Save the Rim Brake is an anonymous Instagram account that popped up following the original announcement in 2017 that British Cycling would allow discs to be used in road racing from 1 January 2018. At the time, after a coded direct message, I received four stickers from this radicalised rim-braker in the mail. Two years on, with BikeRadar’s new address somehow procured, another clutch of anti-disc stickers has arrived on my desk. Of course, this anti-disc fanatic is preaching to the unconverted – I wrote an article in defence of rim brakes in 2017 and, to this day, still use them, even going as far as building a long-term test bike with thoroughly outmoded rim squidgers. View this post on Instagram No doubt everyone has seen this ridiculous build by @bishopbikes @item4_bicycles but we couldn’t not share it. As seen on the @theradavist photo by @hopecyclery ???????????????? #savetherimbrake A post shared by savetherimbrake (@savetherimbrake) on Dec 5, 2019 at 2:16pm PST Though extensive snooping has thrown up a few clues – I am the BikeRadar snooper in chief after all – this anti-disc zealot is yet to be positively identified. The stickers can be had for just 25p from Etsy and you can keep up to date with the #savetherimbrake campaign on Instagram. When I originally wrote this article, I predicted that the comments section would get typically heated and I was so right – nothing seems to boil the collective clams of readers more than the now age-old rim vs disc debate. If you plan on contributing I urge you, dear reader, to please remember to keep it clean. An earlier version of this article was first published in August 2017
Britain goes to the polls again tomorrow (Thursday 12 December) with Brexit and the NHS among the topics dominating the party manifestos and news agenda, and likely to sway votes. But what about cycling? Where do the main political parties stand when it comes to cycling, in terms of spending, planning and infrastructure? We have taken a closer look at the pledges of the five main political parties ahead of the election – Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat, Green, Brexit – as well as the SNP in Scotland and Plaid Cymru in Wales. Here is an outline of their cycling plans, pledges and promises. Conservative Party The Conservative Party has pledged to extend Bikeability. Chris Ratcliffe / Bloomberg Extend Bikeability cycling proficiency training to every child New £350-million Cycling Infrastructure Fund “Transport Revolution” plans also include widespread pothole-filling programme Addressed under the wider topic of “A Transport Revolution”, Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party has pledged to extend Bikeability and also announced a new £350-million infrastructure fund. It includes support for commuter cycling routes, “so that more people can cycle safely to work and more families can go out together” and mandatory design standards for new routes. The latter should be taken in context, however – it falls short of the Walking and Cycling Alliance (WACA) spending ask of 10 per cent of the transport budget by 2025. The majority of the ‘Transport Revolution’ focuses on public transport, though the “biggest ever pothole-filling programme” should also produce tangible benefits for cycling. Labour Party Labour promises to improve cycling infrastructure in towns and cities. Increase funding available for cycling and walking Build 5,000km of cycleways as part of ‘Healthy Streets Programme’ Universal affordable access to bicycles Labour’s manifesto has very little when it comes to cycling directly, though it does pledge to “increase the funding available for cycling and walking”. Jeremy Corbyn’s party promises to: “Create towns and cities in which walking and cycling are the best choice: safe, accessible, healthy, efficient, economical and pollution-free.” Labour added meat to the bones of that pledge with a more detailed outline of its proposals via the party website at the start of this month. The ‘Healthy Streets Programme’ will borrow from the Danish, Dutch and German models. Labour also promises to build 5,000km of cycleways, provide cycle training for all primary school children and their parents, deliver universal affordable access to bicycles and provide grants for electric bike purchases. Liberal Democrats The Liberal Democrats have promised a big increase in spending for cycling. Adrian Dennis / Getty Increase walking and cycling spend to 10 per cent of transport