Spandex Benefits: We wear it for a good reason!

Spandex benefits actually weigh in on a lot for you as a cyclist. You wouldn’t think much about spandex benefits if you are new to cycling other than most riders wear them, so it must be a cycling thing. To be culturally accepted now days, spandex should only be worn in cycling or in some other sporting venue but even in other sporting venues; there are still spandex benefits present. So if you are new to cycling and unsure about spandex benefits and unsure about squeezing into a spandex cycling kit, I am here to tell you what it’s all about and why we do it.

Spandex Benefits

 

Spandex Benefits: Speed

Spandex bike shorts and jerseys and even skinsuits have an advantage when it comes to speed on a bicycle. The spandex benefits of speed are the compression. Compression means that the bike shorts, jersey or skinsuit is tightly fitted on your body so that there is no drag while you are riding. If you get going downhill with baggy clothes on, then those clothing articles flapping in the wind created by going downhill at a faster rate will only slow you down. If you are wearing spandex clothing, then there is no drag created by your articles of clothing.

 

Spandex Benefits: Recovery

There are spandex benefits in recovery, too! Experts in the sports medicine field claim that compression apparel like spandex bike shorts, jerseys and skinsuits will help your body encourage recovery from your fitness exercises and workouts! Basically, it is helping to heat up your body and assist with circulation for a healthy pumping of your blood. Muscle and body recovery is a big deal when it comes to spandex benefits that are being offered to you. Make sure that you wear the appropriate size, though. Spandex might seem like it can stretch really well but there is no “one size fits all” scenario with cycling apparel – you need to get the correct size otherwise you could cut off your circulation rather than improve it.

 

Spandex Benefits: Comfort

Have you ever felt the spandex benefits as far as comfort goes? Squeeze into a pair of proper fitting bike shorts that are constructed well. The pad or chamois built in will help prevent chaffing while you are riding, and it’s especially nice on longer rides. Just be sure to find a comfortable type of padded short because some riders prefer a very thin pad while other riders prefer a very thick pad. Also, the compression material in spandex itself is quite comfortable because it gives you that “second skin” feeling as if you are wearing nothing at all to begin with. Be sure to properly seek reviews on different spandex apparel though because cheaper brands will not have the best feeling as the other brands that usually cost a little bit more.

 

Spandex Benefits: Visibility

Spandex benefits visibility as well – wearing tight compression material while road biking for example will likely make others notice you. Spandex and biking apparel is not a part of the norm of how society dresses so it is often recognized right off the bat. This is good when riding on road with motor vehicle drivers because they are noticing you very quickly. They might laugh but you’re still alive and well and that should be worth their laughter more than anything else. A lot of biking apparel also comes in different bright colors. I recommend getting bright colors because you will be seen a lot quicker than a plain black or navy type color.

 

Spandex Benefits: Fitness

Fitness also can be integrated into spandex benefits. When I first started cycling, I weighed about 300 pounds and wore XL bike shorts. After a couple years of riding, I now wear small to medium sized bike shorts. When you lose enough weight to wear your spandex bike shorts are too big for you – that will do a number on fitness motivation. Here I was this overweight guy wearing XL shorts made out of stretchy tight material and then I lost weight to wear they were too big and had to drop down a few sizes. It made me feel really good about my fitness level and it made me feel pretty healthy, too. So watching yourself get skinnier and skinnier in spandex is a big deal because you can see all the results when wearing a compression outfit.

 

Spandex Benefits: Style

Sure, spandex may not be accepted by the norm as what is in style to wear but who cares what others think? If you wear bike shorts and a bike jersey and you ride out there in the sun collecting the miles on your bike – you are part of the norm already, the norm of healthy bicyclists doing better for not only themselves but the environment as well. And one thing when it comes to spandex benefits is the nice cycling tan you will get – yeah only in certain spots on your body but all the right spots to indicate you are a cyclist and you are proud of it!

 

I hope you enjoyed my article on spandex benefits and why we cyclists wear them. I hope this article has helped you decide whether or not to wear them or not. Please help support this blog by sharing this article with other cyclists and by sharing it on your favorite social media websites as well.

 

Your turn to comment!

What other spandex benefits do you think cycling apparel has to offer? Do you wear spandex cycling apparel on your rides? Would you wear spandex as casual clothing?

 

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Cycling Multisport Creativity: Make Your Own Bike-Blank-Athon

Cycling multisport examples include events such as the Iron Man triathlon and the Colorfest Biathlon where cycling multisport is made up of cycling, running and swimming or just cycling and running. A cycling multisport is a great challenge to anyone who wants to reassure themselves that they can still challenge themselves to a fitness degree. A cycling multisport is sometimes the only cycling related activity that athletes will do as well. But is there a lack of cycling multisport events out there? Sure there are plenty of triathlons but that isn’t what I mean here…

 

Cycling Multisport

 

My Idea of a New Cycling Multisport

 

So I thought of this the other day when I went mountain biking and hiking all on the same trip. I though why not create a new cycling multisport that would bring other people from different athletic disciplines to take an interest in cycling? Then my idea was born…

 

My new Cycling Multisport consists of mountain biking, trail running and mountain climbing. What do you think of a cycling multisport idea like that? Imagine it… You start out by jumping on your mountain bike and riding about 15 to 20 miles through a technical single track trail made for mountain biking. It has all the hills, roots, holes, rocks and creek crossing that a dedicated mountain biker could ask for. Then after you have rode your bike to a specific point, the cycling multisport then requires you to climb up some cliffs for about 3 miles – the cliffs would need to be specifically easy enough and safe enough for free climbing but still require the participant to bend different directions and walk in different stances to be able to get through the discipline. Lastly, the participate would then have to run down the mountain for 3 miles in a single track mountain bike type trail with all the obstacles that the mountain bike rider faced on the ride part.

 

How is that for a cycling multisport idea and workout?

 

To make this happen, there would need to be a good single track with mountain climbing trail abilities. There would need to be a good team of volunteers who know basic first aid and trauma skills since this cycling multisport would be a bit dangerous. It would be all the fixings of a triathlon or one of those “Spartan run” type events.

 

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100 Cycling Tips for Cyclist Ville’s 100th Post!

