7 Tips for Riding a Road Bike on Dirt

No need to stop having fun when the pavement ends! Many riders, especially those who are new to cycling, have a misconception that road bikes should only be ridden on pavement. But the truth is, road bikes can be safely ridden on all kinds of road surfaces, including cobblestone, dirt and gravel. Plus...not only is riding on dirt fun, but it will enhance your overall bike handling skills.  Here's a few tips to help you…

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Bike Handling Tips for Wet Conditions

Summer usually means afternoon showers, and with that comes slick roads and sometimes dicey conditions. Wet roads present a whole host of possible dangers for cyclists. If you watched the Tour de France this year you'd have seen even the best bike handlers in the world crashing out in the rain. While it is impossible to eliminate all the risks associated with riding in the rain, there are tips and techniques that will help keep…

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Glossary of Cycling Terminology

Cyclists have their own lingo and language. Hopefully this list will help make sense of  it all. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A aero:Slang for aerodynamic or streamlined. Anything that helps a cyclist combat wind. Aero devices include handlebars, bullet-shaped helmets and skinsuits. aero bars:Handlebars or bolt-on (often called "clip-on") bars made for road riding that put you in a…

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5 Ways to Get a Friend into Cycling

  [This article originally appeared on bicyclecolorado.org] None of us were born bicyclists. Well maybe you were if you are Taylor Phinney and both your parents were professional cyclists. But the rest of us had to get our start somewhere else. In my last post, I mentioned how a friend helped me get into bicycle racing. I believe many of us have this person in our lives, a person who inspired and introduced us to bicycling.…

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10 Ways to Lose Weight Through Cycling

Cyclists seem to always be fretting about their weight... Maybe it's the skin tight clothing. Or, maybe it's watching as a rider half your size bombs past on an intense mountain climb--as if you were standing still. Either way, if you're reading this article you must be at least mildly interested in shedding a few pounds. Here's 10 ways to effectively lose weight through cycling: 1) Ride Before Breakfast When you get up in the…

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Why Cyclists Choose Bib Shorts

If you're reading this you could be new to cycling or a veteran cyclist—either way, you're curious why so many roadies and mountain bikers choose bibs over regular bike shorts.  Making the switch to bibs comes with a certain hesitancy. Not just for new cyclists. Even riders with years of experience and tens of thousands of miles behind them are reluctant to give bibs a try. Why the resistance? Generally, it's the leotard look of bibs.…

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Layering for Cold Weather Rides

The old adage says, "There's no such thing as bad weather, there's only bad clothing." We couldn't agree more. Just because the weather has turned gloomy and cold doesn't mean its time to put the bike away until spring. With the right gear you can continue training and enjoying the time on your bike even as the temperature plummets below freezing. Here's a few tips for layering for the elements: Base Layer - Base layers…

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New to Cycling: Arm, Leg & Knee Warmers

September is upon us, signaling the end of summer and the start of a completely different cycling season. Not only is the weather less predictable, but the temperature difference from morning to evening might make it seem as if you need two completely different cycling wardrobes. This is especially challenging if you are commuting to and from work or taking long rides that start early in the cool morning air. The simple solution is arm,…

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