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Essential Road Cycling Gear for Hot Weather

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Cycling In The Heat

There’s an old saying from a Noel Coward song that only “Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun”. Really that has to extend to cyclists too. We often set out early but many rides take us into the heat of the day. Environmental strain can have a dramatic effect on our cycling.

We need to prepare both our body and kit to deal with conditions of extreme heat and the potentially damaging rays of the sun.

After the hardships of riding through winter a great summer day’s cycling ride can really put a smile on our face. As we speed along we create a current of wind to cool us adding to our comfort. Still, we need to be aware of the risks of dehydration, sunburn and the subsequent implications a mechanical problem could have.

16 Struggles Only A Commuter Cyclist Will Understand

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As though cycling to work everyday isn’t difficult enough…

Cyclists share equal rights on the road, yet we’re constantly exposed, pushed around, cut off and misunderstood.

Cities are catching on to this whole bicycle trend. Bike lanes are appearing, and drivers are starting to learn to look for us.

We’ve still got a long way to go, but plenty of people are cycling to work every day. In the meantime, all you can really do is ride defensively and have a laugh where you can.

Here are a few things that bicycle commuters might relate to. I hope it makes you chuckle!

4 Signs That Your Wheels Deperately Need Truing

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The wheels are the most important components on your bike. They’re big, they’re noticeable, and if they fail, you’re in trouble.

I’m shocked by how many people ride around on floppy wheels with loose spokes. It’s a hazard!

Truing is the process of tightening your spokes. It makes the rim nice and straight, and creates a strong structure.

Not sure if your wheels are out of true? Are you willing to bet your life on it?

Here are a few signs that your wheels are in dire need of truing.

Top 3 Clipless Cycling Pedals for Beginners | Reviews & Options

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What are some good, clipless bicycle pedals for beginner riders?

Getting the right pedal is crucial for beginners. Your pedals are an important interface between rider and bike. Your pedals are the most crucial contact point with the bike for developing power through the cranks. Therefore, getting the right pair for your riding should be a top priority for any road cyclist, regardless of your experience or riding ability.

Also called ‘clip-in’ or ‘step-in’ cycling pedals, they affix your shoes firmly to the pedals, letting you focus on your speed, cadence and terrain rather than your grip on the cranks. They’re intimidating to try out, but with the right set you’ll be hooked.

A good set of beginner clipless cycling pedals should be easy to clip in and out of, yet capable enough to provide an enjoyable ride and last a long time.

This article will do two things: first, it will suggest some great clip-in cycling shoes with easy features and good durability. Secondly, I’ll make a shoe suggestion to match with the pedal. We’ll focus on inexpensive, affordable components only.

Ready to check out a few of the easiest clipless pedals for beginners? Keep on scrolling down.

What Are Clipless Pedals? A Beginner’s Guide

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A Beginner’s Guide to Clipless Pedals, and How To Use Them

Switching to clipless pedals can be a source of anxiety for many cyclists. Your shoes are held tightly in place by a mechanism, and locking feet to pedals puts a scary image in the back of a riders mind. They don’t want to lose control on the bike.

However if there’s one upgrade on your bike that will make you a faster, more efficient and more controlled cyclist, it’s the addition of clipless (or “clip-in”) pedals to help enhance your riding. They’ll even have similar effects during a spin class as well. The fact is, once you experience the positive effects of riding with clipless pedals for beginners, you will not go back to cycling without.

Having recently tried old fashion clips and straps on a hire bike whilst on holiday in Sardinia, I realized just how much a set of clipless pedals can benefit anyone’s cycling. The difference in pedalling efficiency I felt was huge and there was a distinct lack of the control I would expect from cycling with clipless pedals.

This piece is written for any cyclist looking into clipless pedals for the first time. I’ll talk about how clipless pedals work, how to use them, and give you some tips to get comfortable with clip-in cycling in general.

Top Cycling Climbs In The Yorkshire Dales

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Challenge Yourself with some of the UK’s Toughest Cycling Climbs

The English counties of Yorkshire offer arguably some of the best road cycling in your United Kingdom. The Hills of the Pennines with the Yorkshire Dales and Northern edge of the Peak District were visually showcased by the Tour de France in 2014. Even with that exposure, there’s significantly more to cycling in Yorkshire than just the route the Tour riders passed over.

