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Donard | Eddie’s Race Bike

Donard Eddie's Race Bike

Donard recently built this race bike humdinger in Reynolds 853 for a bloke called Eddie. Nice build too, with a Campagnolo Super record groupset and Bora Ultra Dark label wheels, ENVE Composites forks, Chris King headset, Cinelli bars and tape, and Continental GP4000 tires.

Sounds like a winner to us. Better still Eddie is originally from Northern Ireland and Donard reflected that in the paint work which, it has to be said, really rather nice. Since meeting Donard at bespoke we have been really impressed with the builds they have been producing. Check out more details on Eddie’s race bike here.

Q36.5 Jersey Review by Grant Williams

Q36.5 Jersey
Our experience, enjoyment, or level of performance on the bike is normally greatest when it is not compromised by distraction, or interference from the equipment we are using. Q36.5 create their cycling apparel to enable healthy body temperature to be sustained during the ride. This translates into rider comfort and performance.

Having heard so many positive comments about the Jersey Short Sleeve L1 Pinstripe, I was really looking forward to using one. This was heightened, as the Jersey would form part of the clothing I would be taking on a trip to the mountains in France, and would create the perfect opportunity to try the garment in terrain and temperatures which differ from the UK. The Jersey provides High UV protection +50SPF.

Prior to obtaining the Jersey, I visited the brand’s website to learn more about the garment. Q36.5 describe the Jersey Short Sleeve L1 Pinstripe as being high performance, and highly versatile, without weight penalty. They utilise a number of their technologies to create this, one of which is the addition of silver thread to the jersey fabric.  This serves to improve heat and moisture management, and is subtly visible in the form of fine pinstripes running within the Jersey fabric.

On taking the Jersey from its packaging, it is noticeably light. The fabric has a soft feel to it, but is densely woven, and different to what I have experienced with other brands. The pinstripe within the fabric enhances the appearance of the garment.

The Jersey has a pre-shape fit, to match a cyclist’s position when riding, and is formed with minimal seams, none of which are front facing. When putting it on, the fit feels close, and different from day to day clothing. When on the bike, the effect of the minimalist design, fabric and pre-shape is superb, as the presence of the jersey becomes barely noticeable, other than a comfortable, snug feel. Whilst riding, this is complemented by how the jersey remains in position when pockets are loaded, and its sleeves stay in place without being overly tight or restrictive.

Q36.5 incorporate their Invisible Pocket System into the Jersey. The design does away with an additional external fabric panel, and integrates three equally sized pockets, and zip pocket into the rear panel of the jersey. This creates a neat, efficient profile, is comfortable when in use, and has sufficient capacity to suit long days on the bike; I frequently head out with pockets loaded with rain jacket, tool case, phone, numerous bars and gels.

The qualities of this Jersey are further reaching than the great fit and pockets, and this becomes apparent when the riding is more challenging. This could be form of ride intensity, duration, weather conditions or terrain, or a blend of them all.

Q36.5 utilise athlete based research, fabric technology, and a precious metal, in the design of this Jersey. To understand the effect of this, I have used it extensively in my cycling, and included rides using other jerseys which do not have all of these features.

During this period, there have been numerous instances when I have benefited from the performance of the L1 Pinstripe. When climbing, heat build-up felt less, and when the Jersey is worn with an appropriate base layer, the combination of moisture transfer and quick drying fabric is highly efficient.

Whether descending, riding into the wind, and when the evening air begins to cool, I have found the Unique Fabric L1 used to form the jersey lessens the cooling effect that comes with these conditions. Switching to a jersey formed from an alternative fabric simply confirmed the higher level of performance and versatility of the L1 Pinstripe.

Ergogenic Pattern is another feature of the garment. This serves to provide support and stability to specific muscle groups, and is particularly applicable when spending long periods on the bike, or the intensity is high. Having used the jersey for endurance rides, and more intense training or group rides, I can certainly confirm it is comfortable and feels subtly supportive. The stretch within the fabric ensures movement is unhindered.

The Jersey is well made and remains unchanged after being worn and washed numerous times. Q36.5 are based in Italy and the products are also made there. This assists control of quality and production processes, and is also part of their sustainable and environmentally conscious approach.

I expect we all have certain items of clothing that we enjoy wearing, and for me, the Jersey Short Sleeved L1 Pinstripe has become one of these. The minimalist design and subtle features make it very stylish (a number of colour options are available), and I could not ask for more in relation to fit, comfort, and performance.

My partner uses the women’s version of this Jersey and has experienced the same levels of performance from the Jersey L1 Short Sleeve L1 Lady Pinstripe.

Whether its group rides, training, riding fast, going long, or heading to the mountains, this Jersey has got it covered. When temperatures are cooler, pair the jersey with the appropriate base layer, arm screens and vest, to hold off the chill. Q36.5 Jersey Short Sleeve L1 Pinstripe is highly recommended.

