Bikes http://www.stuff.tv/bikes/news en-GB This bike light starts when you stop http://www.stuff.tv/bike-light-starts-when-you-stop/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> But what are you braking for, ya wuss? Oh, that. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Lumicycle Insight" alt="Lumicycle Insight" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Lumicycle%20main.jpg?1413698172" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/fraser-macdonald" title="View user profile.">Fraser Macdonald</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Come on then, enlighten me. </strong><br />There are umpteen million bicycles in Britain, and that&rsquo;s a fact. Whether you attribute it to ongoing race success by British riders or to better bikes and kit, the roads are seething with cyclists. Which causes a problem for other road users, because something that is ubiquitous is invisible. High-viz jackets and flashing lights &ndash; you&rsquo;re fighting a losing battle if the driver is psychologically switched off to your existence.</p> <p><strong>But this <em>is</em> a light, so how does it help? </strong><br />Because accelerometer sensors inside the Lumicycle Insight recognise when you have hit the brakes and light up the rear light, just like brake lights on motorbikes and cars and everything else on the road. The driver sees a new thing - sees a light where once there was none - and acts. Everyone lives to see another day and there are no irksome insurance claims. Yay!</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Accelerometer? Have the designers ridden on British corrugated roads? </strong><br />Indeed they have, for British they be. There&rsquo;s tech built in to this light that &lsquo;learns&rsquo; how you&rsquo;re riding and interprets when you&rsquo;re braking and when you&rsquo;re just bashing about on potholes. Patent-pending tech, too, so you know they&rsquo;re serious.</p> <p><strong>And what about at nighttime? Can I also use it as a normal rear light? </strong><br />Of course &ndash; it pumps out a healthy 50 lumens in light mode, but fires out 200 lumens of Cree and Samsung LED action when braking is sensed. The battery can last for between 10 and 24 hours depending on the lighting mode, and is rechargeable by USB, 12v car adaptor or one of the lithium-ion battery packs that Lumicycle uses for its super-powerful off-road front lights.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Lumicycle Insight" alt="Lumicycle Insight" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Lumicycle%202.jpg?1413698172" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>What will this high-tech marvel cost me?</strong><br />It&rsquo;s &pound;80, direct from <a href="http://www.lumicycle.com/" target="_blank">Lumicycle</a> in Hampshire, which is a lot for a rear light. But this is serious engineering: it&rsquo;s made of extruded aluminium and is properly sealed against the elements. The question you ought to be asking yourself is what will cost you to be hit from behind by a car? Your rear wheel? Your frame? Your LIFE? (Dramatic piano fill; fade to black&hellip;)</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/revolights/revolights-arc-brake-light-your-bicycle/news" target="_blank">Revolight Arcs are a brake light for your bike</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Lumicycle Insight" alt="Lumicycle Insight" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Lumicycle%203.jpg?1413698172" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/bike-light-starts-when-you-stop/news#comments Bikes Hot Stuff Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:45:42 +0000 Fraser Macdonald 1450594 at http://www.stuff.tv Lapierre Overvolt FS electric mountain bike http://www.stuff.tv/lapierre/lapierre-overvolt-fs-electric-mountain-bike/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It might be cheating, but that doesn&#039;t mean this electric mountain bike isn&#039;t also very good </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Lapierre Overvolt FS review" alt="Lapierre Overvolt FS review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/LaPierre-Overvolt-main-2-1200x900.jpg?1409235515" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/fraser-macdonald" title="View user profile.">Fraser Macdonald</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>An electric mountain bike &ndash; surely that&rsquo;s cheating?</p> <p>Were you to rock up at the pub with a pricey electric town bike, no-one would bat an eyelid. But with mountain bikes it&#39;s different - if you were to roll out this electric mountain bike down at the forest car park, indignant eyelids would probably bat ferociously enough to lift your riding buddies clean off the ground&hellip; with only the weight of their many questions to stop them disappearing off over the Welsh mountains.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £3,850.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Powerful </div> <div class="field-item even"> Good handling </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Expensive </div> <div class="field-item even"> Heavy </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Limited to 15mph </div> <div class="field-item even"> Exclusive </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The first question will almost certainly be &ldquo;What the hell is that?&rdquo;</p> <p>Lapierre is a French bike company (you&rsquo;d explain) that makes all sorts of bikes for all sorts of applications. This, however, is their Overvolt full-suspension electric mountain bike. It has Rock Shox Revelation forks and it&rsquo;s own-brand rear shock for 140mm of travel at either end. It has proper mountain bike components, including a 10-speed Shimano XT rear derailleur, Formula hydraulic disk brakes and lightweight 27.5in wheels. &nbsp;Now the jury&rsquo;s still out on whether 27.5in wheels are really a decent compromise between traditional 26in mountain bike wheels and the fast-rolling 29in wheels that the racers love&hellip;</p> <p>&ldquo;That&rdquo;, they&rsquo;d interject, rudely, &ldquo;That is an electric bike.&rdquo; Which is a statement, not a question, but you don&rsquo;t bring this up. Instead agreeing that it is electric. It has the latest Bosch Performance electric kit providing up to 275% assistance to your pedalling and 60nm of torque. The four modes of assistance and the 400Wh battery pack let you choose between a range of 30-110 miles, but only if you&rsquo;re pedalling as well, of course. This isn&rsquo;t an entirely free ride. The battery is removable for charging via a proprietary charger that plugs into a standard three-pin mains socket.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/gi-bike-electric-bicycle-folds-flash/news" target="_blank">Gi-Bike is a smart electric bicycle that folds up in a flash</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="The battery&#039;s range depends on how hard you&#039;re prepared to pedal" alt="Lapierre Overvolt FS review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LaPierre-Overvolt-computer-1600x900.jpg?1409235515" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The 400Wh battery pack and rear suspension make this mighty comfy for uphill riding" alt="Lapierre Overvolt FS review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LaPierre-Overvolt-battery-1200x900.jpg?1409235515" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lapierre Overvolt tech specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Gears</strong>: Shimano XT Shadow Plus 10-speed</p> <p><strong>Brakes</strong>: Formula The One hydraulic disk</p> <p><strong>Battery</strong>: Lithium Ion 400Wh</p> <p><strong>Motor</strong>: Bosch Performance 250W</p> <p><strong>Range</strong>: 30-110 miles (claimed)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>They&rsquo;re waving their hands to get your attention: &ldquo;But what makes you think we&rsquo;ll let you ride that thing with us on our normal bikes? It&rsquo;s not fair.&rdquo;</p> <p>To this, you agree again. Because it is true. The Overvolt, especially in full-assistance Sport mode, fairly fires up hills. There&rsquo;s a hardtail version in existence, but this being the rear suspension model means that on tricky, technical climbs you can just stay sat on the saddle and power-pedal your way to the top &ndash; the suspension absorbing rocks and roots and the Bosch serving out torque to keep you rolling where a leg-powered rider might stall or spin out.</p> <p>Even in it&rsquo;s lowest, longest-lasting &lsquo;Eco&rsquo; mode it&rsquo;s still giving you 50% assistance, a less obvious advantage that you won&rsquo;t notice until you look behind you and see the hateful looks your biopowered mates are giving you.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="There&#039;s a hard tail version available for those who can handle a little less comfort" alt="Lapierre Overvolt FS review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LaPierre-Overvolt-main-1200x900.jpg?1409235515" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>But before you&rsquo;re forfeited by the team into buying all the post-ride tea and cakes for your laziness, you can point out that there are significant downfalls to the Overvolt&rsquo;s electric dreams.