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Canadian Cycling Magazine Test issue 16new

A Canadian magazine committed to providing the best articles on getting more out of your ride. Whether you are a mountain or road rider, you’ll find the bike and gear reviews, training secrets, route suggestions, maintenance tips and nutrition info you need to be a better rider. Find inspiring news on the pro racing scene, photos and features.

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sartorial gains

There’s something I left out of my review of Phil Gaimon’s book, Draft Animals (p.27). It’s was one of my favourite parts that I wanted to discuss here. Early in the book, the now-retired pro roadie gives the reader a glimpse into the Garmin-Sharp team bus before the start of a Volta a Catalunya stage. Snow is in the forecast. The riders have no idea what to wear. And such indecision wasn’t uncommon. “Every day,” Gaimon writes, “like we’d never gotten dressed before.” I liked that section so much because I’ve had those conversations, too, especially before cyclocross races. “You’re wearing a vest? It’s way too hot for a vest.” I used to hate hearing comments like that, ones that would sew the seeds of kit-choice insecurity in me. Now, I…

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With heroes This past June, I cycled with my heroes in England, France and Belgium. No, not with the pros. Rather, it was with past and current members of our armed services, first responders and supporters of a great cause. The ride was the Battlefield Bike Ride 2017 by Wounded Warriors Canada, in support of those dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder. Along the approximately 600-km journey, we visited several sites where Canadian, Newfoundland and Labrador corps fought with distinction. As special as those experiences were, it was the honour of riding with so many who have or are serving our country and communities that made the trip special. For this ordinary civilian, marching to the foot of the Canadian Vimy Memorial for our final service in such distinguished company was humbling…

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letter of the issue

Father and daughter rides Nothing beats the rides that I get to do with my little girl, just me and her and our crazy little conversations about anything and everything. It’s our time together, doesn’t matter if it’s 5 km or 20 km. We’re both pretty new to cycling and ride our first road bikes. We love it. She’s daddy’s little girl and wants to be just like me. It’s the best. Denny Murray St. Catharines, Ont. Letter of the Issue Denny’s letter is our letter of the issue, which wins him a pair of Continental Grand Prix 4-Season 25 – Black Edition tires (valued at $185). Send us your letters for a chance to win a pair of Continental tires for your bike. Email your comments to Nuff said I rode my bike. We…

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Dan Dakin Darcy Turenne’s Freeride Documentary, p.16 Cirque du Soleil Cyclist, p.23 Dan Dakin first discovered his love of cycling as a teenager in the early 1990s. Although his collection of bikes doesn’t get as much attention as it used to, he can still be found riding the scenic roads and trails around Ontario’s Niagara region. Dakin was the founding editor of Canadian Cycling Magazine and has been a print journalist for daily newspapers and various magazines for almost as long as he’s been a cyclist. Ryan Taylor Enduro Tips, p.18 Based in Penticton, B.C., Ryan Taylor is constantly searching for the meaning of life through cycling enlightenment and is an expert at learning things in life the hard way. He contributes to various cycling publications while balancing writing and photography with his depressing real-world job. Nick…

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phillips centre-pull brake

“If you were riding a CCM Flyer back in the day, this was the only brake that would fit,” Mike Barry Sr. said, holding up the component in the Mariposa Bicycles shop. The CCM Flyer, made in west Toronto, was the track bike of the ’20s, ’30s and even ’40s. Canada’s star of the track, William “Torchy” Peden, rode the Flyer. The bike also saw action on the road. Its front fork couldn’t accommodate a brake. This centre-pull brake, by English company Phillips, with its plate at the back could be affixed to the Flyer’s seatstays. “The brakes were used until about the early ’50s,” Barry added. The brake features a central pivot that joins two arms that make a horseshoe. At the top of the horseshoe, a spring maintains tension. When…

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the calendar

FEBRUARY 3-34 The cyclocross world championships slide through the mud of Valkenburg, the Netherlands. Canadian CX champ Michael van den Ham (p.15) plans to make the event part of a month long European campaign. 14-18 The Volta ao Algarve in Portugal is Rob Britton’s (p.52) kind of race: dry, warm and hilly. 15 “I think [the bicycle] has done more to emancipate women than any one thing in the world. I rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a bike. It gives her a feeling of self-reliance and independence the moment she takes her seat; and away she goes, the picture of untrammelled womanhood.”—women’s rights activist Susan B. Anthony, born on this day in 1820. 24 Leah Kirchmann (Team Sunweb) has competed in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad the past two seasons, finishing…