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General Cycling

Bike Shops

With the news of Performance Bicycles filing for Chapter 11 recently, the importance of local bike shops is a topic worth discussing. We are living in an era of incredibly low prices thanks to online retailers. It’s a buyers market thanks to these online sources that offer incredible deals on anything and
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Bicycle Frame Geometry: Wheel Flop

Staying on the subject of steering and the general front end of the bike, it’s time to address wheel flop. Wheel flop shares similarities to trail, as it is set by fork rake and head tube angle. How it differs however is that it relates to how the front axle position changes
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Bicycle Frame Geometry: Stem Length

Recently, I discussed the how head tube angle, fork rake, and trail effect the steering characteristics of a bicycle. Hopefully that article was more enlightening that baffling. With that less than straight forward aspect of frame design covered, let’s move on to something seemingly more straight forward: stem length. Frame sizing: Sloping
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Bicycle Frame Geometry: Fork Rake and Trail

Bicycle frame geometry is a subject that can leave many people scratching their heads. With many variables effecting the riding dynamic of any given frame, a novice can easily find themselves in over their heads rather quickly. As someone who obsesses over every millimeter of frame geometry I am here to help.
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New Roads

I have a bad habit. I seem to constantly find myself on rides I am ill prepared for. Sometimes I don’t have enough water considering the heat and distance. Other times I don’t have enough clothing for poor weather conditions. I regularly go too far without enough on the bike nutrition despite
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Illness and Injury

For those of us who absolutely love cycling, illness and injury are frustrating setbacks. We know how much time it takes to get just a little bit better. We build on this form season after season. Those of us in search of good form endure the elements and treacherous conditions just to
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The Shrinking Amateur Race Calendar

Once upon a time, you could find me turning my pedals in anger at any number of local bike races on any given weekend. While mostly criterium based, there was a mix of short stage races, omniums, and one day road races within a two hour drive. Lower category races all had
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Hydration

Hydration is a tricky subject. When I started cycling, I had a coach who believed beyond a shadow of a doubt that water made cyclists soft. It’s an old European cycling myth that rivals any of the countless do’s and don’t a cyclist needs to adhere to in order to be tough
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Rest and Recovery

With November approaching the air begins to crisp. Mornings are dark before we change our clocks to fall back. Even here in sunny Southern California, our bright lit skies begin to grey. This early chill is a good indicator to begin tapering down for the year. As important as a solid training
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Keeping it Fresh

Living in the same town, riding the same roads day in day out, week in week out, year in year out, can become a bit monotonous. I’m a life long roadie, who has only dabbled in full fledged off-road activities a few times. What was once a faint echo is now ringing
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