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Susie Mitchell Tackles the Rigorous Exercise While Pregnant Debate

<b>Susie Mitchell won the UCI Track Cycling Masters World Championships back in 2013, just 4 months after giving birth to her daughter. Making the</b> …

How to: Pump up your Bicycle Tyres - Total Women's Cycling

The valve is attached to the inner tube which sit between the rim and the tyre. The valve protrudes through an opening in the rim, and there are two …

Lose Weight Cycling: Everything you Need to Know - Total Women's Cycling

You’ll also need to invest in some comfortable, well-fitting and breathable cycling clothing. It’s not essential to wear padded shorts and lycra, but …

How Your GPS Lies to You

Why your unit reads a different mileage than a friend’s, even on the same ride—and what to do about it<p>Ever finished a century ride, only to see your GPS read 99 miles? Or wonder why the average speed and total elevation gain in your Strava activity are different than a friend’s, even though you did …

Crash Course: How to Handle a Car-Bike Collision

Here’s what you need to do if a car hits you while you’re riding<p>First, we want to say this: We hope you never need this info. May you never become intimately acquainted with the ins and outs of your health insurance policy—or with the front panel of a Chevy Tahoe. May you never need your helmet cam …

How to Stop a Charley Horse in the Middle of the Night

Discover what’s behind this painful cramp, and treat it so you can get back to sleep quicker<p>The dreaded charley horse: No one really knows how it got its name, but up to 60 percent of adults experience the occasional nocturnal leg cramp, which can feel like a painful spasm, tightening, or …

These 10 Products Will Help You Ride Farther and Recover Faster

Bicycling’s Fit Chick shares the gear she swears by when going really, really long

This Common Supplement Could Help You Ride Better at Altitude

For better thin-air cycling performance, iron supplements could be key<p>Altitude training is one of those dark arts where everyone has a different "secret recipe" for what makes you ride your best. One of the tips you often hear from top coaches is that you need to take extra iron to get the most …

8 Habits Fast Cyclists Swear By

Want to get speedier? Start forming these habits to make your next season the best one yet.<p>We’ve talked about how to be a happier cyclist, but what if what you really want is to get faster? While most of the advice is still the same, gaining speed requires adoption of a few habits that, while they …

How to Win Friends and Influence Strava Followers

Three of Strava’s most-followed amateur athletes share their secrets<p>Strava is an excellent cycling tool: It helps riders find new routes in their own backyards or while visiting new places, and is a great way to record rides and track progress. But it’s also a powerful form of social media. Riders …

6 Real-World Mental Tricks to Reach Your Cycling Goals

Make big gains with this expert advice from endurance legend Rebecca Rusch and sport psychologist Dr. Chelsi Day<p>Part of the joy of cycling is pushing your limits. There’s a special satisfaction in achieving something big, whether it’s winning a race or finishing your longest ride ever. But just as …

How to Sweeten Every Ride

A bike ride is a treat in itself, but one chocolatier shows the value of memorializing his in chocolate<p>In his Napa Valley shop, chocolatier Chris Kollar concocts tantalizing confections (including the nut-and-seed-packed Kollar Fuel shown above) that are inspired by his rides.<p>To get through hard …

5 Easy Ways to Be a Better Cyclist

Lewis Howes, author of The School of Greatness, shares his tips for getting the most out of your bike life<p>Entrepreneur and online marketing expert Lewis Howes is also a former pro football player and a member of the US handball team, with dreams of competing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. The …

Is This the Best Daily Exercise for Cyclists?

If you’re going to add one move to your everyday routine, it should be the Founder. It helps to reduce back, hip, and knee pain.

