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Canadian Cycling Magazine

Canadian Cycling Magazine October/November 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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3 min.
the father, the daughter and bikes

During a fantastic period this past spring, my four-year-old daughter asked to go to Joyride 150, an indoor bike park. There was no prompting from me, which is often the case. Then we had a fun day at a local outdoor bike park. She was also riding her balance bike almost every day to daycare. Oh man, was I ever pleased. Previously, she had been ambivalent about her bike, but she was really enjoying riding. And then, she stopped. “You want to ride your bike to daycare today?” “No.” “Huh. OK,” I would say. I found it perplexing, maybe even a bit agonizing, but I kept my cool. She would instead stand on the pedal of my commuter bike as we’d talk during the walk to daycare, which I thoroughly enjoyed, but… Years ago,…

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Hail, tornadoes and rooster tails In May, we were supposed ride an easy 30-km gravel loop along the rolling hills of rural Saskatchewan. I hesitated to commit to riding as my cyclocross bike was still on the trainer. I’d have to change the tire on it, and my road bike, and put my road bike on the trainer. I got home from work and quickly prepared my cyclocross bike. I had about 10 minutes to spare before our 4:30 p.m. departure. I checked the weather forecast and saw we might get a good dose of rain. I sent a text to my riding buddies asking if they checked the weather. No response. We set out of town going south on a gravel road. After 2 km, my Garmin started beeping and alerted…

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letter of the issue

Ride carefully and avoid a small stick We all know that it’s a good idea to avoid riding over fallen tree branches on the road – and, for that matter, on the trail – but what about apparently insignificant twigs? A few days after a particularly intense windstorm in Ontario in early May, the country roads north of Newmarket, Ont., were strewn with tree debris. On a ride, I was aware of a small twig in my path – around 5" long and less than an inch thick. I eased my front wheel to the left to avoid riding over it. In an instant, I was on the ground bleeding from my face and, as determined later in the ER, had a broken collar bone, wrist and finger. Season over. My 18-year-old custom…

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now on

We’re heading to Peterborough, Ont., to cover cyclocross nationals (p.13). Tune in for coverage of the event. If, after reading ‘Inspiring Girls to Ride’ (p.50), you want to encourage someone to get cycling, check out writer Molly Hurford’s #ShredGirl resources. Also, you can read more about the Giant Trance Advanced Pro 29 (p.62) and the Giant Defy (p.64). 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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Molly Hurford Inspiring Girls to Ride, p.50 Molly Hurford is a writer in love with all things cycling, running, yoga, nutrition and movement-related. She’s a little obsessed with getting more women psyched on adventure and being outside, and regularly hosts talks and runs clinics for cyclists. She’s also the author of multiple books on cycling and nutrition and co-hosts The Consummate Athlete Podcast. Her most recent project, Shred Girls, is a young adult fiction series (and website) focused on getting girls excited about bikes. Michael van den Ham A Champion’s Top-5 Cyclocross Tips, p.34 Michael van den Ham is the current Canadian cyclocross national champion and has represented Canada at five world championships. He splits his spare time between hiking, cross-country skiing, working for Nobl Wheels and coaching with Cycle-Smart Inc. Born in Brandon, Man.,…

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veltec pacer 2000 bike computer

Recently, at the Bicycle Specialties shop, Mike Barry Sr. held up the Pacer 2000, one of the first bicycle computers. The unit, which came out in 1981, was made by company called Veltec. The computer could manage distance, speed and time. For calculating distance and speed, it needed a magnet placed on a spoke. “I rode the Raid Pyrénéen,” Barry said of the randonnée he and his former business partner, Mike Brown, did in 1981. “It goes from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean along the length of the Pyrenees. There are 18 cols. You get 100 hours to ride it. We got these guys to sponsor us. Their computer had just come out. “It was fine. But halfway through the trip, both computers started all over again. “When we came back, we spoke…