Meet the 121,000km man – video

It’s the world’s oldest, toughest cycling record: set by Tommy Godwin in 1939, the greatest distance covered by a cyclist in a year still stands at 120,805km/75,065 miles.

But all that could be about to change. Bruce Berkeley, a New Zealand-born bike mechanic based in southwest London, is one of a few current challengers taking on the record. Every day of 2016, he will need to cycle just shy of 330km – which will see him cover 121,000km in total. And he’ll be recording every pedal stroke on Strava.

Related: The world’s ‘oldest, toughest’ cycling record is under threat

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In this video, Bruce takes us through the logistics and the kit that will make the attempt possible, and he answers the biggest question: why would someone put themselves through such an ordeal in the first place?

Bruce will be blogging exclusively for BikeRadar throughout his record attempt, so stay tuned for more.

You can read more at BikeRadar.com


Source: Bike Radar

Bell wants to grow women's mountain biking from the ground up

Californian-based helmet company Bell has launched a women’s mountain biking ambassador scheme with a view to encouraging and developing the sport in new locations via burgeoning scenes across the US. 

Joy Ride is Bell’s name for its women’s-specific products, and more widely for its efforts to increase female participation in cycling, with a focus on mountain biking. 

Bell is one of the main cycling brands putting money where its mouth is when it comes to supporting women’s cycling, both in terms of product development and grassroots support. The women’s Joy Ride helmet collection encompasses eight products across road, mountain bike and commuter cycling, and was developed after extensive research and feedback.

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Related: ‘We wanted to reset’ – Bell Helmets is remodelling a ‘masculine’ cycling brand

Earlier in 2015, Bell announced its intention to develop a women’s ambassador scheme to encourage women’s mountain biking in new locations across the US. More than 200 women applied, and the company has just announced the names of the successful six who’ll be taking up those roles. 

These Joy Ride Ambassadors will be tasked with running monthly women’s mountain bike rides in their areas, and helping develop participation and engagement. BikeRadar understands Bell may extend the scheme internationally through local distributors if this first, US rollout proves a success.

Get with the Program

Meet the Ambassadors

  • Karina Magrath, Coeur d’Alene, ID – Recipient of a PMBI Level 1 coaching certification who has recently starting hosting local women’s rides
  • Veronique Pardee, Tucson, AZ – Coaches a youth cycling program called El Grupo and started the women’s In Session riding program
  • Samantha Jones , Kansas City, MO – Park Ranger and newly-elected president of the Lawrence Mountain Bike Club
  • Amber Krueger, Madison, WI – Member of Revolution Cycles Cycling Club and founder of a women’s mountain bike forum and bi-weekly ride in conjunction with IMBA and its local chapter, CORP
  • Missy Petty, Knoxville, TN – Women’s ride leader for the Easy Rider MTB Ride with TN Valley Bikes and no-drop women’s MTB rides with Harper’s Bike Shop; active member of AMBC (Appalachian Mountain Bike Club)
  • Kendell Ryan, Richmond, VA – Member of River City Women’s Racing (RCWR), which has strong connections in the community for bike advocacy, and former member of local Team LUNA Chix

You can read more at BikeRadar.com


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Factor unleashes new production superbikes – meet the One and O2

If you haven’t yet heard of Factor Bikes, best lock away your credit card before you read any further. This small British brand, born out of F1 technology, has three new bikes it wants you to know about, and they’re seriously impressive. So good in fact that ONE Pro Cycling has already ordered a complete fleet of the bikes for the 2016 season, which the team will be racing under a Pro Continental licence.

BikeRadar was invited out to ONE Pro’s training camp in Andalucia to see the new Factor One, so for those who want to know how it compares to the ‘old’ Vis Vires – head on down the page. But first some backstory: Factor Bikes was formed back in 2007 as a showcase for the engineering expertise of Norfolk-based motorsports company bf1 systems, and it quickly blew people away with the superbikes it produced.

First there came the 001, which incorporated advanced electronics, hydraulic brakes, integrated LEDs and an onboard battery system into a superbike carbon frame. This was refined and evolved into the limited edition One-77, developed in partnership with Aston Martin and costing a whopping £25,000 (about $37,500  / AU$52,000. But it wasn’t until the advent of the Vis Vires that we saw a production bike with wider market appeal. BikeRadar rode the Vis Vires back in 2013, and described it as a “production race bike with superbike credentials”, costing £10,000 (about $15,000 / AU$20,800).

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Related: Factor Bikes Vis Vires first ride review

Trouble was, it wasn’t UCI-legal. The split down tube and chunky front end, which gave the incredible aero gains and stiffness that impressed us so much, meant it couldn’t be raced in anger. So Factor went back to the drawing board, this time with new owners at the helm. One of those owners is former pro cyclist Baden Cooke, winner of the Tour de France green jersey back in 2003, and the other is Rob Gitelis, an industry stalwart who owns a bike manufacturing plant out in Taiwan.

Together, the new owners have come up with three new models, with input from former pro cyclist David Millar, who’s been acting as a test pilot. The manufacturing facilities in Taiwan mean that Factor has been able to act very quickly on the feedback that Millar has given them, tweaking the designs until they were ready to be raced. And pass UCI scrutiny, which was important as ONE Pro Cycling wanted the bikes, and quickly.

