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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

Cycle Art's Winter Bike Buying Guide

Webve already published a winter guide but with this second guide, we look at winter bikes in a little more detail. At Cycle Art, we have one or two great solutions for a riding in the winter.

Ridley Xbow Winter Bike

Ridley X-Bow
The first option is currently our most popular winter bike, the Ridley X-bow. Ridleybs X-Bow is actually a bcross bike, but those clever people from Belgium have fitted all sorts of rack mounts to make it a thoroughly practical machine for winter riding and commuting. It has the clearance required for fat tyres and mudguards, and a frame that is built for off road so you can ride the trails and cycle paths as well as on the road. The X-Bow comes in several versions b the B#870 Sora equipped v-brake X-Bow 20, the B#1095 105 disc brake X-Bow 10 Disc, or the non disc X-Bow 10 for the same price. For winter riding and commuting, we recommend the Sora disc model (unless you are planning on racing some ‘cross in which case the V brake model may be more suitable) with Tortec reflector mudguards (B#35), a set of 28mm Scwhalbe Marathon Plus tyres (B#33 each) or Durano Plus tyres (B#38 each) and a really good set of lights. Ordinarily, if you buy a bcross bike and wish to swap the bcross tyres for road tyres we would simply swap the tyres with no charge.

Sabbath SeptemberSabbath September & Sabbath Silk Route
Another option we would recommend is one of our titanium Sabbath winter ready bicycles such as the Sabbath September or the Sabbath Silk Route. Both have mudguard mounts and both have good tyre clearance. There are several differences between the Silk Route and September that are worth considering. The September is fitted with M5 pannier mounts for loads of up to 25kg and has enough clearance to comfortably accommodate 28mm tyres with mudguards fitted. The Silk Route takes things one step further with M6 pannier mounts for loads of up to 35kg, and can accommodate 38mm tyres with mudguards fitted. Another couple of important differences are that the September comes fitted with a carbon fork (better for pure road riding) whereas the Silk Route has a Surly fork for carrying front pannier luggage, and whilst the September has calliper brake mounts for standard road brakes the Silk Route has cantilever mounts for more clearance. A typical September build with Shimano 105 would start from B#1999 and a Silk Route with Deore LX would be a similar price. However, as with all Cycle Art bikes, your budget and imagination is the only limit as to what we can build for you.

Giant Defy
The Giant Defy is a multi-test winning road bike that with a little adjustment can also make a good winter bike, albeit with 23mm tyres only. The Defy can be fitted with either Giantbs own Defy mudguards or Tortecbs Reflector guards. If you were to take this route, webd recommend putting Clementbs excellent Strada tyres on or a set of 23mm Duranos.

If you have any questions regarding buying a winter bike, or indeed making your current bike winter-proof, please do not hesitate to get in touch on 01661 835 603 or email info@cycle-art.co.uk.

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!