</p> <p>For one, despite being a mountain bike, it is still EU-regulated &ndash; like all electric bikes &ndash; to a 15mph maximum speed. Barrelling along on a fire road or even fast singletrack trails, the motor assistance will cut out once you hit that speed and only leg power will convince it to go quicker. At which point, physics will reveal how hard it is to pedal a bike that weighs almost 50lb: twice that of a decent non-electric mountain bike. And psychology will convince you that the bike weighs even more than that.</p> <p>Which, you point out, means that even on the downhills you&rsquo;d have a job not to be overtaken by your buddies as you manhandle a bike that weighs twice what theirs does round fast corners and over obstacles.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/empire-cycles-mx-6-bicycle-has-worlds-first-3d-printed-titanium-frame/news" target="_blank">World&#39;s first 3D-printed titanium bike is super strong and incredibly light</a></strong></p> <p>That said, the Bosch motor&rsquo;s placement down at the bottom bracket does keep the handling manageable and centred &ndash; it just has a lot of momentum. And lugging it over a bridleway gate isn&rsquo;t fun.</p> <p>The final part of your measured justification session: price. &pound;3800 would buy you an awful lot of non-electric mountain bike; something light and clever enough to climb with aplomb and certainly fast enough to take on the Overvolt on the flats and downs.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1600" height="900" title="The 15mph motor limit means non-electric bikes all be faster than you on the flats and downhills" alt="Lapierre Overvolt FS review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LaPierre-Overvolt-muddy-2-1600x900.jpg?1409235515" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Your riding buddies are steaming gently in the Welsh morning chill by this point. &ldquo;But why did you bring that thing, then, if it&rsquo;s not awesome for group riding?&rdquo;</p> <p>At which you stand aside to let them see your conventional steed, still parked up in the back of your sportsvan. Because you&rsquo;re not planning to ride the Overvolt on the group ride, as mootly advantageous as that might be. But later, when the rest of the group are exhausted and slathering themselves in Irish tea and muffins, you&rsquo;re going to take the Lapierre out to get in another trail before home time. Then, riding on your own and with failing energy levels, does the bike&rsquo;s electrical assistance make real sense.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bike-week-five-good-affordable-road-bikes/feature" target="_blank">Five Great, Affordable Road Bikes</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Overvolt weighs roughly twice as much as a good non-electric MTB" alt="Lapierre Overvolt FS review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LaPierre-Overvolt-1200x900.jpg?1409235515" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Lapierre Overvolt verdict </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The market for a bike like the Overvolt is far from huge. As suggested above, riding it within eyeshot of other mountain bikers will bring down a rain of derision and there&#39;s already some disquiet about the erosive effect that electric mountain bikes might have on the trails.</p> <p>Nonetheless, riders of advancing years, or those suffering from an injury of some kind, might find that the extra assistance lets them rip up the hills rather than give it all up and call the local lawn bowls club.</p> <p>Or you might want a super-comfy, rugged town bike. And let&rsquo;s not dispel the idea that you might just be a lazy, and that&#39;s ok.</p> <p>But on-road or off it, the 15mph speed limiter is a problem &ndash; though there are rumours of plug-in derestriction devices that can be bought online, albeit at some cost and detriment to the bike&rsquo;s battery stamina.</p> <p>With that in mind, whether or not you buy this hill-levelling bike depends on your usage, your ability to justify it to yourself (and others) and, of course, your budget.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bike-week-5-bikes-won-tour-de-france/feature" target="_blank">5 bikes that won the Tour de France</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Lapierre Overvolt FS review verdict" alt="Lapierre Overvolt FS review" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LaPierre-Overvolt-1200x900-3.jpg?1409235515" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> power </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 9 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> battery </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This electric mountain bike is no commute-scoot, but neither is it priced as one</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-preview"> <div class="field-label">Preview:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Disabled </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It&#039;s electric: Lapierre Overvolt FS review </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/lapierre/lapierre-overvolt-fs-electric-mountain-bike/review#comments Bikes Geek accessories Lapierre Overvolt FS Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:37:03 +0000 Tom Parsons 1445628 at http://www.stuff.tv Noke: a padlock you open with a phone, not a key http://www.stuff.tv/noke-padlock-you-open-phone-not-key/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bluetooth and an Android or iOS app are all you need to pop open this smart lock </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Noke: a padlock you open with a phone, not a key" alt="Noke: a padlock you open with a phone, not a key" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/noke-main.jpg?1409235867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Padlocks haven&rsquo;t changed much in the past 100 or so years, have they?</strong><br />You&rsquo;re bang on the money there, but Noke (pronounced &ldquo;no key&rdquo;) is designed to drag them into the 21st century.</p> <p><strong>How?</strong><br />This padlock doesn&rsquo;t require a key or a combination. Instead, it&rsquo;s unlocked wirelessly via Bluetooth and a smartphone app: if your phone is within 10 feet of your Noke, it&rsquo;ll be unlocked (assuming you&rsquo;ve got the auto-unlock feature turned on, of course). You can also share access with friends &ndash; even on a one-time basis, if you want.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>So if my phone battery dies, I&rsquo;m screwed?</strong><br />Nope. There&rsquo;s another way to open it up: the Quick-Click code. You can set your own sequence of taps and clicks, and keying these manually into your Noke will unlock it.</p> <p>The Noke runs off a battery too, and the makers say it&rsquo;ll last a year with normal use. When it&rsquo;s running out, you&rsquo;ll see a notification light and you can replace it yourself, without the need for any tools.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Bluetooth 4.0 will open the lock when your phone is within 10 feet" alt="Bluetooth 4.0 will open the lock when your phone is within 10 feet" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/noke-with-phone.jpg?1409235867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Is it tough?</strong><br />Oh yes. It&rsquo;s made of hardened steel and boron and the makers say it can&rsquo;t be shimmed open by a thief. It&rsquo;s also water resistant, so you can use it to lock your garden shed, or your bike.</p> <p><strong>My bike?</strong><br />Yes, Noke has an optional bicycle chain, as well as a mount so you can clip it securely to your ride&rsquo;s frame when you&rsquo;re on the go.</p> <p><strong>Which phones does it work with?</strong><br />At launch, it&rsquo;ll work with Bluetooth 4.0-equipped devices running Android 4.3 and above or iOS 7.0 and above.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="An optional bike kit will be available" alt="An optional bike kit will be available" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/noke-bike.jpg?1409235867" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Sweet &ndash; I have one of those. So I can buy it now?</strong><br />Not yet. It&rsquo;s currently <a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fuzdesigns/noke-the-worlds-first-bluetooth-padlock" target="_blank">a Kickstarter project</a>, but has already hit its funding target and the makers estimate that they&rsquo;ll start shipping units to backers in February 2015. In order to get on that list, you&rsquo;ll need to back the project by US$59 (&pound;35) or more (plus US$15 for postage to non-US addresses). The bike kit add-on is another US$20 (&pound;12). When launched, the Noke will be sold for US$89 (&pound;53).