Hoy Bikes used Youtube this week to announce their latest bike, the Shizuoka. It was inspired by Sir Chris Hoy’s time in Japan in 2005 taking part in the international keirin series, where he observed the locals commuting on their town bikes. It’s named after the town near the velodrome that the international keirin series used.
With a smart looking alloy frame, it's intended to be the perfect commuter bike, to be quick and robust and able to cope with a life in the harsh city environment. It has flat handlebars and neat cable routing, hydraulic disc brakes sourced from Shimano’s mountain bike parts bin. You can read a blog with the designer, James Olsen from Evans Cycles, who has been integral to the new range.
Kinoko Custom Cycles, formerly Tokyo Fixed, have upped sticks and moved to 10 Golden Square, Soho, London (we've mentioned this before). The move means much more space - 200m2 across two levels - for bikes, parts and clothing, a bigger workshop and a full fitting centre manned by two qualified fitters. They’ll even be doing their own coffee with in-house baristas in Daily Goods.
The ambitious expansion also signals a move into stocking brands such as Cannondale, Trek and Focus, alongside current brands like Tonic Fabrications, Cherubim, Donhou and Independent Fabrications, in their shiny new showroom. They aim to become a fully fledged bike shop while still retaining all the appeal that made them such a popular destination for discerning cyclists.
Bar Fly produce mounts for Garmin computers, iPhones and other computers, and they'll now be available to buy in the UK from distributor 2Pure, who also look afer the likes of Crank Brothers, Clif, Ibis, Pedros and Clement. Bar Fly were one of the early producers of the popular out-front Garmin mounts, and they're extending their range to work with other cycle computers. The next in their sights is Cateye's range of wireless computers. Check them out at www.2pure.co.uk
Sticking with Garmin out-front mounts for a moment, K-Edge have launched an updated version of their design. The Pro Garmin mount still uses a CNC-machined design but it now has a two-bolt clamp and a plastic insert, which opens up the possibility for K-Edge to produce inserts compatible with other computers. Currently they support all the Garmin Edge computers and the Forerunner 310XT and 910XT. It weighs just 32g and comes in three colours, anodized black, red, or gunmetal.
More at www.acecosportgroup.com
To celebrate his amazing 100 victories, Specialized have produced a limited edition version of the Venge, the aero road bike the sprinter predominantly races. This video shows the new frame, which features green accents and lists his notable race wins along the top tube, being built up ready to be race.
Bicycle retailer Cyclesense has this week announced that it'll be bringing the Vicini Katana range of kids’ bikes into the UK. The brand has heritage. In 1937 founder Mario Vicini was a runner-up in the Tour de France. He launched the brand a few years later in 1942. They’ve been the official supplier to the Italian Cycling Federation’s junior team for over 25 years.
The Katana pictured above replicates the geometry and performance of an adult racing bicycle, with every detail carefully considered, such as smaller handlebars and alloy frame and carbon fork to keep the weight down. The range extends to four models with 20in to 26in wheel sizes. All bikes have Miche Performance dual-pivot brakes and chainset, and Campagnolo 16-speed groupsets on all models except the entry-level 500 which has Shimano Sora. The 500 costs £399.
More details at www.cyclesense.co.uk
Goodness Shakes specialise in ready-mixed recovery drinks and they’ve just added a new Protein drink to their range. It’s described as a high protein, low fat shake that is ready to go. Compared to their regular drinks, it has a lower carbohydrate content with the emphasis on maximising your protein intake after a cycle ride or race.
Each bottle packs 25g premium quality whey and casein milk protein with 5g branched chain amino acids, 11g of essential amino acids and 5g of glutamine. There’s 25g of carbohydrate, with a total of 206 calories. They’ve also added BioPRO, a micronutrient blend. Bottles cost £2.49 and they're available in chocolate and strawberry.
There’s a slow trend towards wider tyres at pro level racing, and at the Giro d’Italia 40% of riders on teams sponsored by Vittoria - that’s Blanco, Bardiani Valvole - CSF Inox, Colombia, Euskaltel Euskadi, Movistar and Team Argos-Shimano - chose to race 25mm tyres in preference to 23mm. The company provided two top-end tubulars, the Corsa CX and SC.
The company provided the neutral support service for the first time this year. Vittoria’s Servizio Corse, three cars and one motorbike, were highly visible during the race. Despite the generally poor conditions, they weren’t kept that busy, with an average of just one stop per day to help a rider out with a puncture. That’s because the team cars are often on the scene first when a rider punctures. Vittoria counted around 10-12 punctures a day, keeping the team cars very busy.
The Vittoria Servizio Corse also handed out over 300 CamelBak water bottles during the race, and they say on the colder stages they were filled with hot tea.
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.