How to Lock a Bike without a Rack

As a biking enthusiast or if you love commuting with your bike, one of the main concern is where to leave your bike. You don’t have to worry about where or how long you need to lock the bike as different gear can help mitigate these fears. Paying attention to bike locking can help secure […]

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Giant Reign E+ 2 Pro Electric Mountain Bike Review

Giant is expanding it’s lineup of E-bikes with the all-new Reign E+ Pro, a full-suspension off-road machine for aggressive trail and enduro riding. With the launch of the Reign 29 this week too, it’s refreshing to see Giant still stretching the boundaries and overhauling their bike range. We were excited to get hold of a […]
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Governor Evers signs E-bike legislation!

On November 20th Governor Evers signed into law Act 34 making E-bikes legal! This is a culmination of bi-partisan support and advocacy by your Wisconsin Bike Fed Board of Directors, staff, and industry partners to increase accessibility and options to more people on bikes. If you wish to support more initiatives that expand access to […]
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Giant Fathom E+ 1 Pro 2020 Electric Mountain Bike Review

As we see more and more e-bikes enter the market, the design and engineering of these machines really is taking off. Getting closer and closer to the normal MTB, we’re seeing improved handling, battery life and weight every season. Very similar to the 2019 editions of the bike, it’s good see all the great features […]
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Cannondale Caad13 Disc 105 Road Bike Review

The Cannondale CAAD13 has been a public favorite for a long time, and in 2020 its back with a bang. A premium alloy frame combines with all the features you’d expect from a racing bike – and the outcome? A high quality road bike capable of anything you throw at it, without the associated price […]
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Giant Talon 3 29er 2020 Mountain Bike Review

Get a feel for the trail with this aluminium hard tail made for aspiring single track riders. It features stable fast-rolling 29-inch wheels so you can push the pace on climbs and let loose on the descents. One of the more affordable bikes in the Giant range, we took a look at the Giant Talon […]
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Giant Talon 1 29er 2020 Mountain Bike Review

Get a feel for the trail with this aluminium hard tail made for aspiring single track riders. It features stable fast-rolling 29-inch wheels so you can push the pace on climbs and let loose on the descents. One of the more affordable bikes in the Giant range, we took a look at the Giant Talon […]
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What’s The Ideal Bike Tire Pressure?

Road tires get filled with air due to the high speeds at which the vehicles will travel. Tire’s designs also allow them to flex which will generate heat and the more rubber that’s present, the hotter the surface of the rubber can get. Air in the tires on your bike behaves similarly. The air gets contained […]

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How To Mount a Bike Rack Without Eyelets

Quick Navigation Is Your Bike Missing Eyelets?Mounting with P-ClampsIs P-Clamps Enough?Welding Eyelets Rear mounted bike racks are incredibly useful. Whether you’re riding to school or work each day, or touring Asia by yourself, a rack can help to reduce the strain on your back. While carrying a backpack while cycling is acceptable, over time, the […]

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Bombtrack Beyond 1 All Road Bike Review

Though the German brand are only 6 years old, they’ve been a great hit throughout their short time on the market. A variety of steel bikes they cover a whole variety of niches in the touring world. The Beyond 1 is the original touring bike from the brand, with the majority evolving around touring riding, […]
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What’s the Best Electric Bike? Top Six Revealed

An electric bike, or e-bike, offers a little bit of extra power for your ride. The body takes the shape of a conventional bicycle, but it benefits from an electric motor that helps pick up the slack as you try to pedal uphill, tow a load, or just get from A to B. Buying an electric […]

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Top 5 Best Mountain Bikes For Under $100

Mountain biking is not only a fun activity, but it’s also a great way to get fit and explore the great outdoors. A high-quality mountain bike can be expensive, and you can easily spend six figures for a model with all the bells and whistles. If you’re just starting out and don’t want to make […]

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Best Women’s Road Bikes for Beginners – Top 10 Revealed

The best women’s road bikes for beginners will be reasonably priced but include a number of features such as high-quality gearing, shifters, and mechanical disc brakes for added security. Many of these models also include differently sized frames for women and the option of different frame color choices.Finding the best bike when you want to […]

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Best Mountain Bike Under $500 – Top Eight Revealed

The first mistake a lot of beginners make when they start mountain biking is dropping a ton of money on a bike they do not know how to ride. Either that or they spend way too little and get a piece of junk that dissuades them from ever biking again. The key is to find […]

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JOB: Bike Valet Coordinator for Badger Football games

BIKE VALET COORDINATOR The Wisconsin Bike Fed seeks a Bike Valet Coordinator to organize and conduct bike valet at home UW football games in Madison. This position offers a great opportunity to promote bicycling, talk with enthusiast and fun bike supporters, and help move bicycling forward in Madison!  The Bike Valet Coordinator’s responsibilities include:  Recruiting […]
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Brompton beater: The world’s lightest folding bicycle weighs under 6kg

The world’s lightest folding bicycle has been built by a talented engineer who wanted to take his mind off his health problems. And what a job he’s done.

