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Recreational Cycling


5 Mountain Biking Tips for Beginners

Mountain biking is bigger than ever, here are some handy tips for getting started.


Do Bike Seats Wear Out? How and When to Replace a Bike Seat

Read on to determine when you should replace your saddle, and watch a video detailing exactly how to switch out your bike seat!


Why Biking on Vacation Is a Great Idea (And How to Do It)

Bicycling is a great outdoor activity that benefits the cardiovascular system. It’s low impact and can reduce stress levels, and coasting down hidden alleys is an adventure of exploration. The best finds are found behind main street riding on two wheels.


20 Essential Bicycle Tools to Bring on Your Ride

A puncture repair kit is practically essential when cycling, but in this guide we cover some of the additional useful tools to bring on a recreational ride for making temporary repairs in the event of a breakdown.


Favorite Bike Rides in Boulder, Colorado: Sunshine Canyon to CR83 and Back

A fantastic, strenuous, climbing road ride in Boulder with a gorgeous, long descent down a jeep road features just about everything that makes cycling in Colorado great.


Favorite Bike Rides in Boulder: Linden Ave to Bow Mountain Loop

If you need to get in some aerobic work but don't have a lot of time, this ride starting at Linden and Wonderland Hills Drive is a good workout beginning on the west side of Boulder.


Shimanami Kaido: Japan’s Best Cycling Road

The Shimanami Kaido has seen a spike in popularity in recent years. Since it's not far from the Sanyo Shinkansen line, it's accessible to most tourists. Here's how to get the most out of the seaside cycling road and its amenities.


Maxxis Mud Wrestler Cyclocross Tire Review

A review of the Maxxis Mud Wrestler Cyclocross tire after a year of use in dry and muddy conditions racing.


Where in the World Is Watopia?

Where in the world is Zwift's fictional Watopia land based on? Including the best Watopia routes for tourists


The Hardest Climbs on Zwift

A guide to the toughest climbs on Zwift including within Watopia as well as tough Alpine style ascents like the Alpe Du Zwift and the beautiful Bologna Time Trial Climb used in the Giro d'Italia


The Latah Trail

Sometimes you make new friends while out on the bike...


Planet X Notus Race Bicycle Helmet Review

A review of the lightweight and aerodynamic Carnac Notus Race cycling helmet.


What to Carry in Your Bicycle Seat Bag in Case of a Flat Tire

When you're out on the trail, miles from home on the gravel road, or up there all alone on the mountain, you don't want to find out that you don't have the tools to fix a flat on your bike.


Cycling Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands

A guide to some of Gran Canaria's best cycling climbs, including top Strava KOM's, and the best roads to bicycle, such as the Valley of the Tears and Serenity.


A Winter Bike Trip on the Great Allegheny Trail

There are benefits to bucking conventional wisdom. I just rode for 3 days along the Great Allegheny Passage, a bike trail built on the remains of a railroad line that was built a hundred years ago through the rugged Allegheny Mountains between...


Diadora X Vortex Pro II Mountain Biking SPD Shoes Review

A review by a cyclocross racer of the Diadora X Vortex Pro II Mountain Biking Shoes for SPD pedals.


Testing an Oval Chainring and 1x12 Group-Set on My Mountain Bike

I just upgraded my mountain bike from a 2x10 to a 1x12 with a 34T Chainring. Is this worth the investment?


Review of the Bryton Rider 530 Cycle Computer

A review of the Bryton 530 cycling computer: analysing GPS connectivity, power functions and how to create a route track from external websites.


10 Disadvantages of Cycling Compared to Driving

While riding a bike offers many advantages, including health benefits, affordable travel, and a way to bypass heavy traffic, cycling also has its drawbacks, including road hazards, exposure to dangerous drivers, and the inability to carry passengers.


12 Advantages of Cycling Over Driving

Cycling has increased in popularity in recent years. This article explores twelve advantages of riding a bike, including health, affordability, environmental, and transportation.


Three Easy Ways to Remove Rust From a Bicycle

Is your bike starting to rust? Here are a few easy, affordable ways to remove that oxidization from chrome, including with steel wool.


Retrospec Review (Pros and Cons of a Cheap Amazon Bike)

Pros and cons of ordering a dirt-cheap city bike online from Amazon.


Human Powered Vehicles

Pedal power! The "human engine" is more efficient than you think. Human Powered Vehicles (HPVs) have taken on many forms and they are testing the ingenuity and physical prowess of their engines.


Why Are Cyclists So Annoying?

Cyclists think they own the road and that rules just don't apply to them. Here are 10 reasons why cyclists are the worst.


Bicycle Hack: Can You Use MTB Mechanical Disc Brakes With Road Brifters?

How to use MTB disc brakes with road-style brifters (shifter/brake combo levers) without the mushy feel or long lever travel.


Why Are Men’s and Women’s Bikes Shaped Differently?

