Mini-Review: Focus Cayo 4.0 Disc

Blessed with friends in high places because I'm usually on my knees, your friendly neighborhood crankpunk went for a ride with a friend who works in the industry and was knocking about on this little nipper, the Focus Cayo 4.0 Disc, Focus' entry level disc bike. I literally rode the thing up a 2km hill … Continue reading Mini-Review: Focus Cayo 4.0 Disc

Bike music

This is pretty good, a tune made entirely from bike noises. This is a tune called Bespoken by Johhnrandom, a guy who males music from everyday things and has a particular love for the humble bike. The first video shows how he made the music, the second is a video someone made featuring the whole … Continue reading Bike music

Cancellara, Specialized and Menchov: The Tour de Devious

a version of this article originally appeared on The Roar   Intrigue and drama are never far from any Tour de France, but this one has been a doozy from Stage 1. It started with the controversial sprint and subsequent exit of Mark Cavendish, followed by that massive day on the cobbles that saw Chris … Continue reading Cancellara, Specialized and Menchov: The Tour de Devious

The Genco Mongolia Bike Challenge 2013: An Epic

by crankpunk. this article was originally slated to appear in one of the leading MTB magazines but due to issues with images, it never saw the light of day. bit gutted about that. anyway, here it is.  all images by Erik Peterson. He was the last to arrive, bedraggled and leathered, haggard and weathered, skin … Continue reading The Genco Mongolia Bike Challenge 2013: An Epic

Mongolia Bike Challenge: Days 3 & 4

ah, found em! MBC: Tales from the Knobbly Side, Part 2     Day 3: 53km, elevation unknown Rumors round the dinner tent of rain and dropping temperatures brought a sense of dread to the competitors of the 2013 Mongolia MTB Challenge, as ahead of us the next day lay 148km of slog through rivers … Continue reading Mongolia Bike Challenge: Days 3 & 4

Mongiolia Bike Challenge: Tales from the Knobbly Side pt 2

*day 3 & 4 seem to have escaped my computer, apologies...! straight to Stage 5 then... Day 5: 90km, 1,655m elevation The mornings! Man, they’re killing me, the alarm goes off and the eyes open in gluey slow-mo, stuck together with some kind of primordial substance that ekes itself out of your marrow, squeezed out … Continue reading Mongiolia Bike Challenge: Tales from the Knobbly Side pt 2

staying safe & well on the bike

racing hurts. i mean, it really hurts, in so many ways that i’ve always wondered how Dante missed it out when he constructed his Nine Circles of Hell, for surely road racing deserves to be in there, somewhere between Heresy and Violence, being kissed by your auntie and eating Marmite. the gut-busting, lung-bursting accelerations leave … Continue reading staying safe & well on the bike