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Cycling Plus Summer 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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United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min
from the editor…

SUBSCRIBE! NEW SUBSCRIBERS TO CYCLING PLUS CAN GET A RITCHEY COMP SKYLINE SADDLE! WORTH £47.99! ALREADY A SUBSCRIBER? Get access to exclusive content, competitions and offers. Turn to p70 It’s not often that we get to write about knee-length wool bloomers, hallucinations and Liquorice Allsorts on the pages of Cycling Plus, but the stories of pioneering female riders over time are no normal feats. Women’s cycling history has long been undersold but, while belatedly, it makes for a fascinating and inspirational collection of two-wheeled triumphs against a backdrop of suspicion and sexism. Author Hannah Ross’s story begins on p93 in 1868 with four women competing on velocipedes and continues throughout the next 150 years. I hope you enjoy it… SUBSCRIBE TODAY FOR ACCESS TO EXCLUSIVE OFFERS & COMPETITONS AS PART OF OUR SUBSCRIBER CLUB! HIGHLIGHTS… MIND GAMES l…

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 – 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 brings you a great mix of bikes and kit. We’ve got…

6 min
italian job

£5475 as tested Condor’s steel pro-bike hits the high street Originally designed as a rim-brake bike (still available) for the Rapha Condor pro team back in 2012, the Super Acciaio Disc is the brand’s flagship, steel, disc-brake bike. A fully-custom stainless steel version is also available. Fancy that… The Super Acciaio looks absolutely fabulous in the flesh. The paint is refreshingly jazzy, matching a rich azure with gold highlights. A black version of the bike is also available but you’d be doing yourself a disservice. I count myself among the many who have fallen for the clean lines of any classic double steel frameset and the Super Acciaio is no exception. The Columbus Spirit HSS tubeset is custom-formed to Condor’s specifications. This includes the ovalised top tube and square-profiled down tube. These shapes aren’t…

4 min
high flyer

£9000 The latest e-superbike arrives Hot on the heels of Cannondale’s SuperSix EVO Neo, Scott’s Addict E-ride and Orbea’s Gain comes another lightweight electric superbike – the MAHLE ebikemotion-equipped Cento10 Hybrid from Wilier Triestina. The five-bike Cento10 Hybrid range starts at £7110 for Ultegra Di2 and tops out at £10,080 for Dura-Ace Di2 and ULT38 carbon wheels. Our model splits the difference with Dura-Ace Di2 and Wilier’s alloy wheels. It’s based on the pro-level Cento10PRO with a frame that’s been structurally reinforced to take the 250W battery. It has a claimed weight of 1340g for the frame and 390g for the fork. The frame is based around kammtail-truncated aerofoil tubes, which ‘cheat’ the air into believing the aerodynamic tail is still there. Wilier’s own one-piece Alabarda bar is also aerodynamically optimised and…

7 min
blast from the past

649.99 Budget-friendly ride around Well, they don’t make ’em like that any more,” I thought about the Parkside. Except, of course, in the case of Cambridge’s Light Blue Cycles, they do. This contrasts with most of the bikes we test, which major on lightness, aerodynamics, dozens of electric gears and cycling’s latest technological advances. Not the Parkside. Not at all. No electronics, no carbon, no graphene, no skinny saddle and not even derailleur gears, as this Light Blue has the latest incarnation of that most venerable gearing – the internal rear hub. The Parkside even has something I don’t think I’ve seen at Cycling Plus this millennium: a quill stem. Welcome back! Even the frame size is imperial rather than metric. Perhaps its only nod to modernity is its Tig-welded 6061 aluminium…

3 min
off the charts

If you were paying attention throughout the one-day Spring Classics this season, it was a top two that could have come from any one of them: Great Britain’s Tom Pidcock and the Netherlands’ Mathieu Van der Poel taking first and second places. But this wasn’t the Tour of Flanders or the Amstel Gold Race, but round two of the UCI Mountain Bike Cross-country [XC] World Cup. Road cyclists emerging from off-road disciplines, whether that’s mountain biking or cyclocross, isn’t a new thing. It’s long been recognised that the bike-handling skills necessary for off-road riding can be positively utilised for the road. At the top level, Belgian Roger De Vlaeminck comes to mind. He was one of the finest Classics riders of all time, with a talent for the rough stuff that…