</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff">LOCK YOUR EYES ON MORE HOT STUFF</a></strong></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/lock8-bike-lock-smart-enough-warn-you-if-someones-using-blowtorch-steal-it/news">The Lock8 bike lock is smart enough to warn you if a blowtorch is attacking it</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/F-WRDLqk5uI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Noke: the phone-controlled padlock </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Android apps Bikes Hot Stuff iOS apps Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:29:49 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1445418 at http://www.stuff.tv This swanky new Raleigh Chopper is the best kind of nostalgic frivolity http://www.stuff.tv/swanky-new-raleigh-chopper-best-kind-nostalgia/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Denim saddle? We never had no denim saddle when I were a lad... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="This swanky new Raleigh Chopper is the best kind of nostalgia" alt="This swanky new Raleigh Chopper is the best kind of nostalgia" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/CHOPBLK-3Q.jpg?1408412060" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>A Raleigh Chopper! I used to have one of these as a wee bowl-haircutted nipper</strong><br />You and everyone else in the &#39;70s and &#39;80s, chum. But this isn&rsquo;t an antique. No sir, this is a brand new production. A reissue, if you like.</p> <p><strong>One for the Shoreditch crowd, then?</strong><br />Oh, come on. For starters, they&rsquo;re all in Peckham now. And there&rsquo;s nothing try-hard about indulging in a bit of nostalgia, is there? Especially when it comes in such a nice package (no pun intended) as this Chopper.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>So what are we looking at here?</strong><br />Well, it&rsquo;s not a knock-off. This limited-edition version is produced by Raleigh, rocks a striking gloss-black-and-gold paint job on its aluminium frame, features a denim saddle and back pad, swanky leather-look grips and a healthy amount of chrome.</p> <p><strong>As well the original Chopper&rsquo;s three-speed gears?</strong><br />Nope, this one goes a little further: there&rsquo;s a six-speed Shimano derailleur.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="This swanky new Raleigh Chopper is the best kind of nostalgia" alt="This swanky new Raleigh Chopper is the best kind of nostalgia" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/CHOPBLK-saddle.jpg?1408412060" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="This swanky new Raleigh Chopper is the best kind of nostalgia" alt="This swanky new Raleigh Chopper is the best kind of nostalgia" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/CHOPBLK-plate-decal.jpg?1408412060" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="This swanky new Raleigh Chopper is the best kind of nostalgia" alt="This swanky new Raleigh Chopper is the best kind of nostalgia" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/CHOPBLK-grip.jpg?1408412060" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>I bet it&rsquo;s stupidly pricey</strong><br />Not so! In fact it costs less than a new graphics card: &pound;250 at <a href="http://www.velorution.com/raleigh-chopper/" target="_blank">Velorution</a>. Better be quick, though &ndash; fewer than 400 are being made.</p> <p><a href="http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/kids-bikes/raleigh-chopper-bike?cm_mmc=Google+PLA-_-Bikes-_-Kids+Bikes-_-102255&amp;_$ja=tsid:60494%7Ccgn:GoogleShopping%7Ckw:102255&amp;istCompanyId=b8708c57-7a02-4cf6-b2c0-dc36b54a327e&amp;istItemId=wmxwramlr&amp;istBid=tzxq&amp;_$$ja=cgid:16790764204|tsid:35522|cid:214996084|lid:51320962143|nw:g|crid:52119061324|rnd:715224342892688416|dvc:c|adp:1o1|bku:1&amp;gclid=CjwKEAjw37afBRDO5M3h0qvj9zQSJACvwnOJInN_NBAGchiWj28U6UcI79ZEvi0Q5yb0EasgOCcgBxoCVTjw_wcB#tab1" target="_blank">Halfords</a> is also selling a more standard-looking three-speed Chopper for the same price &ndash; but we&rsquo;d urge you to opt for the limited-edition black version while you still can. And then it&#39;s off to recreate scenes from <em>E.T.</em> in your local quarry/building site/woods.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff">MORE HOT STUFF</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="This swanky new Raleigh Chopper is the best kind of nostalgia" alt="This swanky new Raleigh Chopper is the best kind of nostalgia" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/CHOPBLK-mudguard-decal.jpg?1408412060" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Bikes Hot Stuff Sun, 17 Aug 2014 09:26:54 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1444948 at http://www.stuff.tv Veglo Commuter X4: the brightest new idea for bike safety? http://www.stuff.tv/veglo-commuter-x4-brightest-new-idea-bike-safety/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The shape of this fibre-optic light helps drivers just your distance more effectively, say makers </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Veglo Commuter X4: the brightest new idea for bike safety?" alt="Veglo Commuter X4: the brightest new idea for bike safety?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/veglo-lights-main.jpg?1406649085" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>I already have lights on my bike</strong><br />No diggity. But probably not like the Veglo Commuter X4. It&rsquo;s a wearable light that has a unique shape which its creators say gives it an edge over traditional bike-mounted lights.</p> <p><strong>How so?</strong><br />The X4 features four fibre optic lights meeting at a central LED hub. It&rsquo;s a shape that&rsquo;s easy to recognise for a driver behind your bike, and makes it easier for him or her to gauge your distance, width and speed. It also extends around the side of your body (or your backpack) to increase your visibility at junctions.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>And what are the technical aspects?</strong><br />You charge the X4&rsquo;s battery via USB; it comes with several flash and fade settings; it&rsquo;s water resistant; it features reflective strips; and it can fit over backpacks 25 litres and smaller in size.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Veglo Commuter X4: the brightest new idea for bike safety?" alt="Veglo Commuter X4: the brightest new idea for bike safety?" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/veglo-lights-bicycle.jpg?1406649085" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>It looks quite familiar&hellip;</strong><br />Veglo has already succeeded in funding mass production via a Kickstarter campaign earlier this year, so that&rsquo;s where you may have spotted it. The X4 will be in shops this winter (Veglo currently estimates that pre-orders will be shipping in October), and can be ordered from the company&rsquo;s site. It&rsquo;s &pound;50, and UK shipping is free.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://www.veglo.cc/" target="_blank">Veglo</a>]</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff">ENLIGHTEN YOURSELF WITH MORE HOT STUFF</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/mM43_yJtbkc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Bikes Hot Stuff Motorcycles Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:47:57 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1443560 at http://www.stuff.tv If Apple made bikes: the Schindelhauer Ludwig XVIII http://www.stuff.tv/if-apple-made-bikes-schindelhauer-ludwig-xviii/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This internal gearbox-equipped bike gives you carbon drive without the footprint </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Schindelhauer Ludwig XVIII" alt="Schindelhauer Ludwig XVIII" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Ludwig-XVIII.jpg?1404959007" /> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Is this another&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/specialized/specialized-s-works-mclaren-p1-two-wheeled-world/news" target="_blank">&pound;16,000 bicycle</a>&nbsp;made from dreams and fairy dust?&nbsp;</strong><br />Put your cynical hat away; Schindelhauer&rsquo;s new&nbsp;<a href="http://www.schindelhauerbikes.com/en/bikes/Ludwig-VIII.html" target="_blank">Ludwig XVIII</a>&nbsp;is the leading edge of the urban cycling movement causing a buzz in cities around the world. It&rsquo;s an understated lifestyle statement. If Apple made bikes&hellip;</p> <p><strong>&hellip;they&#39;d be made from aluminium and sold by blue-shirted cultists.</strong><br />Well, you&#39;re right on the first point; the Ludwig XVIII packs a hand-built 6061 triple-butted aero tubing aluminium frame. But the real star of the show is the Pinion P1.18 gearbox. It sits right at the centre of gravity and offers a total gear range of 636 per cent from 18 gears. That&rsquo;s the difference between cycling uphill and walking. It also means you can change gear easily while riding uphill, not easy on normal bikes.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Any other fancy kit?