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Tech Tip: How to improve your gear shifting

Nobody likes a slow shifting bike. To keep thing running smooth — and quick — check out these five tips that will speed up your bike’s gear shifting.

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Roadies vs. Mountain Bikers: Who can do a better wheelie?

Two videos, one goal: Find out who can do a better wheelie — roadies or mountain bikers? The answer would seem obvious (the fat tire riders of course), but it’s still pretty entertaining to see them face off.

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How to make your road bike last longer

Bikes can be expensive to replace. Maximize your bike’s lifespan with these tips.

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Mark Cavendish’s top 5 sprinting tips

Whether you’re dashing toward the finish of a local criterium race or just trying to beat your buddies past the town line sign, you’ll need to have a good sprint. And who better to learn from than one of the best.

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Get faster quicker with these five cycling training hacks

Generally speaking there are no shortcuts to becoming a better cyclist. If you want to go faster you need to put time in the saddle. Of course there are exceptions to every rule. Here are five clever training hacks.

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How to lose weight through cycling

Looking to lose a little weight? Look no further than that bike collecting dust in the back of your garage. Get out there and ride and we guarantee the pounds will start melting away.

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Winter Survival Guide: Choosing and caring for components

Staying on the bike in winter takes commitment. You have to want it to brave chilling temperatures, soul-freezing wind, and/or buckets of rain. Besides being on top of the mental game by maintaining enthusiasm, your equipment has got to be up to the task also.

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How To: Install SRAM’s new Red eTap wireless drivetrain

Just as you would expect, SRAM’s new eTap wireless electronic shifting drivetrain is fairly simple to set up. That’s what happens when you do away with all the cables, housing and wires.

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How To: Select the right road tire for your needs

TPI, tubeless compatibility, width, and compound make-up are just some of the key considerations when selecting the right road tires for your needs.

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How To: Safely ride your bike at night

Whether intentional or not, riding after the sun goes down is an inevitability for almost all of us. But there’s no need to be afraid of the dark. With the proper planning and equipment riding you bike at night can be a thrilling and rewarding experience. Here’s a primer on what you need to know.

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How To: Make the best of cycling’s most-feared season

Try as you might, there’s no way of getting around it — sitting on a trainer is not much fun. But for a lot of us it’s better than not riding at all. So get up to speed on trainer types and set-up, and then start spinning away.

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Top 10 tips for riding your bike in the rain

There are three main problems with riding in wet weather: getting cold, getting chafed, and staying upright. Here are 10 tips that will keep you warm, comfortable and off the deck when riding in the rain.

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How To: Top 5 ways to get faster on your bike

Buying the latest, greatest, lightest, fanciest frame/wheelset/drivetrain won’t guarantee you faster Strava segment times or more powerful sprints. For long-lasting results that cost a lot less, nothing beats good old fashioned training. Here are five surefire ways to get faster on your bike.

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How To: Pin on your race number

If you’ve ever lined up for a race, you’ve likely experienced the joy of pinning on a race number. Actually, it’s no joy at all. Kind of a pain in the you know what — especially if you poke yourself with a pin. To make the number pinning process easier next time, here’s a step-by-step guide.

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How To: Eat and drink on your bike without crashing

Eating and drinking are an essential part of any long ride. But if you’re new to the sport, dining on the go may feel like a tough challenge. Successful sustenance intake requires skills beyond simply pedaling along. Check out this video for tips and tricks on how to fuel up on the go.

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How To: Buy road cycling shoes

Understanding footwear technology means keeping track of a lot of features and buzzwords. To help you cut through the clutter, here is a primer on key considerations when buying a new pair of road cycling shoes.

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How To: Properly adjust a bicycle helmet

Just picked up a new helmet, but not exactly sure to adjust it for your head? All those straps and buckles can be a bit mystifying. Fear not, though. The crew from Art’s Cyclery have put together a great step-by-step video on dialing in your helmet fit.

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When and why cyclists should see a massage therapist

What’s the answer to the realization of world-wide peace and harmony? Massage. Regular, weekly, massage. If everyone spent 90 minutes on the table every week, no one would be angry, stressed, or aggressive. We would all be blissed-out, contemplative, present, friendly — and better cyclists.

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How To: Essential stretching for cyclists

Few off-bike measures provide relief and prevent injury as much a proper, regular stretching. Former top-level pro racer Ben Jacques-Maynes shares his best tips with us.

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5 Things Every Beginner Cyclist Should Buy

New cyclists often view particular bits of gear as either intimidating, unstylish, or a waste of cash, and some of it definitely is all of that. There are, however, several items that beginners always seem to shy away from, but experienced cyclists swear by.

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How To: Replace cleats on your cycling shoes

Cleats are one of those underappreciated cycling components. You rely on them to do a critical job, but rarely spend much time thinking about them until they fail. Indeed, cleats do wear out, so best be able to recognize when it’s time for a new pair — and be able to properly replace them.

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How To: Replace a bicycle chain

Whether you bust it on the road or trail, or if it simply wears out and needs to be replaced, knowing how to change a chain is an important skill every cyclist should have. Watch and learn.

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How To: Clean your bike helmet

Your helmet isn’t likely at the top of the list when it comes to periodic cycling gear maintenance. But this most valuable of articles does need a little TLC once in a while. Check out this video to learn more.

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How To: Align your saddle and handlebars

Do you hate it when your handlebars and saddle are not perfectly in alignment? Us, too. So how do you assure that everything lines up properly? Check out this video from the Global Cycling Network, which includes two easy-to-apply methods.

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How To: Maintain road bike disc brakes

Disc brakes are gaining increasing traction in the road bike world. But chances are at least some of you have little or no experience with their operation or maintenance. Here’s a rundown of some of the things you should — and shouldn’t — do to keep them working properly.

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