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Canadian Cycling Magazine

Canadian Cycling Magazine August/September 2018

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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2 min.
the view ahead

I knew they would make fun of me. Of course my colleagues would. My bike looked ridiculous with three head units on the handlebar. And, I admit, if I could have fit a fourth and a fifth, I would have. Five at once would have made my life easier. I built this absurd mission control while I was testing head units for this issue (p.74). While folks around the office got a kick out of razzing me, I was content to take their ribbing and tinker with computers. What’s more fun than trying stuff out? Also for fun and out of a sense of curiosity, I asked Mark Cohen to look into the future and report back on what he saw on bicycles. It was a tricky story to write: part…

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Mark Cohen What’s Next in Cycling Tech?, p.48 Mark Cohen is a Canadian-born freelance writer living in Europe. He contributes to several sites on cycling and men’s style. Tara Nolan Tokyo 2020 Countdown, p.16; Beyond the Pearls, p.54; Trail Test: Liv Pique Advanced 1, p.66 Tara Nolan is a Dundas, Ont., freelance writer and editor who loves to mountain bike (and fat bike) with her two women’s clubs, a few groups of friends and, of course, her husband, Rich. Her mountain biking travels have taken her from Haleakala, the volcano on Maui, to Vallée Bras-du-Nord in Quebec. And she loves to profile female riders, such as Miranda Miller, Maghalie Rochette, Ruby West, and for this issue, Emily Batty. Matthew Kadey Fit to Grill, p.32; A Cycling Paradise, Mostly, p.76 Matthew Kadey is a dietitian, nutrition writer and cookbook author living in…

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The frame was shipped naked, no components, and looked great. I went for a Campagnolo Chorus group, and Mavic handlebars and wheels. Then it was time for Etemadi to do his final bit of magic: set the saddle and handlebar height. Once all that was done, there was nothing left to do but ride home. I have had that bicycle for 30 years as of this August. It is my only road bike. I’ve ridden it in time trials, triathlons, duathlons and club rides, the longest ride being more than 100 km. Nothing has changed except for tires, rims and chains. It’s been worth every cent I spent on it, and I hope to ride it for a long time to come. C. “Butch” Petrone Thunder Bay, Ont. The park that gets you…

1 min.
letter of the issue

My bike for life Jeremy Nathan’s article in the April/May issue (‘Building the Perfect Bike’) brought back many memories of my build, which has lasted more 30 years and is still rolling. Early in 1988, I decided that I would treat myself to a new bicycle. I headed to my favourite cycle shop, Petrie’s Cycle & Sports in Thunder Bay, Ont. There was no online shopping those days, so everything was done in person. After some discussion with the shop owner and his technician, Farzam Etemadi, we decided that a custom frame would be the most effective as my size (5'6"), weight (160 lb.) and leg length (short) were going to be difficult to accommodate. At the time, I was competing in triathlons. Due to my work/family life, I almost always rode…

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now on

Sure, early summer may seem like prime racing season with that little bike event in France. But things really heat up here at home in late summer and early fall. The kids aren’t even back at school before high-level CX gets going with Toronto Cyclocross. We’ll be there covering the C2-level races. The world’s top pro roadies head to Quebec City and Montreal less than a week later. Head to our website for the latest from the Grands Prix Cyclistes de Québec et de Montréal. Download previous issues of Canadian Cycling Magazine using our iPad and iPhone apps. Join in the discussion: Facebook Twitter @canadiancycling Instagram @canadiancycling YouTube Canadian Cycling Magazine…

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Moving up in the World (Cups) Soon after the World Cup in Nové Město na Moravě, Czech Republic, Sean Fincham was back in Canada, but not his hometown of Squamish, B.C. Both he and his Forward Racing-Norco teammate, Andrew L’Esperance, were staying at the family home of Haley Smith in Uxbridge, Ont. The three riders would compete at the next two Canada Cup races, both in Ontario, in the upcoming weeks. Smith said her whole family enjoys Fincham’s visits. He’s helpful around the house and has a good sense of humour. “Everyone loves to tease him,” Smith said, “because he just takes it with a big smile and a little chuckle.” While Fincham is disciplined with his training, both Smith and L’Esperance noted that Fincham seems to excel when it comes to…