Articles by Dave Yates...

Road bike frames

Road bike frames

by Dave Yates

The basic design of the road bike frame has not changed in over a century, though the materials and technologies have advanced considerably, particularly in recent years. Dave Yates outlines the evolution of material technologies and the development of cycle components which have influenced the evolution of road bikes.

Road bikes & kit

Road bikes & kit

by Dave Yates

The following article describes the key features of bikes used on the road, both for racing and for touring, in terms of frame design and componentry. It also touches on some basic items of kit you'll need to start racing.

Cyclo-cross bikes

Cyclo-cross bikes

by Dave Yates

The first cyclo-cross bikes used were anything that the riders could cobble together for use off road, but as the sport developed the bikes soon became more specialised. This article describes the development of 'cross bike.

Mountain bike components - frames

Mountain bike components - frames

by Dave Yates

Learn all about the various components of your bike.

Materials in bike construction

Materials in bike construction

by Dave Yates

For over a century, steel has been the material of choice for bicycles. In recent years, as technologies have improved, aluminium, titanium and carbon fibre have challenged steel's dominance. Master frame builder, Dave Yates, traces the development of materials in the bike business.

Getting the right size bike

Getting the right size bike

by Dave Yates

The factors involved in getting a bike that is the right size for you are many and varied, primarily to do with body size but the intended usage also has a bearing, along with riding style and personal preference. This article looks at: frame measurement, saddle height and reach.

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