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Lezyne LED Demo Suitase

Lezyne SuitcaseThose nice people at Lezyne have given us a suitcase full of beautifully made LED lights to demonstrate to anyone wanting to stay safe and visible on the roads this winter. The suitcase contains the full range of Lezyne LED lights, from their B#13 Femto lights up to their B#165 1200 lumen Mega Drive.

Lezynebs range of LED lights are extremely well made, as youbd expect from a German company, manufactured using aluminum casings to both dissipate heat and provide a more robust unit. In particular, the higher end Mega Drive and Deca Drive lights have extruded casings, which not only look good, but also help keep the heat down so the high capacity LEDs do not overheat.

Lezyne Deca Drive & Mega DriveRegardless of what type of riding you do, Lezyne have a suitable light. For occasional use, the cute and compact Femto drive is the perfect unit for visibility. For commuting, the Zecto Drive, Micro Drive and Hecto Drive lights are the perfect solution, and for those wanting to go off road or on unlit country roads the Super Drive XL, Mega Drive and Deca Drive front lights will light the way.

The full range in the suitcase for demonstration purposes includes:

b” Zecto Drive Pro Font
b” Zecto Drive Front & Rear
b” Femto Drive Front & Rear
b” Femto Drive Front & Rear
b” Hecto Drive Front & Rear
b” Micro Drive Front & Rear
b” Mini Drive XL Front
b” Super Drive XL Front
b” Power Drive XL Loaded Kit
b” Mega Drive
b” Deca Drive

At Cycle Art, we want to ensure you get the right kit. So, if you want to test any of the lights in the Lezyne suitcase, leave a B#10 deposit per light and you can test it. If you then choose to buy a light, webll knock that B#10 off your purchase.

Cycle Art's Winter Guide

Benjamin Franklin famously said, bBy failing to prepare, you preparing to fail.b Winter is around the corner and if you want to commute by bike, train through the winter, or join your friends on club runs, you need to be prepared for the winter months. And remember, winter miles equals summer smiles. Cycle Art has put together a brief but helpful winter guide to help prepare you for the shorter days, longer nights and colder weather.

Ridley Xbow Winter Bike

Get a Winter Bike
If you don’t already have a winter bike, it might be worth while getting one. Whilst it is possible to “winterise” your bike, it’s useful to have a bicycle that is set up to do the job. This prevents unnecessary wear and tear on your “good” bike, and allows you to hang up the carbon race bike until the summer keeping it dry and safe. We’d recommend a Ridley Xbow. Although the Xbow is a cyclo-cross bike, it has mounts for mudguards, plenty of clearance and is ideal for our British winter weather and road conditions. It can also go off road if your commute needs to.

Therebs a common misconception that mudguards arenbt cool and are noisy. However, being wet, cold and miserable or covering your mates with spray and mud is definitely not cool and well fitting mudguards are not noisy. Mudguards are important for several reasons. Firstly, youbll keep your legs and backside dryer, which will make rides a lot more comfortable and reduces the chance of muscular injury. Secondly, mudguards keep your bike cleaner, and can help increase the lifespan of your bicycle and itbs components. Thirdly, your riding companions will thank you for using them b riding in a group without mudguards is selfish! If your bike already has mounts and sufficient clearance, we have a range of Tortec reflector mudguards. If your bike doesnbt have mounts, this isnbt a problem, as clip on mudguards such as SKS Raceblades or Raceblades long in various sizes will suit most bikes.

Durano TyreTyres
Punctures are a pain at the best of times. Itbs even worse trying to change a tube at the side of the road in winter. Unfortunately, you are more likely to puncture in the winter, so now would be a good time to hang up your 23mm race tyres and swap them for some serious winter rubber. We recommend the Clement Strada, the Schwable Durano and Durano Plus, or the bombproof Schwable Marathon. Webd recommend at least a 25mm, and if your frame has the clearance, a 28mm. Continental Gatorskins are also pretty tough, and we have those in stock too.

