Being a faster cyclist and more aerodynamic is the goal of many cyclists who are getting into racing, triathlons, sprinting and even just general riding. Being a faster cyclist is pretty fun when it comes to general cycling because you get to take a motor-less device and get it to higher speeds. Being a faster cyclist will also help if you’re into pro cycling type activities – winning a race is better than not winning a race, right?
Being a faster cyclist isn’t just for racing, being faster can improve your overall cycling performance and enhance your passion of bicycling!
So what can we do as cyclists to become a faster cyclist? The trick to becoming a faster cyclist will involve many different tactics to make us and our bikes more aerodynamic. Below are some suggestions that you might wish to consider to become a faster cyclist…
The Human Factor of Being a Faster Cyclist
There are factors involving you when wanting to be a faster cyclist. The weight of your body matters – the less the way, the lighter amount of weight you will have to work with. Less weight means less work meaning faster cyclist! You also want to take the way you dress for cycling into consideration! Many of us cyclists are often seen wearing skintight spandex compression apparel. While it may look funny to those who don’t wear it, it also helps a cyclist become a faster cyclist because of many different reasons… Biking apparel doesn’t weight very much making less weight on a bike verses putting on a pair of heavy blue jeans. Biking apparel is tight and therefore doesn’t flap in the wind causing the cyclist to slow down and lastly cycling apparel allows for the cyclist to become more aerodynamic on their bike which helps them be a faster cyclist in the end.
The Bike Factor of Being a Faster Cyclist
Your road bike also plays a part when it comes to being a faster cyclist. If you go to a chain retail store and buy the cheapest road bike you can possibly get, chances are, the bike will weigh quite a bit. As I said above, the more weight you have to work with, the harder being a fast cyclist will become. So if you want a good bike for speed, you may need to spend some money. The lighter the bike is, the more likely it will cost more money. A basic carbon road bike will cost you anywhere from $2,000 to $8,000 or more. It seems like a lot of money but in reality, for a true cyclist, it is well worth it in the end. Better bikes can be upwards in the range of $30,000 or more – so keep that in mind as well!
You also need to take into consideration what you put on your bike when trying to be a faster cyclist. If you drown your bike with different bags, tools and so on – it will just add extra weight to the bike. When I am focusing on speed, I tend to have one bag on my bike that is it. Inside the bag are a spare tube and a multi-tool for making quick fixes when out on the road. If I take my cell phone, energy gels or things like that – I usually put them in my middle jersey pocket to counter balance the weight on my body. I usually also take a portable air pump with me as well which will come in handy if you need to fix a flat or air up a new tube and all.
So try to consider both the human factors and the bike factors when trying to be the faster cyclist you hope to be. Thank you for reading this article about becoming a faster cyclist. I really hope it has helped you our today! Please support me for writing it by sharing this article with your friends and also on your favorite social networking sites as well. I also encourage you to follow this blog on Twitter for more tips on being a faster cyclist and general cycling topics.
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Motivating cyclists may not be as big of a challenge as it may seem to be. Anyone can get into cycling with enough motivation. Just take a look at all of the multiple-amputee folks out there racing across the world to prove a point – motivating cyclists can happen to anyone with enough motivation reinforcement integrated within.
If we all set out motivating cyclists, the world would travel by bicycle!
So how would you go about motivating cyclists in terms of your friends and your family? That is what we will be taking a look at in today’s article.
Motivating Cyclists Requires You to Be Motivated
Motivating cyclists will only be possible when motivation is present in the first place. Maybe your friends and family members are not motivated to ride their bicycles but you are and therefore you can affect them with your motivation. Motivating cyclists without having motivation yourself isn’t probably going to give you the result that you would like to see. If you want to become a motivational speaking, then you yourself have to be motivated to do it. And when motivating cyclists, you are indeed a motivational speaker.
Real-Word Examples are Motivating Cyclists
When motivating cyclists, you can use real-world examples and to help them become motivated to bicycle. One example is the fact that you can usually burn at least double the amount of fat calories when riding a bicycle verses walking. Now that is just a statistical example, not a real-world example. To give them a real-world example, you need to show them that you can lose weight by riding a bicycle. You or someone else needs to lose pounds and allow them to see the transformation right before their eyes. Other real-world examples can be used as well such as working out the joints and muscles to cure stiff joints and back problems, staying in general good shape, competing against others, saving money and so on. Just make sure you are motivating cyclists by showing them something up close and personal.
