Trek Road Bike Review: The Trek 1.1 Road Bike

Are you considering buying a Trek road bike?

 

This is a Trek road bike review of the Trek 1.1. The 1.1 Trek road bike was my first road bike after I got hooked back on cycling after riding a mountain bike around. I bought a Trek road bike because I attempted to do an organized ride on a mountain bike and it was super hard and I wasn’t able to finish it in the end. I did 40 miles out of the 60 miles I was determined to do. So I went to a local bike shop near my community and purchased the 1.1 Trek road bike. Trek is not paying me or endorsing me to do this review – I am reviewing the 1.1 Trek road bike on my own accord. Please keep reading and I hope you enjoy my review of the 1.1 Trek road bike.

 

Trek Road Bike Review

 

Trek Road Bike Review: 1.1 Pricing

When I bought my 1.1 Trek road bike, it cost around $800 but now that are fairly cheaper as they have released the 1.2 and other Trek road bike types. Now you can pick up a 1.1 for about $600 to $700. While that price may still seem steep to some beginner cyclists – it is important to understand that a price like that is normal for a level-entry Trek road bike. You get what you pay for with bicycles – if you get the cheapest bike, don’t be surprised if everything is so cheap it doesn’t last long at all. You may be able to fine a 1.1 Trek road bike cheaper by scouting local bike shops in your area and seeing if they have any used or older models of that Trek road bike. You will likely not find one for under $500, though.

 

Trek Road Bike Review: 1.1 Components

The frame on the 1.1 Trek road bike is aluminum but it is fairly light. It isn’t as light as a carbon-fiber frame but you will pay thousands more for a full carbon bike that is just a couple pounds lighter in weight. Unless you are a racer with corporate sponsorship – you really don’t need a full carbon bike to be able to enjoy road biking. Most of the components on the 1.1 Trek road bike are basic but not exactly generic – just level entry. I have ridden my 1.1 Trek road bike fairly hard over the years and have not ever had to replace a component besides the chain. I even went two years before I had to replace an inner tube and that is pretty good for an entry-level Trek road bike, I must say.

 

Trek Road Bike Review: 1.1 Cons

Cons to me are when people share their opinions because we all have different perspective about the features of a Trek road bike like this one. But for the sake of listing cons as traditional reviews often do, I will list some of the cons I personally felt that came with this Trek road bike. The saddle is quite uncomfortable and usually tends to hurt my bottom after an hour of riding. The factory pedals were the first thing to go when I bought the bike but I prefer “Clipless” over pedals that you have to strap your foot into – strapping my foot into a pedal just seems like it’s an accident waiting to occur. The handlebar tape didn’t last very long but that is easy enough to get replaced or to replace by you after watching a video on YouTube. Other than that, I really have no complaints.

 

Trek Road Bike Review: 1.1 Final Thoughts

If you need a good Trek road bike to start your road biking career with, I’d recommend the 1.1 Trek road bike. The price is right and you are getting a Trek road bike that can last for years to come if you take proper care of it. After getting it, I’d suggest testing the saddle and replacing if need be and probably getting some other type of pedal because the factory ones are not the best. I bought a different Trek road bike but still plan to use my 1.1 Trek road bike as well – for Cyclocross riding. I ended up going with the 1.2 Trek road bike as my new road bike which I got slightly bigger since I am tall and it comes with a carbon fork which was a pretty good improvement. But I still have no regrets in purchasing the 1.1 Trek road bike.

 

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Cycling Apparel: Dressing for Cycling in Any Conditions

How big is your cycling apparel wardrobe?

 

Cycling apparel is an important product to collect as you dive deeper and deeper into cycling. Cycling apparel is developed by many different manufacturers and it comes in all styles, colors, sizes and pricing structures. Cycling apparel is important for you as a cyclist because it is made for cycling, for performance, to prevent saddle-related pain and to help keep you dry and healthy. There are many different types of cycling apparel for different types of riding and weather conditions, though. In this article, I will guide you on all different types of cycling apparel to consider acquiring and when you will need each type of acquired cycling apparel you come across…

 

Cycling Apparel Skinsuit

Photo by Addy

 

Cycling Apparel: Bike Shorts, Bibs and Skinsuits

Bike shorts are probably the most commonly used cycling apparel items in cycling. Many riders are happy with just wearing a t-shirt and a pair of Spandex bike shorts as their main cycling apparel outfit. Bike shorts (especially Spandex/Lycra compression type) benefit you as a rider for many reasons including compression that warms the muscles for advanced recovery, ability to become aerodynamic and not worry about cycling apparel items creating unnecessary draft to slow you down, materials added to help dry up any precipitation and/or sweat as you ride and bright coloring and reflection added to help keep you visible on the road or trail. The most important aspect of bike shorts in cycling apparel is the chamois (or padding) added to it to help protect your body from saddle sores and other pain from riding on a bike for a long period of time.