Hip, Hip, Hooray! This marks the 100th blog post for the Cyclist Ville cycling blog. As a celebration, we wanted to recognize our 100th post by posting a 100 Cycling Tips article. Who can go wrong with 100 cycling tips? We hope you enjoy these 100 cycling tips and thank you so much for being a reader on Cyclist Ville for all 100 blog posts.

 

100 Cycling Tips

 

100 Cycling Tips – Beginners

#1 – Get you some decent padded bike shorts. Don’t wear underwear with them because it will defeat the purpose of them. I buy my bike shorts and other apparel from Aero Tech Designs.

#2 – Get you a good bike jersey. They’re made to keep you dry and sweat free and the three pockets built in to the back are great for carrying stuff.

#3 – Get some bike gloves. You are going to be hanging on to those handlebars for a while, so treat your hands with some protective bike-specific gloves.

#4 – Arm and leg warmers are also great items to have. Keep yourself warm during the cold months and be able to take them off easily if you get too warm.

#5 – Sunglasses are essential. The road is bright and anything that reflects the sun will probably reflect it into your eyes. Keep your eyes protected from the sun.

#6 – Wear a helmet. You can buy a cheap $20 helmet from a sporting goods store if you think your head is just worth $20 of protection or you can spend more.

#7 – Men, shave your legs. It is perfectly normal for an athlete to shave their legs especially to prevent hair from ripping like Velcro when you finally wreck that bike.

#8 – Get some good Clipless pedals and bike shoes. You will feel very stable on your bike and be able to do just about anything you want. Remember to unclip at stops, though.

#9 – Lighten your load. Don’t carry too much when you are riding because you will find yourself giving your rides way more effort than needed.

#10 – Carry a water bottle or two. Drink water constantly and stop and fill up when needed. Ditch the hydration backpack that is adding more weight to your ride.

#11 – Take a spare tube. Take another tube and even bring a patch kit. Bike tires can go flat fairly easily and you need to be able to change them rather than walk home.

#12 – Multi-tools are great to have. They beat having to carry around heavy separate tools with you that will only weigh you down on your rides.

#13 – Buy a mini-pump. If you need to change a flat tire, how do you plan on airing it up? With a portable mini-pump of course!

#14 – Brings snacks with you. When you are riding for over an hour, your body will require more fuel to burn into energy. Trail bars, beef jerky and snacks make for great fuel.

#15 – Watch out! Whether you are riding on the road or on the trail, you need to always pay close attention in front and around you at all times.

#16 – Get a bike that fits. If you do not, get a new set of knees, a new back and new joints because they will be going back eventually.

#17 – Learn basic repair. If you are stranded on the road or trail because of a repair issues and you don’t know what to do, then you will remain stranded.

#18 – Use your head. Just because you are riding on a bike doesn’t mean you always have the right away and even when you do, it doesn’t mean everyone around you will know it.

#19 – Buy some lights. Buy a good set of front and rear lights for your bike. Keep them on during the daylight riding hours because it’s one more thing for motorists to see before they run you down.

#20 – Sign up for rides! Now that you are starting your career in cycling, it is time to get social. Sign up for some local organized rides and network with some local cyclists.

 

100 Cycling Tips – Advanced

#21 – Clean that bike. Dirt might look good on your bike but it’s not doing any good one your bike. Keep your bike as brand new as it can be by keeping it clean.

#22 – Break out the lube. Keep your bicycle’s components lubed and greased where they require it. Your chain can last forever just so long as your keep it lubed correctly.

#23 – Check your brakes often. You don’t want to be riding fast down a hill only to need to hit the brakes and realize that there are no brakes. Keep an eye on those babies!

#24 – Start a bike toolkit. Even if you don’t plan to do any major repairs on your bike, I recommend starting a basic bike toolkit and consider buying this bicycle repair book as well.

#25 – Support your Local Bike Shops! If you have a few local bike shops in your area, support them and spend your money at their establishments.

#26 – Work on balancing yourself. Get on your bike and do some advanced riding, try to stand up and ride, go no handed and do extra activities while riding such as taking a drink of water. Get balanced!

#27 – You should know your gears. This is extremely important because gears will enable you to better climb hills, go faster and ride without being overwhelmed.

#28 – Bring it on, hills! Accept any hill as a challenge and work on beating that hill. You can walk your bike up them at first but you main goal is the crush them eventually.

#29 – Use a bike computer. Record all your rides and your ride stats so you have something to look back on and something to compare rides to for training purposes.

#30 – Eat right! If you eat like a pig when you are off your bike, it probably might affect your bike riding and fitness overall. Consider dieting correctly and watching what you consume.

#31 – Stay fit off the bike too. Work on fitness routines and exercising methods off the bike as well. Walk instead of driving, do Yoga each morning and go for a jog here and there.

#32 – Don’t get bored. Instead of riding the same route over and over again, don’t tire yourself out. Pick new routes to take so you have something new to see and new grounds to explore.

#33 – Increase your ride time. If you bike for 30 minutes each time you go out, that is some great fitness. You should be increasing it every now and then though for better fitness results.

#34 – Ride with others. Cycling is fun even when you are riding alone but riding with others is even better and kind of brings you back to childhood a little bit.

#35 – Do rest at times. Rest days are valuable to a cyclist so you should be taking them from time to time. You don’t have to ride every single day to be a better cyclist.

#36 – Don’t be afraid. When riding on the road with motor vehicles, try not to fear them. Instead of being afraid, be cautious and always try to have an escape plan for those “what if” moments.

#37 – Try a triathlon. What is more fun that biking? How about running? How about swimming? How about all three of them in one day?

#38 – Try racing. Even if you finish last on a bike race, you still get to brag that you have raced bicycles and that is a great feeling to have.

#39 – Rack up your miles. Try to increase your miles each ride and each week. It will feel great knowing that you rode 2,000 to 5,000 miles in an entire year after you count them all up.

#40 – Ride a century ride! I know riding 100 miles in one day sounds like a crazy idea but after you actually accomplish it, you are a full blown cyclist and no one can tell you otherwise.

 

100 Cycling Tips – Safety

#41 – Stay to the right (or left)! Pending on where you live, you need to stay as right (or left in some areas) as you can so others can get around you.