budget Create dedicated safe cycling lanes Integration of rail, bus and cycle routes The Liberal Democrats have promised a five-fold increase in spending on walking and cycling, in order to hit the WACA funding ask of 10 per cent of the transport budget. It must be noted that the party does not give a timeline for when the budget would be increased, but does state that this would be used to create dedicated safe cycling lanes. There is also a pledge under the “Fixing Britain’s Railways” banner to invest in commuter routes and “the integration of rail, bus and cycle routes”. Again, however, details are light. Green Party of England and Wales The Green Party has promised massive spending on cycling infrastructure. London Green Party £2.5-billion per year on new cycleways and footpaths, built using sustainable materials Rapid expansion of bike hire schemes Low Traffic Neighbourhoods to cut emissions The Green Party manifesto includes pledges that both, directly and indirectly, benefit cycling. Its Green New Deal includes a £2.5-billion pledge per year on new cycleways and footpaths – the largest funding commitment of any of the parties. It also includes the promise that these will be built using sustainable materials “such as woodchips and sawdust”. Funded out of the £6.5-billion raised by Vehicle Excise Duty, there is also £1.5-billion set aside to maintain existing roads. The Green Party also pledges to “rapidly expand bike hire schemes”, while the plan for Low Traffic Neighbourhoods should also benefit cyclists. Brexit Party The Brexit Party makes no specific pledges for cycling. Carl Court / Getty No direct reference to cycling Invest £50 billion in local road and rail schemes Investing in the environment through “planting millions of trees” The brief Brexit Party manifesto, which it has called a “Contract With The People”, does not explicitly mention cycling. In fact, transport in general is only briefly covered – though it does promise to invest at least £50-billion in local road and rail schemes in “development-starved regions”. Environmental pledges, which could have an impact on cycling, also include the planting of “millions of trees to capture CO2” and the promotion of a global environmental initiative at the UN. Scottish National Party The SNP has pledged to reduce VAT on bicycles. Andy Buchanan / Getty Plans to reduce VAT on bicycles Transport budgets in Wales and Scotland are devolved, with the Welsh Assembly responsible in Wales and the Scottish Parliament north of the border. This means the majority of cycling policy decisions are made at a devolved level. The Scottish National Party only has one reference to cycling in its manifesto, which is to reduce VAT on bicycles, thus reducing their overall cost. As pointed out by British Cycling, it should be added that the Scottish National Party has a track record of investing in active travel while in power in Holyrood. Plaid Cymru Plaid Cymru has pledged to significantly improve cycling infrastructure in Wales, such as this proposed segregated cycle path in Cardiff. Cardiff Council Bicycle use reward scheme Increased provision for bikes on trains “Significant’ improvements to cycling infrastructure For Plaid, it is committing to a reward scheme that pays participants “for every mile they cycle to work”. It has also promised increased spending on travel routes, promoting walking and cycling, and significant cycling infrastructure improvements. It has also pledged to increase bike space on trains.
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A couple of years ago, Dynaplug seemed to be the only tubeless tire plug option on the market, but since then a handful of others joined onto the scene. Also a few years ago, riders were using very crude Jandd straps to fasten a spare tube to their bikes, but now there are options galore. Recently Lezyne sent out a couple of new bits for us to test. To stash a handful of necessities on bike, they now have the Sendit Caddy, and for an all in one plug kit/inflator, they rolled out the Tubeless CO2 Blaster just after Sea Otter. Read on for some thoughts on the combo. Details Sendit Caddy $19.99 Fits: Multi Tool, CO2, Tire levers, 29″ tube Neoprene pouches for padding Rubberized straps to prevent slippage/damage to frame Tubeless CO2 Blaster $49.99 Inflator/plugger combo Steel reamer has built in scourer Comes with 5 heavy duty plus Through a really smart design, Lezyne managed to squeeze quite a few features into an