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CyclingTips podcast, Episode 30: Is your power meter as accurate as you think it is?

In 2012, Stages Cycling singlehandedly blew the power meter market apart when it launched its single-sided, crank-based unit. Whereas nearly every power meter cost well upward of US$1000 at the time, Stages forced everyone to reconsider what consumers were willing to pay for the devices, and costs have dropped precipitously since then. Although the feature …

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CyclingTips podcast, Episode 29: What happens to cyclists when they can’t ride?

For most cyclists, riding their bike is more than a hobby — it’s a way of life. The bike can represent many things to many people — endorphins, fitness, identity, freedom, fresh air, therapy, a social network. What happens when, for one reason or another, this is removed from their lives, indefinitely? We spoke with three hardcore …

CyclingTips podcast, Episode 28: Makeup, style and does the way you look on the bike matter?

Following her mother’s motto of ‘be tough but still be a lady’, pro cyclist Breanne Nalder won’t leave the house until she’s properly put together, even if she’s going out for a training ride. So much so that she has permanent eyeliner tattooed on her. Her teammate Jen Luebcke meanwhile matches her earrings to her …

CyclingTips podcast, Episode 27: What lurks beneath carbon fiber’s mysterious surface?

Of all the materials used in bicycle frames and components, carbon fiber is perhaps the most commonly misunderstood. While it has a reputation for automated manufacturing devoid of human contact or soul, it’s actually far more labor-intensive material than metals. Modern modular monocoque frames, for example, comprise hundreds of individual pieces of carbon fabric, almost …

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CyclingTips podcast, Episode 26: Understanding the global expansion of the UCI WorldTour

The WorldTour is the highest level of men’s road racing on the planet. It’s a collection of the world’s biggest races — the Tour de France, the Giro d’Italia, Paris-Roubaix, Tour of Flanders — and its raced by the biggest teams. And yet the WorldTour isn’t really a world tour at all. In 2016, 24 …

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CyclingTips podcast, Episode 25: Risk vs reward: What drives amateur bike racers to risk life and limb?

The recent near-death experience of Masters racer Mike Allec highlighted the inherent dangers of bike racing — not just at the professional level, but across all categories. Unlike endurance sports such as running, swimming, and Nordic skiing, bike racing brings with it the possibility of a high-impact collision at all times. Whether you’re 18 or …

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CyclingTips podcast, Episode 24: Genevieve Jeanson on making peace with a tainted past

In the early 2000s, Genevieve Jeanson was a rising star in women’s cycling. Already a two-time national and world champion as a junior –in the road race and time trial –the French Canadian was taking the American and international scene by storm. She won La Flèche Wallonne Féminine, a world cup race, and made her …

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CyclingTips podcast, Episode 23: Watts up with mechanical friction and chain lube?

There are four main obstacles to forward motion when you ride a bike: aerodynamic drag, gravity, rolling resistance, and mechanical friction. Of those, mechanical friction — created by the chain, bottom bracket bearings, hub bearings, pedal bearings, and rear derailleur pulley bearings — is the smallest value by far, and certainly much less significant than …

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CyclingTips podcast, Episode 23: Watts up with mechanical friction and chain lube?

There are four main obstacles to forward motion when you ride a bike: aerodynamic drag, gravity, rolling resistance, and mechanical friction. Of those, mechanical friction — created by the chain, bottom bracket bearings, hub bearings, pedal bearings, and rear derailleur pulley bearings — is the smallest value by far, and certainly much less significant than …

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CyclingTips Podcast, Episode 22: Changing lives in the off-season with Team Novo Nordisk

It’s often presumed that sport is all about tunnel vision: having a laser-like focus on winning, and filtering out everything that is not connected to that. Watch athletes in competition and the level of concentration can appear absolute. Ditto for preparation; in the training phase for events such as the Tour de France, months of …

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