Is This The New Carbon Fibre? | GCN Tech Show Ep. 38

Is This The New Carbon Fibre? | GCN Tech Show Ep. 38


(cinematic music) – Welcome to the GCN Tech Show. These week we look at a new metal, we look at the latest
crowdfunding projects, we look at your bikes, your upgrades, and then also, let’s not forget, last week, Ollie and I well and truly poked the hornet’s nest and we looked at your
comments about bike computers. Do we really need them? (upbeat music) What’s hot in tech this week then? Well, firstly, the cycling
world has been presented with a new metal. That’s right, so a
light ink has introduced a product called super magnesium, which previously has only been used within the aerospace
and military industries. So presumably, it’s got quite a bit of real world testing. And I’ll tell you what, the benefits of it, they
look pretty impressive because apparently, it’s
50% cheaper than carbon, so it’s roughly about the
same price as aluminum. Now, it’s lighter than
steel, titanium and aluminum. And it absorbed vibrations
similarly to carbon. And get this, for those of you who had a misspent youth at
school in your science classes and you used to burn magnesium
and it shone really brightly, well, this stuff doesn’t
burn, it melts instead, so there you are, no setting fire to it. More tech later on. (cinematic music) Last week, Ollie and I
put the question to you. Do bike computers really matter and all the data that goes with it? And as ever, the comments
section well and truly lit up like burning magnesium. Not that stuff that just melts. Anyway, here are some
of my favorite comments from last week. First up is Thibaut who says, “I love data almost as
much as I love cycling. “we have so many tools to
train and rest efficiently, “it would be dumb not to use them.” I can totally see your point here, especially if you’ve got
limited time to train, you can really maximize it efficiently by using bike computers and data, all of those bits of tech. Now, Alex Clare, he also says, “Just ridden without a computer “for the first time in
what must be forever. “I personally went out to try to beat “all my current hill
segments, but without looking “at my speed or cadence,
smashed all my previous records “by a good 40 to 50
seconds,” well done, Alex, “But honestly, the whole ride, “I felt it more in my legs than ever.” Well, I’m not surprised, really, because you’ve been out there smashing it. So there we are. But on the flip side, going out and riding purely on feel, sometimes that can be absolutely great because you’re not really
knowing what your body is doing unless you know it inside
out, let’s face it, so that is always another
nice little option that you could do from time to time. Just take it off and go out there and smash yourself to bits, really. Now, Andy Vandy, he loves tech, because he actually
enjoys rides more with it, otherwise tends to go too
had, blow up, limp home. Pacing is much better. So Alex, take note of that, you could end up limping home if you were to go out too often smashing those hill segments of yours. Now, Joel’s motivation is data. Joel appears to me like a
KOM hunting kinda rider, because Joel says, “I
would have no motivation “without my data.” Whereas Ben, complete opposite. Ben says, “I don’t use a head unit. “I like to get out in nature “and feel free from my problems.” Now, when we actually ask
you to comment down there, I thought there’d be a pretty even split, and surprisingly, it was heavily weighted in the favor of computers
and data, so there we are. But I think one comment here really does sum it all
up for me, certainly. It’s from Gordon Moat, and he says, “Just because the data is there, “doesn’t mean it has to
dictate how you ride. “Most of us probably began
bicycling because we enjoyed it, “so I think it’s a great
idea to just ride for fun, “and enjoy the outdoors. “Record your rides,
look at the data later, “but enjoying being outside
cycling should be the goal.” Absolutely spot on with that one. Love it. I absolutely love it. Just going out and riding your bike, you can check out all that data later on if you’re really that interested in it. Anyway, next week, we’ll be
back with a hot topic for you. (cinematic music) Now, we absolutely love
a crowdfunding project here at GCN Tech because in amongst a mass of different projects
that are getting launched, occasionally, there’s a couple of gems which really do sparkle through, and I’ve decided to
take a look at a couple, which are said to be coming soon. So, first up, head winds, who likes them? Be honest, put your hands up. No, not many of you is there? Unless, of course, you’re
