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Riding & Lifestyle

  • 10 Essential Tips for Bike Commuting

    If you're not already doing it, you've probably at least started thinking about riding to work. That's great! With a little preparation, riding your bike to work has all kinds of benefits. And it's a lot more fun than sitting in a car, stuck in a traffic jam!

    If you're new to the whole commuting thing or just haven't done it in a while, I've put together our top 10 bike commuting tips to help you get over the learning curve sooner than later.

    1. Plan your route.

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    Narrow, busy roads are no fun when you're on a bike. Big trucks and careless cars zooming by while you try to stay within a 1-foot shoulder can create a lot of anxiety, and for good reason. So before you start, check out a map and run through the options. If bike paths or roads with bike lanes are available, use them, even if they're not the most direct route. A couple of added minutes each day are much less worse than getting hit by a truck, and the commute will be much more enjoyable if you have plenty of space.

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  • Intro to the World's Top Road Cycling Races

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    Bicycle racing is a fascinating and heart-pounding sport. The strategy required to move up in a multi-stage race, the pure power of an all-out sprint, or the grit of a time trial: in every case, bike racing is a beautiful example of competition at its best.

    Today we are going to list the top road races in the world. While you might never be able to participate in these yourself (although who knows; keep on training!), you can participate through watching. Spectating the world's top bike races is a phenomenal experience, especially with the breathtaking camera work that makes you feel like you're in the middle of the pack.

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  • A Woman's Tips for a Successful Mountain Biking Date

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    As a female road cyclist who rarely ventures onto the trails but seems to constantly be dating guys who love throwing themselves down rocky trails on their bikes, I've had my fair share of successful and unsuccessful couple mountain bike rides.

    If you're thinking of taking your relationship to the next level and becoming an "adventure buddy" couple, here are a few tips for before you start in. (These tips apply mostly to those couples where one person is already involved in biking or any other outdoor activity but the other is not. If you both already love biking and are quite competitive, that's a whole different can of worms.)

    Couple mountain biking

    1. Make sure you both know what you're getting into.

    It's no fun to show up to the trail unaware and unprepared for the rocky 3,000-feet elevation gain in the first three miles, only to drop back down that in the last three. It's also no fun to have seriously underestimated your significant other's athletic ability and propensity to whining. Be clear about the trail, judge your significant other's capabilities beforehand, and figure out a trail you can both feel comfortable on.

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  • A Cyclist's Guide to Falling

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    At some point in your cycling life, you'll take a spill. It's the hard truth that falls happen, and they are never pleasant. You should be able to avoid the vast majority of falls by riding smart, being aware of your surroundings, and reacting to changing road conditions, but it is important to simply know how to fall.

    Know how to fall?

    It might sound like nonsense, but anyone who has studied martial arts knows that one of the first things that is taught in many of these disciplines is the basic skill of falling. All bicyclists should think about this as well; it's a good skill to develop.

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    Be prepared to fall and fall well.

    By definition, a fall is at least partially uncontrolled. If you had full control of the situation, you wouldn't be falling, right? Falling correctly is about regaining what control you can, reacting to the circumstances of the fall, and acting in a manner to reduce the injuries you will sustain.

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  • Bike Touring: Part 3 - Camping

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    This article is the third in a series of pieces about bike touring - multi-day bike trips that can cover a lot of terrain. The first article in the series went over the basics of planning and packing for a tour, and the second article went over considerations when you are actually on the road.

    This third article in the series will review what to do at the end of the day -- the basics of camping on a cycling tour. If you are new to camping, this guide will help you get situated and prepared for cooking, cleaning, setting up shelter, and sleeping outdoors. For experienced campers, this article may have a few helpful tips that you hadn't considered. Read on and see what you can learn!

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  • Bike Touring: Part 2 - Hitting the Road

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    For many cyclists, hitting the open road with just a bicycle, a few bags of gear, and maybe a few loved ones is a lifelong dream. It's called bicycle touring, and it's one of the best things about bike riding. Anyone who enjoys adventures, exploring and camping is bound to love bicycle touring.

    This article is the second in a series of articles about bike touring: what it is, what gear you need, where to go, and how to do it. This installment will focus on specific concerns for bike touring while you are actually on bike. We are assuming here that you are already packed, you already know where you are headed, and you're ready to get started. If you are at an earlier stage of planning, refer back to part one in this series.

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  • Bike Touring: Part 1 - Planning and Preparing

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    Many people have dreams about taking long bike trips across beautiful countryside. It's called bike touring, and it's actually not that hard. Touring -- while it takes some time, some knowledge and a slightly more complex collection of gear -- is well within the reach of most riders.

    This article will be the first in a series of pieces that will help new touring converts plan, prepare and hit the road on multi-day tours. The second article will go over the actual riding period, and the third article will help you with the camping aspect of bike touring (which, as will be discussed in this first article, is actually optional).

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  • Night Rider: How MTBing at night can be so fun

    Night mountain biking

    Recently I have read many articles in various magazines and other publications about the total awesomeness that is night riding. This type of riding is especially awesome when you live in a hot area like Arizona or a relatively hot place such as Salt Lake City, where I live. Summer temperatures recently topped out at more than 100 degrees, which makes for a miserable mountain bike experience at high noon.

    There are some pretty sweet benefits to riding at night, some obvious and some not so obvious. Here are some of the things I have found about riding in the dark.

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  • Basic First Aid for Cyclists


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    We feel like there should probably be a disclaimer on this article, so here it is: The tips in this article are gleaned from the experience and non-professional training of the author. This is not certified medical advice and should not be taken as such. Use at your own risk and don't hold Bikewagon responsible for any mistakes. Sound good? Okay, then. Read on. (It really is pretty good advice, after all.)

    It is a sad reality that bicyclists get injured sometimes. While we can use certain techniques to keep ourselves as safe as possible, it is almost inevitable that a bike rider will, at some point in their life, experience a few small falls. A few of us will even experience more serious injuries.

    This article will focus on some basic first aid techniques for minor wounds sustained during bicycling. This information is based on the first aid training provided in both front-country courses from the Red Cross and wilderness-orientated classes like Wilderness First Responder.

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  • Road Bike Racing 101


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    Road bike racing has been around a long time, and there's a lot of heritage behind the sport. The Tour de France is in it's 100th year for 2013, and cycling's popularity seems to be on the rise lately with bigger fields across the board and more races popping up.

    Actually, there are several styles of road races; ironically, one style is just called a road race. The broader spectrum is pretty much anything that involves racing on paved and/or public transportation roadways. This could include gravel roads, cobblestone roads, raceways like those used for car racing and similar surfaces.

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