A variety of bicycle handlebar designs is available, each created to accommodate different riding conditions. Some types of handlebars provide better steering control and power, while others offer multiple grip positions that can help to reduce hand and arm fatigue on longer touring rides.
The skewer is the axle on bicycles with quick-release wheels. As your bicycle gets older, your skewers may become worn or damaged and need replacing, or you might want to upgrade to a better set of skewers.
When a road bike is properly set up and maintained, it should be relatively free of squeaks, creaks and clicking noises. Most bike owners, however, will have to diagnose an unusual noise at some point.
Figuring out how many speeds a bike has is one of the easier tasks you have to do if you’re fixing up an old frame. Even if the shifter is missing or worn, counting the speeds on a bike just takes a bit of multiplication.
There are many advantages to hydraulic disc brakes on a bicycle. Unlike rim brakes, discs have tremendous stopping power in mud, rain and snow, and they can also be used with any tire width. They are available in mechanical and hydraulic.
Not only does new bar tape allow you to keep control of your bike when your hands get sweaty, it just looks pro. Fresh and clean bar tape even makes an older bike look new. Here's how to wrap your bars in a few easy steps.
There's little more annoying when cycling than clicking or jumping gears, so our video and step-by-step guide will help you adjust your rear derailleur and index your bike's gears.
Bikes can definitely be the wrong size. You need out get one the fits you properly. The thing is, you can’t reliably go off the nominal frame size any more.
The actual length of the stem from the center of the steering bore to the center of the handlebar clamp. The effective length of the stem measured from the centerpoint of the steering bore to the center of the handlebar clamp without accounting for rise.
Choosing the bike size depends on the type of bike, your height, your riding style, and your preference. A correct fitting bike will be more comfortable, more efficient and more fun to ride. This bike size guide gives our customers general advice on choosing the right size.
This article will assist in identifying the crank system found on your bike, and direct you to the article that outlines the full process of removal and installation.
If your bike has been sitting outside for a while, or if you live in a wet climate, chances are that at some point you’ll end up with a rusty bike chain. Rust on your chain is no good–it creates additional friction, places wear on your other drivetrain components, and makes the chain more susceptible to breakage.
The chain is the primary power transmitter between your legs and the wheels, and without it you’re essentially helpless.
No wonder, then, that so many bicycle maintenance issues come down to chain integrity.
Your tires (should be) the only contact between you and the road while you are riding your bike, so the type of tire you choose is super important. From tire width, to tread, and the rubber compound, the tires you choose to ride make a huge difference on how much traction you have while you’re riding and how fast you can go.
Welcome and welcome back fellow readers for yet another Hip Hop (hopefully not Hip Op) inspired skills session. Join us in avoiding the ‘house of pain’ as we Jump! Jump! Jump! Jump! (Everybody jump)... Yep, you guessed correctly, it’s a jump fest as we spring into summer, so let’s get to it.
Strong hamstrings will help you keep a strong pedal stroke throughout your ride and reduce the risk of injury.
It’s a natural urge as soon as you start pedalling a bike to wonder how fast you are going. A simple bike computer will allow you to see your max, current and average speed for each ride.
Cycling requires good balance. This is a skill that can be developed like any other, but it requires suitable training along with good reaction time, coordination, agility, power, and speed.
These five essential cycling skills help you get faster and be safer out on the road.
If you start slow, build your confidence with your skills and follow the tips below, you’ll be looking forward to descents in no time!
Pacelines are not relaxing – they require greater attentiveness and a mental shift from solo to group riding concerns.
Braking, like gear use, is a cycling skill and riders that have mastered gear use and braking, ride more effectively than ones who have not. Good use of brakes will see you ride further for less effort, and minimise the chances of you coming off the bike.
Descents are free speed. You spend almost every second of a bike ride pedaling and working to move forward, but the descents are your reward and your opportunity to make up time.
Feeling balanced and safe on your bike is important whether you are a seasoned veteran or new to cycling.
Descending is one of the biggest thrills in cycling, it’s free speed, having expended a lot of energy to gain the top of a hill you can then ease off the pedals and cruise your way to the bottom.
One of the most important skills to learn in cycling in how to brake effectively and safely on steep downhills.
Better bike handling on a road bike helps you avoid crashes, move through the peloton and corner like a pro!
Knowing how to ride a bike is one thing, but having the ability to comfortably and safely share the road with other cyclists requires another level of skill.
Fine-tuning your cornering skills will make you faster and safer. Here are our tips for getting it right.
Whether you’re tackling repeated switchbacks on long and sweeping European descents, or more rugged and occasionally gravel strewn bends in the UK, you need to know how to corner a bike.
Whatever the reason for your cycling, one thing’s for sure – your two-wheeled habit can be as good for your mental health as it is for your body.
Know the feeling? It could be on a blistering hot sunny day in the fields, a snowy epic over the hills, or on a dawn blast around deserted city streets.
There are two things to do before you start adjusting your shifter. Adjusting it without checking these two important aspects could be a waste of your time.
Keep in mind that it is likely your progress has stagnated, or let’s say ‘leveled off’ to be more positive about it, for a combination of reasons rather than one glaring problem.
Group riding brings many benefits to your cycling. You cycle further for less effort, experience camaraderie, learn from others, and there is a particular skill set to riding in a large training peloton to master.
Longer endurance cycling events, including gravel races, ultraendurance or marathon mountain bike races, and gran fondos are the most popular forms of competitive cycling in the United States.
Exercising routinely and not seeing the weight-loss results you’re looking for can be frustrating.
When you finish a big ride or race, you usually feel more motivated to keep the thrill of that big ride alive.
While cycling is a great low-impact activity, it’s also extremely repetitive and can often lead to limited range of motion.
One of the most common complaints of cyclists on the bike is pain or stiffness in the lower back due to the unnatural, hunched over, forward position.
When we think of cycling goals, most people center on what they want to accomplish around a big event or race.
The key basis of any training plan is the time you spend on the bike.
Long cycling races – whether gravel, road, or mountain biking – have a lot of Murphy’s Law moments, so we need to talk about crisis management, or what to do when things go wrong.
Life is less forgiving after 40. It’s a myth you can’t gain fitness, lose weight, change careers, or change yourself past a certain age.
Some are fitness based, some are fun based, some technique based. These aren’t set goals. They are tips and ideas to help you become a better, fitter and stronger cyclist.
Better bike handling on a road bike helps you avoid crashes, move through the peloton and corner like a pro! And, the only way to get better is by practicing.
Cornering skills play a critical role in road cycling, particularly in races.
Now that you know basic road bike body position, how to shift, descend, corner and draft it’s time to increase the speed!
Riding with a balanced and relaxed body position may seem like a basic skill for a road cyclist, but it is something that even experienced riders struggle with and can cause frustration for beginner roadies.
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