Q36.5 have a concise number of jerseys within their summer collection.  The differences generally relate to the technical fabrics in which the jerseys are formed, the fit, and colour or pattern options. If you ride in low light conditions, check out the Vaccaboia and Veloce Club Bolzano Jerseys which have the added feature of the reflective YYY system incorporated into the rear pocket area.

Should you require any further information about this jersey or other Q36.5 products, please email Grant Williams or head to www.q36-5.com

ENVE10 FiftyOne bike to celebrate 10 years of Enve Composites

ENVE10

ENVE10 FiftyOne bike, to celebrate 10 years of Enve Composites…

A decade in the bike business, ENVE Composites are celebrating their 10-Year Anniversary. FiftyOne has designed and hand built a limited edition custom carbon fiber bike for the occasion, with their new disc-brake design. FiftyOne are now taking orders for the limited run of the ENVE10 after being on show at Euro bike. From what I’ve seen it’s a stunner.

Only ten ENVE10s are being built worldwide. Each bike comes with a high gloss photobook with photos of the bike in build and the finished product. The ten bikes also come with a certificate of authenticity to recognize their rarity. FiftyOne are now taking deposits for the ten bikes on their website, if you happen to be lucky enough. If not enjoy the pictures of this amazing bike.

www.fiftyonebikes.com – Photos by www.deanella.com

Bristol Grand Prix 2017

Bristol GP 2017

On 19 August 2017 the streets of Bristol were once again transformed into the venue for the UK’s fastest growing and most exciting city-centre race: the Bristol Grand Prix. Just like last year, we headed down Park Street for a day of bike racing action.

Bristol GP 2017

Bristol GP 2017 – Men’s Category 4 Race

Bristol GP 2017

Bristol GP 2017

Bristol GP 2017 – Women’s Category 4 Race

Bristol GP 2017

Bristol GP 2017

Bristol GP 2017

Bristol GP 2017 – Men’s Category 3 Race

Bristol GP 2017

Bristol GP 2017

Bristol GP 2017

Bristol GP 2017 – Women’s Category 2/3 Race

Bristol GP 2017

Bristol GP 2017

Bristol GP 2017

Bristol GP 2017 – Men’s Category Elite 1/2 Race

Bristol GP 2017

Bristol GP 2017

Bristol GP 2017

Kask Mojito Review | Cycle Republic

Kask Mojito

Helmets are a personal choice, akin to your favourite saddle, or shoes. But as with all products, budget dictates, for the last year I had decided to try out a cheaper helmet for everyday use, whilst not bottom range it cost £70. I hated it.

The Mojito is currently £110, I was curious and maybe a bit reluctant to try, thinking I was going to hate it as much as my current £70 crash helmet. But I was determined to try the Kask Mojito in hope of finding a nice mid-range helmet I could recommend.

The Kask Mojito is 220 grams, has 26 vents and comes in a huge array of colours. Sensible me chose black. The helmet arrived from Cycle Republic and first thoughts were, nice helmet, felt light in hand, but, not too keen on the strap as it felt rigid and maybe not comfortable. On it went, quick glance in the mirror and it looked good (the helmet not me) not a massive mushroom perched on my head. The strap was absolutely fine, which surprised me and put me in a good mood – as wearing it for the foreseeable future wasn’t going to be as bad as the last helmet.

Then something fun happened, Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon! Basically, Baader-Meinhof is the phenomenon where one happens upon some obscure piece of information – often an unfamiliar word or name – and soon afterwards encounters the same subject again, often repeatedly. Also known as frequency illusion. You see I had never worn a Kask, although aware of the brand I had not seriously tried them out. But, I joined the Kask Mojito club. In the space of two weeks I saw at lest half a dozen people wearing them in Bristol. I thought I must be on to something here. A good choice had been made.

The Mojito, with it’s up‘n’down adjustment system which is very comfortable also, the Inner padding fabric treated with antibacterial and antimicrobial Sanitized® process which makes for less chance of any nasty itchy rash on your head. It’s this level of attention to detail that I like and probably why the helmet is so comfy.

Kask Mojito

Over the years I’ve worn, Giro, Specialized and Bell cycling helmets. From cheap to expensive. I won’t say what was my favourite out of those but the Kask Mojito, for it’s price has now beaten them all. Sadly this summer has not been the greatest and a long super hot ride has eluded me so far, that will be it’s true test of comfort but, I’m confident it will be good.

So if you’re looking for a new helmet, don’t want to spend crazy money but want a decent well made Italian number, look no further.

Filament Super Duty Road Frameset

Filament Super Duty Road Frameset

Filament makes custom carbon fibre bike frames here in the UK from their workshop in Bromsgrove.

They have just released a new model, the Super Duty, with a new tube set. It has a larger octagonal down tube and top tube for a slightly stiffer frame. Where their round tube frames have a sublime ride quality, the Super Duty is a little stiffer for the more powerful riders.

The Super Duty has basically been developed for the most powerful riders seeking the highest level of acceleration response.

