Cycling Plus September is on Sale Now!

Bikes made of 'old-fashioned' metal, and bikes with batteries. The best women's cycling kit and brilliant bags for commuting. The secrets of stronger legs and the UK's best climbs. And the Tour of Britain. It's all here!

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Back when it was all fields around here bikes were all made of metal. But then new fangled bikes made of a magical material used in racing cars and aeroplanes and rockets came along. Carbon fibre became king… But people didn’t stop making metal machines and even though we’ve all got hoverboards and our meals come in pill form* non-carbon bikes are still brilliant. Want proof? Just check out this month’s main bike test where we have some serious fun on steel and titanium steeds from brands including Cinelli, Genesis and Dolan.

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Talking of serious fun, ever thought about using something with batteries? That’s right – we’re becoming increasingly intrigued by the increase in e-road bikes. Big brands are introducing ever more stylish powered road bikes and, while we’re obviously big fans of simply using our own steam to move, we have to admit that some legal assistance is sometimes welcome. We check out the latest offerings from Giant and Orbea plus kit from British brand Cytronex that will let you convert your own bike to e-power.

Of course, if the idea of using a motor is anathema to you we can still help you get faster with expert advice on improving your own inbuilt engines.  Yep, if you want stronger legs we’ve got all the advice you need! And once you’ve honed your pistons to perfection we can also offer you the best places to run them in. Simon Warren, author of 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs, offers up the British hills he thinks you need to hit.

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As ever we’ve been testing a ton of top kit to help you buy the best. This month we’ve a round up of the best summer gear for female riders,  16 bags for commuters get rated and, of course, we’ve plenty of first rides and standalone reviews. And there’s much. much more included our exclusive preview of the Ovo Energy Tour of Britain!

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If you subscribe to Cycling Plus right now, you’ll receive a Ritchey Skyline saddle worth 47.99!

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