How to Buy a Bicycle: Take our Quiz to Find the Perfect Bike

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To a new cyclist, entering a bike shop can feel like setting foot on another planet. Suddenly you’re surrounded by gadgets and gizmos. Electronic this and carbon that. And “Holy hell! They’re asking HOW much for a jersey or a pair of socks?!” The world of cycling comes with its own language and unique set of unspoken rules. So how do you navigate this strange new land and fit in with the locals?

It’s time to demystify the process and cut through the jargon so you can score the perfect shiny new toy. These tips will help you buy a bicycle that’s perfect for you.

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Where to Watch Any Pro Cycling on TV and Online: The Ultimate Fan’s Guide 2019

 

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Being a cycling fan in America is frustrating. For one month a year the Tour de France lands in our living rooms, giving the impression that the US is rabid about the sport. Then television race coverage dwindles for the rest of the season and we’re forced to seek alternate ways to watch our beloved sport. All too often this means settling for replays of the last 5k on YouTube, well after the race has finished and internet spoilers announced who won.

So what gives? Why is it so hard to watching cycling in the US and how can we catch these races in full? We’ll also show you how to watch unlimited Eurosport in the US. 

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Lazer Z1 Review: The Swiss Army Knife of Helmets

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Updated 9/30/17

Helmet hair. Helmet head. Forgoing a helmet altogether.

It’s rare for cyclists to display much love for their lids. And for good reason. There’s nothing worse than an uncomfortable or ill-fitting helmet rattling your skull for hours. The best helmet is one you forget about until you actually need it.

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9 Essential Bike Race Tips for Beginners

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There’s nothing worse than showing up to your first cycling race dressed incorrectly or being the unlucky rider who causes a crash in the field. Fortunately most rookie mistakes are completely avoidable. Follow these bike race tips and you’ll not only gain the trust of other’s in your field– an important element if you want to race for a team — but also discover just how much fun bike racing can be! 

I’ve compiled 9 rookie racing mistakes and how to avoid them. Hint: Avoiding mistake number 9 alone could cost you thousands of dollars!

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GoPro Hero4 Black vs Silver: Find Your Perfect Action Camera

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If you’re looking to add an action camera to your cycling set-up, you can’t go wrong with a GoPro. They’re the industry standard in action cams, offering every feature you can imagine to capture your wildest adventures. But which camera is right for you?  The GoPro Hero4 Black and the Hero4 Silver look very similar, but have a few distinct differences.

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Test Your Climbing Legs: Exclusive Photo Review of the Epic Zwift Island Climb

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Switchbacks, sustained climbs, bridges and fast, flowy descents are all features of Zwift’s Watopia Mountain Expansion.  You can test your legs on two routes: The Mountain 8 and The Pretzel. 

Whichever you choose, bring your climbing legs and prepare to suffer like a Grand Tour rider.

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How to Find the Best Bike Pump: The Ultimate Guide to This Key Bike Tool

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Updated 12/26/16

A good floor pump is the one tool every cyclist should own. Running tires at their optimal pressure not only improves performance, but reduces the risk of pinch flats. The goal is to spend less time wrestling with a pump and more time in the saddle.  Here are our top picks. 

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Essential Bike Tools: Buyer’s Guide for the Beginner Mechanic

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Updated 11/20/16

DIY bicycle wrenching might sound intimidating, but consider this: Having a few essential bike tools and the skills to perform basic maintenance will not only save you significant cash in the long run, but could also save you from a long walk home if you snap a chain or pop a spoke in the middle of nowhere.

There are a few basic bike tools that every cyclist should own, some aren’t even bike specific (ie: they can be found cheaply at a hardware store). Every cyclist should know how to lube a chain, fix a flat and properly clean a bike. In fact, a cleaned and degreased bike should be first on the list before a tool ever touches it.

The right tools will help you replace a chain, cables and housing, as well as adjust brakes, remove a cassette or straighten misaligned wheels. I suggest pairing this guide with a bicycle maintenance book such as The Big Blue Book of Bicycle Maintenance or the recently updated Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance and, if in doubt, always consult your local bike shop before attempting a hero move that could compromise your bike or result in more repairs.

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13 Cycling Quotes That Will Transform the Way You Ride

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Whether you want to climb stronger and faster, eat to perform or avoid cycling injuries, these winning strategies will keep you at the top of your game. Here are 13 cycling quotes from the pros to inspire your next ride. 

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Get Fast! 8 Top Carbon Fiber Road Bikes Under $2,000

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Last updated: 10/16/17

If you’re looking for an upgrade or are ready to get serious about investing in a road bike, these top road bikes under $2,000 are a great place to start. This price point hits the sweet spot between entry level road bikes and more serious racing machines.

Drop 2k and you’ll have the pleasure of riding full carbon fiber. You’ll get a taste of a lighter bike that’s more speed and performance oriented. These tend to be solid all-day rides or decent entry level race bikes.

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