The Cycling Advice section is your guide to becoming a better cyclist. We aim to cover each and every important topic first and then move to the less pressing ones in the future. So far, we’ve covered all of the basic skills that you need to have to become a better cyclist.
The thing that motivated me to start this thread in the first place are numerous questions I get from readers every day asking for cycling tips.
Even if you’re familiar with cycling, you still need to be up to date with the latest info to make the best choices on the road.
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Aluminum frames, carbon frames, steel frames — there are so many bike frame options that it’s often difficult to choose. We broke it all down, here’s everything you need to know.
The bike market has been moving towards unisex bikes for a while. But still, some manufacturers include a women-specific model in their lineup. Are men’s and women’s bikes really that different? Read more to find out.
Dropper posts are not mandatory for mountain bikes, but it’s good to know what they are for. Long story short, they move the seat up and down on tricky descents and help to make your adventures smoother. Read to find out everything you need to know – from learning what they are, to tips for choosing the right one.
Cycling is one of the easiest ways to burn calories. The amount you burn depends on your weight and speed, but once you get going, it’s easy to fall in love with the sport. Here’s everything you need to know about cycling for weight loss.
Training plans — we’ve all heard about them, some of us have even tried them out. There can be a lot of pressure and confusion when choosing one, that’s why we’ve written out everything you need to know. From different fitness levels to what they include.
Cycling clothing might often seem daunting, especially when choosing it. If you’re doubtful whether or not you need it, this writing is for you!
Power to weight ratio is one of the most important performance metrics in cycling. It can often be the difference between amateurs and professionals. Here’s everything you need to know to improve your training.
VO2 max is the maximal amount of oxygen that your body can consume and convert to energy at a given time. While this isn’t something that every cyclist should focus on, it definitely is an interesting read.
With all the different kinds of brakes, it can be a hassle to find what you need. This article will give you the basics of bicycle brakes, and give you a rundown of different types (disc, rim, coaster, etc.) to hopefully help you make an informed decision.
Cycling is an amazing sport, but like with other kinds of exercises, it can be difficult to make it a habit. Here’s everything you need to know to pick up cycling.
Overtraining is not something that happens only to professionals. It can happen to anyone who doesn’t let their body rest from the workload. When you’re actively training, this article is a must-read.
Cyclists are competitive, and we always want to get faster. It would seem that training is the way to go, but there’s so much more to it than just training. Read to find out how to improve your cycling.
Saddles need to be comfortable. We’ve all been in a situation where you feel like sitting on the saddle just feels painful. Thankfully, there are ways to improve the situation! Here’s everything you need to know about saddles.
Almost every experienced cyclist has a power meter nowadays, on everything from road bikes to smart trainers. But what exactly are they?
Bike gears might seem daunting — especially for someone who has never really used them. Here’s everything you need to know.
It might come as a surprise to many, that there are actually countless benefits to cycling — better sleep quality, improving mental health, and it can be an excellent way to lose some excess pounds.
Strength training will not make you too bulky. Not only can strength training make you a faster cyclist, but it can also make you a stronger, healthier, and more robust human overall. Here’s everything you need to know.
Endurance training is a tricky subject. It might not be for everyone, but here’s a guide to sweetspot and threshold training.
Bike trainers are some of the best inventions in the world (after bikes, of course). They allow you to ride whenever you want, even when it’s winter outside.
Whether you’re a road cyclist or a mountain biker, navigating bike wheel size is a critical part of picking a new ride. With three sizing standards, it can often be really difficult to understand what you’re getting.
You might have seen a term called “Tubeless-ready” when looking at tires. What does that even mean? Read to learn everything there is to tubeless tires.
Shimano, SRAM, Campagnolo… we’ve all seen the names. But what do they do? What is the difference between all the different models? Read to find out.
There are two things you need for cycling — a bike and a helmet. Everything else is optional. While helmets are not mandatory in every country and in every state, they still are one of the most important things when it comes to cycling. If you’re interested in different stats, this is the place to look!
It’s possible to make significant gains with minimal time on the bike by doing structured cycling workouts. You can significantly improve your performance with as little as 5-6 hours of riding by working smart, in addition to working hard.
We all want the best for our children. That’s why it’s important to choose a bike that would fit them perfectly. While it might look like an unnecessary purchase to some, remember that most habits get their start when the kids are young.
If you want to become a faster and stronger cyclist, you need to spend a lot of time in the saddle, but you need to do it wisely. When you go to the gym, you don’t just do stuff randomly — you go with a plan and you stick to it.
Presta and Schrader are the two most common valve types seen on bike tires nowadays. What’s the difference between the two?
Choosing a baby bike seat is not an easy task, especially with the daunting selection on the market and all the different types and kinds you can choose from. Here’s everything you need to know.
There are so many bike rack styles, brands, and price ranges out there, that it’s almost impossible to choose without narrowing down the options. Read our tips for choosing!
Helmets belong on the list of cycling essentials. If you’re looking for your first proper helmet (or just want to learn a bit more), this article is for you.
There are so many different bike types, brands, models, and sizes out there. But choosing the perfect bike doesn’t have to be hard. Here’s everything you need to know.
Road bikes, mountain bikes, cruisers, electric bikes – the list is long. So what are the main differences between the different types? Which type has the most to offer? Read to find out.
Cycling doesn’t have to be limited to the outdoors. There are so many ways to incorporate indoor training to your regime. With countless indoor trainers and rollers, there are no excuses!
Bike fitting is a quick, yet complicated process, but it makes all the difference once it is complete. The thing is, the bike needs to fit your body, otherwise, there are going to be some aches and sometimes even injuries.
Collecting ride data is becoming more and more important for cyclists. They use it to track their performance and progress and to improve their cycling abilities.
Fat bikes might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but for those who love them, they are amazing. Here’s everything you need to know.
Accidents can happen out of nowhere, that’s why every cyclist should know how to do at least some basic repair works. This is a quick rundown on what you need to know.
Accidents can happen, even for the most cautious riders. Thankfully, there are insurances available for both cyclists and their bikes.
There are so many types of different tires. So how to determine if you need slick, tread, studded, or whether to go with tubular or not? Which valve type to choose? And what about the brand?
What’s the difference between clipless and not clipless shoes? What kinds of shoes are there? Here’s everything you need to know to make an informed choice.
Bikepacking has been a rising trend in the cycling world for the past couple of years. There are multiple ways to add storage to your bike, you can even use all the extra space for groceries. Read more to learn about different storage options and what to look out for.
Maintenance can be a tricky subject for a beginner cyclist. Here’s everything you need to know!
Choosing the right bike is always difficult. But after finding the model you like, there comes an even more important step — choosing the right size. When you know what to keep in mind, it all becomes easier.
How to choose the right mountain bike size — Specific mountain bike sizing information
Guide For Beginners
When becoming a cyclist, everyone starts as a pure beginner. Luckily, it does not take a long time to become more experienced and master new skills.
To be able to do this, proper resources and cycling tips for beginners are necessary, which I strive to provide through these pages.
The approach to cycling for beginners is different than for experts. Complex issues and theories need to be simplified and made more digestible, which is what these articles are all about. You should be able to understand all of the tips and tricks and pieces of advice even if the only thing you know about bicycles is that they have two wheels. 🙂
Some common questions I get from my readers include, “How to learn cycling for beginners?”, “Where do I start?”, “Which skills are necessary for me to know when I hit the road?”, etc.
I’ll always keep these questions in the back of my mind when deciding which topic to cover next in this Cycling Advice section. That way, you’ll get the most relevant and the most useful cycling tips for beginners each and every time.
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