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!...
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...
Recovery week in my monthly training I have a prescribed day off the bike. Damn. If I can’t ride, why not climb a tree? I’m standing on a ledge 15m high harnessed into a rope challenge course. I shout out to my teen daughter, already scrambled across the swinging rope wall, “I’m flipping out.” She yells, “just start, if you fall the harness will catch you.” Yeah great. I step out with a shaking body that doesn’t sync well with the swaying. She yells an after-thought, “Mum you’re only scared because you’re thinking about this too much.” Boom. I almost...
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