feeling super strong and you’re wanting to attack
your breakaway arrival, there is a project for you. So apparently, the Aerodefender dramatically increases head
wind penetration speeds and shields the critical
forward-moving upper wheel from head winds. Now, with all of this in mind, I can’t really see a place
where you’d want to use them. I mean, yeah, you could
use it out and about when riding, but part of cycling
for many people out there, is actually just the
challenge of pushing yourself and achieving something
without the kind of mechanical assistance like that. But either way, let me
know what you think of it down there in the comments section, as well as if you’ve even
seen it in the flesh. I really want to know if
people are using these. And also, what difference
it’s made to their riding. This next one it’s
pushing a few boundaries if I’m perfectly honest with you because it’s got a pretty outrageous name. Bollox Fireballs. It’s said to be the world’s first sweet and spicy energy chew for athletes and apparently, it integrates
the performance-enhancing benefits from chili peppers along with the energy from carbs. So apparently, during
extended chili exposure, your pain nerve cells will be desensitized and other pains and exercise
fatigue will also decline. The drop in perceived pain fatigue will result in improved performance. Now, I’m sure it does,
but sweet and spicy, I’m not sure that’s a
risk I’m prepared to take. Apparently, though, it
is just cherry flavored but well, with a bit of a kick. And lastly with crowdfunding, just an update on the Marlin1 which Ollie and I talked
about a few weeks back, sadly with just a few days remaining, it’s only raised $20
of it’s 38,000 target, so it doesn’t look like you’re gonna see that hydrobike on the
high seas any time soon. And now to end Tech of the
Week this week as ever, we’ve got some from the pros. Well, the Mitchelton-Scott team were the overall winner
individually of the race, they were sporting some very fetching red-themed T-shirts for the staff and then the actual
riding kit for the riders was red and black. Now, presumably, that was to celebrate the color of the leader’s
jersey of the Vuelta and not actually to
coincide with the launch of a new red wine from Mitchelton, who of course, do make wine. Either way, it looks
classy, it looks great. I love the planning. And lastly, well done Yatesy, nice one. More tech next week. (cinematic music) Give away time! We’ve got some winners to announce! That was for the ASSOS
Liberty jacket unboxing that Ollie recently did and in no particular order,
here are the three winners. First up, Damian Van Loon. Then we’ve got Bill Leckie. And then, finally, Tija Vanhessche. Congratulations, folks. We’ll be in touch very shortly to arrange the delivery of
those fancy pants jackets. Nice one. It’s time for the part of the show called Screw Riding Upgrades Buy Upgrades. What’s that all about then? Well, simple. You submit to us a photo of your bike both before and after, preferably, of the upgrades you’ve bought for it. It doesn’t have to stop,
though, with bikes. It even could be your workshop, your home training center,
anything like that. However, how are you gonna do that? Well, you are gonna submit them using the uploader tool. There’s a link to it in
the description down below. First up, though, we need to announce the winner of last week’s competition where they get one of these. A GCN apron. That’s right, it’s an apron. It’s not a super hero’s cape, despite what Ollie may well think. These are much cooler
than a super hero’s cape. Anyway, last week’s winner, with 64% of the boats was Tent. Now, this is quite
controversial, to be honest, because Trent actually kicked his kid out of their bedroom and
turned it into a workshop, all for the love of bikes. Either way, get in touch
with us on Facebook and we will arrange the
delivery of one of these aprons. Let’s have a look though what you have to decide
is the winner this week. First up, we have got
Justin from Arlington in Washington, USA. It’s a 2017 Specialized Venge Expert Disc. They got it at the beginning of the year, but they couldn’t help
themselves with upgrades. So six months later, and several second-hand purchases later, she’s been transformed. So to me, looking at that, it looks like they’ve
upgraded the bar, stem, wheels, and chain set. Pretty nice upgrading. It is literally just looks
like a totally different bike, if I’m perfectly honest. So there we are. That’s Justin from Washington. And well, it’s up against
