Monthly Archives: June 2014

Competition time – win a fi'zi:k Giro Commedia book

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We have a copy of fi’zi:k’s commedia Giro d’Italia book, a beautifully designed and printed book commemorating the Italian grand tour. It’s worth B#15, and is not only a great coffee table book, it is full of insightful imagery of the world’s hardest race in the most beautiful place.

To be in with a chance to win this book, simply comment on our Facebook page with who you think will win the opening stage of this year’s Tour de France in Yorkshire.

Correct answers will be put into a hat and drawn at random. Entries close at midnight on the 2nd July so get entering NOW!

A little about our coffee

cycle-artAt Cycle Art, we stock some of the most exciting bikes, clothing and accessories available. With all this kit around, it’s sometimes easy to forget about the humble cup of coffee we serve.

Our coffee regularly receives high praise from customers, and a lot of that is down to the bean we use (there is a certain art to a good coffee too). Our coffee bean of choice is Caffe Praego.

Caffe Praego is ethically sourced directly from the plantations, ensuring strong links with framers, co-operatives and communities. Caffe Praego trade ethically to ensure that the company pays a fair price for the coffee, and it also works closely with the coffee growing communities helping to fund and manage life enhancing projects, such as rebuilding housing, schools, water systems and supporting local orphanages.

Caffe Praego do not use aluminium packaging, ensuring their bags are more environmentally friendly and easy to recycle, and are designed to maximise the freshness of the roasted beans using a special patented seal.

The Caffe Praego taste
Caffe Praego is a blend of two types of bean – high grade A Arabica and earthy Robusta beans. These are sourced from the Misozi Co-operative in Rwanda with coffee beans delivered within 6 weeks from field to bag. The Misozi Co-operative is an umbrella organisation supporting many thousands of families who grow the finest grade coffee beans. They are spread across the lush mountains b on the very rooftop of Central East Africa. Each location has unique character and beauty, and from each co-operative comes distinctive coffee of the highest quality.

Caffe Praego bagDon’t forget we run a loyaly scheme where your 9th cup of coffee is free, and also sell individual bags of ground Caffe Praego coffee for your machine at home.

We hope you enjoy your coffee at Cycle Art.

Edge 510, 810 and 1000 compared

Edge 510, 810 and 1000
At Cycle Art, we regularly get customers asking the difference between the 3 top end Garmin GPS computers. In this article, our resident technology geek takes us through the features of the latest Edge computers and explains what it means for you the cyclist.

Edge 510Edge 510
Garmin’s Edge 500 has been an extremely popular model, and indeed is their best selling cycle computer. It packs in a myriad of features, has a long battery life, and has a reasonably small footprint meaning it is ideal for most riders. With the Edge 510, Garmin gave their mid-range best seller an overhaul, giving it their new touch screen operating system, connected features, a colour screen, and a redesigned outer casing. Based on features for price, this is more than likely going to be their biggest seller again.

The new version of the firmware running on the Edge 510 changes the graphical interface users will have become used to on previous Edge cycle computers. The new touch screen interface allows the user to swap between bikes and activities in a much quicker and more intuitive way, simply by pressing left and right arrows on the home screen until the relevant bike and activity is selected. For instance, if you had a training bike that you used on a turbo that had speed/cadence sensor, and a race bike that had a power meter, you can now flip between the bikes very quickly, rather than rooting down into sub menus as per the Edge 500. Similarly, multiple activity profiles allows different data to be shown on the screen, and it is now much quicker to choose the activity you require. Once you have the activity and bike chosen, you press “Ride” and the correct data pages and bike information is displayed.

Another big feature of the 510, as with all of the new connected Garmin devices, is the ability to pair (via Bluetooth) your Garmin to your phone. With the 510, this allows live tracking (so a loved one can see where you are on their PC – this could be a good OR bad thing), weather updates, and automatic updating to Garmin Connect once you complete a ride. As with all Bluetooth devices, real world usage is only as good as the Bluetooth link your phone allows, but mostly this works well once the Garmin is paired up to the phone.

Battery life on the 510 is a claimed 20 hours, but as with all electronic devices this is subject to actual usage.

