When was the last time you checked your chain, brakes or cassette? If it's been a while, you might want to take a look. Here are 5 parts on your bike that can wear out and could be causing poor performance or make riding unsafe.
When we got to Flanders for the Ronde Sportif, however, we were in for a whole new world of hurt. Flanders is mostly flat, except for its notorious Bergs. The Koppenberg, Steenbeekdreijs, Kwarmonte and Paterberg are smaller than the hills we’re used to—most of them are less than 300 feet tall. But what they lack in height they make up for in steepness. Usually they average somewhere around 13-16%, but can often top out at more than 20%. This is a type of climbing we’re definitely not used to, and we had to turn to some locals for advice, which they were more than happy to hand out. While the general idea is much the same as climbing any hill, there’s a few things to keep in mind. We talked with some local racers a few nights before the ride, and here’s their advice for how to handle steep climbs.
Knee pain is one of the most common complaints from cyclists of all levels. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out, sudden knee pain can be severe enough to make you want to stop riding altogether. But a fix can be easier than you think.
If you’re looking for a great way to increase fitness and make new friends, try hooking up with a local group ride. Typically these rides meet at the same time and place each week, then head out on a pre-determined route.
Bringing a bike on your next trip is a great way to explore a destination in a new way