#42 – Use hand signals! Make sure others driving around you know which way you are planning on riding. Use hand signals to reinforce your directions.

#43 – Keep your ear open. Wear headphones by all means to help kill the boredom of a ride but keep your ear closest to traffic open in case you need to hear brake screeching or a horn.

#44 – Wear bright colors. Aero Tech Designs has bright colored bike shorts and jerseys that will help others see you in time to avoid hitting you with their cars.

#45 – Take it easy. Don’t get into a rush or become a speed demon especially when around motor vehicles because you might not consider some safety aspects while rushing it.

#46 – Ride in bike lanes. If there are bike lanes, bike paths, trails and greenways, consider taking them to avoid potential issues with drivers.

#47 – Stay off the sidewalks. If you over the age of 12 years old, then you need to start acting like it. Don’t ride on the sidewalks or through peoples’ property.

#48 – Ride with traffic not against traffic. You would rather be thrown forward away from a car after getting hit by it than thrown against the 4,000+ pound car, now wouldn’t you?

#49 – Know your road laws and obey them. Just because you are on a bike doesn’t mean that stops signs and traffic lights do not apply to you.

#50 – Let them pass. Let faster riders pass you on the road and on the trail. Let cars pass you even if that means pulling over for them. Avoid problems by letting people get around you, easily.

#51 – Carry a first aid kit with you. You can get small ones that will fit perfectly inside a seat bag and you might actually need it one day so keep it updated.

#52 – Carry a road ID with you on your rides. I suggest purchasing a Road ID for the best options. I wear mine everywhere I go on and off the bike.

#53 – Choose safer routes. Sure, it’s your right to ride almost anywhere you want but it is also your right to be smart and choose less congested routes and keep yourself safe on your bike.

#54 – Get a mirror for your bike. It is better to know what it behind you than to not know what is behind you. Invest a small amount and get a good bike mirror for your safety.

#55 – Get a video camera. Options like GoPro are becoming more popular for cycling and plus they allow you to have video evidence in case you ever need it.

#56 – Start seeing eye to eye. Before making a turn or continuing your riding at a stop sign, try to make eye contact with others around you so they know what you are doing.

#57 – Always wear a helmet. I don’t care if you plan on just riding a half mile to the local store, that half mile could result in a brain injury for you if you don’t wear your helmet.

#58 – Avoid riding at night. Sometimes this will not be possible but remember to take every safety precaution you can when riding at night.

#59 – Correct other cyclists. If you see a cyclist not considering their safety, approach them and kindly give them safety tips. You might save their life by doing so!

#60 – Stay hydrated! You should be drinking water and/or sports drinks every couple of minutes. Drink even when you are not thirsty so that you stay hydrated and healthy on your rides.

 

100 Cycling Tips – Advocacy

#61 – Ride your bike to save money. Think about all the gas you do not have to buy! No oil changes… No extreme wear and tear… No insurance or plate sticker prices…

#62 – Ride your bike to save the environment. Each and every time you ride your bike, you are decreasing your carbon footprint on the environment.

#63 – Ride your bike to stay healthy. Riding a bike is like walking three times the distance. You lose weight and stay in shape when you are a cyclist.

#64 – Attend cycling meetings. Attend local cycling get togethers, meetings, organized rides and local government meetings on cycling advocacy.

#65 – Take cycling surveys. Your local area might request public opinion and surveys on various local cycling related issues – be sure to participate with them.

#66 – Encourage local cycling programs in your area. Go to your local community council meetings, get with local residents and encourage more cycling programs to promote local biking.

#67 – Join a bike club. If there are bike clubs in your local area, support local cycling by joining them and being active in them. Wear their kits too if they are available.

#68 – Start a bike club. If there are no local or close bike clubs in your area, this would be the perfect time to start your own club and ride for charity and so on.

#69 – Start a charity bike ride. Whether it’s for breast cancer, a fallen fellow cyclist or for your local volunteer fire department, start an annual bike ride and get local cyclists involved.

#70 – Commute to work by bicycle. Start riding to work at normal work times and more people will grasp the idea of biking to work – start a biking to work revolution!

#71 – Encourage other people to start riding. Tell others about how much weight you lose riding. Tell them how stronger you are from riding and encourage them to start riding.

#72 – Bike ride with your kids! If you have children or younger family members, start riding bikes with them and encourage them to be safe while on the bike.

#73 – Do a bike rights paper drive. Print out and hand out pamphlets to locals informing them of the rights of bicyclists. Make sure you check with your local government first in case you need a permit.

#74 – Audit your community. Get out and ride every square inch of your local community and assess and audit the community giving it your own bicycle advocacy rating.

#75 – Start bicycling petitions. Petition your local government and elected leaders to add more bicycle-friendly activities in your community and get the community involved in signing it.

#76 – Start a bike tour group. Start giving tours in association with your local historian and tourism groups. History lessons on bicycles if you will!

#77 – Open up your own cycling business. Whether it’s a full blown bike shop or a bicycle repair business, bring some cycling business to your neighborhood.

#78 – Offer to write for the local paper. Contact your local newspaper service and offer to write weekly or monthly articles on cycling advocacy for the paper.

#79 – Join Bicycle Organizations! There are various cycling and bicycle advocacy organizations out there working to better cycling for all – consider being a part of them.

#80 – Write for us! Help promote cycling advocacy by helping to contribute to online cycling resources – submit articles on our blog to help us promote better growth in international bicycling awareness.

 

100 Cycling Tips – Online Resources

#81 – Bicycling Magazine: Enjoy news articles, reviews, apparel and bike guides, blogs and a great subscription to one of the most popular bicycling magazines around.

#82 – Velo News: Another great bicycling and pro cycling related magazine to subscribe to. Get the latest scoop on the latest professional cycling news.

#83 – Bike Tutor: Talk about a great developed community for bicycle repair enthusiasts. All riders can learn something new here even with all the great bike repair videos that are available.

#84 – Cycling Forums: Cycling forums is a very active online message forum dedicated to cycling. The forum even offers regional discussions for other countries.

#85 – Bike Forums: This is probably one of the first cycling message forums I joined. If you have cycling questions, this forum probably has all the answers to them.