all-in-one setup. The black canister houses 5 spare plugs and covers the awl so it doesn’t stab anything that it’s not supposed to. The inflator has a dial, so you can modulate how you exhaust the CO2. The tip is tapered so that even if you’re penetrating a small hole, it won’t be too difficult. There is also some knurling behind it so you can rough up your tire and get better adhesion with the plug. There is a stretchy section that houses the tube, with grippy silicone lettering to prevent slippage on your frame. The strap itself is rubberized with tough, no-slip material. Three neoprene pouches are labelled for various items. Since I have a SWAT tool in my steerer tube, I figured the Blaster was a great placeholder for the multi tool pouch. Either way – having separate, padded partitions is really nice so you’re never worried about dumping your stuff out while you’re already frustrated by a flat tire. In use Coming from the surf world, I’m well familiar with neoprene, and was happy to see it used in this application as it helps with both padding and ensuring a snug fit at the same time. I’ve used a handful of tube straps at this point – some are easier on frames than others, and some stay put better than others. Lezyne did their homework with the Sendit Caddy as it both protects the frame and stays nicely fixed. The large rubberized strap made it easy to harp on, even with wet or sweaty hands and nothing was clanking together since everything is nicely separated. As for the Tubeless CO2 Blaster, it limits the number of independent bits that you need to carry and keeps things organized as all of your tire plugging and inflating related stuff is in one place. The time span that I’ve spent testing this plug kit was not during my once every year or two flat tire timeframe. But…I got bored and stabbed a worn out tire to test it. While the whole thing works really really brilliantly, my favorite feature is illustrated in the photo below…. Once you jab your tire with the plug and re-inflate it, you unscrew the cone shaped gold bit and slide it down over the puncture. You then use it to hold the plug down on the tire and yank the punch out. The punch has a gap in it so that with a little wiggling, the plug can slide right through. This made it quite easy to use and while it’s a bit hard to tell from one test usage, that cone certainly seemed like it made it easier to mitigate any lost air pressure. Overall At the end of the day these are a couple of very nicely thought out bits from Lezyne. At ~$50, the inflator seems a little pricey, but keep in mind, it’s an inflator, a brilliantly thought out plug kit (that works better than most any other minimalist combo options) and tidy storage for spare plugs. As for the Sendit Caddy, I like it better than anything else I’ve tried to date including the Backcountry Mutherload and the Dakine Hot Laps. If you’re having a look around, check out some of Lezyne’s other sneaky storage options at the link below. You won’t be sorry. www.lezyne.com
We’re a sucker for a good toolbox and Brad Kelly has a very tidy one that has won the 2019 Toolbox Wars competition. Check it out inside. Check out our toolbox tour tag if you’re into pro toolkits. Brad’s Toolbox – Video Brad Kelly (@IG Bee_Kay77) has been a bicycle mechanic since 1993 so he’s spent some time to fine tuning his craft. He has been a mechanic for Jill Kintner for the 2017 and 2018 World Crankworx series. In order to finish first, you first have to finish and Brad certainly helped her bike work well during that time. Kintner did quite well taking wins in many races and the overall Queen of Crankworx title both years. Photo: James Stokoe | Crankworx – Whistler Pump Track 2019 Brad has taken the 2018 toolbox wars world champ and the 2019 toolbox wars toolbox of the year titles. He has raced downhill from 1996 to approximately 2015 where he has taken DH state round wins and titles including many National DH round podiums and wins. His current bike is a 2020 Specialized Enduro comp S4 Canecreek double barrel CS 205 x 65 Fox 36 180mm grip2 damper Magura Raceline brakes 203mm rotors Hand built DT/Stans EX3 wheels 10sp Shimano drivetrain Which brings us to the topic of his latest mobile toolbox. This man is meticulous and enjoys his craft. Many professional bike mechanics have to work at remote venues to support their riders so it’s important they have the right tools for the job. Many of them use Pelican style cases to organize and transport