Author: Jen Smits

Skills & Tips

The Ultimate Guide to Cycling Aerodynamics

For pro cyclists, aerodynamics is the cheat code to winning races. Aero bikes, wheels, helmets, and even aero bike computers have all been invented to help pro-cyclists.
Does this aero cheat code work? Does aerodynamics affect the speed of a bike? These are some of the questions many people ask, and this piece will help you understand the basics of aerodynamics.
What is Aerodynamics?
When riding a bike, you try to pierce through the air, but the air is putting up a fight. This is what is called air resistance. It is the force a cyclist fights against to achieve the desired speed.
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Skills & Tips

Fun Tips for Cycling Beginners

When you are new to cycling, the riding feels more like a task than a fun adventure. Trying to coordinate movements, avoid obstacles, and follow traffic rules make cycling for new riders less entertaining.
If you are a new rider, follow these tips, and you can enjoy riding as you intended to when you learned how to ride a bike.

Ensure the seat height is right for you. The height seat is an excellent factor in cycling. It also prevents injuries.
In the early stages, do not worry about the fancy or pro-gear. A helmet is enough.
Make sure your bike is fit for your height. If the bike is not fit for you, …

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Skills & Tips

Tips for Learning How to Ride a Bike as an Adult

A common myth is that you can forget about riding a bike as an adult if you don’t learn this skill as a kid. Many people believe that it is almost impossible to learn how to ride a bike as an adult.
Marilyn Northcotte from new Zealand busts this myth with her teaching program. She has taught adults as old as 69 years master how to ride a bike.
So How Do You Learn to Ride as an Adult?
Learning as an adult is not any different from learning as a child. The steps are all the same. All you need is a bike and a wide-open space. Then follow the following steps;

Set up your bike. Stand over …

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What Pro Cycling is doing to Avoid the Horrific Crash

During the Tour of Poland, a collision between Dylan Groenewegen and Fabio Jakobsen left the latter with critical injuries that required an emergency medical airlift. The collision took place during the final sprint and ended with Jakobsen hitting the metal barriers at 50mph.
This crush started a debate that led to a change in UCI rules. The bunch sprint is one of the most hectic stages of pro cycling. The race to the finish line at approximately 50 mph puts the racers with marginal room for error. The slightest bumps of tires cause a wipe down of the racers.
UCI enacted some rules to avoid such catastrophic crushes. For …

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First MTB World Cup Win For Christopher Blevins In Snowshoe, West Virginia

On September 19, Christopher Blevins became the first American to win a world cup cross country elite men’s race since Tinker Juarez in 1994. It was a celebration galore for the trinity racing team in snowshoe for this historic win that was hard to come by for over 20 years.
The 23-year-old propelled himself to the finish line after attacking the last climb of the Olympic country course overtaking Nino Schurter, a 9-time world champion. Vlad Dascalu came in second, with Ondrej Cink from the Czech finishing third. A flat front tire held Schurter to a fourth-place finish.
Belvins is also the current world champion in the …

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The Return of the Tour of Somerville

There are many cycling events held in America throughout the year. Unfortunately, the events of the past year and current events were affected by the pandemic, and racers could not enjoy cycling as much as they would wish.
Things are slowly coming back to normal, and borders are opening, which means pro-criterium racers can chase the American events. One such event that crit racers are looking forward to is The Tour Somerville.
The Tour of Somerville, also known as the Kentucky Derby of Cycling, is one of the few classic racing events. Many crit events have slowly faded away, and the Corona pandemic had threatened to erase …

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Bicycle Repair Guides

Bicycle Bolts 101; What You Need To Know

A bicycle is made of many parts, and bolts help to hold the parts together. However, all bolts are not all the same, and they can differ in size and type.
When a bolt becomes loose, a hex wrench or a Torx wrench should come in handy to tighten the bolt. You rarely need to replace a bolt unless it falls off or wears off due to frequent adjustments, especially with the wrong tools.
Below are a few types of bolts on your bike, their location, purpose, and the right tool used to tighten them.
1. Brake Bolt
This bolt is found above the wheels on the rear brake bridge and top of the front fork. It …

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Bicycle Repair Guides

How to Fix a Bike Chain

The bike chain is one of the components of a bike that needs replacing more regularly. This is because it undergoes a lot of movement and stress, making it wear out faster.
Over time, the internal bushings of the chain links slowly lengthen as they wear out. This loosens the chain, putting a lot of pressure on the cassette cogs and the chain teeth. This chain of events causes the bike chain to wear faster. To avoid wearing out your chain system, replace the chain every 2000 kilometers. However, the frequency of replacement depends on the rider’s riding style.
How to Fix Your Bike Chain

Find the proper chain. …

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How to Fix a Flat Tire and Change a Bike Tire

Whether you take your bike on smooth pavements, rocky tracks, rough gravel, or earth trails, you will likely deal with a flat. However, this should not be a problem if you know how to fix a flat and change a tire.
Below is a step-by-step guide on how to change a bike tire and fix a flat.
Tools Needed:
Before you begin any fixing, you should have in hand several essential tools. This includes tire levers, a spare tube, an air pump, and patch kits or tire plugs.
1. Remove the Tire
Place your bike in an upright position shift the drive …

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