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Layering for Frigid Weather

Layering for Frigid Weather

The Vertex WX-D Collection is the ultimate protection against brutal conditions and temperatures between 0° - 40° F.

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All About Cycling Base Layers

All About Cycling Base Layers

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.

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tag(s) Tips & Advice
When to Wear Arm, Leg & Knee Warmers

When to Wear Arm, Leg & Knee Warmers

Warmers are a great choice for any cyclist because they are compact and lightweight, making them easy to pack and carry, while also being extremely effective against chill.

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Winter Cycling: 6 Things to Keep in Mind

Winter Cycling: 6 Things to Keep in Mind

Here's a few tips from Pactimo's own David Newcomer for getting the most out of your winter cycling.

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Glossary of Cycling Terminology

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 […]

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How to Deal with Heat When Cycling

How to Deal with Heat When Cycling

It’s summer in the Northern Hemisphere and temperatures are hotting up. While each person responds differently to heat (some drive, others wilt) there are a few things you can do to beat the heat and ensure you have a good performance.

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6 Ways to Become a Better Climber

6 Ways to Become a Better Climber

People think it’s this magical thing that only lucky or skinny people can do. This is a misnomer. Anyone can climb. Anyone who likes to ride a bike, can ride up a hill.

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How to Properly Hydrate When Cycling

How to Properly Hydrate When Cycling

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.

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7 Tips for Riding in a Pack

7 Tips for Riding in a Pack

Riding in a pack can be intimidating, and even dangerous at times, but it’s an essential skill for racing and participating in large rides and events. There are good reasons for cyclists to ride in a peloton – efficiency chief among them. And if you’re racing, it’s a skill that is simply not optional.

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Packing for a Bike Race or Event

Packing for a Bike Race or Event

As the outdoor cycling season gets underway, many of us are starting to go to races, charity rides, group rides or other cycling events. Being prepared and having all of your necessary items/gear will help you have a successful and fun day. 

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Cycling Clothing - What to Wear in Different Temperatures

Cycling Clothing - What to Wear in Different Temperatures

It's 42°F outside, potential snow ahead and you've got 2 hours of climbing intervals ahead. What the heck do you wear?! This is probably one of the more popular questions one is thinking about pre-ride or asking fellow buddies and teammates.

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tag(s) Tips & Advice
4 Tips to Maximize Your Indoor Training

4 Tips to Maximize Your Indoor Training

Now that winter is officially upon us, these next couple months may have you doing more training inside than actually out on the road. Here’s a few tips to get the most out of your indoor sessions.

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11 Tips to Descend Better and Faster

11 Tips to Descend Better and Faster

Like any skill, the best way to become better at something is to really work on it. Ask someone that is good at descending to ride with you – follow that wheel while descending. You can learn a lot of things that way.

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8 Tips for Riding a Road Bike on Dirt

8 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.

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8 Tips for Riding in Wet Conditions

8 Tips for Riding in Wet 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.

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8 Things to Consider when Buying Cycling Shorts

8 Things to Consider when Buying Cycling Shorts

The primary purpose of cycling shorts is to provide comfort. Designed specifically for men and women, cycling shorts make sure that padding is in the right places and seams are strategically placed to reduce chaffing.

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5 Drills to Improve Bike Handling

5 Drills to Improve Bike Handling

Many people think that the pros don’t work on their handling skills but this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Most professionals routinely do handling drills to keep their skills at the highest level.  Being comfortable and competent on your bicycle allows you to focus on making gains in training and in competition.

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6 Tips to Take Your Cycling Fitness from Indoors to Outside

6 Tips to Take Your Cycling Fitness from Indoors to Outside

Once winter retreats enough to thaw out the bike lanes in your neighborhood, hordes of people will take to the streets again to breath in the fresh air and feel the wind in their face. Here are some tips to ease this transition and keep you upright and rubber side down.

