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CYCPLUS M1 GPS Wireless Bike Computer Review

Published on the 23rd of May, 2021 by Cycling Bargains

  CYCPLUS M1 GPS Wireless Bike Computer Review   This review is limited to my user experience only over the course of a week and 20hrs riding time using the CYCPLUS M1 GPS wireless Bike Computer. my review also reflects the differences to my current Garmin Edge 820.   For all the technical details please view the product website. The review does not cover the XOSS Mobile App functionality apart from the uploading of the ride ...

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Routine Cycling Training - The Only Way to See Results!

Published on the 23rd of August, 2020 by Rider

Routine Cycling Training - The Only Way to See Results! Routine cycling training is the first and foremost way to be successful at cycling. A cycling workout optimizes the body's personal strengths and works on the weaknesses to improve overall performance. Training helps build the endurance needed for cycling. To stay physically fit and keep injuries to a minimum, a routine training program is a necessity. Healthy eating habits will improve the body's physical condition ...

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Top Tips to ride a Tonne

Published on the 23rd of August, 2020 by Allen Norris

  Top tips to ride a tonne   It’s amazing to see so many cyclists on the road - in fact outside my house it’s like the Tour de France! However, it’s got me thinking, ‘do any of the riders want to ride a tonne?’ Doing a 100-mile ride is great way to test your endurance and the benefits you will get from this are off the ...

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Only Fools and Cyclists

Published on the 13th of July, 2020 by Allen Norris

Did everyone else enjoy the lockdown…? It’s been a crazy few months of Lockdown and it has been fantastic to see SO many people on their bikes. You guys reading this will not know me, but I cycle ultra-solo endurance rides for charity each year. I have been all over Europe and this year I was supposed to be off to Helsinki from Northamptonshire but ultimately this is on hold. To keep ...

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Published on the 4th of March, 2020 by Hard Men of Cycling

SADDLE BAG SPARES   With the weather finally starting to get a little nicer, many of us will be venturing outside in the coming weeks. If you’re planning a long ride, or even a few short rides; it’s always a good idea to take a few items with you. But what should you take and how should you carry them?   SADDLE BAG OR JERSEY POCKET?   This really comes down ...

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WiNtEr BiKe TrAiNiNg InDoOr’S oR oUt?

Published on the 20th of December, 2019 by Yvonne Harris

  WiNtEr BiKe TrAiNiNg InDoOr’S oR oUt? First time blogging, please bear with. On mother nature's side every season has its beauty, it’s the beauty and the beast, the yin and the yang we’ve all grown to love. Outdoors lover with riding and competing horses along with cycling everywhere, during these exciting cycling years  I have passed out from heat exhaustion in the summer months, and I have ...

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Published on the 18th of November, 2019 by Hard Men of Cycling

SIMPLE STRENGTH TRAINING FOR CYCLING       The best way to improve as a cyclist is to ride more. If you want to climb better; climb more. Want to improve your Time Trialling? Time Trial more. Struggling with your descending? Descend more. You get the picture, but as true as the above is there are other additions that can help you progress into becoming the best cyclist you can be.   Lifting weights and ...

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Riding Outdoors - The Bad Weather Guide

Published on the 31st of October, 2019 by Hard Men of Cycling

      RIDING OUTSIDE – THE COLD WEATHER GUIDE The warm weather may be gone, but that doesn’t mean you need to hang your bike up and hibernate for the Winter just yet.  Riding outdoors in the colder months can be as enjoyable and productive as riding indoors as long as you dress appropriately and plan ahead by following the tips below.  CLOTHING “There’s no such thing ...

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Published on the 15th of October, 2019 by Hard Men of Cycling

 ONELAP: INDOOR CYCLING FOR FREE? As the weather gets colder and the dark nights draw on, the time has arrived to start thinking about training indoors. The dreaded indoors; bike clamped onto the turbo trainer, staring at a brick wall and sweating through another workout.It doesn't have to be like that anymore though, there are more options these days, with the advent of interactive trainers like the Tacx Neo, Wahoo Kickr and Cyclops ...

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How Do You Ride Faster? – Tips for Building Speed on Your Bike.

Published on the 14th of October, 2018 by John P

How Do You Ride Faster? – Tips for Building Speed on Your Bike.   A question asked many times, there are so many answers that I’m left with one main mantra: Just Ride the Bike and enjoy it. So let me give you a few suggestions : - 1. Ride More, Ride Often and with Others If you’re already riding as much as you can your already doing the right thing. ...

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Aero Jerseys - Are They Worth The Money?

