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Cycling Plus January 2021

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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Immediate Media Company London Limited
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1 min
from the editor…

SUBSCRIBE! NEW SUBSCRIBERS TO CYCLING PLUS CAN GET A LUSSO DRYLINE SS BASE LAYER WORTH £32.50. ALREADY A SUBSCRIBER? Get access to exclusive content, competitions and offers. Turn top 68 I’m sure I’m not alone in having found my motivation to exercise sapped many times during this difficult year. However, after some early lockdown 1.0 cycling apathy I’m now several months into a regular riding routine again and it’s made a huge difference to both my physical and mental well-being. It’s become clearer than ever to me that the freedom, fun and fitness – even in restricted times – the humble bicycle provides can not be underestimated. So, keep getting out and riding - you won’t regret it! SUBSCRIBE TODAY FOR ACCESS TO EXCLUSIVE OFFERS & COMPETITIONS AS PART OF OUR SUBSCRIBER CLUB! HIGHLIGHTS… COLD COMFORT Getting out…

7 min
speed demon

£7699 A seriously fast, aerodynamic machine Canyon has adjusted the geometry to make the new Aeroad slightly less aggressive The new Aeroad CFR is the latest, top-of-the-range aero road bike from Canyon. Building on the much-admired Aeroad CF SLX, this latest evolution of Canyon’s wind-cheating race platform goes all-in on aero while still managing to be competitively lightweight. As we’ve come to expect from the German direct sales giant, it’s also great value. From the outside, the changes from the previous Aeroad are subtle, and that’s perhaps no bad thing. Although the original is pretty long in the tooth now, it remains a great bike and was still being ridden in this year’s Tour de France. For the new model, Canyon has worked with aero experts Swiss Side to do extensive Computational Fluid…

5 min
fast reactor

£9000 Mark Cavendish’s latest ride is aero and light We’ve always been fans of Merida’s Reacto bikes and, to be honest, aero road bikes in general. From the many iterations of Cervélo’s S-series bikes to Specialized’s now sadly deleted Venge range, to the far more comfortable than it has any right to be Trek Madone, we’ve been impressed with these machines. Yes, they may weigh a little more but they carry and hold speed like no other road drop-bar bikes. With the previous-generation Reacto, Merida brought some comfort into the equation with its S-Flex seatpost, featuring a cut-out with an elastomer section bonded in. It wasn’t Trek Madone IsoSpeed comfortable, but it took the edge off rough surfaces exceptionally well. The new Team-E does exactly the same job, and the latest S-Flex…

4 min
quick gets quicker

£1645.99 Cannondale’s impressive hybrid with an electric boost The Quick 4 Disc is an entry-level sport hybrid designed to be nimble and fast for dashing around town; it even has reflective paint highlights on the frame. We were impressed by just how well it rides – the position is fairly upright but it’s still sporty enough to hustle the bike along at pace. This Cytronex model adds an electric boost to make it even zippier. The Quick’s Microshift drivetrain is a simple 1x system with a good gear range that’ll carry you up steep slopes. The shifting is accurate; it’s certainly not SRAM slick or Shimano smooth, but over a few hundred miles of testing it hasn’t faltered or become misaligned. The Quick 4 offers everything we’d want from a commuter…

3 min
county lines

So, farewell then, Prudential RideLondon-Surrey. The people have spoken and, as of 2022, it will be no more. Well, I say the people have spoken, but of the 9064 respondents to a Surrey County Council survey on the event’s future, those who strongly argued in favour of it continuing over the next five years outnumbered those who were strongly against (49 per cent to 41 per cent) – this despite only 26 per cent of respondents having taken part in a RideLondon event. In addition, 53 per cent of Surrey residents strongly agreed or tended to agree that the county should continue hosting the event, while 54 per cent agreed that the benefits of the event outweighed the disruption. The numbers in favour of the event were described in the council…

2 min
theragun pro g4

£549 Pro-level massage at home Theragun was founded in Los Angeles in 2008 by chiropractor Dr Jason Wersland with the goal of creating a percussive therapy device that could offer truly beneficial recovery and consistent massage therapies. This Generation 4 device claims to be more tuneable, powerful and quieter than ever, and is used throughout professional sport by more than 250 organisations and athletes, including Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo and England wicket keeper Jonny Bairstow. WHAT IT DOES Percussive therapy/massage has been shown to aid growth and repair of tissues by heavily increasing blood flow. It achieves this with rapid, short-duration pulses in concentrated areas that get deep into the body tissue. Claimed benefits include pain relief, increased range of movement and aiding lactic acid clearance. Plus, with less soreness, knots, and pain…