 

The best bike shorts are shorts that are tight fitting and conform around your body as if it was your second skin. Cycling apparel is tight for many reasons as those I have listed above but you can also find looser fitting cycling apparel if you must have it. Bike shorts might be uncomfortable to some people because the waist is being dug into – if this happens to you, I suggest you get a bib short option instead. Bib shorts are just like bike shorts but with straps that fasten around the top of your shoulders like bib overalls do. This keeps the short from being dug into your waistline and many cyclists, including many pro riders actually prefer bib shorts over regular shorts during all their cycling activities. Bib shorts will likely cost more to buy but they are a great cycling apparel item to own.

 

Cyclists like you might also consider the short sleeved shorts style skinsuit as well. A skinsuit is a type of cycling apparel that is a jersey and bike shorts built in to make a one piece compression suit. Most riders who sport a skinsuit usually wear them for bike racing or performance training. There are many benefits in wearing a skinsuit while riding including making yourself better aerodynamic during your bike rides. However, using the rest room while wearing a skinsuit is going to prove to be a challenge so there could be some drawbacks of doing so. Skinsuits are going to likely cost over $100 and maybe even a couple a hundred dollars because they are rare products and usually constructed very well.

 

Winter Cycling Apparel

Photo by Steven Woo

 

Cycling Apparel: Tights, Knickers and Warmers

When the weather is cooler, you do want to make it a habit to wear winter cycling apparel. When cycling, you are usually sweating and doing more performance activities than other forms of exercise and fitness. With that being said, if you are not wearing the right winter cycling apparel – you are opening yourself up to getting sick and possibly injured. A good pair of cycling tights is a good type of cycling apparel to own. You can get unpadded tights to wear over your bike shorts or you can get padded tights to wear alone. They make insulated tights and regular Spandex tights. They also make bib tights (like bib shorts) if you have issues with tights digging into your waistband.

 

Knickers are another good type of cycling apparel to own. Knickers are basically ¾ tights which is a mix between bike shorts and bike tights. The knickers go down past your knee but they don’t cover your entire leg. If the temperature is just too cool for shorts but not cold enough for heavy winter cycling apparel, then knickers are great for this sort of environment. You can get insulated, non-insulated and even bib knickers as well. They sell knicker cycling apparel for both men and women and you can probably find them in youth size as well for your cyclist kids.

 

Warmers are a good option for days where it’s cold but you think you might be able to take some cycling apparel off after you have warmed up a bit. Warmers come in all different types from full leg warmers to basically turn your bike shorts into bike tights to knicker-style warmers, the same goes with the arm warmers as well. The sell insulated and non-insulated arm warmers and most warmers are considered unisex and can be worn by any gender. The great thing about warmers is you can easily take them down or off if you start to get too hot.

 

Cycling Apparel Jersey

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Cycling Apparel: Jersey, Jacket and Rain Gear

A good jersey will make for a good cycling apparel item to own. Most cycling jerseys are either tighter fitting or slightly loose fitting on your torso. You can also find compression jerseys as well if you want to be more aerodynamic about what you wear. Jerseys usually zip up halfway or have a full zip function. There is usually always about 3 pockets on the back of jerseys to be used to hold items you wish to take with you on your ride. You can get tank-top styled jerseys, short sleeve jerseys and even long sleeve jerseys. Some of them are insulated while others are not.

 

It might be ideal for you to purchase a good cycling jacket to be a part of your cycling apparel wardrobe. A cycling jacket is probably going to cost you upwards from about $100. Most cycling jackets are constructed to prevent cycling apparel from getting caught in bike equipment but are designed in ways to help the rider ventilate and perform better. Some jackets have hoods while most of them will probably not have a hood.

 

Rain gear is good cycling apparel to own as well. Pending on where you live, it might be a nice day when you start riding but it could end with cold rain falling that might result in getting you sick in the end. Rain gear will help to keep you dry and help keep you healthy as well. Most of the time, for rain gear cycling apparel, you can get bottoms, tops and helmet covers – I would suggest you get whatever you can to keep yourself dry during a ride on a rainy day.

 

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What cycling apparel above do you own yourself? What other cycling apparel out there do you feel is worth mentioning on this blog and why so?

 

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Triumph Padded Cycling Knickers from Aero Tech Designs – REVIEW

Have you tried the Triumph Padded Cycling Knickers from Aero Tech Designs yet?

 

The Triumph Padded Cycling Knickers from Aero Tech Designs for men is a cycling knicker that is in between a bike short and bike tights. The Triumph Padded Cycling Knickers are basically padded (chamois) bicycle tights that are ¾ the size of actual bike tights giving less leg coverage than tights but more leg coverage than traditional bike shorts. This is my review of the Triumph Padded Cycling Knickers from Aero Tech Designs. Aero Tech Designs is not paying me nor recommending me to make this review – I am doing it at my own free accord because I commonly purchase apparel from Aero Tech Designs and I like to review their stuff. I hope you enjoy this review of the Triumph Padded Cycling Knickers by Aero Tech Designs.

