Christopher Farnsworth

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Road bike groupsets: everything you need to know

A road bike groupset is the collection of components that make you stop and go — in other words, the drivetrain, shifters and brakes.<p>Plenty of …

Best bike tech of 2013: BikeRadar Most Wanted Awards 2013 - The Winners

How to Make Riding Even More Fun

It may be true that a bad day on the bike is better than a good day off it—but here are 21 silly and simple ways to make the greatest sport greater<p>1. Sing. Loud. As you pass pedestrians, people in their yards, getting into their cars.<p>2. Ride a fondo with your dad, or mom, or children. Or all of …

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Your Bike Pedal Guide

Simple tips to buy, use, and maintain the mechanisms beneath your feet<p><b>Think Quality</b> <br>Most of us don’t need the priciest pedals. But when you spend even $50 more than the cheapest model available, you upgrade from lower-quality steel alloy to stainless or titanium, giving you a stronger pedal that’s …

How to Avoid 8 Common Road Biking Hazards

Former Olympian and current USA Cycling coach David Brinton rides bikes for a living—and as a professional stuntman, he used to get paid to crash them, too. Brinton shares some advice on how he handles his bike in eight common road hazards. (For more skill-building and learning how to commute by …

A Place in the Sun

The Hotter’n Hell Hundred rolls riders through one of the bleakest, most godforsaken landscapes imaginable—at a time of year when temperatures regularly top 100 degrees. Why on earth do so many people want to ride it?<p>THIS IS THE SUN: It first appears on this day at 6:55 a.m., a few timid rays of …

The Perfectly Packed Pack

14 essentials you need for every ride<p>When was the last time you checked the contents of your hydration pack? Take 10 minutes to clean house and replenish your supplies—chances are you've accumulated unnecessary items, or used up your mountain biking essentials. For a two-hour ride in predictable …

Best Fall Bike Fondos

Test your end-of-season fitness on one of these autumn fondos. <i>—Christine Bucher</i>

Remember the Time

Rides end. The stories about them never do.<p>Afterward, I never even made it into the bike shop. I staggered to one of the rickety wooden chairs out front and sat and took the Saturday-afternoon sun like a tonic. Chris had gone and bought a six-pack from the pizza place, and Josh opened the bottles …

How to Turn Your Road Bike Into Tri Bike

You don't need a whole new bike to go from road cycling to triathlons

Bike Headset Repair

How to snug up a wobbly headset in less than 10 minutes<p>If your threadless bike headset has more chatter than a Sunday afternoon church social, it's probably loose. A rattling headset will make your steering sloppy—and if you don't fix the problem, the constant knocking will ovalize your head tube …

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Chris King Gourmet Century: Taster's Choice

Would a true cyclist go all out to conquer the windswept and gravel-strewn roads--or save something for the silver-dollar pancakes topped with tart berry compote?<p>As the road's pitch steepened and the next switchback materialized ahead of us, I asked myself a question nothing in all my previous …

Ride Into History

This summer, don't just ride. Point your bike toward one of these iconic destinations and double the fun.<p>One time, a buddy of mine who had plenty of Tennessee whiskey in his system told me that during the Confederate siege of Chattanooga in 1863, General Ulysses S. Grant would occasionally step …

PROTKT Your iPhone 5 While you Ride with Wahoo Fitness

Using your iPhone 5 as a cycling computer? GPS? If you’re taking it with you, you might as well protect it – with something like Wahoo Fitness’ new …

How to Buy Bib Shorts

Bib shorts can improve your ride, but only if you buy the right pair<p>Once they get past the bike-shorts-­with-suspenders look, most cyclists embrace bibs. The shoulder straps are not only more comfortable than a waistband, they also do a better job of keeping your chamois­ in the right spot, …

Found: Fuser Mixes Ambient Sounds with Your Music for Safer Headphone Use

The video may look a little like an infomercial, but the idea is interesting. Riding safely with headphones is a problem lots of companies have been …

SFPD Now Shaming Bike Thieves On Twitter

Well, this is just great news for anyone who's ever had a bike stolen in San Francisco (which is everyone with a bike in San Francisco, basically): …

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Four Small But Essential Bike Parts

These tiny parts have big jobs to do—show them some love<p>These tiny parts have big jobs to do—show them some love

Ride Like a Jedi This Winter with a Star Wars Buff by Buffwear

Put down the lightsaber and spare that Tauntaun, Buffwear is now offering Star Wars Buffs to keep you comfortable and warm. If you aren’t familiar …

Master the Mountains

With the right strategy, you can reach the top of any hill with ease<p>Many riders at my camps are anxious about their climbing skills—specifically, whether they'll be able to keep up with the group. Pro riders struggle with the same issue. When we watch the Tour de France on TV, we always see the …

Trick the Trainer

Use these three strategies to saddle up and get the most out of indoor spins<p>If you were asked to visualize the perfect ride, you probably wouldn’t describe squirming atop a stationary trainer, trapped indoors and fighting off trainer boredom on a winter day. The perfect ride would take place …

Ramp Up Your Training

Your fittest season ever starts now<p>Whether you've been logging big rides, or just hit the road again, there’s still time to take your riding to another level this season. I’ve created two training plans to guide you through these next key weeks. To figure out the one that’s right for you, ask …

Technical FAQ: Tubeless for road, gravel

Ideal tire pressure?<p><b>Dear Lennard,</b><br>As a tubeless convert, I always find your articles on them interesting and informative.<p>I recently mounted new …

Unboxed: Garmin re-launches Vector pedal-based power meter

The Garmin Vector is finally here.<p>Garmin’s long awaited pedal-based power meter arrives on the heels of half a decade of development, from humble …