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Stocking filler ideas from Cycle Art

Christmas is fast approaching, and if you’re anything like us, the thought of trailing around department stores and shopping centres to the sound of Slade fills you with dread! However, if you happen to be married to a cyclist, or you’re a cyclist looking to drop a hint, here’s a selection of stocking filler ideas, all available from Cycle Art!

Cycle Art stocking fillers

1. Garmin Edge 510 – B#250 for the headunit only
The new Garmin Edge 510 has all the features of the very popular Edge 500, but with a few added features including a full colour touchscreen, completely redesigned software, Bluetooth communication with your smart phone (for instant upload to Garmin Connect, weather and the ability for others to track your rides online), and faster and more accurate satellite communication thanks to adding GLONASS support. A big thumbs up from Cycle Art for the Edge 510 – a worthy upgrade!

2. Cateye Strada Slim – B#50
Not everyone needs heart rate, GPS, touch screen, and live tracking – and for those who want a simple but effective computer in a well designed and neat package, the Cateye Strada Slim is perfect. Measuring a tiny 47 x 32 x 12.5mm, weighing 12 grams the Strada Slim is a feature packed wireless computer that is perfect for those who don’t need GPS.

3. Lezyne Hecto Drive set – B#55
A great little light set for commuters and roadies who need a back up for when the light fades in the afternoon. With an output of 100 lumens at the front and 15 at the back, each with 5 different lighting modes, these well designed and hard wearing lights are both USB rechargeable and offer quick and easy tool-free installation in seconds.

4. Hope jockey wheels – B#35
Let’s face it, jockey wheels are boring – black and plastic! These Hope upgrades are machined from sold lumps of aluminium, anodized in a range of colours and best of all, they are made right here in the UK!

5. Crank Bros tyre lever – B#6
Ingenious! The Crank Bros tyre lever design means you only need to carry one tyre lever and it not only takes the tyre off, but it helps you put it back on too!

6. Castelli socks – B#various
EVERY man fears getting socks for Christmas. Unless they are made by Castelli of course! We have a wide range of Castelli socks ranging from their lightweight, wicking summer socks to their thick, wooly winter ones. Tell your granny to get these…

7. Fi’zi:k silicone seatpost rings – B#4.00
Available in various colours and 3 different sizes, these rings go on your seatpost just above the seatclamp and prevents the wet, mud and salt trickling down the inside of your seat tube into your bottom bracket. And they look quite cool, too.

8. Velo Culture gifts – B#various
Knecklaces, ear rings, belts, cufflinks, chains, and keyrings, all made locally and all made out of bike parts – chain links, tyres, cable and cable ends! Great little gifts that also helps a local business thrive!

9. Token bike bling – B#various
Some of us think the way our bike looks is important. Token offer a wide range of parts in various anodized colours including barrel adjusters, bottle cage bolts, headset spacers, skewers, crank bolts, headset caps and chain guides. You can quite literally colour code very aspect of your bike!

10. Caffe Praego ground coffee
For anyone who has had a coffee in Cycle Art, you’ll know just how nice Cafe Praego coffee is. Caffe Praego filter coffee is ethically sourced from some of the finest co-operatives in Central America and Africa, it is roasted and ground to perfection. Caffe Praego Supports the Point Foundation which is a registered charity (1126392) who look after orphans in Africa.

11. Cotton Caps – from B#15
Love them or hate them, cotton caps are a tradition of cycling. No Christmas stocking is complete without a cotton cap of some sort – just ask James!

12. Lezyne RAP tools – B#various
Lezyne have a habit of making some of the best engineered tools around, so much so that we use a lot of them in the shop and workshop. Their RAP mini tools are strong and reliable, and come in a range of sizes and configurations depending on what you want to carry with you.

13. Gift Vouchers
If, after all the above, you are still undecided, why not buy some Cycle Art gift vouchers. Available in denominations of B#10, these are the perfect (and easy) gift for Christmas.