their tools. Brad’s setup uses a customized gun case that he’s clearly spent a lot of time curating and refining. It features pneumatic lifts, trays, and custom foam cut-outs to house each tool he has elected to have in his mobile toolkit. Each tool has a place and he designed the cutouts to allow tools rock inward in lieu of finger holes. Some of the tools on the back board are held with magnets or clips. By layering the EVA foam he is able to get good support for the tools to stay in place but they can rock inward when needed to allow them to be removed easily. The lack of finger holes also lets him get more tools in his layout. It’s a labor of love. As you can see there are a lot of tools here. The top panel is ribbed with aluminum and folds forward to reveal additional tools on the back side like a hole puncher, lockring tools, tire trimmer, du bushing tool, zip tie tool, and more. Many of these tools aren’t cheap but many are available through your local bike store or Amazon. The Powerbuilt T-handle Hex wrench set at $59 is one of many items we’ve seen in many recent mechanics box builds. Full tool list TOP LAYER Abbey “Toolbox wars world champion 2019” custom titanium hammer Abbey pedal wrench Abbey H.A.G (hanger alignment guage) Abbey crombie dual sided cassette lockring tool Abbey whip-it chain whip Effetto Mariposa 2-16nm torque wrench Park tools grease gun Park tools CT-3.2 chain breaker Park tools piston press Topeak Smart Guage digital tyre pressure gauge Rigid mini pipe cutter PB Swiss scribe tool Cane Creek digital shock pump Knipex side cutter pliers 70 02 160 Knipex bull nose pliers 03 02 180 Knipex cable cutters 95 62 190 Knipex needle nose pliers 26 12 200 Knipex 180mm plier wrench 86 05 180 Knipex 250mm plier wrench 86 05 250 Park tools utility knife razor blade Park tools digital vernier calipers Park tools heavy duty tyre levers x 2 Wera Zyklop 3/8 ratchet handle BOTTOM LAYER Abbey 16 notch BB socket (Hollowtech2/GXP) Abbey 12 notch BB socket (Sram DUB) Mini Maglite torch Enduro bearing press with full set of drifts Stanley hacksaw blade handle with metal and Park tools carbon blades PB Swiss 90mm file handle with Nicholson 2nd cut half round file Park tools BBT-9 16 notch hollowtech2/GXP and locking spanner (mainly for centerlock rotors) PB Swiss pin punches 4,6 and 8mm Abbey suspension socket set 24, 26, 28, 30 and 32mm 54mm 2 metre measuring tape Park tools spoke tension gauge Park tools hydraulic hose barb press Park tools hydraulic hose cutter Syringe with light grease (mainly for gear cables) Syringe with carbon paste Stainless steel oiler pen Park tools IR 1.2 internal cable routing kit Marvis black tooth brush Round and flat needle files Scalpel Wera 3/8″ bit holder Bleeding syringes and fittings Park tools BBT-10.2 adjusting cap tool (hollowtech2) Assortment of spare bolts, washers, shims, valves/stems, brake hose fittings, headset spacers, star nuts, saftey pins, razor blades, batteries, cable ties ect Bic lighter Wurth super fast glue Loctite 242 Smoove chain lube cable ferrules, crimps, bleed blocks TOOLBOARD TOOL LIST Knipex scissors Blue Point mini needle nose pliers Blue Point mini flush cut snips Custom made rotor tool for adjusting brake contact point Hex Pro swivel hex keys 3,4,5,6mm Wera torx key set 8,9,10,15,20,25,27,30,40 Park tools SPANNERS 6,7,8,9,10mm PB Swiss picks straight, 90° and hook PB Swiss spinning bit T handle Powerbuilt torx Sliding T handles 10,25,30 Powerbuilt hex sliding T handles 2,2.5,3,4,5,6mm Wera hex key set 1.5,2,2.5,3,4,5,6,8mm PB Swiss 50mm bits 2,2.5,3,4,5,6 and T25 DT Swiss spoke wrench Stans no tubes valve core tool PB Swiss replaceable screwdriver handle PB Swiss #2 small flat head screwdriver blade PB Swiss PH2 Phillips blade for screwdriver PB Swiss #4 large flat head blade for screwdriver PB Swiss bit holder blade for screwdriver PB Swiss mini replaceable blade screwdriver PB Swiss small flat and phillips blade for mini screwdriver PB Swiss 1.5 and 2mm hex blade for mini screwdriver PB Swiss 2.5 and 3mm hex blade for mini screwdriver Wera Zyklop mini 1/4″ bit ratchet Wera 50mm 1/4″ bit extension Park tool Flare nut wrench 8,10mm Topeak preset 4,5,6nm 1/4″ bi torque fittings You’ve made it this far.. you’re clearly a fan of a solid tool setup. Give a follow to Bee_Kay77 and toolboxwars. Abbey Bike Tools is also running a toolbox contest as well! Check back daily throughout the month of December as we post more content in our 25 days of Sickness!
