A Readers' Rig could be anything from a modern classic to a vintage steely, a lightweight carbon or more - but why not all of the above? Canadian PEZ fan, Jim has 4 bikes that easily qualify as Readers' Rigs so we decided to feature all four - a Trek 5200, a Colnago C50, a 1988 Marinoni Special and a Guru Photon.
Product Review: A lighter, stronger pedal is what LOOK claimed to have created with the Look Kéo Blade 2 - the same pedal used by almost half the professional peloton this year. I quizzed the designer at Look France on the new features and then took them out for a tough 3 month test.
This 2014 Paris-Nice, the famous race to the sun saw a change of format with no prologue, no time trial and no mountain finish meaning the final result was not decided until the very last stage and even the very last kilometer. Let's wrap up the action with a look at all the results and best photos from the last 8 days.
Sectors of gravel road, dust and hills define the Strade Bianche, but it's so much more. The rolling green hills of Tuscany, the ancient towns of Gaiole and Siena, the passion of the tifosi ooze atmosphere and excitement. Ahead of Saturday's race let's take a look at some of our favorite images from years past.
Today's Readers' Rig is a track and Cannondale inspired custom aluminium ride from San Francisco that embodies all that Readers' Rigs is about - cool machines that bring their owners fun every day of the year - It's Readers' Rigs time!
Dr. Stephen Cheung is our resident sports scientist and a man that we're all jealous of with his worldwide 'work' trips as he continues his scientific journey through life. Combining travel with transporting a bicycle made his choice of rig easy - a steel Ritchey Break-Away that's travelled with Steve on some amazing experiences. Here's their tale...
The 2014 Santos Tour Down Under was a thrilling race as Simon Gerrans dueled Cadel Evans to an overall win by just seconds. We picked the best photos for a stage by stage summary and look back at the race with full results.
The State of California is home to an impressive 1 out of every 8 Americans but an even more impressive - 2 out of 2 readers in today's Readers' Rigs! These two readers have two very different bikes but one very big thing in common - a pure love for their machine.
When deciding our favorite stories for 2013, we couldn't pass up all the gorgeous bikes we saw at Eurobike. The combination of new technology and latest designs in cycling all under the one roof is a bike lover's paradise. Let's take another look at some very drool worthy machines.
For the very first time, the 2013 Tour de France took on the mythical Alpe d'Huez twice in one day by descending and then ascending the little known Col de Sarenne. In June, before the Dauphiné tested out the roads and much needed roadworks were completed, PEZ's man in France, Chris Selden cycled the route on a simply epic 150km and 4800m elevation day.
Mt. Ventoux, it's a mythical place, steeped in Tour de France history and the site of many great battles over the years. Remember Armstrong vs Pantani in 2000? Or Eros Poli in 1994 when he lost 15 minutes on the mountain but still won the stage. For 2013 we added another battle to the history books as PEZ's own Chris Selden took on 30 other journos from around the world in climbing Mt. Ventoux.
Today's Readers' Rigs are a mixed pair from opposite sides of the world and completely different, but special, machines. First up: a completely unique Baum from Down Under that's custom in every way, and secondly a nice and light Scott climber from the States. It's Readers' Rigs time!
2013 has been a big year for retirements with many big and little names calling it a day at the end of the season. Some retired of their own desire, some were forced out through injury, lack of contract or doping related problems but all marked cycling in some way. Let's take a look back at some of the names to leave our great sport this year with some great images captured of their careers.
Paris, France - the city of love, the Eiffel Tower, le Louvre and... traffic jams. Could Paris really be a destination for a PEZ 'Top Ride'? Well, yes as just 35km South-West of the capital is the gorgeous Vallée de Chevreuse where the cows, sheep and forest replace the hustle and bustle of the big city making it an ideal playground for cyclists.
Like it or loathe it, indoor training is an ideal way to train through the colder months or just work on your specific fitness goals. Despite the fact that I am definitely in the 'loathe it' category the PEZ still thought that I would be the ideal man to review CycleOps' Fluid 2 trainer.
For our latest installment of cool cycling gear doing the rounds we've got the important areas of bum, eyes and hands covered with some interesting products from Ass-Savers, BBB and Lizard Skins.
Readers' Rigs has been one of our most popular columns of the year but it begged the question - what do the PEZ crew ride? Well our Literary Editor in Germany Leslie has enough bikes for almost the whole PEZ crew in fact that range from a 1962 track bike to a modern day Specialized. Here's a look at Leslie's collection which has a strong emphasis on Classic builds.
Tubeless wheels are a standard in mountain biking but despite availability for several years now, tubeless tech for smoother road surfaces hasn't caught on as quickly, despite claimed weight and puncture resistance advantages. Enter American Classic's Argent tubeless wheel - their new take on tubeless.
Interbike is in full swing in Vegas at the moment and the PEZ himself is there front and center but before he puts down those gambling chips and Vegas style Negronis there's time for another look at some of the beautiful machines that were on display back in Germany at Eurobike.
The amount of latest and greatest new gear at Eurobike is simply too much to contain in just one article, or two or even three so here's a look at some more new bits from Shimano, Powertap, Prologo, FSA and more.