This week’s BikeRadar Diaries tests the team’s fitness after a month off

Early morning winter training as well as a closer look at Reuben's latest singlespeed conversion

During the autumn months, a few of the BikeRadar team competed in the national hill climb race series and brought you weekly updates in  the Hill Climb Diaries. Now, with the onset of the off-season and food and drink aplenty, the team thought it was time to take a look at how the fitness of the intrepid hill climb collective has fared.

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So, after a month of taking things fairly easy, Reuben, Joe and Jack hop back on their bikes in this latest instalment of the BikeRadar Diaries video series to find out if they’ve lost any of their fitness during this time.

Along with fellow rider Benedict, they head off on an early morning spin that includes a five minute power test. Inevitably, however, the ride takes an eventful turn with the four forced to retreat to the nearest cafe.

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Say hello to Reuben’s high-performance hybrid, a singlespeed with some bling components

As well as putting their fitness to the test, Reuben takes a closer look at his second singlespeed conversion, this time turning his Focus Mares CX bike into a fun flat bar winter bike.

The new build features 780mm handlebars, Shimano XT trail brakes and 37mm WTB Riddlers with rather nice tan walls.

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Catch up on the BikeRadar Diaries

Want to know what the BikeRadar team gets up to during the week? This series is all about what we ride, where we ride and the events, people and places we encounter along the way.

If you’ve missed any of the earlier diary videos and want to catch up, or fancy checking out some of our other video reviews, tech updates and skills coaching, pop over to the BikeRadar YouTube channel.

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Look out for us when we’re out and about too, we’re always happy to chat. And if you have any questions or ideas for future episodes don’t forget to let us know in the comments.