#86 – Two Spoke: Another great cycling message forum with a really friendly and supporting cycling community all in one. I upgraded to a paid membership on this forum, I liked it so much.

#87 – SI Cycling: SI Cycling is geared for Southern Illinois cyclists but it allows cyclists from anywhere in the world as well. It’s my forum actually so please join to support my online efforts for cycling.

#88 – Strava: Strava is where all the cyclists and the professional cyclists go when they want a good system to measure their bike rides.

#89 – Map My Ride: This is another great free application that you can install on your smart phones to record your riding mileage, stats and more.

#90 – About Bicycling: About.com offers a wonder bicycling resource database of various cycling topics. I find using this site way better than using Wikipedia, even.

#91 – Crazy Guy on a Bike: If you want to see where everyone is riding, then you need to check out this site. You can even show the world where you are riding as well.

#92 – Fat Cyclist: This blogger is famous for biking and it was all started out because he was looking to get fit. Support this great advocate to bicycling by staying in touch with his content.

#93 – London Cyclist: Here is another great cycling advocate to follow especially for those of you who are living in the United Kingdom.

#94 – MTBR: Got mountain biking? I cannot leave our mountain bikers in the dark – so check out this wonderful mountain bike resource database for your entertainment.

#95 – Sheldon Brown: Mr. Sheldon Brown has set up a wonderful cycling-related website with links and resources on cycling and bike repair that makes for unlimited entertainment.

#96 – USA Cycling: Check out USA Cycling for the latest United States cycling news, find local clubs and teams in your area and help support cycling advocacy.

#97 – Tour de France: Check out one of the biggest, if not the biggest, professional cycling events on the face of this planet and support your favorite pro cyclists and the sport in general.

#98 – Adventure Cycling: If you are interesting in tourism specific to cycling or riding your bike in other countries, then I recommend checking this site out.

#99 – Price Point: This site always has some of the best deals on bicycles, frames, components, cycling gear and all sorts of products to make biking easier.

#100 – Aero Tech Designs: You shouldn’t have to pay $400 for a decent pair of bike shorts. ATD offers cycling apparel at a low cost and all USA made products are durable and very comfortable.

 

Thank you for checking out my 100 cycling tips. My 100 cycling tips article was created to celebrate 100 posts on this blog. I couldn’t have made all of these posts without you, the reader. Please help support me for writing these 100 cycling tips (over 3,000 words) by sharing these 100 cycling tips with other cyclists and on social media websites. You can also donate directly to my blog’s hosting bill to say thanks for me writing these 100 cycling tips as well. I encourage you to follow this blog on Twitter for more cycling tips and beyond.

 

Your turn to comment! What would you add as a tip to these 100 cycling tips? What should my 101st article be about?

 

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5 Secrets to Having a Better Cycling Experience!

Do you wish you could have a better cycling experience? Some of us will jump on our bike, ride all day and wish the ride could have been better, more entertaining and sometimes even less painful. If you are wishing for a better cycling experience after your rides – then there is something wrong going on here. You should be enjoying every bike ride that you take! So I wanted to write this article to share 5 secrets that most new bike riders don’t know about to make for a better cycling experience.

 

Better Cycling Experience

 

#1 – Clip in for a Better Cycling Experience

If you want a better cycling experience, I suggest you try clipping in! What is clipping in, you might ask? By clipping in, I simply mean getting “Clipless” pedals to replace generic pedals on your bike. These pedals require special bike shoes and cleats that allow you to secure your feet to the pedal. It sounds dangerous but they are just as easy to unclip from as they are to clip into. Being able to pedal as quickly as you want without slipping off the pedal will make for a better cycling experience, trust me!

 

#2 – Wear Bike Shorts for a Better Cycling Experience

Most newbie bike riders are wearing their Levi’s or a pair of basketball shorts on their bike rides, you might be doing this as well. Well, after the ride is done, you probably notice your butt hurts a little and probably more like a lot and for several days. Have you ever seen a cyclist wearing those tight spandex shorts? We are not doing it for a fashion statement, you know, they actually have several big purposes. Tight spandex material does two things – it help prevent drag from the wind making us more aerodynamic and it helps to increase circulation of our blood to mitigate muscle fatigue and lactic acid build up. Bike shorts are also made with materials to help wicker sweat off our body which is nice on hot days. And most importantly, bike shorts are made with a built-in pad or chamois that helps prevent chaffing and extreme bottom pain from riding a bike. Get you a decent pair of bike shorts, I get mine from Aero Tech Designs and they are really great!

 

#3 – Drink for a Better Cycling Experience

No, I don’t mean get drunk… I don’t even mean drink alcoholic beverages… I mean that you should hydrate properly when riding your bike and that my friend will give you a much better cycling experience. You should be drinking water and bring along some sports drink as well such as Gatorade as it will help replenish your system with electrolytes and salt that you have sweated out on your bike ride. You should be drinking a lot of water each hour that you are on your bike, a bottle or two even. Drink even when you are not thirsty because dehydration is a meanie that you don’t want to meet!

 

#4 – Get Social for a Better Cycling Experience

You want a better cycling experience? Then you need to become social within the cycling community! Riding alone may be great for working out and raising your fitness levels but it can get pretty boring when you only have yourself to talk to for several straight hours. So instead of talking to yourself, why not get out there and meet other cyclists? Find local riders and ride with them! Participate in local organized bike rides and competitions. Find a bike club and join it. Surf for online cycling message forums and become as active contributing member. Hang out at your local bike shop until they kick you out. Get out there and meet the other riders around you and have a better cycling experience.

 

#5 – Ride Your Bike for a Better Cycling Experience

RIDE! RIDE! And RIDE some more! Each time you ride your bike, you are going to have a better cycling experience because you are gaining more riding experience. You need to ride your bike to understand how everything works on your bike like the gears, brakes and the other components that allow you to move your bike in just about any direction you want to go. Riding your bike frequently will allow you to further fall in love with it and have a grand ole better cycling experience as the years go by. I started out riding my bike one day a month until after that first day of riding, then it grew and grew and now I try to ride every day that I can.