Motivating Cyclists through Public Awareness
Another factor in motivating cyclists is the fact that the surrounding environment often plays a role in overall motivation to get into cycling. If the area your friends and family live in isn’t that cycling friendly, then getting into cycling might be a bit discouraging. So motivate yourself to get into motivating cyclists all over the local community. Raise awareness, get cycling paths and trails created and make the local community a safe place for those who love riding bicycles. If your friends and family members are exposed to more cyclists and every day cycling sights – they too have a better chance of being motivated to get into cycling.
Thanks for reading my article on motivating cyclists. I hope that this article helps you motivate your friends and family to get into bicycling. The more cyclists, the better health our world will be in, right? Please help support me for writing this article by sharing it with your friends, family and through social media. More readers = Motivation for me to write more of these article. I also encourage you to follow this blog on Twitter for more cycling tips.
Your turn to type! How are you motivating cyclists? Are your friends and family falling in love with cycling as much as you have?
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This is my story, what is yours?
I originally bought a mountain bike for occasional once a month fitness after not riding a bicycle for about 10 years. My mother had got into fitness riding a few years back and told me about a big bicycle trail system in our area. So I and she went to ride a 20 mile section of the trail that features a long dark tunnel you get to ride through. I rode 20 miles the first time I got back on a bicycle. My bottom hurt for two weeks (even though I wore padded bike shorts) and I had to stop and rest many times during the ride.
After that ride, I fell in love with cycling. It wasn’t too long after that until I got my road bike and shortly after that, a new 29er mountain bike. Now I go road biking and mountain biking every chance I get. I went from a once in a while fitness rider to a full blown member of the cyclist lifestyle and community. Cycling has turned into a big passion for me which is why I blog about it, too!
Since I became a cyclist, I have lost nearly 100 pounds of fat and I am stronger than I have ever been before!
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That’s my story! Now I want to hear from you! What is your story? How and why did you become a cyclist? Share your stories with the rest of us on this article.
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Night time bicycling is encouraged to serious cyclists because it helps establish a need for safer cycling activities on a roadway in a community. The more that night time bicycling occurs, the more people within your community will recognize that cyclists are present and night time bicycling is an activity within their community.
But night time bicycling can be quite dangerous if not done in a correct manner. Night time bicycling shouldn’t have to be dangerous at all in a cyclist’s perfect world – however this is not perfect world especially for cyclists. But there are ways you can make your night time bicycling trips a lot safer and still enjoy the aspects of night time bicycling and riding of all hours of the day and night.
Night time bicycling should be a fun experience not a dangerous one!
Be careful when bicycling a night and do so by following the Safety Guide and tips below…
Night Time Bicycling Safety Guide
Make yourself visible – The most important aspect of night time bicycling safety is that others, especially drivers, see you cycling on the road. You need to make yourself as visible as you possibly can when night time bicycling with actual motor vehicles. You can do this by following the tips below:
- LIGHTS – Install lights on your bicycle. The cheap lights that you can get from most ordinary retailers such as Wal-Mart are legal for the road but they may not be bright enough for your night time bicycling activities. I would recommend spending the most on lighting for your bicycle and through an actual local bike shop or internet-based bike retailer store. The goal here is to get lights where others can see you miles away before even getting to you. That will give drivers plenty of time to slow down and avoid running you over when night time bicycling.
- APPAREL – Wear apparel made in a way that it reflects off of lighting. When night time bicycling, don’t ever think that your power light system is enough. You should also be wearing reflective clothing that makes you completely visible when light hits you. You could purchase a reflective work vest and wear it. There are also options for cycling shorts, pants, jerseys and jackets with reflective logos and details in them – get and wear apparel like that so people will see you on the road when night time bicycling.
