Stephen Spencer-Black

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The Fastest Bikes of the 2017 Tour de France

AG2R La Mondiale’s Factor Slick<p>Matt Phillips<p>Advertisement - Continue Reading Below<p>The most striking feature of Factor’s Slick is the double downtube, which, the company’s information claims, allows an aerodynamic bike to have “the stiffness and feel of a traditional road bike.” Another interesting …

Road Bikes

Tour Stage 17: Epic Stage of Epicness for Epic Feats of Climbing

La Mure - Serre Chevalier (183 km)Hello. Have you had enough hyperbole? Excellent. So, yes, this is the latest in this Tour’s collection of mountain …

Road Cycling

Wild photo shows Tour de France rider's vascular legs after 16 stages

Tour de France rider Paweł Poljański has been competing in the world's biggest bike race since it started on July 1. The Polish pro on the BORA-Hansgrohe team has completed all 16 stages so far — about 68 hours of pedaling — and he's got less than a week to go till the finish in Paris.<p>On Tuesday he …

DeWalt Demo Hammer

It's not too often that you see a tool as time-tested as the hammer get an upgrade, but that's precisely the case with this Demo Hammer from DeWalt. …

Avionics V1 Electric Bike

Electric bicycles are all the rage. From high-tech offerings like the Neematic FR/1 to the more casual Pedego Airstream, there's something for every …

The eco guide to the repair economy

An unassuming repair shop might not look like a major disruptive force. But extending the lifespan of your possessions by getting them fixed is one of the most effective green direct actions available.<p>The cycling community is at the forefront of the repair economy<p>To make stuff, of course, requires …

Repairs

Hiplok Z-Lok Cable Lock review - MBR

Simple security to prevent opportunist thefts.<p>A simple deterrent against opportunists. Inherently the Hiplok Z-Lok is ‘just’ a re-usable ziptie but …

Russia cancels talks after US imposes new sanctions over Ukraine conflict

Russia has canceled a planned round of talks with the US in protest at new sanctions imposed this week over Moscow’s military intervention in Ukraine.<p>US broadens Russia sanctions as Ukraine president visits Trump<p>Read more<p>The deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, denounced the new sanctions, …

Russia

Niner's new RLT 9 RDO for a winter gravel race

Mixed surface races are always a mixed bag. No matter how much you analyze and agonize over what to ride, there will inevitably be sections of the …

Election results 2017: Labour takes Ipswich from Tories

<b>Labour has snatched Ipswich from the Conservatives by fewer than 1,000 votes.</b><p>Ben Gummer, who had been the town's MP since 2010, got 23,393 votes compared with 24,224 votes for Labour's Sandy Martin.<p>Mr Martin said he had seen "a good deal of enthusiasm" while out on the campaign trail.<p>He said Labour …

Rachel Atherton Injured at Fort William

A suspected dislocated shoulder ends her streak<p>Rachel Atherton’s winning streak came to an end-or at least a pause-today at the Downhill World Cup in …

Climber Completes the Most Dangerous Rope-Free Ascent Ever

Alex Honnold has become the first climber to free solo Yosemite’s 3,000-foot El Capitan wall.<p>YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIA—Renowned rock climber Alex Honnold on Saturday became the first person to scale the iconic nearly 3,000-foot granite wall known as El Capitan without using ropes or other …

Climbing

Eichler with double A-frame atrium wants $1.8M

The Sunnyvale home is a showstopper<p>A 1960 Claude Oakland Architects Double A-Frame Atrium model Eichler has just come on the market in the Bay Area, and, apparently (according to the listing, at least) it’s a big deal. But one look at the photos and it’s obvious: The home is a showstopper.<p>The …

Citroen Type H 70th Anniversary Van

Based on the Citroen Jumper, the Citroen Type H 70th Anniversary Van is a tribute to Flaminio Bertoni's original HY hauler. This new model is the …