 

That’s it! Those are my top 5 secrets to having a better cycling experience. I hope you enjoyed reading about them and I hope you have learned something new after reading about them. Please help support me for writing this article by sharing it with others and on social networking websites as well. You can also support me by donating to my blog’s web hosting and domain name registration costs. Follow this blog on Twitter for more tips and secrets on a better cycling experience during your bike rides.

 

Your turn to comment! What do you do to make for a better cycling experience? If you were to add a sixth secret to this article, what secret would that be?

 

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Bike Laws: Know Your Bicycle Rights on the Road!

Bike laws were made for two reasons. One, bike laws were made to protect cyclists from being struck by drivers and two, bike laws were made for cyclists to avoid causing drivers to get into accidents. I am a cyclist and I know my bike laws and I should because it helps me understand what I am allowed to do on the road or better yet, my rights on the road. I am also a first responder and therefore, I know and have seen the dangers of riders who haven’t followed their bike laws and the usually excuse, if they make it that is, is that they didn’t know about the bike laws to begin with. So I wrote this article to share with you, common bike laws around the country and the world that you should abide by.

 

Bike Laws

 

Bike Laws for the Cyclist

Bike laws are made to help ensure safety and stability for both cyclists and drivers on the road. Bike laws help to prevent injuries and even death of bike riders. Bike laws also allow riders and motorists to share the road with one and other and commute in harmony. Bike laws were not made to make people upset with the riding requirements – bike laws were made for a good reason. In order to strengthen bike laws and the cyclist’s image, all riders should be abiding by all bike laws out there for your area.

 

Stay to the Right – It is imperative that you stay to the right when cycling (unless your country uses left lanes, then you would stay to the left). You don’t have to get on the gravel or off the road as it’s your road just as much as it’s the motorist’s road but you should stay to the right and give car drivers plenty of space to move around you with safety in mind. If you need to turn left or get into another lane, do so in a safe manner and give drivers around you plenty of warning.

 

Use Hand Signals – You are required by law in most countries to have signals on your vehicle; the same concept is often required for cyclists as well per the bike laws for their regions. However you are not going to install turn signals on your bike so your hands and arms will suffice. If you are turning left or right, know and use proper hand signals to inform motorists that you are changing direction and may ride out in front of them. This law can really be a life saver!

 

Obey Traffic Controls – Just because you are on a bicycle, doesn’t mean that you don’t have to follow the traffic laws like motorists do. You must stop at every stop-signal activated stop light, stop sign and areas where vehicles are required to yield and/or stop. In some areas, if the go-light is not activated for you within a specific amount of time, you can legally go through the light as long as you can safely do so. You should check with your local bike laws to see if this right is available to you.

 

Use Bike Lanes – If bike lanes are present, in most cases, bike laws require you to use them. In bigger urban areas like London, Chicago and Dubai – bike lanes are often constructed for safety reasons due to the high amount of traffic in the city. It is often required by law for cyclists to use bike lanes. Failing to use bike lanes might result in a citation and you reap what you sow here!

 

Ride with Traffic – In most areas, bike laws require that all cyclists ride with traffic rather than against traffic. This law is good in many ways. Riding with traffic is safer because if your bicycle is struck by a vehicle, you and your bike will likely be pushed forward giving the vehicle time to stop before running your over. If you were to ride against traffic and a vehicle struck you head on, there would be nowhere to go but into a 4,000 pound machine – you probably won’t make it after that point.

 

Bike Laws for the Motorist

Bike laws are not just made for bike riders. It is important that other people know bike laws just the same as bike riders. If you drive a motor vehicle, you are a danger to bike riders but if you know your bike laws, then you are significantly less of a danger and if you follow these bike laws, then you are even more significantly less of a danger to cyclists.

 

Cyclist may use Roadways – A bike rider in most cases is allowed to be on the road just as much as you are. Bike riders pay taxes and most of them drive as well so they are usually paying some form of roadway tax or fee – thus it is their road just as much as it is your road. Cyclists can travel on just about any road as well besides freeways, interstates and roadways where required bike lanes are present.

 

Side by Side – While driving, you might see cycling riding side by side instead of in a straight line behind and in front of one and other. In most cases, this is perfectly legal and protected by bike laws. In fact, this particular practice might seem unsafe to some drivers but it really is fairly safer for cyclists because it is forcing drivers to use precaution and give the riders plenty of room.

 

Hit and Run – If you hit a cyclist and leave the scene of the accident, it is the same thing as hitting another motor vehicle and leaving the scene. It is wrong and those who violate deserve to be fined and put in jail. If you accidentally hit a cyclist with your car, you need to stay on the scene, call emergency services and protect the rider from getting hit again by someone else – wouldn’t you want someone to do that for you or your family?

 

Three Feet Law – In many countries and locations, bike laws require that motorists give cyclists on the roadway at least 3 or more feet of space when passing or riding beside them. Violating this law can often result in severe punishment. Don’t overtake a cyclist and not give them their deserved space, you can accidentally run them over and possibly kill them. Don’t be stupid and cause a dumb mistake to turn into a vehicular manslaughter offense.

 

Road Rage – We all know that practicing road rage with other car drivers is illegal in most countries. Bike laws also protect cyclists from having to be involved in road rage as well. You might be upset by a cyclist and their need to ride on the road but if you become threatening or violent with them, you are the one who is in the wrong here. If you witness a cyclist violating the law, report them instead of confronting them about it.

 

Bike laws were made to please both the cyclist and the motorist. It is important that both parties know the bike laws in their area so everyone can drive and ride properly with one and other without any incidents from occurring. Thank you for reading my article about bike laws. I hope this article has helped you understand bike laws better and keep yourself safe while driving or riding on the road. Please support me for writing this article by sharing it with other cyclists and motorists that you might know and especially on social networking sites. You can also help support me by donating to my blog’s hosting bill if you would like to do that. Follow this blog on Twitter for more tips and information about bike laws.

 

Your turn to comment! What bike laws have been established for your area? Do you feel that both motorists and cyclists follow local bike laws or is there a need for improvement in this area of interest?

 

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Cyclist Lifestyle in 30 Days Article Series is Now Complete!

Are you ready to intensify your cyclist lifestyle? Do you want to expand your cyclist lifestyle and go deeper into the bicycling community and all it has to offer you? Then I suggest you read the follow 30 articles focusing on enhancing your cyclist lifestyle. I hope you enjoy these articles as it took me quite a while to write all of them!

