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Get into Road Cycling

Get into Road Cycling Get into Road Cycling 2016

Specifically designed with new and improving riders in mind, Get Into Road Cycling contains all you need to know to get off to a flying start in this fantastic sport. Inside this special edition you'll find everything you need to know about buying a bike and keeping it in good condition, improving your fitness levels and getting properly bike fit, learning essential skills such as climbing and cornering, fuelling your rides correctly to get the essential nutrients you need, and there's much, much more. With easy to read articles written by the best in the business, our aim is to get you on the fast-track to becoming a capable road cyclist in as short a time possible.

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United Kingdom
Idioma:
English
Editor:
Immediate Media Company London Limited
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One-off
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1 min.
editor’s note

The popularity of road cycling in the UK continues to grow apace. More of us means better provision for cycling and increased consideration on the road. In this issue we aim to help you take your cycling to the next level, whether that be buying your first road bike, perfecting your riding technique or entering your first event. Inside you’ll find advice on finding the right road bike, getting the correct set-up, and how to improve your climbing, descending and cornering, as well as tips on training, nutrition and maintaining your bicycle. There’s never been a better time to be a road cyclist, so get on your bike today! DISCLAIMER Before undertaking any of the training or fitness advice in this magazine riders should use their own judgement to determine that they…

6 min.
14 reasons to ride

Regular cycling means healthier bowels and a reduced risk of developing cancer 1 HEALTHY BODY As hobbies go they don’t come much healthier. Cycling is a great form of exercise without putting huge amounts of pressure on the knees like running. With obesity affecting 25 per cent of UK adults and 10 per cent of children, finding fun ways to keep yourself and the family active makes a lot of sense. While helping keep body fat down and lowering cholesterol the knock on effects of regular cycling include healthier bowels, better sleep and a reduced risk of developing cancer. 2 CYCLING CITIES As Britain continues to transform itself into a bike-friendly nation, more money is being pumped into our cycling cities. With £94m being injected into eight English urban centres, as well as four…

15 min.
cycling saved my life

“I suffered with depression since I was 18. I’ve spent half my life on antidepressants and it got to a point in late-2011 when I thought things were not going to end well for me if my life carried on the way it was going.” Bouts of medication and counselling had little positive impact for Warren Sneary. But a friend came to his aid with an unusual idea. “Claire was volunteering for a project called Bike Minded for the Life Cycle UK charity. The aim is to encourage and enable people to get into the countryside and experience the joys that cycling offers,” he explains. “It’s not just designed to be a healthy activity, it’s very much focused on trying to improve mental wellbeing too.” At the time Warren was out of…

8 min.
buying a bike

Your local bike shop is still the best place to buy a new bike despite the many temptations of the internet Are you after a bike that you can do 75 miles on in a weekend, hammer the hills with, race or simply explore the open road on? Whatever bike takes your fancy, what follows is our guide to deciding how you can get aboard, explaining what you need to buy, how you go about buying it and where to find the best possible deal… CUTTING THE COST The Cycle to Work initiative has encouraged employerpurchasing schemes combined with government tax breaks. This makes it possible to treat yourself to some serious equipment, worth up to £1,000, and feel that you’re getting something back from the taxman at the same time – always…

4 min.
make your bike a perfect fit

Female cyclists have more choice than ever when it comes to buying a bike, with increasing options aimed at women. There’s no one definition of a female-specific bike but the main difference between women’s and unisex bikes is the geometry, as British Cycling’s Neil Atkinson explains. “A woman’s bike has a dedicated frame geometry more suited to what manufacturers believe to be the generic ‘short body and arms with longer legs’ female body shape,” he says. “This means a shorter top tube, a steeper seat angle and a shorter stem, all of which reduce the length of the frame and result in a less stretchedout fit. Components such as handlebars, cranks and even wheels can also be scaled down to accommodate more petite riders.” THE CHOICE IS YOURS However, just because a…

2 min.
pick of the bunch?

Whether you’re looking at buying your first serious road bike or adding a winter trainer, commuter or all-rounder to your stable, the sub-£1000 price point is still the most competitive arena in road bike sales. We’ve picked a range of bikes that – on the surface, anyway – look to offer great value, provide something different or represent genuine innovation. We have racy aluminium numbers from BTwin, Tifosi and Specialized, a Marin all-rounder, and a pair of carbon fibre bikes from British firms Boardman and Eastway, the latter now part of online retailer Wiggle. Decathlon’s BTwin brand has always offered great value but the 2016 Triban looks particularly impressive, with kit that wouldn’t be out of place on a £1500 bike. The CK3 is the entry point to the Tifosi range,…