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Urban Cyclist Issue 21

"Get inside the scene - street riding from London to Los Angeles Look sharp in stylish, modern clothing designed for city riding and living Riding skills - how to trackstand, sidehop, deal with traffic and train on a fixed gear bike Group tests - crosstown carvers, stylish urbanites and sport fixed/singlespeed bikes on test Products tested and rated - 20 messenger bags, 16 lights, 6 pairs of gloves and more"

País:
United Kingdom
Idioma:
English
Editor:
Immediate Media Company London Limited
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welcome...

“Variety is the spice of life, That gives it all its flavour.” So said William Cowper in his 1785 poem ‘The Task’. Well, the English poet and humanist should also list prophet on his CV, as there are few activities that offer the diversity of cycling in 2017. Take this issue as your exemplar where we mount bikes forged from steel and alu; weave through traffic via a fixed cog or 20 sprockets; and test gear that wouldn’tlookoutofplacein 2001: A Space Odyssey.And it’s not just products that tap into ‘the spice of life’. Take Red Hook racer Juliet Elliott, who we profile on page 52. Elliott’s known by many for powering her fixed-gear around city crits, but how many of you know she once snowboarded professionally, guitared for a rock…

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car-park climb

LOCATION ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA, 21 JANUARY 2017 LATITUDE: 34°55’43” LONGITUDE: 138°35’55” While Australian pro road racer Richie Porte was winning stage five of the Tour Down Under, the centre of Adelaide drew a similarly enthusiastic crowd for a bike race worlds away from the UCI WorldTour circuit. Porte tamed the notorious Willunga Hill en route to stage and, ultimately, race victory. But 120 riders lined up in the inner city for an even tougher challenge – the unique Car-Park Climb. The raw urban backdrop of a multi-storey car park provided the backdrop for one long party, as crowds of over 1,000 united to the tunes of two DJs and, more importantly, two bars, stocked by Dutch brewing company A Bloc, who’ve just launched in the UK. The convivial atmosphere soon dissipated for the riders, however, the…

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one for the cycling curious

In 2016, legendary saddle manufacturers Brooks celebrated their 150th anniversary with the Dashing Bikes project, which saw the Smethwick-based outfit invite a select number of partners to create limited-edition bicycles in the theme of copper. Cue collaborations with Brompton, Pegoretti and Pelago. Style and substance echoed loudly, as did the price tag. But ever the democrats, Brooks have now released a 192-page tome to continue the birthday celebrations into their 151st year at more affordable £29.95. As the name suggests, The Brooks Compendium of Cycling Culture depicts Brooks’ unique and idiosyncratic view of the wide-ranging impact that the humble bicycle has had on the world. Though we’re given a brief background to Brooks and their takeover in 2002 by Italian steel behemoths Selle Royal, this is a collection of stories that stretches…

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caren hartley

I’VE BEEN FRAMEBUILDING for around three-and-a-half years. Before that, I worked as a sculptor creating large-scale pieces of art for public display. I also trained as a jeweller and silversmith. I enjoyed the practical side of things but, well, the art world frustrated me. You’d spend a great deal of time talking about your work and justifying it. To me the whole point of art is that it speaks for itself. I BRAINSTORMED WITH FRIENDS what I should do next. I enjoyed problem solving, making things and working with metal. At the time, I was cycling more and more, and became involved with the London Bike Kitchen. It’s a DIY workspace where they teach you how to fix your bike. I then attended the Vulpine summer fair and it was a…

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eyeing up big brother

The rather slick ‘stone green’ frame that rather beautifully decorates these pages is the latest adventure frame from Brother Cycles, a UK online-only brand formed by brothers Will and James Brother in 2010. As is the way with this burgeoning sector of the market, the Big Bro’s been designed with versatility in mind, ensuring it should be equally as comfortable consuming commuter miles as running rough shod over trails. The London-designed, Taiwanese-manufactured double-butted 4130 aluminium frameset is matched to a rigid fork that, while unforgiving, will ensure lightning-fast handling to negotiate the most erratic traffic. That predicted swiftness of handling’s heightened by the geometry and, in particular, that 71° head angle. The payback is often a ride that’s less stable at high speeds so we suggest the Big Bro will be more…

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what are you riding?

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE YOUR BIKE FEATURED HERE, SEND A HI-RES IMAGE TO JAMESRWITTS@GMAIL.COM Any that don’t make it to print we will share at: www.facebook.com/UrbanCyclistMagazine…

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