Top 10 Cycling Tools You Should Own

What tools belong in every bike owner's garage? Here's a good starting list. Doing your own bike maintenance is a great way to save a bit of cash. You'll have to spend a bit first to get set up though, so Global Cycling Network put together this list of the ten tools they think every cyclist needs to own. What other tools do you think should be included?  

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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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How to Pack your Bike for Travel

  Summer is the time of year when many of us will be traveling with our bikes. Maybe you're heading out for a Gran Fondo or century, or taking a long-planned trip to Europe for an epic ride. Either way, you'll be taking your bike on a plane or shipping it to your destination. The following guide will help you properly pack a bicycle for shipping using similar packaging materials and techniques that manufacturers use…

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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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