 

Triumph Padded Cycling Knickers

 

Triumph Padded Cycling Knickers Review – Material

The material of ATD’s Triumph Padded Cycling Knickers is what first caught my attention. I expected the Triumph Padded Cycling Knickers to be a lot like my cycling tights – shiny and spandex material and thin. When I got the knickers in the mail and tried them on, the material was a lot different. It was thicker than I had imagined which is good since the knicker is used for colder weather/temperature road biking anyways. The material is about 80% nylon and 20% spandex and it is really comfortable. It is a stronger feeling material than most of my bike shorts and bike tights feel like. It has the right kind of compression but it isn’t too tight. It is like a second skin but a little bit more thick which is good for these colder days we have been having lately here in the Midwestern United States. I was quite impressed with the material to be honest.

 

Triumph Padded Cycling Knickers Pad

 

Triumph Padded Cycling Knickers Review – Features

There are few notable features of the Triumph Padded Cycling Knickers by Aero Tech Designs. As I said above, the compression feels like a second but thicker skin which is perfect for cooler days that need something a bit more than traditional bike short coverage. The pad or chamois is seamless and feels right against my body – it also makes for a good short distance and long distance riding pad. I have an organized bike ride coming up next month and it might be cold still so I plan to wear the Triumph Padded Cycling Knickers on the ride and ride about 60-100 miles that day and I have no doubts that these knickers will be good for this ride.

 

Triumph Padded Cycling Knickers Review – Dislikes

I really don’t have a lot to say about dislikes on the Triumph Padded Cycling Knickers by Aero Tech Designs. If I had to think of any, it would be the chamois selection and coloring options. I would like to see ATD offer more options on pads to put in their products. For my own personal preference, I enjoy the Pro Shorts Pad more than I enjoy the thicker pads. I also like more color options. I hate the traditional black bike apparel standard that everyone seems to go with – black is so normal that people hardly notice it. That isn’t good for a guy riding on a 14 pound bicycle around people driving 4,000 moving objects – brighter colors will catch the attention of people driving around and/or near you and that is why I am for more colors – safety! Other than that, I have no complaints about the Triumph Padded Cycling Knickers by Aero Tech Designs.

 

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How to Start a Local Cycling Club Today with Ease!

Have you ever wanted to start a local cycling club in your area?

 

Starting a local cycling club might sound like a lot of hard work and it might even look impossible but if you play your cards right, starting a local cycling club can be a lot easier than it looks. Cycling is a lot of fun but not as many do it as they should. Starting a local cycling club can help promote awareness for local cycling activities and encourage more local citizens to consider taking up cycling. Starting a local cycling club can also create a great social network between you and other local riders and allow you to meet new people who also ride in your area. There really is no disadvantage in starting a local cycling club and you don’t have to be rich to do it, either. Continue reading this guide to learn more about starting your own local cycling club today with ease!

 

Local Cycling Club

 

Legal Considerations of a Local Cycling Club

First thing is first, before even considering starting your local cycling club, consider the legal aspects beforehand. Determine all the safety, legal and liability aspects of starting a local cycling club by asking yourself question after question about your own responsibility and the responsibilities of your club executives or officers. You might consider nominating an officer in your club to conduct all safety and risk management activities – he or she would be responsible for ensuring safety in all club activities and reducing and managing risk for the local cycling club. You also should consider drafting a set of bylaws that include information, terms and regulations on safety such as a requirement for all club riders to always wear a helmet when on their bikes and in motion. Lastly, draft up a form that all club members must sign that terminates your liability and allows them to be members at their own risk. If they refuse to sign it, refuse to permit them in the club.

 

To add a disclaimer to this guide – I am not a lawyer and I am not trying to give you legal advice that is 100% correct. With that being said, I highly recommend that you consult a lawyer and consider asking for their services in assisting with bylaw and release form creation. Maybe you can find a lawyer that is a fellow cyclist and allow them to join the club without paying in return that they help you with the legal aspects – to save money. But I will say this, what you spend on a lawyer will not even be close to what you would pay after getting sued for liability because the court has not favored your case of your local cycling club not being liable for an incident that has happened. It is better to be safe than sorry and I really wanted to make sure we covered this aspect before getting too far into this guide.

 

Making Money, Saving Money, Sponsorship

Your can start a local cycling club on the cheap but at some point, you want to make money for the club. You need money to organize bike rides. You need money to design and give custom club cycling kits to your members. You need money to design t-shirts and other gear you might plan to give away or sell on behalf of your local cycling club. You need money for race licenses if you and your club plan to participate in any sort of cycling competition. You need money for various different things in your local cycling club even down to catering in some food for the riders after a big club meet you might have. At some point – you will need a way to make money with your local cycling club.

