A chockablock September 2013 issue of Cycling Active magazine goes on sale from Wednesday, August 14, with the latest bike and product reviews, real life tales, fitness advice and the best places to ride.

Professional cyclist Alex Dowsett takes centre stage this month as we find out how his success is inspiring his sister, Lois, to get fit and see more of her brother.

Are you a new cyclist on a budget? You’re not alone and with a plethora of £500 bikes on the market now, we explain how you can grab yourself a superb ride for half-a-grand.

If you like sports bikes we’ve got loads on test this month. Models from Canyon, Forme,  De Rosa, Boardman, Cannondale, Cube, Giant, Specialized and Trek are all ridden and rated. To complete your perfect ride we review seven of the best helmets and saddles.

We know how difficult it can be to resist treats from time to time but we explain how you can actually avoid the temptations. Post-ride food raids are common practice and they are beneficial if they contain the right ingredients. We tell you what to opt for.

Elsewhere motoring writer Richard Yarrow tackles his first ever 100-mile sportive and we join MP Mary Creagh as she explains how she commutes on two wheels to the House of Commons.

Cycling Active September 2013 issue is on sale from Wednesday, August 14, at WHSmith, major supermarkets and all good newsagents priced £3.99.



Why buying a £500 road bike makes a lot of sense

Power is the latest way to measure your fitness

Saddles What you need to look out for when selecting a lightweight saddle

Dowsetts How the sister of a champion is inspired by her racing brother

Riding through Wales dressed in a blazer is Matt Lamy’s remit this month



First rides Canyon, Forme and De Rosa

Saddles 7 lightweight and stylish saddles

Helmets 7 of the finest vent-tastic lids

Longtermers The latest from the CA crew



Diet danger zones How to avoid those common culinary pitfalls

Effort gauge One-legged riding

My first 100 ride Richard Yarow takes on his first ton sportive

Power tapping CA’s essential guide to power meters

Commons purpose Wakefield’s MP on her love of cycling



North Wales Biking bid for freedom

Marlborough Two brothers head west

Alston Cobbles and climbs

Crinan Canals and cakes

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