 

Cyclist Lifestyle

 

30 Days to a Cyclist Lifestyle Article Series

Day 1: Cycling Benefits and Reasons

 

Day 2: Finding Cyclist Support

 

Day 3: Bicycle Selection

 

Day 4: Newbie Cyclist Tips

 

Day 5: First Bike Ride

 

Day 6: Different Cycling Types

 

Day 7: Promote Cycling Awareness

 

Day 8: Organized Bike Rides

 

Day 9: Cycling Safety

 

Day 10: Cycling Fitness Strategies

 

Day 11: Off Bike Cycling Fitness

 

Day 12: Bicycle Touring

 

Day 13: Bike Ride Tracking

 

Day 14: Bicycling Apparel

 

Day 15: Bicycling Gear

 

Day 16: Cyclist Nutrition

 

Day 17: Century Bike Ride

 

Day 18: Bike Racing

 

Day 19: Basic Bike Repair

 

Day 20: Bicycling Dark Side

 

Day 21: Professional Bicycling

 

Day 22: Car Free Lifestyle

 

Day 23: Cycling Injury Prevention

 

Day 24: Bicycle Components

 

Day 25: Summer Bicycling

 

Day 26: Winter Bicycling

 

Day 27: Bicycle Products

 

Day 28: Hill Climbing Techniques

 

Day 29: Online Cycling Resources

 

Day 30: Cyclist Ville Cycling Challenge

 

Thank you for tuning in to my article series on improving your cyclist lifestyle. I hope this cyclist lifestyle article series has helped you out.

 

Writing this cyclist lifestyle article series took me a while, as you can imagine. Please help support me for writing this series by sharing these cyclist lifestyle articles and this post with other cyclists, your friends and your family members. You can also share it on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Digg, and Stumble Upon, Pinterest and more to also help support me. If you have a blog or website, please add a link to my blog to help me out.

 

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Cyclist Ville Cycling Challenge – 30 Days to a Cyclist Lifestyle

You have reached the end of the 30 Days to a Cyclist Lifestyle article series! Congratulations! You are reading number 30 of this article series. Now I challenge you to take on the Cyclist Ville Cycling Challenge as you last task of enhancing your cyclist lifestyle. What is the Cyclist Ville Cycling Challenge? I will tell you below in this article…

 

Cyclist Ville Cycling Challenge

 

The Cyclist Ville Cycling Challenge

I have a Cyclist Ville Cycling Challenge for all of you. I have three of them, actually!

 

If you are a blogger, my Cyclist Ville Cycling Challenge for you is to write a cycling blog article series of your own on your own blog. It doesn’t have to be 30 articles long unless you really want it to be. A longer article series makes for a better Cyclist Ville Cycling Challenge because the more articles that you public, the more great cycling resources we can put on the internet for those looking to get better at biking.

 

If you are a beginner cyclist, my Cyclist Ville Cycling Challenge to you is to follow the advice of these articles and then report back to me on how everything is working out for you. I would love to do one or two follow up articles on those who have taken the advice of my articles in this series. In the follow up articles, I would like to put your comments and stories about using my tips and how they helped you out with your cycling needs. After you have accepted this Cyclist Ville Cycling Challenge and you are ready to contact me about it, please click the contact us link on the top of my blog and tell me about it there.

 

This Cyclist Ville Cycling Challenge is for all cyclists! My Cyclist Ville Cycling Challenge for you is to go out and ride the farthest you have ever rode before and then comment back on this article telling us all how far you went and anything new that you have learned from your experience going farther than you have ever road before in one setting. That is my challenge for you!

 

Thank you for reading my Cyclist Ville Cycling Challenge article as well as all of the article in this series. I really hope this article series has helped you out a lot. If you want to support me for taking the many, many hours and days and days to write these articles, you can do so in many different ways. You can share these articles with others, on your favorite social media sites, on your own sites and by donating to my blog’s hosting bill. Follow this blog on Twitter for greater Cyclist Ville articles and tips.

 

Your turn to write! How did you like this entire article series in general? Would you like to see additional article series be written on this blog? If yes, what topics would you like me to cover next? Your ideas matter as they drive my motivation to write more articles for you.

 

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Online Cycling Resources – 30 Days to a Cyclist Lifestyle

Every cyclist lifestyle participant needs a good long list of online cycling resources, right? In this article, I wanted to share my favorite online cycling resources with you so you can add to the list of your own online cycling resources and findings. I hope you enjoy!

 

Online Cycling Resources

 

Online Cycling Resources

 

Cycling Blogs

Bike Radar – If you like blog-magazine styled websites with tons of information and resources about cycling, then you are going to love this well designed and awesome on the eyes magazine-styled blog.

London Cyclist – Whether you are from the United Kingdom or the United States or even Australia, this blog has all sorts of great information that can help you with your cycling goals.

Training 4 Cyclists – If you ever want to become a pro cyclist or even get into local racing, you need to train for it and at this blog, you can get the information you need, to train right.

Bike Rumor – Another well updated and user-friendly magazine-styled web blog focusing on every aspect of cycling that you can possibly focus on.

Fat Cyclist – From what I can tell, this personal cycling log blog has turned into a well-known blog in the cycling community and I even have a few laughs when I read it as well. One of my personal favorites!

 

Cycling Forums

Southern Illinois Cycling – Okay I admit it, this is my forum and its Southern Illinois but everyone is welcome to join as we have people from all over the world actively discussing cycling.

Cycling Forums – This is a great message forum about cycling that also includes a good portal full of all sorts of news and resources for all kinds of different cycling disciplines.

Road Bike Review – If you are a road biker, then you need to join this forum. They got a board for just about any location around the globe and just about any brand of road bike is being talked about.

Bike Forums – This is probably the first cycling message forum I ever joined and probably one of the largest bike forums on the internet. A lot of helpful members on this community!

Two Spoke – This forum is probably the second forum I joined online and I enjoyed being a member so much that I quickly upgraded and paid for a premium membership. I recommend them!

 

Cycling Websites

Crazy Guy on a Bike – If you want to plan a multi-day bike ride practically anywhere in the world, check out this website. Not only can you submit your rides but see other rides as well – awesome site!