 

To make money – simply charge for your membership! Don’t try charging an outrageous amount for membership but do make sure you are charging a reasonable amount to help fund your club. I just recently joined a local cycling club that charges less than $30 a year or you buy each year’s jersey for the club. Usually you have a deal worked out with the apparel manufacturer to earn a commission each time a club member purchases an item of apparel. With more and more members joining, this sort of money will start to add up. Nominate a club member to be a treasurer of the club and to manage all monies and record all activities dealing with monies in your club. Make sure you keep a record of everything whereas money is involved in your club.

 

Saving money for the club is also important. This can be done by gaining sponsors for the club. Go around to local businesses, organizations, schools, universities and even individuals and ask for a donation in return that you stick their logo on your club’s cycling jersey or shorts to represent them as an official sponsor of your club. You should also seek sponsors to donate goods for the club as well such as pallets of bottled water for an upcoming club sponsored organized ride you might have planned. When asking for sponsorship, the worst that could happen is that the potential sponsor says no, so what do you really have to lose? Sponsoring your club is going to give people and businesses a better community orientated reputation so someone at some point is bound to sponsor your local cycling club.

 

Community Participation with a Local Cycling Club

As a local cycling club, you should be heavily invested in participating with community needs in your area. This could be anything from hosting an organized ride to raise money to help with repairs to a local community park to even raising money to buy some mountain bikes for less fortunate kids in your local community. You might even consider starting an afterschool program for local kids to attend where you teach them better tactics on cycling, getting into professional cycling, safety and even basic bicycle repair. Do all that you can for your local community because you are after all a local cycling club that cares about the local cycling presence in your community, right? It takes your community to make that happen!

 

Organizing a Local Cycling Club Ride

What is a local cycling club without some sort of organized ride event? Whether it is an organized road ride event for everyone or weekly meets for getting together as club members and riding “no drop” routes around your community – organizing bike rides should be a big goal for a bike-related club. Before organizing rides, especially rides where everyone can participate – meet with your local city leaders first to check if you need to obtain a permit or permission. The last thing you want to do it violate local ordinance and laws and get into trouble with local authorities because that won’t advocate cycling at all – that will give it a bad name.

 

Before starting an organized ride, be sure to drive and/or ride the route beforehand to observe how safe it is, what level of exercise people need to be and alternative routes in case something happens. I remember on one ride where a truck wrecked and the driver died so part of the route was blocked off because of it and we had to ride several miles of gravel which was hell on a road bike ride. Stuff like that can randomly happen with little or no warning and completely turn something organized into something chaotic. Choose a great route and be sure to consider volunteer drivers to come to the aid of riders broke down or wrecked – especially on organized rides where many people are welcome to come.

 

One great thing about organized rides is it allows your local cycling club a chance to raise money be it for the community, a charity or even just your club. You can charge a reasonable fee for a basic organized ride that has basic routes. Most rides in my area charge about $30 per person and there are different mileage options so that beginners and advanced riders can participate – the more people who participate, the more money you can make. If you do charge for a ride, I highly recommend giving away t-shirts to those who participate because they are like trophies to us riders and it’s nice to get something in return after signing up for an organized road ride. A lot of people actually look forward to getting a t-shirt as well!

 

Your Local Cycling Club needs a Kit

As a local cycling club, your members need uniforms! Consider getting a custom cycling kit created where each member can buy the kit from the manufacturer – this will save you money since you aren’t actually buying the kit items. A good kit consists of a cycling jersey and cycling shorts or cycling bib-shorts. Some local cycling clubs go all out and get jerseys, shorts, bib-shorts, warmers, jackets, show covers and even socks. This is really up to you and your local cycling club. Make sure you put your local cycling club name and sponsors (if you have any) on your custom cycling kit so that you can advertise your club around a bit.

 

Local Cycling Club Members need Benefits

This is probably the hardest aspect of starting a local cycling club – getting benefits for members. Sponsorship will really come into play here! If you can make some sort of deal with a sponsor to discount their products and/or services for your local cycling club members, it will make joining your local cycling club more beneficial for those who are interested. The club I belong to gives all members a 15% discounts on gear and apparel at a local bike shop with a 10% discount on bikes – that is pretty cool especially since lately I have been buying a brand new bike each year. Stick to stores and services that actually benefit cyclists though – a local bike shop would be perfect but Fast Food discounts wouldn’t make a whole lot of sense for a health-conscious bike rider now would it?

 

Another great benefit you can offer (that can be free) is training and classes on a monthly or quarterly basis for your members. Each month or every quarter (or whenever), you can host some sort of class on cycling for your club members. The class can be about anything, really. Maybe a mountain biking for beginners’ class. Maybe you can provide training for uphill road cycling during a road bike race. Maybe you can provide basic training for bicycle repair or something of that nature. Your local cycling club members will probably highly appreciate free classes and training that aimed to improve their cycling routines and make them into even better riders than they were when they first joined.

