The team at Sundays are cycling fanatics and love staying up to date with the latest news and gadgets in the world of cycling! Each week, we will cover a couple of articles that have popped up on our radars…if you would like us to investigate a specific topic let us know!
The evolution of cycling technology
A few of the team at Sundays Insurance HQ are tech fanatics and love staying up to date with all the new developments which continue to make bicycles better. Over the last week, the cycling media has been filled with reviews of the latest tech that was on display at Eurobike 2018.
Euro bike is the world’s biggest cycling show. Every year for 3 days, usually in the month of July, the cycling world focuses its attention on the German town of Friedrichshafen. It has been referred to as the “Hub of the bike world” and rightly so. This year was its 27th edition and was attended by over 37 000 industry professionals. Read more about what Eurobike is about here and below we have picked our favourite picks from this year’s edition.
- 3D printing is a phenomenal development and it’s starting to be incorporated into the world of bicycles. Check out the full story here.
- A chainless drive chain? Ceramic Speed continue to push the boundaries, see the full story here.
- 1 x 13 groupsets: Rotor have thrown down the challenge. Who is going to follow?
Cycling has come a long way
It certainly has and the participation of women in the sport continues to develop in leaps and bounds.
One of our team found a rather controversial blog post, well that’s what we thought when we first read the title. However when you read the blog and unpack it a bit, it is not so controversial after all.
It relates to advice and outdated etiquette, “For as long as cycling has existed there have been guides on how it should be done properly, what one should wear, and indeed how the serious cyclist should conduct themselves. Some of the advice given in the early days of cycling is still remarkably relevant. However, much of it is amusingly outdated to our modern sensibilities.” Read the full article here.
Are you a commuter?
In our weekly mash up last week we featured an article that discussed the developments in the bicycle sharing model which will play a big role in changing the way that people think about mobility and the use of the bicycle to move from one place to another. Here it is in case you missed it, The Vehicle of the Future Has Two Wheels, Handlebars, and Is a Bike
A big part in changing the mindset of people around commuting is going to come down to the their bicycle. It’s important to make sure that your bicycle is set up properly for the commute, so that you can arrive at your destination in a positive frame of mind! Here are some tips from the Bikeradar team on “How to transform your bike into a super commuter”, if you are a commuter we would love to hear your story.
Bicycles can take you to some amazing place
A bicycle can provide you with the freedom that you desire. It gives you the ability to explore new roads, to climb mountains and to visit some amazing parts of the world that aren’t accessible using other means of transport.
“The ultimate adventure involves a bicycle”, well at least it does if you are Danny MacAskill or Hans Rey. This saying is also probably true for many of the team at Sundays. Danny and Hans teamed up with “Gerhard Czerner to accomplish the first back-to-back mountain bike ascents and descents of Mount Kenya and Kilimanjaro”. An extreme adventure and one with many challenges, but a phenomenal story of where your bicycle can take you.
You can read about their full journey here. There is also a film that has been produced which covers their journey, check out the trailer below. If you want to watch the whole film, follow this link and watch it on Redbull TV.
A Quick insight into the Tour de France
We hope that you have been able to find time to watch the Tour this week! The three weeks of racing are off to a frantic start, unfortunately though there have been some big crashes and a few riders have abandoned the race.
We want to focus in on one rider who has displayed amazing mental strength and determination! Lawson Cradock, who rides for the EF Education squad and came down hard during stage 1. He crossed the line, looking rather worse for wear, at the end of the stage and many thought that was his tour done. They could not have been more wrong, Lawson has soldiered on and is getting stronger by the day. A true character that is being spurred on by the bigger cause that he is contributing to and raising funds for. To check out the full story read this article that Cycling Tips put together.
That a wrap for the week!
Enjoy the cycling on display over the weekend and be sure to cover some kilometres on your own bicycle.