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The Weekly Mash up! 6 July 2018

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 Tour de France

It’s July and it’s time for the world’s most-watched cycling race to take over our screens. The cycling media have been busy over the last week with the teams announcing their final rider selections for the Tour de France. There are a few interesting selection choices and some names missing from the provisional start list which you may have expected to have been included.

Take a look at the provisional start list here.

The racing kicks off with with a flat 201km stage from Noirmoutier-en-l’Île to Fontenay-le-Comte. For the full details of all the stages, visit the official Tour de France website.

The evolution of the Indoor trainer

When Wahoo launched their first KICKR a couple of years ago, it changed the perception of indoor training and meant that as cyclists we had less excuses for not getting our training done when the weather wasn’t on our side.

Indoor cycling trainers have become increasing advanced, allowing you to track and, in some instances, replicate the conditions of an outdoor ride. The team for Bike Radar, reviewed 10 Smart trainers, probably a more fitting name when you consider all the tech that is used in this modern day and age.

Read the full review and see which smart trainer you should consider adding to your cycling gadgets. The Wahoo team emphasise that KICKR Climb allows you replicate the actual gradient of climbs around the world. Pre-orders are open and the write-ups suggest that the KICKR climb may be the ideal indoor training partner!

The emergence of the ‘E-Bike’ and the continuous improvement of aero designs

Bicycles continue to evolve—designs get better, materials lighter and somehow bicycle brands continue to design machines that make riders faster. Is there a limit to marginal gains? It probably comes down to who you ask and how far cyclists are willing to go, legally, to make themselves faster.

There are two simple ways to make a bicycle faster—you can either put an engine in, to give pedal assistance, or you can take the bicycle frame through hours of testing to make the frame more aero dynamic.

The growth of the E-bike market is fascinating and a couple of our team can’t wait to get their hands on one. An electric bicycle gives you pedal assistance when and where you need it. It’s a bicycle that is not targeted at your racing snakes, but rather a bicycle that will make cycling far more enjoyable especially if you have a few big mountains to climb before enjoying the trails on the way down.

Photo credit to Bike Radar, read their full review of the Trek Powerfly!

This week we took a look at Trek’s Power Fly, if you are looking for a full review you can find one on the Bike Radar website. It’s by no means an aero dynamic machine, but there were plenty of aero bicycles on display this week with the imminent start of the Tour de France.

With Cannondale, BMC and Specialized launching their new aero (well now super aero) bicycles ahead of the TDF, and Cannondale claiming that their new SystemSix is the fastest bike in the world, can bicycles really get any faster? This got us thinking about the bicycles in general and the role they play in the commuter space, because we all dislike gridlock traffic.

An interesting article titled, The Vehicle of the Future Has Two Wheels, Handlebars, and Is a Bike, talks about how “Modern tech has transformed the humble two-­wheeler, making the bike-share model possible”. It is easy to get caught up with the hype of new tech developments in the cycling world that make bicycles faster, but a bicycle in many cases is far more than this.With the introduction of a dockless bike sharing system, the possibility of using bicycles for commuting increases significantly and we could see a big shift in the way people move between their destinations in the city… good bye to the days of gridlock traffic?

The bicycle that can do it all

We are on the hunt to see if we find the ultimate bicycle that can do everything.

If you were given the choice to own one bicycle—would it be a hardtail, a gravel bike, or an endurance road bike? There are many factors that my influence this decision. This week we considered whether the Santa Cruz Highball could be this bike?

The highball is said to be more comfortable the traditional XC hardtails and from the reviews that we have seen, it transitions well from the snappy needs of an XC course to the longer 24-hour explorations.

The team have been searching internet, in their spare time, for bicycle reviews over the last week as we try to answer the question if it really is possible to just own one bicycle and not suffer from N+1 withdrawals.

If you think you have the answer let you know, as yet we haven’t found that ideal bike.

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