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Winterize Your Ride

Keep your bike rolling smoothly through snow and slush with these three no-fuss products.<p><b>1. Fenders</b> <br>Bike fenders keep road salt, slush, and melt water off your pants and away from your ride’s vital parts. But installing some models requires zip-ties, duct tape, and an engineering degree. Instead, …

Stay True to Your Wheels with These DIY Wheel Maintence Tips

Keep your wheels spinning smoothly and quickly with this simple routine<p><b>Look for Trueness</b><br>With your bike in a work-stand, spin each wheel. Watch the gaps between the brake pads and rim. If the space on either side grows or shrinks by more than 2mm, your wheel is out of true, says Anthony LaPorta, …

7 Bike-Travel Essentials

It’s cycling vacation season, so we asked American racer Megan Guarnier to share her packing list<p>Summer is the time to get away with our bikes, and nobody travels more this season than pro racers. We asked 2012 US road cycling champion Megan Guarnier, a competitor at the 2014 Giro Rosa with team …

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6 Truths about Coffee and Caffeine

There's a lot more to know about this popular pick-me-up than how to order a proper doppio. Consider these six stimulating truths.<p><b>The Jolt Is Legit</b><br>The performance boost you get from caffeine is a result of how it hot-wires your central nervous system, says Matthew Ganio, PhD, an exercise …

The 15-Minute Strategy to Get More Done Everyday

You have 1440 minutes between right now and this time tomorrow. Only 1440 minutes. How will you use that time? One percent of that time is about 15 minutes. What, you ask, is so important about 15 minutes? It is a block of time that's small enough to make room for and large enough to get something …

101 Bike Maintenance Tips Every Cyclist Should Know

Your guide to a longer cycling life—for your bicycle, your gear, even a few friendships<p>Your bicycle doesn’t run on leg power alone. It also needs a little lube, a lotta­ love, and a good ­listen. You may not know every remedy your bike needs to live a long life, but you can gain enough wisdom along …

Know Your Rear Derailleur

Get acquainted with your derailleur for easier repairs and smoother shifts.<p>Few of us really appreciate how hardworking and integral the rear derailleur is until it stops functioning perfectly. Then you’re stuck with, at best, an imprecise and clattery ride. So the next time you climb with …

Bike Fit: How to Set Your Bike Seat Height

Boost comfort and power by dialing in the perfect seat position on your bike<p><b>STEP 1</b><p><b>Set cleats</b><br>Slip on your shoes, run masking tape along the instep, and mark it at the widest point of your foot. "Align the middle of the cleat with that line, or up to 2 centimeters behind it", says fitter Paraic …

Which Lube to Use on Your Bike

How to choose the right lube for every component<p><b>Drip It</b><p>For most riding conditions, use a bicycle-specific Teflon-based oil, such as Park Tool CL-1 or Finish Line DRY Teflon Lube, to lubricate pivot points—any part that moves—on brakes, derailleurs, and chain links. Don't forget springs and …

3 Super-Easy Things Your Bike Mechanic Wishes You Would Do

Tips that will save you time and money—and prolong the life of your bike<p>So what if you’re not a virtuoso when it comes to repairing bicycles? You can still perform some routine maintenance that will not only save you money but also prolong the life of your bike—not to mention allow you to enjoy …

How to Repair a Front Derailleur

25 Cycling Upgrades for $25 or Less!

If you're Bradley Wiggins, you need those $4,000 wheels. The rest of us should first consider these clever, intuitive, and eminently affordable bike improvements.

2013 Women’s Cycling Clothing and Gear

Whether you’re riding on the road, home from work, or to the running leg of a triathlon, these pieces of female-friendly gear and accessories can help get you there.<i>—Emily Furia</i>

Ithaca, New York

Big hills, fast descents and local wine make central New York a cycling nirvana.<p><b>Ups And Downs:</b> The Two Gorges Ride, a Finger Lakes Cycling Club Sunday outing, connects several glacier-carved waterfalls to create a 28-mile route through rolling countryside. The route climbs wooded backroads, …

3 Muscle Recovery Methods, Explained

There's a lot you can do to recover faster from a hard workout. We look into three of the most popular methods.<p><b>Water Immersion</b><p><b>Science:</b> Some studies suggest that using an ice bath to recover after a hard ride helps clear lactic acid and reduce inflammation. Others conclude that it helps athletes …

Eat to Ride

Three nutrition tips every cyclist should live by<p>Whenever I advise athletes about bike nutrition, I tell them that they don’t need a special diet to fuel performance. The one that’s best for health is also the one that’s best for strong results. If you want all your systems firing at 100 percent, …