Urban Cyclist

Urban Cyclist Issue 22

"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"

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We’d like to feel that Urban readers are a discerning lot. Yes, in the past you’d have happily negotiated city streets aboard a Carrera or even, as in the case of your editor, a mountain bike that weighed a ton and came free with the parents’ washing machine. But as your love for two wheels grew, you delved a little deeper, discovering a world at odds with the homogeny of the Halfords’ shop window. Suddenly your vernacular brimmed with terms like ‘tig welding’, ‘shot-blasting’ and ‘lacquer’. Cycling grew beyond the practical; instead, it provided a platform for the aesthete in all of us. Cue the Bespoked handmade bike show, which took place in April and proved more successful than ever. We’ve shortlisted seven of the best bikes from 2017, but every independent…

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rad race last man standing

LOCATION BERLIN, GERMANY, 4 MARCH 2017 LATITUDE: 52°52’00.00” LONGITUDE: Early March in Berlin signals one thing – the start of the European fixed-gear season. Over 180 riders headed to the Kartbahn in Berlin for the infamous duo of RAD Race Last Man Standing and Last Woman Standing. Around 3,000 onlookers revelled in the spectacle and an estimated 40,000 watched events unfold on rad-race.com . The RAD Race Last Man Standing is a knockout event comprising a specified number of riders per heat. After each lap, the slowest rider is eliminated. Come the final, eight riders start, before whittling down to the sole survivor – aka the Last Man Standing and Last Woman Standing. The race day in Berlin could not have started better with spring temperatures and sunshine creating a genial mood. The qualifiers…

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woven into the fabric of cycling

Road-racing historians amongst our Urban collective will be lured into the latest tome from prolific cycling author Chris Sidwells. Sidwells’ diverse palmares includes books on fitness, bike repair and a biographical account of his uncle Tom, who died ascending Mont Ventoux at the 1967 Tour. Hislatesteffort, Cycling Jerseys,isactually slightly misleading as, primarily, the jerseys act as a segue into an interesting story of the period. That said, there’s enough apparel-related anecdotes to keep the staunchest roadie satisfied. Take the yellow jersey that first appeared in the 1919 edition of the Tour. Legend has it that yellow was chosen to match the paper colour used by race organiser L’Auto’s newspaper. As it transpires, according to Sidwells it derived from the editor Henri Desgrange taking so long to choose the jersey colour that…

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owen byrne

THERE ARE TWO WAYS TO MAKE CARBON-FIBRE BIKES. One is the mass-manufacturing method, which is to place the carbon in a complex mould, in maybe two or three pieces, and then glue the pieces together to make the bike frame. But small-scale builders like me do what is called tube-to-tube building. You’ve got a set of individual tubes (in this case made of carbon fibre) that are bonded using aerospace adhesives, and then the joints are reinforced with additional carbon fibre and the whole frame goes into a curing oven. CUTTING AND FITTING THE TUBES into the frame jig is kind of similar to how steel bikes are made. But before that, I make all the individual tubes. The whole bespoke method allows me to customise the geometry of the frame,…

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51 is the magic number

Framebuilders from all around the world attended April’s Bespoked handmade bike show but few attracted as much attention as Irish brand FiftyOne and their rather beautiful ’87. “It’s based on the iconic Stephen Roche Battaglin steel frame that he rode to Giro, Tour de France and world championship victories back in 1987,” founder Aidan Duff tells us. “We wanted to celebrate such a great achievement but with a modern twist.” That ‘modern twist’ comes in the form of that geometric paint job, which matches the colours of Roche’s original pantone. And whereas Roche made history on Columbus SLX tubing, Duff employed carbon throughout. “The result is a bike that’s probably half the weight of Roche’s original effort,” adds Duff. Enve bars and Campagnolo groupset and wheels complete one of FiftyOne’s most iconic builds,…

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what are you riding?

1: 1952 Motoconfort Randonneur I’m a UK expat living in Switzerland and I bought the bike through eBay France. French randonneurs were well ahead of the time when it came to brake, gearing, comfort and derailleur technology. The bike rides really well, particularly once you’ve got used to the front ‘suicide’ derailleur changer. I ride it to work sometimes – 50km round trip. It’s top value and it’s more of a crowd puller than my friend’s €14k Pinarello Dogma! Guy Redshaw 2: Enigma singlespeed I commute 37km each way on this bespoke titanium beauty and have been doing so for the past 14 years. Basically, I’ve been regularly riding from Leatherhead to Clerkenwell and back for a long time. Phil Cresswell 3: Trek Singletrack 920 I’ve had it for around 19 years now, but due to a…