Shimano 2015 Tech taster

Shimano 2015 Tech taster

Further expanding the capabilities of its E-tube wiring and electronics found in its latest Di2 electronic road bicycle shifting systems, Shimano today introduced the Di2 Wireless Unit (SM-EWW01) featuring the new Shimano D-Fly Data Management system. This new wireless component adds another dimension to the Di2 experience by wirelessly connecting riders to their Di2 data through a cycling computer. Di2 wireless unit is a compact wireless data transmitter compatible with Dura-Ace 9070, Ultegra 6870 Di2 and Ultegra 6770 E-tube road shifting systems.The wireless transmitter easily plugs into the E-tube wiring system and seamlessly connects Di2 equipped bikes to a compatible wireless cycle computer.

xxxShimano’s E-tube single-wire conduit system allows the Di2 wireless transmitter to be plugged into the same line that powers and commands the rear derailleur.

Shimano D-Fly transmits data through a proprietary private ANT wireless protocol and allows riders to monitor Di2 gear position, battery life, as well as some other common rider data functions. The new Di2 Wireless Unit is powered by the same Di2 battery that powers the Di2 shifting system. Upon its introduction, SM-EWW01 will be compatible with the Pro Scio ANT+ cycling computer, a new 2014 introduction in the PRO line. Future compatibility with MIO and other cycling computers are planned for the 1st quarter of 2014.The Di2 Wireless Unit maintains a svelte size at only 38mm long, 25mm wide,12.5mm in height, and weighs less than 5 grams. The SM-EWW01 will be available in March 2014 for $79.99. The Scio ANT+ cycling computer weighs 80 grams and will be available in white or black color options for $139 in February 2014.

xxxThe wireless unit is said to weigh less than five grams. Presently, the unit syncs only with Shimano’s Scio ANT+ cycling computers, but more applications will follow. Will Shimano offer a smart phone app? Only time will tell.

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Brighton and Hove CTC launch ‘Shed Rides’ to encourage new members

Brighton and Hove CTC launch ‘Shed Rides’ to encourage new members

With over two thirds of bicycles stuck in a garden shed and hardly ever seeing the light of day, the Brighton and Hove CTC Member Group has come up with an ingenious plan to encourage more people to cycle in the New Year.

Members of the Brighton and Hove CTC are introducing the ‘Shed Rides’ aimed at those slightly reluctant cyclists who  have a bike buried under plant pots and half empty tins of paint somewhere in the garden shed.

According to national statistics, 43% of the population have access to a bicycle, but less than 10% use them frequently. Cycling regularly will help you meet recommended physical activity guidelines, improve your sense of wellbeing and offer you a cheaper source of exercise than paying to go to the gym.

The first ‘Shed Ride’ takes place on Sunday 5 January and will be a gentle flat ride from  Hove Lawns to Worthing and back mostly on cycle paths.

Organiser Howard  Blanks from  Brighton and  Hove CTC said: “We recognise that many people are put off cycling because of lack of confidence, the amount of traffic or perhaps being worried about having to cycle too far out of their comfort zone. If you join one of our rides, you do so safe in the knowledge that a Shed Bike Ride is over a shorter distance, generally on cycle paths and at a very comfortable pace led by experienced cyclists.”

Brighton & Hove has been in the news for some of the excellent cycle initiatives that have taken place recently with new cycle paths and 20mph speed limits; as a cyclist it has never been so good to live in the city.” Howie Blanks, Brighton and Hove CTC

The group is also introducing free bicycle maintenance courses to get you through the basics. The first is on Sunday 26 January at The Giant Store in Shoreham 10am – 12 noon. To take part, please email:[email protected].

The Shed Bike Ride is free and if you find cycling is for you, there is the opportunity to join the Brighton and Hove CTC for more regular rides. It takes place on Sunday 5 January 2014. Please meet at the Hove Peace Statue at 11am  or join them  at 11.30 am at The Giant Store, Ropetackle to cycle to Worthing.

