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cyclingtips.com

Published

6 months ago

Continental goes tubeless with new Grand Prix 5000 road tire

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The original Grand Prix first hit the market 14 years ago, and Continental has obviously learned a few things in that time. Not surprisingly, then, the company claims the new Grand Prix 5000 is better than the latest Grand Prix 4000 S II in every key performance metric. It’s supposedly faster with 12% less rolling resistance; more durable with a 20% boost in puncture protection; 10g lighter (for the 700x25c tube-type size); and even offers a smoother and more comfortable ride.

Continental builds the Grand Prix 5000 with a three-ply, 330tpi (total) nylon casing, augmented with a more finely woven Vectran breaker belt and a new elastomeric casing element (dubbed Active Comfort Technology) that somehow damps road vibration without introducing any speed-robbing hysteresis effects.

Continental’s trademark Black Chili compound hasn’t been left alone, either. In addition to using the latest formulation, the Grand Prix 5000’s shoulder tread now gets a subtle laser-etched texture that the company says provides superb cornering grip straight out of the box — basically the equivalent of pre-scuffing a new tire. And as a bonus, that texturing supposedly also helps oncoming air flow more smoothly around the tire casing for reduced aerodynamic drag.

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cyclingtips.com

Published

7 months ago

2019 SRAM Red eTap goes 12-speed

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The 2018 road racing season may be all but over, but things are heating up on the tech front. Over the last few months, there has been plenty of speculation that SRAM was headed towards a 12-speed transmission for the road, and while the company has yet to officially comment on its plans for 2019, some early samples were spotted at the Saitama Criterium in Japan over the weekend. From what we’ve seen, SRAM’s revamped 2019 Red eTap wireless road groupset will feature a new 12-speed cassette, a one-piece machined aluminum double chainring, updated lever ergonomics, a clutched rear derailleur, and even a new Quarq power meter.

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cyclingtips.com

Published

8 months ago

Ride on: The art of staying motivated on the bike

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You wake during the night and hear the rain pouring down outside. At that point you begin negotiating with yourself: will you get up for the planned ride in the morning? Or will you stay in bed, warm and dry? You defer the decision until morning, but hesitation has crept in.

The alarm screams, and you check your phone to see a) if there is rain falling, and b) whether the group has cancelled the ride so you are less responsible for the decision.

We’ve all been there. Some days we might decide to skip the ride. Others, we get up and ride in terrible conditions. So, what is it that drives us to get out there when the weather is not kind for our outdoor sport?

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theguardian.com

Published

8 months ago

Fjords, ferries and forks: cycling the Haute Route Norway

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Garlanded with wispy clouds, jagged mountains rise sharply above glassy lakes, reflected to sky with such perfection you are almost dizzy with how upside down it all appears. Or is that a mirage – from exhaustion? From the moment 250 cyclists clattered nervously, like skinny, helmeted warriors on to a ferry at 6.45am to battle through the water in mist and rain for 45 minutes even before the start, it was clear this would be no ordinary event. Cycling in Norway is less travelling on land, more an undulating series of roads and bridges linking breathtaking fjords; a constant movement between mountain, sea and lake.

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cyclingtips.com

Published

9 months ago

How to set up road bike drop handlebars — tips and guidelines

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One of the most entertaining things about the bikes we ride is how easily they can be customized to our liking. Components can be changed at will, there’s ample opportunity to dress things up with a bit of color, and the fit can be tweaked to better suit your wants and needs. Your cockpit is one area where there’s an especially generous range of flexibility, but there are still some basic guidelines you should follow in order to extract the most performance and comfort possible.


YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG (MAYBE)

Drop handlebars seem straightforward enough, but the reality is there is a huge range of adjustment possible, and plenty of ways to get it wrong. Before entertaining the idea of replacing your current bar to gain some comfort, you should first make sure that you’re making the most of what you already have.

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rouleur.cc

Published

9 months ago

Desire: Endura Pinstripe limited edition kit

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In a break from making aerodynamic outfits for Movistar, Endura has produced something that everyone can identify with, the aptly named, Pinstripe kit. It’s Endura, so the jersey isn’t without technical elements altogether. That’d be like Apple releasing an analogue phone in a bid to make us all talk to each other again.

 

The jersey is made from a super fast sweat wicking fabric and has sleeves with silicone grippers. Sharp tan lines and saves a watt or two. The rear of the jersey has three open pockets and a mesh one on the side to carry used gel wrappers.

 

The pre-curved, race fit shorts feature a raw edge hem that matches the pinstripes on the jersey. Each leg has silicone gripper to hold in place, while inside the shorts, Endura has used one of its E600 series computer cut pads. The pad, which houses gel inserts, stretches to improve rider comfort. All the better for long days in the saddle.

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cyclingtips.com

Published

10 months ago

Finding Mr. X

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Some stories have a clear narrative – a start, a middle and an end, all of which flow neatly into one another and tie up with a big bow.

This isn’t one of those.

At its core, it’s a story about a guy and his love of bike riding. But it’s also a story about revenge and obsession, and the way those dark impulses conspire to blot out goodness and joy. It’s a story about social media and fake news, and how easily they can be used to manipulate those on both sides of an argument. It’s a story of roadside fistfights, pettiness, identity theft and doctored images. And it’s a story about the void that lies between truth and deception, and the near impossibility of telling the difference between the two.

But if we had to summarise what you’re about to read in a single phrase it’s this: the origin story of the world’s largest, angriest, anti-cyclist Facebook group, and the cyclist that’s behind it. Maybe.

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cyclingtips.com

Published

10 months ago

Five Iconic Climbs of the Tour de France

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TACKLING THE TOUR’S MYTHICAL MOUNTAINS

From the gorgeous ski resorts of the French Alps to the dizzying heights of the Pyrenees and the Massif Central, France is littered with some of the most iconic climbs in cycling folklore. The battles fought on the country’s highest peaks for the Maillot Jaune have captivated audiences for over a century and elevated the now famed climbs to mythical status amongst cycling enthusiasts. From never-ending hairpin bends to cruel gradients amongst moon-like landscapes, here is a guided tour of some of our favourite climbs of le Tour de France.