Birzman tools are fairly new to the workshop scene; although the company has been working in the bike industry since 199, it only started its consumer tool division in 2007. The tools are certainly stylish, with the Dragonfly chain rivet extractor and Zacoo 5 degree track pump both picking up design awards in the last couple of years. And now we'll be able to find out whether they work, too, because they're coming to the UK thanks to Merida.
Olympic rower James Cracknell is well known for his epic challenges: he's completed the Marathon Des Sables, raced to the South Pole and rowed, cycled and swam from the UK to Morocco in aid of Sport Relief. Yesterday the keen cyclist set out on another gruelling adventure: to cycle, run, row and swim across the North American continent in just 18 days.
If you're looking for a great late-season test then type 'Ruthin Rugby Club' into your satnav and set off early this Saturday: the Gore Bikewear Road Sportive series is back in Wales and promising some tough climbing and amazing scenery, as well as the chance to get a bit of mud-plugging in on the Sunday.