 

Local Cycling Club Team

Photo by Sean Rowe

 

From Local Cycling Club to Team

To really get the word out about your local cycling club, I highly recommend you form a bike racing team as part of your club. When you actually start racing, that is when a lot of local riders are really going to start noticing your existence. Some cyclists out there are in it for the competition and if they see that there is a local cycling club racing in events, they might really want to be a part of it as well. You team bylaws and rules are going to be different than your club’s – be sure to consider that. You need to require a certain amount of participating for your team members, especially for competitions than you would for the standard local cycling club.

 

Finding New Club Members

Finding members for your local cycling club isn’t going to be as hard as you think it will be. In 2015, with social media booming like it is, you get that as a big tool for connecting with local cyclists. Create some social pages on Facebook, Twitter and the works and be active on them about connecting with local riders. Participate in organized bike rides while wearing your club kit and pass out some business cards to local riders interested in your local cycling club. You might also have an annual raffle ticket event for your club members to encourage them to refer new members. For example, for each new member a local cycling club member refers – they get an entry into the raffle. The winner at the end of the year gets a percentage of the money or a prize of some sort – like a brand new bike, even! This raffle idea could be yet another great benefit to encourage others to join your local cycling club.

 

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Have you ever thought about starting your own local cycling club? What sort of events, benefits and activities would your local cycling club be doing?

 

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Better Indoor Cycling: How Spinning Can Be Fun!

Are you seeking a better indoor cycling experience?

 

Indoor cycling and spinning can be quite daunting and monotonous. You can have a better indoor cycling experience if you use different tactics and strategies. A better indoor cycling experience is a good thing, too. A better indoor cycling routine is probably going to result in you getting better workouts and increasing your cycling performance. A better indoor cycling experience is probably what you need right now. I know I have to currently rely on spinning inside at the moment because of all the snow and ice the Midwestern United States is currently getting at this time. Keep on reading this article to learn how you can easily have a better indoor cycling experience…

 

Better Indoor Cycling

 

Have a Better Indoor Cycling Experience with Rewards

Reward yourself by having a better indoor cycling experience with cycling indoors. Cycling indoors can be boring but if you are doing it for some sort of reward, then it will motivate you to do it. For example, maybe you are looking to buy some new bicycle component – first tell yourself that you must spin x amount of time for x amount of days and if you complete your spinning goals, then you can buy the part. This not only helps you have a better indoor cycling experience but it also builds personal discipline and allows you to save money when you are unable to complete the task as well.

 

Have a Better Indoor Cycling Experience with Distraction

Have a better indoor cycling experience by creating some form of distraction while you are cycling. Turn on your favorite album and let it play loudly so that you can hear it over your trainer or spin bike. Maybe even turn on a TV show or a movie. Give yourself a distraction from knowing you are cycling indoors and becoming bored with it. You could even put on a cycling video so that you can fantasize that you are with professional cyclists riding your heart out to keep up with them – do whatever works to take your mind off the obvious and have a better indoor cycling experience from it.

 

Have a Better Indoor Cycling Experience with Goals

You can also have a better indoor cycling experience by setting goals for your indoor cycling routines. Maybe you want to spin for 2 hours straight without stopping to beat a record of your own. Maybe you want to do high intensity workouts so that you can get your heart rate up to a certain point. Maybe you have a goal to lose a couple pounds for that month. Set some goals, both big and small and work to accomplish them. Smaller goals are going to be for a better indoor cycling experience because they will be easier to accomplish than larger goals – keep that in mind!

 

Have a Better Indoor Cycling Experience by Hydrating

Having a better indoor cycling experience means that you need to treat indoor cycling as you would cycling outside. Just because you are in a climate-controlled room and you can stop at any time doesn’t mean that you should not hydrate like you would on your bike riding outside. You need to drink plenty of water and some sort of sports drink or something like that with electrolytes. You also need to make sure that you are not starving yourself before you jump on the trainer and aim for a better indoor cycling experience. Just because you’re not outside doesn’t mean that your body doesn’t need hydration and fuel.

 

How do you have a Better Indoor Cycling Experience?

What do you do to make your indoor cycling routine into a better indoor cycling experience? Do you see yourself using any of the tips above to help better indoor cycling?

 

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Road Biking Alone: How to Decrease Boredom

Do you get bored when you are road biking alone?

 

Road biking alone can be boring and it can be quite lonely especially if you have ridden your road bike with other riders. However, sometimes road biking alone is the only choice that you have in order to continue your cycling fitness or training for that big race coming up. Road biking alone should never cause you to quit riding just because you have no one to ride with. Road biking alone might be boring but there are plenty of ways to overcome the boredom and make road biking alone actually a fun experience each and every time you do it. Please continue reading this article to learn more about overcoming boredom and loneliness when road biking alone…

 

Biking Goals Road Biking Alone

 

Challenge Yourself When Road Biking Alone

When you are road biking alone, it really is the perfect time to start challenging yourself. Choose a landmark on the road such as a street sign or a tree and fanaticize that you are racing another cyclists and trying to get to the finish line before they do – race your way to your chosen object. Then choose another object and do it again and again but do pace yourself and don’t overwork your cycling goals. Road biking alone brings about more challenges such as if you want to beat a certain distance you have done or try to focus on increasing your total ride speed and decreasing your time and so on.