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Eight days, 500km, from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Eve. The Rapha Festive 500 challenge is back, and to mark its 10th anniversary, Rapha has released a limited-edition range of kit and clothing. The Festive 500 collection includes a short-sleeved jersey, T-shirt, pair of socks, two caps, a winter collar, musette bag and a custom Ass-Saver mudguard. Rapha’s Festive 500 collection includes a number of limited-edition items. Rapha #Festive500 Awards As usual, Rapha is encouraging riders to share pictures and stories from their rides using the hashtag #Festive500 on social media, for a chance to win daily prizes from its limited-edition Festive 500 collection. There’s also the #Festive500 Awards, which riders can enter from 24 December to 21 January, with a number of pretty significant prizes available for riders who can record their riding experiences in imaginative ways. Rapha says: “From photo albums to poems, hand-drawn maps to freshly baked pastries, each year we select the most inventive and reward their creators with cycling prizes to keep them riding until the next year.” This year’s prizes include a custom Canyon Grail CF 8.0 SL, a Leica camera and Rapha kit, so if you’re a creative type it could be well worth getting involved. Rapha has put some of the best previous entries on its site if you need some inspiration. For those who don’t have the inclination (or perhaps just don’t have the time) to take part in the #Festive500 Awards, all riders who complete the challenge will be eligible to receive a stitched roundel in addition to the digital one on Strava. Rapha says that this year will be the last year that stitched roundels will be available – so, if you’ve not yet got one, this is the last chance to get your hands on one. Virtual kilometres won’t count Virtual kilometres won’t count, so you’ll have to do your 500km outside to earn a roundel. Rapha In a move that might divide opinion, Strava has confirmed that virtual or trainer km’s (on Zwift, for example) will still not count towards the challenge goal. If you want to earn a roundel, you’ll need to complete the challenge outside no matter what the weather’s like in your part of the world (our guide to winter clothing might come in handy if you live in the Northern Hemisphere). Riders can take part in the challenge by joining and logging rides on Strava (at the time of publishing over 19,000 people have already signed up), or, for those who prefer to record their rides in analogue format, by collecting a brevet card from your local Rapha clubhouse in the week before the challenge starts.
Fabio Wibmer’s latest sees him go fast and furious in two French cities. It’s essential viewing When we think of France, what do we think of? When we think of Paris, what do we think of? When we think of Lyon, what do we think of? When we think of Fabio Wibmer, what do we think of? When we think of fundamentally needless questions, clearly being used to fluff up an introduction to a piece of content that in all honesty doesn’t really need much of an intro, what do we think of? This video, see top of the page, is ‘Urban Freeride Lives 3’. It features the Austrian bike Jedi known as Fabio Wibmer doing some seriously wild stuff in the French cities of Lyon and France. Think sketchy staircase sends, rapid riding, kerbs used as berms etc. This edit also includes a number of France’s extremely iconic landmarks (10 points for everyone you spot). “Urban Freeride Lives 3 definitely has been my raddest production yet” Starting with the famous / infamous ‘Lyon 25’ stairs, which rose to fame in the skateboarding / action sports community when Swedish skater Ali Boulala first tried to send it in 2002, Fabio’s French journey starts with a big massive bang and doesn’t really let up for the rest of the film’s running time. The whole thing’s a relentless viewing experience, one that’ll leave you tired and stoked in equal measure. Discussing the project Fabio Wibmer said “Urban Freeride Lives 3 definitely has been my raddest production yet. I really had to improve my riding and push my limits to get some of the these shots done. Shooting in France with the boys was good fun, but always that easy. We surely had a few risky and gnarly situations to master.” Photo: Hannes Berger Photo: Hannes Berger Photo: Hannes Berger Photo: Hannes Berger You May Also Like 10 Best Mountain Biking Edits of the Decade Wibmer’s Law | Fabio Wibmer Turns Austrian Cities Into His Own Personal Playground The post Urban Freeride Lives 3 | Watch Fabio Wibmer Go Full Send In France appeared first on Mpora.