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How To: Tips For Commuting By Bike

There are few greater joys for a cyclist than watching car commuters lurch along in bumper-to-bumper traffic while you casually pedal home from work. For those new to commuting by bike, here are some helpful tips to get you started.

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How To: Repair a Broken Chain (Video)

Nothing ends a ride quicker than a broken chain. If you don’t have the right tools and know-how, the only way home is to call home for a ride — or walk. Don’t let that happen to you. Instead check out this video that explains the tools and steps required to fix your broken chain and get rolling again.

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Video: Top 10 Tips For Buying Kids Bikes

The holidays are here and what better gift is there than buying your young one a bike. A bike is often a child’s first sense of freedom and independence. So get them a bike that fits and get them on the path to a cycling lifestyle.

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How To: True A Wheel (Video)

Turns out truing wheels is one of those maintenance jobs that is far easier than it sounds. Anyone can have a go at it with a couple of simple tools and some patience. Check out this video to learn more.

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How To: Remount Your Cyclocross Bike (Video)

A few weeks back we explained how to perform the perfect cyclocross dismount. Now it’s time to dive into carrying your bike and then the all important remount. Here are some tips and tricks (in text and video form) that will help make the process smooth and efficient.

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How To: Getting the Mud Out – Best Laundry Practices

The best tip for keeping white kit white and black kit black is simple: hose it down, while it’s still wet. What’s your trick for keeping your cycling gear clean during the season?

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How To: Perform A Flawless Cyclocross Dismount (Video)

You’re off the front and feeling fast, but now it’s time to get off your bike and hop over the first set of barriers. Do it smoothly and efficiently and you’ll quickly be back on your bike and flying. But fumble through these critical steps and momentum — not to mention your place at the front — can be quickly lost.

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How To: Ride Faster With Less Effort (Video)

It may sound too good to be true. But try these tricks on your next road ride and you’ll see that there are ways to go faster without working harder.

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How To: Bleed SRAM Road Disc Brakes (Video)

Need to bleed your SRAM road disc brakes? Or maybe you’re just curious to see what it takes in case you opt to buy a set down the road? Either way, this video will get you up to speed — and make sure you can slow down.

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(Updated) How To: Make Perfect Espresso — and Cappucino

The espresso shot is the most perfect expression of coffee. And great espresso is a cyclist’s best friend, waking up mind and body, preparing you for the cycling adventure ahead. Find out how to make your own. Or if you’re not an espresso fan, find out how to make the perfect cappucino. Either way it’s time to get caffeinated.

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Video How To: Braking Safely When Roads Are Wet

With winter just around the corner, the time of year when many of us will be riding wet roads is near. So how do you slow down on a wet road without ending up on your backside — or worse?

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How To: Gravel Grinding – Taming the Road Less Paved

You pass that fire road every day, wishing you had a cyclocross bike on which to ride it. But you don’t need a new rig to get off the beaten path–the one you’ve got will do just fine along with a little practice and our handy tips on navigating the dirt on skinny tires.

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How To: Five Tips To Get Ready For Cross Season

Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld’s Tim Johnson and Jamis Cyclocross Team’s Ben Jacques-Maynes know a thing or two about cyclocross. Here’s their pro advice on getting prepped for season ahead.

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How To: Put On A Rain Jacket While Riding (Video)

Want to know how to put on a rain jacket without pulling off to the side of the road, or crashing in the process. Check out this How To video.

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How To: Corner Like A Pro (with Video)

Few sensations match the thrill and exhilaration of smoothly carving around a turn on your road bike. And doing it at speed is even better. Use these tips to rip around corners faster — and safer.

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Video: How To Measure a Road Bike Frame

Small, medium, large, extra large. 54cm, 56cm, 58cm, 60cm. How do you get an apples to apples comparison to make sure you are buying the right size bike for you?

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Video: How To Set Up Cleats For Clipless Pedals

Setting up cleats for clipless pedals might appear to be an easy task, but with side-to-side and fore-aft adjustment, it can be a tricky process. Here are some tips.

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Video: How To Route Internal Cables

Most new top end road bikes come with internal cable routing. When it’s threaded and ready to go, it makes for a stealthy, streamlined look. But getting cables routed through your frame can be one of the most frustrating tasks a home mechanic has to face. Here’s a video tutorial to help make the task a little less maddening.

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How To: Descend Switchbacks Like A Pro

Unless you do all your pedaling on the flatlands of Kansas, at some point in time you’re going to have to go downhill. And often those downhills involve switchbacks. It can be scary at first, but these tips will help you get around those corners safely – and quickly.

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How To: Changing Your Bar Tape

Nothing freshens up a bike quite like new bar tape. It feels good to the touch and looks good, too. Best of all it’s a simple job that anyone can do. The only tools you need are a pair of sharp scissors, some electrical tape, and of course some new bar tape. Here’s a step by step look.

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How To: Measuring Chain Wear

Besides your tires, your bike’s chain is arguably the component that needs most frequent replacing. Wait too long, and your chain will wear out, diminishing shifting quality and shortening the lifespan of your drivetrain.

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How To: Tackling a Group Ride (Updated With Video)

Group rides are a great way to increase fitness, make new friends, and explore unfamiliar territory. Just don’t be surprised if your first group ride is a tad intimidating. Read on for tips and tricks to make your first group ride experience a smooth one. [Updated with Video.]

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Video: Top 10 Ways To Get More Aero

Want to go faster on your bike? Of course you do. We all do. And here are 10 tips that can help. Tip No. 1: Shave your legs!

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Video: How to Climb Like a Pro

At the professional level the ability to go uphill is arguably the most important cycling skill — and one that is honed at an early age. For the rest of us, learning to climb efficiently is an ongoing process. Check out these videos for tips on channeling your inner mountain goat.

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How To: Proper Hand Positioning (Video)

When should your hands be on the handlebar hoods? What’s the right time to grab the drops? And how about the tops? Check out this instructional video to find those answers and more.

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