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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New to Cycling: Base Layers

[This article is a continuation of our New to Cycling series, designed to help people with their cycling clothing choices.] Base layers are one of those items you seen on cycling apparel sites, but you've probably never thought about buying one since you weren't sure exactly when to use it or why. Hopefully, this article will help you understand a little more about them, their purpose and when there are best utilized. What is a Base…

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Cycling and Hydration

Water is crucial to the function of your body, especially when participating in strenuous sport activities such as cycling. Water not only carries oxygen and nutrients to your muscles through your bloodstream, but it also helps pull waste away from your muscles as well. Additionally, water is expelled in the form of perspiration as your body cools itself. Replenishing water, and other nutrients, at regular intervals during your activity is extremely important to ensure that…

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