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Checking your bike before you ride is an important part of both long-term maintenance and ensuring your own safety, especially if you'll be riding on busy roads or choppy trails.

These pre-ride checks might look like tedious chores at first glance, but it only takes a few minutes to check the items below, and trust me - that will be a few minutes well invested as you'll be avoiding potential risks and stress further down the line.

So... here goes:

Your Pre-Ride Maintenance Checklist


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Going tubeless is all the rage – and it's an easy process that just about anyone can do.

There are two very good reasons for changing your tubed MTB tyres to tubeless: Volume resistance and puncture resistance. You will decrease the total weight of your tire by up to 300g, which in turn decreases volume resistance. Also, there will be no tube to puncture and any tiny holes will be filled by fluid –making it puncture resistant. It's a win-win situation and will only take a few minutes to comple...

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Some people ride for the fun of it. Some people ride for the exercise benefits. That's all good but if you are in it to win it – then there are some things you might want to do and change to give yourself an edge over the competition. Some things are small, some are big but all will cut down on the weight while you ride and give you the extra speed and seconds you may need to cross the finish line first.

1) Drop the booty baggage.

Okay, so maybe your booty isn't the problem but wherever you are ...

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1 Jun 2015 1:42:24 PM

When it comes to cycling of any kind, there are advances that are going to come along that don't pan out or ones that people just don't want to try. There will also be great ones that really make a difference. In the shifting realm the debate still rages between Electronic and Mechanical. There are purists who stick with only mechanical and refuse to try electronic. There are electronic users who will never go back to mechanical and there are those that use both.

Is there really one that is be...

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What Bike Tyres Do I Need?

27/04/2015 4:30 PM

When looking for suitable tyres to use on your mountain bike or road bike the amount of variety on the market can sometimes appear a little overwhelming.

With so many options to choose from how on earth are you supposed to figure out how to spend your money wisely?

In this article we're going to look at tyre options for both mountain biking and road cycling, so let’s get started with the former and see if we can make some sense of what’s on offer!

Mountain Bike Tyres Demystified

The Schwalbe Magic Mary is a staple MTB tyre

First things fi...

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Have you ever done a Spin Class? Thought about doing a spin class? Or have no idea what a spin class is?

Well don’t worry, either way you are in the right place!

A spin class is an indoor group cycling class that provides a vigorous workout, gets your leg muscles in shape and burns calories in an energizing, fun environment.Spin classes are conducted indoor’s in gyms and fitness studio’s where each participant rides their own stationary “spin bike” through workouts set by the class instructor.

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Ever since the biking craze began in the 1970’s, Shimano has been there. You know that right? And in 1990, Shimano took the lead with their revolutionary cleats and pedals. So incredible was their design and engineering that the same ideas are used in all cleats and pedals today.

As of today, this technology and the engineering prowess of Shimano has made them holders of 50% of the world biking market. As you may know, part of the reason they hold so much of the market is the quality of their...

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Felt bikes began out of the need for speed – and they haven’t slowed down yet. Jim Felt was working as a mechanic for the famed motor cross racer, Johnny O’ Mara. Johnny O’Mara trained for his motor cross races by participating in triathlons. He came to Jim with the request for a bike specifically geared for his triathlon. He asked the right guy, as Jim had some amazing ideas for seat height and aerodynamics he was itching to put together. His ideas proved to be excellent, improving O’Mara...

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As you are climbing a steep hill, or entering the final push of a race and even sometimes at the start of a race – you feel the burn. That burning sensation is often blamed on lactic acid, which is only partially correct. There is a lot going on in those muscles and you can only blame lactic acid for some of it.

What is Lactic Acid?

Lactic acid is defined by the Farlex Medical Dictionary as: A 3 carbon organic acid that is produced by anaerobic respiration. Lactic acid in muscles and blood i...

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The Criterium Racing Phenomenon

29/01/2015 4:26 PM


Whether just a pair of riders or a group, once you hop on a bike, the need to race is born. Since the dawn of cycling, racing was a part of it. There is something irresistible about the freedom of self-powered speed – the wind in your face, the physical exertion and the challenge of the race. This joy and drive in cycling has spawned many different types of bicycle racing. From road racing to track racing, it has become a sport that draws tens of thousands of participants and hundreds of t...

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