Christine Pardee is not one to back away from a challenge, as indicated by her year-long commitment to go 100% car-free and do all of her commuting by bike. But it wasn’t just the physical challenge that inspired her to go car-free—it was also a long-lost connection to her own happiness that compelled her to pick up her bike again.
Not unexpectedly - I've received more than a few emails from readers since we pulled down our Daily Distractions gallery. What was unexpected though is the gamut of responses from the YAY's to the NAY's and everything in between. Here's a sampling from the mailbag...
‘Strugnell’ and ‘Reilly’ those names will look familiar to you if you’re a Readers’ Rigs regular. Last year we featured Karl Strugnell’s 2017 titanium gem by Mark Reilly but for 2018 he’s succumbed to the ‘black stuff’ – yes, shiny ‘Ti’ has been shelved for matt ‘C’.
Interview: Wheels are big business. The top equipment manufacturers make their own hoops to compete with the other sole wheel manufacturers. So it's nice to see a small artisan wheel manufacturer doing his own thing. Ed Hood caught up with Walker Brothers Wheels' Brian Walker to hear his take on the World of bike wheels.
Nov 16, 2017 - UKAD have closed the 'Jiffy Bag' case-Top Story. A very mixed collection of cycling news today: Track World Cup, embarrassment for Ecuador, Napolitana and Losada retire, Bardiani-CSF, Armée de Terre, Polartec and Caja Rural, BEAT, Nippo at Santini, Shimano in Italy, UAE Team Emirates and Alejandro Valverde is looking good.
Chuck Peña got his hands on some Absolute Black Oval rings to give them a good going over, inspired by Chris Froome's wins at the Tour and Vuelta using oval chainrings. But with mixed views on their functionality, we asked what are they like to ride? Here are his findings.
TOOLBOX: Despite some inevitable physical diminishment, age can truly be an arbitrary number and a state of mind. We've previously profiled Chris Froome’s lab testing data along with Miguel Indurain’s data during retirement, but what about the really elite age-group athletes, like Robert Marchand of France, who broke the 100+ hour record not once but twice?
Rapha today announces a highly limited collaboration between the Rapha Cycling Club and Canyon Bicycles. Only 50 Canyon Ultimate CF SLX 9.0 Aero will be produced in a hand painted grey and black fade unique to the RCC. Graphics will be presented in an eye-popping Rapha pink.
Rider Interview: The very successful Spanish Movistar team announced that they would be have a women's squad for the 2018 season. One of their most experienced signings for next year is Australia’s Rachel Neylan from Orica-Scott. Ed Hood caught up with Rachel as she gets ready for a big season with her new team.