Take your Cycling Performance up a Gear: Carbon Frames


Welcome to the next generation of cycling: carbon fibre frames that are lighter, stronger and more aerodynamic then it’s aluminium and titanium predecessors. Carbon fibre has grown in popularity as a material for bikes in recent years and offers an alternative to heavier metallic frames that have been used in the past. Carbon frames are also corrosion resistant and can be forced into almost any style desired. The material is now being used frequently for racing bikes built for individual time trials and triathlons as the frame can be shaped into an aerodynamic profile that would be excessively heavy with other materials and not possible with cylindrical tubes. Carbon frames are just as strong as aluminium frames but are able to withstand road vibrations, making for a smoother and more comfortable ride. Still undecided? Click here for the pros and cons of carbon fibre bikes.

With carbon fibre being cheaper than ever, now is the ideal time to purchase a bike. Fat Birds have a range of carbon bikes, frames and accessories available on their online shop such as the exceptional Deda Strada Gladiatore Carbon Veloce Road Bike. The bike is specially developed to withstand extremely long distances and tough conditions and incorporates state of the art Nano Technology to create a bike like no other. The Nano Technology is based on a special epoxy resin which is able to fill the microscopic spaces between carbon fibres and the molecules in order to bond the fibres together for a longer lifespan for the frame. This reduces the total frame weight making it is lighter and faster. For more on the effects of Nano Technology in the cycling industry see here.

Carbon Frames
Carbon Frames

Despite its complex design, the bike also maintains elements of comfort such as the thin seat stay which is characterised by anti-shock shapes which give the frame with both rigidity and shock dampening features.

For the avid mountain biker there’s the Bottecchia Gardena Carbon Mountain Bike Frame that combines a modern outer design with intrinsic technology in order to boost performance. This sturdy, agile bike is perfect for cross country competitions and is designed with the latest technical solutions for speeds and structure.

More and more manufacturers are turning to carbon fibre as a light weight, durable and strong material for bike frames. Be ahead of the game with a carbon fibre bike from Fat Birds.

London plans to develop cycle tracks over the railroad tracks


London officials discuss plans for the construction of a road network for bicycles over the railway tracks in the British capital. The bicycle is a popular mode of transport in London and the Government says it supports it. There are a considerable number of places where you can rent bikes, many people go to work on two wheels and even the London mayor prefers this type of transport. However, London is one of the few European cities where cycling today literally means struggle.

In early December, hundreds of cyclists staged a protest in the British capital. They lay on the sidewalk in front of the building transport control to show their opposition to the failure of the authorities to protect the bike lovers. Lately in London accidents have increased in which a car hits a cyclist and most of these cases end in death. Now authorities are working on the project SkyCycle. It is a route of about 219 miles. The first phase includes the journey from East London to Liverpool Street Station. Its cost will be more than 200 million pounds.

Cycle Road
Cycle Road

If this project is approved, 10 trips over the existing railway lines, the work will take about 20 years to complete. Each of these routes would have the capacity to transport 12,000 users per hour. “To improve the quality of life for all Londoners and to foster a new generation of cyclists we have to make sure the project is completed” is what British architect Norman Foster said on an interview at BBC. Meanwhile, the company that operates the rail network in the UK, Network Rail, said it supported the project. “We are always willing to help improve travel and transport in London. Work with all involved to develop this innovative plan” said a spokesman for the agency.

A Third of Brits Would be Happy to Commute Using an Adult Scooter


Introducing ‘StuntGran’

  • Brits are becoming more open to alternative commuting methods
  • A third of Brits would be happy to commute using an adult scooter
  • Money-saving and exercise aspects are encouraging people to make the switch
  • Complimentary video: Introducing ‘StuntGran’

Brits are becoming more open to alternative commuting methods; new research has revealed.

The research, which was conducted by action sport retailer SkateHut, found that a third of Brits would be happy to commute to work using an adult scooter.

The research follows a rise in sales of any scooter products including the word “commuter” for the brand, which were up 67% in the first half of 2018 compared to 2017 (Google Analytics). Search volume for “commuter scooters” has also doubled in 3 years (Google Keyword Planner), showing that the trend has been becoming more popular over time.

Statistics suggest that the average commute time in the UK is 54 minutes per day, so to find out Brits’ commuting behaviour, the public were surveyed on their preferred methods of getting to and from the office.

The most popular methods included:

  1. Car and motorcycle (50%)
  2. Walking (21.43%)
  3. Scooter (9.52%)
  4. Train/Tube (7.14%)
  5. Car Share (7.14%)
  6. Cycle (2.38%)
  7. Bus (2.38%)

Driving ourselves in by car was the top choice for commuters, likely due to its ease and speed. Walking came in second, and surprisingly commuting by scooter came in third, ahead of train, car shares, cycling and buses, which were further down the bottom of the list.

9.5% have explored scooters as an alternative mode of transport, and when questioned a third (34%) of Brits said they would genuinely consider commuting using an adult scooter.

When it came to people’s perceptions of adult scooter riders, however, opinions were split:

  • Positives
    • Fun; less dangerous than cycling; eco-friendly; great exercise; minimises traffic; cheaper
  • Negative
    • Embarrassing; childish; impractical; exerts lots of energy

The main positives revolved around money saving and exercise aspects. Considering that the average UK employee spends £146 a month commuting (totalling £135,871 over a lifetime), commuting by scooter is a much more appealing (free, after the initial cost of purchase) option. Previous research also found that adult scooting at a steady pace can burn around 300 kcals an hour, which is the equivalent of your morning skinny cappuccino.





To dispel some of the more negative perceptions, and specifically to show how scooters aren’t just for kids, the team at SkateHut created a striking video to introduce StuntGran: ‘not just your average nana’. The video shows StuntGran blazing around the skatepark on her scooter, performing gravity-defying tricks:


More information, including the video and some behind-the-scenes snaps, can be found here:



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