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Crazy Bike Tech Through the Ages

In the latest CSA podcast, Sean and John are joined by Scott Dedenbach from the Bike Shop CX podcast, and Scott Drawer from Team Sky is back too.  At Scott’s request we’ve put together a podcast all about crazy bike tech down the ages, and how it relates to working for a cutting edge World Tour team in 2018.  This was a fascinating and really fun podcast, we only stopped as Sean had to get back to teaching wheelbuilding.  Therefore there will be a part 2 with some very special guest Read More...

Amazing launch for Skills Dialled 2018

To coincide with the launch of ‘Get Your Skills Dialled 2018’ we have an interview with tutor, Mat Cark from Plush Suspension Tuning here on our Tech Podcast.  Mat is one of the UK’s foremost suspension tuners and mechanics. He takes us through fork and shock technology as it stands in 2018.   “I’m very excited to be launching our first ever online webinar series” says Sean Lally, co-founder and Director of Cycle Systems. “I’m sure you’ll be able to tell when listening to this Read More...

CSA Podcast – Let’s Talk About the MTB Scene

The 1st CSA podcast of 2018 welcomes mountain bike journalist, Matt Letch. Having worked for Singletrack Magazine for many years, Matt is one the UK’s leading commentators on the mountain bike world. He is not only very knowledgeable, he’s also a good laugh and is able to convey complex tech in layman’s terms. So as a result this podcast is a cracker, as you can imagine. From the point of view of Cycle Systems, Sean has been wanting to delve into an overview Read More...

Team Sky Head of Innovation Talks to Sean!

Ever watched pro cycling and wanted some input? Shouted at your TV concerning aero helmets or team tactics? Now’s your chance to get involved. In this week’s podcast Cycle Systems brings you some exclusive and exciting content. Sean and John speak to Scott Drawer, Head of Innovation at Team Sky. Scott talks Time Trial optimisation, road race tactics and his role in world beating Team Sky. He then asks for your input. Yes that’s right, the Death Star wants you Read More...

New Zealand: DOWNHILLLLLLLLLLL

Finally the day arrived. Within a day of our putting the tent up near Queenstown, Sean had found a shop from which to hire a proper mountain bike rig, together with the necessary downhill helmet.  Julia was quick to point out that the man who served him evidently had brain damage. The entire one side of his face had dropped and was sagging below his chin. “I’m just saying” Julia insisted. “That that was PROBABLY a mountain bike injury.” “No” Sean argued Read More...

New Zealand: South and more South

We left Franz Josef just as the weather lifted. Which was in retrospect a good thing as it prevented us from blowing hundred of dollars on a helicopter ride over the snowy mountain passes. We drove South and more South still. Once again New Zealand surprised us with its deepening sense of grandeur. “It’s like this is where the Riders of Rohan ACTUALLY live!” enthused our son Oak, as we turned the corner. And certainly it was. By now the wind had Read More...

Sean says… Turning Season

I know it is Autumn when I’m scrambling around with my morning coffee wondering why I can find only ONE arm warmer, leg warmer and shoe cover. This is all whilst simultaneously calculating the exact thickness/waterproofness required for that exact day, well morning at least. Yes the Summer is over. Strava KoMs are getting more difficult to bag as the road surface gets more clogged up with debris. And there is the wind. A headwind blows harder and the nights Read More...

Open To All: Fitting Cable into the Rear Brake

  Last week we focussed on getting the cable correctly into front brake on your bike. This week we travel to the other end of the bicycle and have a look at how cables are correctly fitted into the rear. REAR BRAKES Cable Fitting Into Brake – Drop Bar Bike – Dual or SIngle Pivot Rear Brake   STEP ONE – Route the cable and housing from the lever and along the bars (taping down as with the front cable), down the head tube and back Read More...

New Zealand: The Old Ghost Road

A disappointingly small post must be written about the Old Ghost Road – New Zealand’s longest piece of single track. Sean had been dreaming of this one from the far shores of England. The plan had been to take a Daddy and Son trip of a lifetime and spend three to four days navigating this pristine and challenging piece of wilderness. The mountain huts had been booked. And Julia had been dreaming of some time off to buckle down Read More...

Open To All: Fitting Cable into the Front Brake

Last week we focussed on getting the cable correctly into the lever end. The other end of the brake cable is, of course, the actual brake. We will need to look at both front and back brakes. We’ve spread this particular tutorial over a couple of blog posts. Also, we deal with a few different brake types – from dual or single pivot,  to V-brakes to caliper brakes. All common types that you will frequently come across in bike maintenance. For Read More...

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