</strong><br />Oh yes. Drive is delivered from a carbon belt so you don&rsquo;t even need to think about it for 16,000km or more. The gearbox is good for roughly 60,000km before it needs checking. And no more oil stains on your chinos; all the lubrication is locked away. Then add exclusive CNC-machined disc brakes, Brooks saddle, Gates&rsquo; Center-Track System and anything else you want because they are custom built. Look at their &lsquo;LightSKIN&rsquo; seatposts which add LEDs into the post under the saddle. They not only look great &ndash; they&#39;ll ensure that you&#39;re visible from Mars.</p> <p><strong>So who made this wonder machine?&nbsp;</strong><br />Schindelhauer started with two young design graduates in Berlin who originally wanted to build a car but couldn&rsquo;t get funding. They constantly win accolades, including the coveted Red Dot design award in 2014. The company builds around 2000 bikes a year starting from &pound;1,200. But if you become the proud owner of a Ludwig XVIII you will join four owners in the UK so far. It takes 3-7 weeks to build your spec.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Schindelhauer Ludwig XVIII" alt="Schindelhauer Ludwig XVIII" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ludwig-xviii-fs-cobaltblau.jpg?1404959007" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The Ludwig&#039;s carbon drive" alt="The Ludwig&#039;s carbon drive" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ludwig-xviii-details-01_1.jpg?1404959007" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="You&#039;ve been framed" alt="You&#039;ve been framed" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ludwig-xviii-details-03_0.jpg?1404959007" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Back in the saddle" alt="Back in the saddle" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ludwig-xviii-details-06_0.jpg?1404959007" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>I&#39;m in. How much?&nbsp;</strong><br />You can expect to pay &pound;4,995 for the Ludwig XVIII &ndash; not excessive for a top thing like this. You can easily spend &pound;15,000 on a custom bike. And something else that&rsquo;s not hefty &ndash; it weighs in at 13.2 kg.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>I can&#39;t wait to tell everyone about my new bike&#39;s internal gearbox&hellip;&nbsp;</strong><br />&hellip;and watch their eyes glaze over. Mind you, while the general public might not get it, fellow enthusiasts have nothing but praise for the XVIII; we spoke to one owner who described riding it as a special event. Although it&rsquo;s a very technical product it&rsquo;s fine to use everyday and owning one apparently makes you want to ride it all the time. Want to try one out for yourself? Distributors Velorution actively encourage interested parties to test ride the bike in their London store. Having said that, of course, you could buy a Rolex and take a taxi.</p> <p><em>Written by&nbsp;Jonathon Savill.&nbsp;See the Schindelhauer range at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.velorution.com/schindelhauer-ludwig-xviii/" target="_blank">velorution.com</a>. 88 Great Portland Street, London W1W 7NS. Phone 0207 148 5572.</em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/specialized/specialized-s-works-mclaren-p1-two-wheeled-world/news" target="_blank">This Specialized S-Works is the McLaren P1 of the two-wheeled world</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The internal gearbox" alt="The internal gearbox" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ludwig-xviii-details-07_0.jpg?1404959007" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Spokes appeal" alt="Spokes appeal" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ludwig-xviii-details-08_0.jpg?1404959007" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Drive angry" alt="Drive angry" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ludwig-xviii-details-09_0.jpg?1404959007" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Get a handle on this" alt="Get a handle on this" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/ludwig-xviii-details-17_0.jpg?1404959007" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/if-apple-made-bikes-schindelhauer-ludwig-xviii/news#comments Bikes Hot Stuff Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:15:14 +0000 Stephen Graves 1441557 at http://www.stuff.tv This Specialized S-Works is the McLaren P1 of the two-wheeled world http://www.stuff.tv/specialized/specialized-s-works-mclaren-p1-two-wheeled-world/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £16,000 carbon fibre stunner makes a mockery of the rusted old Raleigh sat in your shed </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Specialized S-Works" alt="Specialized S-Works" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/mclaren-specialized-01.jpg?1404899333" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/leonpoultney" title="View user profile.">Leon Poultney</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>What makes a bicycle worthy of a house deposit? </strong><br />You&rsquo;re paying for the expertise of McLaren engineers over at its Special Operations Center in Woking &ndash; the same place where the <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/icon-%E2%80%93-mclaren-p1/news" target="_blank">McLaren P1</a> is hand finished &ndash; who have reduced weight and optimised every element for aerodynamic performance. Oh, and the frankly ludicrous amounts of carbon fibre that have been meticulously shaped and moulded to make this one lightweight, sportive-smashing missile.</p> <p><strong>Just how light is it?</strong><br />Positively featherweight, considering boffins have managed to shave around 10 per cent of excess fat from the already anorexic S-Works Tarmac model. Expect this bike to hover under the 6kg mark.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>I presume the components are top notch, too. </strong><br />We&rsquo;re talking Tour de France-spec components on this speed machine. Specially crafted S-Works Aerofly handlebars (tested in a wind tunnel for aerodynamic performance), Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 gears, high performance eeCycleworks brakes, a diamond-like coated chain and an S-Works carbon crankset with CeramicSpeed coated bearings. Chris Froome wouldn&rsquo;t complain if you handed him one of these on the Grand Départ.</p> <p><strong>The paintjob looks menacing, tell us more&hellip; </strong><br />The team over at McLaren Special Operations Centre have employed exactly the same painting techniques used on the awesome P1 hypercar. That means numerous coats for a rich hue and hours spent hand polishing to ensure it sparkles in the sunlight. It even sports the iconic shade of orange that&#39;s bespoke to McLaren super cars.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Specialized S-Works" alt="Specialized S-Works" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/07_0.jpg?1404899333" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Specialized S-Works" alt="Specialized S-Works" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/06_0.jpg?1404899333" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Specialized S-Works" alt="Specialized S-Works" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/02_2.jpg?1404899333" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-4"> <div class="field-label">Image #4:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_4" width="1200" height="900" title="Specialized S-Works" alt="Specialized S-Works" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/03_2.jpg?1404899333" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Ok, I&rsquo;m sold &ndash;&nbsp;but I expect a few freebies if I&rsquo;m parting with &pound;16,000 </strong><br />You&rsquo;re in luck, because you&rsquo;ll not only be the proud owner of one of just 250 S-Works McLaren Tarmacs in existence but Specialized will also throw in a pair of custom made S-Works Road Shoes and an S-Works Prevail helmet, both painted to match the frame. All that&rsquo;s left for you to do is invest in a heavy-duty lock.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bike-week-five-good-affordable-road-bikes/feature" target="_blank">Bike Week: five great, affordable road bikes</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Specialized S-Works" alt="Specialized S-Works" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/01_2.jpg?1404899333" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="Specialized S-Works" alt="Specialized S-Works" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/04_0.jpg?1404899333" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="1200" height="900" title="Specialized S-Works" alt="Specialized S-Works" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/05_0.jpg?1404899333" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/specialized/specialized-s-works-mclaren-p1-two-wheeled-world/news#comments Bikes Hot Stuff Specialized Tue, 08 Jul 2014 14:26:03 +0000 Stephen Graves 1441413 at http://www.stuff.tv Bike week: Chris Boardman's guide to this weekend's cycling http://www.stuff.tv/bike-week-chris-boardmans-guide-weekends-cycling/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cycling legend takes us on a tour of the Tour&#039;s first three days, with a guide to the best bits to ride yourself </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="896" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/TourSt1A.jpg?1404535593" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In case you weren&#39;t aware, the Tour de France will be racing through Yorkshire this weekend before sprinting into London on Monday. We asked Chris Boardman, whose cycling CV includes Olympic gold, the yellow jersey and three world records, to talk us through the stages and the best bits to ride from each stage, which you can do using the Ordnance Survey&#39;s new <a href="http://www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/resources/maps-and-geographic-resources/os-ride.html">OS Ride</a> app.&nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> stage 1, sat 5 july: Leeds – Harrogate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&quot;The Dales is all rolling hills,&nbsp;as the name suggests,&quot; says Chris,&nbsp;&quot;so there&#39;s no specific feature that will define this stage. It will be an attritional day, and they&#39;ll have sore legs by the end of it for sure. I think we can expect to see a sprint finish, with the vast majority of the field coming in together for a huge spectacle. It&#39;s a beautiful part of the world, coming into the finish at Harrogate.&quot;</p> <p><strong>Cycle this bit:&nbsp;Leeds &gt; Skipton, 53km</strong> <p>Though many riders extend the route all the way to Liverpool, this mostly traffic-free towpath cycle is a more sedate half-day ride. If you&#39;ve still got energy in the tank, you can always head into the Dales.&nbsp;</p> <p>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bike-week-5-bikes-won-tour-de-france/feature">Five bikes that won the Tour de France</a>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1196" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/TourSt1.jpg?1404535593" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stage 2, Sun 6 July: York – Sheffield (198km) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&quot;This is a much more mountainous stage than stage 1, so it&#39;s a different kind of challenge. This day is going to make the General Classification (GC) riders, the guys going for the overall win in the Tour de France, really nervous. They&#39;re going to use their team to look after them all day to make sure they&#39;re kept out of trouble. The race is really going to kick off at the biggest hill in the peak district Holme Moss in the second half of the race.&quot;</p> <p><strong>Cycle this bit:&nbsp;York &gt; Addingham, 65km</strong></p> <p>Take a leisurely tour of York, gawping at Clifford&#39;s Tower and the River Ouse, before heading out into the Yorkshire countryside through to Knaresborough and the superbly-named Blubberhouses.</p> <p>WATCH THESE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bike-week-five-good-reasons-watch-tour-de-france/feature">Five of the greatest cycling videos (and a couple of crashes, obviously)</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/TourSt2.jpg?1404535593" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="400" height="600" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/OSride2.jpg?1404535593" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stage 3, Mon 7 July: Cambridge – London (159km) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>&quot;This stage is pretty flat&quot;, says Chris, &quot;and it will almost certainly be a sprint finish. There are a lot of riders who know they can&#39;t win a sprint, though, so there&#39;ll be a lot of attacking at the start to try and get a break away. Then the responsibility will be with the sprint team to try to control the race and bring it back together for the finish in London. Hopefully we&#39;ll see Mark Cavendish taking a win on home soil.&quot;</p> <p><strong>Cycle this bit:&nbsp;Chelmsford &gt; London (78km)</strong></p> <p>A &#39;Tour de Essex&#39; might not sound glamorous, but this route heads from Chelmsford&#39;s busy asphalt down into Epping Forest and towards Buckingham Palace, where your imaginary roaring crowd awaits.</p> <p>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bike-week-five-good-affordable-road-bikes/feature">Our five favourite affordable road bikes</a></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/BphYunoCYAA5Iuj.jpg-large.jpg?1404535593" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="400" height="600" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/OSride3.jpg?1404535593" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/bike-week-chris-boardmans-guide-weekends-cycling/feature#comments Bikes Sport Fri, 04 Jul 2014 14:54:04 +0000 Will Dunn 1441006 at http://www.stuff.tv Bike week: how to photograph the Tour http://www.stuff.tv/bike-week-how-photograph-tour/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> If you&#039;re going to be one of the thousands lining the Tour route this weekend, try these cyclo-papping tips from professional snapper Alex P (alexp.com) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen-shot-2014-06-06-at-15.49.55.jpg?1404466253" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you want to get some decent snaps any major sporting event faster and livelier than the World Handwriting Championships, you need to prepare in advance. Follow these simple guidelines from Alex P (<a href="http://alexp.com" target="_blank">alexp.com</a>) and you&#39;ll have no trouble getting a couple of memorable shots.&nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 1. Scout a location </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The best spot depends on the story you&#39;re trying to tell. The loneliness of the long distance cyclist or a peloton bunfight? Either way, work out where the bikes will in relation to the camera and background &ndash; ideally between the two.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/one-shutterstock_111934835.jpg?1404466253" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2. Prepare to burst </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p class="p1">Burst mode, that is. Rapid-fire shots (10-15fps) give you more chance of getting the right shot, but also slow down your auto-focus. Choosing .jpegs as your file format will enable quicker buffering and download speeds.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="959" height="880" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Burst1.jpg?1404466253" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 3. Turn to &#039;S&#039; </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>...or &#39;T&#39;, on some cameras - the Shutter Priority setting that allows you to pick the speed of your shot. Fast shutter speeds freeze motion and help sharpness, so go for a speed no slower than 1/125 and try something in the 1/400 - 1/800 range. Move the camera with your subject (a technique called &#39;panning&#39;) to provide an added element of speed.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Screen-shot-2014-06-06-at-15.49.55.jpg?1404466253" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 4. turn around </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Don&#39;t just snap the cyclists. Crowd reactions with the relevant action in frame give great results, as do &#39;behind the scenes&#39; images of rider prep and post-race reactions. In any area of photography, you get the best shots by capturing images that others don&#39;t think of, or can&#39;t get access to.</p> <p>Find more easy advice on how to create amazing photographs in <strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/stuffs-guide-photography/feature">Stuff&#39;s Guide to Photography</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/two-shutterstock_33605863.jpg?1404466253" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/bike-week-how-photograph-tour/feature#comments Bikes Photography 101 Sport Thu, 03 Jul 2014 16:08:20 +0000 Will Dunn 1440894 at http://www.stuff.tv Bike Week: five great, affordable road bikes http://www.stuff.tv/bike-week-five-good-affordable-road-bikes/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tickled by the Tour? Tempted by triathlon? If you fancy getting into road biking, here are five steeds that will make a good starting point </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/opener_1.jpg?1404398499" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you find yourself watching the Tour de France as it whizzes across England this weekend and thinking &#39;I could do that&#39;, then, well, you can&#39;t. Seriously, you can&#39;t. The Tour is over 3000 kilometres, a lot of it very steeply uphill, ridden at an average of around 40km/h. But straddle one of these affordable road machines, all of which have been ridden by Team Stuff, and you&#39;ll get a feeling for what it&#39;s all about, even if the reality is that your longest ride is a five-mile pootle to a country pub.