Crank Length: Coming Full Circle

Crank Length: Coming Full Circle

Martin conducted a study using 60 racers of all skill levels. He would vary crank length in 15mm increments, both longer and shorter. His findings showed that there was no power difference from one length to another, but that oxygen uptake was always better with shorter cranks.…

Mirrors: What You Need to Know

Mirrors: What You Need to Know

The first mirror that I ever had was metal and it curved to fit the back of my hand. Extending from this was a round mirror also encased in metal. Across the palm of my hand was an elastic strap. With a simple flick of my hand and a quick glance, I had a very good view of what was behind me.…

Do I Need Cycling Specific Shoes?

Cycling shoes are designed to make riding easier. The unique feature of cycling shoes is a very stiff sole. This stiff sole allows the rider to apply power to the pedals without straining the muscles of the foot.…

Bike Review: Ellsworth Evolution Full Suspension 29er

Bike Review: Ellsworth Evolution Full Suspension 29er

This bike has made me a better mountain biker. Or made mountain biking better. Either way, the fun I’ve been having in the dirt has gone way up. Last summer, I was lucky enough to get an Ellsworth Evolution full suspension 29er.…

Skirts Made for the Ride

Skirts Made for the Ride

Looking good while on the bike gives many women the confidence to take on new challenges: riding farther, learning new technical skills, climbing those big hills, and making new friends.…

Seven Steps to a Smoother Riding Bicycle

Seven Steps to a Smoother Riding Bicycle

If your bike is riding well it is not necessary to take it to the shop for a full tune up before every event. It is, however, a good idea to spend a little time checking the bike over to prevent unexpected problems during the ride.…

Book Review: “Racing Through The Dark” by David Millar

Book Review: “Racing Through The Dark” by David Millar

I walked into that hotel room an anti-doper; I walked out of it a seasoned professional ready to do what was required of me. There was no torment or confusion in my mind. I now knew that that in a few weeks I would be doping for the first time. It felt like a massive burden had been lifted off my shoulders. I was now a professional through and through, with bigger responsibilities than my own personal belief system.…

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