We're gradually creeping towards summer and we all know what that means - sunglasses season is nearly here (ignore that for cyclists almost every season is sunglasses season, that ruins it). Anyway, sunnies are one of those fantastic items that you dont need more of but you do want more of, which makes buying them all the more exciting. Never ones to miss a beat, 100% is way ahead of us with some extremely cool designs for SS22 that are guaranteed to make you want to hide that credit card just to resist temptation.
If you're the sort of rider who loves to get right into the data and analyse everything about your riding, Shimano's new Force Vector update for their Dura-Ace r9200 and Ultegra r8100 power meters is the stuff dreams are made of. The update will measure direction and strength of pedalling force and show you that information in real time on Shimano's E-Tube Ride phone app, or your Garmin/Wahoo head unit. The force data is measured at 12 points throughout the crank rotation (every 30 degrees), on both left and right crank arms, and is transmitted with every rotation of the pedal. That means that each minute - depending on cadence - somewhere between 900-1200 force measurements will be registered by the crankset and can be transmitted to a head unit and that data will be visualised with forward rotation force shown in blue and reverse rotation force in red. That sort of pedal stroke analysis will let riders find out weaknesses in their pedals stroke, meaning training
Riding with a phone can be tough. You dont really want to ride with it in your hand because that means only one hand on the bars (and less attention on your surroundings, too, which is far from ideal). But it's not like in a car where you can have a satnav on your dashboard or a phone mount on your windscreen because, well, you dont have a dashboard or a windscreen. So what is there to do? That's where Quad Lock comes in. With its super simple quarter-turn mount, Quad Lock is the ideal partner to fix your phone to your bars or stem, leaving you to concentrate on riding the bike but with the screen in front of you - very much like a satnav in your car. With a comprehensive range of hardy phone cases, Quad Lock can cater for almost any major phone brand and they all attach using the same system. Better than that, Quad Lock also makes a range of accessories for bike and car - so you can use the same phone case to attach your phone to both your bike and car, no more messing around with
Keeping on top of component wear is one of the most important things when it comes to keeping your bike on the road (or off-road) for as long as possible. The drivetrain is a key area to focus one, because the main components there in the chain, cassette and chainrings all have an effect one one another and when one begins to wear it will speed up wear on the other parts (as well as the jockey wheels on your rear derailleur). In the below video Truman from Park Tool show you how to check the wear on your cassette without having to change the chain and ride around. Cassettes can be tricky to judge by eye because by the time the teeth are looking worn, you should have changed it a long time before!
So you're planning a big ride? Great. There's nothing better than enjoying a day out in the saddle (unless the weather's awful but, you know, that's character building, right?). One thing that can spoil a ride very quickly is a bike that's not working properly. Clicking gears, squealing brakes, punctures or worse are at best a real motiviation-killer and a worst a day ender. It only takes a few minutes to check whether you're bike is ready for a ride, so here are a few things to think about that'll make sure you have a ride you'll remember for all the right reasons, not a day to forget. Gear indexing There's nothing more annoying on a long bike ride than gears that are clicking or jumping. Most of the time your gears will be perfectly fine, but if you've travelled with you bike before the ride there's a chance that your rear mech may have been knocked which can cause things to be slightly off. Stick the bike in a workstand (or get a mate to hold it) and just cycle through
Aerodynamics has probably been the defining trait of road cycling ever since Greg LeMond beat Laurent Fignon on the final stage of the Tour de France in 1989. Going faster stopped simply being about beating the wind, it became about cheating the wind, and that's progressed from just time trails onto road stages, with road racers everywhere trying to figure out how to get a few seconds faster - or save a few watts - anywhere they can. Lazer's new Vento road helmet follows that lead, designed to be fastest at a 15 degree angle in a sprint position it's Lazer's fastest road helmet ever and currently on the heads of Team Jumbo Visma in the pro peloton. You might think that a helmet this fast would be warm, right? Well no, actually. With 13 vents, the Vento uses Lazer's Venturi Effect Ventilation System to draw cool air through the front of the helmet and channel warm air out the rear. One other innovation on the Vento is the new ScrollSys retention
Lazer is proud to present KinetiCore, the world’s first fully integrated rotational impact technology for cycling helmets. In development for over a decade, KinetiCore will change the way people think about brain protection technology as not only does it provide improved protection for cyclists but does so while making helmets lighter, improving airflow and increasing comfort. The development of KinetiCore began just over ten years ago when awareness of the dangers of rotational impact began to improve, and technologies starting appearing in the market to combat those effects. Lazer decided to create its own proprietary technology which meant throwing out everything the design team knew about helmets and starting again from scratch. The first step was assessment of how different types of impact affect cyclists, and using advanced simulations Lazer created thousands of templates to model and understand how to combat those impacts. The breakthrough happened when the
When it comes to quality, well-priced gear to make yourself seen when commuting by bike, HUMP has been a leader in the game for a long time. The brand is back for 2022 with a new range to keep you safe, dry and visible on the roads and new, more subtle, branding. The cornerstone of the HUMP range is its jackets and backpack covers. The new Signal fully reflective jacket combines 360-degree reflectivity with a water-resistant finish and if you want something even more weather proof then the full waterproof comes in two hi-viz colours designed to keep you seen while holding off even the worst weather.
Disc brake rub easily makes the top five all time most annoying things that can happen to your bike. In fact, anything that makes a noise is bad, but something that makes a noise and slows you down is a double dose of disappointment. But fear not, because Pearl iZUMi athletes and ambassadors Syd and Macky are here to help with this excellent video. If you dont know who Syd and Macky are, here's a bit of backstory (not like Marvel-style origin story, there's no radioactive spiders here or whatever but it's nice to have some context anyway, right?): "Hi PEARLiZUMi crew! My name is Syd Schulz and I’ve been a PEARLiZUMi athlete since 2018. Unfortunately, in 2020 I suffered a major injury that kept me off the bike for the entire year. This plus COVID made for some pretty rough times. One of the ways I coped was by learning to wrench on my own bike. Previously, I could barely change a flat tire, but I had a good teacher (my husband, Macky), and working
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