We’re on the downhill run to Spring, just a few more weeks of slop and then surely the trails will be drying out and the sound of lambs reaching our ears? Until then, there’s time to get your ‘best bike’ prepped for better weather, and maybe there’s even time to get your body in shape for a few big days out once things warm up. To remind you why we ride and of all that is good and still to come, we bring you Issue 117, a ray of sunshine in the final throes of winter…
Whether you’re a seasoned adventurer, or an armchair fantasist, this issue’s tales of adventure should whet your appetite:
Is it time for some new bike bits? Or maybe a whole new bike? Whether you’re shopping or just keeping up to date with the latest innovations, our tech features will while away some more winter gloom:
Wil takes on a build-your-own bamboo bike kit. Will he glue himself to the frame? Will he be attacked by a panda? Will he build himself a bike, or a bike shaped object? Wil tells us the tale through his epoxy-induced high.
Bike Test – Unsprung Heroes
Chipps checks out fully rigid bikes from Kona, Pinnacle and Surly and discovers that no suspension doesn’t mean no fun. It just needs a re-evaluation of your outlook.
Group Test – Platform Clip Ins
Wil checks out eight pairs of pedals with platforms for support as well as cleats for security. Full reviews of the best four will be published in this issue, along with summaries of the runners up.
We only recommend the products we’d spend our own hard earned cash on – what gets our vote this issue?
Fancy a giggle? Or something a bit more thought provoking? Or maybe even both – then these features will fit the bill.
Charlie The Bikemonger sets all judicial process to one side and passes his decrees on what will or will not be banished from the cycling world for ever.
Column: Jason Miles
Our award winning columnist is settling in to his new life in Scotland – by going on a ski holiday, where he learns that being a beginner again can be refreshing. And finding a whole new avenue of kit to need.
Give Up Your Job
We look at people who have made the leap from ‘normal’ jobs to working in the bike industry. Could you quit the rat race and turn your hobby into a job?
PLUS in our Premier Edition (subscriber-only) section: