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Kalf Tall Sock Comfortable, conspicuous, easy to wear, and they fight smells - cracking socks. Tell us what the product is for. These are summer cycling socks, although I happily wore them into autumn without problems.

Live blog: Bristol Council's decision to force L-Dub Community Bike Project to stop operating could leave 40 children without bikes for Christmas, Eva Live blog: Council could leave kids without bikes.

Britain's toughest roads: A cyclist's guide Challenge and pleasure await in all corners of our beautiful country for those prepared to take on these testing routes.

Gore C5 1985 Gore-Tex Shakedry Insulated jacket - First Look Winter is coming guys, and here's a brand new jacket from Gore that could be the ultimate top for dealing with wet and cold weather. It's the Gore C5 1985 Gore-Tex Shakedry Insulated jacket which combines a waterproof outer shell with a Polartec Alpha insulation layer.

Inquiry to be held into police enforcement of close passing after death of Australian cycling campaigner An inquiry into police enforcement of close passing laws in Australia will be launched after the death of a prominent cycling campaigner. Cameron Frewer, 44, died on November 5 after being hit by a pick-up truck while riding near his home in Queensland.

Evans Cycles to begin accepting gift cards again from Friday Evans Cycles, the retailer bought out of administration by Mike Ashley's Sports Direct group last month, has confirmed that it will begin accepting payment by gift cards again from this Friday. As we reported earlier this week, the company had temporarily suspended accepting gift cards or discount vouchers following its change of ownership.

Andrea Tafi, 52, says he has a team for Roubaix comeback The Belgian won the 1999 edition of Paris-Roubaix and wants to return to the race next season to challenge for another title. Andrea Tafi continues on his unlikely comeback to race Paris-Roubaix on the 20th anniversary of his victory.

How to dress for autumn: knee warmers, gloves, overshoes, socks and hats to keep you warm Like the best arm warmers which are cut to mimic the shape of your arms, the best knee warmers are shaped to your leg - so instead of being straight tubes they have a bend at the knee, this greatly increases comfort and makes for a much better fit.

Book excerpt: Peter Sagan on sprinting In his new book, Peter Sagan explains why he doesn't like sprinting with a lead-out train and how he manages to always time his jump right. Editor's note: This is an excerpt from Peter Sagan's new biography, "My World," available on preorder from VeloPress, shipping November 16, 2018.

Cycle commuters and walkers have the shortest daily journeys, according to new study Cycle commuters and walkers have the shortest commuting times, according to a new study. Research by the Trade Union Congress has found that journey times for all commuters have increased in the last 10 years, including for cyclists and walkers.

The best cheap road bikes reviewed in 2018 Looking for a cheap road bike? Here's your complete guide to the best budget bikes on the market right now - all of them under £500.

Near Miss of the Day 214: Two close lorry passes on one ride The latest video in our Near Miss of the Day Series shows three incidents on one ride - two close passes by lorry drivers, and a car driver pulling out. All the incidents happened on the A6 between Scorton and Preston and were filmed by road.cc reader Jon.

You can buy the ultra-efficient chain used by Britain's Olympic team - but it's not cheap Historic manufacturers Renold are offering a limited number of their ultra-efficient chains used by the British Olympic team to the public - but it's going to set you back a few quid. British Cycling approached the Manchester-based firm in 2011 after they identified problems with their existing equipment.

Continental has finally developed a tubeless road tyre - GP 5000 TL first look All new GP 5000 clincher and GP 5000 TL tubeless tyre replace legendary GP 4000 S II.

2019 Arctic Race of Norway to feature 'Norwegian Ventoux' The route for next year's Arctic Race of Norway has been announced and will feature a new summit finish, which the organisers have dubbed the 'Norwegian Mont Ventoux'. The race will once again be four days and takes place from August 15-18.

Katusha-Alpecin's Rick Zabel breaks collarbone in off-season crash Katusha-Alpecin rider Rick Zabel has broken his collarbone in an off-season crash. The 24-year-old came down hard while on a training ride with friends and will need surgery to fix the break. Zabel, son of retired sprinter Erik Zabel, crashed on a leafy bike path, landing hard on his right shoulder.

Shimano Ultegra R8000 groupset Potenza is a very good groupset, but when I tested it, it was pitched against Ultegra 6800 and this new R8000 group has moved things up a notch. Ultegra is lighter, too, with our scales weighing it at 2,303g compared with the 2,413g of the Campag.

Live blog: Viviani's golden bike for Ghent Six Day, Wout Van Aert stars in unusual Sram video +more Live blog: Viviani's gold Ghent Six Day bike.

2018 Interbike Gear Final Interbike 2018 Gear: Northwave's new Flat, Extreme and Ghost shoes, HideMyBell, Lezyne's new Mega C / XL GPS and T wrenches and WheelBuilder.com's Prototype Spoke Calibration.Northwave Shoes go flat-pedal specific with the Clan and Tribe models.

Head to head: Shimano Tiagra v Shimano 105 R7000 We've updated this edition of Tiagra v 105 to take into account the change from Shimano's old 5800 series 105 components to the new 105 R7000 groupset. More about road.cc buyer's guides.

Alex Manly: I'm finally in a position to help the girls win big races Alex Manly - the reigning Australian under-23 road race and time trial champion - says that she's excited about the 2019 season and that, having worked out a plan that will best combine her road and track ambitions, she'll be able to assist her Mitchelton-Scott teammates to win some major races next year.

Lefevere: Winning the Worlds TTT was the ultimate triumph Patrick Lefevere has called winning the team time trial at the UCI Road World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria, this year "the ultimate triumph" during a season in which his Quick-Step Floors team took 73 victories and won the UCI WorldTour teams classification.

The versatile vest Hamish from Kitwatch picks a selection of his favourite gilets on the Emporium, looking at technical features, fabrics, comfort and style. A selection of the best gilets available in 2018.

DHB Aeron, Aeron Speed and Aeron LAB bibs reviewed: Battle of the pricepoints Then Aeron Speed followed. Bringing in more advanced materials and manufacturing techniques, and with it, a higher price. And now, new for 2018 is DHB Aeron Lab. The first "pro" level kit from the brand, and one that takes a no-expense-spared approach.

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