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How Much Have Carbon Bikes Changed? | Retro Vs Modern

How Much Have Carbon Bikes Changed? | Retro Vs Modern

Earlier this year, Look launched their latest and greatest bike, the Blade 795 RS. We’re going to take a close look at it, and take it for spin, but not without contrasting it with the first carbon bike to win the Tour de France, the Look KG86.

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Look have kindly supplied us with this iconic bike, to allow us to compare carbon bikes from the first to the very latest generation. And no, it’s not Lemond’s own bike, but it is cut from the same cloth, almost literally, with its knitted carbon tubes, produced by TVT that Look then bonded in to alloy lugs. The history buffs among you will point out that Lemond won on Campagnolo kit, this has a rather rare Mavic groupset instead. To really see the difference that 32 years of engineering evolution has made, we’ll need to go for a ride…

When you think about that makes a bike “good”, price, weight, reliability, stiffness, comfort, and aerodynamics all spring to mind. Which of those that matter most to you depends on what kind of riding you enjoy. In this context, it’s got to be about speed. As the winner of the Tour de France, this was arguably the fastest bike in the world 32 years ago.

With the benefit of modern technology we’ll be able to measure. Or we almost would. On one of these two bikes we’ll be able to tell you exactly how much power we’ll need to put out in order to ride at a certain speed thanks to a very swanky new Look/SRM power meter. On the other, well we were reminded that old bikes require different pedals axle diameters. Not just different, these are the original clipless pedals, Look PP65/PP75, but the main problem about riding fast is that it’s a museum piece.

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Silhouette (Young Community Remix) (Instrumental Version) – Cacti
Smashing Punks 12 – Stefan Netsman
Under The Same Stars (Instrumental Version) – Flickering
Moving Strong – Uygar Duzgun
The Whistle Song (Instrumental Version) – Anders Bothén
What You Saying (Instrumental Version) – Snake City (1)
Slamming Stoners 7 (Sting) – Victor Olsson
Blue Texas Trucker 1 (Sting) – Victor Olsson
Rock The Young 2 (Sting) – Sven Karlsson

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Top 10 Bike Trends For 2019

Top 10 Bike Trends For 2019

We’re rapidly approaching the end of the year now, and at this time we all start wondering about what next year will bring. So here are the trends we think we’ll be seeing in cycling in the new year. Hopefully, we’re better at this than predicting races… GCN Christmas Gift Guide: https://gcn.eu/11H Subscribe to GCN:… Continue Reading

Sky To Leave Professional Cycling – The End Of An Era?

Sky To Leave Professional Cycling – The End Of An Era?

Today, Sky announced their withdrawal of sponsorship from professional cycling at the end of the 2019 season. In this video, we’ll look back on the team’s history and ask whether this spells the end of an era in cycling… GCN Christmas Gift Guide: http://gcn.eu/11x Subscribe to GCN: http://gcn.eu/SubscribeToGCN Register your interest in the GCN Club:… Continue Reading

8 Ways To Get The Most From Your Smart Trainer

8 Ways To Get The Most From Your Smart Trainer

More and more riders are investing in smart turbo trainers, but because they are so loaded with functions, are you getting the most out of yours? In this video, we’ll give you 8 tips so you can get the most out of yours… In association with Wahoo GCN Christmas Gift Guide: http://gcn.eu/11u Subscribe to GCN:… Continue Reading

Does Cycling Really Need E-Racing? | The GCN Show Ep. 309

Does Cycling Really Need E-Racing? | The GCN Show Ep. 309

Welcome to the GCN Show – this week we discuss whether there’s a place for e-racing/virtual racing in cycling. We’ve also got Christmas Trees, the best winter riding excuse ever, Salbutamol and Peter Sagan climbing lots of stairs! Enter the See.Sense giveaway here: http://gcn.eu/winseesense GCN Christmas Gift Guide: http://gcn.eu/11p Subscribe to GCN: http://gcn.eu/SubscribeToGCN Register your… Continue Reading

Dutch Headwind Champs & New 2019 Pro Cycling Kits | The Cycling Race News Show

Dutch Headwind Champs & New 2019 Pro Cycling Kits | The Cycling Race News Show

Welcome back to the GCN Racing News Show – this week we have the Dutch National Headwind Championships, the latest round of the Brico cross from Essen, and the Car Park Cannonball from Christchurch in New Zealand, plus all the other major news in pro cycling. GCN Christmas Gift Guide: http://gcn.eu/115 Subscribe to GCN: http://gcn.eu/SubscribeToGCN… Continue Reading

The Big Race | Emma’s First Cyclo-Cross Ep. 5

The Big Race | Emma’s First Cyclo-Cross Ep. 5

We’ve reached the finale of our Emma Does Cyclo-Cross series, with Emma taking on her first ever cyclocross race. The regional championships were the setting for her first go at cross, watch the full video to see how she gets on… GCN Christmas Gift Guide: http://gcn.eu/10T Subscribe to GCN: http://gcn.eu/SubscribeToGCN Register your interest in the… Continue Reading

Can You Get Fit From Riding An E-Bike?

Can You Get Fit From Riding An E-Bike?

E-bikes definitely have their benefits for many riders, however, there is still somewhat of a stigma attached to them. In this video, Dan takes a look at whether you get a real workout from riding an e-bike and if therefore you can get fitter overall. In association with Pinarello & Fazua GCN Christmas Gift Guide:… Continue Reading

How To Get Started With Road Cycling | Ask GCN Anything

How To Get Started With Road Cycling | Ask GCN Anything

James and Chris are back with another episode of Ask GCN Anything – this week they answer your questions about getting into cycling, whether pro cyclists go to the gym for strength work, if low cadence intervals are good for your training and loads more… GCN Christmas Gift Guide: http://gcn.eu/10H Subscribe to GCN: http://gcn.eu/SubscribeToGCN Register… Continue Reading

10 Christmas Presents We Really Want | Gift Ideas For Obsessive Cyclists

10 Christmas Presents We Really Want | Gift Ideas For Obsessive Cyclists

Looking for inspiration for what gift to buy a cyclist? With the help of 6 our of very own obsessive cyclists, we give you 10 Christmas present that we actually want! What’s on your Christmas list? GCN Christmas Gift Guide: http://gcn.eu/10y Subscribe to GCN: http://gcn.eu/SubscribeToGCN Register your interest in the GCN Club: http://gcn.eu/10x Subscribe to… Continue Reading