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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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