If you would like to organise a similar event with your group please contact Membership Manager Matt Mallinder.

3 Incredible Beach Holidays In Africa

3 Incredible Beach Holidays In Africa

3 Incredible Beach Holidays in Africa

Madagascar and the Seychelles might be well known, but the beaches surrounding the continent of Africa itself are dramatic and diverse. With a coastline offering everything from ancient ports, to forest fringed white sands and transparent waters, a beach holiday on the shores of Africa should not be overlooked. Here’s a guide to three of the best.

Essaouira, Morocco

Essaouira, Morocco

Essaouira, Morocco

Roughly two hours from Marrakesh, the ancient port of Essaouira on the West coast of Africa was first made popular during the sixties, when Mick Jagger and Maria Callas spent time there. Since then, Essaouira has upped its game, offering luxury hotels alongside atmospheric traditional Riad’s. The 10 kilometres of sandy beaches, water-sports, fine restaurants, a Sofitel Hotel and a Gary Player golf course mean Essaouira has joined the 21st century, but neither has it lost any of its bohemian charm. A traditional walled medina, fish shacks on the beach, the scent of spices in the air, and the maze of ancient winding streets tick all the boxes for a charming and authentic holiday experience. Known for a laid back vibe with friendly locals, even the souk is known for the lack of aggressive sales techniques commonly seen in Marrakesh.

World Bicycle Relief

With six assembly facilities, World Bicycle Relief is empowering people across Africa. So far, we’ve provided bikes in Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Where will you take us next? <a href"http://www.uk.worldbicyclerelief.org/our-story">World Bicycle Relief</a>

With six assembly facilities, World Bicycle Relief is empowering people across Africa. So far, we’ve provided bikes in Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Where will you take us next?

JOURNEY: 3 – 4 hours flying from London. There are no direct flights to Essaouira from the UK, so fly from Manchester, Gatwick or Heathrow to Marrakech then transfer by Bus or Train.

Tanzania and Zanzibar

Tanzania and Zanzibar

Tanzania and Zanzibar

Located on the East of Africa, here you’ll find some of the most secluded beaches in the world. The true beach lover will be able to indulge in some true me time, stretched out on the sands, or swimming in the azure Indian Ocean, beneath endless blue skies and year-round temperatures of around 30 degrees. The islands of Tanzania and Zanzibar include Unguja, Pemba, and Mafia Island, renowned as one of the best diving destinations on the East African coast. Apart from endless white sands and snorkelling and diving opportunities, Unguja boasts historic palaces and forts, while Pemba is an uninhabited island paradise popular with honeymooners, rich in spice plantations and coconut tree studded unspoilt beaches. A visit to any of these islands will have you reconsidering the rat race and dreaming of your very own hut on the beach, in true Robinson Crusoe style.

Journey: 10 – 15 hours from the UK. BA fly direct to Dar-es-Salaam, or via Amsterdam with KLM or Kenya Airways.

Tofo, Mozambique

Tofo, Mozambique

Tofo, Mozambique

Mozambique has put its troubled history to rest, and Tofo has earned a great reputation as a tourist destination largely for its beautiful sandy beaches. That said, it also boasts great nightlife, a laid back atmosphere, and good restaurants – only 20km from the historic port city and airport of Inhambane. Holiday in Tofo, and you can enjoy horse riding, deep sea fishing, and surfing, or scuba dive with the Manta Rays, whale sharks and dolphins in the balmy waters of the Indian Ocean.

Journey: No direct flights between the UK and Mozambique. Southern Mozambique is accessed from South Africa.

Bill Turner is an athlete, entrepreneur and freelance writer who specialises in guest blogging. He enjoys spending time with his dogs and family when he’s not traveling for business.

Ban large lorries from the capital at peak times, Boardman tells Boris in response to cyclist deaths

Ban large lorries from the capital at peak times, Boardman tells Boris in response to cyclist deaths

British Cycling’s Policy Adviser Chris Boardman has written to the Mayor of London to ask him to put into action his promise to look at removing the most dangerous lorries from the capital’s roads during the busiest times.