Autumn Riding – the crossover between Summer and Winter

Autumn LeavesWe all know winter is on the way. You donbt need a fancy iPhone app to see that the nights are drawing in, the temperatures are dropping, and the weather is changing. However, it isnbt actually winter yet b so what do you do differently in Autumn to Winter?

This time of year the temperatures are still reasonably mild, especially in the middle of the day. We donbt need Winter clothes just yet. Winter clothes tend to be heavily insulated, extremely thick, and actually far too warm for this time of year. In particular, winter gloves are bulky and heavily insulated.

Dress Accordingly
We call this btemperature managementb. Just because winter is coming, doesnbt mean you need to leave the house dressed like a cycling yeti every day. Similarly, just because yesterday was mild, it doesnbt mean today will be too. Top tips:

b” Dress to be slightly chilly as you leave and youbll be warm after 10-15 minutes
b” Check the weather forecast the night before
b” Get your kit ready the night before
b” Check the weather forecast again in the morning
b” Use an external thermometer and check it before setting off
b” Have a wide range of cycling clothing for all eventualities
b” Look after your Autumn kit and you can use it in Spring
b” If you are riding to work and there is no where to dry your cycling gear, consider a second set for riding home in

The ideal set up for this time of year would be:

b” Long sleeve base layer
b” Long sleeve windproof layer
b” A gilet
b” Tights
b” Underhelmet Cap
b” Socks & Overshoes
b” Long finger gloves

Base Layer
Base Layers
This time of year, layers are key. As the temperature is changeable, you remove or add layers depending on the weather. A good base layer is a fantastic place to start as this keeps you warm but also wicks away the sweat. It will also act as the foundation to rest of your kit.

Long Sleeves & Tights
Unless youbve booked a training camp to Mallorca, itbs definitely time to put the short sleeve jerseys and bib shorts away until next year. Keeping your arms and legs warm is key to avoiding injury. Cold legs will result in pulled muscles and unpleasant riding. According to Doctor Andy Pruitt of the Boulder Centre of Sports Medicine b bbelow 18 degrees cover your kneesb. See what he did there?

Leg, Arm and Knee Warmers
As winter tights might be too warm and shorts too cold, a good set of leg warmers or knee warmers is probably a good idea. You may also be riding with a jersey and a gilet, in which case arm warmers would be a good idea too.

Socks and overshoes
Socks alone will not keep your feet completely warm, especially if you are prone to poor circulation or cold extremities in the first place. Something like a Mavic Thermo sock is a good starting place, with a good knitted overshoe such as the Castelli Belgium Booties.

Gloves
Long finger. No question. Riding without gloves does not make you hard. Nor do is make you bEurob. Nor is it clever. As the bodybs temperate drops, it reduces circulation to your extremities in order to keep blood flowing to your major organs. If you fall off (which is more likely on slippery roads) your hand will have nothing to protect it. Webd recommend a good Autumn/Spring glove such as the Mavic Spring Race glove or the Castelli Lightness glove.

Gilet
Gilet
Pronounced bjeelayb (French for bvestb), this is one of the most useful pieces of clothing in the cyclistbs kit bag. On milder days, the gilet is perfect for the start of the ride until it warms up, and then it can be removed and put in the jersey pocket. It is also good for putting on when descending after a long climb. Mavic and Castelli both offer a good range of gilets but the pick of the bunch has to be the Castelli Gabba. If itbs good enough for Dan Martin and David Millarb&

Underhelmet Cap
Keeping your head warm is important b cold ears and head can leave you in pain all day, and the peak will keep the rain, low sun and sweat out of your eyes. It is also easily removed if you get too warm. Speaking of the low sun b be careful as it hampers drivers visibility.

Lightweight Jacket
At this time of year, jackets donbt need to be warm enough to go snowboarding in. They do have to be windproof, and preferably waterproof. It is also a good idea to carry a waterproof shell that can be packed away into a jersey pocket.

