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Cycling Shoes - A Buyer's Guide

While anyone can ride a bike wearing regular athletic shoes, achieving desired results and improving performance requires bicycling shoes that are compatible with the type of activity being done.Read Full Article

Cycling Helmets - A Buyer's Guide

Whether you're a recreational road cyclist, triathlete, or off-road cyclist, there are different helmets designed precisely for each activity. With all of the helmet options available, it's hard to know where to start! All helmets have a hard outer shell and a padded interior and are built for maximum protection while still allowing the rider to stay comfortable and reach their goals. Of course, the most important factor is safety - all helmets sold in the United States are required to meet certain standards - and every cyclist must consider the riding surface and intensity of activity before deciding on the safest helmet choice. The three most popular types of helmets (based on activity) are road cycling, mountain biking, and BMX helmets.Read Full Article

Time Trial Helmets Versus Road Cycling Helmets

Time trial helmets are often used in triathlon to decrease wind resistance while riding in the aero position. Also called an aero helmet, these racing helmets offer a sleek design that allows the rider to be more aerodynamic, in turn potentially improving performance. The helmet is rounded at the front and comes to a point at the back of the head, creating a tail that projects from the rear. Because increased ventilation has been shown to be connected to higher drag, there are very few vents on time trial helmets. Alternatively, road bicycle helmets are generally lighter and offer increased ventilation and air circulation. Still, because of the potential for performance improvement, triathlon aero helmets are considered a step up from a road cycling helmet.Read Full Article

Winter Cycling Apparel Must Haves

When the temperature drops, it's not necessary to store your bike for the winter and give up on riding. As long as you have the proper winter cycling apparel, cold weather riding can be very enjoyable! Protective winter cycling clothing is typically customized for men and women and is designed specifically to keep you dry, warm, and comfortable in any conditions. Below are the most important items to consider to ensure you stay protected throughout the cold winter months.Read Full Article

Choosing the Right Winter Cycling Tight

For dedicated cyclists and bicycle commuters alike, winter weather provides a serious challenge. If you decide to venture outside with your bike as the temperature drops, having the proper gear is of the utmost importance. Because your legs are doing most of the work, it's vital to find a winter cycling tight that helps regulate temperature and keeps you dry, but isn't restrictive or uncomfortable during movement.Read Full Article

Choosing the Right Winter Cycling Jacket

Investing in quality cycling gear will ensure you a more comfortable ride this winter. Specific men's and women's cycling jackets are designed to offer protection in all different types of weather conditions; keeping you cool while you're pushing hard up a hill and providing warmth while on a long descent. When it comes to winter cycling, thermal cycling jackets are a great option. Made with a combination of panels and vents, including wind-resistant fabric and a breathable, more flexible thermal soft shell, these jackets provide maximal warmth in dryer conditions while still providing protection from light rain or snow. Additionally, mesh-lined vents wick away moisture from sweat and increase air flow. Specific technical fabrics cause water droplets to roll off the jacket and simultaneously allow moisture from sweat to escape.Read Full Article

Compression Apparel - A Buyer's Guide

In sport, compression apparel is clothing designed to stabilize muscles for more effective performance, and to delay the build up of lactic acid in the muscles to aid in recovery. While originally designed to treat those with vascular problems (mainly in those who are bedridden or otherwise immobile) and disorders that involve swelling, healthy athletes also use compression gear because the specific, powerful fabrics are said to aid in recovery or performance.Read Full Article

Bicycle Trainers - A Buyer's Guide

If you’re looking for a convenient way to control your riding environment or simply cycle indoors, a bike trainer is the perfect option. A trainer enables you to temporarily create a stationary bicycle by attaching your bike’s back wheel to a frame. Almost all trainers can be used with different sizes of wheels, from road bikes to mountain bikes.Read Full Article

Bicycle Tires - A Buyer's Guide

Just as there are different types of bikes, there are many types of tires. Whether you’re purchasing a new bike or just looking to upgrade your current tires, it’s important to understand which options are best suited to your particular bike. This includes consideration of the type of tire, size, thread count, and pressure capacity.Read Full Article

Four Reasons You Need Cycling Gloves

As cyclists, we’re often concerned about the gear we absolutely can’t ride without - items like shoes and padded shorts. Another crucial piece of the puzzle? Cycling gloves, a smaller yet vital piece of gear. They’re not just there to help you “look the part” of a cyclist. Here are four reasons you should consider cycling gloves.Read Full Article

Cycling Shorts - A Buyer's Guide

New road cyclists or those looking to take the next step in training often ask one question when it comes to cycling shorts: “Are they worth it?”. The verdict? Most will say that unless you’re just riding a few miles, they’re worth the investment.Read Full Article

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