Basso's future in cycling in the balance, riding the European mountains with one leg, Clarkie's options for next year and how to finally get your saddle straight - that's Bike Shorts!
Friday 7 Aug 2015

Ivan Basso is still uncertain about whether he will return to the peloton after undergoing surgery for testicular cancer last month.

While Basso still has one year left on his contact with Tinkoff-Saxo, he has not yet decided whether to return to active riding. He says he keen to throw his leg back over a bike in competition again, however.

“I’m interested in riding again; that’s the number-one objective because if you do this for 30 years, you need to get back on the bike,” Basso told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I’ll decide further ahead because it’s clear that a reflection needs to be made. I’m lucky to discover something that could have become enormous.”

Even if Basso decides to retire from racing, there is also the option of turning to a coach or directeur sportif role.

Many of us dream of taking a pilgrimage to Europe to ride the mountains of the Tour, Giro and Vuelta - but would you do it with one leg and one arm?

Inspirational cyclist Christian Haettich is doing just that. The Frenchman, who lost most of his left leg and part of his left arm due to a road accident in 1976, last year took on the Haute Route 'triple crown' of the Pyrenees, Alps and Dolomites in three weeks, and is aiming to do the same this year. Simply incredible - check it out.

To read more of Haettich's story, head to the Guardian.

Simon Clarke will leave Orica-GREENEDGE at the end of the season, according to his agent, although his eventual destination is still unclear.

Clarke is looking for a new challenge, according to his agent Jason Bakker.

"We don’t really know where Simon will sign for at the moment. We’re assessing his options and we're in discussions with a number of teams. As the next few weeks progress, we’ll have a clearer picture,” Bakker told Cyclingnews.

Cyclingnews added that Clarke, , who has won stages at all three Grand Tours and the 2012 Vuelta King of the Mountains prize, had been linked to BMC, Trek, Astana and IAM Cycling - albeit with the proviso that Bakker would not confirm the true interested parties.

Sports equipment giant Adidas is mulling the sale of its golf brands as executives turn to cycling instead of the fairway, according to CEO Herbert Hainer.

Hainer told reporters on a conference call that Adidas was initially looking into the possible sale of its smaller golf brands Adams and Ashworth, which have suffered most in the downturn, although it was considering all options for the main TaylorMade label for which it also announced a turnaround plan.

The number of people playing golf in the United States, which accounts for about half the global golf market, has fallen to an estimated 23 million from nearly 30 million in 2000, with the number of courses declining for the past eight years.

The number of U.S. golfers has been steadily falling as fewer young people take up the sport and as busy professionals switch to cycling rather than spending the best part of a day playing 18 holes. Golf sales fell to about 6 percent of sales in 2014, forcing the group to warn on profits several times, while Adidas is not a major player in the booming business for high-end bicyles.

If you're anything like us, you sped ages lining up your saddle so that it's perfectly in line with the top tube. And we mean ages.

Then, you wheel your bike out first thing in the morning, look down and see that your saddle is still wonky. It's almost like some nefarious saddle pixies have come along in the night and moved your setup (presumbaly with their own torque wrenches).

Well, the folks at Global Cycling Network reckon they have the answer - and all it needs is a piece of string. Admittedly, their solution for handlebars is a bit more involved...