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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!

Staff bikes – Chris Bush's Sabbath Mondays Child

Mondays ChildAt Cycle Art we ride what we sell. By choosing to sell the equipment we personally use and believe in, the advice we give is backed up by personal experience and an in depth understanding and passion for our products.

Sabbath Mondays ChildThis particular bike belongs to Chris Bush. Chris is our bike fit expert and has many years experience in the bike trade, as well as being an ex European and British track champion. Chris is long term advocate of titanium bikes, and one of his often-heard catchphrases is, “metal bikes are the future”. He owns a Sabbath September for commuting and training on, but for racing and summer weather rides he has this rather nice Sabbath Mondays Child (the lack of apostrophe is not a mistake – this is how it’s written apparently).

The Mondays Child is Sabbath’s aggressive race bike – in that is has a long top tube and short head tube (although custom geometry is an option). It is constructed mainly from high grade double butted, custom drawn, seamless 3AL 2.5V titanium, with the exception of headtube (which is CNC machined from a solid lump of 6AL 4V titanium to make the front end extremely stiff) and a replaceable 6AL 4V dropout. Chris loves this frame so much, he’s convinced there isn’t a carbon fibre frame that he would replace it with.

Stans Alpha wheelsSpec wise, Chris chose the 10 speed SRAM Red groupset (the bike is 3 years old), hand-built wheels, Pro Vibe finishing kit and a fi:zi’k Arione CX saddle. SRAM Red was chosen due to it’s positive shifting and low weight (a view shared by others in the shop), although he admits he’d be just as happy running Dura Ace 9000 mechanical (wouldn’t we all?). He also runs a compact chainset, showing that you don’t need a double to go fast.

The wheels, hand-built by our own wheel guru Tony Glover, are DT Swiss 240 hubs laced to a Stans Alpha 400 on the rear and 340 on the front. These are designed to be light and responsive whilst still being able to withstand the combination of Chris’ power and Northumberland’s less than perfect roads. He runs with 25mm Ultremos (standing by our position that 25mm tyres are quicker than 23mm).

In this build, the bike weighs an incredible 7.4kg (16.3lbs) making all but the most expensive carbon fibre bikes look a little bloated. You wouldn’t know by looking at it, but this bike has covered over 10,000 miles – and still looks as good as new. All in all, a super light, great handling and very nice looking bike. We’re just not sure about that gold chain, Chris…

Full gallery of Chris’ bike here

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.