Choose safe route – When you are night time bicycling, you should be doing so on a safe riding route. You might want to drive (in a car) the route you wish to ride on during the night to get an idea of what the traffic is like, if there is a lot of room for riding and so on. This will allow you to plan accordingly for your night time bicycling events. You should also follow these tips on choosing a safe riding route:
- RIGHT – Remember to always stay to the right when night time bicycling as you would when day time bicycling. The right hand side is the universal riding area for most cyclists in most regions and communities. If traffic is slow, then be slow with it because trying to pass people in a vehicle that isn’t as easy to see in the rearview mirror as a car could turn into a death wish. You have a right to be on the road as much as anyone else but you also have the right to use caution when on the road and survive each ride.
- LANES – If you can find a night time bicycling route when bike lanes, paths and trails – then use that route! Bicycle-specific lanes and routes were made to make your riding activities safer. Sure, being on the road with motor vehicles is a rush and is your right but bicycle lanes and paths will give you even more extra protection especially during the night. You might also note that a community may require you to ride on bicycle-specific routes by law and failing to do so could mean getting a citation. Check with your local bicycling ordinances before riding your bike on the road.
Keep your cool – When you are night time bicycling, every driver on the road isn’t going to understand your rights to be on the road as much as they can be on the road. Some vehicle drivers will likely be frustrated that you are on the roadway. Some of these people are uneducated about the rights of a cyclist. They might even scream at you and do other things as well. You should always remain calm and follow these tips, too:
- RAGE – Road rage is quite possible when night time bicycling around people who are frustrated about it. When someone gets road rage, they often drive aggressively and illegally and place everyone around them (including their selves) in immediate danger. As a cyclist, you are much smaller than them and more vulnerable to serious injuries or even death if they were to hit you with their vehicle. The best way to deal with someone who has road rage is to back off and get away from them. Once you are away from them, they will likely calm down and return to a normal non-aggressive state of mind. Always know your laws on personal protection! For example, if you live in a bad neighborhood and you have the right to carry a concealed weapon – that concealed weapon could one day save your life.
- VIDEO – Many road cyclists these days are starting to record their entire ride, especially night time bicycling rides. Go Pro is a common camera that many cyclists are going with when wanting to record their bicycling activities. I advocate videoing your bike rides for two reasons: One, it makes for a great blog or viewing for those who love cycling just as much as you do. Two, if you catch a driver being stupid and committing a crime, you can use the video to get them prosecuted for doing so. Many people will also likely back off from being aggressive towards you if they realize that you are video recording them.
Thanks for reading my article about night time bicycling. I hope you have enjoyed reading it and I hope it helps to make your night time bicycling activities a lot safer as well. If you have enjoyed reading these tips and guidelines, please show your support to me for writing them. You can do this by sharing this article with other cyclists that you know as well as posting a link to it on your favorite social media outlets. Please follow this blog on Twitter for more tips about night time bicycling and beyond!
Your turn to speak! Do you ride your bicycle at night at all? What other tips would you add to this list in terms of night time bicycling?
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First of all, Happy New Year from Cyclist Ville!
Happy New Year from Cyclist Ville!
It has been a great 2013 for cycling, you know why? Because Cyclist Ville was created! That’s why! But as Cyclist Ville goes into its second year of being online, it’s always a good idea to set New Year’s resolutions for the blog!
So what are Cyclist Ville’s New Year’s Resolutions? They are…
1. Write more Cycling Articles
Cyclist Ville was pretty active there for a few months. I was posting or at least trying to post on a daily basis. But then I kind of slacked off a bit as the temperatures got colder – just as I have slacked off from cycling. I know, I know, that isn’t very cyclist of me but I just can’t stand the cold… But one resolution for this New Year is that I will write more on this blog. I’d like to post a new article each and every day Monday through Friday with Saturday and Sunday being the blog’s rest days (hahaha). So look for more articles about cycling to be posted soon!
2. Get more Guest Bloggers
Cyclist Ville isn’t just a me blog! I welcome other writers who want to post articles about cycling on this blog. We have had a couple of people who found us and wrote for us and they shared some pretty cool guest blog articles at that. However, it seems that a lot of people just doesn’t about our blog and therefore doesn’t know they can write for us. So I plan to market and promote the blog more, get into the blog writing community and find us some more guest bloggers. If you’re reading this and interested in guest blogging for us, check out our write for us page. Writing for us is free and you can even share a couple of links if you want to.
3. Get a Co-Blogger or Two
Like I said above, this isn’t a me blog or a blog that only I can write on. I welcome assistance from others who want to help. So while promoting the blog to find guest bloggers, I will also be looking for one to two cycling bloggers who are interested in staying on the blog as co-bloggers. A co-blogger will be a regular blogger on this blog meaning you can expect more than one cycling article from them. I would like to find co-bloggers who are interested in posting at least one article on this blog each week but the more articles they post, the better!
4. Get a New Look
I have been beta testing a new ‘theme framework’ for the blogging software we use here (WordPress). I really like it so far because I can use it on all my blogs but change colors and such to keep each one unique from the other. I plan to install and activate it on this blog really soon. It will have a more modern feel to it, be mobile-ready and include all sort of cool unique features. I hope to have this new look and feel up soon.
5. Stolen Bikes Directory
As you may know, I am working on a feature for this blog to enable you to report your bicycle as stolen on this blog. Once you report it as stolen, it will publish to the ‘stolen bikes’ page, Facebook and Twitter to help spread the word out about your bike being taken. My hopes is that it will help others see it, find your bike and get it back to you as quick as possible. If you’re a dedicated cyclist like me, then you likely have quite the expensive bicycle. Our bikes are our cars in many cases and we cannot just let people take them and get away with it. This feature will be available soon and it will also be 100% free to everyone. You won’t even have to join to report your stolen bike!
Thanks for reading about Cyclist Ville’s New Year’s resolutions! I hope you enjoyed reading them and I hope you look forward to our changes. Please share this post with other to show me support for writing it.
Your turn! What are your New Year’s Cycling Resolutions?
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Dec 25, 13
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Do you ever want to disconnect from the modern world? Meaning… putting away the smart phones, turning the computer off, leaving the house and going out into the wilderness for an extended period of time. Do you ever want to disconnect and survive off the land? Not forever of course but just for a while to know that you could do it if you ever had to do it!
But what about we cyclists who are so passionate about our cycling lifestyle that we always plan to include biking in some way or another?
That is where the good’ole mountain bike comes into play!
I was sitting here online the other day reading about survival camping and thinking how fun it would be to go out into the wild and live off the land for a short spell. But I know I would miss my bike and so it dawned on me to include it instead of missing it.
Mountain Bike Wilderness Survival! Talk about a prepper’s cyclist dream vacation!
Imagine it… You, your mountain bike and nature… That’s it!
Would you go Wilderness Mountain Biking?
That’s the main question of this entire blog post. Would you go wilderness survival by mountain bike? Have you ever gone camping? Hiking? Trail walking? Image doing all that by traveling with the comfort of your mountain bike! That actually sounds like it would be a lot more fun than just trying to survive nature. Think of all the natural things you can be witness of… The wild animals… The scenery… God’s glory and existence right there for you to bite into.
Before you go Wilderness Mountain Biking
Now you need to know that I haven’t gone Wilderness Mountain Biking yet but I hope to do so one day. I do however enjoy reading about wilderness survival, watching videos and learning everything I can about it. I live in a rural part of the Midwest where nature is all around me so I enjoy knowing more about it. If I were to suggest focus knowledge before you do an adventure such as this one, I would suggest the following…
Go camping first – Find a local campground, bring your mountain bike and do some general tent camping before going out into the wilderness. You really want to make sure you enjoy camping before doing the ultimate camping trip. Sleeping outdoors has its pros and its cons! The pros are everything… getting a chance to enjoy nature at its best… Meeting new people in different areas… Doing something different for a change… But there are also some negatives to camping including annoying bugs, no electricity (I’m talking real camping not house of wheels), no climate control and so on. If you go camping and you love it, then you might love wilderness camping and survival even more!
Read up on it – I’ve ordered like 5 different books focusing on wilderness survival. The books show me how to sleep in the wild, stalk and hunt prey, avoid being attacked by wild animals, making a fire and shelter with anything to make it with, surviving extremely cold conditions and even what plants can be eaten or used as medicine. I know a little bit about the outdoors because like I said, I am from the rural Midwest where outdoor enthusiasm is quite common. But I am no expert – which is why I am reading up on wilderness survival, watching videos and learning all I can about it. It’s better to be prepared before you need to be prepared!
