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Bikes of the Bunch: August Bicycles bespoke steel road bike

In this edition of Bikesof the Bunch, Mike Howes tells us about his custom steel road bike that was built by August Bicycles in the U.K. By Mike Howes I’d ridden aluminium and then carbon “off the peg” frames for years and generally been happy. But I reached a point where I felt these where …

See and be seen: What every cyclist needs to know about daytime running lights

Visibility on the road was once considered the antithesis of coolness on the road. However, growing safety concerns revolving around driver inattentiveness have quickly changed those attitudes, with fluorescent-colored clothing and bright flashing lights suddenly the norm for hardcore roadies who are more concerned with making it back home alive than Strava KOMs. The thinking behind …

Bikes of the Bunch: English Cycles custom V3 road bike

In this edition of Bikes of the Bunch, Zak Smiley tells us the story behind his new English Cycles road bike, and proves that it’s possible to be a weight-weenie while riding a steel bike. By Zak Smiley I’ve been building bikes for the best part of ten years and over the last two years …

Labour of love: The pros and cons of restoring a classic road bike

Cycling has a rich history and one of the most powerful ways to connect with it is to resurrect a classic race bike. This can be done in a variety of ways, depending on the individual’s desires and resources, but what’s involved and what can be expected from the outcome? Australian tech editor Matt Wikstrom …

PRO Toolbox XL review: A toolset for the eager home mechanic

Bicycles are strange beasts. They’re often so simple in function, yet require an excessive number of tools to put together and service. Where car mechanics can get extremely far in their job with a standard set of spanners, sockets and pliers, bicycle mechanics are forced into multiple single purpose tools in order to perform relatively …

With three new wheelsets, Roval looks to roll into the spotlight

Don’t call it a Specialized wheelset. That was the takeaway message from a recent Roval Components press camp, held in Santa Cruz, California, which saw four separate groups of journalists invited to test ride three new carbon road wheelsets and four new mountain-bike wheelsets. There’s no escaping the fact that the Roval brand is owned …

February 2017 Product Picks: Northwave, Bell, Silca, and Pearl Izumi

For this edition of Product Picks, U.S. technical editor James Huang is all about covering the extremities: Northwave’s radical-looking Extreme RR road shoes for your feet; Bell’s Stratus helmet, the less-expensive alternative to the Zephyr flagship model, for your head; and Pearl Izumi’s PRO Softshell Lite gloves for your hands. Silca’s novel Seat Roll Premio …

Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 R9150 and R9170 first-ride review

Electronic shifting wasn’t invented by Shimano, but it was the Japanese company that first nailed the concept with the original Dura-Ace Di2 7970 groupset in 2008. Since then, the world of high-end road bike transmissions has never been the same. The new Dura-Ace Di2 R9150 groupset benefits from two generations and almost a decade of …

Cannondale CAAD12 vs SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD: road disc bike comparison review

The number of road disc bikes in Cannondale’s catalogue has been steadily growing over the last few years with the most recent addition being the SuperSix EVO Disc announced last year. This means performance-oriented riders now have a choice between two distinct disc-equipped race bikes — the SuperSix EVO and the CAAD12 — made from …

Opinion: Boonen’s win in Argentina was historic, but disc-brake proponents shouldn’t get too excited just yet

Earlier this week, Belgian Tom Boonen (Quick-Step Floors) made a bit of cycling history on Stage 2 of the Tour de San Juan as the first rider to win a UCI road race while using disc brakes. The implementation of disc brakes in the pro peloton has been an unquestionably dramatic affair, so this latest development …

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