Cafe du Cycliste Women’s Heidi jacket

A good winter riding jacket turns a fear of cold weather rides into a desire to get outside and go exploring. In the past, a lot of designs for women have been hit and miss. A scaled down unisex product is typically too loose in the sleeves and short or billowy at the front.

As we described in our first look at the Café du Cycliste range, this is one of many products available in a men’s and women’s design. The Women’s Heidi jacket not only fits ladies well when riding, but it holds its snug shape when opening the carefully placed zips for temperature regulation. Its classy appearance might have you reaching for it off the bike too.

A quilted looking material lines the front to block the wind from your chest and shoulders. This has been used cleverly in the sleeves too, sewn inside the panel that cops the wind. Soft fleece remains close to the skin on the inside section of your arm.

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Soft and fleecy

The breathable, moisture-wicking main fabric is woollen in appearance but it’s quick to dry and fleecy on the inside. After heavy use during the Australian winter it has begun to pill a bit on the inside of the arms, but the grey marle colouring means you have to look closely to see the effects of a high level of use.

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Vote for your fave autumn riding photo

Last week we asked you to post your best autumn riding photos on the BikeRadar forum, and were quickly blown away…

So many amazing photos came in, from all over the world. There were arty shots of Swiss transmitter towers, autumn sunrises in San Diego, gritty UK rides in hard rain, snowy shots above the tree line on Col du Galibier and loads more.

It’s now time to pick a winner, and we need your help. Please head over to the voting page and select your favourite photo – voting closes this Friday (November 6th) so head over there now and pick your choice. Go on, it’s quick and easy, take a look!

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Related: Four short but effective autumn cycling workouts

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Zen Bicycle Company ROAD frameset

Portland, Oregon-based builder Zen Bicycle Company proves that steel doesn’t have to be synonymous with ‘old’ or ‘slow’. The company’s simply named ROAD frame pairs a thoroughly modern Columbus HSS Spirit oversized niobium steel tubeset with an Enve carbon fork, Zen’s own convertible dropout design, and disc brakes at either end for a quintessentially springy and lively ride that’ll quickly help you forget about those extra grams.

Feedback and personality galore

If you love the magic carpet feel of many carbon road frames, you can stop reading now because the Zen ROAD most definitely is not the droid you’re looking for. Instead, the oversized, thin-walled tubing is highly communicative of what’s going on down below, faithfully transmitting road texture and bumps as if reading braille.

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The Columbus Spirit HSS tubing imparts a wonderfully communicative ride quality

That’s not to say that the ROAD is harsh, and in fact, it’s anything but (in most situations). The blacktop might very well be constantly speaking to you but it’s more like a helpful narrative, not someone screaming obscenities. There’s heaps of springiness, ‘snap’, and ‘pop’ to the ride quality, and the oversized pipes are admirably responsive under power.

However, that directness can be a bit much at times, particularly on dirt roads with lots of washboard or on especially poor pavement where I would have appreciated a more muted ride. Keep in mind that this is all with ultra-supple (but relatively narrow) 24mm-wide Specialized Turbo tubeless clinchers installed on Enve carbon rims and although it’s a rather tight fit, Zen officially says there’s room at either end for 28s. Going with that higher-volume size certainly goes a long way toward smoothing out small imperfections but it does add a bit of rotating weight.

Old-school steel but modern alloys with contemporary shapes and features

Verdict: A great choice if you’re looking for something a little different

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This electric bike folds in just one second

It sounds too good to be true – an electric, smart, maintenance-free bike made for commuting that folds up in just one second. Where’s the catch? Well the Gi FlyBike is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, but the team behind it already smashed their original $75,000 goal in a matter of hours.

The Gi FlyBike will be made from lightweight alloy and features something called ‘Electric Flight Assistance’, which means users can ride 40 miles (60 km) on a single LifePo4 battery charge. Solid tyres mean no more punctures, while a belt drive dispenses with grease, noise and trouser clips.

