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How to watch the Tour by bike: A Shoddy guide

I've put together this post in the hope that you'll be able to use it next year. Actually, it's something I'm not just hoping for, I am p...

How to make the most of your cycling during stage 4 lockdown

As of Sunday August 2, Melbourne is in six weeks of stage 4 lockdown to help fight the spread of coronavirus. Among the new restrictions:...

Route finding: Shoddy's favorite mapping apps

I'm guessing I'm not the only one who over the past few months found themselves daydreaming of wild, adventurous rides. I had the maps ou...

Ten things we wish we knew when we started riding

There's always an upside to pretty much anything. And for these crazy times that we find ourselves in at the moment, it seems to be that ...

2020 Strade Bianche women's livestream

Check back this Saturday, March 7 for the 2020 Strade Bianche women's livestream Preview Coming soon... Course profile: Startlist See the...

A burrito recipe and gear checklist: How to do gravel raceday mornings right

After half a year in our Endless Gravel van, Marshall Opel has perfected his pre-race routine. It's simple, and purposefully so, designed...

Groenewegen pips Ewan to win Tour's seventh stage: Daily News Digest

Welcome to your Daily News Digest. Here's what's happening today: Dylan Groenewegen tops Caleb Ewan to win stage 7 of the Tour de France,...

Keeping Dirty Kanza fun: Five tips for 200 miles of enjoyable gravel riding

In 2019, CyclingTips is hitting the gravel roads of America in a custom VanDoIt van, taking a deep look at the sport of gravel riding, gr...

Core training for cyclists: Is it worth it?

In a previous post we looked at the value of strength training to improve your cycling performance and reduce your risk of injury. Today ...

Tips from the pros: Three rules for riding in crosswinds

The fundamentals are straightforward. Call them the three Ps of riding crosswinds: Positioning, Planning, and Power.

How to set up road bike drop handlebars — tips and guidelines

One of the most entertaining things about the bikes we ride is how easily they can be customized to our liking. Components can be changed...

Chain cleaning: A complete guide from lazy to obsessive

Your bicycle's chain is like a mechanical log of your riding adventures: road grit from that last wet ride, red mud from adventuring in t...

Ten games to spice up your rides

Few things in cycling are more enjoyable than heading out for a ride with a bunch of close mates. Good company and good conversation can ...

Tune up: How to use music to get the best out of your cycling

It’s 1910 and the eccentric researcher Leonard P. Ayres is watching the New York six-day bike race at Madison Square Garden. He’s got his...

The golden rules of road racing

Road racing is a tough sport. You don't just need to be physically strong -- you need to understand the dynamics of the peloton, how to r...

Suit up: why you should brave the weather and ride outside

Most of us probably spend our days in an office somewhere indoors and in front of a computer screen. There's eight, nine, ten hours of th...

How to deal with an impossibly tight tyre

The stubbornly tight tyre. Anyone who’s had to change a tyre or tube has likely experienced such a pain at one point. It often results in...

Opinion: Inner tubes, price perception, and why some shops are falling flat

Ever needed a spare tube in a hurry, dropped into a local store you don’t typically visit, and walked out feeling cheated? You’re not alo...

What is normalised power and what can it tell us?

What is the best way to measure how hard a ride is? Should you simply look at distance and time? Or do you delve deeper and analyse your ...

How much benefit do we really get from drafting?

We’ve all done it. You’re riding along when suddenly a faster rider overtakes you and you immediately jump across to sit on their wheel. ...

Fatherhood and cycling: How to keep riding once you have kids

Becoming a father for the first time is an undoubtedly life-altering experience. Most that have been there will tell you it’s the proudes...