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Hybrid Cycling

Torn between the heavy, rugged mountain bikes and the light, swift road bikes? If you’re looking for a ride that fills this wide gap between the two, a good hybrid bike might be best for you. With the optimal combination of different road and mountain bike features, you can find a hybrid to fill just about any slot in this gap. It’s a ride considered to be the Swiss knife of cycling.

The Specs

Hybrid bikes usually have frames that are lighter compared to those of a mountain bike’s but heavier than a road bike’s. Like mountain bikes, its handlebars are typically flat and the rider sits in a more upright position than when on a road bike. Hybrids have larger wheels, like road bikes, only heavier and more solidly constructed than race wheels. Tires are a compromise between the smooth, narrow, high-pressure tire of a road bike and the fat, wide, markedly knobbed tire of a mountain bike.

The “Typical” Hybrid

There’s really no “typical” hybrid bike characterization. This type of ride runs the entire range from the pure mountain to the pure road bike.

At the mountain bike end of the scale, a hybrid can be made to be up to the task of riding on well-maintained gravel paths and beginning-level, non-technical trails.

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Where Is the Power in a Cycling Power Meter?

This article is to give you “The Power” that can be found within a cycling power meter.

Whether we use a power meter or not in our cycling we can learn a lot about what the data tells us. To focus on the data itself is the error; the data is simply a reflection of you and the sum of your performance / fitness variables for that effort or training session. The key is to understand why your power outputs are up or down, what factors affect it and how the relationship of power to heart rate is crucial to understanding. Read on to get your golden keys to understanding where the true power is….

First of all it is important to note that any power data is irrelevant without duration and longer duration aerobic energy system efforts are better understood when considered with heart rate. After all:

power = energy / time or watts = joules / second

What this means is it is not just how much power or energy we can produce but it is over what duration. A great example is the track running 100m dash. The runner who wins is able to expend the most relative energy (to size / drag and mass) over that duration. This lends the ultimate hint to where the power is.

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Benefits of Cycling – Not Just For Your Health

A recent study has brought to light that riding a bike rather than driving a car could save billions when it comes to the cost of the health service and the money spent on problems concerning the environment. The cost of those who have bad health due to lack of fitness is increasing and the pollution caused by cars and other vehicles is also growing to a cost that the government cannot afford to pay.

Tons and tons of money is being spent in the health industry on those who are unhealthy and patients who are unfit. It is believed that cycling could reduce the detrimental cost on the health service. It could also help citizens become healthier which in turn would mean the health service spends less money on treatment and curing those who are not as fit as they should be.

The cost of repairing the environment after the pollution of cars and vehicles could also be greatly reduced if more people cycled instead of driving a motor vehicle. With less cars on the road the pollution and impact on the environment would be a lot lower and this would result in less money spent on reversing the implications that global warming brings with it. Restoring the environment back to its original state requires a lot of money and this could be massively reduced if less people drove each day.

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Fun Gadgets for Cyclists

If your other half is a keen sportsperson, it’s nice to be able to incorporate that into a gift idea for them to show that you put some thought into the present. What gifts then might be good for a keen cyclist. The answer is that there is a lot of gadgetry to be purchased for a keen cyclist. One important fact to remember is even if they already have something, then they would probably appreciate a newer and better one. Cycling kit wears out or gets rusty or dated pretty quickly so don’t worry too much about whether your beloved already has a piece of kit. If they’re anything like me, all of there gear is 10 years old from a time before the children were born and when money could be spent on your won hobbies. Here’s my top 10 list of the things I’d like to be given:

Bike Pump – You can consider either a floor stand pump for the pump that stays are home or a hand pump that can be mounted on the bike. Try to find one that has an adapter and can be used for either Schrader or Presta valves.

Inner Tubes – You can’t have too many spare inner tubes and it is very irritating to get a puncture and realise you have no spares. Make sure you sneak into the garage before you order some of these to ensure you’re getting the right tyre size

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Using a Turbo Trainer

Turbo trainers allow cyclists to convert their usual cycles into indoor exercise bicycles. This has its own advantages and disadvantages, though, on a whole, cyclists recommend the use of turbo trainers.

Advantages

• Turbo trainers allow the cyclist to save space in the house. Buying an indoor exercise bicycle would mean that the cyclist has to make room for two bikes in the house. However, with this trainer, he or she can convert their existing bicycle into an indoor bicycle.

• Buying this type of trainer means that the cyclist saves an amount equivalent to the cost of a new bicycle. Thus, they are quite inexpensive and affordable.

• They allow the cyclist to experience the feel of their own cycle. Thus, the cyclist does not have to make any posture adjustments while training with the turbo trainer. This ensures that there is minimal time lost in the adjustment and readjustment processes.

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Wireless Bike Computer Cadence

Cycling computers come in many embodiments. My favorites, as of late, largely include wireless models. Wireless computers offer several advantages over wired models. They are simple to install, keep the bike looking clean and work well with suspension forks.

