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Archive for February, 2014

Small is beautiful

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So, this blog post is and isn’t about Tidds. About what? Tidds. Tiny little silicone plugs that replace the bottle cage bolts on a bike. In addition to looking pretty sleek, they offer a tiddly weight advantage. Tiddly like a few grams, lighter than the syringe of EPO in your jersey pocket.

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Now we’re always being reminded about how important it is not to worry about the little things. Don’t sweat the small stuff, focus on the big picture, don’t let the minutiae of modern existence overwhelm you.

Sound advice.

But they also say the devil’s in the detail, don’t they? And that the devil gets the best tunes, but that’s another story. In the detail is often where success lies. At the sharp and sporty end of cycling, particularly.

Sometimes

(a) tweaking the tiny stuff can make a real difference – witness the ‘marginal gains’, the little incremental changes to kit and technique that underpinned Team GB’s success in London 2012. As British Cycling’s performance director, Dave Brailsford, explained “The whole principle came from the idea that if you broke down everything you could think of that goes into riding a bike, and then improved it by 1%, you will get a significant increase when you put them all together.” It might sound daft to the everyday rider, but each of those minuscule alterations – a sleeker skinsuit, a lighter component – helped Team GB bag a bundle of gold at podium time.

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(b) it’s oddly satisfying to hone and tweak your kit for maximum efficiency; from the well-packed saddle bag to the crisp new bar-tape and the freshly-lubed cleats angled just so. For a certain type of cyclist (and we freely admit to being that type, on occasion, when the fancy takes us) the small stuff doesn’t just matter, it makes us oddly happy.

Tidds are £3.99 a pair, which seems an appropriately small price for a tiny silicone nubbin of happiness.

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On a roll

No more going over the handlebars!


Bamboo Biker Boys!

Bamboo Biker Boys from Jonathan Stow on Vimeo.

Huzzah! What an awesome project – building your own bamboo-framed bike. Fancy it? Then swivel your peepers thisaway….


New Print!

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This lovely illustration by Ajda Fortuna has just gone on sale as an A3 print at the boneshaker shop! Having worked with her on Boneshaker #14 (out early March 2014), we’re looking forward to featuring more of her fabulous stuff in future issues.Take a look at our shop here.