(Bike) Speed Dating at The Bargate!

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The ‘Get Cycle Savvy’ team will be at The Bargate this Saturday, 7th April 10am – 4pm.

They’ll be working with the amazing teams at Cycle Experience and YoBike who will have a range of bikes available to try out – such as hybrids, mountain bikes, electric and folding bikes – to help you determine which is best for your everyday journeys!

They’ll also have bike balance obstacle courses, freebies, and a perfect opportunity to speak to the experts and take some wheels for a spin!

Find them at The Bargate on Saturday 7th April, 10am – 4pm.

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Specialized recalls 2018 models of the Allez range over fork safety fears

The 2018 Allez, Allez Elite, and Allez Sport model bikes potentially contain defects to the fork crown which could compromise safety.

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US bike brand Specialized has announced a mass recall of its 2018 Allez bike range.

The range of aluminium bikes is among Specialized’s most popular at the lower end of its pricing scale, but now owners are being told to stop riding and return their bikes as soon as possible.

Specialized says it has discovered a possible defect to the crown fork of the 2018 Allez, Allez Elite, and Allez Sport model bikes, which could compromise rider safety.

Returned bikes will be fitted with a new fork by the company, with riders getting priority replacements over retailers, who have been asked to immediately halt sales on the bikes.

Specialized also said it had no knowledge of anyone suffering injury because of the defect and it wasn’t raised with them by a regulatory agency.

A Specialized statement from director of engineering Mark Schroederread:

“We are asking riders to stop riding, and our dealers to stop selling, these bicycle models.  Even though, to our knowledge, no one has been injured and no regulatory agency has brought this to our attention.

“We’ve already engaged our considerable manufacturing resources to supply high-quality replacement forks, painted to match the affected bikes. Riders who’ve purchased these bikes will be our first priority for replacement, followed by our retailers.

“As riders ourselves, we fully understand and are working hard at finding solutions to minimize rider inconvenience. We will need time to obtain necessary government approvals and time for our factories to produce a sufficient quantity of forks for the recall.”

Specialized went on to apologise for the inconvenience caused to Allez owners and said updates on the recall can be found on its website Specialized.com.

Aston Martin and Mercedes-AMG bicycles

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The bike above is a collaboration between Mercedes-AMG and German bicycle brand Rotwild, a builder that has been around since 1996, according to the company’s website. The bicycle in question is the R.S2 “Beast of the Green Hell.” It’s inspired by the Mercedes-AMG GT R sports car that was promoted with the same nickname. It uses a carbon frame and wheels, as well as disc brakes. It’s also painted in green and black to match the Green Hell Magno color available on the GT R. Only 50 of them will be built, and each will carry a pricetag of over €7,000.

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The second bicycle is from Aston Martin and another German bicycle company, this one called Storck Bicycles. This bike company has also only been around since 1995. The bike is called the Fascenario.3 Aston Martin Edition, and it will be a bit less rare than the Mercedes bicycle, with 107 total units. It’s still a cool vehicle, though, featuring a carbon frame and wireless shifters. In total it weighs 13 pounds. It does lack the disc brakes of the Mercedes bicycle, though. Pricing hasn’t been announced for the Aston Martin bike, but don’t expect it to be cheap.

Ed Sheeran breaks his arm in a car-bike crash

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World famous singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has reportedly broken his arm in a car-bike crash.

The 26-year-old pop star was involved in a car-bike collision in London and rushed to the hospital on Monday, just a few days before the planned start of his concert tour of Asia. Sheeran has since told fans that having reportedly broken his wrist, elbow, and rib, Sheeran was forced to cancel the tour.Ed Sheeran bike crash

A photo posted to Instagram shows Sheeran’s right arm in a cast and his other in a sling, which could impede the guitarists’ ability to perform.

Watch Martyn Ashton’s Whistler dream come true

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Martyn Ashton travels to Whistler, Canada, to ride the most famous MTB trails in the world on an adapted Canyon bike, courtesy of GMBN.

Martyn Ashton is a household name for anyone who has even ridden a mountain bike. He’s a British and World MTB trials champion and credited by many as one of the pioneers of the sport, who brought trials into the mainstream mountain biking community. It would take a very, very long time to list all of his achievements and projects, but you get the jist… he’s a legend!

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Despite being a world champion and team manager, Martyn never had the honour of riding Whistler Bike Park in British Colombia, Canada. In an accident in 2013, Martyn broke his back, leaving him paralysed from the waist down. But being the absolute baller he is, he hasn’t let that stop him from continuing in the sport he has done so much to progress.

Earlier in the year, Martyn went to Whistler with the Global Mountain Bike Network (GMBN) and his adapted Canyon Sender to take part in the Crankworx Air DH – one of the most famous downhill races in the world – a dream Martyn has always had. Who doesn’t want to ride the MTB mecca?

Follow his journey in the player below.

 

Specialized channels their inner race car with McLaren x Roubaix Dura Ace Di2 special edition

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Since the launch of a very special S-Works Venge, Specialized and McLaren have had a bit of history together. Like the S-Works x McLaren Venge, we’ve seen a few ultra high end limited editions spring up from the partnership, and their new Roubaix is no exception. Draped in a coat of Heritage Orange paint, the bike is designed to pay homage to the high performance cars of McLaren’s beginnings, all while offering a high performance ride worthy of the S-Works name…

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We’ve seen a lot of McLaren Orange lately from Formula 1 to the Goodwood Festival of Speed – all as McLaren prepared to celebrate 50 years of Grand Prix Racing. Granted, their recent string of engine troubles with Honda haven’t exactly worked in McLaren’s favour, but the good news here is that you are the engine. More over, the colour throws it back to a time of dominance for their Can-Am cars in the late 60’s/early 70’s, as well as their cars for F1 and Indy. Perhaps more importantly, the colour is a tribute to Bruce McLaren himself, who died while testing the 1970 M8D at Goodwood. In spite of the tragedy, the entire team rallied together, won the first race of the season two weeks later, and ended up taking 1st, 3rd, and 7th in the championship that year.

In addition to the colour, Specialized has added a few tasteful details like the polished head badge and hubs to mimic the polished wheels of the time. You’ll also find leather bar tape with orange stitching to tie it all together. Of course, a bike of this caliber doesn’t deserve just any old build kit, so the bike includes a full Shimano Dura Ace Di2 drivetrain with a Specialized S-Works carbon fiber crankset, Roval CLX 32 wheels, and CeramicSpeed upgrades on the hubs and bottom bracket. As expected, this level of performance doesn’t come cheap at £9,000, but hey, it’s cheaper than a 720s, right?

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