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Ride Smart

How to avoid the 5 most common bike-car collisions


Your Whole Body Tune-Up

Keep these 5 supporting muscles toned for a pain and fatigue-free ride<p>If you're like most cyclists, your legs aren't the first part of your body to call it quits on a long ride. Chances are it's your back, your neck, or even your arms. Use these moves to tune up the supporting muscles, and they …

How to Avoid Bike Crashes

Six common causes of crashes—and some tips on how to avoid them<p><b>Overlapped Wheels</b><br>How it happens: Your front wheel passes the rear wheel of the rider in front of you, shrinking the amount of space and time you have to respond to whatever he does—and increasing the odds of bumping into him. "A guy at …

Tour de France

15 Proven Ways to Get Faster

Here are 15 tips from top experts, recent scientific research and our own savvy staffers that will turbocharge your training without taking more time


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

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 …


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 …

How to Deal With Bad Drivers

Simple advice for steering clear of—and, if necessary, surviving—conflicts with angry motorists<p>It was a lovely spring day and my friend and I were riding abreast on a quiet street, spinning and chatting easily. Somewhere, Edvard Grieg's "Morning Mood" should have been playing.<p>Then from behind us …

New York City

How to Recover From Hard Rides

Before you wrap yourself in compression wear and guzzle chocolate milk after every ride, make sure your effort warrants it<p>If you’ve hit it really hard, the next few hours are the optimal window for helping your body get the most from your effort, says exercise physiologist Stacy Sims, PhD. The good …

10-Minute Bone-Boosting Workout

Keep your bones strong with this exclusive routine from Allison Westfahl, an exercise physiologist in Boulder, Colorado, and coauthor of Tom Danielson’s Core Advantage.<p>Plan to do an off-the-bike workout on three nonconsecutive days a week. Each day, pick one move from Group A and one from Group B. …

Fry Fat With Intervals

Intervals aren't just for racers and people who care about getting faster—they're also incredibly useful for anyone trying to lose weight<p>A few years ago, I took a new client I was training out for a ride. She had a significant amount of weight to lose, so she'd bought a bike and had been riding …

Paleo Diet

16 Essential Bike Tools

You don't need a lot of bike tools—you just need the right tools. If you have these 16 bicycle tools in your home shop, you'll be able to fix anything.<p>Arm yourself with these essential bike tools, and you can get most every bike maintenance job done at home—for less cash, and more street cred. (Use …