There was a time when steel ruled as a frame building material. Its time passed, however, as aluminium and then carbon became the material du jour. Still, it’s hardly a relic of the past today. A raft of inventive craftspeople have revived interest in steel, pushing the boundaries of what’s possible and making it sexy once more.
This issue’s grouptest pits six steel steeds against each other; Condor, Reilly, Ritchey, Specialized, Holdsworth and Shand are all represented. We also have first rides of the Wilier Cento10NDR, Simplon Pavo Gran Fondo Disc, Specialized Crux Elite X1 and Carrera Subway 2.
Light it up
Our gear grouptests include 16 front lights across the budget spectrum that will keep you riding as the sun goes down, and an in-depth guide to the up and downs of going tubeless. In New Kit, we test out Stage’s new Dash cycling computer, the Vision Metron 4D bar, Vittoria La Tecnica shoes, Pro Stealth Carbon saddle, while six rear lights get the Shootout treatment.
Myths and KoMs busted and the birth of bikes
In features, cycling’s age-old sayings and beliefs get a thorough fact-checking to see whether they’re truth or fiction, we reveal how to bag yourself a Strava KOM, celebrate 200 years of the bicycle with a ride on a dandy horse, and tackle the RideLondon 100 sportive on a 100 quid bike. Meanwhile, in Big Ride we head to the Big Apple for the GFNY New York Gran Fondo.
What? There’s more?
In Training Camp we show you how to get aero like Mark Cavendish, learn the joys of riding fixed with top pro Dani King, have tips on how to build a better neck, discover the benefits of pasta and take a look at the checks you need to make before riding in changeable weather.
In The Hub we get the skinny on riding on the Isle of Skye, hear how TV forecaster Jo Farrow never gets caught out by the rain and learn how police close-pass initiatives are vital for encouraging new cyclists.
Ned returns with ruminations on how important — and fickle — the body can be for a Grand Tour rider. It’s really only a bit about the bike.
After you’ve finished with all of that — or before, if you like — we have a 36-page supplement dedicated to all things power: making the most of your power meter, getting started in training, the best power meters on the market, essential power sessions, and the good, bad and ugly of power meters in pro racing.
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