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Cycling Plus December 2020

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Cycling Plus is the manual for the modern road cyclist. Whether you're cycling weekly, an occasional new rider or a Tour de France fan you’ll find everything you need. Each issue is packed with buying advice and tests of essential cycling gear - everything from bikes to bags! Cycling Plus is the place to find training advice, nutrition secrets and practical tips guaranteed to improve your bicycling. It's also full of inspirational rides, real-life cycling stories and entertaining riding-related features.

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United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
from the editor…

When we were deep into lockdown 1.0 I ‘treated’ myself to a couple of kettlebells. I figured that I could use my time inside to build washboard abs and a v-shaped back or something. Needless to say, after an initial flurry of Joe Wicksian enthusiasm they’re now just getting in the way of the step ladder and bike cleaning bucket. After reading our core strength piece on p64 I’m determined to dust them off and make more of an effort to work my aging mid-section. If nothing else, it’ll make access to the chain cleaner a lot easier. SUBSCRIBE TODAY FOR ACCESS TO EXCLUSIVE OFFERS & COMPETITIONS AS PART OF OUR SUBSCRIBER CLUB! HIGHLIGHTS… ELECTRIC AVENUES I’ve been using an ebike and, gradually, I’m being converted. It’ll never replace my nonpowered bike, but some…

2 min.
cycling plus the uk’s best tests for over 25 years

BIKE - BUYING ADVICE YOU CAN TRUST… We take our testing very seriously at Cycling Plus. For more than 25 years – an age when disc brakes, Di2 and super-wide 1x gearing weren’t even a glint in a designer’s eye – we have been putting road cycling products through their paces. Our Senior Technical Editor Warren Rossiter, has nearly a quarter of a century of riding experience in just about every discipline. He can separate the great from the also-rans when it comes to bikes, clothing, accessories – and more. If it gets our seal of approval you can be sure that you’ll be bagging a great buy! THE TECH TEAM’S SENIOR TECHNICAL EDITOR PREVIEWS HIS ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS… WARREN ROSSITER SENIOR TECHNICAL EDITOR ‘Versatility’ is a buzz word in bicycle tech right now so we’ve…

7 min.
game changer

£5799 Cervélo creates a performance endurance bike Cervélo’s primary goal was to create a bike for a wider audience, a true endurance bike Cervélo is a brand that’s totally focused on racing, with a commitment to aerodynamics from its very inception. Its S-series bikes define aerodynamic race bikes and inspired the likes of Trek’s Madone and Cannondale’s SystemSix. The R-series bikes built for Grand Tour racing combine light weight with aero shapes, and the Aspero gravel race machine blends lightness and aero tubes. So the Caledonia is a big departure for Cervélo. Its primary goal was to create a bike for a wider audience, a true endurance bike to compete with the likes of the Giant Defy, Cannondale Synapse, Trek Domane and Specialized Roubaix. Though this being Cervélo, it also had to serve…

6 min.
faster, smoother, lighter

£1999.99 A slimmed, trimmed racer Following the launch of its heavily revamped Energie EVO cyclocross racer, Vitus has updated its Vitesse EVO road race bike, shedding weight, adding aero profiles and upping stiffness throughout. The new Vitesse EVO is disc-only and sports a frame weighing a claimed 840g or 910g with paint. According to Vitus marketing manager Chris McGlinchey, the new bike represents “a step back into high-end pro level race bikes” and will be raced by UCI Continental team Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK. Vitus has upped lateral stiffness in all the key areas and, while there are no specific claims about drag reduction, the new design features aero-tube profiles. Like so many others, the new Vitesse EVO also moves to dropped seatstays, a favourite way for designers to add…

3 min.
the kids are alright

As a sports nerd, the age of the athletes I watched has been a marker for my own passage through time. As a teenager, every sports star was my elder: they were people to idolise, to aspire to be like, to even dream of emulating. Now, pushing 40, and at an age that most competitors in physical sports are lucky to make it beyond, they really do make you feel bloody ancient. The retirement from test match cricket of Andrew Flintoff in 2009 was a bit of a milestone – his was the first sports career I felt like I’d closely followed from start to finish, from rambunctious youth to embattled, injury-plagued veteran. I now find myself at the point where sports stars who I’d started watching as an adult are calling…

1 min.
token ninja 5 in 1 thread-fit bottom bracket

When they work, press-fit bottom brackets (BB) are a smart, simple and lightweight way of fitting cranks to your bike. Unfortunately, when they don’t, you can be plagued by a creaky, squeaky heart of a bike that’s diffcult to cure and if you don’t have a professional BB press, fitting a new set of bottom bracket bearings is a job best left to bike shop mechanics because it’s misaligned bearings that will cause issues in the first place. Token says it has come up with the answer with the NINJA BB. The two halves of the NINJA BB thread together, making for a set of perfectly aligned bearings. Token claims this significantly improves stiffness and solves the noise problem. This modular system has everything you need contained within the box. It…