&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/will-dunn" title="View user profile.">Will Dunn</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Boardman Road Sport (£450) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>For several years the default answer to the question &ldquo;what&rsquo;s the best affordable road bike?&rdquo; has been &ldquo;probably a Boardman&rdquo;, and the <strong><a href="http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/road-bikes/boardman-road-sport-bike-medium-53cm" target="_blank">Road Sport</a></strong> explains why: an assortment of proper Shimano 2300 and Sora componentry on a surprisingly good 7005 aluminium frame makes this a proper road bike for very little money.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="776" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Boardman_Road_Sport_xl.jpg?1404398499" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Raleigh Airlite 100 (£500) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Raleigh&rsquo;s recent progress in high-end racing bikes for its professional team has developed into a much nicer range of consumer bikes. Like the Boardman is has an aluminium frame that will introduce you to the light, still nature of road bikes, some decent components and some nice finishing touches, including much nicer tyres (Schwalbe Lugano) and saddle (San Marco) than you&rsquo;d expect to see at <strong><a href="http://www.cyclesuk.com/10494440/products/raleigh-airlite-100-se-2014-road-bike-in-black-and-blue.aspx" target="_blank">this price</a></strong>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="828" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/raleigh.jpg?1404398499" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> You call that affordable? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Okay, so we couldn&#39;t buy one of these bikes without saving up, but spending any less on a road bike is normally a false economy because you won&#39;t get to experience any of the speedy fun offered by a real racer. One notable exception, however, is the <strong><a href="http://www.decathlon.co.uk/triban-3-red-road-bike-id_8274036.html" target="_blank">B&#39;Twin Triban 3</a> (&pound;300)</strong> from French sports megastore Decathlon (you may have seen their shops on trading estates). We haven&#39;t ridden the Triban 3 so we can&#39;t recommend it in this list, but if you&#39;re on a budget it&#39;s definitely one to consider - ride it in the same week as the Boardman and see how it shapes up.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Genesis Equilibrium (from £850) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Many riders are of the opinion that while aluminium and carbon have their merits, nothing rides like a steel frame, and the <strong><a href="http://www.genesisbikes.co.uk/bikes/road/sportive/equilibrium-00" target="_blank">Equilibrium</a></strong> is made from Reynolds 520 or 725 - widely regarded as some of the best iron around. Add a carbon fork, a decent set of wheels and well-chosen componentry and you have one of the best all-round bikes on the market. And if you&rsquo;re a fan of retro looks, this British bikemaker&rsquo;s steeds will have you drooling all over your Lycra.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="738" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Genesis.jpg?1404398499" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Verenti Insight 0.3 105 (£900) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Offering a very different ride to the Genesis is this <strong><a href="http://www.wiggle.co.uk/verenti-insight-03-105-2014/" target="_blank">full-carbon bargain</a></strong>. Verenti (the own brand of online retailer Wiggle) has managed to add a Shimano 105 gearset and brakeset to the already impressive frame and fork, and while you can see where money has been saved on the wheels and bars, it&rsquo;s a very nice ride &ndash; like most carbon frames it climbs well, but unlike many carbon frames, it&rsquo;s assured, grippy and unrattled by steep descents.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Verenti.jpg?1404398499" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hoy Sa Calobra .003 (£1000) </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Joining Chris Boardman in the pantheon of riders-turned-bikesmiths is Big Chris, the most successful British Olympian in history. Like Boardman, the Hoy range is backed by a big chain of bike shops and offers excellent components for the money - <strong><a href="http://www.evanscycles.com/products/hoy/sa-calobra-003-2014-road-bike-ec051523" target="_blank">in this case</a></strong> it&#39;s Shimano 105, RS10 wheels and a stiff frame, extensively tested by the mighty legs of Sir Chris himself, that offers great power transfer when you&rsquo;re standing on the pedals.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="790" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Hoy.jpg?1404398499" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thrifty tip: buy last year&#039;s model </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Just as with buying a car, the smart money waits until the last few bikes of one model year are left in the shop and snaps one up when they go on sale. The new models arrive in September-October, so search the web for 2014 models from September to November and you could pick up a serious bargain. Alternatively try search for 2013 models now - there are always a few left over (especially in really big or really small sizes) and you&#39;re still getting a brand new bike. If you&#39;re buying your new steed online, it&#39;s still worth taking it in to your local bike shop to get it set up.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/bike-week-five-good-affordable-road-bikes/feature#comments Bikes Sport Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:01:40 +0000 Will Dunn 1440779 at http://www.stuff.tv Bike Week: five good reasons to watch the Tour de France this weekend http://www.stuff.tv/bike-week-five-good-reasons-watch-tour-de-france/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Use YouTube to remind yourself why it&#039;s worth tuning in to the Tour </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1197" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/20131015487_141.jpg?1404283370" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Excited about the start of the Tour de France this weekend? <em>No?</em> Okay, sit yourself down in front of the five greatest cycling videos on YouTube, and you soon will be. And there&#39;s at least one crash, we promise.</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sometimes it goes cross-country </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>In 2003, Lance Armstrong was years away from becoming the world&#39;s most famous drug cheat, so nobody begrudged him a little shortcut. In fact, when you know why exactly he took it (the shortcut, not the veinfuls of performance-enhancing megajuice), it&#39;s impressive. The furiously hot summer of 2003 had caused patches of road on the descent out of the Tour&#39;s ninth stage to melt. Stage leader Joseba Beloki hit some molten tar, his tyre exploded and he broke his leg, elbow and wrist. Following closely&nbsp;at over 50kmph and&nbsp;understandably keen not to have the same experience,&nbsp;Armstrong veered left,&nbsp;careened across a field regained his place in the peloton.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/RtZhG2kWVLY" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> people ride down mountains at well over 100km/h downhill... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&#39;s generally a good thing that the Tour riders now wear helmets, but if you crash on the Col du Galibier, it won&#39;t make much of a difference. Once the riders crest the top of this classic climb, they descend 50km of winding mountain road at motorway speeds, often coming within inches of a sheer drop in order to be able to get the most speed out of each turn.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/0tFpNsZXWgc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ...and 75kph on the flat </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Usain Bolt may be able to run at superhuman speeds for nine and a half seconds, but Mark Cavendish can cycle 160 kilometres, jostle for position with a bunch of other riders and <em>then</em> sprint, accelerating to just shy of 80kmph in a phenomenal burst of power that makes him perhaps the most exciting cyclist to watch. See the overhead helicopter footage of this sprint for why, on a good day, the Manx Missile remains unbeatable.&nbsp;</p> <p>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/bike-week-5-bikes-won-tour-de-france/feature">Five bikes that won the Tour de France</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/aNJ8ji9RRYI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> occasionally there&#039;s a crash </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>It&#39;s not like we <em>want</em> them to crash, but the Tour does throw up the occasional impressive takedown. Top honours go to Dutch rider Johnny Hoogerland for surviving this nightmare crash in the 2009 Tour, when a France Telévisions car went for the sort of undertaking manouvre normally reserved for South London roads, sideswiped Juan Antonio Flecha and sent Hoogerland flying into a barbed wire fence at 50kmph. Hoogerland won himself lifetime membership of Club ToughGuy by finishing the stage before receiving the 33 stitches his wounds required.