s looking up, it’s the perfect time to get out on the weekends and go for a long ride. You know, the kind of ride you spend all week looking forward to while sat at your desk, in fact the sort of ride that you’re probably thinking of right now after reading that sentence.

    But while long, sunny rides are fantastic, it’s not easy to keep your skin protected over such a long time and the last thing you want is to come back sunburned – it’s horrible, uncomfortable and potentially dangerous to your long-term health. That’s why the guys at Premax made their Sports Sunscreen, designed to keep athletes protected from the sun during exercise.

    First off, the Premax Sports Sunscreen is SPF50+. That means it

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