Get to know your bike – Seriously! If you plan to use your mountain bike as the main form of transportation in wilderness survival, then you need to be a mountain biking guru. You need to know how to cycle through rough trail because a slip and fall could result in death since not a lot of people are going to be out there to take you to aid. You also need to know how to fix various problems on your bike because mountain bikes tend to get beat up from time to time. Quick fixing and temporary-repairs are probably going to be your major repairs out on the trail. There aren’t too many local bike shops located out in the wilderness so I’ve heard – hahaha!
What to bring on your trip!
You’re not MacGyver! You can’t bring a tooth pick, an air freshener and a paperclip and be able to survive for months in the wilderness. Now when doing wilderness survival living, I do recommend bring as little as possible to keep the trip actually realistic. However, we are human beings and we have evolved, therefore, we should bring some things with us since we are not used to living off the land like those before us did.
So my suggestions on gear are…
For the mountain bike:
- A portable air pump (maybe even two) that will last – CO2 air pumps are not worthy for wilderness survival because you will probably run out of CO2 eventually.
- Spare tubes or get tubeless tires (or that tube gue) – Flat tires will likely be your biggest repair jobs when mountain biking on rough terrains.
- A strong headlight – You really won’t need break lights because there are no cars out there in the wilderness but it would great to see a grizzly bear in the dark before you get up on it.
- Basic Tools – A multi-tool, chain breaker, spoke wrench and maybe some tube tools will be a great choice to take along with you when doing extreme mountain biking.
- Have a great bike – Don’t bring a Wal-Mart bike to your wilderness survival getaway! You need to have a strong bike with strong parts otherwise you might be 100 miles away and screwed.
Another thing about choosing a mountain bike to bring makes me question the metal it should be created with. You don’t want an old steel bike because that is probably going to be a heavy nightmare. At times, you may need to pick your bike up and carry it whether it’s up a mountain or across a creek. You want something you can carry for a while if you are forced to. Carbon is a great choice though much more expensive than other types. However, you are not racing so you don’t need carbon everything. I wouldn’t want a carbon fork, saddle post, handles bar or wheel sets. Some things need strong metals to support the abuse they go through. You can repair most bike metals with quick-fix liquid metal cement but repairing carbon? Good luck because you will need it!
For your safety:
- Wear a helmet – Not wearing a helmet while mountain biking in the wilderness is just plain stupid. A helmet will be the first line of defense in front of your skull when crashing and landing your head on a jagged rock.
- Padding may be a good idea – Extra padding for your elbows, shoulders, shins and so on might not be such a bad idea. If you’re surviving in a mountain-type environment, the chances of you doing some downhill riding is pretty good – extra padding from those falls will often save your life.
- Appropriate clothing is needed – I suggest compression! Spandex and Lycra are tight fitting and won’t get snagged on your bike components or a tree while you are riding very fast. Compression clothing is also very light weight and easy to pack. Baggy athletic clothing is also good to wear when being off the bike and light weight too. Be sure to pack for the temperatures and climate elements as well!
- First Aid – You don’t need to bring a hospital with you but I would suggest bringing some basic first aid supplies. Emergency blankets, bandages, gauze, antibiotic cream, aspirin/Tylenol/toothache gel, antibiotics, snake-bite kit and something for upset stomachs is going to be the best to travel with. You may want to bring other things as well. I get your flu shots before you go on this trip, too!
- Bike Tent
- Lightweight Sleeping bag
- Tooth care products
- Emergency Cell Phone (just in case)
- Signal Mirror to send S.O.S. signals to aircraft in case you’re stranded
- A knife
- If permitted, a firearm
- If in bear territory, a can a bear spray (bears often have the scent of a wet dog when near)
- Survival food
- Fishing line and hook
- Anything else you might need
I’d personally try to use as much nature as possible even when it came to eating, hunting, fishing and most medical procedures. The less I have to bring with me, the lighter my load will be when I am biking through the wilderness.
Thank you for reading my article on Wilderness Mountain Biking. I hope you have enjoyed reading this article. I encourage you to share this post with your friends to help support me for writing it. Please share this article on your favorite social networks as well. As an ending tip for this article, be sure you tell something before going on a wilderness survival trip, okay? Just in case!
Your turn! If you went on a Wilderness Mountain Bike trip, where would you go, for how long and what would you bring?
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