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/I7W-tkd1C5I" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> the next tour will have on-bike cameras </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Just as Formula 1 has cameras built into every car, the Tour will soon be capturing the action from seatpost level. At the recent Tour of California, a test of Shimano&#39;s latest minicam allowed for this incredible footage, which allows a previosuly unglimpsed view into the shouting and shoving that goes on as the riders jostle for position in the build-up to a sprint. On-bike coverage isn&#39;t planned for <em>this</em> Tour, but it should be ready in time for the 2015 race.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/aeCRnFq_9Lo" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-title"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Wanna watch something longer? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-box-out-body-text"> <div class="field-label">Box Out Body Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Try the superb new documentary <em><a href="http://pantanifilm.com/">Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist</a></em>, which explores the life and untimely death of Italian rider Marco &#39;the Pirate&#39; Pantani, who won both the Tour and the Giro d&#39;Italia in 1998 but died just six years later.&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="300" src="http://www.pantanifilm.com/" width="600"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/bike-week-five-good-reasons-watch-tour-de-france/feature#comments Bikes Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:29:20 +0000 Will Dunn 1440658 at http://www.stuff.tv Bike Week: 5 bikes that won the Tour de France http://www.stuff.tv/bike-week-5-bikes-won-tour-de-france/feature <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> All you need is a huge amount of natural talent, luck, money, decades of training and one of these bikes, and you&#039;re in with a pretty good chance of winning the Tour </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Screen%20shot%202014-06-30%20at%2015.33.13.png?1404282574" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>When the Tour began, gears were a pipe dream and your regular amateur bike was two wooden circles and a iron bar. Since then the basic riding position has remained the same, but things have improved somewhat: today&#39;s Tour steeds have to be given a minimum weight allowance (a whispy 6.9kg) or they&#39;ll just start hovering. Here&#39;s five that have helped their riders to wear the yellow jersey.&nbsp;</p> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> La Française, 1903 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The very first bike to win the Tour was ridden by Maurice Garin (aka The Little Chimney Sweep) and its heavy steel frame only had a single gear. It did have toeclips, though &ndash; an invention only a few years old at that time.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/LaFrancaise.jpg?1404282574" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Allegro, 1937 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Roger Lapébie won the Tour on one of the first bikes sporting a Super Champion derailleur, which had only just been allowed under Tour rules and meant that riders no longer had to get off their bike and loosen their back wheel every time they wanted to change gears.&nbsp;<em>(Image credit: theracingbicycle.com)</em></p> <p>INTERVIEW ARCHIVE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/tour-de-france-contender-mark-cavendish-talks-bike-tech/feature">Mark Cavendish tells Stuff about his bike tech</a></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/1937%20Allegro%20CREDIT%20THERACINGBICYCLE.COM_.jpg?1404282574" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Bottecchia, 1989 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Tour-winner Greg Lemond&rsquo;s time trial bike was one of the first to pay close attention to aerodynamics with the addition of Scott aero bars, designed by ski coach Boone Lennon to mimic the position of a downhill skier. His time trial performance won him the 1989 Tour.&nbsp;<em>(Image credit: pedalroom.com)</em> <p><strong>INTERVIEW ARCHIVE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/chris-froome-talks-tour-de-france-tech/feature">Chris Froome talks Tour de France tech</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bottecchia-equipe-10662_4.jpg?1404282574" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Trek 5500, 1999 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The 5500 OCLV (Optimum Compaction, Low Void &ndash; yeah, we don&rsquo;t know either) was the first carbon fibre-framed bike to be ridden from start to finish in the tour, and it took Lance Armstrong to his first tour victory (Armstrong&#39;s title was later stripped, but the bike wasn&#39;t to blame). <em>(Image credit: Rudi Riet)</em></p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/5-best-bits-cycling-gear/feature">5 of the best cycling gadgets</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Trek5500_CREDIT%20RUDI%20RIET.jpg?1404282574" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Pinarello Dogma 65.1 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ridden to victory by both Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome, the Dogma has been the stand-out bike of the last few years. The frame is made from Japanese Torayca carbon, said to be the finest in the world, while the wavy &#39;Onda&#39; fork smooths out the road vibrations that can plague a very stiff road bike. Consumer versions sell for comfortably more than &pound;5,000 but you can personalise it with your own colours, using <a href="http://www.pinarello.com/en/myway-dogma-65.1">Pinarello&#39;s MyWay system</a>.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/10-best-cycling-movies-ever/news">The 10 greatest cycling movies</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/D65-799.jpg?1404282574" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/bike-week-5-bikes-won-tour-de-france/feature#comments Bikes Sport Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:25:38 +0000 Will Dunn 1440539 at http://www.stuff.tv Meet Bike Intermodal, the briefcase-sized folding bike http://www.stuff.tv/meet-bike-intermodal-briefcase-sized-folding-bike/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Half the weight of its competitors, this commuter-friendly cycle could be on the market as early as 2015 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Meet Bike Intermodal, the briefcase-sized folding bike " alt="Meet Bike Intermodal, the briefcase-sized folding bike " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/bike-intermodal-hotstuff.jpg?1400549493" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/sam-kieldsen" title="View user profile.">Sam Kieldsen</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>Bike Intermodal? What&rsquo;s that mean?</strong><br />&ldquo;Intermodal&rdquo; transport is another world for mixed-mode transport &ndash; i.e. using various forms of transport to get where you need to go. The idea behind this bike is to make it small and light enough that you can easily carry it on a train, bus or in your car.</p> <p><strong>So it&rsquo;s just a folding bike?</strong><br />Not &ldquo;just&rdquo;: this is a revolutionary folding bike that, depending on whether it&rsquo;s built of aluminium or magnesium, weighs in at just 4-6kg (about half that of most rivals) and can be folded down to the size of a small backpack (50 x 40 x 15cm). So if a Brompton Bike strikes you as too bulky, the Intermodal just might&nbsp; be the ideal alternative.</p> <p><strong>READ MORE: <a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hubless-bike-folds-down-size-brolly/news">This hubless bike folds down to the size of a brolly</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>How have its makers managed that?</strong><br />The consortium that has developed the bike has done away with the traditional bike frame shape, instead opting for three collapsible sub-assemblies that are linked by high-tensile cables. They liken the way it which it folds to that of an airplane&rsquo;s undercarriage.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/E90fQxwji9U" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>But in all other respects it&rsquo;s a traditional pedal-powered bike?</strong><br />Well, the Intermodal may well end up coming in two editions: one powered purely by pedals and one with an electric motor to assist the rider in power-sapping uphill climbs and the like.</p> <p><strong>When&rsquo;s it out?