Bargain shoes, a high-vis windproof, warm gloves and burly brakes

This week we took a look at Shimano’s patetnt for ABS brakes and ponder if brand might release its own version of the technology in the near future. We also gave you a look at Andrew Feather’s, British hill climb champion, crazy lightweight Cannondale SuperSix EVO and brought you our recommended mudguards and fenders to keep your butt dry and bike bits ‘clean’ this autumn/winter. Plus, if you haven’t started listening to the BikeRadar Podcast yet, you can see all our podcasts by searching ‘podcast’ on bikeradar.com. That way you can find supplementary images, articles and links alongside the podcasts themselves. Alternatively, just search “BikeRadar podcast” wherever you normally listen to podcasts and download a few for when you’re on the go. This week I sat down with our resident racers, Rob Weaver and Luke Marshall, to discuss to what extent racing has influenced the (vastly superior) mountain bikes we ride today. It’s not quite Halloween yet, but Christmas decorations are already springing up in the shops, and with so many shiny new bikes and plenty of kit to test, it’s a bit like Christmas every week here in the BikeRadar office. So let’s see what’s arrived… Decathlon is g...

Innovative micro-house uses digital fabrication on low-cost timber construction

Can digital fabrication unlock a new frontier in low-cost timber construction? All signs point to yes in the IBA Timber Prototype House, a micro-architecture project that’s been playfully described as “a log cabin turned on its side” by its designers at the Institute for Computational Design and Construction at the University of Stuttgart. Designed to meet PassivHaus standards, the airtight and highly sustainable building system was developed as part of the International Building Exhibition (IBA) Thueringen and is currently on show in Apolda until September 29. The IBA Timber Prototype House shows how computational design and fabrication technologies can turn low-cost timber construction into an environmentally friendly, economical and architecturally expressive way to build. The mono-material building consists of a series of staggered upright spruce timber frames with thin slits that serve as stress-relief cuts to prevent splitting and dead-air chambers to increase insulation values without compromising structural capacity. Digital fabrication and five-axis CNC milling also allowed for the creation of precision-cut airtight joints for connecting the timber elements so that no m...