Riding Technology

Spokes are hard to get too excited about because they all look much the same and they don’t appear to do much either. But to build a great set of wheels you need to get a bit excited about spoke choice because it will dramatically influence the end result.

Development of the bicycle rim continues, and while there are new high tech materials and designs on the market, there are still many tried and true options available.

Welcome to part two of our five part series on wheels. In this issue we’re looking at hubs, their component parts, and respective advantages.

Tubeless bike tyres are hardly new but of late the concept 
has really gained momentum. Let’s take a look at the benefits and what’s involved in fitting tubeless road tyres.

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You probably know this person; they’ve always got the bunch standing around waiting while they faff with their punctured tyre, loose bolt or whatever it may be this time. So here’s a comprehensive range of tips that could help you avoid being ‘that guy’.

The movement of disc brakes to standard equipment on road racing bikes creeps inexorably on. The mechanics and technology of discs may be foreign to many roadies who have used caliper brakes for their entire cycling life. So what does a move to discs mean for the bunch rider?

There's a new cycling trend rolling across the land. Wide rims have taken the MTB world by storm and are now rapidly gaining prominence in road cycling circles.

Being mechanically able to build a bike cockpit is one thing, knowing how to align all the parts for optimum function and comfortable control is quite another.

Foot Correction is the term I use to describe the process of ensuring that proprioceptive feedback from the feet is prioritised by the cerebellum for processing. Before continuing I had best explain what that means, as it has significant implications for cycling performance and injury reduction. Bear with me as the explanation is lengthy and I know that many readers who ‘just want to ride my bike’ may find it eye glazing. Persevere though, as it is necessary if you are to understand the importance of what follows for your performance.

There are very few real standards in cycling, and none that seem to persist for very long even once they are established. For example the manifold choices of bottom brackets; English and Italian but there are also the new ‘standards’, PF30, BB30, BB86, BB90, BB386EVO and others). With this proliferation of options it requires that whenever we talk about something on a bike, we should be clear as to what it is that we actually mean to avoid misunderstanding.

Your bars, seat and pedals, are the three points where you make contact with your bike and of course getting the position of these adjusted correctly will make a big difference to the way we ride. Steve Hogg steps us through determining correct cleat position.

If you’re reading this article in a café or bike shop, have a look around you right now and check out the bikes closest to you. Do they look super aero? Chances are that most of the machines you can see are sporting slammed stems – in other words, any spacers between the dust cover and the stem have been removed, so that the stem has been lowered all the way down to the headset bearing cover. Take an even closer look – in all likelihood the stem has been flipped over too, providing an even lower and more aero riding position. 

Spending a few hours tinkering with your bike on a wet winter’s afternoon can not only be very relaxing but rewarding as well. All those warmer months of riding can take a toll on your bike and spending a little time looking after it will make your riding experience better. A well-adjusted, smooth running bike is a pleasure to ride. We have all ridden past that guy who never lubes his chain or adjusts his gears. Don’t be that noisy rider, clunking your way down the road.

Determining your ideal saddle height and setback seems a simple concept at first but there’s a lot more to it than just finding a comfortable height where your knees don’t lock out. Steve Hogg explains the detail of saddle ergonomics in this second instalment of DIY Bike Fitting.