</strong><br />The bike is currently in the prototype stages, but its creators hope to bring it to market in 2015 or 2016, with a target price of &pound;650 to &pound;1,000 depending on the model.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hot-stuff">UNFOLD MORE HOT STUFF</a></strong></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Meet Bike Intermodal, the briefcase-sized folding bike " alt="Meet Bike Intermodal, the briefcase-sized folding bike " src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/bike-intermodal-02.jpg?1400549493" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> Bikes Hot Stuff Sun, 18 May 2014 14:11:34 +0000 Sam Kieldsen 1437373 at http://www.stuff.tv Gi-Bike is a smart electric bicycle that folds up in a flash http://www.stuff.tv/gi-bike-electric-bicycle-folds-flash/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> This could be the ultimate commuter cycle – fast, convenient and packed with safety and security features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Gi-Bike" alt="Gi-Bike" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/gi-bike-hotstuff.jpg?1400256157" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>It&#39;s a bicycle. Impress me.</strong><br />This isn&#39;t just any bicycle &ndash; this is the <a href="http://www.gibike.com/" target="_blank">Gi-Bike</a>, and it may just be the future of pedal power.</p> <p><strong>How so?</strong><br />With more and more people switching to bicycles for the commute to work, there have been all sorts of innovations &ndash; folding bikes, electric pedal-assist bikes, biking apps, illuminated wheels. The Gi-Bike combines all of these features and more into one package.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>What sort of features are we talking about here? </strong><br />Gi-Bike is a full-size bike that folds up in three seconds; simply flip a catch, and lift, and the bike folds down to half its size. When folded, it&#39;s designed in such a way that you can tow it around by the handlebars, wheeling it along.</p> <p><strong>So it folds. What else does it do? </strong><br />The Gi-Bike is available in two different variants; a pedal-powered version and one with electric pedal assist. The pedal-assisted version runs off a LifePo4 battery, and will chug along for 40 miles on a full charge at speeds of up to 15mph. It&#39;ll charge your smartphone too, with a USB port and a handy mount for your phone. You also get a Revolights-style illuminated front wheel and an integrated rear light, which switch on automatically at dusk.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/VIvtO38Y1Wg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Gi-Bike, unfolded" alt="Gi-Bike" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gi-bike-04.jpg?1400256157" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The Gi-Bike, folded" alt="Gi-Bike" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gi-bike-03.jpg?1400256157" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><strong>What&#39;s it made of?</strong><br />Aluminium, mostly &ndash; the Gi-Bike weighs in at 12kg for the pedal-powered version, and 17kg for the electric version.</p> <p><strong>Sounds nice. And very desirable to bike thieves.</strong><br />Helpfully, the Gi-Bike has some security features that work in tandem with your phone; it syncs up with your smartphone and automatically locks when you&#39;re a certain distance away. You can loan your bike to friends, too, using the Gi-Bike app &ndash; which also shows remaining battery charge and tracks distance, speed and calories burned.</p> <p><strong>I want one!&nbsp;</strong><br />You&#39;ll have to move quickly &ndash; the Gi-Bike is currently raising funds on&nbsp;<a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/227461008/gi-bike-the-light-full-size-electric-folding-bike" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a>, with the pedal-powered version available for US$2590, and the electric version costing US$3390.</p> <p>[Source:&nbsp;<a href="https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/227461008/gi-bike-the-light-full-size-electric-folding-bike" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="http://techcrunch.com/2014/05/13/the-gi-bike-is-electric-foldable-and-looks-like-the-future/" target="_blank">TechCrunch</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hubless-bike-folds-down-size-brolly/news" target="_blank">This hubless bike folds down to the size of a brolly</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="The Gi-Bike at rest" alt="Gi-Bike" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gi-bike-02.jpg?1400256157" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="1200" height="900" title="The Gi-Bike, out and about" alt="Gi-Bike" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/gi-bike-05.jpg?1400256157" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Gi-Bike folds up in a flash </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-standfirst"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item standfirst:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The smart electric bike that does it all </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> http://www.stuff.tv/gi-bike-electric-bicycle-folds-flash/news#comments Bikes Hot Stuff Wed, 14 May 2014 17:15:18 +0000 Stephen Graves 1437181 at http://www.stuff.tv This hubless bike folds down to the size of a brolly http://www.stuff.tv/hubless-bike-folds-down-size-brolly/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sada Bike is an ingenious full-size folding bicycle with a wheely clever design </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sada Bike" alt="Sada Bike" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sada-bike-01.jpg?1400255933" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The trouble with folding bikes is that when you unfold them, they&#39;re unmistakably folding bikes.</p> <p>For all their hipster commuter cred, with their small wheels they&#39;re not as stable as full-size bikes, and have a bumpier ride. Italian engineer Gianluca Sada reckons that he&#39;s found a better solution &ndash; a full-size bike that folds down to the size of an umbrella.</p> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/stephen-graves" title="View user profile.">Stephen Graves</a> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>News Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-section-paginate"> <div class="field-label">Paginate on this section:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Don't paginate </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Yes, you have to carry those wheels along with the bike frame, but Sada&#39;s come up with a neat solution to that problem, too; the wheels form the structural support for a special backpack, with their spokeless design allowing for more storage space in the bag.</p> <p>The Sada Bike&#39;s design does raise a few questions, though. The hubless wheel design is convenient, but it&#39;ll inevitably reduce the strength of the wheels, and make them more vulnerable to being bent out of shape. Sada&#39;s video of the prototype bike cuts away each time he&#39;s about to fold it up, suggesting that it might be a more time consuming process than he&#39;s letting on. And while the frame is indeed smaller than an umbrella when folded, pics of the folded bike don&#39;t include the wheels or handlebars &ndash; both of which add bulk to the bike.</p> <p>Still, Sada deserves credit for actually taking his concept as far as a working prototype. And the design throws up some interesting possibilities &ndash; a commercial design, made from lightweight, strong materials, could make Sada Bike riders the envy of other commuters.</p> <p>[Source: <a href="http://designtaxi.com/news/365539/A-Standard-Sized-Bicycle-That-Folds-Down-To-The-Size-Of-An-Umbrella/" target="_blank">DesignTaxi</a>]</p> <p><strong>READ MORE:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/vanhawks-valour-bike-knows-where-potholes-were/news" target="_blank">Vanhawks Valour is the smart bike that knows where potholes are</a></strong></p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="180" src="http://pages.haymarket.com/stuff_signup/enews_embed" width="300"></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="video-wrapper youtube-player-wrapper"> <iframe width="640" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/WIVeemZ0_e4" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Sada Bike" alt="Sada Bike" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/sada-bike-02.jpg?1400255933" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-carousel-item"><legend>Carousel Extras</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-carousel-item-title"> <div class="field-label">Carousel item title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The hubless bike that&#039;s smaller than a brolly </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/hubless-bike-folds-down-size-brolly/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/hubless-bike-folds-down-size-brolly/news#comments Bikes Wed, 14 May 2014 15:18:34 +0000 Stephen Graves 1437176 at http://www.stuff.tv