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INSIDE KNOWLEDGE • WE BEGGED SOME OF THIS ISSUE’S COOLEST RIDERS FOR THEIR BEST ADVICE
THE SELECTION • BECAUSE #BIKE IS THE WAY OF LIFE
WHAT WE’RE RIDING • OUR IDIOSYNCRATIC BUT EXPERT ENDORSEMENT OF AWESOME BIKE STUFF
THE TEST ZONE • NOTES, OPINIONS, USEFUL TIPS, AND THE COOLEST GEAR FROM INSIDE THE WORLD’S MOST RIGOROUS BIKE AND GEAR TEST CENTER
HOW TO SET UP YOUR CLEATS
HOW TO PREVENT AND RECOVER FROM KNEE PAIN
KNEE PAIN PREVENTION
THE UNDENIABLE, AMAZING, PERFORMANCE-BOOSTING BENEFITS OF HIIT
KEEP YOUR HIIT HABIT IN CHECK
3 WAYS TO PREVENT A DAMAGED WHEELSET
YOUR HITCH RACK MIGHT BE DAMAGING YOUR CARBON WHEELS
3 AWESOME ALUMINUM WHEELSETS
WHAT IT’S LIKE TO RIDE A STAGE OF THE TOUR — AS A MORTAL
A PRO COACH ON HOW TO SURVIVE A TOUR STAGE (OR YOUR NEXT GRAN FONDO) • To tackle one of the biggest rides of his life, Jonathan Canfield followed a structured training regimen led by Team Alpecin Coach, Florian Geyer. Here’s how Geyer helped Canfield lose more than 30 pounds and dramatically boost his fitness.
LOW-PRESSURE, HIGH-FUN EVENTS
NON-RACE RACES MAKE RACING MORE FUN, AND I’M HERE FOR IT
NON-RACEY STUFF THAT BOOSTS THE FUN FACTOR
2019 GEAR OF THE YEAR • Sometimes, a products calls to you. You slip it on, bolt it to your bike, try it out however it is intended to be used, and you know that it’s a game-changer—something that will make every ride better and more enjoyable. But that immediate connection is rare. ¶ More often, it takes rigorous testing, comparison, and evaluation to find those products that stand out among the rest. That’s what we do here. Our team of test editors puts in the miles on the road, in the dirt, and back in the shop, to see whether the latest gear is worth it. ¶ The good news is that a lot of it is. Helmets are safer, apparel is getting cooler (and warmer), and components are including high-tech electronics so seamlessly that it all feels more like wizardry than engineering when you’re blowing down the road at 40mph. ¶ To find this exceptional stuff, we tested more than 1,000 pieces of gear this year. These are the ones we’re most excited about: the 50 best products of 2019.
THIS MOST BADASS WOMAN IN BIKE RACING IS BACK • BEFORE THE CRASH, INA-YOKO TEUTENBERG WAS THE BOSS OF THE PELOTON. NOW SHE’S REWRITING HER LEGACY
GO BANANAS • THEY’RE QUICK, CHEAP, PORTABLE, AND PLENTIFUL AT ORGANIZED RIDES. NO WONDER WE TAKE THE HUMBLE FRUIT FOR GRANTED. HERE ARE ALL THE REASONS YOU SHOULDN’T.
Bananas by the Numbers
The Snacks • Is that a banana in your pocket? If you want something a little more discreet, munch on these treats: still nutrient-packed, but with a lower profile.
THE FIRST BIKE I REALLY LOVED
HEY BIKE SHOPS • STOP TREATING CUSTOMERS LIKE GARBAGE
SEVEN SHOPS THAT ARE DOING IT RIGHT • Through community building, smart business tactics, and a dedication to customer service, these shops give riders compelling (and fun!) reasons to buy local.
SPECIALIZED S-WORKS TURBO CREO SL
CAN YON ULTIMATE CF EVO DISC 10.0 LTD • PRICE: $12,000 / WEIGHT: 13 LB (S)
BMC ROADMACHINE 01 ONE • PRICE: $10,999 / WEIGHT: 17 LB (58CM)
SALSA WAR ROAD CARBON FORCE 1650 • PRICE: $4,399 / WEIGHT: 19 LB (57.5CM)
TREK DOMANE SLR 7...