The main points to note on the 510 is that it doesn’t have maps, nor does it have the ability to add them (it has no SD Card slot). It is, of course, ANT+ compatible, so it communicates with compatible heart rate straps, cadence/speed sensors and power meters. It also has the ability to act as a remote control for Garmin’s VIRB cameras.

Another important feature is the fact that the 510 communicates with GLONASS, which is essentially Russia’s alternative to GPS. This means it uses both GLONASS and GPS, meaning your Garmin picks up the satellites in seconds, and has a far better chance of maintaining signal even in heavily wooded or built up areas.

Like the 810 and 1000, the 510 has the ability to download GPX files so you can follow a pre-planned course or route.

The Edge 510 starts at B#249 for the unit only.

Edge 810Edge 810
The 810 is far from a larger version of the 510, which is invariably what most people see when they first begin comparing. The 810 builds on the features and usability of the 510, but has a few tricks up it’s sleeve.

On face value, the obvious difference is screen size – a 1.4″ x 2.2″ display with 160 x 240 pixels over the 510’s 1.7″ x 1.4″ display with 176 x 220 pixels. The knock on effect is the 810 obviously has a bigger form factor, which may put some people off.

However, the biggest difference is the 510’s mapping. Included on the device is a basemap, and it has an SD card slot allowing expansion to more complex maps or maps for different regions than the UK.

The 810 is also works quicker when flicking through menus, and it’s touch screen is slightly more responsive than the 510.

As with the 510, the 810 is ANT+ compatible and uses Bluetooth to communicate with smart phones.

One major thing to note is that unlike the 510 and the 1000, the 810 does not use the GLONASS satellites, and is restricted to just GPS. Battery life is a claimed 17 hours.

The Edge 810 starts at B#319 for the unit only.

Edge 1000Edge 1000
The Edge 1000 is Garmin’s latest super computer. It’s massive 1.5″ x 2.5″ screen is the first thing you notice, followed by just how much this Garmin actually looks and feels like a premium smart phone. Unlike the rubber feeling 510 and the grey plastic 810, the 1000 has more glass and a gloss black surround, with silver metal buttons. Another nice cosmetic touch is the brushed metal plate in the rear of the unit with the Garmin Edge logo etched into it – something you’ll never see but does demonstrate the premium nature of the 1000. To the rear, the unit has a rubber cover that peels back in two places, one to reveal an SD card slot, the other the USB port (which interestingly enough is a micro USB port unlike the mini USB ports used on the other Edge computers – this allows for greater compatibility as more and more phones and devices are using micro USB). Even the packaging on the 1000 is more upmarket – think Apple iPhone versus a cheaper smart phone.

In addition to the upmarket look and feel, bigger screen and impressive packaging, the 1000 flexes it’s muscle in several ways. Most significantly, 1000 comes loaded with a cycle map of Europe – and these maps have free updates for the life of the device. Additionally, the 1000 can be used either landscape or portrait – allowing said mapping to be viewed in a more natural landscape format. Another big feature the 1000 has is Garmin Connect Segments – essentially Garmin’s own version of Strava. Finally, the Edge 1000 is compatible with Shimano’s Di2 electronic shifting, displaying which gear you are in on screen. The 1000 further simplifies the menu system and features a far more intuitive way of connecting with ANT+ devices – rather than pairing devices for a specific bike, the Edge 1000 features a sensor pool where all your connected sensors are stored and the Edge 1000 just picks the devices you are using.

The 1000 has all the same ANT+ and Bluetooth connectivity as the 810 and 510 for compatible ANT+ devices and pairing with a smart phone for live tracking, and retains the GLONASS satellite support of the 510 that is missing from the 810. The 1000 also has Wi-fi support, so data can automatically be synced with Garmin Connect at the end of a ride. You can also share your data with other Edge 1000 users.

New Garmin sensorsOne final feature is the re-designed speed/cadence sensor. The standard GSC 10 sensor that has been around for years now is replaced with 2 new units, one for speed only and one for cadence only. The speed unit wraps around the rear wheel hub (so it can be used on a turbo trainer) and the cadence unit is attached to the non drive side crank and uses an accelerometer (like a phone uses to sense screen orientation) to measure pedal revolutions.

Battery life is a claimed 15 hours, but again, this will be subject to real world usage.

The 1000 starts at B#439 for the unit only.

In conclusion…
Garmin Edge 510 – buy if you want a small, easy to use unit ideal for racing, training and all day riding

Garmin Edge 810 – buy if you want the features of a 510 with the added option of basic navigation, a bigger screen, and slightly more responsive usage

Garmin Edge 1000 – buy if you want full on navigation, the ultimate training and racing companion, or just like to have the latest piece of technology

Torqing about nutrition

TORQWe all know nutrition is an important part of being a cyclist – you only get out what you put in. The correct fuel allows your body to ride longer and harder, and the right recovery products will help you get the most out of your body and prepare for your next ride, race or training session.

At Cycle Art, we regularly test and try new nutritional products, and we all have our favourites. We’re not just looking for products that perform well and are keenly priced, we’re also interested in products that actually taste nice (or as nice as possible – we all know Pam’s cakes taste better) and can easily be taken on board and digested.

In addition to ranges from SiS, Clif and CNP, we now have a large range of TORQ products in stock, including their Fairtrade bars, gels, energy drinks and recovery products.

TORQ have an interesting approach to helping athletes understand how to take on board fuel and recover, with their “TORQ Fuelling System” and “TORQ Recovery System”. The fuelling system provides recommendations of how many “TORQ Units” should be taken per hour of exercise, with an explanation of what constitutes a unit. Similarly, the recovery system explains how best to take TORQ products in order to recovery from your sports activities.

TORQ Energy
TORQ’s energy drink has an optimal carbohydrate blend (2:1 Maltodextrin:Fructose) combined with 5 key electrolytes. TORQ energy contains Sodium, Chloride, Magnesium, Potassium and Calcium to replace the 5 electrolytes lost through perspiration. All the flavours are natural, with no colours, artificial sweeteners or preservatives.

TORQ barTORQ Bars
TORQ bars consist of multiple-transportable carbohydrates (with Maltodextrin:Fructose), are moist and chewy, naturally low in fat and flavoured with fairly-traded fruit. In addition, they have no colours, artificial flavours or preservatives.

TORQ Gels
TORQ gels come in a variety of natural flavours, have a light texture, and have no colours or artificial sweeteners. The gels also have an optimal carbohydrate blend (2:1 Maltodextrin:Fructose) With electrolytes for replacing minerals lost during effort.

TORQ recoveryTORQ Recovery
TORQ’s recovery drink is made up of multiple-transportable carbohydrates, whey protein isolate, ribose, glutamine, vitamins and minerals and has all natural flavours with no colours, artificial sweeteners or preservatives. It mixes silky smooth, and has been designed to repair, recharge and refuel fatigued muscle tissue after heavy exercise.

TORQ Recovery Plus+
TORQ Recovery Plus+ is a hot cocoa drink that should be used as well as TORQ Recovery (not instead of) that includes Beta-Alanine for increased anaerobic power, and Sodium Phosphate for increased aerobic power. As with all of TORQ’s products, it has natural flavours and no colours, artificial sweeteners or preservatives.

Cycle Art now has a TORQ display stand with various bars, gels, energy drinks, recovery drinks, bottles, mixers and powder containers.

Cycle Art becomes a Stages dealer

Stages power metersPower. Love it or hate it, it has revolutionized the way cyclists can train and race. Whilst some still prefer to train by feel (not that there is anything wrong with that), others like the ability to train with science and numbers, using the same tools and methods as the pros do.

Until very recently, training with power has been an expensive proposition. American company Stages has changed all that with their simple yet effective power meter design. By using just the non-drive side crank, Stages have created a light, easy to fit, easy to use power meter that doesn’t cost the earth.

Stages take genuine Shimano and SRAM crank arms and retrofit strain gauges (the technology used to measure power in the majority of power meters), an accelerometer (to measure cadence), an ANT+ chip (a wireless protocol owned by Garmin) and CR2032 battery unit all in a small unit on the inside of the crank arm. All this technology adds 20g to the weight of the crank arm (about the weight of a chocolate bar).

The Stages power meters are compatible with a wide range of ANT+ devices such as Garmin Edge bike computers (other bike computers are available) and uses Bluetooth to communicate with an iPhone to run firmware updates.

Cycle Art is pleased to confirm we are now a Stages dealer. In addition to stocking a selection of Stages cranks, we also have a 105 demonstrator crank that can be hired for B#40 for 2 weeks. We would then deduct B#40 off the price of a power meter should you choose to buy one from us. Stages power meters start at B#599 for the 105 and SRAM Rival GXP versions.

