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Canadian Cycling Magazine

Canadian Cycling Magazine December/January 2018-19

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.
now that was awesome(-ish)

With the end of the year approaching, I’ve found myself looking back at 2018’s rides. There have been some good ones and some nutty ones. I remember a particular zany outing in March. I was on my road bike dressed in my warmest kit. It wasn’t long before I found snow drifts blowing across the road. Where a fat bike with 4.5"-wide tires would have been appropriate, I struggled on my slick 25c treads. I’m sure the same thing will happen in the late winter/early spring of 2019. Later, the challenge, which is something you might have experienced after a ride that was equal parts silly, fun, difficult and kind of cool, is conveying just how silly, fun, difficult and kind of cool that ride actually was. This past year, I…

1 min.

Tom Babin Hope on Wheels, p.38 Tom Babin is a journalist and author who has written for The Guardian, the Los Angeles Times and Explore. He is the author of Frostbike: The Joy, Pain and Numbness of Winter Cycling. He lives in Calgary where he blogs about bikes at and rides his bike through all seasons. Kate Heckman EnviLiv Advanced Pro 0 Disc review, p.50 Kate Heckman was the 2017 elite women’s Ontario Cup road series champion. An engineer by day, she races with the First Draft-Garneau presented by Mercedez-Benz Oakville women’s team. David McPherson Cyclists in the First World War, p.17; Riding into Battle review, p.21 David McPherson is the author of The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern: A Complete History. McPherson’s father took up cycling in midlife and passed on this passion to his son. David got a…

2 min.

More BMX, Please I enjoy reading your magazine, which is now the only actual printed magazine I still buy. My family loves cycling. We ride road bikes, mountain bikes and my kids race BMX with BMX Haut-Richelieu. We enjoy reading about road trips, exotic mountain biking destinations and riders. But we would also enjoy reading about BMX racing. Your calendar section in the June/July 2018 issue didn’t even mention the Canadian championships in Drummondville, Que. BMX racing is an exciting sport. We have Canadian riders who do well internationally, not to mention the thousands of Canadian riders from five years old and up on the local/provincial/national circuits who practise the sport. For some reason, it seems to be cycling’s forgotten kid as it gets little coverage by the media. I hope future issues…

1 min.
now on

This past fall, we launched the Cycling Magazine Podcast. It features great stories, interviews and in-depth coverage of cycling in Canada and abroad (just like this magazine). You can catch up on all the episodes so far wherever you get your podcasts. In early 2019, watch for audio diaries from Canadian cyclocrossers in Europe during CX’s holy week. Right now, you can find more on the new Cervélo S5 online after reading about the aero road bike on p.52. Download previous issues of Canadian Cycling Magazine using our iPad and iPhone apps. Join in the discussion: Facebook @CyclingMag + @CanadianMTB Twitter @CanadianCycling + @CanadianMTB Instagram @CanadianCycling + @Canadian.MTB YouTube Canadian Cycling Magazine…

1 min.
veeder cyclometer

Before the bicycle computer, there was the cyclometer for keeping track of mileage logged on a bike. The mechanical odometer for cyclists was common by the 1930s, and stuck around until things started going digital in the early ’80s. Mike Barry Sr. has a few cyclometers in his collection, such as the King of the Road by Lucas (also the name of a bicycle lamp by the same manufacturer), a pulley-driven unit by Huret and a Veeder. “The Veeder ones were really good-quality,” he said. Veeder was a Hartford, Conn.-based company. The cyclometer pictured has a fairly simple design. It attaches near the hub and requires another piece that is affixed to a spoke. As the spoke piece comes around, it ticks over a small wheel on the side of the…

2 min.
the calendar

DECEMBER 1 You have 24 shopping days until Christmas. Don’t panic. Head over to our gift guide on p.58. 14 It’s the last Friday night race at the Burnaby velodrome for the year. The night’s event is entitled, “Christmas Cramper Racing.” Sounds like holly, jolly fun. 14-16 The track cycling World Cup has its final European stop of the season in London. Riders take to the boards at the Lee Valley VeloPark. 17 On this day in 1903, 115 years ago, two bicycle builders from Dayton, Ohio, got an airplane off the ground at Kitty Hawk, N.C. Much of what Wilbur and Orville Wright learned from bike manufacturing and maintenance helped them to build the Wright Flyer. 20 For the fourth year in a row, Cycling Canada is running its Christmas Cross Camp. The program…