A Grand Unified Theory of Shred: Lee McCormack on Mastering Mountain Bike Skills, Bike Fit and Finding Your Flow

When you ride your mountain bike with skill and confidence, time slows down. Your whole world becomes the few feet of trail in front of you and you just flow. There’s nothing like it.

More time in the saddle only takes you so far in this pursuit, which is where learning from a teacher like Lee McCormack comes in. His book Mastering Mountain Bike Skills, classes, and “Lee Likes Bikes” online school exist for those who want to achieve the kung-fu bike skills that lead to this transcendent experience

I joined the Lee Likes Bikes online school to get a taste of Lee’s teaching style and then caught up with the mtb guru later to hear his take on everything from his research to the state of the bicycle industry and how he balances family life with his unconventional career.

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The Ultimate Trail Slayer?: In-Depth Pivot Mach 5.5 Carbon Review

It seemed natural to take the Pivot Mach 5.5 carbon X01 Eagle to the top of Burke Mountain in Vermont’s Kingdom Trails for its test run. Filled with rock gardens, gnarly roots and epic berms, these trails were made to rip and huck at speed. Is it a cross country bike, progressive trail or all mountain? Regardless of what you call it, the Mach 5.5 turned out to be the perfect tool for the job.

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Fix Flats Fast! How to Change a Bike Tire: The Ultimate Guide

fix flats fast! how to change a bike tire: the ultimate guide

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.

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The Best MTB Hydration Packs 2018: The Definitive Guide

best hydration pack for mountain biking

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.

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How to Climb Hills Like a Boss on a Road Bike: The Definitive Guide

how to climb hills on a road bike

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.

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The Best Cycling Base Layer for Every Season: The Ultimate Guide

Best Cycling Base Layer

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

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Amazon Prime Day 2018: The Best Cycling Deals Now

best amazon prime day cycling deals

 

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.

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Fix It Fast: The Best Cycling Multi-Tools + Buying Guide

The Best Cycling Multi-Tools + Buying Guide

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.

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Bike Chain Lube 101: How to Choose the Best and Apply It

How to Choose the Best and Apply It

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.

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