It’s the Weekend and that means another weekly round-up of the wonderful and weird from the bicycling world.
To shave or not to shave Shaved legs are a must for any amateur cyclist takes the sport seriously. There are many benefits of having shaved legs but does it make you go faster? This is a question that came up this week here at the Going Going Bike offices with an equal split believing it did and it didn’t. Luckily, this recent article from Outside magazine discusses the ins and outs of this very subject. If you haven’t shaved your legs yet but want to do so, so it can give you an extra performance edge in your next sportive, then watch this video on shaving legs for cyclists.
Art with parts
Last year on the blog, we highlighted the SRAM pART Project that the bicycle component specialist put together to raise money for World Bicycle Relief. That project asked 46 US artists to create sculptures from the bike components that SRAM make. Well SRAM are back again this year with the second SRAM pART Project. This time SRAM sent 24 boxes of its components to Salt Spring Island in British Columbia, Canada, where local artists had a going at making sculptures using a mixture of the SRAM parts and other art materials (see below for some photos, more sculpture photos here). All the sculptures are being auctioned off here in case you fancy making a bid. The auction ends June 23.
IG London Nocturne clip
Going Going Bike was at the IG London Nocturne last Saturday to watch the exciting criterium-based racing. The senior men’s race (which saw Team Sky enter three of its riders into the event) and the women’s race were the highlights of the event, but the Nocturne also had a supporting cast of races including Penny Farthing and folding bike races. The video below is some behind the scenes footage of last week’s Nocturne ahead of Sunday night’s showing of the highlights of the event on C4.
Racks with style
Bicycle street furniture doesn’t have to boring as our friends from Cyclehoop have been demonstrating over the past few years with designs such as the car bike rack. Unfortunately, most of us park our bikes against the Sheffield Stand, which appears to be the default bike stand for most UK councils. Now if only those councils would be a bit more imaginative and picked one of these more aesthetically pleasing parking solutions.
Packing your bike
If you are taking your bike anywhere abroad you are likely to be at the mercy of baggage handlers so it pays to know how to pack your bike properly so you don’t have any nasty surprises when you pick the bike up from the baggage carousel. Luckily, Bike Radar have produced a handy guide on just how to pack that bike for your biking holiday. Also read this blog from us about which airline is the best for taking a bike abroad.