Hi all Been out on your bike yet today? If not, a word of advice: donât bother with the thermal base layer â itâs boiling out there. Well, you know, comparatively speaking. Youâre not going to get a suntan but, hell, itâs December next week. Deputy Ed Paul Vincent has just come into the office raving about the new carbon fibre test bike he rode for the first time this morning. We canât tell you what it is (you never know whoâs listening!), but keep an eye out for one really lightning quick machine in Cycling Plus very soon. If youâre short of ideas for Christmas presents, we reckon Daniel Coyleâs book Lance Armstrong: Tour de Force is well worth sticking on your list. There are loads of Lance books out there but we reckon this is the best of the lot (and that includes Armstrongâs own books). If youâre planning on winning the Tour de France seven times yourself, this is a hugely interesting insight into the level of single-minded focus required. Coyle really gets into Lanceâs motivation and approach without any of the usual âwhat a great guyâ stuff. The book came out in hardback in 2005 but it gets a bit of an update for the paperback version that came out earlier this year. Brilliant!