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The new sub-compact and the future of wide-range gearing

The next phase in road cycling presents new challenges. Riders are no longer sticking exclusively to smooth tarmac with their road bikes, and many are starting to expand their riding horizons onto the dirt and gravel paths. That new terrain is demanding more versatile equipment choices to match, and as the terrain gets steeper and …

The golden rules of crit racing

Criteriums. They’re a staple of the local racing scene in Australia, the U.S., the UK and in many other places around the world. These frenetic races of roughly an hour are raced on the road but racing a ‘crit’ is very different to taking part in a road race. The style of racing is different, …

Reviewed: Liv Avail Advanced 1 women’s road bike

Liv split from big brother Giant in 2014 to become the world’s first bike brand dedicated only to women. It’s fair to say that in the last three years, Liv’s products have been established as the most recognisable in a crowded women’s specific marketplace. A lot of this has been achieved at a grass-roots level: …

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How to ride the perfect time trial: Constant power vs variable power

Time trials. They’re arguably the most polarising aspect of bike racing. Some riders love the challenge of pacing their effort perfectly, while others detest the pain that TTs inevitably deliver. If you do any racing yourself, and particularly multi-stage events, you’ll almost certainly come face-to-face with the occasional time trial. So what’s the best strategy …

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Flying with your bike: tips from a baggage handler

Flying with your bike can be a nerve-wracking experience, particularly if the bike is new and/or you’ve spent a lot of money on it. Will the bike make it to your destination in one piece? And what’s the best option for keeping your bike safe – soft case, hardshell or cardboard box? CyclingTips editor Matt …

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Six tips for wearing a cycling cap properly

For us cyclists, the humble cycling cap is our crown. It is part of our unique look and it plays a crucial role on those days of low sun in spring and autumn, shielding our eyes from sun and rain, and keeping our head warm. We have fond memories of riders past donning cycling caps …

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How to become a faster sprinter

British track and road cyclists Danielle “Dani” King (Wiggle High5) is showing good form on the road this season. She kicked off her road season early with impressive results in Australia’s Santos Women’s Tour and Cadel Evan’s Great Ocean Road Race. She was always among the top contestants, especially in a sprint finish. King’s got …

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How to do a track stand (with Andy White of FYXO)

It’s one of those skills that separates newer cyclists from those that have been riding for years: the humble track stand. The ability to maintain your balance while stationary, your feet clipped into the pedals, doesn’t just look impressive, it’s also extremely practical. No more unclipping at traffic lights, only to have to clip back …

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Five ways to look cool on the bike

It’s not easy to define but you know it when you see it. Someone who just looks cool on their bike. They stand out in a bunch of riders as someone who not only looks great, but they seem to be at one with their steed. They are always well dressed, their bike is always …

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10 ways to make sure someone won’t ride with you ever again

For those of us who have fallen in love with cycling, there is nothing better than sharing the joy of riding with your friends and loved ones. However, chances are that not all your friends and loved ones are as avidly into cycling as you are. As such you have to be mindful of your …

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