Bike Reviews


You’ve likely heard that the Indian Scout is an awesome motorcycle that provides a great riding experience on a great cruiser platform at a great price. But if that’s true, is a detuned version that’s missing 134 cc (8 cubic inches), a gear, and weighs 4 pounds more and costs $2,300 less, a good value or a false economy? Putting ... Read More »

Nothing Like It: Titanium Dream Bikes

Today, the competition to build frames that are ever lighter, stiffer, and more aerodynamic has made carbon composites the most desired material for performance road bikes. But to some of the grand masters of bike building, and to a select number of revered engineers and designers who have tried all the materials, there is still nothing quite like titanium. “You ... Read More »

Before you even think of buying a hoverboard, read this

Whether you call them hoverboards, self-balancing scooter boards or explosions waiting to happen, these two-wheeled scooters are the hottest toys of the year. Celebrities use them, they’re a hit with kids and they’re fun for just about anyone to ride, so there’s a good chance someone you know wants one. Despite their coolness, this tech fad has a dangerous side. ... Read More »


Unless you’ve been locked in the basement on the trainer, Matt Kelly style, you’ve probably realized it’s holiday season. But with cyclocross training and racing still filling your calendar, when is there time to find gifts for your cycling friends and family? We’ve got you covered with great Christmas, Hanukkah or any holiday gift ideas for the cyclocrosser, gravel rider ... Read More »


Well, here’s a surprise. PS4’s best car game, suddenly available with bikes instead. Whether as DLC for existing Driveclub owners, or in its comparatively diminutive standalone state, this is very literally ‘Driveclub but with bikes in’. It’s the same tracks, same structure, same breathtaking graphics and same online competition. But it’s most noteworthy because it fixes modern bike games’ biggest ... Read More »

Buyer’s Guide: Giant Defy Advanced 2

The road bike has been splitting into niches for years, with models assigned to categories then sifted into subcategories so often that even those of us at Bicycling sometimes have trouble deciding whether we’re on a gravel, plush, adventure, classics, or (perhaps my least-favorite moniker) an endurance bike. Whatever the name, the bikes marketed under these categories generally aim to ... Read More »

First Look: 2015 Specialized Women’s Bikes and Gear

Maybe it’s just my taste, but I used to always gravitate towards men’s bikes and gear, envious that I couldn’t find a women’s version that could look, perform, and fit just as well. These days, I find myself looking longingly at guys’ stuff less and less—with more and more brands offering well-thought-out, stylish, and performance-oriented women’s gear, I have plenty ... Read More »

Hope R8 mountain bike light£280.00

The big broad head uses four top LEDs behind clear lenses, but puts the bottom four behind an opaque diffuser lens. That concentrates the 3,000-lumen power output in a relatively focused side-to-side beam with a fairly sharp edge. The amount of light intensity from the front tyre to way down the trail is outstanding, making it a no-compromise night blaster. ... Read More »

DriveClub Bikes Review

Over twelve months on, DriveClub is quite a different beast, one that delivers far more of its original promise, with a functioning online set-up, mid-race challenges from other players and even more content. Surprise released during Paris Games Week,DriveClub Bikes now adds motorbikes into the mix, replete with a new handling model to master. And by god, is it fun.Once ... Read More »

Reviewed: Specialized Audax shoes

The Audax is designed around long rides — the name is another French term for randonneuring — and in some respects, Specialized hit its mark. It’s softer and more voluminously built than its racing brethren, with a stiff (but not too stiff) sole, more padding around the ankle, and a larger toebox. But it’s still a road shoe and is ... Read More »