Cycling

  1. Charity Cycling Events

    Cycling is a sport which is widely participated in by commuters and athletes. This is because it is a fantastic way to keep fit while reducing the pollution caused by your vehicles when travelling to and from work. Also, cycling can be an enjoyable activity for the whole family as it can provide hours of fun planning and exploring your local areas.

    But when you are out on a bike ride enjoying the fresh air, have you ever thought to yourself how much more you can get out of this passion? There are a number of cycling events available for you to get involved with and you can raise money for a charity close to your heart too. So why not sign up to a ride near you and make a difference to someone’s life today!? Below we will look into the different charity events you can join in with along with what it takes to participate.

    What are Charity Bike Events?

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  2. Electric Power Assisted Bikes

    Cycling is such a popular activity when the weather is nice and can also be used as a form of commuting instead of catching the bus or using your car. However, when looking to purchase a new bike, there is a wide range of types available for different requirements. And within this post we will take a look at the pros and cons of owning a power assisted bike.

    How do E-Bikes Work?Electric Power Assisted Bikes Motor

    Assisted bikes such as electric and powered types are like most normal road bikes, but they have one significant difference. Typically an assisted bike contains a motor, which when switched on, can greatly assist with the handling of the ride when you are travelling against a high resistance such as uphill or in a windy environment.

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  3. The History and Evolution of Bike Gears

    When you saddle up on your bike and head out for a daily ride for fitness or pleasure, how much time do you spend thinking about the gears between your feet? Unless there's a problem with them, your answer will likely be "not very much." For most road cyclists, shifting gears is second nature and a part of muscle memory, so it makes sense that it would be something one takes for granted. However, did you know that the convenience of modern derailleurs is a relatively recent invention? Bicycles themselves are not very old, with less than two centuries of history on the books, but reliable gears are an even more recent invention. 

    Consider it: the earliest bicycles, the penny farthings with which we're all familiar, had no gears at all, or even a bicycle chain to speak of; instead, it was all about a one-to-one ratio of pedal strokes to wheel rotations. Naturally, this maderiding incredibly difficult — and dangerous. That's why the first modern-looking bikes were called "safet

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  4. New Mountain Bike Releases for 2018

    Mountain biking has forever been a popular way of exercising amongst all ages. And we are here today to give you a brief overview of the latest releases this year. Splitting the launches up into variating price ranges allows you to see the quality and specification you are aiming for, for your budget when it comes to purchasing the latest equipment.

    Under £1,000

    Giant Talon 1 £849

    https://www.giant-bicycles.com/int/talon-1

    New Mountain Bike Releases for 2018 Giant TalonThis mountain bike can be ordered straight from the manufacturer’s website for £849. From there you can choose your required size from their impressive range of shapes catering on a rati

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  5. Understanding Paralympic Cycling: How Does This Intense Competition Work?

    At the competitive level, cycling is perhaps one of the toughest sports out there due to the level of physical conditioning necessary to succeed. That is why races such as the Tour de France receive so much attention and acclaim. For amateur cyclists, the Olympics provide a path to competition that allows them the opportunity to test their skills against tough opponents in the context of international cooperation. However, the able-bodied racers who show up every four years to hit the road and the track aren't the only ones hungry to compete for medals. Shortly after the conclusion of the "main" Olympics, the Paralympics begin in the very same arenas. Cycling is one of the more popular sports at the Paralympic Games, and draws athletes with a wide range of physical abilities, from those with limited sight to athletes who use uniquehand-powered bicycles.

    As with many of the sports that take place in the Paralympics, the cycling events are a testament to what the human body is

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  6. New Road Bike Releases in 2018

    Road bikes are always a popular purchase, but when it comes to investing in the best quality goods for your budget, it becomes a difficult task. Within this article we will explore a variety of bicycles that slot into price ranges such as under £1,000, £1,000 to £3,500 and over £3,500. Whether you are after an affordable or high-end style road bike, we have covered a range of equipment that have been launched recently by their manufacturers.

    Under £1,000

    Specialized Allez Elite - £999

    https://www.specializedconceptstore.co.uk/bikes/model/allez/

    The Specialized Allez Elite comes in two colours which can be purchased from the manufacturer themselves or any respective re-distributor. Light Blue/Rocket Red is the prefect choice for those who want to stand out as the vibrant colouring

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  7. Your Guide to Buying a Brand-New Mountain Bike

    In the saddle of a well-built mountain bike, the world can feel like it is yours to conquer. As you dominate trails, dodge roots, andravines, and push your body to its limits riding off the beaten path, the right bike ensures you not only always feel like you're in control, but that you also sense that your equipment is working with you, and not against you. From the right kind of tyresto the proper amount of "give" and flex in the frame, there are a lot of things to consider when purchasing a mountain bike. For those shopping on a budget, or especially if you're coming to look at what's on the market after some time away, that can be an intimidating task.

    Armed with the right knowledge and some sense of which brands out there are worth your trust, though, you can approach the task with a much better chance of coming away with the best bike for you. From matching models to your budget range to understanding some of the jargonyou'll hear tossed around both online and in bike

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  8. Your Quick Guide to Buying a Road Bike in 2018

    A road bike is simplyone of the best ways to get around andexercise at the same time. Not everyone has access to good mountain biking trails or the desire to tackle that toughterrain every day. A touring bike won't be the best option if you want to improve your fitness or even commute to work, either, as their design focuses on rides over a short distance and for leisure. Where do you go once you've chosen to buy a road bike, though? There are a lot of elements to consider, and depending on your budget, a new bike can come with a hefty price tag. Avoiding buyer's remorse and the frustration of making a return or exchangemeans equipping yourself with the right information to start.

    Heading into a bike shop without any research or preparation can be an overwhelming experience, though, and it can leave you at the mercy of a pushy salesperson. For that reason, it's best to spend some time thinking about what you need from a bike and how much you can afford to spendon this

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  9. What is the Point of Doing Hill Repeats? Why This Punishing Workout Matters

    Cycling for fitness is necessarily different than cyclingas training for a race or another pursuit. A racer's approach is often very hardcore, with multiple days of hard riding every week and a lifestyle focused aroundthe bike. For those of us who hop on to lose calories and develop our bodies more generally, we don't need to take the same strict, high-levelapproach as these athletes. However, that doesn't mean we can't learn plenty about how to improve our workouts by observing and considering what racers do to improve. One of the things you'll often hear moreseriouscyclists talk (and complain) about is the hill repeat: going back up and down a hill repeatedly.

    If you dread tackling hills during your ride and try to avoid them, the first thing you might ask is "Why?" It sounds awful, and in truth,it can definitelybe a challengingand demanding exercise. However, athletes wouldn't work it into their routine if there were no benefits to be gained from participation. So, what d

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  10. Protecting Your Purchase: How to Choose the Right Lock for Your Bicycle

    Take a moment to imagine this scenario which is unfortunately all too common around the world. You ride your bike to run an errand, say to grab some groceries to make dinner that evening, and when you arrive, you park your bike outside. You may even take the extra step of using a lock to secure your bike to a post or other object. When you return from your errand, you step outside and realise with horror that your bike isn't where you left it — it's been stolen. While no one wants to contend with the consequences of a bicycle theft, it happens with alarming frequency.

    No bike lock is perfect, but using a weak lock (or worse, none at all) is just asking for unscrupulous individuals to ride off with your prized possession. With the right choice, you can afford your bicycle more security while creating more peace of mind for yourself at the same time. However, there are tonnes of different locks out there on the market, and no shortage of conflicting information on which one is

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