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RideOut Challenger: Most Comfortable Mountain Bike Saddle Ever?

Mountain bikes are known for a few specific things. They’re perfect for hitting trails and rough terrain, and their aggressive posture lets you pedal with confidence.

One thing they are not known for is comfort.

I’ve ridden a ton of mountain bikes and I can’t recall a single saddle that stood out as comfortable. I understand why it’s a low-priority thing: whether you’re riding trails or downhill or single track, these bikes tend to encourage standing on the pedals. And big, mushy seats aren’t a welcome thing in this niche.

Still, you’re going to want to sit eventually. And in many riding circumstances you must use the saddle to properly control your ride. So why do most of the saddles I’ve tried feel like pointed peaks of plastic?

4 Good, Cheap Fixed Gear / Single Speed Wheelsets | 2018 Reviews

Building a Fixie? We Review 4 Great Fixed Gear Bike Wheels

If you live in any major city, you’ve seen them. They’re fast, fun and beautiful. Fixed gear bikes are a ‘back to the basics’ concept that has caught on in a major way.

The idea is really simple: rather than having gears, derailleurs and a freewheel, these bikes have only one speed. In addition, the cog is fixed to the rear wheel.

That means it turns at the same speed as the wheel… and no coasting.

Top 3 Clipless Cycling Pedals for Beginners | Reviews for 2018

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

Getting the right clipless pedal is crucial for beginners. Your pedals are an important interface between rider and bike. They 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 best and easiest clipless pedals for beginners? Keep on scrolling down.

5 Best Bicycle Tires for Gravel Riding | 2018 Reviews

Gravel Tires for Cycling

Whether you’re looking to race and maximize performance, or simply enjoy canal towpaths of your commute, there’s no denying that gravel roads and paths provide a unique and fun riding experience.

That said, riding gravel is something for which not every bicycle tire is suitable.

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, this area of cycling looks like it will continue to develop. It makes perfect sense: those gravel paths wend through beautiful country and feature very little traffic.

Here’s one thing I can guarantee: riding a bicycle on gravel roads is flat out fun. Interested in hopping on this challenging new trend? Here are a few of my favourite gravel bicycle tires worth checking out.

Mud Tire Duel: Vittoria Cross XL vs. Clement PDX | Cyclocross Reviews

What's the Best Cyclocross Mud Tire?

Get a Grip with the Vittoria Cross XL Pro & Clement PDX Clincher Tires

If you’re racing cyclocross this winter, you are pretty much assured that you’re going to encounter some mud. Whether it’s the thick heavy stuff like riding through peanut-butter that severely slows you down, or the ultra-soft watered down stuff that literally ends up everywhere, it’s tough to ride through.

At some point during the season the hard-packed ground of early season will turn to a form of gloop and as a rider you need to be prepared.

One of the easiest ways to prepare for the conditions is picking up some mud-specific cyclocross tires.  Generally there are three kinds of cyclocross racing tires: dry conditions, all-around performance and mud-specific tires.

It’s logical for a racer using clincher wheels to have a selection of tires at their disposal throughout the racing season.

Two of the more recent additions to the clincher cyclocross tire market are Vittoria’s Cross XL Pro and the Clement PDX. Both tires aim to target the muddier end of the CX racing season.

But will they help you power your way to better performance, or leave you sliding in the mud? To give you an idea of our comparison of these tires we’ve given a running scorecard for you to judge how each cyclocross tire performs.

Which of these two cyclocross mud racing tires is the best for winter riding conditions? Read on to find out.

The $20 Cheap Road Tire Review: Schwalbe Lugano VS. Vittoria Zaffiro

Riding on the Cheap: $20 Road Bike Tire Comparison & Review

If you don’t have a ton to spend on rubber, don’t dismay: you still have a few options. You’ll have to choose carefully, however, because there are more duds than hits at this price point.

So which are the best inexpensive road bike tires anyway? Today, we’ll be looking at two surprisingly viable options in the $20 range.

In the blue corner, weighing a respectable 255 grams and fighting out of Germany is the Schwalbe Lugano. In the red corner, weighing a slightly more heavyweight 340 grams and rolling out of Thailand with an Italian passport is the Vittoria Zaffiro.

While this battle may not be Rocky Balboa versus Apollo Creed, it still has the potential to crown a worthy $20 road bike tire champion!

Vredestein Fortezza Senso Review: An Ideal All Weather Road Bike Tire?

Vredenstein Fortezza All Weather Tires

One set of tires for year round racing, training and commuting?

The Fortezza Tricomp tire has been around for years and I’m still as happy to race on them today as I was ten years ago. For many riders they’ve become a first choice road bike tire for winter training, fast commuting and racing, especially when an all-weather competition tire is a requirement.  The Fortezza Senso is the latest iteration of the much admired Fortezza Tricomp and features the original tread pattern with an updated compound.

But how does it compare? Is the Vredestein Fortezza Senso really one of the best road bike tires for riding year-round?

Schwalbe One Review: The Best Road Bike Tire for Training or Racing?

Schwalbe One Road Racing Tire

Is The Schwalbe One Better Than The Almighty Ultremo ZX?

As a road racer I’m always on the lookout for something that’s going to give me a performance edge at a relatively low cost. Tires seem to be one of the options where spending an extra few dollars can make a significant difference in the grand scheme of things.

Having just started racing on new Schwalbe One road bike tires it’s a great time to review their performance so far having previously loved their Ultremo ZX racing tires.

How to Restore a Bicycle | Beautiful Vintage Bike Tips

Restored Vintage Bicycle

The human eye is a remarkable thing. It can pick up on incredibly subtle details, and your brain transforms those signals into snap judgements. In the case of bicycles, the eye can pick out imperfections like a magnet.

Rust, scuffed and scratched paint, shoddy or worn out components: all are identified almost immediately. If you’re here to learn how to restore a vintage bicycle, I have some good news for you: I know how to trick the eye.

Performing a beautiful vintage bicycle restoration isn’t always a trial. You don’t always have to tear it down and start from scratch.

There are a few simple and quick ways to restore your vintage bike and make it look like a million bucks (or at least several hundred). Curious? Keep reading.