1. The Pros and Cons of Turbo Trainers and Using Zwift

    11th May 2017.At its core, finding ways to exercise should be simple enough: go for a run, dive into the pool, or climb on your bike. For one reason or another, though, it can be tough to use these basic methods and maintain interest long enough to develop better fitness. For others, it might be a case of simply not having a safe space in which to exercise. For those who like to ride bikes, this can be a particular problem. You might live in a big city or in a place where riding a bike outdoors isn't easy. If you don't like spin machines, either, then what options do you have left? "Turbo trainers" are growing in popularity, and you might be curious about whether they're worth a try. If you aren't familiar, a turbo trainer is a piece of home equipment to which you secure your bike frame. They feature a built-in unit for generating resistance on your bicycle's wheels, simulating the feel of the road outdoors. Riders no longer must stare

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  2. Should You Upgrade Your Old Mountain Bike, or Replace It Altogether?

    24th April 2017. For adrenaline junkies and fitness lovers alike, nothing presents quite the same challenge as mountain biking. Whether you're travelling off-road or tackling seriously rough terrain to challenge your body, the bike you ride determines a great deal about the experience you have. Everything from the pedals to the saddle can have an impact on your riding experience. Over time, you may come to feel that your current mountain bicycle isn't doing the job well enough anymore. It might be because you've improved your skills, or because you want to change up the type of terrain you ride. Either way, you're now faced with a question many bike owners struggle with every year: should I buy a new mountain bike, or try upgrading the one I have now?

    With no end to the industry for aftermarket bicycle parts, upgrading is a feasible option for many individuals. After all, there are readily available parts, and you may even know

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  3. Training Like a Pro Boxer: Hints and Tips

    17th April 2017.The bell rings, and suddenly two fighters are circling each other, their feet dancing back and forth as they look for an opening to make the first strike. When a gloved punch finally connects with its target, the crowd roars to life. There's no doubt that boxing is one of the most exciting sports. As you watch, do you ever wonder what type of routine boxers use to develop their incredible physiques? It's natural to be curious ? after all, it must take an incredibly rigorous workout on a regular basis to achieve those results. Well, why not explore the world of boxing training for yourself? You don't need to train for a fight, but that doesn't mean you can't take advantage of the way boxers exercise. When you want to develop strength, agility, and boost muscle mass, this is one of the better workouts to approach. Keep in mind that this is a fitness plan with a high-intensity level. Though you can tailor it to your needs,

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  4. Should You Upgrade Your Road Bike?

    3rd April 2017.As both an exercise and an activity, road cycling offers its participants an enormous amount of diversity in experience. From different types of terrain, like punishing uphills and undulating roadways, to the many sights and sounds of the world around you, there's lots to love. How long have you been using the same bicycle, though? If you're starting to notice performance problems, it's time to face an important question for every cyclist: should you upgrade your current bike, or just buy a brand new one? One of the fun things about a road bike is the ability to customise it not just in appearance but in function as well. You can change practically every major operating component on the bike in a variety of ways to yield different results. If your bike isn't producing the performance you need any more; changing parts can be a viable option. However, in some cases, it can turn quite expensive based on what you want from the

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  5. A Beginner's Guide to Mountain Biking

    20th March 2017. When the spring weather is at its peak, and the conditions outside are perfect, you have the perfect motivation to find ways to spend as much time outdoors as possible. The whole family should want to seize the opportunity to enjoy the weather and some physical activity too. What about bicycling? While cycling together can be fun, your local area may not have many interesting routes to use. Traffic and other safety issues also come into play. What if you could enjoy the vigorous physical exercise of cycling in a vastly more attractive setting? You and other members of your family can do just that with the exciting sport of mountain biking. Not just a way to change the scenery and reignite your interest in bicycles, it's a thrilling activity, too. Have you ever watched a video of a pro biker tackling a tough course? They can make even the biggest drops look easy to handle. Though you won't need to "catch air" in such an
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  6. A Beginner's Guide to Road Cycling: The Perfect Spring Activity

