Jonathan Ancer

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My husband prefers his bike to me

The date had been circled on the calendar for months. As a working mother, constantly juggling competing stresses, I couldn’t wait to get away with my husband, Martin, for a rare weekend à deux at a lush hotel in the Lake District. But when the day dawned and I sank into the passenger seat of our …

What We Learned from Riding Every Day

Three cyclists who participated in our 21-Day #RideStreak Challenge share how it changed them<p>Mental clarity, a longer life, better sex—we’ve written before about why you should be riding every day. But when the days are short and the weather description ends in “–pocalypse,” sometimes it takes an …

Cycling

What Happens When Bicyclists Obey The Law?

Protesters show just how bad traffic would be if they approached intersections like cars<p>Be careful what you ask for. On July 29, San Franciscan drivers—who often complain about cyclists flouting regulation—got a taste of what happens when cyclists strictly comply with traffic laws.<p>Across America, …

Cycling

7 Surefire Ways to Burn More Calories on Your Bike

When fat loss is the goal, here’s how to squeeze the most out of every ride<p>You’ve likely heard the news that exercise alone is not the golden ticket to easy weight loss: You also need to eat well to drop the pounds. But you can definitely burn calories while cycling, helping your fitness and fat …

Fitness

A Bicycle Called Boris, and Other Bikes Named After People

Having a bicycle named after you is pretty much the height of achievement, right? Here are seven models that have immortalized their namesake.<i>—Elspeth Huyett</i>

Boris Johnson

Become a Better Mountain Biker with these Tips from Emily Batty

Ride faster in the mud, around corners, and over obstacles with pointers from the Canadian pro<p>Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing) has been racing for 17 years, during which time she has become one of Canada’s best pro mountain bikers. This summer, she won the Pan American Games cross country mountain …

Olympics

What It Takes to Be a Super-Happy Cyclist

Happiness takes just as much effort as a PR—but is similarly, definitely worth it. Use these tips to stay satisfied while chasing cycling goals.<p>We know that riding should make us happy—that's why we do it, right? For most of us, cycling isn’t just a tool for fitness—it’s a way of life, something …

Cycling

Weird Cycling Gear You Should Bring on Every Ride

Packing these seven uncommon products can get you out of almost any jam<p>When heading out for a ride, most cyclists know to carry a few crucial items: food, water, a spare tube, and a pump to name a few. But experienced riders almost always have some surprising or unexpected pieces of cycling gear …

Cycling

Cannondale Slate gravel road bike ready to hit the dirt – details & actual weights!

It’s been teased with two different videos (here and here), which gave up plenty of details, but now we’ve got hands on the new Cannondale Slate …

The 10 best ever podcasts

Ten years since Apple launched a version of iTunes with a new format called podcasting, Pete Naughton selects 10 of the best<p>In June 2005, Apple launched a version of its iTunes software with a new feature which Steve Jobs confidently termed “the next generation of radio”. The technology in question …

Comedy

7 Essential Bike Commuting Tips

Whether you want to go car-free or just ride carefree, follow this advice to carry larger loads, find a safe route, and arrive looking (and feeling) fresh<p><b>REGet Organized</b><br>To save time—and avoid forgetting a spare tube, again—stow all your gear and accessories in an easily accessible place, such as a …

San Francisco

Fat Bike Fill Ups Made Easy with PDW’s new Fat Stevens Fat Specific Pump

Thanks to the huge amount of air volume in a fat bike tire, the bikes are a blast to ride on just about any surface. What’s not so fun is trying to …

How (Not) to Get Someone Riding

What two cyclists learned from their failed first ride together<p>There were a few early indications that our ride wasn’t going so well. First, Lydia stepped off the bike and flung it to the side. Then went the helmet, lobbed into the ditch and buried in the dustcloud of gravel she kicked after it. A …

Cycling

A Plus-Size Tire Primer

Here’s what you need to know about the latest trend in mountain bikes<p>If you’ve been paying attention to new mountain bike products, you’ll have noticed one trend that’s rapidly growing in popularity: plus-size tires. This new, wider tire size is meant to bridge the gap between standard mountain …

Plus Size

Got Numb Feet? This May Be Why

Address common cyclist foot problems—from numbness to fungus—before they wreck your ride<p>From fungal infections to hammertoes, numbness and nerve damage, cycling can be unkind to your feet in many ways. Sometimes it’s an issue of finding the right shoe, sometimes it’s about hygiene, and sometimes, …

Cycling

Skull discovery suggests location where humans first had sex with Neanderthals

An ancient skull found in a cave in northern Israel has cast light on the migration of modern humans out of Africa and the dawn of humanity’s colonisation of the world.<p>For most palaeontologists that might be enough for a single fossil, but the braincase has offered much more: a likely location …

Anthropology