It’s no overstatement to describe Derek Cranage as a guru where folding bicycles are concerned. Not content with modifying a Brompton so that it weighs only 7.1kg, Derek has built his own aluminium, carbon fibre and titanium tribute to the iconic British folder which tips the scales at a featherlight 5.9kg. For reference, Brompton’s range-topping S1E-X is a claimed 9.3 kg.

The world's lightest folding bicycle

Derek’s hyper-light bike looks like a Brompton and folds like a Brompton…it doesn’t weigh anything like one

The world’s lightest folding bicycle

Carbon fibre is 40 per cent lighter than aluminium and many times stronger, but due to the main frame hinge assembly and its mounting, which had to be in aluminium (a one off in carbon fibre would have been prohibitively expensive), Derek plumped for a bespoke frame in aircraft spec aluminium paired with a carbon rear frame and forks. Every single item in the bike’s construction is bespoke or trimmed to the last fraction of a gram.

The world's lightest folding bicycle

God is in the details – Every single item in the bike’s construction has been reduced or purposely made to the last fraction of a gram

For example, Derek made his own headset expansion nut that he bonded into the forks tube. This came out at under half the weight of the lightest one he could find for carbon forks. Forgoing a standard Brompton rubber for the rear suspension, Derek opted for a lightweight titanium version that he fitted with a titanium bolt and carbon fibre washers.

A standard seat tube clamp proved too heavy so a titanium bolt with an aluminium quick release does the job of keeping the seat stem in place.

The frame weight when painted (powered coated) and complete with the carbon fibre down tubes and their fixing bolts with all the folding hinge assembly comes out at 1.20kg – over 42 per cent lighter than the Brompton.

Derek has form when it comes to beating Brompton at their own game. When we covered news of the Tern Elektron and eagerly awaited Brompton electric folding bicycles, he wrote to us about two bikes he had recently built.

To my mind, Tern have lost out; both ours fold considerably smaller than the Elektron.

One is a highly modified Brompton, which folds in the same way as the standard version but is 1 cm wider. It has v brakes and an eight-speed hub gear. It weighs 14.9 kg and the battery takes it 25 miles with an output about twice that of the Tern Elektron.

The second bike  is another eight-speed hub gear with v brakes, the same electric drive and battery as our Brompton, and a folded size of 73 x 56 x 34 cm; a bit larger than the Brompton, but considerably smaller than the Tern.  It weighs a more at 17.3 kg, but considering the eight-speed hub gear, it is light.

Both bikes have the motor in the front wheel, the battery goes in a Brompton bag at the front, and with a small amount of pedalling will go 25 miles.

Watch this space. We’re confident we haven’t heard the last from Derek and that not content with building the world’s lightest folding bicycle (with 16″ wheels), he’s already working on another hyperlight tribute to Brompton.

ETA cycle insurance

Ethical cycle insurance

On the face of it, one cycle insurance policy is much like another, but the devil is the detail. Check your small print for so-called ‘new-for-old’ replacement – many insurers use the term, but if your bicycle is more than a few years old, devalue it severely. This means you are left out of pocket when you come to replace it.

With ETA cycle insurance, however old the bike, if it’s stolen you get enough to buy a new model. Furthermore, every cycle insurance policy you buy from us helps support the work of the ETA Trust, our charity campaigning for a cleaner, safer transport future. Little wonder The Good Shopping Guide has judged us to be Britain’s most ethical insurance company.

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Specialized Tarmac Pro Disc Sram Etap Road Bike Review

A brand new arrival from the Specialized brand, the Tarmac Pro Disc continues the rich heritage of the tarmac. With the top end of the tarmac range being one of the market leading bikes, it’s great to see that a lot of these features carry down through the range and offer something to suit every […]
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Giant Trance 1 29er Mountain Bike Review

Earlier in the year we got a chance to look at the advanced version of this Giant Trance 1 29er. It was a super exciting bike with lots of new features for 2019. So as you can imagine we couldn’t wait to have a ride of it’s sibling. — IS MTB RACING GOING TO MAKE […]
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Cannondale Trail 6 Mountain Bike Review

Pitched at the riders looking for a more affordable alternative, Cannondale stocked the trail range which great quality hard tails without the high end price tag. With a lot of features that have come from the very top end of the Cannondale range, the Cannondale Trail 6 certainly packs a punch. Available with both a […]
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Giant Fathom 29er 1 Mountain Bike Review

Available in both a “normal” and an e-bike version, the Giant Fathom has been a top performer for a few years. With 29” wheels, there isn’t a lot that this cross country MTB can’t do. The hard tail is great across a whole variety of terrain, we were keen to see what the 2019 version […]
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