Mark King

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101 Cycling Tips to Completely Transform Your Bike Life

Ride better, get stronger, be happier, go faster, look nicer, stay safer, get fitter, smile wider, and lots more<p>Want to be a better cyclist? Just ride. Every time you turn the pedals, you naturally improve a little. Of course, one well-placed tip, trick, or nugget of wisdom can help you achieve …

Easy Bottom Bracket Repair

How to find the source of a creaky bottom bracket—and fix it<p>In more than 10 years of wrenching for pros and even more years as a bike shop mechanic, I've learned a few things about bottom bracket repair. Most surprisingly, what often sounds like a bottom bracket creak is usually something else. …

A Streamlined, Stylish (And Affordable!) Briefcase for Spring

<b>A little over two years ago</b>, I bought a proper briefcase from Topman. The York, it's called. As much as I loved my two Freitag bags (bought, if I may, before there was even an official Freitag store in Zurich, where the company was founded, much less on the Bowery), I was getting, well, mature, and …

How to Care for Your Shoes in This Shtty Weather

<b>What to Do When You're Soaking F**king Wet:</b><p>You were caught in a downpour and/or snowstorm on your way home from work. Act fast and do as follows.<p><b>Stuff your shoes</b> with crumpled-up newspaper and dry slowly, away from direct heat. Before they're entirely dry, insert cedar shoe trees to make sure they …

Cycling Tips: Ride Efficiently

Get more out of your engine by learning to ride efficiently.<p>As cyclists, we can generate only about one-half horsepower, so it helps to maximize our efficiency. Winter can be a great time to focus on refining cycling technique, especially if you're riding indoors. Here are two drills that will help …

Perfect Pedaling: Get a Better Pedal Stroke

Get the most energy from each crank revolution with these tips for proper pedaling<p>Pedaling in a simple circle is a complex thing, but mastering it can save energy, says Todd Carver, biomechanist at Colorado's Boulder Center for Sports Medicine. He says that with proper ankling (shown here; not the …

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 …

Break Wind

Five easy tricks for befriending the blast<p>The wind is an equal-opportunity element: It batters everyone, from tough old pros to weekend warriors. Consider a rider pedaling along at a brisk, 20-mph pace in calm conditions. If a headwind of only 10 mph kicks up, the rider's speed drops to 16 mph for …

Beyond Our Limits

It was a strange and moving ride—and that was before the thing with the sheep<p>I heard the ragged breathing and knew that whoever had finally gotten on my wheel was suffering. I didn’t feel good either but, bound for a hot shower after 75 miles, I was all about obstinacy. The two boys in front were …

Declan Squared: Stylish Microfiber Pocket Squares & Handkerchiefs

Well here’s a cool idea. <b>Declan Squared</b> is a fashion-conscious line of microfiber pocket square and handkerchief cleaning cloths – so we can keep our iPads and other favorite touch devices clean and have a bit of style while doing so.<p>Here’s a little bit of their intro on Kickstarter:<p>Squared is 12×12 …

Bicycling's 50 Golden Rules

The cycling standards you need to know<p>Cyclists are innovators, constantly hunting for an edge. Over the last half-century, we've tried thousands of methods to become stronger, faster, and smarter on a bike—many of which have been discarded through the years.<p>These are the rules that have …

Xspin Bluetooth Sensor Is Like GPS Tracking For Indoor Bicycle And Elliptical Rides [First Look]

Now that winter has hit the country, cycling has moved indoors for much of the U.S. That means straddling a stationary bike or throwing your trusty road or mountain bike up on a stand (or if you’re really brave, rollers).<p>That’s where the Xspin comes in. it’s a small box filled with sensors and a …

Transform Your iPhone 5 Into a Sleek Utility Toolbox | Cult of Mac Deals

<i>Please note: Only available to customers in the continental United States. The sale price includes shipping and all sales are final.</i><p>THE GOODS<p>The great Spanish author Miguel De Cervantes once said, "The man who is prepared has his battle half-fought." The team at IN1 must've had these words in mind …

Cycling Tips With Rapid Returns

We all want to get better, faster, and leaner, but the work involved can seem overwhelming—unless you take it one step at a time. Here are small changes that add up to big results.<p><b>Strike Oil</b> <br>Oiling your chain at least once a week (at minimum, every 100 miles) will not only make you faster due to …

Fall Foliage Bike Routes

Get out and enjoy the fall colors with 16 of our favorite routes from across the country.

Seattle Wants to Heat Itself Using Waste Heat From Data Centers

Seattle is considering the idea of using waste heat from data centers to heat itself, funnelling energy from gigantic server rooms into a new …

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Self-Contained Solar-Powered Streetlights Stay Completely Off the Grid

Those long dark stretches of highway out in the middle of nowhere without any streetlights might soon be a thing of the past thanks to the engineers …

Clean Energy

NYC Manhole Covers Could Soon Charge Your Electric Car's Battery

New York City’s iconic (and sometimes terrifying) manhole covers haven’t changed in decades, but they may be about to gain a whole new purpose—as …

Electric Vehicles

I Have Seen the Future and It's a One-Handed Magnetic Zipper

Under Armour is making the bold claim that it's finally "fixed zippers." And while its innovative new Magzip feature probably isn't going to change …

Under Armour

This Huge Solar Thermal Plant Makes Electricity Even in the Dark

The primary complaint against solar power—that it, you know, requires the sun—is perfectly valid. But Arizona's new Solana Generating Station, the …

Clean Energy

The Reunion of 3rd Bass, Hip-Hop's Most Dysfunctional Family

<b>About 20 or so years ago,</b> things were so bad between Prime Minister Pete Nice and MC Serch that the two trailblazing rappers went years without speaking and, despite all their work together, were content to pretend the other didn't exist.<p>After the ugly and abrupt 1991 demise of 3rd Bass, Serch, a …

How to Stay Alive in Traffic

Pro Alex Stieda's tips and techniques will help you thrive on any road<p>Most of us invariably need to ride close to vehicles on the road. It's a trite analogy, but I always keep it in mind when I'm riding in traffic: two tons of metal versus about 200 pounds of bike, bone and muscle—who's going to …

The STATION: A Bamboo Caddy For Everyday Living | Cult of Mac Deals

THE GOODS<p>Desk clutter. *It's a problem we all face*. The 100% bamboo STATION is the solution. *Functional, minimalist, eco-friendly* - what else could you ask for in a desk organizer?<p>WHY WE LOVE IT<p>It *adds* order, and *takes nothing away*. The *natural grain* of the bamboo is *universally elegant* …

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 …

The Great Mechanic Within

Why learning to fix your bike makes riding it a richer experience--and why you should never, ever carpet-tape your tire to your rim<p>We should leave many projects in our lives to professionals. For example, relatively few people are qualified to cut their own hair or perform their own surgery, and …