 

Explore Around When Road Biking Alone

So you are road biking alone and you take the same route that you always take – talk about boring! Instead of taking the same route over and over again, why not use your time road biking alone to discover new routes and explore your local area? You don’t have to worry about another rider not liking the route changes or not being comfortable with a new route – you’re road biking alone so it is just you who is doing the effort to explore new routes. Find new routes, go down different roads and have fun seeing new areas to ride in and then let all your riding buddies know about the new route later on down the road.

 

Road Biking Alone is Great for Photographers

I consider myself an amateur photographer and I love shooting photos when road biking alone. When you are biking with another rider, they don’t want you to slow them down because you have to stop to take a picture of a frog. When you are road biking alone, there is no one there to complain about all of your stops to shoot various pictures of various things along your route. If you love taking pictures, when road biking alone, you have a perfect opportunity to start doing it.

 

Entertainment When Road Biking Alone

If you have an MP3 player or something similar, road biking alone is a great time to take it along. You can listen to music, learn a new language or even listen to your favorite radio station. When you are road biking alone, all you have to entertain is yourself so why not actually entertain yourself? Word of warning though, if you use music devices, be sure that you are not killing the sound out around you because road biking alone around cars and not hearing them is a terrible and unsafe idea.

 

Do you like Road Biking Alone?

Do you find yourself road biking alone more than you find yourself riding with other cyclists? What are some other ways that you keep yourself happy when road biking alone?

 

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Road Bike Repair: The Ultimate Fix Guide

Are you in need of some road bike repair tips?

 

Road bike repair might seem intimidating to you at first but with the internet, no repair should scare you away anymore. The internet allows us all to become road bike repair experts in a matter of just a few hours. The problem is that we don’t have enough guides showing us various different road bike repair tasks. So I did some extensive research hand picking quite a few different links on various road bike repair issues and decided to create this article linking to these issues. Continue reading this article for more information on road bike repair…

 

Basic Bike Repair Road Bike Repair

 

Road Bike Repair Resources: Saddle Repair

 

Road Bike Repair Resources: Handlebar Repairs

 

Road Bike Repair Resources: Tire Repairs

 

Road Bike Repair Resources: Frame Repairs

 

What do you know about Road Bike Repair?

What sort of resources and websites would you like to add to these list of road bike repair tips? What is the most challenging road bike repair you have ever had to make? What sort of road bike repair challenges would you absolutely refuse to do and why so?

 

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Best Cycling Gear to Buy After Buying a Bike

Do you need to know the best cycling gear to buy after you get a bicycle?

 

In order to have the best possible experience you can have with cycling, you need to have the basic and best cycling gear that you will need for your riding adventures. The best cycling gear listed in this article is for both road biking and mountain biking riders or those of you in-between those riding disciplines. You need to get the best cycling gear you can find so that you can enjoy each and every ride you take and that will enhance your experience and love for cycling. A lot of riders skip out on the best cycling gear and use very little and they are commonly ones who end up not cycling all that much and fall back into bad health habits. Keep on reading this article for more information about the best cycling gear to buy after buying a bike…

 

Bicycle Products Best Cycling Gear

 

Best Cycling Gear #1: Cycling Apparel

First thing first, protect your body from chaffing and muscle fatigue by buying a good pair of cycling shorts, a jersey and cold weather apparel if you plan to ride when it is cold. The higher end bike shorts will have 8-panels and with fit your body a lot better than the lower end ones. For a good jersey, bike shorts and arm & leg warmers – you are looking at a cost of about $120 which is well worth the comfort.

 

Best Cycling Gear #2: Bike Helmet

Spend $30 to $100 on a good bike helmet – the price shouldn’t be an issue when it comes to protecting your brain from smacking off the pavement or a jagged rock. If you want to risk going riding without a helmet, you need to get your affairs in order because you could die or be seriously injured to the point where you will no longer be able to take care of yourself. Many deaths that occur from cycling are from stupid riders who are not wearing a helmet – don’t be stupid.

 

Best Cycling Gear #3: Water Bottle

Get a water bottle or two and a water bottle cage if your bike didn’t come with one. It is important that you keep yourself hydrated while riding your bike. You should even take a drink when you are not even thirsty. For road biking, a simple water bottle is going to be all you need (maybe even two of them) but for mountain biking, you might also want to look into getting a hydration backpack as well. This will all cost you probably under $20.

 

Best Cycling Gear #4: Repair Products

You are pretty much your own mechanic when it comes to your bicycle breaking down on a ride. You need to purchase the right tools and supplies for those moments when you need to change your inner-tube, patch a tube, break your chain and so on. I suggest buying a small saddle bag to fit under your saddle and fill it with content like a multi-repair tool, patch kit and 1-2 inner-tubes that are specific to your bike. You might also pack a chain-breaker tool and some tire levers as well. This should cost you under $50.