Factor One

Factor O2

Triathlon bike

Tour ambitions

You can read more at BikeRadar.com


Source: Bike Radar

Five things we learned about shock pumps

We recently tested 11 big-brand shock pumps in an effort to discover which is best when it comes to adding the right amount of air to your suspension. During our testing, we learned things from industry experts and realized other things from our time checking pressures.

With that, here are five things we learned about shock pumps.

Related reading: The best shock pumps grouptest

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1. There’s not much originality in a pump

So similar…

So a source tells us that there are basically two manufacturers in Asia producing all the shock pumps for everyone else. Knowing that, the similarities between different brands start to become far clearer – and a different handle here, or gauge there isn’t enough to overcome the clear likenesses.

2. The air release is from the pump, not the fork

3. Accuracy and low cost – pick one

4. Gauge accuracy doesn’t matter so much, but repeatability (precision) certainly does

5. Durability is a factor

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The ultimate Christmas gift guide for cyclists: 175 present ideas

If you’re not a cyclist, here are 30 great reasons to be one. But that’s probably not why you’re here. You’re here because you know a cyclist and you want to make them the happiest they’ve ever been this Christmas. Or perhaps you’re a bike fiend looking for some inspiration for your wishlist. Either way, we can help.

Below you’ll find an ever-evolving list of fantastic cycling-related Christmas gift ideas, categorised for different types of rider and into different cycling disciplines. We’ll be updating this guide over the next few days, so make sure to keep checking in. Go forth and find that ultimate present.

Christmas gift ideas: 12 presents for road cyclists

Like a strong tailwind, rich coffee and a smooth road without cars, here are 12 gifts guaranteed to make any roadie smile.

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Christmas gift ideas: 12 presents for mountain bikers

Got a pal with a fondness for trails and an under-developed sense of self-preservation? We have the right gift for them here.

Christmas gift ideas: 12 presents for road cycling women

Got a speed-addicted (no, the good sort) friend? You won’t go wrong getting her one of these…

Christmas gift ideas: 13 presents for mountain biking women

Christmas gift ideas: 12 presents for the gadget-obsessed cyclist

Christmas gift ideas: 12 presents for cyclocrossers

Christmas gift ideas: 12 presents for adrenaline junkies

Christmas gift ideas: 12 presents for commuter cyclists

Christmas gift ideas for beginner cyclists

Christmas gift ideas: Kids’ bikes

Christmas gift ideas: 14 presents for designer cyclists

Christmas Gift Guide: 12 presents for the cyclist who has everything

Christmas Gift Guide: Socks, socks, socks

Christmas Gift Guide: Tacky-as-hell jerseys

You can read more at BikeRadar.com


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Dropbyke is shaking up the city bike hire model

Move aside Santander Cycles, make way Citi Bike NYC, there’s a new way to rent a bike in town. Introducing Dropbyke, a mobile app-based system that allows you to pick up and drop off a bike wherever you fancy, without the eternal search for a docking station with space. 

Cycling is the perfect way to get around a city. It’s quick, clean, safe, doesn’t require fuel, is inexpensive and accessible. In fact, the only barrier is actually owning a bike. Urban cycle hire schemes were introduced to alleviate this need, allowing everyone from tourists to commuters an easier way about town. However, there are some problems with these schemes, and the creators of Dropbyke think their concept provides an alternative solution. 

What is Dropbyke?

The concept is a familiar one: a fleet of hire bikes available for general use across the city.

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Where Dropbyke differs from the large-scale cycle hire schemes in cities like Paris, London and New York is that it doesn’t require the extensive infrastructure of docking stations, pay points and transportation of bikes between them.

Related: Urban routefinder BeeLine will add navigation to your bike for peanuts

Instead, users sign up online, and download an iOS or Android app that tells them which fleet bikes are nearby, where they’re located and and a rental rate. If they select a bike, it gives them the access code for the lock it’s secured with. Once the user is finished with the bike, they lock it up outside, take a picture of the bike for the next user, log its location on the app, add any notes about it and rate the experience.

Where did the idea come from?

Dropbyke in action

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AngryAsian: Why the T47 bottom bracket isn’t going to oust press-fit

Much has been written about the new T47 threaded bottom bracket ‘standard’ in recent weeks and a lot of people are rightfully excited about it. In one fell swoop, T47 – at least in theory – provides the ease of service and quiet creak-free running of traditional English threaded shells but with the oversized dimensions and enormous drivetrain compatibility that frame designers desire.

So T47 sounds like the solution we’ve all been waiting for, doesn’t it? Yay! Crack open the champagne! Start singing Kum Ba Yah!

Sorry to be the killjoy, but I wouldn’t go celebrating just yet.

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Technical pros and cons aside, I’m highly skeptical that T47 will expand into the mainstream where the most people stand to benefit. Here’s why.

The new T47 threaded bottom bracket design (at left) holds enormous promise over press-fit systems but its widespread acceptance is anything but certain

Why press-fit came about in the first place

No, apparently we can’t all get along

Late to the party

Light at the end of the tunnel?

You can read more at BikeRadar.com


Source: Bike Radar