British Cycling’s Policy Adviser Chris Boardman has written to the Mayor of London to ask him to put into action his promise to look at removing the most dangerous lorries from the capital’s roads during the busiest times.

British Cycling’s Policy Adviser Chris Boardman has written to the Mayor of London to ask him to put into action his promise to look at removing the most dangerous lorries from the capital’s roads during the busiest times.

In his open letter, written in response to the six cyclist deaths on the capital’s road in the last two weeks, Boardman reminded the Mayor that he made a promise eight months ago to study the experiences of cities such as Paris and Dublin where lorries over a certain size are restricted from entering certain parts of the city during peak hours.

“Let’s not waste this opportunity to do something now. The longer we delay, the more lives will be lost.”

Chris Boardman

Chris Boardman’s letter to the Mayor states: “When I rode alongside you to help you launch your vision for cycling in March this year, you made a verbal promise to look at the successful experiences of Paris and many other cities in restricting the movements of heavy vehicles during peak hours.

“London has an opportunity to emulate and surpass Paris and to lead the way for the other ambitious cycling cities across Britain. Let’s not waste this opportunity to do something now. The longer we delay, the more lives will be lost.”

There have now been six cycling fatalities on the capital’s roads in two weeks and a total of 14 so far in 2013. HGVs were involved in nine of the fatal crashes – that’s 64% of the fatalities – despite making up less than 5% of traffic. In Paris, last year there were zero cyclist fatalities.

The full text of Chris Boardman’s letter to the Mayor is available here.

Velo-city Global 2014 Adelaide

Velo-city Global 2014 Adelaide

ACC-Velo-City-2014-Logo-FINAL-1g-Colour-RGB-JPG-High-Res-smallThe ECF established the Velo-city Global conference series in 2010 to answer the growing global demand for expertise in cycling. Today, Velo-city Global 2014 Adelaide is the ultimate platform for policy-makers, experts and cycling advocates working for a world where more people cycle more often.

The world’s top experts in active mobility, sustainable transport, city planning, industry and cycling advocacy come together and exchange knowledge, experiences and visions. It is quite simple: With over 800 international delegates from Australasia, Europe, Asia, North America and South America, Velo-city Global 2014 Adelaide is where the future of cycling takes shape and form.

Velo-city Global 2014 Adelaide encompasses some of the hottest topics in cycling today such as the evolution of cycling infrastructure and parking, drawing experiences from the biggest cycling cities of the world. An impressive variety of cities spanning from Copenhagen to Rio de Janeiro and from Singapore to San Francisco build an unmatched opportunity for networking and keeping up to date with the latest global trends in cycling policy and research.

Find out about the preliminary programme of Velo-city Global 2014 Adelaide.

The dialogue is enriched by experiences of world cycling leading countries, such as the Netherlands. Overall, more than forty countries will be represented in this massive celebration of cycling. Parallel side-events aim to bring together dedicated networks such as academics and city officials.

Some of the main keynote speakers include world-renowned city planner Janette Sadik-Khan, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation, Niels Hoe from the Danish Consulting HOE360, Mikael Colville-Anderson, CEO of Copenhagenize and Timothy Papandreou from SFMTA Municipal Transportation Agency.

Learn more about the speakers!

You can win your conference accommodation at one of the conference hotels or win one of the two international return economy airfare tickets (including tax) flying Emirates to Adelaide.

To enter the draw, register and pay in full before the earlybird registration deadline!

More information on Velo-city? Go here or contact Velo-city Series Assistant, Zita Gácsér.

Key dates

Now Registration open
15 October 2013 Abstract submission closed
17 February 2014 Earlybird registration deadline
21 April 2014 Standard registration deadline
21 April 2014 Accommodation bookings close
22 April 2014 Late registration begins
27-30 May 2014 Adelaide Velo-city Global 2014

 

 

 

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