The Best Songs About Bikes

Get stoked for your next ride with our playlist of two-wheeled hits<p>What gets stuck in your head while you ride? My brain likes to fixate on lyrics about bikes—particularly the Moldy Peaches' "I just want to ride bikes with you," and Team Dresch's "I wish I was riding bikes with you." (Apparently my …

How to Get Back on the Bike after Having a Baby

Your body—and life!—are a bit different now. With time and planning (and patience), you can ride just the same after pregnancy.<p>My first ride back after giving birth was essentially a jailbreak. My daughter had been born with apnea and an abnormal heartbeat, needed a course of antibiotics within …

Why Bike Commuters Should Be Using Strava

Would you track your commutes if you knew the data would be used to make your city safer?<p>Here’s a thought that’s never occurred to me during my commute to work: “Hey, why don’t I upload this one-mile ride to Strava?” After all, I’ve always thought of the app as the bastion of die-hard racers …

5 Vitamins and Minerals Cyclists Need More Of

Vitamin supplements have gotten some bad press lately, as more studies find that mega-doses of these healthy chemicals may actually do more harm than good. But that doesn’t mean you should let your nutrient intake slide. Studies also show that very active people may need higher levels of key …

Is Your Bike the Ultimate Disaster Escape Tool?

Earthquakes, hurricanes, zombie invasions—the Disaster Relief Trials prove every catastrophe needs more cargo bikes<p>Three days ago, the ground started shaking and the worst fears of every Pacific Northwesterner were realized. The “Big One” had struck—a magnitude 9 earthquake caused by shifts in the …

5 Great Waterproof Jackets that Won’t Weigh You Down

From trail to town, here are five lightweight jackets that’ll keep you dry in any situation

Strong Legs Tied to Enduring Brain Health

Study finds leg strength is a good predictor of cognitive ability down the road<p>If you can remember all your power metrics from a decade ago, you might chalk up your impressive memory up to having equally impressive quads.<p>We know that cardio exercise like cycling is good for your brain, and that …

The Best Ways to Clean a Hydration Pack Bladder

Tips on how to shut down the science experiment forming in your neglected CamelBak<p>You just got home from a weekend bike trip. You’re tired, you’re hungry, and you can’t decide which to go for first—unpack your bags, take a shower, grab a beer, or maybe the last two at once. Cleaning out your dirty …

How Specialized's Chris Riekert Photographs His Rides

Chris Riekert, PR manager for Specialized and an elite road racer, is one of the fastest riders to ever pedal with a selfie stick. Here are the photography practices and products he geeks out over.<p><b>#battenspill</b><br>This is an example of great storytelling. Angelo Calilap (@angelocalilap) took a bad …

15 questions you should never ask a cyclist

Why don’t you just drive?<p>Where’s the fun in that? We ride because it’s cheaper, more exciting and keeps you healthy. A lot of riders also own cars, …

Wearing a helmet makes cyclists take more risks, study indicates

How can a helmet make cycling more dangerous? It seems obvious that a well-designed, foam-lined hard hat will soften the blow of some impacts. But …

Seven amazing things you didn't know Strava could do

1. Strava Local<p>New to a city and want to find the most popular local loops? Then Strava Local is your friend. These city guides are now available for …

10 of the best cheap cycle computers

<i>[This article was last updated on February 20, 2017]</i><p>If you want to know how fast you're going and how far you've been, you need a cycle computer, a …

Why stress can make you fat - and what to do about it

Most people are familiar with the fight or flight response that was crucial in keeping our ancestors alive when they hunted big, dangerous animals …

9 Great Tips from Tour de France Nutritionists

Pro cycling nutrition experts share their top eating tips to fuel your performance<p>In a stage race like the Tour de France, riders aren’t just trying to ride well for one stage—they’re trying to repeat good performances over and over, and recover overnight. While things like massage and proper bike …

Long-time Commuter Helps Girlfriend, Colleague Bike to Work

This cyclist is teaching others how to make commuting the best part of their workday<p>Dagny Pariani grew up on two wheels. Thanks to her bike-loving dad, she’s tried her hand at touring, racing crits and triathlons, and even working as a wrench in her local Savannah, GA, bike shop. But at the heart …