 

Best Cycling Gear #5: Lights

Whether you are planning on cycling at night or not, some of the best cycling gear is the gear that keeps you safe on the road. Lights are good to have even during the day because it is one more thing that will help car drivers notice you quicker. If you are a path or mountain biker, lights are still good because you never know what might happen to cause you to have to stop riding and not get back until after dark. You should be able to buy a cheap set of front and rear lights for under $30 at most large retail stores such as Wal-Mart and that is really all you will need.

 

What is some other best cycling gear out there?

What other best cycling gear would you recommend to riders after purchasing their bikes? Out of the best cycling gear listed above, what all gear do you have and what gear do you not have?

 

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Cycling 100 Miles: A Guide to a Century Ride!

Would you like to go cycling 100 mile?

 

Cycling 100 miles is a big accomplishment for most road bike riders. We call it a Century Ride and it is indeed a trophy among most cyclists out there. But cycling 100 miles when you think about it and I mean really think about it sounds extremely difficult and tiring. I am here to tell you that it looks harder than it actually is! Cycling 100 miles can be done with ease if you take the right steps into doing it the right way. In this guide, I will take you step by step on how you can accomplish cycling 100 miles within no time and finally be able to brag about it with the rest of us…

 

Cycling 100 Miles

 

Understand what cycling 100 miles is

Before you go cycling 100 miles, you need to understand what it is. A century ride is a trophy ride among cyclists because its a long ride – no one really even walks 100 miles let alone tries to ride a bicycle 100 miles…Or do they? You’d be surprised to know that most cyclists end up cycling 100 miles at some point or another. But it is important to understand cycling 100 miles takes quite a bit of effort. You may end up burning 10,000 to 20,000 calories after cycling 100 miles. In 100 miles of road bike riding, you are going to really be working out your body. Cycling 100 miles is going to take you longer than most of your other rides. A lot of factors will come into play when planning for a ride this long.

 

Planning for cycling 100 miles

The first thing you need to do before cycling 100 miles is to plan for it. What day do you want to do it? What time? Will you have enough time to ride 100 miles of daylight? Do you plan to ride at night on your century ride as well? Do you have lighting for your bike if you do plan to ride at night? You need to ask yourself many different questions. In fact, write them down and go one by one giving each question an appropriate answer. Check the weather for the day you plan on cycling 100 miles. If the wind is gusty, it is going to slow you down and make you work a lot harder. If its hot, you are going to work overtime and need to hydrate yourself even more. Check the route and even consider driving it first to get a feel for any hills, unpaved roads and such that could hinder your century ride. There is no such thing as planning too much when it comes to cycling 100 miles.

 

Gear up for cycling 100 miles

You need to dress appropriately for cycling 100 miles. Skin-tight Spandex cycling shorts and a lightweight jersey is going to be your best friends if its warm outside. Compression clothing reduces the drag from riding which will allow you to conserve energy and it is also said to help with muscle recovery as well. If it’s colder, then consider arm and leg warmers, tights, jacketing and so on – better to layer up so you can remove things as needed if you start to get too overheated. Make sure you are wearing a helmet – 100 miles of cycling means 100 miles of danger from 4,000+ pound motor vehicles – be smart, protect your brain and wear a helmet. Bring plenty of water and sports drink with electrolyte replacement added to it. Bring energy bars, bananas, cookies and other snacks that will help fuel your ride and bring more than you think you will need so you have plenty – be sure to stop somewhere for a good full lunch and a rest as well. While considering what to take for gear when cycling 100 miles, keep in mind that you want to take less because more gear means more weight to carry around for 100 miles.

 

Choosing a route for cycling 100 miles

When choosing a route for cycling 100 miles, you really need to check it out before you bike it whether you drive the route in your car or you look at it on Google Maps satellite/street view. You need to fully understand the terrine and any obstacles such as hills, stop lights, poorly bike-friendly areas and so on. Google Maps also allows you to select your route by bicycle and will usually try to show you the best way to ride which helps to determine what roads you should and should not take. Be sure to plan your riding route where you have plenty of shops and stores to stop at along the way. You are going to need to stop and get more water, snacks and a lunch, right? If you are biking in the desert or a rural area without businesses around – you might find yourself in a bad situation really fast when you run out of water and fuel. Dehydration is a big deal and it can kill you on the spot or give you serious medical concerns that can continue to last throughout your life.

 

Tactics for cycling 100 miles

Lastly, you need to consider some tactics for cycling 100 miles. Know your bike, know your gears and know how to ride with vehicle traffic – if you don’t know any of that, you’re going to have a negative 100 mile ride and you may even not be able to finish it. Before you go cycling 100 miles, make sure that you have ridden before. If you’ve never rode 60 miles in one day, work on doing that comfortably before cycling 100 miles. You need to be in decent shape and used to riding if you really want an enjoyable time cycling 100 miles. Be sure that you pace yourself and take your time, you should not be in a race. If you hurry yourself and your ride, that is more energy that you are going to waste and it may make finishing cycling 100 miles a very difficult task. Take it easy and actually try to enjoy cycling 100 miles.

