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Tech of the Week: beautiful Wiliers, new Garmin products, puncture-proof tyres, and more

The biggest tech stories from the last seven days

Wilier s birthday present to itself

Tech Of The Week: Beautiful Wiliers, New Garmin Products, Puncture-proof Tyres, And More

The sexiest bike of the week award has to go to the Wilier Zero.61, a very special bike that has been produced especially for the Italian brand s 110th birthday, and features the same black and copper pricetag that adorned Wilier s first ever road bikes back in 2016.

>>> The five sexiest superbikes of 2016 (video)2

The bike features a 680g frame that puts it neck and neck with the Merida Scultura 9000 LTD3 as the second lightest road frame on the market, and is available in three different builds. Altough in reality there is only one build that you re going to be interested in, with Campagnolo Super Record being a natural bred for a throroughbred Italian superbike.

A decent smart watch for cyclists?

Tech Of The Week: Beautiful Wiliers, New Garmin Products, Puncture-proof Tyres, And More

Smart watches and cyclists don t always get in too well, with most watches lacking the sort of functionality that could make them useful on the bike. However, Garmin seems to have had a decent punt at producing a smart watch that we d actually use, with the new Garmin vivoactive HR4 which has built-in GPS and a specific display for when you re riding.

>>> Fitbit Blaze: the perfect smart watch for cyclists?5

And Garmin has been busy elsewhere, buying American company DeLorme. This acquisition could well pave the way for Garmin integrating satellite text messaging into your next cycling computer6, so you could soon be able to leave your phone at home altogether.

Puncture proof your tyres

But if you don t want to buy anything, just get better use out of your existing kit, then you might want to take a little gander at our video on how to puncture proof your tyres7.

>>> Can a tubeless tyre survive a nail? (video)8

All you have to do is fill your inner tube with tubeless tyre sealant, which might be a bit fiddly and potentially messy, but as we show above, will do a great job at sealing any punctures, even if you re unlucky enough to cycle over a nail.

Carbon-fibre mudguards, anyone?

Tech Of The Week: Beautiful Wiliers, New Garmin Products, Puncture-proof Tyres, And More

It s the eternal question: do I need a bike with built in carbon-fibre mudguards9? We ve all asked ourselves that at some point or another, and finally, if your answer is yes, then Stebles Bikes could soon have the bike for you.

>>> Do you really need mudguards?10

This bike was on display at the London Bike Show, and although this is a 3D printed prototype, the finished model will be constructed entirely from carbon-fibre, which might go some of the way to explaining the 2495.95 pricetag.

Quite a lot for a winter bike

References

  1. ^ sexiest bike of the week award has to go to the Wilier Zero.6 (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ >>> The five sexiest superbikes of 2016 (video) (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Merida Scultura 9000 LTD (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ new Garmin vivoactive HR (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ >>> Fitbit Blaze: the perfect smart watch for cyclists? (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ integrating satellite text messaging into your next cycling computer (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ how to puncture proof your tyres (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  8. ^ >>> Can a tubeless tyre survive a nail? (video) (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  9. ^ do I need a bike with built in carbon-fibre mudguards (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  10. ^ >>> Do you really need mudguards? (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

“Chris Froome is favourite for the Rio 2016 time trial, not me” says Tony Martin

Tony Martin insists Chris Froome is the overwhelming favourite to win gold at Rio 2016, but the German hopes to gain first blood at the Tour de France

“Chris Froome Is Favourite For The Rio 2016 Time Trial, Not Me” Says Tony Martin

Chris Froome and Tony Martin (Watson)

Three-time world time trial champion Tony Martin1 (Etixx-Quick Step) claims he will settle for the silver medal in the Olympic Games time trial in Rio2, stating that Chris Froome3 is favourite to take gold. Martin has visited Brazil to check out the parcours of the time trial and says the amount of climbing on the route doesn t play to his strengths. Although a rider like Froome, the German says, could excel on the route. Martin beat the Team Sky4 rider to the silver medal in London by 26 seconds.