the thriller from Manila, or more specifically, Manuel
from Manila in the Philippines. It’s a Bridgestone Classic
bought for $50 at a junk shop. It had a two by six drive train with down tube shifters. Manuel, he upgraded the
parts little by little and now it has two by six,
or two by seven gifters, so that’s what basically, gear levers on your brake shifters. Brazed on cantilever bosses
with 700 by 35C knobbly wheels. He now uses it for gravel
grinding and bike touring. That is a big old change, isn’t it? I mean, there’s actually been, is it a full respray, a makeover, as well as it having some
new bosses put on there. Either way, one of them is
gonna get a workshop apron. You decide, though, so vote up there. Who gets it? The thriller from Manila or is it Justin? And if you want to
submit your bike or parts or anything like that for Screw Riding Upgrades Buy Upgrades, click down there in the description through the uploader tool
and upload your images. (cinematic music) Bike of the week time. First up, we have to reveal
the winner from last week. Well, who was put head to head then? It was Michael Bling
Matthew of Team Sunweb and his was his giant TCR Advance and it up against Sergio
Henao of Team Sky. His Pinarello Dogma in the
Colombian champs colors. The winner with 62% of the votes was Sergio Henao’s Pinarello. So, well done Sergio. No prize on the way to you, because, well, you’re
already a champion anyway. This week, we know you
love a bit of aero tech. So I’ve got two TT bikes for you. First up is the bike of Caja Rural and it’s De Rosa time trial bike. So as you can see, it’s got Miche wheels, we’ve got ourselves Altegra group set and my favorite bit of all, a gold chain. What’s it up against though? Well, it’s up against
the bike of Burgos BH and obviously, it’s a BH bike and it’s got a Vision disc wheel, a tri spoke, a Vision aero rear mac, as well as a Vision aero
chain set on there too. It’s a tough one because
these are two world tour teams so it’s unlikely that
you’ll have seen them in quite such depth and beauty
as we’ve shown you this week. However, you know what to do. Vote up there, top right-hand corner. Who’s your favorite? Is it the De Rosa, is it the BH? My favorite is the De Rosa
because I love that green, plus it’s got a gold chain. Next week, we’ll have two
more head to head, ow, and we’ll reveal the results. (cinematic music) It’s time for the Bike Vault. The moment where we rate your bike either nice or super nice. What was that? How do you get your
bike in the Bike Vault? Oh, simple. Head on down there into the description, and there’s a link to our uploader tool where you can simply upload
to your heart’s content pictures of your bike as well as please do give us a big,
good description of it too so we can really, well, decide whether it gets
a nice or a super nice. So let’s crack on, shall we,
with the first one this week. I’m in charge of the bell. Importantly, right. First up is Steven from
Chatanika or something like that in New York. It’s a Scott Foil 10 with
an Altegra DI2 group set, a matching Selle Italia saddle. Stumbled across this during riding a 100-mile weekend training ride. So it looks like Steven here, he’s found a giant owl to rest his bike up against and to be perfectly honest with you, I’m not gonna go on and on about it, that bike is just gonna get
a super nice straight away because of that artwork. So love that bell. Next up, Edson from Svinesund and that’s on the border between Norway and Sweden, apparently. I didn’t now that. Edson, he’s actually just
put that in the description. It’s a Specialized S-Works
Tarmac Sagan Edition, possibly one of the
longest names of a bike you could actually find. So yeah, he took this
picture at the Border Bridge in Svinesund, which is the crossing between Norway and Sweden. The bike’s got 3T Aeronova
handlebars, fabric saddle, some local carbon wheels
from the UNAAS Brothers and Assioma power meter pedals, also using a waxed chain there too. Do you know what? That bike, the valves are matching, the handlebar tape that matches as well, some of that supercast tape, I think, which Sagan uses, safety lights on there, that bike, it does look good. I like the logos as well. The black and white contrast,
what they’re doing there. Yeah, plus, you’re in
the middle of a border. Let’s face it, aren’t you, so, (bell ringing)
you’ve got a ring of my bell this week. Now, Urone, simply in the Dutch Dunes. So not very specific there, Urone. Won’t hold that against you just yet. Let’s have a look at your bike then. It’s a Gazelle Champion
