Tech features

Examining the myth: Why are punctures more frequent in the rain?

There are many reasons why riders abhor the rain, be it the discomfort of wet clothing (wet socks are the worst), the risk of coming unstuck, or the extra maintenance required to clean up the bike and keep it running smoothly and quietly. Having spent several years as a year-round commuter, I thought I was …

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Stats and storytelling: How Dimension Data is breaking down the Tour de France

CHAMOUNIX, France (CT) – In this era of smartphones, high-speed internet and ‘Big Data’, we have more information at our fingertips than ever before. This is true in many facets of life, and no less so when it comes to bike racing. For many fans, watching the Tour de France is no longer simply about …

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Tour de France Tech: The new FSA electronic groupset

FINHAUT-EMOSSON, Switzerland (CT) – At the start line of the Tour de France’s 17th stage, teams Direct Energie and Cofidis, and ex-pro and now technical coordinator at Tinkoff had the latest FSA groupset on display. Team Bora-Argon 18, another team sponsored by FSA, will have Shane Archbold racing the stage 18 mountain time trial on …

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Pro bike: Tejay van Garderen’s BMC TeamMachine SLR01

Tejay van Garderen is the United States’ best hope for a top GC finish at this year’s Tour de France, and the talented climber is once again making his way around France aboard a BMC TeamMachine SLR01. The bike itself is interesting enough, but how the mechanics ensure that every one of van Garderen’s bikes feels exactly …

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Fabian Cancellara’s 2016 Tour de France custom Trek Madone

To celebrate Fabian Cancellara’s final appearance at the Tour de France, the good people at Trek have pulled out all the stops to produce a bike that will stand out among the crowd (unless Cancellara sits alongside Sagan). The paint scheme celebrates each of the teams Cancellara has ridden for, from his early days at …

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How the Tour de France is Broadcast To the World

Watching the Tour de France is easy. You grab a beer, switch on the TV, and let the time pass by for the next five hours while the race meanders past 13th century castles, emerald green lakes, and panoramic mountain views while the breakaway hangs out to dry. Easy, right? Well there’s a fascinating technical solution …

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Cannondale launches revamped SuperX and CAADX cyclocross bikes

Cannondale’s new SuperX and CAADX cyclocross bikes head into the 2016-17 season with longer, lower, and slacker frame geometries for improved high-speed stability but shorter rear ends and decreased trail dimensions for quicker low-speed handling. Cannondale says the progressive handling is better suited to today’s more technical cyclocross courses but you’re more likely to notice …

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Bikes of the Bunch: Lotus 49-inspired Baum Corretto

We’re big fans of Baum Cycles, a local Australian frame builder, and of Above Category, one of the best bike shops in the world, based in San Francisco. When they come together it’s always a thing of beauty. So when we saw Above Category Brand Manager Nate King’s very own Baum build, we just had …

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Birds of a feather: The new BMC RoadMachine, Canyon Endurace CF SLX, and Focus Paralane

It’s been an absolute smorgasbord of all-purpose road bike introductions recently, with BMC, Canyon, and Focus all introducing versatile, high-end, and thoroughly engineered options that are designed with real-world road riders in mind instead of racers. Although far from identical, they’re more similar than different, and certain to have broad appeal to a large segment …

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Behind the Wheel: Peter Sagan’s 1970 Dodge Charger

Look around the professional peloton and you’ll find more than a few riders that simply love their cars. And for the world’s best cyclists, many of whom earn seven-figure salaries, just about anything is possible when it comes to buying the car of their dreams. In this first instalment of Behind the Wheel, Shane Stokes …

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