The GCN Cycle Courier Challenge

The GCN Cycle Courier Challenge


Matt, Simon and Dan are determined to find out what the ultimate test for a bike is. So they turned into Deliveroo food couriers for the day!

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Ex-Professional Cyclists Dan Loyd, Matt Stephens and Simon Richardson put three different types of bike through their paces with the aim of finding out “what is the ultimate bike”. What better way of finding out than being a cycle courier for the day in the cycling city of Bristol.

Dan chooses a Canyon Urban 8.0 bike with belt drive and a more upright position. Whereas Matt goes for the racy Canyon Aeroad CF SLX complete with disc brakes. Simon however decided to mix it up and use a Trek Crockett CycloCross bike.

Would Matt end up shaken but not stirred? Watch to the end to find out who will win the battle of the bikes!

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Disclaimer: Do not try Simon’s cyclocross skills at home! Global Cycling Network can not be held responsible for any injuries which may occur as a result.

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100 Comments on "The GCN Cycle Courier Challenge"


  1. Let us know if you think Dan, Simon and Matt should be full time couriers 👇

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  2. You can look cool on any bike i ride both road and track i just tend to ride road bike for the days i wanna take it easy fixed is for being efficient espicially when you dont gotta use breaks one less thing to worry about the one thing that looks silly is those skin tight suits i just use gym clothes thats looks good when i ride any bike

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  3. Upright position suits the aero for those bags better. Get low and you expose the top of the bag full on into the air!

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  4. According to Bicycle Rolling Resistance, the Schwalbe Kojak is actually a pretty bad tire (2/5). to quote them: "If a tire looks fast, it doesn't mean it actually is a fast tire." Double check your facts guys!

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  5. Is a hot box on the back with backpack straps the best way to deliver pizzas? Unless you're riding a bike with an extremely upright riding posture, a flat bag on top of a pannier rack is probably more appropriate.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HiFXfr7Vjs

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  6. If anyone wants to start deliveroo, use my referral code please and we both get 50£ https://roo.it/MA190936

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  7. Definitely should get some flat pedal straps on that canyon commuter … that way you can send it while keeping your casual kicks on!

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  8. 8:08 I'm certainly not riding off road with someone's dinner on my back.

    15 seconds later: He's going down three sets of stairs

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  9. "Think of the curry. Think of the curry" lmfaoo😂😂😂
    That's definitely going to be in the back of my mind when I'm out riding my fixie, because these NYC streets are horrendously packed with traffic and the short cuts have horrible pavement. Hopefully this uber eats gig with be fun as these guys lol.

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  10. I have been riding for Deliveroo for some months now and I literally got heart attacks seeing how they carries their bags 😱

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  11. You ride something you can lock up outside in a sketchy neighborhood for 10 minutes without it getting stolen.

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  12. Idk who designed these rectangular bags but they’re only any good for moped style ebikes where the torso is totally vertical.

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  13. Based on some simulations I’ve run being upright with a giant bag like that may be about the same aerodynamic drag as being in a slammed drops position.

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  14. but everyone knows fixed gears are better for the city… seriously what the hell is that "city" bike… stay in your lane GCN… still love you guys

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  15. 8:46 can the food even be properly stored in the backpack is almost 90° rotated depending on how "aero" you are sitting on your bike

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  16. Y no lightweight mtb ? More grip , cushion , more comfortable for bringing that big bag. Speaking from experience.

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  17. My cousin works for Uber Eats and uses a XC Mountain Bike with slicker tires.
    Can literally go anywhere, cimb anything and go down any path of stairs without problems.

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  18. none of those bikes would have survived 1 minute in Toronto without several locks. It would be stolen in a heartbeat.

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  19. do those food bags have gyroscopes in them? how the hell does a pizza stay together? oh yeah… it's British food. no need to keep it looking good, just boil it all in one pot and eat it in the rain. Drool, Brittania !

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  20. Why were these people so nice? People in America are such assholes to delivery people usually LOL

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  21. Wait, what would happen to the food if you ride with the back so sloped? The food would go from Pizza to mush.

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  22. 45° isn't the ideal angle for pizza to be held. At least if the riders go up a steap hill the food will almost be level.

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  23. I can only imagine the state that pizzas were after being held that way. The pizza and the cheese would be served separately.

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  24. I'm sorry but why do you have to do wear aero clothing wherever you go, its not going to make much of a difference and you look ridiculous

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  25. I do deliveries with just a regular old Raleigh M6 road bike and let me tell you the type of bike that you ride with really does matter!

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  26. I worked for this company for a stint. Got me out a hole got to ride my bike. Did eat a car. And at that point you see the issue with this type of gig. If I had been 100% dependant on this as a line of work. No good. And the company were not at all interested. As you will be cycling in a city it is only a matter of time statistically until you car. Oh and for bike I used a Principa Rex Pro or a comencal metta ht. Each were good in their individual areas. But the toppings were normally off on the MTB.

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  27. Interesting challenge guys… But MTB would be more appropriate on city streets… But seriously Dan… Proper attire is better 🤪🤪🤪

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  28. If I left my bike outside I’d be walking to the customer… wait even when I locked my bike up it was still gone in 2 minutes

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  29. The real answer is don't bother! I've worked for Deliveroo for years and though they advertise as a green brand by using cyclists they've actually shafted the very workers they built their brand on.

    They want scooter riders and car drivers and have now given them priority to book shifts over cyclists meaning cyclists just cannot get shifts anymore so they can no longer do the job.

    Know this people, if you order anything by Deliveroo the guy delivering it will most likely be on a motorbike or worse, in a car.

    They've been done for misleading advertising before and had two TV ads pulled because of it. Still trying their old tricks though and using cyclists to advertise to this day!

    They couldn't give a crap about the environment or healthy lifestyles.

    I'm in the minority in my local area as I'm on a bike (ebike actually) but can only do it part time as the company just will not give you the orders.

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  30. 48 hours? I've been waiting to be onboarded with deliveroo for 2 weeks now and still nothing 🙁

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