Ride into 2016 with the February issue of Cycling Plus

Aero bikes, women's bikes, Majorca... and Timmy Mallett!

Feeling a bit on the sluggish side post-Christmas? Yep, us too. Carrying a few unwanted pounds and being far from our fittest means we need all the help we can get from our bikes, so you might be interested in our main bike test this month.

No, we're not talking e-bikes (though they do sound quite appealing right now) but aero machines designed to slice through the air better than your average steed. We put six head-to-head, including the Felt AR3, the Storck Aerfast and the Litespeed C1.

The time off over Christmas is often a good time to get out on the bike but given the biblical rain recently, unless you spent it outside the UK it’s unlikely you got as much time in the saddle as you’d like. January hasn’t started much brighter either, so our guide to getting the most out of your turbo trainer might come in useful. We also test what could be the world’s best turbo trainer, the £1,199 Tacx Neo Smart.  

If you do manage to brave the elements, our report on rural safety should make for interesting reading. City cycling casualties draw the headlines but the stats show that rural roads are more dangerous, so we show you how to maximise your safety when you’re out in the sticks.

What are the best sportives to be found outside the uk?:
What are the best sportives to be found outside the uk?:

Put thoughts of the sodden UK winter out of your mind for a minute or two…

Strava’s stats showed an 82% increase in the number of female UK users between June 2014 and 2015, and we’ve tested four women’s bikes, from the Trek Silque SL and Focus Cayo Donna. Elsewhere we have first rides of Orro’s Pyro and De Rosa’s SK Pininfarina, while the Cannondale Synapse Adventure and the Tifosi CK7 Grand Fondo Veloce duke it.

Ever dreamed of skiving off work for the day and heading for a ride in the sunshine? In the pits of winter before Christmas we did exactly that, flying out to Majorca for the day and riding all our favourite climbs.

Elsewhere, we take a look at the Russian athletics doping scandal and ask whether cycling should be pleased that it’s being replaced on the naughty step, talk to former kids TV presenter Timmy Mallett about how cycling inspires his new career as an artist, review the Granfondo Campagnolo Roma, preview five of the most interesting sportives abroad in 2016 and learn the latest musings from Ned Boulting in his monthly column.

This issue, we talk to former kids' tv presenter timmy mallett about how cycling inspires his new career as an artist:
This issue, we talk to former kids' tv presenter timmy mallett about how cycling inspires his new career as an artist:

This issue, we talk to former kids' TV presenter Timmy Mallett about how cycling inspires his new career as an artist

We also learn how Geraint Thomas makes his famous Welsh cakes, take an in-depth look at how pros influence the design of the kit we wear and how you can handle the ever-growing scourge of potholes on our roads.

And when you’re finally done with all that, there’s a free 34-page guide to urban cycling – the bikes to ride, the kit to wear, the tips to stay safe and even the money you can make from Kickstarter!

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