Our 2020 Bike of the Year series that began all the way back in issue 365 draws to a conclusion as the best women’s bike is revealed. Former BikeRadar.com Women’s Editor Aoife Glass tests a stellar line-up of five bikes, with Canyon, Liv, Sonder, Trek and Juliana all competing for the top prize.
Further inside, interest will be piqued from riders new and old at our sub-£100 gear test. Whether you’re one of the many new cyclists who’ve got on a bike during the lockdown period, or have been happily pedalling for years, you’ll recognise that clothing and equipment can be an expensive business. There’s plenty of quality to be found under £100, however, and we round up the best of it.
Solo cycling was the only way to get our cycling fix through lockdown but for many of us, that’s the normal state of play. James Witts speaks to four professionals – the astronaut, the prisoner, the oil rig worker and the soldier – who are well-versed in isolated training.
Also in features, Laura Laker ponders the not insubstantial question: can cycling save Britain? Amid the fallout from the pandemic, the bike is being promoted as a safe alternative to public transport, but can the shift onto bikes as seen during lockdown become a permanent change?
Next up, CP testing honcho Warren Rossiter puts Cannondale’s all-new full carbon, full suspension Topstone to the test on his local gravel stomping ground, Salisbury Plain.
Elsewhere in testing, we’ve got reviews of two new bikes: the Enigma Escape and one of the best £800 bikes we’ve ever tested – Marin’s Nicasio +, as well as stacks of new kit, including Suplest’s Edge+ Pro shoes and SRAM’s newest eTap AXS groupset, now in the cheaper Force configuration.
After you’ve digested all of that, issue 369 also comes with a 28-page guide to building a stronger body for bike riding. It’s packed with stretches, exercises, recipes and training tips for faster, more efficient and pain-free cycling.
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