Adventure Cycling – If you want information on bicycling travel, touring and everything in between, then you should check out this well-known and trusted service.

Cycology – This is a pretty unique website dedicated to social networking aspects of bicyclists. Their goal is to create a great social network for connecting cyclists together – that is a great goal to have, too!

Markel Insurance – If you want to insure your bicycle and protect it from other people, theft, wrecks, damage and more – check these guys out. You can even insure your bike shorts, talk about service!

Bicycling – How can I leave out one of the best cycling websites online? Bicycling Magazine brings us awesome bike magazines, great books, cool contests and more. Check them out, today!

 

Cycling Stores

Road ID – Road ID is one of my top online cycling resources to add to this list. Get your ID if you haven’t already and check out some of the other great stuff they have to offer.

Performance Bike – If you’re looking for affordable online cycling resources and products, you might want to check these folks out and they always have great deals going on too.

Price Point – When its Black Friday, Cyber Monday or I need an important Bike Tool, this website is usually at the top of my online cycling resources and products list.

Bikes Direct – If you don’t have a local bike shop and you want to save on buying a great bike, check out this huge selection. They have sales over 50% off, no taxes and shipping is free to most Americans.

Jenson USA – For my fellow American friends, if you need a bike part, check out this site. They have a huge selection and really great options and prices to choose from.

 

Thanks for reading my blog post about the various online cycling resources that I enjoy and recommend. I hope you have found these online cycling resources as useful as I have found them to be. If you enjoyed this free article today, please help support me for writing it. You can help support me by sharing this article with other cyclists, your friends and your family. You can also link to this blog and article on your favorite social networks, blogs and other websites that you own. As always, I welcome donations and if you click here, you can donate directly to my hosting bill which would be much appreciated. You don’t have to donate though if you don’t want to, and I am fine if you can’t right now. Be sure to follow this blog on Twitter for more online cycling resources and tips about bicycling in general.

 

Your turn to comment! Do you visit any of these online cycling resources at all? Do you know of any other great online cycling resources to add to this list? If yes, please link them in the comments below, we would love to see more awesome online cycling resources!

 

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Hill Climbing Techniques – 30 Days to a Cyclist Lifestyle

Having excellent hill climbing techniques is a big deal when you want to enhance your cyclist lifestyle. Not having good hill climbing techniques will mean that any of your rides that involve hills will probably result in a negative experience in the end. In this article, I will go over the basics and the advanced hill climbing techniques that most cyclists, including the pros use to master their own hill climbing techniques.

 

Hill Climbing Techniques

 

Hill Climbing Techniques: The Basics

The basic hill climbing techniques that you need to know about are summed up in an acronym that I have come up with over the years. PAG or Pacing Awareness Gears! In terms of PACING, you need to become an excellent pacer while on your bike rides especially when you want to improve your hill climbing techniques. Try to pace yourself on the ride and don’t attempt to race up hills or hit a certain speed on them until after you have mastered your hill climbing techniques. Hills can often be bitter-sweet. The bitter part is that they are our worst enemy at times but they’re sweet because they will give us our best workouts. Take your time and pace yourself and your hill climbing techniques will really start to show improvement – especially if you start with smaller hills and work your way up to bigger ones.

 

Awareness is also another big factor on improving your bicycle hill climbing techniques. You need to be aware of your surroundings so that you know what to do every time you are trying to accomplish your hill climbing goals. Walk or drive up the hills you plan to master long before you try it on your bike and get a feel about how they will be like when you are on your bike. If you know how the terrine is before you ride up it on your bike, then you will have a better idea how to tactically approach it once you to plan to ride up it on the bike. Plus if you don’t know how bad the hill is going to be, it might be too late to pace yourself or even get into the right gear which is explained more about below.

 

Gears will really save your life when it comes to mastering your hill climbing techniques. Unless your bike is a single speed or fixed speed bike, you should have all sort of gears that come with your bicycle – learn how they work and use them, especially for hill climbing techniques. The gear you want to be in when hill climbing on your bike is the gear that makes for the easier and smoother ride. If you are struggling to pedal up a hill, then you need to change your gears. On my road bike, I often switch gears so the chain in on the smallest ring up front and then I go through the rings in the back to make the ride easy and smooth – that is how you can cruise up a hill at a much better pace that doesn’t require you to work your butt off in the process. Test your bike gears out before your start hill climbing so you know what to do when you actually attempt it.

 

Hill Climbing Techniques: Advanced Tips

Being lighter in weight will help significantly increase the success of your hill climbing techniques on the bike. So look at your bike and look at yourself to see what you can do to make things lighter. If you have a lot of gear on your bike, consider only taking what gear you need rather than preparing for the end of the world. Wear bike apparel, the tight Spandex kind – weight a pair of bike shorts and then weigh a pair of blue jeans, the difference in weight will simply “wow” you. You don’t have to go overboard with weight issues though – an aluminum bike is fine, you don’t need to drop $10,000 on a carbon just to get up a hill. Don’t take away from your safety either; don’t lose your helmet just to weigh less up that hill. Just use some common sense when it comes to lightening your load.

 

Being in better shape and staying healthy will help you master your hill climbing techniques. This really helps! If you are bigger, focus on flats and lose some pounds so you can be fit to climb those hills. However, if you are bigger, hills will really give you a great workout. Be sure that you eat right, drink right and rest right as well. If you always eat fast food, junk food and fried food – you just might always have a hard time on the hills especially your heart. If you drink a lot of soda a beer, you might regret it while climbing up those hills. If you don’t get much sleep, you shouldn’t be riding a bike. So the idea here is that you can master your hill climbing techniques and skills by staying health both off and on the bike.

 

Being comfortable is key to successful hill climbing techniques. Comfort is also a big deal when it comes to hills. You need to be comfortable about climbing a hill. If you are scared or know that you can’t do it, don’t push yourself to do something you are not ready to do yet. Being a cyclist is about living the lifestyle of cycling – it’s not about being the guy that can do anything and everything on a bike. If your friends and fellow riders give you a lot of fuss about not climbing a hill, then find some better friends who will actually give you the support you need. And if you do decide to climb that hill and you feel like you need to get off and push the bike up, go for it because EVERYONE does it, even the pros.

