What to Look for When Buying a Bike | Beginners Guide to Buying a Bike

If it’s spring, it must be time for our annual bicycle buyer’s guide. This year’s guide reflects two major changes over the last two editions, both good. The first is an increase in the number of entry-level road bikes. Mountain biking’s explosive growth over the past few years has brought more people into the cycling … Read more

How to Avoid Leg Cramps While Cycling

All of us have had them. They strike without warning, and they can ruin the most carefully planned and eagerly awaited of rides. They’re cramps, and they feel as though Zeus has thrown a thunderbolt at your calf. A cramp is an involuntary contraction or spasm of a muscle, and the pain is sudden and … Read more

Cycling Endurance Training for Beginners

Ask Frederic Guesdon how important raw power is to a cyclist and he’ll tell you all about his 1997 Paris-Roubaix win. The little-known rider for team Les Francaises des Jeux surprised his star breakaway mates with a ferocious sprint he uncorked at the finish on turn three of the Roubaix velodrome, using a mere 100 … Read more

Frame Building & Appropriate Technology

I don’t know who first coined the phrase “appropriate technology” but they certainly were on to something. When I was working at Lynch’s Bicycles in Los Altos, as a fourteen year old mechanic, I used to see expensive racing bikes being ridden by the local High School kids. My fellow mechanic and teacher from Brazil … Read more

How to Prevent Biking Saddle Sores + The Best Saddle Sore Creams

saddle sores

Sometimes back I used to experience biking saddle sores and discomfort around the butt area; the worst part was that it was so itchy and I couldn’t help but quit cycling for two weeks. If you’ve experienced serious saddle sores then you can relate to my situation.  You’ll barely have a smooth ride if your … Read more