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Cycling Plus October 2020

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
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16 Issues

in this issue

1 min
from the editor…

With life tentatively returning to some kind of normal in the UK it does feel like we can start to look forward again to planning the cycling adventures we’ve put on hold in 2020. For some of us, that simply means committing to more regular bike commutes now that workplaces are reopening, for others it’s pencilling back in the big European gran fondo or the bikepacking trip around South America. On Cycling Plus we’re looking forward to getting away in 2021 and on p78 we speak to the people and companies who help make these trips so special. SUBSCRIBE! NEW SUBSCRIBERS TO CYCLING PLUS CAN GET AN ALTURA CLUB JERSEY WORTH £55 ALREADY A SUBSCRIBER? Get access to exclusive content, competitions and offers. Turn to p76 SUBSCRIBE TODAY FOR ACCESS TO EXCLUSIVE OFFERS & COMPETITIONS…

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SERIOUSLY SILLY For people of a certain age the word ‘bonk’ will always illicit a chuckle. As soon as they become cyclists and endure their first proper bonk, though, the laughing quickly stops. Find out how to avoid bonking on p62 LISTEN UP Our colleagues on BikeRadar.com have created the BikeRadar Podcast, packed with top tech chat and interviews. Start with Ned Boulting and his thoughts on lockdown without pro cycling. Find it on Apple, Google and all good podcast providers! GET IN TOUCH… If you’ve anything you want to say you can chat with us via @cyclingplus on Twitter, CyclingPlusMagazine on Facebook and cyclingplus on Instagram. And, of course, you can always email us at cyclingplus@immediate.co.uk. And don’t forget to visit www.cyclingplus.com!…

1 min
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 This month’s testing has meant getting out and dirty on four great gravel options…

5 min
in full bloom

£2540.29 New lightweight endurance bike from German direct-sales brand The concept behind the Reveal was to create an endurance bike that’s built for high performance Rose’s reputation for producing technically impressive bikes at hard-to-beat prices means we are always excited when an update of established models, such as the Rose Pro SL, comes along. However, we’re even more stoked by this new Reveal, a whole new line for this buy-direct company from Germany. The concept behind the Reveal was to create an endurance bike that’s built for high performance – think Specialized Roubaix or Canyon Endurace, rather than a steady upright-position pseudo audax-cum-touring machine. That becomes obvious when you look at the stack and reach numbers for our 57cm test bike: a low 589mm in stack and a mid-length 385mm in reach. Although…

4 min
best of british

£4970 Sporty UK-built steel endurance road bike The Resolution is Mason’s steel allroad bike and, back in 2018, it was updated with 12mm thru-axles, flat-mount brakes and handsome custom dropouts designed by Bear components. Constructed from a mix of Columbus Spirit and Life tubes, the frameset is welded by Mason’s contractors near Venice and assembled to spec in the UK. Out of the box with no pedals fitted, our size 56cm test sample weighs 9.05kg on the nose, which is on the lighter end of average for a steel bike. The bike is compatible with both mechanical and electronic groupsets. The ports for cables/hoses sit flush with the frame and give a clean look, even when built with a wireless groupset, such as the SRAM Force eTap AXS groupset pictured here. The…

5 min
the one and only

£1300 Compact folding ebike With its bright orange hue and unusual design, the British designed ebike MiRider One stands out against most folding bikes especially when you add in its proprietary motor system. Jump on board and, well, it’s a nice place to be. The power assistance comes in smoothly and tracks your pedal cadence well, although with 16-inch wheels and a fairly light gear from its 48-tooth chainring and 14-tooth sprocket (which gives you a 49-inch gear) don’t expect to motor along at high speeds. However, as a single-speed machine, the gear is a fair compromise. It’s light enough to ascend pretty much any urban slope you’ll throw at it when you add in assistance, and you can speed along happily at around 24kph/15mph. The assistance system is based around a 250-watt,…