 

Would you go cycling 100 miles?

How would you plan on cycling 100 miles in one day? Have you ever done it before? What other tips would you give to riders wishing to go cycling 100 miles in one day?

 

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Woodlands Camo Cycling Kit by Aero Tech Designs

Have you purchased the Woodlands Camo Cycling Kit by Aero Tech Designs, yet?

 

If you haven’t yet purchased the Woodlands Camo Cycling Kit by Aero Tech Designs yet and you are unsure to do so or not, then I suggest you continue reading this article. This is my full review of the Woodlands Camo Cycling Kit by Aero Tech Designs based on my purchasing experience and use of the product. Please understand that I am not making this review of the Woodlands Camo Cycling Kit on the behalf of Aero Tech Designs and I am not being paid to do it. I am doing this on my own accord and own free will because I purchase a lot from their company and enjoy reviewing their products. Note to ATD: If you want to send me free stuff to test – I won’t argue with you about it… LOL. But here is my full review of the ATD Woodlands Camo Cycling Kit and I hope you enjoy reading it…

 

 

The Woodlands Camo Cycling Kit Design

The design is what motivated me to purchase the kit in the first place. I am heavily attracted to Aero Tech Designs because they design their cycling apparel in other styles outside of plain black. It seems like cycling apparel these days are a solid black color and to me that is boring. Black might look better but colorful apparel is fun and it will catch the attention of those pesky 4000-pound motor vehicle drivers getting quite close to you while trying to text and drive at the same time. I’d rather they drive by and laugh at me for wearing funky colors than drive into me but that is only my opinion. So back on topic, the Woodlands Camo Cycling Kit has a great design that caught my attention – it’s Camo with a hunter-orange integrated into it. I’m not a hunter but I almost want to go hunting and wear it while hunting – hunting by bike…hmmm…that could be an article down the road… The design of the kit uses all the right Camo greens and other colors with a combination of different Camo-colored bicycles to add to it as well – the orange blends right in too. I’m from southern Illinois where Camo apparel is rampant so this just makes me feel right at home when I am wearing it.

 

The Woodlands Camo Cycling Kit is Lightweight

The Woodlands Camo Cycling Kit by Aero Tech Designs is very lightweight and thin but not so thin that it is transparent or scary to wear in public – it’s thin enough to be comfortable on hot days which is when I would wear it the most. The thin material is super strong, too. I’ve purchased bike shorts that have that dreaded stitch-tear noise as you squeeze into them but I’ve never had that with anything I purchased from ATD which is why I tend to stick with their products as well. If you are looking for good tight compression that doesn’t cut off your circulation but still a lightweight material, then you will likely enjoy the Woodlands Camo Cycling Kit.

 

The Woodlands Camo Cycling Kit Bib-Short

The bib-short portion of the Woodlands Camo Cycling Kit impressed me the most. The straps that go over your shoulder are so lightweight and just the right fit that they feel comfortable enough to where I don’t even notice they are on me. This bib-short is probably one of the top 3 most comfortable bib-short I have ever worn even next to Castelli and other big brand bib-shorts. Another big feature I love is the ability to stretch the top of the short down with ease in case I need to use the rest room. There is nothing more annoying than having to take your jersey off and basically strip down just to use the rest room. I get that annoying feature with a lot of the cheaper bib-shorts out there but not with the Woodlands Camo Cycling Kit bib-short and its strong material too so I have no fear of anything “slipping out” on my ride if you catch my drift. The leg grippers are also amongst my favorite type of gripper by Aero Tech Designs – the light silicone gripper which looks like little silicone tabs which makes it stay in place without irritating my skin like other grippers tend to do.

 

The Woodlands Camo Cycling Kit is Worth the Purchase

Overall, I am very happy with my purchase of the Woodlands Camo Cycling Kit by Aero Tech Designs. The price was right and for the jersey and shorts ended up being about $160.00 USD (total!) with free shipping. The shipping took longer than I think it should have but from my understanding, they create the product after you make the purchase so I guess that is an added benefit that can outweigh the long shipping weight. My only suggestion regarding the shipping would be for ATD to keep in touch with the customer as I had to send an email to see what the wait was all about. The chamois in the bib-short is great and made for long distance riding but not my favorite as I enjoy the chamois in the Pro-Shorts offered by ATD but that is my own personal preference – I like a thinner pad – some people are different. By all means though, the pad that comes with the bib-short is very comfortable and not bad at all. So if you want to give it a shot, I say go for it because the Woodlands Camo Cycling Kit by ATD is probably what people are going to see me riding in the most these days!

 

What do you think about this kit and this review?

If you have used the Woodlands Camo Cycling Kit by Aero Tech Designs, what are your thoughts on the kit? How did you like this review? Do you have any additional questions for me about the kit at all?

 

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