Going from a flat bar hybrid to a drop bar road bike can be one of the most exciting yet challenging and major changes you can make! Not only is your centre of gravity and balance affected (you will probably notice this first!), but the gears are different and braking (especially if you're also going from a rim brake to a disc brake!) are also super different. Whether you're completely new to cycling, or whether you've been riding a while and have - for whatever reason - decided to buy yourself a dropbar roadie, here are 4 things to expect!...
#fitspo. It's topical, apparently. You may have seen some coverage on the news or around social media on research that shows using the hashtag #fitspo and constantly seeing a barage of bikini bodies with 14% body fat is actually causing many women to feel negatively about their bodies... and instead of being 'motivating' (ie, I'ma head to the gym right now and do 1,000 crunches) it ends up causing feelings of inadequacy and may even be a trigger for disordered eating and unhealthy amounts of exercise. This opinion piece articulates something I have felt for quite a long time but...
Ok, ok, I've given in! Over the last year my friends have been having a great time out there on trails and bridleways, and I’ve missed out because I’ve only had a road bike - until now! To see what this off-road riding experience is all about, I've dipped my toe and bought an entry-level cyclocross bike - and so far, I'm happy. The upright geometry and wide, flared bars make for a comfortable riding position and the 30c tyres are brilliant on ropey surfaces. I can double it up as a commuter bike, and yet it still feels close...
What The Hell Are Spokes? Spokes are the thin rods that connect the outer edge (rim) of the bicycle wheel to its centre (hub). The number of spokes a wheel has depends on the type of bike, but typically spokes have two distinct ends: the hub end and the rim end. The 'hub end' has a 90 degree bend in it so it can attach to the hub, as well as a disc or 'head' on it so it stays in place. The 'rim end' has threaded grooves on it so that when it passes through a hole in the...
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