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What happens if you put a giant propeller on a bike? Plus new stuff from Rapha, Campagnolo, Ritchey, Selle Italia, Lezyne, MAAP, and more

What happens if you put a giant propeller on a bike? Plus new stuff from Rapha, Campagnolo, Ritchey, Selle Italia, Lezyne, MAAP, and more

2022 Propellor bike – 1 (1) We have loads of new stuff to tell you about this week from some of cycling’s biggest and best-known…

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2022 Propellor bike – 1 (1) We have loads of new stuff to tell you about this week from some of cycling’s biggest and best-known brands, but we’re starting with some intelligent silliness… Can you build a propellor-driven bike?

A lot of thoughts float through your head on a peaceful Sunday morning ride, but probably not: “Wouldn’t this be better if my bike was driven by a hulking great propellor?” Jason Marburger from Fireball Tool not only wondered it, he built a massively over-engineered propellor-driven bike to find out and put the results on YouTube. It’s a lot of fun and over six million people have watched the video so far.

Essentially, Jason ditches the chain so he’s not driving the rear wheel as he pedals. Instead, the chainset moves a belt that turns a propellor driveshaft, and it’s the propellor that provides the forward motion.

It’s stuff like this that makes you glad the internet was invented. Rapha launches spring clothing

Rapha has launched a whole load of new clothing for spring and summer. 2022 Rapha Explore Lightweight jacket – 1.jpeg The limited-edition Explore Lightweight Jacket (link is external) (£115), for example, is a wind blocker that’s designed for adventuring off-road. The Explore Lightweight Gilet (link is external) (£95) is made from the same 25gsm (grams per square metre) fabric. 2022 Rapha Men’s Pro Team Powerweave Bib Shorts – 1.jpeg Rapha has relaunched its Men’s Pro Team Powerweave Bib Shorts (link is external) (£295). It says these are its most […]

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