One thousand pounds has long been – and remains – a landmark figure to spend on a road bike and it’s the number we focus on in this issue in our big bike test. Which of the four bikes will be deemed the grandest?


We’ve also got first rides of the Cairn E-Adventure 1.0, Wilier Filante SLR road bike and the Merida Scultura Endurance 7000-E, as well as upgrade verdicts on Giro Helios helmet, Crank Brothers Highline Dropper seatpost, Ere Genus saddle and Rapha Pro Team shoes.

In our grouptest, we delve into clipless pedals. Moving to clipless pedals is a major step to becoming A Serious Cyclist and we bring you 10 of the best.


In Features, we look at the common pitfalls of training and how to right the ship, speak to the key workers of the pandemic who use bikes as a part of their work and chat to four Cycling Plus readers who’ve been converted to the wonders of e-Road bikes. And in Big Ride, Trevor Ward heads to Lake Vrynwy, a wonderfully isolated nook in mid-Wales


In The Spin we take a whistle-stop tour through the two-year tribunal of Team Sky’s (Ineos) former chief doctor, Richard Freeman, which concluded last month, and uncover three top routes in Bournemouth. And in Training Camp, we identify and address overtraining syndrome, take a look at Paul Jones’s definitive new book on the Land’s End to John o’Groats record, cook up a Thai salmon parcels recipe, plus learn ways to hold your focus on long rides.


If that’s not all, we bring you the third volume of our Britain by Bike guide, a 48-page pocket guide to the best routes, cafes and pubs across the country.


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