Modern cycling computers offer several features and functions for many kinds of riding. You can find simple versions that just track speed and distance. You can find very complex versions that track everything from location and altitude to heart rate and power output. Computers are designed for everyone from the most casual rider to the very intense endurance athlete. Most individuals fall somewhere in between.

If you are a casual rider looking for a way to take a greater step into the training world, cadence may be a cycling stat you should be aware of.

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Safety When Cycling at Night

Now that the summer is coming to an end and the winter is starting to emerge, the nights are beginning to get shorter and darker quicker. For those cyclists who regularly cycle in the evenings, possibly home from work, will soon notice the difference in the number of daylight hours and you may be riding in the dark sooner than you think.

When the evenings become darker there are several things you need to consider in order to keep yourself safe.

Lights – These are possibly the most important thing to remember when you start cycling in the evenings. Many people would have forgotten about these during the summer months as they haven’t had to use them. Some more expensive bikes such as Specialized bikes, will not have any kind of light attached due to the fact they are usually custom built. However now that the winter is approaching, you need to ensure that you have lights and they are in proper working order before setting off just in case you get caught out and it gets dark. The lights attached to your bike should not only light your way but be highly visible to drivers in order to keep you safe. You should have the brightest white light on the front usually attached between the handlebars, and a red light on the rear usually found just under the seat. Nowadays the lights available come with at least three different functions enabling it to be on constantly on or flash in a variety of ways.

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The History of Cervelo Bikes

In the history of cycling companies, Cervélo bikes are a relatively new and pioneering company. Having only been set up in 1995, the company has seen substantial growth and success making it one of the leading bike manufacturers around today!

The Cervélo Cycles brand was born when two cycling fanatics decided to take their hard work developing the best time trial bikes to the open market. Phil White and Gérard Vroomen set up the company after a top Italian cyclist approached them to help design the fastest possible time trial bike. The cyclist felt his sponsor could only develop traditional bikes developed through the combination of off the shelf tubesets and he had decided that he wanted more. He approached Gérard with the hope of a brand new innovative, aerodynamic design which was specifically for time trials.

Their work began analysing the current bikes available and the most important features which should be included in the new design. This resulted in a completely unique bike built specifically for that rider and pushed almost every boundary of any other time trial bike. Obviously, in the bike world, this became a phenomenon and everywhere it was seen, people asked where they could get their own.

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Essential Cycling Safety Rules and Equipment

Riding your bicycle can make you extremely vulnerable to danger as you are very unprotected from bodily injury if involved somehow in an accident. Usually, this results in motorists not understanding the same rights that cyclists have while sharing the road. Furthermore, many cyclists fail to understand their rights and obligations for bicycle safety and responsibilities, leading to increased confusion and unnecessary hazards. When cycling, it is imperative for cyclists to understand how not only to safely navigate the roads and sidewalks while also being preventative in avoiding possible dangers associated with sharing the roads. Understanding how to safely share the road is crucial to your safety. In order to fully protect yourself while cycling, it is first crucial to understand the potential dangers one may face while cycling.

Most Common Hazards

There are actually very common hazards incorporated with daily cycling activities. Whether commuting to work or going for a leisurely ride, one must truly understand what to look for when sharing the roads or sidewalks. One of the most common and dangerous hazards is the obstructions in roads. Parked cars, debris, or waste cans are very common obstructions and dangerous when riding a bike. Be sure to keep your eye out to avoid hitting any of these hazards. Another common obstruction is slippery roads and surfaces. Be sure to watch out for puddles and wet roads after rain for increased safety. Perhaps the most dangerous hazards you could face are reckless and distracted drivers. When sharing the road, be sure to avoid drivers who appear reckless when swerving or driving in excessive speeds. It is best altogether to remain in special bike lanes if available specifically designed for bicyclists.

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Heart Rate Vs Perceived Exertion in Cyclists

In cycling there are several ways to gauge how hard you are working. The first and most common method is heart rate monitoring. The second, less common but just as effective, is perceived exertion. There is also a third called power monitoring but most cyclists do not have access to this kind of sophisticated equipment.

What many cyclists don’t know is that heart rate isn’t as accurate a gauge as many people would like to think. In this post we will discuss why this is so as well as why perceived exertion, in many instances, can actually prove to be a more accurate gauge.

Heart rate monitoring tells you just that, how fast your heart is pumping. If you take a sedentary person off of the couch, put them on a bike and tell them to go at a decent clip for five minutes, by the end their heart rate will have raised drastically, even though they may not be working that hard. On the other hand you can take a very fit athlete and have him pedal at 120 RPMs for five minutes at a decent resistance and his heart rate only increase slightly, even though he is putting forth a great effort. To overcome this discrepancy many elite cyclists prefer to use perceived exertion in conjunction with heart rate.