Bicycling South Africa

Bicycling South Africa December 2018

Bicycling is South Africa’s leading cycling magazine and is aimed at both road and mountain biking enthusiasts. Launched in February 2003, it is published 10 times a year, targeting the fast-growing and affluent lifestyle cycling market – youngsters, adults, professional as well as casual cyclists. The magazine is filled with the best international and local content for every element of the cyclist’s life from training techniques and fitness information to inspiring human interest stories, event news, nutrition and motivation. Bicycling is also South Africa’s leading tester of bikes and gear with over 30% of the monthly magazine dedicated to the latest reviews so our readers can make the best choices.

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1 min.
join the ride

I WAS CARRIED AWAY INTO A WORLD A LONG WAY FROM MY OFFICE when I read Bruce Hughes’ piece on his touring adventure from Pietermaritzburg up Sani Pass into Lesotho and on to Clarens (see ‘Paradise Groad’, p56). // I READ HOW HE AND HIS RIDING PARTNER WERE CAUGHT IN ONE OF THOSE THUNDERSTORMS IN WHICH YOU LITERALLY FEAR FOR YOUR LIFE , AND THEN EXPERIENCE THE PRIMAL ELATION OF SURVIVAL WHEN IT’S ALL OVER. // I READ HOW THEY CLIMBED THE PASS, STRUGGLING FOR GEARS, but then revelled in the joy of long descents that shot them out of the mountains into a picturesque valley. AND I JUST WANTED TO BE THEM. // “THE A1 FROM SANI TOP TO AFRISKI IS – IN MY OPINION – THE SINGLE MOST PANTS-WETTINGLY TERRIFYING…

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tsogo sun amashova durban classic

9 min.
italia grande

I puffed my way up the Via di Matraia, the road taking us from Lucca into the Pizzorne mountains of the Italian province of Tuscany – in granny gear, grunting up the 12% gradient and barely moving forward. Though I could feel the warm October sun on my neck and the cool mountain breeze on my brow, it was still hard going. But I could think of a thousand other places I’d rather not be – and the summit was close, with the promise of an icy beer… My wife turned 40 last year, and to mark the occasion we joined her sister and husband with friends on an Italian cycle tour, from Pisa to Florence; all taken care of by Macs Adventure, a Glasgow-based tour operator specialising in adventure holidays.…

4 min.
inside knowledge

MEGAN FAY / MTBER Make every mountain-bike ride better: pack a cooler box with a few Weiss’s, and stash it in the car to share a cold one with your friends afterwards. —A.C. SHILTON / WRITER I have one simple tip for avoiding injuries during the holiday season: take your bike with you to Grandma’s, and sneak off to ride when you can. I find the likelihood of me injuring an in-law decreases exponentially with every minute I spend out on my bicycle. ANTHONY SIRACUS / BIKE ADVOCATE Learn to DIY! Start with the Park Tools Big Blue Book of Bike Repair, read up, slowly invest in a stand and tools, and learn basic repairs as you go along. It’s deeply empowering to learn to fix your own bike. But be careful: your friends may…

5 min.
saddle sore?

LET’S START BY DISMISSING THE elephant in the room: contrary to what you may have heard from well-meaning friends and family members, cycling does not cause erectile dysfunction. In a study of more than 5 282 male cyclists, ranging in age from 16 to 88, published in the July 2014 issue of the Journal of Men’s Health, there was no connection found between cycling and erectile dysfunction (or even infertility), no matter how many kilometres and/or hours the men logged each week – even among those cranking out more than 8.5 hours or 360 kilometres a week in the saddle. That, of course, is good news; but it’s not to say you’re 100 per cent immune from some problems below the belt. These include bouts of nerve damage, numbness, and other more…

4 min.
how to master shifting

Shifting is a lot like skiing: it’s easy to learn, but difficult to master. If you’re new to cycling, the concept of shifting gears can be crazy confusing. If you’re an old pro, it’s an intuitive part of the sport that’s as simple as it is necessary. But no matter where you fall on the shifting spectrum, paying closer attention to this underrated skill can result in improvements as simple as a more effortless spin, or something as monumental as a race-winning move. The Easiest Way to Improve: Know When to Shift Aside from learning how to shift, understanding when to shift is most important. Shift to an easier gear on hills or when you’re riding into the wind. Use a harder gear on flats or if the wind is blowing from behind…