Cycling Plus March issue on sale now!

Bargain bikes, Britain's flattest ride, the truth about tyres, plus much, much more in the latest issue of Cycling Plus!

One the best things about road cycling is — believe it or not — that you don’t have to spend big bucks to get a brilliant bike. Sure, you can spend eye-watering amounts, but in this issue we prove that thanks to brands such as B’Twin, Carrera and Boardman you can pick up an amazing machine for well under £500.

Some of the bikes in our big bike test are so good it’s left us wondering whether we really need superbikes.*

Our under £500 bike test
Our under £500 bike test

If you’ve already got a road bike, you might be thinking about what to add next to your stable. And chances are you’ll be wondering if one of the latest breed of adventure road/gravel bikes should be on your shortlist. We’ve certainly been keen to discover what all the fuss is about, so we put three gravel machines through their paces on a ‘gravelcross’ event. And yes we fell off…

Like bikes, cycling shoes can cost a bomb and, yes, in our shoe test we do feature a couple of pairs that will set you back a tidy sum. We also feature a few proper bargains, though, so if you’re looking to treat your feet then this is the test for you.

Likewise, if you’re unsure what kind of rubber you should be sticking on your wheels then make sure you read our guide to the latest tyre technology!

Shoes put to the test
Shoes put to the test

Apparently, there’s a been a lot of ‘fake news’ around recently and it’d be fair to say that some of it involves cycling and it’s not so positive effects on cyclists — so if you want to find out if riding a bike will really ruin your sex life you’ll find out here.

And, if you hate hills then our Big Ride is the ideal read. Somewhat perversely we sent Simon Warren, author of the 100 Greatest Climbs series of books, to the Fens to see if he could find the flattest 100km in the country…

The Brompton Worlds
The Brompton Worlds

This issue also sees deputy editor Paul make his world championship debut on a Brompton, and we hear from Rebecca Lowe about her incredible, life-changing 11,000km solo ride from London to Tehran.

PLUS, we’ve also created a free nutrition magazine with everything you need to know about fuelling your rides!

*Of course we need superbikes!

Cycling Plus March 2018 is in stores now, or make sure that you never an action-packed issue by clicking here to subscribe to Cycling Plus magazine and receive a Lezyne M Caddy Sport saddle bag (with hand pump, multi-tool, tyre levers and patches) worth £49.99!

Rob Spedding

Editor-in-Chief, Cycling Plus, Cycling Plus Magazine
Editor-in-chief Rob has been pedalling Cycling Plus since 2007. His first proper road bikes were a Raleigh Sprint in the early 1980s and then a Trek 1000 in 1999. A former competitive runner, Rob has repeatedly threatened to become a competitive cyclist in every discipline from time-trailling to hill climbing to bike polo. We're still waiting.
  • Discipline: Road. Mainly commuting but with the occasional mountainous sportive that he'll complain about/fail to complete. Enjoys cake stops. Will never, ever do another triathlon after a bad experience in open water.
  • Preferred Terrain: Gently undulated roads – he's more of a rouleur. Likes gravel.
  • Current Bikes: BMC Alpenchallenge, Viner Perfecta, BMC Granfondo GF0, anything shiny that Warren Rossiter will allow him to ride
  • Dream Bike: Bianchi Specialissima, Raleigh Banana
  • Beer of Choice: Innis and Gunn Original
  • Location: Bath, UK

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