Published on the 17th of June, 2018 by Cycling Bargains

Aero Jerseys - Are They Worth The Money? Many cyclists will have heard Dave Brailsford's often quoted mantra regarding 'marginal gains'. The realisation that it is the combination of little things that bring success has been the principle behind the Sky team's successes over the years. One of the 'little' things that contributed towards their success both on the road and the track was understanding the importance of aerodynamics in helping the riders to maximise ...

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Obsessive Cyclist Disease

Published on the 3rd of June, 2018 by

Obsessive Cyclist Disease As a professional mechanic, I see lots of people who obsess over their bike’s look, the noise it creates, the feel when some component wears, or the minute changes to fitting. Have a read of the below and decide if you may be suffering from OCD (Obsessive Cyclist Disease) Looky, lookyThe look of a bike is more important to some people than to others. This doesn’t mean that ...

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Disc brakes vs Rim brakes

Published on the 21st of May, 2018 by Sabever

Disc brakes vs Rim brakes They've been around for a while so there is nothing really revolutionary about disc brakes. Cars abandoned rim brakes over a century ago and motorbikes? Well, they never really thought they would be any good from the start. One hundred and fifty years of the bicycle and yet the humble rim brake has held sway. The UCI (with their adherence to 'traditional' bikes) haven't helped, and the additional weight and ...

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ISM Saddles - What are they all about?

Published on the 15th of May, 2018 by Sabever

ISM Saddles - What are they all about?   It's a universal truth that riding a bicycle for longer than thirty minutes can cause a sore bottom. Anyone who has ever ridden for even longer rides will know just how sore the chafing can be. Caused by a combination of inappropriate saddles, friction, heat and sweat, even the professionals suffer from it occasionally and have been known to abandon Grand Tours because of unbearably painful ...

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Published on the 12th of May, 2018 by

Pain Being a cyclist means that we have to put up with pain, muscular pain, saddle pain, and the occasional fall pain. We accept that the only engine is us (all recent motor doping aside) and we have to push our bodies hard to achieve the speeds we want. Are we all sadists? Are we motivated by trying to keep up with the Joneses? (or hopefully beating them)   Physically, physically, physically fit The pack ...

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Reasons why cyclists should consider making time for strength and conditioning.

Published on the 6th of May, 2018 by Simon

6 Reasons why cyclists should consider making time for strength and conditioning. Once the domain of bodybuilders and athletes involved in strength and power sports, resistance training is now universally accepted as a vital training component for endurance athletes and essential to overall health and well-being. In addition to improving riding, a resistance-training program done on a regular basis can go a long way toward improving quality of life.   Improves Bone Density There are ...

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A negative interest “Loan” to get a new bike? Yes Please!

Published on the 2nd of May, 2018 by Tarun

A negative interest “Loan” to get a new bike? Yes Please! I often get asked at work about the “Cycle to Work” Scheme, typically with statements such as “Is it really worth it?”, “I’ve heard you don’t save much” and “I hear you don’t get to own the bike”. All of these questions have come about due to the ...

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The dash-cam revolution

Published on the 1st of May, 2018 by

Say cheese In Russia, nearly every car has a dash cam. This is due to the lax and often corrupt law system which rarely gives a fair decision after an accident, even when first-hand accounts are provided. The dash cam is used to give irrefutable evidence to protect the driver from injustice. The UK has a slightly better system thankfully, but that does not mean we are safe from similar dangers. The main danger to ...

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What to take on your rides

Published on the 26th of April, 2018 by Sabever

What to take on your rides If you're planning to go for a ride at the weekend, what do you take? What the most important items that you should take on every ride without being loaded down with kit? Below is a list of the things that every rider should carry - and which won't be too heavy!   Puncture Repair Kit Whatever the distance of the ride you're planning, you should stick to the ...

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Why choose a GPS vs Phone?

Published on the 26th of April, 2018 by

Why choose a GPS vs Phone? Why bother getting a GPS head unit like the Garmin Edge 25, Edge 520 or Edge 1000 when you have a phone with similar functions in apps like Strava or mapmyride. Apps provide a good entry into recording data from rides and are easily accessible since we all carry a phone. However, most regular cyclists will agree that a specific piece of GPS technology such as a Suunto watch or a Wahoo ...

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Why do we ride ?

Published on the 24th of April, 2018 by Paul Cyprus

Why do we ride ? Ask a hundred people and you’ll get a hundred different answers . For some it’s a hobby, for others it’s transport, maybe fitness too .but ..For some of us it’s a passion that goes beyond any realm of normality. We’re hooked, line and sinker. Many of us have bikes hanging on our walls that are worth more than the wife’s ...

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