It's official: cycling is good for your sex life

Two new studies published by the American Urological Association investigate the link between cycling and both sexual health and urinary fuction... …

Cycling

Campagnolo Bora One DB carbon tubular & clincher wheels

By now we all know that Campagnolo has gone all in with road disc brake, from pro race-ready carbon components (assuming the cliques in the peloton …

Ukraine spy agency 'may have seen planting of bomb that killed journalist'

A new documentary film alleges that Ukraine’s spy agency may have witnessed the planting of a car bomb that killed a prominent journalist last July in Kiev.<p>Pavel Sheremet had just left his home in the Ukrainian capital and was driving to work when his car exploded. The murder was the most …

Russia

In depth: Campagnolo H11 hydraulic disc brakes for EPS or mechanical Super Record, Record & Chorus

Now that we’ve outlined all Campagnolo has in store for us road disc fans, we can get a bit more into the details. The key detail here is that …

Watch: Aaron Gwin Crashes Twice, Still Finishes Race Run

Aaron Gwin crashes twice, going down <b>hard</b> the second time, and still finishes his race run! Unfortunately, he got disqualified for re-entering the …

Cycling

Cycling crash leaves everybody piled up at the start of 1 of America's most dangerous races

The Red Hook Crit is a cycling race in Brooklyn that’s developed a recent history of horrific crashes, and this weekend was no different.<p>It’s unclear what started this massive pileup, but it appears from the video that the cyclist in white fell — prompting a massive pileup shortly after the race …

Wreck

Ridgeback Ramble: bike preview

Ridgeback is a great British brand that we should be a lot more proud of. It began life in 1983 when Errol Drew returned from the New York bike show inspired to create the UK’s first mountain bike. Since then the firm has developed a name for building virtually bombproof off-roaders and commuters. …

Commuting

Vintage Electric Emory Outlaw Tracker Bike

Throwback styling meets high-tech electronics on the Vintage Electric Emory Outlaw Tracker Bike. At its heart is a proprietary aluminum battery box …

2017 Tour de Yorkshire start list

Road Bikes

GARY FISHER on the Birth of Mountain Biking | Mountain Bike Action Magazine

<b>GF:</b> Let’s be clear; different wheel sizes are nothing new. One hundred years ago 30 and 32 inches were the dominant sizes. However, the mountain bike …

American killed in Ukraine identified

<b>(CNN) —</b> The American paramedic killed during a monitoring mission in Ukraine has been identified.<p>He is Joseph Stone, 36, according to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's Special Monitoring Mission.<p>It is the first time a member of an SMM patrol has been killed while on duty.<p>"I …

Russia

If ever there was a time to vote Labour, it is now

Where are the nose-pegs this time? Those who tolerated anything the Labour party did under Blair tolerate nothing under Corbyn. Those who insisted that we should vote Labour at any cost turn their backs as it seeks to recover its principles.<p>They proclaimed undying loyalty when the party stood for …

Green Party

The 10 best climbs you’ve probably never heard of

Looking to head off the beaten track this year? Philip Deeker, founder of the Cent Cols Challenge and a man looking to chalk up 1,000 cols in 2017, …

Road Cycling

2017 Road Bike Editors’ Choice Winners

These 16 road bikes are the best of the best<p>We started with a mission: to find the very best road bikes of 2017. We gathered nominations from our editors, who together ride hundreds of road bikes per year. We then chose the most exciting bikes from the bunch—we factored in value, class-leading …

SOC17: Holy Shift Snacks! Archer Components offers universal wireless shifting for 1x MTB

At Interbike last fall, we saw X-Shifter’s universal wireless shifting kit to fit any bike, any gearing combo front and rear. Now, another upstart is …

The Marin Wolf Ridge is Unlike Anything We’ve Ridden

Looks like a moto, rides like a bike<p>At first glance, the Marin Wolf Ridge looks like a 1993 Cannondale Super V without the step-through. Haven’t we …