A thousand quid is the limit most people set themselves when buying their first ‘proper’ road bike, not least because it’s the maximum you can spend on the Cycle to Work scheme. All six bikes in the November issue’s groupset qualify for the scheme (aside from the Ribble R872 — you’ll need to make up the £17 difference).
Up against the Ribble are the Pinnacle Laterite 3, Cannondale Synapse Sora AL Disc, Specialized Allez Elite, Boardman Team Carbon and Trek Domane ALR3.
We’ve also got First Rides of the Boardman Elite Endurance SLR 9.4, Rondo Ruut CF1, Van Nicholas Skeiron and Adventure Ostro, and head to Sussex to combine our love of wine with a made-in-the-county Enigma Echelon.
Single chainrings dominate mountain bike set-ups at the moment and are slowly making inroads onto tarmac. But what are the pros and cons of such a set-up and what does the future hold? Our tester Guy Kesteven investigates.
In New Gear we look at security with Asgard’s four-bike shed, test the Sigma Rox 7.0 and Wahoo Elemnt Mini bike computers, take a spin on DT Swiss’s Arc 1100 wheels, sit on the Selle SMP Dynamic saddle and wear the Smith Overtake MIPS helmet. We’ll also help to kit you out for autumn with the season’s best clothing.
In features we examine the growing culture of cycling to work, speaking to the UK bosses who are capitalising on the benefits of a fitter workforce; embrace the challenge of Britain’s toughest ride – London-Edinburgh-London; go behind the curtain at dhb in our Best of British series; and cook up a feast with 10 quick and easy post-ride recipes.
For Big Ride we head to the Lake District to mark a special occasion. In July the national park was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status and we clip in with a man who who played a big role in earning the designation — the park’s chief executive Richard Leafe.
In Training Camp we have advice on developing a smooth pedal stroke with Team Sky’s Ian Stannard, go for a ride with ultra-cyclist Sean Conway, show you how to strengthen your quadriceps muscles and discover the benefits of beetroot.
In The Spin we find the hotspots in Llangollen and chat with impressionist and cyclist Alistair McGowan.
There’s no supplement this issue but there’s a fabulous neck scarf in the Cycling Plus team kit colours.
Senior writer and tireless domestique John has been putting in a shift for Cycling Plus for seven years. Despite having been a ‘proper’ road cyclist for the last decade, he still can’t work out what his main motivation for punishing all-day rides is. A freewheeling attitude towards cake is the popular theory, however.