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    Craft Cadence Cycling Backpack Review

    Craft Cadence Cycling Backpack Review

    Bike luggage has noticeably evolved in the last few years. We’ve moved from heavy pannier racks to inline seat packs, frame bags and handlebar bags, then all the way back to pannier racks except this time excruciatingly expensive and made from carbon fibre. Through all of that, the humble backpack has persisted. It’s hard to beat for practicality on short trips, commutes or shopping trips.

    Craft Cadence are a relatively young manufacturer who sent the club one of their new backpacks to test out. It’s targeted at commuters and - given that I’ve commuted and run most of my errands by bike with a backpack for more years than I like to think about - it’s over to me to give some impressions.

    It’s traditional to add a disclaimer that no money changed hands for this review but they did send it to me for free, so make up your own mind about the extent to which that compromises my opinion.

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    Tour de France 2020: Race Review

    Tour de France 2020: Race Review

    And just like that, it's over. The Tour de France that wasn't actually going to start, has just wrapped up in the most dramatic fashion. As predicted, the final week of Le Tour - including that time trial - was about as exciting as it gets in bike racing. With everyone and their mum hailing this the best TdF in history, it's certainly one that will be spoken about in the same hushed tones as 1989 for years to come.

    Maybe it's just 2020, but the crash-fest in Nice that kicked us off at the end of August really does feel like years ago. In a funny way it's been quite nice focusing solely on a bike race and blocking out the real world for three weeks. A welcome respite from the daily face punch that is the news. With bikes.

    If you missed our round up of the first two week's of Le Tour, then you can catch up here. I'll touch on some of that same stuff in the blog too, but this is more of a focus on week three and the race as a whole.

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    2020 Tour de France Review - A Beginner's Guide To Week Two!

    2020 Tour de France Review - A Beginner's Guide To Week Two!

    It may or may not come as a shock to you that there were absolutely no positive coronavirus tests at the second Tour de France rest day (yesterday, Monday 14th September). Some would take the super cynical 'it's not like professional cycling hasn't covered up test results before' approach, but you get the feeling that this is a different scenario, with a need to be completely open in the glare of a global pandemic. 

    The fact that 785 tests all came back negative, quite frankly, is astounding, but the good news is that it means Le Tour rolls onto Paris. With a couple of very exciting battles shaping up - the Slovenians vs each other, everyone else fighting for third - and a Green Jersey race that is actually a thing this year, we've got a hell of a week three lined up. 

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    Women's Cycling: Giro Rosa 2020 Preview

    Women's Cycling: Giro Rosa 2020 Preview

    With the huge imbalance in coverage you could be forgiven for thinking that there's only one major bike race going on this September. The push for parity in the cycling world is picking up, thanks to efforts from groups like The Internationalles (check them out if you haven't already), but women's cycling still falls far behind the male variety at this point. As such you might not know that the Giro Rosa starts today, or even what the Giro Rosa even is. 

    An announcement of a long awaited and much needed women's Tour de France, set for 2022, was very welcome, but it's a long way off and details are pretty slim, so we wait for more information. However, for the next 9 days however the best female bike riders in the world will be battling out in Italy to take the win. Sadly, you won't be able to watch it live (because who wants to watch women's cycling, right?), but more on that later.  

    Check out our guide to the 2020 Giro Rosa below. If we've missed anything, or you don't agree, then please let us know in the comments or on social media (@dirtywknd).

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    2020 Tour de France Review - A Beginner's Guide To Week One!

    2020 Tour de France Review - A Beginner's Guide To Week One!

    The 2020 Tour de France has been pretty remarkable so far, mostly because it is still underway. Despite everything, even the race director himself testing positive, the carnival continues. Whilst the mega fast racing, punchy route and resulting crashes have been can't-look-away entertaining, it's amazing that this circus is still open. 

    But what has really gone down in week one of the Tour de France? Who's looking good, who's had a shocker, and what do you need to look out for in week two? If you're new to cycling and tour de France watching, or haven't been paying attention so far, then the following insight should help. By 'insight' I of course mean my hastily cobbled together thoughts after devouring every available second of racing, highlight reel and podcast over the week. Someone has to do it!

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    Bike Fit Blog: How To Set Up Your Bike For Injury Prevention!

    Bike Fit Blog: How To Set Up Your Bike For Injury Prevention!

    One of the most common things that I see (and change) on a bike fit is saddle height. Most people have their saddle too high, which leads to problems. The widely accepted knee bend range is between 35 and 45 degrees, when measuring the angle of the knee bend in the ‘BDC’ position (your foot/pedal at the 6 o’clock position) on your pedal stroke.

    Think of doing a bicep curl – your arm is much stronger in your ‘mid-range’ rather than when your arm is dead straight. The same is true of your legs when pedalling. If your leg is completely straight at the bottom of your pedal stroke (because your saddle is too high), you won't be as powerful through the stroke. The 'correct' saddle height will increase your power, cadence and reduce your aerodynamic drag. Win, win, win!

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