Saddle Bag & Tools
You should be carrying tubes, tyre levers, a pump and multi-tool anyway, but in the winter it really is essential. With the bad weather there is a higher possibility of a mechanical issue, so a couple of good quality spare tubes, tyre levers, a pump capable inflating to a high pressure, and a multi-tool with a chain breaker is a very good idea. Make life easier by putting them into a saddlebag and store it on your winter bike permanently and donbt leave home without it. Webd recommend the range of Lezyne saddlebags, tools and tyre levers, and multi-tools from either Lezyne or Fat Spanner. Webd also recommend carrying some gaffer tape and a tyre boot for fixing slashes or any manner of mishaps.

Mini pumps look cool and are lightweight, but in the winter you might not be so happy at the roadside working away frantically with a tiny pump. Webd recommend a frame pump if it fits, as it will inflate your tyres quicker. CO2 canisters are also a very good option.

Lights are important for 2 reasons b firstly to see where you are going and secondly, so you are visible to other road users. Even if you are not planning on riding in the dark, the winter in the UK can bring with it some gloomy, overcast days where visibility will be poor. Not only that, if you do have a mechanical, you might get caught out. There are two main types of lights b those that help you see and those that make you visible. Webd recommend:

b” a good quality rechargeable light on the front such as the Lezyne Deca Drive (800 lumens) or Cateye Volt 1200 (1200 lumens)
b” a back up LED light on the front such as a Lezyne Micro Drive or Cateye Uno
b” a good quality rear light such as the Lezyne Micro Drive or Cateye Volt 50
b” a back up rear LED light such as the Femto Drive or Cateye Nima
b” a helmet mounted light

For urban riding webd also recommend a side facing LED to increase visibility at junctions and roundabouts such as Cateye loop light.

Castelli High VisHigh Vis
If you donbt think high vis can be stylish b think again. Mavic and Castelli have some fantastic looking high vis clothing. Regardless, webd prefer to be alive and look silly than be dead and well dressed. The more visible your clothing, the more visible to other road users you are. Webd recommend at the very least a jacket in bright colours with reflective detailing. If you have a ruck sack, itbs a good idea to get hold of a high vis ruck sack cover.

Keep Warm
Sounds silly but youbd be amazed how many people go out riding in the winter in shorts, with no gloves and nothing under their helmet. Itbs not big, itbs not clever and itbs not cool. Actually, it is cool b very cold in fact. Ensure you have a good set of winter base layers, outer clothes, jackets, warmers, gloves, buffs, under helmet headwear, socks, overshoes, glasses and suitable shoes for the winter. It will keep you warmer, dryer, safer and make your winter riding far more enjoyable. We have a wide range of winter clothing from Mavic and Castelli that will help you get geared up for the cold and wet. Hypothermia is not funny.

Keep it clean
A clean bike lasts longer. Why? Riding in the winter places stress on the moving parts because grit and grime damages components. Ideally, you should clean your bike after every ride. That way you will prevent parts rusting and the next time you ride you will not have grit and grime in the components. You can use a bucket and hot water with washing up liquid but we do offer a range of specialist cleaning products from Fenwicks, Muc-Off and Hope. Little and often is the key b especially when roads are gritted.

Fenwicks LubeLube It
Cleaning it is fine, but cleaning products will strip the grease and lubrication off the bike that is required to keep moving parts from seizing or wearing prematurely. We would recommend a wet lube during the winter, although if you are prepared to regularly clean and relube then a good quality dry lube would also suffice. We stock a range of good quality wet and dry lubricants from Fenwicks.

Check your chain
Your chain will naturally stretch with riding but in the winter this can be worse. Itbs a good idea to use 2 chains and swap them over every 1000km. Why? The cassette (your rear cogs) wear at the same rate as your chain, so leaving it until your chain wears out you will probably need to replace the cassette (and sometimes the front chainrings too), which can be a very expensive proposition. If you swap your chains over regularly it will massively increase the life of your cassette and chainrings. Buy a chain checker and regularly check your chain wear.

Keep on top of your bike
In the winter, your bike parts wear quicker. Keep an eye on your brake pads and tyres to ensure they are not worn. If you do puncture, check the tyre isnbt ripped or worn, as getting stuck miles from home in the dark isnbt pleasant.

Take a phone and some cash with you
Sounds silly, but if your bike does break down and a road side repair is not possible, you will need to consider firstly how you will get home and secondly you will need to let loved ones know you are safe. Keep spare money in your saddlebag at all times and always take a mobile phone with you.

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!