Filament Super Duty Road Frameset

It has full custom options on geometry, sizing and paint scheme. It can be built for disc or rim brakes. The customer can choose the BB formats from PF30, BSA and T47. It’s also possible to choose the gear control routing: Internally wired electronic, Wireless with no stops or holes, Internal mechanical and External mechanical. Pretty much what ever you want. The bikes come with an ENVE fork and Chris King headset now.

They’ve also added seven standard size options in addition to the custom service. Bespoke carbon for unique riders.

The paint is fully customisable too, so you can specify any colour and design.

Current pricing is £3,600

Frameset price comprises frame, fork, headset and seat collar.

Current delivery time: 8 weeks

Wahoo introduces ELEMNT MINI

Wahoo introduces ELEMNT MINI

Wahoo Fitness, the leader in workout apps and connected fitness devices, is introducing ELEMNT MINI, the latest in Wahoo’s growing collection of innovative, industry-leading bike computers.

Joining the flagship ELEMNT, and the aerodynamic ELEMNT BOLT GPS cycling computers, the all-new ELEMNT MINI is a standalone wireless bike computer that provides a compelling economical product for cyclists. When used with the ELEMNT Companion App, the ELEMNT MINI is able to capture a full suite of ride data like cadence, heart rate, call/text notifications, while also enabling friends or family members to follow ride progress with Wahoo’s newly enhanced Live Track capability.

Sticking close to its namesake, the ELEMNT MINI is equipped with a streamlined, two-button interface and a 1.8” diagonal LCD screen, yielding a smaller size that tips the scales at a feathery light 31.2 grams. It is powered by Bluetooth and ANT+ technologies, making it compatible with all Wahoo sensors including the RPM Speed Sensor (included with the ELEMNT MINI), the RPM Cadence Sensor and the TICKR Heart Rate Monitor (sold separately) for cyclists looking to specifically tailor their data tracking needs.

At the heart of the wallet-friendly and feature-rich ELEMNT MINI, is Wahoo’s improved Live Track feature, which enables others to monitor the user’s current and travelled locations in real-time on a map, along with any data (speed, heart rate, cadence) being transmitted to their cycling computer.

The Wahoo ELEMNT MINI is now available to buy at select specialty retailers and on WahooFitness.com for £79.99.

Wahoo introduces ELEMNT MINI

Simpson issue 12 and Mister Tom 50 t-shirt

Simpson issue 12

Simpson magazine recently launched issue 12 and it has an international feel to it. Featuring interviews with Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde at Team Movistar’s annual gathering in Pamplona, Spain. A catch up Nicholas Roche from BMC Racing, contributor Augustus Farmer shares his dream bike build at the Service Course in Girona and much more.

The launch of issue 12 coincided with the 50th anniversary of Tom Simpson’s death, a name any avid cyclist will be familiar with. To celebrate the life and palmarès of Tom, Britain’s first world road race champion and the inspiration for the magazine, Simpson have created a celebratory garment.

The t-shirt is available in three colours: black with white print, white with black print, and the iconic yellow of the maillot jaune – an acknowledgement of the race in which Simpson gave all he had to give. The t-shirt is available to purchase here.

To find out more about Simpson Magazine and issue 12, click here.

VELOPEDIA: The Infographic Book of Cycling

Infographic Book of Cycling

This Infographic Book of Cycling is a joy to flick through and explore different facts and topics. We love nothing more than a good cycling fact at Headset press and this book certainly satisfies that need. What could be very dry and boring is brought to life in full infographic detail, I’ve never seen a book like it before and have enjoyed the last month flicking through it. From diet of champions to iconic riders.

To copy the books synopsis; Whether it is the tallest and shortest champions, oldest and youngest Tour riders, or the richest in the peloton, Velopedia has it covered. Examining nearly all of the sport’s most intriguing stories, it also includes the most memorable rivalries, heroic losers, most controversial stars and biggest scandals, not to mention the best punch-ups and mid-race mishaps. The eccentric side of the sport is here too, with kitsch kits, the strangest superstitions and most elaborate facial hair.

Charting every generation from the Victorian age to the present day, Velopedia is the perfect book for both the most devoted amateur cyclist and the armchair fan. 100% agreed!

Infographic Book of Cycling

Written by sports journalist, Robert Dineen. He has also written, Reg Harris: The Rise and Fall of Britain’s Greatest Cyclist and Kings of the Road: A Journey into the Heart of British Cycling. Which are all worth a look. The book itself is over 190 pages and hardcover bound with no dust jacket and a little under A4 in size, perfect for the coffee table but no so big you can’t sit back and relax in your favourite reading chair (you have one right?).

As much as the author has put together the topics this book wouldn’t be half as interesting without the graphics, those are done by Paul Oakley, Nick Clark and Jane McKenna. You can’t help but love the portraits done by Paul Oakley they look amazing and add character throughout. You might think it all a bit gimmicky but no matter your knowledge I bet you can find something you don’t already know.

Published by Aurum Press and is available for £18.99 from all good bookshops.

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