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Cycling Energy Gels & Chews: Rich Nutrition or Hype?

Cycling Energy Gel Reviews

Are Energy Gels for Cycling the Best Nutritional Choice?

Cycling is a demanding sport and a fantastic workout. Like with any other exercise, refuelling your body after your ride is essential for good health. But what about longer rides and races? When your energy level starts to sag, sometimes you need a boost.

Energy gels are heralded as a breakthrough for endurance athletes of all types. They provide a dense energy supply in an accessible form, and they’re supposed to be packed with exactly what your body needs on a ride: electrolytes and quick carbohydrates.

These little packs come in a handy flat tube that you can tear open and consume. They also come in ‘chew’ form.

But do they work?

You might be surprised at what’s in the average cycling energy gel pack. And what’s not.

Are energy gels for cycling the answer to your sagging energy levels after a long race? Read on to find out. 

Cycling with Suds: Bicycle Beer Holders & Carriers

Bicycling with Beer: Holders & Carriers

Nothing is better than an ice cold beer on a hot summer day! But if you don’t have a car, and your liquor store is miles away, chances are that frosty beverage will be pretty warm by the time you tote it home!

Let’s face it, bicycles weren’t built for carrying a 6 pack. Your options are limited. You can stuff a six pack awkwardly into your backpack. You can balance a plastic bag precariously over your handlebars.

Or, you can use a handy dandy bike beer holder to carry your frosty beverages on your bike! You’ll get to and from that store in a snap, and you’ll look great doing it too!

So, in order to facilitate frosty brew transportation, here are a few of the best bicycle beer holders and 6 pack carriers around today.

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

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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 options. So what 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 All Weather – Road Bike Tire Review

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 where an all-weather competition tire is a requirement.  The Fortezza Senso is the latest 2014 development of the much admired Fortezza Tricomp and features the original tread pattern with an updated compound. The Vredestein Fortezza Senso reviews as one of the best road bike tires for riding year-round.

Schwalbe One Review: One of the Best Road Bike Tires for Training & 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.