Posts Tagged ‘bicycle’

I discovered this video today from Swiss band, The Legendary Lightness. Even though the music video is over 9-months old, it seems to do a great job capturing derny racing. For those not familiar with derny racing, it is where a track cyclists race against each other but they are all drafting their own motorbikes (or derny as it is referred to in the world of cycling). Very different to Keirin racing. It’s a tough form of racing especially due to the consistent high-speed the rider needs to maintain.

The song is titled “World Full Of You.”  Enjoy!


CampagEven though I ride Shimano, I am a fan of Campag and have always dreamed of riding an Italian frame with a full Campagnolo groupset. One day!  But this year is the 80th Anniversary for Campagnolo and they have released a video in celebration of this. To celebrate those of us who cycle. The video is great (even though the voice over is slightly creepy).

Enjoy nonethless!

If you missed yesterday’s world champs road race for men, then you missed a cracking race! The racing was brilliant but Mother Nature decided to intervene to see who was really deserving of the rainbow jersey!

For those of us that did get to watch the race on TV, we all got to see it from the perspective of the moto-cams that ride in front or next to the riders. It showed us the racing as we have become accustomed to seeing it. But thanks to the team at Shimano, they have released a video that gives us a different view of the racing – from the perspective of the team cars following the racing.

Here you get to see how Mother Nature determined who was strong enough to make it to the finish.

My hat off to all the riders that took part – it was a tough race!

If you’ve not already seen this YouTube clip, then where have you been hiding? It’s about 4-year old Malcolm and his first descent of the first ramp on Hellion at Highland Mountain Bike Park.  If this video doesn’t make you smile and want to go ride your bike, then nothing else will.


For sale: 2011 Basso Astra (Black/Blue)

After moving to the UK over a decade ago and getting back into the world of cycling I said to myself that I should get a Basso again. Why? Well, in my last three years of racing as a junior all I rode on was a Basso Astra with Columbus EL OS (oversize) tubing. I have many fond memories of racing and training on that bike. So I wanted to rekindle those memories with a new Basso.

So in October 2010, off I went to Todays Cyclist and bought myself a new (well, actually a demo) Basso Astra (as you see it above). However, in November that year after entering a competition on, I won for myself a brand new NeilPryde Diablo.

Over the coming months the poor Basso just stood in my study and gathered dust as I was now riding the NeilPryde.  This was the main reason that last month I made the decision to sell the Basso. It was a hard decision for me to make, but it is something I had to do.

Now you have the chance to own this beautiful Italian racing machine! The total distance ridden on the bike comes to 300km’s. It did 200km while used as a demo bike for the 2011 range, and then I added 100km when the Diablo was in for a service at the bike shop. So it is mint condition and has been looked after.

The full specs for the bike (as it stands) are:

Make Basso
Model Astra
Size 53cm (seat tube, centre to top)
Colour Black / Blue
Frame Full carbon monocoque
Fork Full carbon fibre
Groupset Shimano Ultegra
Chainset Shimano Ultegra 6750 10-speed 172.5 compact
Chain KMC X10 Gold
Stem MicroTech Race Black Carbon Bonded 110mm
Handlebar MicroTech – Quantum Black – Carbon Monocoque 420mm
Headset MicroTech
Rims Mavic Ksyrium Elite
Hubs Mavic Ksyrium Elite
Seatpost Microtech Race Black Carbon Bonded
Saddle Fizik Arione white
Additional Comes with kevlar reinforced JagWire cabling
PRICE £2000 ono

If this interests you and you would like more information or have any questions, please give me a shout at:  sweatngears [at] (remember to replace the [at] with @). Now for the crème de la crème, the pictures:


Onix Black RH Pro

A couple of months ago I wrote about the new guy on the block, Craig Middleton and his own named brand Onix. Well, he’s back and this time with some BIG news for his new 2012 range.

For his new range, Middleton will now have the  expertise of three time Olympic medallist and former double World Champion on the track, Rob Hayles, to help guide his company’s product development. A big kudos for Onix!

With this new signing, Onix has launched two new bikes for 2012: the competition focussed Onix Black RH Pro and the more sporting Onix Black RH. The RH of course refers to Hayles himself.


GnarLube making lube sexy

Don’t ask me how, but I stumbled across this new cycle lube brand on Facebook – GnarLube. The profile image grabbed my attention as it would any other red-blooded male in the world. Now I have to be careful about this post not to make it to seedy as there seems to be a lot of discussion of late in the use of sex to sell products. The recent news – BBC and PC Pro – from CES and the use of babe booths has definitely thrown the cat amongst the pigeons.


Either way, this seems to be working for GnarLube and they are picking up quite a following, albeit on Facebook. Their website offers two types of lube as well as clothing, for both men and women.