There is – of course – a companion app that controls the built-in LED lights and smart locking system. The Gi FlyBike also has a smartphone cradle so you can have navigation in front of you when you’re riding.

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Related: Do e-bikes belong on singletrack?

But it’s that folding system that’s got us swooning. While many other commuting bikes need a practised hand to fold them up sideways, the Gi FlyBike simply folds up vertically – a hinge on the down tube means the 26in wheels come together quickly and easily.

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The Calibre Dune brings fat bike fun for under £600

This Dune fat bike from Calibre could soon be responsible for a bicycle obesity epidemic in the UK. You see, unlike most bikes of its kind on the market, the Dune is both cheap and light.

Take a look at this bike’s competition and you’ll fine plenty of lighter and even some cheaper options but none that we’ve seen can match its 31.9lb (14.46kg) complete weight for the ‘worth a punt’ price of £579.99 (with a Go Outdoors discount card – £5 p/a).

Related: Calibre Bossnut review

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Yep, thanks to several clever spec choices and an alloy frame and fork, the Dune tips the scales at the same as or even better than some regular hardtails at this price. Most fat bikes are designed primarily for use on snow or sand and have geometry to reflect this, not so for the Dune, which was designed specifically to tackle regular UK trails. Should the white stuff arrive or you fancy a beach raid then it should work just fine, though.

Plenty of room for UK mud, despite the mammoth 4in treads

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We have a winning T-shirt design

Our judges have picked a winner for the recent BikeRadar T-shirt design competition, and it’s one for all the Strava hunters out there.

After whittling down the scores of entries by BikeRadar readers, our judges picked a design by Jason Ottinger, a 37-year-old graphic designer from Atlanta who loves to spend his free time riding the roads and trails of North Georgia.

Related: Strava and Zwift take the edge off winter training

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“I made this design for all the Strava hunters out there,” he told BikeRadar. “We’ve all lost our best segments, and once the panic wears off, get out there, have fun, and be safe stealing them back!” You can check out his personal website at visualcraftsman.com.

Jason wins a £100 voucher to spend at BikeRadar’s online T-shirt store, and also gets his own design printed. The BikeRadar store is packed with adults’ and kids’ tees along with hoodies and even mugs – all printed with cycling-centric slogans and designs to help you show off your love for all things two-wheeled, wherever you go.

Congrats to Jason! Head on over to the BikeRadar store to buy his winning entry, and warn riders everywhere that you’re a Strava hunter.

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Top 5 road bikes of 2016

These are the five best road bikes that will grace the tarmac in 2016. Some we’ve ridden, some we can’t wait to ride, all are brand new and packed full of innovation. 

In our top five for 2016 are the Trek Madone, Cérvelo R3 Disc, Specialized Venge ViAS, Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-Mod and Scott Foil. 

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Which tops your list? Let us know in the comments below.

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Pro bike: Jolien D’Hoore’s Colnago V1-r

At the start of 2015, Belgian Jolien D’Hoore cited her Colnago V1-r as one of the things she was most excited about in her first season with Wiggle Honda Pro Cycling, and given the stellar year she’s had it seems her enthusiasm for her new bike was well placed.

Her biggest results include first overall and the green jersey at the BeNe Ladies Tour, victories at one-day races Omloop van het Hageland, Ronde van Drenthe, the Flanders Diamond Tour, and the Open de Suède Vårgårda, and stage wins at the Holland Ladies Tour and the Women’s Tour, as well as a successful defence of her Belgian National Road Race title.

Considered one of the best sprinters and most exciting young riders in the women’s pro peloton, the Belgian Bullet will ride for Wiggle Honda again in 2016.

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We got a close look at her bike at this year’s La Course by Tour de France where she came second – although having crashed during the race it’s not the bike she actually finished it on…

A joint venture with that other iconic Italian brand Ferrari, the V1-r is the lightest frame Colnago has ever made, with D’Hoore’s size 48 weighing a meagre 835g.