Be safe b be seen
If you are commuting, this time of year still requires a high vis jacket in a bright colour such as yellow or orange. By Winter, it will probably be dark for your commute and a night vision jacket will be more appropriate. These tend to have more reflective panels on that a standard high vis, and light up in driverbs headlights.

Lezyne Zecto Drive
Lights
It might not be dark yet, but it can get overcast, misty and dull, and if you have a puncture or mechanical, which delays your ride, it may start to get dark. Ensure your bike has at least some lights on just in case. We have the full range of Lezyne LED lights in stock, of which the Zecto Drive rear light is proving most popular.

Tyre Pressures
Drop them b more rubber on the road means more grip. Watch out for slippery leaves. Look where you WANT to go rather than where you DONbT want to go.

As you can see, far from being an extension of Winter, Autumn has itbs own very important set of riding conditions and considerations. If you have any questions, or need to kit yourself out for Autumn (and indeed Winter), please pop up and see us at Cycle Art. Webll be only too happy to help.

Castelli clothing at the Tour of Britain

Honister Pass in the Tour of BritainNow in itbs 10th year (in it’s current guise) the Tour of Britain has gradually become more and more popular and grown in stature. The caliber of teams and indeed riders have improved year on year to the point where the 2013 edition, which kicked off in Peebles at the weekend, has the strongest ever field for the UCI 2.1 Europe Tour race. This year sees Pro Tour riders Sir Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish, Nairo Quintana, Dan Martin, Giovanni Visconti (who has unfortunately crashed out of the race), Alex Dowsett, and Jose Joaquin Rojas line up on the start line as well as a host of domestic talent such as Kristian House, Richard Handley, Mathew Cronshaw, Evan Oliphant and local lad James Moss.

Castelli Sottile Due JacketYesterday saw the riders leave Carlisle and climb over the cat 1 climb of Honister Pass and the cat 2 climbs of Fangs Brow and Chestnut Hill, before a rolling run in to a uphill dig at Beast Banks in Kendal. The weather was typically British b it rained pretty much from start to finish b making the conditions wet, cold and slippery. Ideal for an eventful stage, then.

As the riders climbed Honister Pass they battled with the inclement weather, streams of water flooding down the road, and what seemed like Tour de France levels of spectators lining the road.
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Two teams in the Tour of Britain peleton where wearing the same kit to protect themselves from the elements b the Garmin Sharp and IG Sigma Sport teams where both showcasing highly technical Castelli clothing that helped keep them dry and warm in the harsh British weather.

Castelli Gabba Jacket4 particular Castelli garments were widely used by the teams yesterday. When the rain began to lash down, riders not already wearing waterproofs quickly reached for their Castelli Sottile Due jacket, a lightweight showerproof shell that can be compacted to fit into a jersey pocket. Dan Martin, who attacked up Honister Pass with 2nd place Tour de France finisher Nairo Quintana, opted for the Castelli Pocket Liner, a full waterproof shell that also packs away neatly. For those who wanted rain protection from the outset found themselves riding with the Castelli Muur jacket, a heavier weight waterproof designed to be worn all day – probably the ultimate waterproof jacket available. One item of clothing that most of the riders opted to wear was Castellibs awesome Gabba jacket. This jacket is a premium technical outer layer designed to keep the warmth in and the elements out. Constructed from Gore Windstopper fabric, this race fit jacket is the probs choice not only for racing in cold stages but with being breathable, it also finds its way into the kit bag during milder conditions.

Not only that, a certain Mark Cavendish was spotted wearing the Gabba jacket to keep himself warm and dry pre and post stage b and Omega Pharma Quickstep arenbt even sponsored by Castelli!

The Gabba jacket retails for B#185, the Muur jacket is B#200, and the Sottile Due jacket is B#75.00 and are in stock at Cycle Art now.

Monthly Newsletter – September

Cycle Art will soon be introducing a monthly newsletter that you will be able to sign up for. You will be able to receive all the latest exciting shop news, offers and industry tidbits to your mailbox. In the meantime (whilst we’re waiting on the techy people to do their thing), we’re posting the September issue here on the website. Enjoy!