When buying a power meter, if you have a Garmin Edge computer, one of our members of staff will happily set up your Stages power meter and show you how to use it, calibrate it, and make the most of it.

Mavic 125th Anniversary

MavicFrench wheel and clothing company Mavic are celebrating their 125th anniversary by launching a range of limited edition “125 Ans” products – and Cycle Art has them in store now!

From it’s humble beginnings in 1889, Mavic has become the world leader in factory built bicycle wheels and a market leader in cycling clothing, shoes and helmets. It’s yellow logo is synonymous with the Tour de France through the famous neutral support vehicle. Mavic was born from the merger of two small companies with the same President – one manufacturing spare parts for bicycles and the other a nickel plating company.

The French company has always been at forefront of technology, and as early as 1934 Mavic began testing a metal rim when the competition were using wood. The subsequent “secret wheel” was used to win the 1934 Tour de France under Antonin Magne.

Mavic Neutral SupportIn 1973, the now famous Mavic neutral service car first made an appearance. As yellow as the Malliot Jaune itself, it has become a permanent installation within the Tour de France and Paris Roubaix caravan.

125 years on, Mavic offer a comprehensive range of wheels, tyres, helmets, shoes and clothes, and in terms of factory built wheels we believe they are some of the best on the market.

To celebrate their 125 years, Mavic have released a special edition range of wheels, tyres and clothing.

Ksyrium 125 wheelsKsyrium 125
The Ksyrium 125 wheels, which are a development of the previous Ksyrium SLR wheels, pack in all of Mavic’s know-how into one of the finest lightweight clinchers money can buy.

Previous Ksyriums have used what Mavic call ISM (inter spoke milling), where excess material is machined away leaving the rim strong where it needs to be but lightweight. The 125 takes this process a step further using “ISM 4D”, with each rim measured before milling to ensure the precise amount of material is removed. It also features a more rounded profile than before, saving more weight but also provide a more aerodynamic rim shape.

As with other Ksyriums, Mavic use a process called FORE, where instead of drilling through the rim bed to house the spoke, the inner surface of the rim is pressed into the rim cavity, meaning the spoke does not go all the way through the rim. According to Mavic, this both increases the strength of the rim and makes the wheel more rigid.

The rims are also treated to the Exalith 2 coating process, which not only looks good but increases the life of the rim and improves braking.

As a finishing touch, the 125 Ans Ksyriums have Mavic yellow hub flanges and a single yellow spoke in each wheel, making a truly unique wheelset. The wheelset weight is a very low 1370 without tyres (1920 with tyres).

Only 6000 pairs will be made, and only a fraction of those will come to the UK. We have some in the shop.

125 Ans HC Clothing125 Ans HC Clothing
Mavic’s HC clothing range has proven to be extremely popular, and as part of their 125 anniversary the company has released a special yellow version of the HC jersey and bib shorts with “125 Ans” labels on the arms and legs. The clothing is in very limited supply, and Mavic has sold out already – but we have a full size run of both the jerseys and bib shorts in stock.

20% off Neil Pryde bikes in the month of June

20% off Neil Pryde

For the month of June only, NeilPryde is offering a massive 20% off brand new bikes.

Hong Kong based NeilPryde has been producing high quality sailing and windsurfing equipment for over 40 years, and in 2011 the company applied this knowledge and experience to the world of cycling, launching the award winning Alize and Diablo, designed in collaboration with BMW Group DesignworksUSA.

Their current range consists of the Zephyr (a lightweight, endurance orientated bike), the Nazare (previously known as the Alize – an aero race bike), the Bayamo (a time trial / triathlon bike) and the BuraSL (a super light race bike).

Neilpryde Zephyr

Cycle Art currently has a Zephyr and a BuraSL in the shop available for test rides. If you give the shop a ring before you come in, we can have a bike prepped with your pedal of choice.

Not only that, in association with importer 2Pure, NeilPryde are giving away an Ultegra equipped Zephyr. To qualify, pop into the shop, take a photo of yourself with a NeilPryde bike, and post it on the 2Pure Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/2pure) – and don’t forget to post it on our Facebook page too!