I think the really big favourite will be Froome. They say it s a really tough time trial, and you have to be good at climbing as well.

He has both skills so he is surely the favourite, Martin told Cycling Weekly at the Etixx-Quick Step training camp in Calpe.

Tom Dumoulin is another man5 you have to mention among the favourites, but you never know. First of all everyone has to survive the Tour de France! Froome could be in line for double gold at the Rio Games, with the Brit also among the favourites for a mountainous road race just days before the time trial.


Cycling Weekly s Dr Hutch gives us his tips for beating long time trials


Should he pull off the feat, the Sky man would become the the first male rider to win both Olympic races. In 2000 Jan Ullrich came second in the time trial after winning the road race, while in 2008 Fabian Cancellara6 won the time trial after taking silver in the road race. Froome will also be looking to retain his Tour de France title in July and could emulate his former colleague Bradley Wiggins7 by winning the Tour and Olympic Gold in the same year.

Playing to Froome s advantage in the Tour is the inclusion of two individual time trials8, but while Martin may be content with second place in Rio, he is very much targeting the win on stage 13 s 37km route.

Of course the main objective at the Tour de France is the time trial maybe it will compare a little bit to the time trial in Rio, but I hope it s not that hard, Martin added.

I have a goal to win a stage again and it s one of the most important races for me next year.

It s the biggest race in cycling, so I m not just there for preparation for the Olympics.

References

  1. ^ Tony Martin (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Olympic Games time trial in Rio (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Chris Froome (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ Team Sky (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ Tom Dumoulin is another man (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ Fabian Cancellara (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  7. ^ his former colleague Bradley Wiggins (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  8. ^ inclusion of two individual time trials (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

Our stay of the week – Thompson Miami Beach

It takes serious game to compete with the multitude of glitzy openings in Miami especially now this one has upped the ante. A delight to the eye with direct access to sensational white sands, Thompson Miami Beach has muscled its way to the fore of Florida s ultra-hip beach scene.

Our Stay Of The Week – Thompson Miami Beach

#Nofilter needed for the eye-popping canary yellows and marine blues that permeate the interior and exterior of the property. Designed by Martin Brudnizki (the interiors mastermind behind The Ivy, Dean Street Townhouse and one half of the creative team behind Soho Beach House Miami), the hotel has the air of an arty private members club. It s among the most ambitious projects (and the first ocean-facing resort) for the boutique hotel group, whose nine-strong portfolio includes one European outpost the exclusive Belgraves London.

Our Stay Of The Week – Thompson Miami Beach

Premium King room

Our Stay Of The Week – Thompson Miami Beach

At the risk of betraying our homeboy Belgraves Miami Beach might just be our favourite of them all. The freshly squeezed style positively screams sunshine, while the nod to the glamour of the 1950s makes it one of the most visually appealing hotels we ve seen. Housed in a restored 1940s Art Deco tower, the signature architecture of Collins Avenue, its look is a triumph of mid-century optics and vivid colour.

Our Stay Of The Week – Thompson Miami Beach

Not merely a new icon for hotel design fans, it s also home to two swanky restaurants by Michelle Bernstein; three bars, a jet-lag-busting rooftop spa, 24-hour fitness centre with complimentary classes for guests and two perfect pools set in tropical gardens, so there s no need to stray far until you get the exploring itch. South Beach (the buzziest strip where the heat really is on) is close but not within shrieking distance, as are the abundant cafes and shops of Lincoln Road. But let s be straight nothing s going to beat watching the waves roll in from one of the candy-striped beach loungers.

Our Stay Of The Week – Thompson Miami Beach

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References

  1. ^ We re offering a stay at Thompson Miami Beach from 99 for a Deluxe King room (Premium King and Partial Ocean View Balcony King rooms also available), including valet parking.

    Sale ends this weekend. (www.secretescapes.com)

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