Is Cycling SA missing an opportunity?

After 12 years of writing this mountain biking column in the Independent on Saturday, the look of the column has finally changed – and for me it feels like a new-bike day and I have progressed from an old 26-inch hardtail to a shiny new full suss 29er. But as much as things have changed, some things stay the same and Cycling SA is one of those organisations that, in my opinion, needs a revamp. NOTE:…

"Is Cycling SA missing an opportunity?"

Disc brakes pros and cons

Cyling SA finally caught up to mountain bikers on Tuesday when they allowed riders on road bikes to enjoy the benefits of disc brakes – well, most riders can now use disc brakes – however, this does not mean everybody is going to suddenly be enjoying the benefits of disc brakes. Before taking your old road bike in to the local bike shop and asking a bemused mechanic to “fit disc brakes” there are a…

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CSA: Disc brakes allowed

Cycling South Africa released a statement on Tuesday allowing the use of disc brakes at road races. All junior riders (all under 19 age groups) are excluded. Disc brakes pros and cons The following is the full statement from Cycling SA: Use of disc brakes in Road Cycling Since the inclusion of disc brakes on road bikes in the WorldTour events, Cycling South Africa has received numerous requests to allow riders to use disc brakes…

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Lapierre ProRace SAT 729 is la wonderful

It’s not that unfamiliar these days to get on a new bike a couple days before a race and have to ride it flat out that weekend, as if it was the bike you’d been training and racing on for months. The advent of highly precise bike fitting systems definitely helps the cause, but fundamentally it shouldn’t be that easy in the mountain biking world. Case in point was the new Lapierre ProRace SAT 729…

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New bikes for Demacon

THE Demacon women’s cycling team received a boost to start their year when they announced they would be racing on Head bicycles in the 2018 season after the team struck a deal with the brand which entered the local market last year. Earlier this week, captain Lynette Burger said Head would supply bicycles for all their road racing commitments. “We have had an excellent relationship with Demacon over the past few years and are equally excited…

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