Podcast: The future of bike servicing is already here

The Geeks discuss the latest news and if the industry is readying us for 'approved service centres only.'

Geek Warning is back, with Dave and Ronan on hand to discuss the latest happenings from the world of cycling tech. James is currently roaming the halls of the Taipei show, so this week, you get two-thirds of our geeky Geek Warning trio discussing the Fraser Group’s acquisition of whatever is left at Wiggle-CRC after another round of layoffs and the latest questions as the hookless conversation rages on following what appears to be another failure.

There’s also news of Look’s new Keo Blade and X-Track power meter pedals and Rapha’s latest aero jersey that might save you 7 watts, four watts, or both; we’re not sure.

Later in the episode, the conversation changes to Ronan’s concerns we may be headed for an automotive industry-style “approved service centre only” model for our bike’s servicing and maintenance needs. While the conversation throws up some potential positives from such a move, worryingly, Dave suggests we are already there.

Finally, Dave has another reason to buy more tools dressed up as a PSA.

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Time stamps:

5:20 – Frasers Group’s Wiggle-CRC takeover
10:00 – Hooked on hookless
16:50 – New Giant TCR
21:55 – Stupid helmets everywhere
28:10 – Look’s new power meter pedals
32:50 -Rapha’s new Pro Team Jersey
37:40 – On Your Mind – “Approved service centre only”
48:00 – A PSA from Dan Bigham’s mechanic

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