With cycling becoming a more regular fixture in your life, your bike will ultimately become a growing focus for your attention. Over a couple of weeks, your bike knowledge will increase, in conjunction with numbers of visits to local bike shops and certain online retailers. When you know the difference between Presta and Schrader you’re probably well on your way.
Ride like a pro
Every so often I get the privilege to tag along for a ride with the PROs when they’re back here for the summer. The tolerate my bad jokes, they wait for me at the tops of the hills, and throw me a spare tube when I’ve punctured for the third time.
DIY Presta Valve mub guard Mount
Chris over at Problem Solvers sent along a great little hack that was posted on their web site. Thanks Chris!
4 STEPS TO SUCCESSFUL CYCLING UPHILL
Riding uphill could be what breaks or makes your race. Majority of cyclists, amateur and pro, find it to be one of the most difficult parts of riding. This task, however, can be made easier if you know precisely what you're doing. Then it becomes a question of not pure survival but the level of skill. Instead of simply hoping to make it at all, a cyclist with a correct game plan and a trained ability to execute it is looking forward to the climb because this could be a chance to break away and maybe even a ticket to winning the race. And if it's not about racing - then it's about being able to walk afterwards.
Cycling for Women
Right body, wrong bike. For too long the choice for women was heavy 'ladies' bikes or ill-fitting and uncomfortable 'gents' bikes. Thankfully provision for women has moved on in leaps and bounds in recent years.
Most mass-market bikes are essentially designed for a man’s physique, since historically it is mainly men that cycle. Although men cycle, on average, three times further than women (UK figures), there is a steady rise in the number of women cycling.
A simple way to avoid ‘dooring’ cyclists
Getting “doored” is one of the hazards of urban cycling. Dooring is when a parked motorist opens a traffic-side door into the path of an oncoming rider. Since parked vehicles and bicycles can be in very close proximity, there usually very little time for a cyclist to react to a swinging car door. The consequences can be quite serious, as in the case Friday of a New York cyclist killed when he was ejected into the path of an oncoming truck.
Specialized Camber Review.
Great review of a great bike. This article was produced by MBR magazine.