    27th February 2017.When was the last time you went bike riding? For many, the answer probably lies some time in the distant past. Even if you have a bike out in the garage, it might not see much use at all. Why not, though? Cycling can be a very fun and rewarding fitness activity for individuals of all ages. With the chilly days of winter fading away and the warmth of spring breaking out, there's no better time to saddle up and go cycling. If you've never thought about taking road cycling seriously, though, taking those first steps can seem daunting and difficult. It doesn't have to be that way, though. Despite the different handlebars, riding a road bike should feel comfortable and familiar to almost anyone. With the right preparations, a thoughtful approach, and a can-do attitude for having fun, you can come to love cycling in the spring. It may even be something you choose to stick with through the remainder of the year. Where should

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  7. Preparing for Your Cycling Tour: Planning and Packing

    13th February 2017.There's no greater test of your cycling prowess nor any better way to experience freedom on two wheels than to undertake a cycling tour. Preparing for a tour takes a lot of work, and quite a lot of heavy training, too! When you finally lock your front door, saddle up on your bike, and pedal off towards the horizon, though, you'll know that all that hard work was worth your time. If you feel like you're finally in the right shape to handle a multi-day cycling tour, it's time to lay the groundwork for your departure. You can't just jump on your bike and head off because you feel physically fit enough. Instead, you'll want to make sure you have a well-developed plan in place and ready. From planning the path you'll cycle to figuring out what to bring along in your saddlebags, there's plenty to do before you leave. In this article, we'll cover the basics of choosing a route, packing, and planning for a successful trip on

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  8. Quick Tips for Cycling Up and Down Hills

    2nd February 2017.For cyclists everywhere, the sight of a hill on the horizon often inspires feelings of dread and pre-emptive exhaustion. Maybe you feel a little weakness in your legs just thinking about pumping the pedals harder and harder to get up and over that incline! If you've been going out of your way to avoid hills because of the extra effort they require, it's time to stop. Not only are hills one of the best challenges around for bike riders, but that challenge can help you further hone your physical fitness, too. Whether you want to tackle a hilly race challenge or you just want to stop tailoring your route around avoiding hills, you can improve your ability with practice. If you have a hard time going up and coming back down again on your bike, though, you might not know where to begin. Fortunately, there are many useful strategies to use for training on hills. Once you get the hang of it, you may even start to enjoy the difficulty.

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  9. Training Tips for a Multi-Day Cycling Tour

    23rd January 2017.When you cycle for exercise, you see a lot more of the world around you than you would any other way, even by running. Cycling lets you hit a higher top speed, and with the right endurance work, you can go for miles and miles. Over time, though, you might see much of what your town or city has to offer. Seeing the same sights can lead to boredom setting in, which can threaten the regularity of your fitness activities. Perhaps it's time to ramp up the challenge and push yourself farther than ever before. If you don't want to participate in a more competitive atmosphere like a cycling race, though, what can you do instead? Why not try a cycling tour that spans multiple days? A multi-day ride allows you to indulge in the best of both worlds: you can cover a lot more ground and see tonnes of interesting sights while also testing the limits of your endurance. Of course, you can't just hop on your bike and ride off into the

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  10. Winter Tips for Bicycle Maintenance and Care

    16th January 2017. For the cyclist, winter presents many challenges ? some of them are good, and yet some of them not quite so fun! Pushing yourself to keep cycling your usual distance even when it's cold out can help you to build up toughness and endurance you would miss out on otherwise. It's also a good time of year to work on improvements in your fitness, rather than succumbing to the desire to stay indoors. However, on the days when you decide to take your bike out instead of hitting the spin machine, there's no telling just what kind of conditions you'll face. While it's important for you to prepare yourself physically for winter biking, your bicycle is going to need some TLC as well. Why? Throughout most of the year, the most maintenance you probably need to worry about is changing your chain every once in a while. Perhaps you might need a new tyre, or to patch an old one. However, the outdoor conditions during the winter place

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