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5 Tips for Organizing a Weekly Ride

5 Tips for Organizing a Weekly Ride

Getting together with your team or friends to ride is one of the most beautiful parts of our sport. The lifelong friendships, shared laughs, and connections made on the bike are among my favorite experiences.

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10 Ways to Lose Weight Through Cycling

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.

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5 Tips for Cycling in Adverse Conditions

5 Tips for Cycling in Adverse Conditions

Riding all year, I must admit that, on occasion, riding in harsh weather is fun. Not when it's so bad as to be dangerous (or more dangerous than our being on the road can already be), but the change can be a welcome one.

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8 Things to Love About Cycling

8 Things to Love About Cycling

I was doing some thinking on my ride this morning. There are so many things to love about our sport. I know I'm preaching to the choir here, but these are things I share with others, too, about how amazing the bike is. 

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8 Useful Tips for New Bike Racers

8 Useful Tips for New Bike Racers

A few of my favorite tips for riding, training, and racing by Shawn Heidgen, ALP Cycles Coaching I decided to put this together after it was brought to my attention that one of my athletes has not been taught an important aspect of training on the road, the Up and Over.

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10 Tips for Increasing Cycling Efficiency

10 Tips for Increasing Cycling Efficiency

Have you ever heard the saying “it is not always the strongest racer that wins”? This is definitely true and whether you are an aspiring racer or recreational cyclist just looking to improve your fitness.

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6 Tips for Getting Started in Bike Racing

6 Tips for Getting Started in Bike Racing

There are so many beautiful things about the community of cyclists we support at Pactimo. We are lucky to have so many customers that share a passion and enthusiasm for cycling, a breadth of experience and accomplishment, and a personal tangible, often-times measurable commitment to riding bikes.

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Ideal Cycling Cadence

Ideal Cycling Cadence

Riding a bike is different from other endurance sports. When we ride a bike, we have the ability to change gears and to choose a cadence to pedal with. However, one of the most confusing aspects of cycling is to understand what is ideal cadence.

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5 Ways to Avoid Getting Dropped

5 Ways to Avoid Getting Dropped

Whether it’s a team ride, weekend bunch ride or race, we all fear getting dropped. It’s either slowly losing the wheel in front of you bit by bit or knowing that the moment the road turns up, you’ll be moving backwards until you’re riding on your own.

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11 Tips to Make Bike Commuting a Reality

11 Tips to Make Bike Commuting a Reality

As a long-time commuter, I want to assure you of this first – it gets easier with time. I’m writing this on a day that I knew would bring a high chance for wet weather in the afternoon. That promise is being fulfilled and I’m excited!

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5 Affordable Bike Upgrades

5 Affordable Bike Upgrades

Spring has Sprung! If the bike is seeing a bit more attention than it has in the last few months, or maybe it has taken a bit of a beating with some winter riding, here are a few important and affordable things to upgrade your bike. Guaranteed to make an immediate and positive impact!

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5 Reasons Why You Should Own a Cycling Vest

5 Reasons Why You Should Own a Cycling Vest

Whether you’re a year-round commuter, fair weather fan with an annual event, or a seasoned racer, the humble vest is a key component to any kit. Here are 5 reason why you should consider a vest.

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tag(s) Tips & Advice

4 Tips for Choosing a Cycling Jersey

4 Tips for Choosing a Cycling Jersey

Making a decision with regard to a jersey can be a bit daunting. These tips will help you understand what it is you're getting for your money and what a jersey can do for you and your ride.

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5 Ways to Get a Friend into Cycling

5 Ways to Get a Friend into Cycling

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.

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5 Tips on Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain

5 Tips on Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain

Below are five tips on how you can avoid gaining weight this holiday season and keep on track with your training. by Jennifer Sharp, ALP Cycles Coaching It’s the holidays and your Aunt’s green bean casserole just wouldn’t taste the same without those fried crunchy onions on top. And she would never forgive you if you […]

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Proper Cycling Posture

Proper Cycling Posture

Take a minute to think about it – if your position and how you sit on the bike is a position that you would not do a push-up in, then your posture on the bike is wrong. 

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