There is no bigger buzzkill than a sudden loss of tire pressure during a ride. Learning to remedy a flat tire on your own is absolutely the most important skill that every rider must learn in order to keep riding fun and safe. Here is everything you need to know to be prepared and confident when this situation inevitably deflates your pneumatic fun.
Mountain biking is thirsty work and it’s important to stay hydrated. Hydration packs have a number of advantages over water bottles for mountain biking:
- Hands-free drinking means you can sip water as you go along
- You can carry more water for long rides
- No need to worry about drinking from dirty water bottles
- Some packs offer protection for your back in case of a fall
In this article we cover what you need to know when buying a hydration pack, plus our pick of the best packs for different riders.
Have you ever wondered why climbing a hill is so tough on a bike? Before you go trading in your bike for an ultra-light model or cutting the doughnut food group from your diet, try these tips on your next ascent.
A good base layer will keep you warm in winter and cool in summer. It adds comfort, especially under bib-shorts, and can help you regulate your body temperature by wicking away sweat. Plus, it provides an extra layer of protection from road rash if you take a spill.
In this buyer’s guide we cover:
- What to consider when buying a base layer
- How to care for your base layer
- Our favorite base layers for all seasons
Beginning Tuesday July 16 at 3pm and running through Wednesday July 17th, 2018 is Amazon’s 3rd annual Amazon Prime Day, a two-day event where Amazon is offering some of the lowest prices of the year, even lower than on Black Friday!
We’ve rounded up the best deals on Prime Day for cyclists, along with a few other deals worth sharing.
Bicycles have a wide variety of complex components that need tweaking from time to time. Since it is inadvisable to carry an entire toolbox with you, and Bicycle Repair Man has a limited range, it’s best to carry a compact tool.
For a basic multi-tool, go with the Park Tool I-Beam Mini, which covers the basics and slips easily into a jersey pocket. If you’d like to go full on Macgyver, we highly recommend the Blackburn Tradesman, which includes every tool needed for your cycling survival.
Your chain is the circulatory system of your bike – it transfers all the energy you put out into propelling the bike forward. Just like any other moving part, it requires lubrication of its hundreds of individual pieces.
The chain is entirely exposed to the elements, making it susceptible to contamination, corrosion, and drying out. Keeping your chain clean and lubed is a simple, but often overlooked process, so here is a quick guide to mastering chain lubrication, along with a few recommendations for the best chain lube for the job. Our top pick for lubing chains of all kinds is ProGold Prolink. It continually proves its mettle and has quickly become a workbench staple.
There’s nothing worse than having to take forced time off the bike because you’re injured. Fortunately many common cycling injuries are preventable. Spend more time in the saddle and less on the couch by following a few simple tips and guidelines.
Your reliable local bike shop will likely charge no less than $50 for a basic tune, but it can be hundreds if they need to go deep and replace parts. Learning to work on your own bike will save you the time and money involved in taking it to a bike shop, prevent fun-ending (and potentially dangerous) mechanical failures, and provide you with the satisfaction of embracing the DIY spirit.
This guide will cover the basics to get your bike rolling for spring. For detailed guides to specific parts on your bike, consult Park Tool’s Repair Help website for general instructions or the service manual for the specific component, which is often available on the manufacturer’s website. Sheldon Brown’s amazing website is a witty treasure trove of useful technical information as well.
I can give you my reviews, but buying a road bike is ultimately a personal decision. To find the best beginner road bike, it’s important to consider more than just the cost. Choose a bike that fits you well, you enjoy riding and that has the most technology available at that price point.
Sounds a little intimidating, right? Don’t worry. I’ve got you covered.
I’ve included easy-to-navigate guides to help you understand the difference between component groups and frame materials, to figure out if you really need disc brakes and to discover if the bike’s a good fit for you.
Then I rounded up the best bikes for your budget and riding style.