The latest issue of Cycling Plus has dropped and you can do the same to your friends with the bikes in our main bike test this month, in the svelte form of six lightweight rides from the likes of Canyon, Merckx and Storck.
It’s also Women’s Bike of the Year time and we shine a light on the three winners from the three price categories: the Liv Avail 1, Canyon's Endurace CF 8.0 WMN and Specialized's Ruby Comp.
Elsewhere in tech, we have a couple of hefty grouptests (helmets and mini-pumps), reviews of Oakley’s EVZero Prizm shades, Specialized’s new aero shoes, the S-Works Sub 6 and Mavic’s Ksyrium Pro Disc Allroad wheels. There are also first rides of the Eddy Merckx San Remo 76 and Boardman’s SLR Endurance 9.0.
The lightweight theme continues in features, this time with how you can lose it from your body. Shifting weight from your bike becomes exponentially harder and more expensive, but cutting inches your waistline has no such restraints, until you get into the realm of the professionals. Speaking of the pros, we take a look back at the Tour de France with the iconic shots from the race. Sticking to the get fit/lose weight theme, becoming a bike courier is a great way to do that and our columnist Rob Ainsley looks into his part-time job as a delivery cyclist for Deliveroo and the culture that comes with it.
Another way to make money from cycling, albeit in a more roundabout way, is to take part in the growing trend of the networking ride. We headed to the Yorkshire Dales and joined property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton on their two-day tour for staff and clients.
Up front we consider how leaving the EU might affect our hobby, put Cheltenham under the microscope in Local Knowledge and speak to Corrie actor Leon Ockenden, discovering how the prospect of helmet hair once ruined an audition, while in the back Ned Boulting discovers the joys of a Brompton at the Tour de France.
You’d think we’d have stopped there, but no. Free with the magazine this month is a 36-page guide to the Tour of Britain, featuring a stage-by-stage preview, an in-depth. on the road look at stage six with route director Andy Hawes and an interview with the big boss himself, Mick Bennett.
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