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“Va­ri­ety is the spice of life, That gives it all its flavour.” So said Wil­liam Cow­per in his 1785 poem ‘The Task’. Well, the English poet and hu­man­ist should also list prophet on his CV, as there are few ac­tiv­i­ties that of­fer the diver­sity of cy­cling in 2017. Take this is­sue as your ex­em­plar where we mount bikes forged from steel and alu; weave through traf­fic via a fixed cog or 20 sprock­ets; and test gear that wouldn’t look out of place in 2001: A Space Odyssey. And it’s not just prod­ucts that tap into ‘the spice of life’. Take Red Hook racer Juliet El­liott, who we pro­file on page 52. El­liott’s known by many for pow­er­ing her fixed-gear around city crits, but how many of you know she once snow­boarded pro­fes­sion­ally, gui­tared for a rock band and even fea­tured on the cover of Vogue? And then there’s the eclec­tic cy­cle show Spin (more on page 100), where you’re as likely to ride a bam­boo bike as drink a latte. All in all, one thing’s clear – what­ever you ride, your life is en­riched by cy­cling.

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