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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.

Staff bikes – Tony Glover's Ridley X-Night

X-nightAt 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.

X-nightTony is the boss man at Cycle Art, our wheelbuilder, and our ‘cross expert. He was recently crowned the CXNE Veteran champion for the 2013/14 season – so it’s clear he knows a thing or two about ‘cross.

Tony races 2 near identical Ridley X-Night cyclo cross bikes, both painted in the Belgium colour scheme. The Belgium theme continues throughout the bike, with various little touches that make his rides stand out from the crowd – when they aren’t covered in mud that is…

x-nightThis particular X-Night is the higher specced of the two, with a full SRAM Red drivetrain, Avid Shorty Ultimate brakes (no discs here), Fibrelyte carbon chainrings, Mavic Cosmic Ultimate wheels shod with Challenge Limus 33 tubs (which can be run as low as 10-12PSI), Pro Stealth Evo carbon bar & stem, Crank Bros pedals, and a San Marco saddle. Neat little touches include the Belgium colour coded headset spacers, gold chainring bolts, Lizard Skins dual colour bar tape (red and black) and a gold KMC X10SL chain. For some reason Tony opted for blue skewers, although he reassures me he has black ones to put on…

The spec on the bike is more than cosmetic. With all Tony’s years of ‘cross racing experience, every part has been carefully selected. He runs a particular 10 speed cassette that doesn’t clog with mud like other cassettes. He uses Crank Bros pedals because not only are they light, they have 4 entry points as opposed to just the 2 on SPDs and they also don’t clog up too easily. He uses cantis because he doesn’t think discs are at a standard suitable for ‘cross racing just yet. Almost every part of the specification is there for a purpose – and it proved to be a winning combination.

This build actually weighs 6.7kg (just under 15lbs) and if it were a road bike (which Tony will be quick to point out that it isn’t) it would be UCI illegal (the limit is currently 6.8kg)

Full gallery of Tony’s X-Night can be seen here.