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Arrivals: this week's new stuff in for review - MBR

Dune bashing big bouncers and hero helmets<p>Yep, it’s your weekly sneak peak through the portcullis of castle MBR to drool at the exciting new products …

Mountains

The best mountain bike stems - MBR

Our round-up of the best mountain bike stems in both 31.8mm and 35mm clamp sizes.<p>Mountain bike stems are an important factor when it comes to the …

Mountains

What is stopping women from cycling?

<b>The bicycle was once a symbol of women's emancipation, with suffragettes taking to two wheels to spread their message of equal rights. But the latest figures show a big gender divide when it comes to cycling. Why?</b><p>About 50% fewer women than men cycle twice a week or more, according to transport …

Cycling

Is this Britain's oldest bike? 199-year-old bicycle found in disused barn

A bicycle enthusiast has found the “holy grail” of collectors items after discovering what he believes to be Britain’s oldest bike dating back to 1819.<p>Glynn Stockdale from Knutsford said he couldn’t believe his luck when he received a call about a long-forgotten bike in a disused barn.<p>The …

Cycling

Tour Down Under doctor on the lookout for heat stress and cyclists who don't sweat

The idea of cyclists competing in 40-plus-degree heat might invoke images, for better or worse, of sweaty riders wearing fluorescent lycra.<p>But Tour …

Cycling

10 Basic Cycling Skills Every Triathlete Should Master

<i>In other words, here’s how to ride a bike.</i>Almost every adult-onset triathlete knows the phrase “it’s just like riding a bike” is a gross …

Cycling

Does the Current Method of Mountain Bike Classification Make Sense?

Imagine that you were thinking about giving this whole 'mountain biking' thing a try, and walked into your local bike shop in search of a new bike. …

Mountains

Try This Metabolism-Boosting Flywheel Workout With Any Indoor Bike

No Flywheel studio near you? No problem! You can do this workout on any indoor bike<p>If you’ve ever been to a Flywheel class, you know that the 45-minute interval ride will leave you high on endorphins and drenched with sweat, not to mention help you burn between 400 and 800 calories (depending on …

Exercise

​25 Milestones Every New Cyclist Can’t Wait to Reach

From nailing your layering to riding clipless (without toppling), so many sweet rewards await you at every turn<p>Ah, to be a new cyclist. Every ride presents an opportunity for a personal record, a new road or trail to explore, and fitness to be gained. As a new rider, you might have specific events …

Cycling

How often should I cycle to get fit?

<b>Regular short rides are the fastest way to boost your fitness and improve your cycling performance</b><p>Virtually everyone who rides wants to get fitter. …

Exercise

Could you do Greg Callaghan's mountain bike specific gym workout? - MBR

Don’t skulk around in January - get active!<p>If you ride hard you get better at it and you’ll get fitter. But for premium power it makes sense to get …

Muscle

Help! ​I Ride My Bike Every Day and I Still Can’t Lose Weight

​Riding lots can make you fit, but you need a specific strategy if you want to lose fat<p>Struggling with your weight loss goals? You are not alone. The blunt truth is that though daily exercise like cycling will improve your cardiovascular health, lift your mood, and boost your fitness, you can …

Weight Loss

14 types of mountain biker we all know - MBR

Which one are you?<p>Mountain bikers come in all shapes, sizes and personalities. Here are 14 different types of mountain biker you’re guaranteed to see …

Mountains

The best indoor smart trainer: CycleOps vs. Elite vs. Tacx vs. Wahoo Fitness

<i>Wahoo Fitness wasn’t the first to introduce a computer-controlled indoor trainer when it debuted the original KICKR at the 2012 Interbike show. At</i> …

Cycling

Three spoke wheels: coming soon to a mountain bike near you

Three, it’s a magic number. Well it certainly is for Spengle, which believes its new carbon fibre tri-spoke mountain bike wheels are the most …

Mountains

Technical FAQ: How much rest do older cyclists need?

<b>Dear Lennard,</b><br>I read the book “The Haywire Heart” and would like to know how much rest is enough rest. Based on your experience and your age, which I …

Cycling

18 of the Best Helmets for 2018

Selected by our editors, these are the best helmets for road, mountain, commuting, and casual riding in 2018<p>The original bike helmets resembled Igloo Coolers, except they hardly kept your head cool and were often hefty. And you could forget about aerodynamics. Today, you can score a lightweight lid …

Shopping

New SRAM DUB crank system is compatible with ALL existing BB sizes and frames - MBR

SRAM’s new ‘forward thinking, backward compatible’ BB and crankset standard<p>Before you shake your head and scream at the sky at the prospect of …

Mountains

New study confirms that cycling does not cause impotence - MBR

Debunk the junk<p>Are you sitting comfortably? A new study by The Journal of Urology has denounced earlier reports that claimed cycling-causes-impotence.<p>…

Health

I Ditched My Hiking Boots for Cycling Shoes and Fell in Love with Bikepacking

An experienced backpacker embarks on a three-day bikepacking adventure. Here's what his trip can teach you about trying your first bike trip.<p><i>Flat pedals win medals</i> is what I’m chanting in my head as I rocket down a dirt Forest Service road in the mountains outside Asheville, North Carolina. My …

Camping

Want Explosive Cycling Power? Try the Box Jump

Build powerful cycling muscles with a simple move that you can do anywhere<p>This single-leg crossover plyo bench jump from <i>Maximum Overload</i> strengthens your quads, glutes, and core, and builds explosive power and overall coordination. It builds your maximum sustainable power, helping you fend off …

Stretching

Take a brake: 15 easy cycling holidays around the world

From the Cape to Cuba, a cycling holiday is a great way to really feel a destination's heart. Adam Ruck picks some organised adventures

Cycling

A modern engineer building classic bicycle frames – in pictures

Tom Warmerdam turned his passions for cycling and engineering into a career at Demon Frameworks in Southampton, where he designs and builds unique custom-made steel-frame road bikes

Cycling

'The bike is more than just a reason to go on, it’s a reason to keep getting motivated in the morning' - MBR

Diagnosed with MS, mountain guide Andy McKenna ditched the pills for more riding<p>In 2007 Andy McKenna staggered into his local doctor’s surgery hardly …

Multiple Sclerosis

18 things we're hoping for from bike companies in 2018 - MBR

Here's what we all want to see<p>We asked on social media “What things are you hoping for from bike companies in 2018?” We’ve combined your answers with …

Mountains

Road Cycling Tips For Beginner Riders

Find out what kind of bicycle is best suited for,learn the correct size, body placement, setup, handling & behaving in traffic.<p>Introduction guide for …

Western Riding

Does Bike Riding Harm Male Genitals? Why Men May Want to Stand While Cycling

Cycling in the past has received some criticism based on studies that suggested the sport is linked to erectile function. Those results may be moot, …

Cycling

106-Year-Old Record-Breaking Cyclist Hangs up His Helmet

After breaking records at the velodrome as recently as last year, French rider Robert Marchand will finally retire from competitive cycling. But he's still pedaling long distance on his stationary bike.<p>A centenarian French cyclist whose exploits garnered fans worldwide is retiring, ready for more …

France

Stained: The Mark of a Bicycle Life

<i>I looked down in disgust. This always happens. Every time. I can’t avoid it. It was the last nice pair of pants I owned. They were light khakis from</i> …

Cycling