James Shepherd

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Gimp, The Free Alternative to Photoshop, Looks Impressive in Version 2.8

There is a perception amongst many of us that free software is often clunky with poorly designed user interfaces that hinder productivity rather than …

The End Is Not Near

In his first gran fondo, a novice cyclist confronts slashing rain, slippery corners, champion riders, grueling climbs, and the most profound questions of human existence and life—such as, exactly how does one change a flat tire?<p>I'm not going to hold anything back, so I might as well tell you I got …

A Quick-Fix Guide

25 solutions to vexing problems<p><b>EVERY TIME YOU FIX A PUNCTURE, THE NEW TUBE GOES FLAT</b><br>If the holes in the tube are on the bottom, the rim strip may be out of position, allowing the tube to get cut by the spokes. If they're on the top, there may be some small sharp object stuck in the tire. Find it by …

Bike Repair: Tubeless Tire Tricks

Smart, simple, proven tips for keeping your tubeless tires trouble-free<p>Many riders choose tubeless tires because they offer superior traction, fewer flats, and a smoother ride. Others have either not yet tried tubeless or have tried it and been scared off by the lack of reliability and excess …

Reach Your Ideal Cycling Weight

Find it, reach it—and stay lean for life<p>Behold the mighty pound. Each one has potential. To put raw power into your pedals. To outsprint the masses to the line. To ascend the likes of Mont Ventoux. But pack on too many (especially of the non-power-producing variety—in other words, fat) and they'll …

Savio aiming for big time in 2016 with Venezuelan backing

LEON, Spain (VN) — Gianni Savio, one of the most nimble team managers in cycling, is hoping to finally arrive to the big time with backers from …

Technical FAQ: Spreading disc pads and tubeless road failure

Happy Thanksgiving week, readers! This week we’ll address a quick question on disc brake pad installation and then look at a reader’s letter about …

Amazing Tips for Beginner Bike Riders

During their inaugural year of riding, people soak up enormous amounts of knowledge about how to ride--often by making blunders. Here, some notes from the steepest slope on the learning curve, and a guide to avoiding common rookie mistakes.<p><b>IT'S SIMPLE TO START RIDING A BIKE</b> if all you're going to …

How Calories Work

You eat, burn, and count them. Here’s how to master calories.<p><b>What They Are</b><br>A measurement of energy in food. Scientists estimate it using a formula that factors in a food’s macronutrient content. The key word here is estimate—things like fiber or how much a food is processed can affect calorie count. …

Must See: Johan Bruyneel tells broadcaster he's 'done with cycling'

Johan Bruyneel recently made a rare media appearance, telling Luxembourg broadcaster RTL that he’s “pretty much done with cycling.”<p>The report, with …

Why Cyclists Should Be Base Training

Why it pays to ride easy and build up cycling base mileage, especially if you want to go fast<p>If you’ve ever signed up for a charity ride, fondo, or other endurance event and wondered how you’d fit in all the training, you no doubt rejoiced upon learning about the benefits of high-intensity interval …

Scarponi says new teammate Nibali will win the 2014 Tour de France

MILAN (VN) — Chris Froome (Sky) may be more complete and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) may be a better climber, but Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) is smarter, …

Boost Your Ride with Caffeine: A User's Guide

A cyclist's guide to amplifying performance with the stimulant<p>Caffeine may be the most widely used stimulant drug in the world, especially among cyclists. From roadies who sip espresso to downhillers who pound an energy drink before a race, the allure of a preride pick-me-up transcends cycling’s …

Best Rain Gear for Cyclists

Eight products that let you soak in the fun without getting drenched

UCI: Truth Commission to Launch in 2014

UCI president Brian Cookson says he's ironing out final details with WADA<p><b>JOHANNESBURG, November 13, 2013 (AFP) -</b> International cycling's "truth and reconciliation" commission after the Lance Armstrong doping scandal should be up and running early next year, the world cycling boss told AFP Wednesday.<p>…

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Faster Fitness

Nine short workouts that deliver big results.<p>The average pro cyclist trains 20 to 30 hours a week and logs 20,000 to 25,000 miles each year—farther than the average American drives in that time. Too many of us mere mortals mistakenly believe we need to approach that sort of volume to reach our …

The Mechanical Magic of Internally Geared Hubs

From the outside, internally geared hubs seem simple, but complicated works are inside. Here’s what makes Shimano’s Alfine hub turn.<p>Here are just five reasons why internally geared hubs like the Shimano Alfine deserve some awe and recognition.<p><b>1. Gear System</b><br>An interlocking set of gears, called a …

A year after USADA's reasoned decision, what's next?

For a year now, a list of names has lain buried beneath black ink; the names of riders, staff, those in the periphery of the sport who were, perhaps …

Cookson: Truth commission coming in early 2014

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) — International cycling’s truth commission should be up and running early next year, UCI president Brian Cookson said Wednesday. …

The Torqued Wrench: 13 road disc brake questions, answered

Let’s work under the assumption that you are interested in disc brakes. Perhaps it’s the poor weather performance that’s intriguing, or the …

Racing

Unbelievable Chris Horner

I’ve been sort of avoiding commenting on Chris Horner and his situation since……well since, I guess he started racing bikes. I’m a Chris Horner fan. I …

5 Painless Steps for Getting Rid of the Fear of Street Photography Once and for All

“Look at me,” he said. Complying, I turned in the man’s direction. “Look me in the eyes!”… I tried to raise my eyes and look into his, but I …

Exclusive interview: Tinkov talks about Twitter, doping and his dislike of team managers

Oleg Tinkov has revealed he is likely to create his own team for 2015 after negotiations with Cannondale about team ownership ended without an …

Cycling

Core Values

Get faster with our midsection makeover—no crunches required<p>You probably know that a strong core is key to ­riding better. But you may be surprised that there’s more to your core than just abs, and that relying on crunches alone won’t do the trick. Too many cyclists forget the muscles that cycling …