One of England’s networks of National Parks, the Yorkshire Dales is an area of outstanding natural beauty. The area encompasses the town of Skipton in the South, up to its border with the A66 road which crosses the Pennines in the North. With the M6 Motorway to the west and A1 to the east of the area accessibility to some of Yorkshires best cycling climbs couldn’t be easier.

8 Best Fixed Gear Bikes Under $500 | Cheap Fixie Reviews

The best fixed gear bikes on a budget

Fixies on the Cheap: Reviews & Advice for 2017

The first time I saw one, I thought, “That is one beautiful bike.” The clean chain line, the minimalist approach.

Fixed gear bikes are everywhere, and they’re here to stay. I can’t remember the last time a style has hit the scene so hard. Riders everywhere are getting into the simplicity and visceral experience of riding without gears or a freewheel (or, in some cases, brakes!)

One gear, one speed, it’s a blast.

The good news is they’re very affordable. The bad news is that, because they’ve become so popular, there’s a lot of cheap junk on the market — nameless brands made from junk components. So what are the best fixed gear bikes on a cheap budget?

I’ve been building and riding them for years now. I’m going to review eight of the top, affordable fixed gear bicycles for sale today. I’ll give a brief overview of the components, the build quality, and what you can expect. We’ll be specifically looking for the best fixed gear bikes below $500.

Hopefully by listing the pros and cons of each ride, you’ll find a top quality fixie for a cheap price! Read on. 

5 Good, Unbreakable Bike Locks for 2017: Lightweight Options & Tips

A cable lock is asking for trouble.

What is the Best, Strongest Bike Lock for Theft-Proof Security? 5 Reviews

Bicycle theft is epidemic. In my city, I spend more time worrying about my bike getting stolen than my car. It’s true!

The ugly truth is that bike theft is common and very hard to manage. If your bike gets lifted, chances are you won’t be seeing it again.

The best precaution against a theft is to be smart, and to buy a good lock. The best bike bike locks are secure, virtually unbreakable and simple to use.

Unfortunately, I mostly see two types on the street these days: flimsy cables and cheap U-locks.

You might as well put a big bow on it it.

So what IS the best bike lock for keeping your ride secure? I’m writing this article to review a handful of good, strong bicycle locks, and to explain how to most effectively use them. For each item, I’ll offer some pros and cons, and hopefully help you track down some great brands to look into.

So let’s take a look at what’s out there for 2017, shall we?

5 of the Best Bicycle Tires for Gravel Riding | A Growing Trend

Gravel Tires for Cycling

Whether you’re looking for performance gravel racing tires or something to transport you comfortably along the canal towpaths of your commute, there’s no denying that gravel roads and paths provide a unique form of riding for which not every bicycle tire is suitable.

That being said, finding the best bicycle tires for gravel roads is challenging at the best of time. There just isn’t enough quality information out there yet.

The rise of tough gravel racing events in North America, which combine elements of road, mountain biking and cyclocross into long epic distances, has helped to fuel developments in the gravel tire and bike marketplace. You aren’t limited to a single choice any longer.

With over a million miles of gravel roads in the USA alone featuring very little traffic and a real sense of adventure this aspect of cycling looks like it will continue to develop, and it makes perfect sense. Riding a bicycle on gravel roads is flat out fun. Interested in hopping on this challenging new trend?

Roadside at the Tour De France Grand Depart In Yorkshire

Tour De France in Yorkshire

A Firsthand Account of the Tour De France in Yorkshire: Grand Depart

Its 6AM Saturday 5th July as we set off from Nottingham for the grand depart of the Tour De France in Yorkshire. Our plan is to head up to the edge of the Yorkshire Dales to the climb of the Cote de Grinton Moor, the final categorised climb on the first day of this year’s Tour before the riders make a fast dash into Harrogate to the finish.

For the last few years my Dad and I have always tried to chase the Tour of Britain. On occasions we’ve seen them go past us 2-3 times but chasing the Tour De France would be an unthinkable task without some form of Police escort. Therefore our plan was to get ourselves a good vantage-point to watch the peloton go past which usually means a trek up to one of the King of The Mountains points.