 

Hill Climbing Techniques: Sit or Stand?

There is a big debate on whether or not you should sit or stand when climbing a hill on your bike. From my experience, its preference more than it is performance! Staying seated does indeed have its benefits like keeping the power where it needs to be and helping you keep a constant cadence but when you are climbing a hill, especially a steeper one, it isn’t always going to be that easy. So if you feel like you need to stand up and pedal and it feels right, by all means, stand up and pedal up that hill. I am 6’5” tall, sometimes, pending on the steepness of a hill, I have to stand up and walk myself up the hill on my pedals while other times I stay in the saddle. Climb the hill that best works for you and forget about the big debate that does nothing for you.

 

Thank you for reading my article on mastering your hill climbing techniques when cycling. I hope this article has helped you today. Please support me for writing it! You can support me by sharing this article with others, posting a link to it on social media sites and even by directly donating to my hosting bill. Follow this blog on Twitter for more tips on hill climbing techniques and beyond.

 

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Bicycle Products – 30 Days to a Cyclist Lifestyle

When it comes to bicycle products, you need to buy bicycle products that are tried and tested and recommended by the cycling community. If you choose bicycle products that are cheaply manufactured just because you are looking for the cheapest bicycle products possible, you might find yourself having to replace those bicycle products quite frequently. Adult and realistic bicycling products are not the cheapest buys in the world but you don’t have to take out a loan for them, either. If you buy from big boxed retailers that sell everything really cheap – expect a cheap experience. In this article I will point out various bicycle products and brands worth checking out based on years and years of expert use by the cycling community.

 

Bicycle Products

 

Great Bicycle Products: Bike Brands

Now when the topic of bike brands come into play of bicycle products – there is often many different opinions and suggestions. It is true that bike brands are a lot like car brands. Some people like Ford over Chevy and some people like Lamborghini over Mercedes and the other way around. It is the same with bike brands. I like Trek more than Specialized and Giant but I have friends who like Cannondale or Giant over any other brand of bike. My basic level entry Trek road bike is just as good as a basic level entry Specialized road bike. To choose the right brand of bicycle products, you need to just get out there and give them all test ride and see which one fits you and your cyclist lifestyle the most. If you go with great name brand bikes, no matter what brand you choose, you’re probably going to enjoy your purchase.

 

You might consider saving some money too and going a bit cheaper on the off brand bikes and bicycle products. I acquired my first mountain bike from the online bicycle products retailer known as Bikes Direct. I paid about $370 for a brand new mountain bike that had an MSRP of about $900. It is a great mountain bike that I still have today and use for a backup mountain bike. I have really put it to the test as well and roughed it up on the trails. It still feels like a new bike. Bikes Direct sells your bikes and bicycle products for 60% and more cost savings and usually offer no taxing and free shipping as well. You can even find bikes for about $1,000 but are worth double that amount. Find a bike for $600 MSRP and only pay about half of that for the actual bike and I guarantee you will be happy with your purchase.

 

When it comes to bicycle products in terms of the brand of bike you want to go with, be prepared to spend a little bit of money and the price is usually a bit more than you expect if you are just now getting into cycling. Now carbon-frame bikes are going to cost you a lot more and people are going to recommend them, however, if you don’t plan on getting into racing or at least constant racing – you really won’t need a carbon-frame bike. Be careful though, Walmart, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Academy have great bikes but great bikes for kids who tear their bikes up. Big time retailers that are not dedicated to bike sales sell you cheap bikes that won’t last very long. Support your local economy and support your local bike shops – the service is going to be a lot better than anywhere else you go.

 

Great Bicycle Products: Bike Gear

Bike gear various when it comes to the amount you pay for these bicycle products. Some bike gear is better to buy from name brands while other bike gear can be bought from places like Walmart and general sporting goods stores. I would recommend sticking to name brands when it comes to cycling apparel bicycle products. Usually name brand apparel costs a little bit more but it’s well-made and popularly used by the professional cyclists. You can spend $20 on a pair of cheap bike shorts but they will probably rip while you put them on and become transparent after a few washes. Brands like Castelli, Aero Tech Designs, Canari and others known to the cycling community are going to be higher costing but they are going to last a long time. I would suggest getting name brand apparel of all types including shoes, socks, bottoms, tops, skin suits, tri suits, and gloves and so on.

 

When it comes to basic bicycle products and gear like bike bags, portable air pumps, basic lights, reflectors, water bottles, water bottle holders, hydration back packs and stuff like that – you can usually look for cheaper versions and be fine with getting them at a low cost. I put seat bags under every saddle of any bike I own and I get them all at Walmart for about $5 each. They are durable and they last a long time. I don’t see any reason to get a $20 bad just because it has a specific name brand attached to it.

 

When buying bike gear, even with name brand bicycle products, I find the internet is always the best place to look for the best deals. There are tons and tons of various online-based bicycle products stores online and even the bigger sporting goods retailers usually have better deals on the internet side of their sales. I commonly open my wallet to internet deals on Black Friday and then again on the following Cyber Monday to get great deals. You just have to look around for them!

 

Great Bicycle Products: Bike Tools

When it comes to bicycle products in terms of tools, I will recommend Park Tool brand from the get go. I used to buy purely from another bicycle products tool brand but quickly found out their tools didn’t last long at all. As a bicycle repair shop owner, I really got to put the off-brand’s tools to the test, too and they didn’t work out as well as Park Tool. Now I strictly purchase tools from Park Tools and I haven’t regretted it yet. Again, I will recommend Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals online when looking to get some Park Tool bicycle products because this brand is usually double the price of cheaper bike tool brands. If you can save yourself some money, and it’s worth it, go for it!

 

Thank you for reading my article about buying bicycle products. I hope this article has helped you out today. Please show your support for me writing this article by sharing it with other cyclists, friends and family. You can also share it on social networking – that alone will help support me quite a bit. If you wish to donate, you can do so, directly to my hosting bill and I am very thankful for that as well. Follow this blog today on Twitter for more tips and reviews about great bicycle products.

 

Your turn to comment! What type of bicycle products do you often get? Do you go with the hot name brands in cycling or are you fine with getting products that are cheaper?

 

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