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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.

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Remember When Cycling Used to Be Fun?

Everything has gotten so complicated in today’s world that we often lose sight of the simple pleasures that we once treasured as children. When I was younger, I didn’t spend the majority of my day sitting in front of a television or playing video games. I came home from school and after a brief wave to my mother I was headed out the door again to get some fresh air and sunshine. I would get together with my friends and we would play, when it came time for dinner, there would be fresh healthy meals to enjoy. The funny thing is, not a single one of us was overweight.

Fast track to twenty years later… over 60% of my friends are now battling weight problems (and several depression). They try dieting, not by eating healthy foods, but eating strange pre-packaged and prepared foods that wouldn’t have been recognizable as sustenance twenty years ago. They drag themselves to the gym every day to run in place while staring at a television screen. And some, even resort to pills or surgery. Why is it that no one has bothered to look at the habits that we had as thin healthy children, and incorporated them into your lives now?

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How Cycling Can Improve Fitness

With so many different machines out there in the gyms across the country, many people tend to forget about the easiest, cheapest, and the best way to get into shape. A cycle exercise, such as riding your bike, is a great fitness routine to get into. Health should be the number one priority for people because there is nothing more important. The healthier you are the more you will get out of life in the end.

One of the most obvious benefits to cycle exercising is that of getting out into the world and enjoying the scenery while getting all of that fresh air. Breathing that clean air is another thing that is excellent for your health. Instead of staring at the same four walls at the gym and smelling all of that stale sweat, you could be watching the blue skies and getting all of the fresh air you could ever want.

Another reason why this type of exercising is so beneficial is because it is low impact. Those who have a little trouble with their joints will enjoy this exercise, as the motion of the exercise of cycling does not stress the joints too much. You will be able to exercise for a much longer period of time this way. Those trying to get their joints back to tip top health after joint surgery find cycle exercises to be a great rehabilitation path.

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When and How to Take a Brake

Brakes are a vital component of a bicycle’s construction. You depend on your brakes to work well and quickly. There are a few things that contribute to braking, and the following article will discuss them.

Front and rear brakes

Cycles are equipped with two brakes, one for the front wheel and one for the back. It is good for a cyclist to know how to use both, but mature cyclists most often use the front brakes. Your forward momentum shifts most of your weight to the front of the bike. Most beginners do not like to use the front brakes because there is a chance of diving over the handlebars. This is a possibility, but you can learn when to use the front brakes and how much force to apply by being attentive to the rear brakes.

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Bicycle Frame Geometry 101

I was discussing frame geometry with a prominent coach last week and his perspective on frame geometry struck a nerve with me so I wanted to share this topic with you.

I had been riding “stock” frame geometry for decades and the possibilities created by the combination of an unlimited fitting system and true custom geometry did not exist for me, and thus for you, until fairly recently. The time honored principles of Knee Over Pedal Spindle, (KOPS), the Lemond method, standover height, saddle height equal to hip height when standing next to the bike and scads of other techniques were developed to help people choose a bike size that would work for them.

We need to look at a bit of history because bikes were made quite differently in the 1970’s and before than they are today. The ’70’s were a time where road bikes had a much different geometry, with seat angles in the 71-72 degree range. Additionally these bikes were built in half sizes and thus had as many as 12 sizes for one model! Today’s bikes have between 3 and 5 sizes so more people are forced to “fit” a bike that will be less than perfect.