So really...why are men’s and women’s bikes shaped differently? The answer has to do with outdated fashion rules that women no longer have to why does the difference persist?


The Best Mountain Biking in Sherwood Forest

The best singletrack, cross country and downhill mountain biking trails. The best enduro training spots as well as family friendly off road cycling routes in Sherwood Forest.


Randonneur Conversion From a 1971 Raleigh International

My friend Daniel wanted to convert his 1971 Raleigh International to a Randonneur-style commuter. See how I did it here!


Daisy, Daisy: Tandem Bikes and Old Song Memories

Learn a bit about tandem bikes while hearing the song "Daisy Bell" which was inspired by this specific type of bicycle. That song chorus was a family favorite!


How to Make Money From Cycling as a Hobby

It's actually quite easy to make money from cycling as a hobby and obtain free kit if you become a writer, blogger, brand ambassador, eBay seller, or even a tour guide


Top 8 Mallorca Cycling Climbs (Best Training Routes)

A guide to cycling training in Mallorca, featuring some of the best cycling climbs on the island: Sa Colobra, San Salvador, and the fabled Coll de Soller, and a strava leaderboard.


5 Great Clincher Tires for Track Cycling

From value for money options like the Vittoria Diamante Pro Pista to the ultra-lightweight Veloflex Record, here is a guide to some of the best clincher bicycle tires for track cycling.


Can You Get a Bigger Butt From Cycling?

Are you looking for a bigger behind like Kim's or Beyonce's? Could cycling help you to get a bigger butt? What gym exercises could you use to enhance your booty?


Vittoria Cross XL Pro CX Tire Review (Perfect for Muddy Rides)

A review of the characteristics of the Vittoria Cross XL Pro clincher cyclocross tire from a muddy Sherwood Forest.


Diamondback Steilacoom RCX Cyclocross Bike Review

Finding a cyclocross bike under $1000 can be a hard task. Here's a review of the Diamondback Steilacoom RCX bike which would make an excellent CX bike for beginners.


The Best Cycling Climbs on Lanzarote

This is a guide to some of the best road cycling climbs and routes on Lanzarote, Tabayesco, the longest climb on the island. This includes a selection of other climbs to really challenge your riding experience.


3 Great Cheap Road Bike Tires

This article features three cheap road bike tires for performance and value from Vittoria, Schwalbe, and Hutchinson.


The Best Types of Bicycle for Exercise

How do you ride your bike? This is the most important factor in selecting a good bicycle for exercise and fitness. Here are some examples of a few different styles of bikes that are great for working out in various settings.


Four Best Affordable Entry Level BMX Bikes

If you're hunting for the best BMX bike for $300 or under, you'll have a tough go. This article is written to help you identify a few budget options that are well built, fun to ride and easy to get.


Best Cycling Team Jerseys From Tour De France History

A guide to some of the best cycling trade team jerseys and kits from the history of the Tour De France, from Cipollini's red Saeco team to La Vie Claire's Mondrian-inspired designs.


Michelin Mud 2 Clincher Cyclocross Tire Review

A review of the Michelin Mud 2 cyclocross racing tire, an awesome clincher CX tire designed, as the name suggests, for muddy conditions


How to Prevent Chafing When Cycling

This is a guide to preventing chafing and saddle rash while cycling. This article focuses on skin preparation, reducing friction, and using chamois creams for comfort


Does Cycling Build Leg Muscles?

Can you build your leg muscles through biking? Does cycling up hills build calves and thighs?


The Best Cyclocross Clincher Tires for Dry Conditions

This is a guide to the best clincher cyclocross tires for racing and training in dry conditions from Continental, Kenda, Maxxis, Michelin, and Ritchey.


Shimano PD-M540 Pedals Review for Cyclocross and Mountain Biking

A review of the Shimano PD-M540 SPD Pedals. These mountain bike pedals have excellent capabilities for cyclocross racing.


The Best Bar Tape for Your Road Bike

A guide to choosing the best bar tape for your road bike. There are lots of choices out there, from cork to synthetic tape and even leather.


5 Good Entry-Level Road Bikes Under $500 (2019 Picks)

Buying a road bicycle can be daunting for beginners. This article will take a look at five of the best, affordable entry level road style bikes you might like, offering a brief review of each one.


The Best Single Speed Cranksets: Road & Track Cranks Reviewed

Building a fixed gear bike on a budget? Upgrading? This article reviews a selection of the best single-speed cranksets around, looking at build quality, durability, and performance.


Cycling Hardknott Pass and Wrynose Pass

A guide to Hardknott Pass and Wrynose Pass. The hardest cycling climbs in the Lake District and England.


Top 5 Cheap City Bikes for 2019: Good Urban Environment Rides

Looking for a bicycle to ride in the city? This article reviews a handful of the best urban bikes for riding in cosmopolitan environments. We'll offer some tips and suggestions too!