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Cycling Plus February 2021

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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…

I don’t think I’m old enough – and I’m certainly not young enough – for my bathroom habits to be the main focus of conversation but, for one welcome letter only, here goes… After reading The Science of Healthy Habits on p70 I’ve made some changes to my routine. Don’t worry, I’ve always washed my hands – no, I now do press ups, or squats, or have a little stretch after every trip. You’ll have to read the feature to make sense of this, but I bet a few of you will be joining me in doing things a little differently from here on in! SUBSCRIBE TODAY FOR ACCESS TO EXCLUSIVE OFFERS & COMPETITIONS AS PART OF OUR SUBSCRIBER CLUB! HIGHLIGHTS… POWER STRUGGLE Machines such as the Scott Addict eRIDE are, no doubt, tech…

2 min.
cycing plus

BIKE-BUYING ADVICE YOU CAN TRUST… We take our testing very seriously at Cycling Plus. For more than 25 years – back to 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. Warren Rossiter, our senior technical editor 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. And if it gets our seal of approval, you can be sure that you’ll be bagging a great buy! CYCLING PLUS’S SENIOR TECHNICAL EDITOR PREVIEWS HIS ISSUE HIGHLIGHTS… WARREN ROSSITER SENIOR TECHNICAL EDITOR This month is a heady mix of cutting-edge and classic with a review…

6 min.
need for speed

£8349 Ebike without the downsides SPECIFICATIONS Weight 10.9kg (Large), 11.7kg with xTra battery Frame Addict eRIDE Disc HMX carbon Fork Addict eRIDE HMX carbon Gears Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 (50/34, 11-30) Brakes Shimano BR-R9170, 160mm rotors Wheels Syncros Capital 1.0 40e Disc E-drive system Mahle 250W rear hub motor, 460Wh battery inc xTra Power bottle cage battery Finishing kit Schwalbe PRO ONE Microskin 700x30c tyres, Syncros Creston iC SL Carbon bar/stem, Syncros Belcarra Regular 1.0 saddle, Syncros Duncan SL Aero seatpost Scott’s new e-road range is topped by this Premium model, and all four bikes share its HMX-grade carbon frame and fork. This flagship model has components that wouldn’t look out of place on a pro-Tour bike, with its full Dura-Ace Di2 groupset and Syncros Capital carbon wheels. It’s pretty much the same specification as Scott’s Addict RC Pro (£7699) and…

5 min.
rough, tough & fast

£5459 Aero gravel bike with a unique drivetrain SPECIFICATIONS Weight 8.92kg (L) Frame 30T HM Carbon Fork Full carbon Gears Shimano GRX Di2 (48, 11-34) Brakes Shimano GRX BR-RX810 hydraulic disc Wheels Forza Vardar DB carbon 622x17c – rear wheel with Classified hub Finishing kit Ridley Aero C1 (one piece) (42cm) with out-front Garmin mount, WTB Venture TCS 700x40c tyres, Ridley Kanzo aero carbon post, Selle Italia XL-R saddle with alloy rails Belgian brand Ridley knows a thing or two about riding off-road because it’s been at the forefront of cyclocross for decades. As expected with its heritage in off-road racing, and the growth of gravel, Ridley has put together a bike with speed on its side. In fact, at first glance it looks like an iteration of the brand’s aero road series, the Noah, because it borrows so much…

4 min.
smooth as steel

£999.99 The classic all-rounder goes flat SPECIFICATIONS Weight 12.2kg (medium) Frame Mjölnir steel Fork Chromoly Gears Shimano Sora (46/30, 11-34) Wheels Jalco XCD23 rims on KT-K68 hubs Brakes Shimano BR-MT200 disc Finishing kit Maxxis Overdrive Excel 35c tyres (production bike gets WTB Nano 40c tyres), Genesis alloy 660mm bar, Genesis saddle, Genesis alloy stem, Genesis alloy seatpost, Genesis grips, cage pedals The Croix de Fer (CDF) was influential as a bike that helped start the trend for road bikes that could go beyond tarmac. It had bigger tyres and clearance, more relaxed geometry than a racer but not as sedate as a tourer, and it had all the fixtures and fittings you’d need for globe-trotting adventures. So it’s no surprise the Croix de Fer ended up being a hugely popular bike among commuters – its versatile design and smooth-riding…

3 min.
group think

The year 2020 has seen some incredible feats of solo cycling. I write this just after amateur ultra-cyclist Jonathan Shubert smashed through the three-hour barrier in the British 100-mile time trial, riding an imperial century between Milton Keynes and Norwich in an imperious – though, at time of writing, provisional – two hours, 57 minutes and 58 seconds. For almost three hours, on some of the flattest roads in the country, he rode at an average of 33.7 miles per hour - a speed I too am used to maintaining, at least on substantial downhills anyway. To put that into some context, the velodrome’s famed Hour Record record is held by Victor Campenaerts, who rode at 34.2mph for 60 minutes, though you must consider the wind assistance and A-road drafting with…