model team from 1996. That’s a particularly
special vintage, probably. They recently bought the bike
third-hand for 200 euros. It’s a nice 96 model and has been in an old man’s shed for years. So Urone repaired the paintwork, bought a new saddle, seat
post, tires, cables, chain, hub bearings, apparently it rides and shifts really smoothly and they love the retro color scheme. It’s Reynold’s 531, big ol’ frame there. 62 centimeters. Four Campagnolo Chorus groupset. Salle Italia saddle, DP18
rims I think they are and it looks to be some Conti Grande Prix classic tires on there too. That is a nice looking bike. I remember those, that
color scheme actually. I’d been racing at
Holland about that time. And I like that you’ve
done with it as well because you’ve moved
those bars back ’round into the correct place. You got ride of that big saddle. You’ve made it really a period piece. Yeah, gonna get a ring of the old bell. Three in a row. Is it three, it’s three. All right, oh my word. Peter from Vancouver. You little, so this a late 1980s Joe
Gardine Team Edition road bike. Its frame is made from Columbus SL. Seven speed Campagnolo C Record groupset. One of the finest if you ask me. The bar stem and rack are Cinelli and the saddle is a Selle Royal Turbo. Pedals are Look Carbon Pro. They were a classic as
well back in the day. The rims were both originally
Walter Profile 18s. So for those of you that don’t know, they were 18 millimeters wide. Yeah, that’s hard to imagine
these days, isn’t it, because we’re starting
to see internals of 25 and even wider. However, the rare was replaced
with a Campi Victory Cronum. Tires Victoria CX tubers. The paintwork on that,
absolutely beautiful. I mean, all right, it’s taken up against a rather uninspiring backdrop. I’ve gotta give you that
one, Peter, in Vancouver, but yeah, there’s something about that. It’s absolutely brilliant. Again, it harks back to my childhood. I just wanna, basically, Peter, I wanna turn up, take your bike, and not give it back to you ’cause I’m actually in love with that one. There you are, a ring of the bell. Now, this always gets tricky when we get to this
point in the Bike Vault. And are we gonna get a full, clean house of super nices. Right. Michael, Chicago lakefront. A place I know very well, spent
some time there personally. Absolutely love it there. It can be extremely windy. It can be extremely cold in winter’s time. This is Michael’s 2013 CAB 10, upgraded as well with
Force 22, a Red 22 crank, a Mavic 2018 tubeless wheels. He’s done at least 10,000 miles on it. Tube was upgraded from Fulcrum sevens and then zoned away tubeway tubeless, Force 22 upgrade. I mean, the list is endless. The tires are mismatched, apparently, because some construction in Chicago, presumably there’s been
a bit of tire tearing. Lovely bike, lovely backdrop. The problem with this one, my friend, you’ve shot it the wrong way, haven’t you? Can’t see the chain set. We can’t see the rear mack. You were so close as well. It is a nice bike, but I’m
afraid it’s not super nice because we just need to flip it. Submit it again, who knows, maybe you will get a super nice now, if you want your bike
to go into the Bike Vault where we can rate it
either nice or super nice, you know the drill by now. And if you don’t, it’s simple. Head on down there into the description, click on the link for the uploader tool, come through and upload
pictures of your bike and also include a
description, where you’re from, everything like that, so we can really have a good ol’ look at it. And who know, maybe you’ll get a nice or maybe you’ll get a super nice. (cinematic music) So there we are. The part of the show
which I’m always sad about because we’re nearly at the end, but don’t worry because we’ve
got a load of great content coming up for you this week. So, what have we got coming up then, well, on Saturday, Chris Opie, he got a look around the pits at Stage 10 of this year’s Vuelta Espana. So don’t miss out on that one. Check out what Chris
checked out on Saturday. Then on Sunday, we’ve got an unboxing. On Monday, I’m gonna tell you how to choose your handlebar tape. It’s not quite as straight
forward as you may think. There is a huge variety of
different options out there. And then on Wednesday, back
in here for the Tech Clinic, helping to answer your problem. Then ext Thursday, we’re back in here showing you all the latest
and greatest in tech in the cycling world. And remember to like and share
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