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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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How To: Choose road cycling tires

No one piece of equipment on your bike is more important and no one piece receives more abuse than your tires. So don’t just slap the deal of the week on there and call it good. Instead learn how to choose the right road tire to fit your needs.

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How To: Save a third of your energy on the bike

Aside from genetic ability (or lack thereof) the No. 1 thing holding cyclists back is wind resistance. Learning how to draft can save you up to 30 percent of your energy.

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How To: Use A CO2 cartridge to fix a flat tire

There’s nothing wrong with the traditional frame pump, but in terms of saving weight (not to mention time) the CO2 cartridge inflator is a superior option when it comes to fixing mid-ride flats. The downside is that if you get it wrong – and only have one cartridge – you may just have to call for a ride. To avoid that ignominious outcome, here’s a primer on proper CO2 cartridge usage.

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How To: Picking the right size road bike handlebars

How do choose the right road handlebar? And what determines where you put the levers on the bar? These are important questions, as selecting the correct bars can make a huge difference in the comfort and quality of your ride.

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How To: Train for your first bike race

Making the leap from riding bikes to racing bikes is a big step. Watch this tips packed video to be better prepared.

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Gravel Grinding: Top events and race day tips

The Angry Singlespeeder takes a closer look at one of the fastest growing disciplines of bike racing (and riding).

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How To: 10 Ways To Make Every Bike Ride A Great Ride

How do you make every bike ride a great bike ride? Keep gear clean, fix mechanicals, pick a good route, and dress properly. Learn more about these tips and more.

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Shimano Components: Where to Spend Your Money

With an assist from our friends at Art’s Cyclery, here’s a part by part breakdown of where you’ll find the best bang for your buck when outfitting your road bike with Shimano drivetrain components.

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How to: Race day prep

If you just signed up for your first race and are wondering exactly what to expect, then check out this video from the gang at the Global Cycling Network, which walks you through all the critical bases.

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How To: Perfect your braking skills

It might sound counterintuitive, but the better you become at using your brakes the faster cyclist you’ll become. Check out this video for some tips and tricks.

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Tech Report: Examining drivetrain compatibility

Can you mix SRAM, Shimano and Campagnolo shifters, derailleurs and cassettes? This article will answer that question and more. Take a deep dive into the realm of drivetrain compatibility

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How To: Increase your power output on the bike

Up your wattage and start dropping your friends with these training tips.

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How To: Clean your cycling shoes

What’s the best way to clean a pair of cycling shoes? Grab a bucket, some warm soapy water, a sponge, and soft bristle brush, and check out this How To video from our friends at the Global Cycling Network.

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How To: Understanding gear ratios

Gear ratios have become a hot topic with the advent of compact cranks, sub-compacts and even 1x drivetrains. In simple terms the number of teeth on your cogs and chainrings are combined to determine how well you can go uphill, downhill, or zip along the flats.

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How To: Shaving your legs versus waxing

When it’s time for that spring clean-up, which method is better? Find out in this grimace inducing video.

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