A Quick and Dirty Guide to Biking in the Rain: 24 Tips to Stay Dry

 

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What’s the best plan for the days when your training plan, weekly group ride or that Fondo you paid top dollar for, don’t coincide with a sunny weather forecast? Some days you just have to kit up and ride in the rain. When the pros do it, it often leads to some of the most action-packed stages. Biking in the rain takes a few additional skills, but if you dress accordingly and follow a few tactical tips, not only will you discover what you’re truly capable of, but you’ll learn to enjoy and embrace those rainy rides. 

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Hit the Deck? The Most Effective Road Rash Treatment

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If you’ve ever wiped out on a bike, you’ve no doubt experienced road rash. Pros Tweet about the perils of trying to sleep with oozing wounds stuck to their sheets. A common cycling injury,  road rash refers to a superficial injury or abrasion to the skin and its underlying tissue caused by rubbing or scraping. Need to heal fast? Follow this effective road rash treatment to avoid infection and get back on the bike in no time. 

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Some Like it Hot: A Cyclist’s Guide to Embrocation

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Fair-weather riders, listen up! Cyclists have long relied on a secret salve to help adapt to the changing seasons. Embrocation is the answer to those cool fall mornings when leg warmers are too toasty, but the thought of bare skin is goose bump inducing. Want to keep your legs happy as old man winter nips at your heels? Here’s the lowdown on embrocation and reviews of a few of my favorites. 

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Treat and Prevent Saddle Sores: 6 Simple Remedies

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Nothing can derail the perfect ride faster than a saddle sore. It’s the bane of amateurs and pros alike and most cyclists have experienced this painful condition at some point. Despite having an expensive chamois or high-end saddle, this ailment can still affect even the most experienced riders. How can you keep this from turning into a chronic condition? Here are some tried and tested tips to prevent and treat saddle sores.

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7 Ridiculously Simple Upgrades to Make Your Bike Feel Like New

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There’s nothing sweeter than that first ride on a new bike. Your hands settle into a comfortable groove on the bars as your feet march into a smooth rhythm. You seek out a punchy climb only to feel the bike lead ahead with a weightless acceleration.  

But what happens when the honeymoon period is over? We’ll always love our bikes, but how do we get that initial spark back?

What are the best bicycle upgrades? Here are seven tips to help bring back that new bike feeling — without the hefty price tag.  

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Is Your Seat a Pain in the Butt? How to Choose the Best Road Bike Saddle

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Last updated 2/10/17

If you’ve never struggled to find a comfortable saddle, consider yourself lucky. For most new riders and even seasoned veterans, the struggle to park your butt on a comfortable perch is all too real and can put a serious damper on riding time. Even the best bike saddle can wear out and collapse over time, suddenly turning into a torture chamber.  

Finding the perfect saddle doesn’t have to be a pain in the butt. Just avoid these five common mistakes.

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How to Cycle Faster: 7 Essential Tips to Find Free Speed

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Contrary to popular belief, to become a faster cyclist you don’t need to invest in a pricey power meter, enroll in a fancy training camp or weigh every gram of food you ingest. Learn how to cycle faster with a few simple tweaks to your program that won’t break the bank, but will have you quickly cashing in on some serious speed. 

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“What size bike do I need?” How to achieve the perfect bike fit

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One of the most important things to consider when buying a new bike is how it fits. If a bike is uncomfortable, I guarantee you won’t ride it much or worse, you’ll end up injured. How you’re positioned on the bike also determines how fast you’ll go.  

A bike fit goes well beyond setting the bike seat height. Fortunately a good bike shop can get you started with the proper fit, but it’s important to remember that bike fit is dynamic, meaning it changes over time. Something as simple as gaining more upper body flexibility can change your cycling position. Here are a few simple at-home tweaks you can apply to ensure your bike fits well season-after season.

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