Cervelo R3 Dark2014 Cervelos
Cervelo has always made some of the most desirable road bikes available, and for a short time only they have made them cheaper too. To make way for exciting new R3 and R5 models, Cervelo have introduced a limited “Dark Edition” version of their R3. “What’s so great about that?” we hear you ask. It’s not an R3. It’s an R5 disguised as an R3. Whilst the 105 equipped bike is already out of stock, you can still get hold of a SRAM Force 22 equipped Cervelo R3 (an R5 frame with an R3 sticker on) for B#2999. Bearing in mind last year’s R5 frame was B#3499, the R3 Dark is B#500 less as a full bike! Be warned though – they are selling fast and are only available in limited sizes so if you are interested, get in touch as soon as you can.

We also have a limited supply of 105 equipped Cervelo R3 bikes using last year’s R3 frameset – these are available for B#1999.

Yellow Ticket SaleYellow Ticket Sale
It’s that time of year where all the shiny new bikes are coming through, so we have a glut of 2013 bicycles to sell. Why not get yourself a bargain whilst you can! We have a range of bikes including a high end Colnago C59 Italia with a Campagnolo Record groupset and a Giant TCR Advanced SL2 with full SRAM Red. We have a range of Ridley bikes including 2 lightweight Helium road bikes both with Ultegra groupsets. We also have a few pairs of 2012 Fi’zi:k shoes on sale including some R1 Uomo down from B#299 to B#255. For more information on our yellow ticket sale and the bikes available for sale, please visit our Yellow Ticket Sale page.

Vuelta CookiesLa Vuelta a Espana 2013
With the Giro d’Italia and Le Tour de France out of the way, only 1 grand tour remains unsettled – La Vuelta a Espana. Often seen as the poorer sibling of the Italian and French offerings, with it’s sun scorched mountain climbs and white villages La Vuelta is unique and beautiful in it’s own way. It is also usually the most exciting and demanding. More often than not it is contested mainly by Spanish GC contenders but this year, American Chris Horner and Irishman Nicholas Roche are in the running for a good position as well as the usual suspects such as Purito, Valverde and company. We’d obviously prefer if either Garmin Sharp or Lotto Belisol had a GC contender so advertising our bikes would be easier but such is life!

So, why not pop up to Cycle Art, have a freshly ground Caffe Praego coffee and home baked cake and watch the race live on our widescreen TV? Even better, why not try one of our home made Vuelta cookies which are hand decorated in either the leader’s red jersey, climber’s blue polka dot jersey or sprinter’s green jersey!

Parts Bin
Lots of exciting bits and pieces have come in including:

Mavic Cosmic Carbone 40

  • Mavic Cosmic Carbon 40 full carbon clincher wheels – B#1800 pair
  • Custom carbon fibre chainrings – starting at B#45.00 each
  • Arte Selle titanium saddles, super light and very comfortable – B#80
  • Token anodised parts in various colours including skewers, head caps & adjuster barrels – starting at B#5
  • Clement Strada tyres back in stock at B#30 each
  • ISM saddles – starting at B#85
  • SRAM Red and Force 22 drivetrains

Castelli winter clothingGet ready for winter with Cycle Art
No one wants to hear it, but the sad fact is winter is looming large. If you are planning on commuting by bike, training, or riding through the winter months you need to be able to see and be seen, keep warm and dry, and have the right bike for the conditions.

Cycle Art has a range of winter ready clothes from Castelli and Mavic and a large range of lights from Lezyne to ensure you are safe and comfortable when the nights draw in and weather deteriorates.

If you’re looking for the ideal winter training bike we can build up a Sabbath September or Silk Route based on your exact requirements. If you’d prefer something that can go anywhere and do anything then we have a great range of cross bikes from Ridley including the 2014 Xbow and a few 2013 models in limited sizes. If you are needing luggage, we can take you across the road to Bicycle Repair Man!