All carbon monocoque, the main tubes, as well as the fork blades, have a subtle truncated Kamm tail-style profile, said to offer less wind-resistance than round tubes while providing a good balance of weight and stiffness.

  • Frame: Colnago V1-r – size 48cm
  • Fork: Colnago V1-r, 1 1/8in to 1 1/4in tapered
  • Headset: Colnago tapered sealed
  • Stem: Deda Zero100, 130mm x -8 degrees
  • Handlebar: Deda Zero100, 38cm (c-c)
  • Tape: Fizik Superlight Soft Touch
  • Front brake: Colnago Direct-Mount
  • Rear brake: Colnago Direct-Mount
  • Brake levers: Campagnolo Super Record EPS 11
  • Front derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record EPS 11
  • Rear derailleur: Campagnolo Super Record EPS 11
  • Shift levers: Campagnolo Super Record EPS 11
  • Cassette: Campagnolo Super Record 11, 11-27T
  • Chain: Campagnolo Record 11
  • Crankset: SRM Campagnolo 11-speed, 172.5mm, 53/39T
  • Bottom bracket: Campagnolo BB86 press fit cups
  • Pedals: Look Keo Blade 2 Ti
  • Wheelset: Campagnolo Bora Ultra Two 35mm
  • Front tubular: Vittoria Corsa CX, 25mm
  • Rear tubular: Vittoria Corsa CX, 25mm
  • Saddle: Fizik Airone CX Carbon
  • Seatpost: Colnago V1-r carbon
  • Bottle cages: Tacx Uma Carbon (1)
  • Computer: SRM Power Control 7
  • Rider’s height: 1.73m (5ft 6in)
  • Rider’s weight: 54kg (119lb)
  • Saddle height from BB, c-t: 725mm
  • Saddle setback: 45mm
  • Tip of saddle to midpoint of bar: 543mm
  • Saddle-to-bar drop: 90mm
  • Head tube length: 130mm
  • Top tube length (effective): 527mm
  • Total bicycle weight: 6.84kg (15.34lb), excluding SRM computer

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Selle Italia Novus Flow S

Selle Italia launched the original Novus in 1994, the result of a collaboration between the saddle maker and Ferrari. Selle provided the saddle knowhow and Ferrari engineering applied some composites knowledge and ‘active’ suspension within the rail attachment design.

It was also one of the first saddles to provide a central channel. It wasn’t as extreme as the Flow design seen on the modern version, but you can see where the idea came from.

The shape follows similar lines to the classic Flite, with a pitched up tail and a nose that rises out of the central hollow. What makes it different is how the nose sharply dips down in its final few inches, looking like the nose of a Formula One car perhaps that’s Ferrari’s influence.

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Related: Selle Italia Flite Team Edition

The latest Flow S here is designed to meet Selle Italia’s ID Match S2 dimensions, so it’s 275mm long with the crucial width being 137mm. You can choose the L, which matches L2 sizing at 278x146mm. The expanding channel through the centre has a 100mm hole starting 100mm from the nose to relieve pressure.

Titanium rails hold the carbon-reinforced nylon hull, and it’s topped with deep padding and a quality finished cover. Plastic scuff guards on the nose and flanks should keep it safe from tears or rips, and the 222g weight is less than the claimed 225g.

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Trek Lush

Trek was the first brand to develop a range of women’s-specific bikes back in the 1990s. It’s been evolving the designs ever since.

Properly female-specific setup

The Lush is the cheapest of the four full-suspension bikes in Trek’s current range and offers significant extra control and smoothness without sacrificing easy-riding efficiency.

Trek really does make its women’s bikes different to its unisex/men’s bikes. That’s in contrast with brands whose ‘female’ and ‘male’ frames have identical geometry but different paint jobs and size assignments.

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Unlike some makers, this isn’t just a scaled-down and repainted men’s bike – geometry and contact points have both been purpose-designed

While some might prefer a more stretched frame, most of our test team synced with the more compact dimensions of the Lush. The frame sizing is properly small, so try it out in person rather than just guessing.

Pocket rocket

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