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PEZ Top 10 Most Read Stories of 2019

Looking ahead to the new year seems impossible without a glance back at how we got here over the past 12 months.  Some moments are certainly worth remembering, and if the stats counters are any indication, then the popular vote would say these are the stories most likely to be remembered from 2019.  Without further ado – here’s the PEZCycling Top10 List of Most Read Stories in 2019.


Each year Google counts the numbers of clicks, page views, amount of time each of you spend looking at our stories, and a lot of other data that mostly allows us to justify our existence to advertisers.  These cold hard stats lack the personality and character that truly reflect the passion and expertise of our merry band of contributors, but sure enough shed some light on what readers found appealing enough to warrant a click and a few minutes of your day spent reading.

Not surprisingly, bike tech and training topped the list – as they have for years.  Who doesn’t love new bike gear?  Those new shiny bits make it impossible to look away.  And considering the biggest chunk of PEZ-Fans are aged between 45-54, sandwiched between the 35-44 year olds and 55-64 year readers, the articles from our ToolBox section resonate strongly with anyone wanting to stay healthy and strong to continue enjoy riding.

And while you you may 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.

#10. Cycling: Good Health and Life Expectancy

Toolbox: Sure you’re an athlete, and sure you may be able to roll out century rides easily. You might even be a keen racer. And all the cycling you do is supposed to improve your health, decrease your risk for major illnesses, and help you live to a ripe old age, right?

Read it here:

Reads: 4,000, Average Time on Page: 3:12 mins

#9.  How Strength Training for Cyclists Leads To Better Performance

Toolbox: With the summer getting into full swing, many of us are looking forward to enjoying some of our top cycling form of the year, whether to stand on the top of a podium, or to finish an annual group ride stronger than last year. With a little bit of effort with some specific strength training for cyclists, we can push your performances just a little bit more. Here’s how!

Read it here:

Reads: 4,200, Average Time on Page: 3:38 mins

#8.  Campagnolo Shocks 12 and Launches WTO Disco

Campagnolo Launch their tip-top Super Record 12 speed EPS Group as well as a new version of their range topping WTO Tubeless Aero Disc wheels in the hills of Girona Spain.

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Reads: 4,400, Average Time on Page: 6:00 mins

#7.  Sidi Wire 2 Carbon Air Shoe Review: Hole-y Moly

Sidi Wire 2 Carbon Air Shoes roll in as the brand’s second-from-top line kicks, but are they really second best? With double dial closure, a soft instep strap and LOADS of ventilation, I think these are the top dogs…

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Reads: 4,500, Average Time on Page: 5:31 mins

#6:  2019 SEA OTTER GEAR-1: Cycling’s Best Kit from Monterey California

With the end of Interbike, the Sea Otter classic seems now to be the years best chance to catch new gear. With most of the major bike makers in attendance and a fleet of new and developing brands on hand, Sea Otter had to open up new areas to hold all of the companies on hand.

Read it here:

Reads: 5,100, Average Time on Page: 6:12 mins

#5:  CHAPTER2 RERE: Speed, Style & Comfort Reviewed

Chapter2 Bikes is a pretty new brand, but with a pretty big depth of experience behind their line of road bikes that’s now 3 deep – including models called the Tere (all-rounder), Huru (the climber) and the aerodynamic Rere – which means “to flow” in Maori, and is a nod to Mike Pryde’s New Zealand heritage.

Read it here:

Reads: 5,100, Average Time on Page: 6:12 mins

#4: Toolbox: Polarized Training Simplified
There are numerous debates over different training philosophies, mainly the “big three” of sweet spot, HIIT (high-intensity interval training), and polarized training (80/20). The challenge of these debates is that they tend to be exclusive, meaning someone chooses the “side” they like and defend it. In my experience, however, each training method plays a valuable role in training over time and in specific situations. We can use them all.

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Reads: 5,100, Average Time on Page: 5:53 mins

#3: Pedal Like a ‘Pro’ and Improve Your Technique

If you have ever had the opportunity to ride with a professional cyclist, whether current or retired, there is something that definitely sets them apart from the rest of the pack, and it is not just their much higher levels of fitness. Through endless hours on the bike, the bike and rider seems to have morphed into a seamless whole, and there is just a sense of fluidity and grace on the bike.

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Reads: 5,200, Average Time on Page: 4:17 mins

#2: Polarized Training & Stephen Seiler

Altea - Sapin - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme - trainer Adriaan Helmantel - Simon Geschke (Team Giant - Alpecin) pictured during photoshoot Team Giant - Alpecin in Altea, Spain - photo Anton Vos/Cor Vos © 2016

Toolbox: Sweet spot training is almost a mantra within cycling, whose proponents love the ability to do a lot of work closely under threshold, raising threshold power in a time effective manner. An alternative approach is polarized training, and the world leader in studying this approach is the Texan-turned Norwegian scientist Stephen Seiler.

Read it here:

Reads: 5,700, Average Time on Page: 7:37 mins

#1. Enigma Bikes Echelon Review: NAHBS Best Campagnolo Winner

England’s Enigma Bicycles offered a nice canvas in their Echelon Ti frame. Technical Editor Charles Manantan took that up a few notches sending Cyclo-Retro a full Campagnolo group for refinishing and engraving and then selecting custom paint, saddle and tape for this one-of-a-kind build.
Read it here:

Reads: 6,000, Average Time on Page: 6:36 mins


Thanks to everyone for reading – and we’re looking forward to bringing you more of what’s cool in road cycling in 2020! – Pez


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