While these dying days of the year are usually reserved for a warm look back at the hilights of the past 12 months, the only thinking about 2020 is “don’t let the door hit you on the way out!” But then the glass-is-half-full version of me pipes in with a reminder that we still created some of the best stories ever here on PEZ.
I launched the fully redesigned site back on March 12 – just in time for our 18th birthday & also lockdown – and even though racing was halted, we never ran short of stories to post. Hats off to the collective creativity and perseverance of the mighty PEZ Crew – as our page counts were way higher than 2019 – even setting an all time record for our “most read” story (you can find it below).
So let’s get to it – here’s the PEZCycling Top 10 List of Most Read Stories in 2020 – including a bonus story because I lost count when assembling this article.
Pez Sez: With no real racing to cover for the first half of the tear, and with travel restrictions and bubbles limiting press access to races, we took advantage of the time to dig into the archives and relive some great cycling moments of the past. We posted several galleries this year but none was a popular as this one.
Reads: 4,300, Average Time on Page: 4:03 mins
Pez Sez: If you haven’t seen one of his videos, you’re missing out. Mr. Hambini’s use his engineering background to cut into (literally) bike frames and components to expose their weaknesses. Free from advertiser pandering, he lets rip in some very entertaining videos. And with 65,000 Youtube subscribers, he’s likely making enough off the ad revenue that he doesn’t need industry dollars anyway.
Reads: 5,000, Average Time on Page: 5:55 mins
Reads: 5,000, Average Time on Page: 3:55 mins
Pez Sez: No surprise to see this gorgeous project build by Charles Manantan as a top story – if there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s appreciating the quality, design and style of a custom bike.
Reads: 6,000, Average Time on Page: 5:45 mins
#7: Best Foam Roller Tips For Cyclists
Pez Sez: Looking after ourselves never gets old, and was never more important than in 2020. And it’s also a nod to the wisdom PEZ Readers – whose thirst for knowledge was at least partially quenched with these practical tips on how to use a foam roller.
Reads: 6,500, Average Time on Page: 3:50 mins
Rider Interview: Ed Hood loves the ‘contre la montre’ and so talking the first man to go under three hours for 100 miles was the dream interview. Jonathan Shubert recently broke the RRA ‘straight out’ 100 mile record, Ed had a word.
Reads: 7,500, Average Time on Page: 5:09 mins
Pez Sez: Once again you readers showed your love for bikes (and all things?) from days gone by. The early days of carbon frame development were like the Wild West, where any idea was worth a try – as long as you could build it. But kinda like Beta and VHS tapes, these hybrid frame designs were destined for the “where are they now” file.
Reads: 7,700+, Average Time on Page: 5:30 mins
Pez Sez: The bain of human existence was also a boom for fitness brands, and the best got even better. Wahoo had sold out of their stock of trainers by Spring ‘2020, and the new production models couldn’t be made fast enough. The massive blip on the PEZ Stats screen was proof readers couldn’t wait to find out more…
Reads: 11,000+, Average Time on Page: 5:03 mins
Reads: 12,000+, Average Time on Page: 3:49 mins
#2: RGT Cycling: A Free Alternative To Zwift
Pez Sez: In this year of indoor training, it wasn’t all about Zwift, who doubled their subscription rates at the beginning of 2020, then rode a massive wave as COVID drove everyone indoors for the remainder to the year. The bottomline looked good enough to help Zwift secure a whopping $450 million round of funding in September, setting the stage for what surely will be an IPO in the near future – but as our 2nd most read story shows – not everyone wants to pay for an indoor training app.
Reads: 16,700+, Average Time on Page: 4:53 mins
#1. A Case Against TT Bikes
Pez Sez: This story set the record for the all time most read story on PEZ – a massive spike on a Sunday no less of well above 33,000 reason one day alone. I thought the server might crack up – but she held steady to deliver the goods to readers all over the world.
TT Bikes – The Bad and the Ugly: We’ve been talking to our Russian Amigo, Nikolai Razouvaev again and in this piece, he gives us his case on why modern time trial bikes should be scrapped from competition. It’s controversial – but you were expecting that. . . This time the Russian ‘in the know’ looks at the time trial bike. The pros and the cons – but mostly the cons.
Reads: 60,000+, Average Time on Page: 6:24 mins
Thanks to everyone for reading – and if have a story or two you liked best that didn’t make the list – please let us know with and mail or comment on the PEZ Facebook page what else you liked – or missed. – Pez