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How do I deal with helmet hair? Fast and stylish solutions with Ask Ella

Hair can be a bit of a drag when it comes to cycling. I mean we’ve already discussed the havoc it can play down there if you don’t get your hair removal procedures right and now it is time to move onto the joys of helmet hair and aerodynamics, or perhaps that should be hair-o-dynamics. …

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What you should know about nighttime training and eating

Tell me if these scenarios sounds familiar: – you ran some errands after work and walk through the door at 8 o’clock. After putting away the groceries, greeting the pets and getting set up, it’s nearing 9 by the time you get on the trainer. – the kids are finally in bed. Their homework is …

Five tips for riding your road bike on dirt and gravel

It’s nearly time for the CyclingTips Giro Della Donna, which means tackling a bit of dirt and gravel on our road bikes. In case you need a few pointers to help you feel ride ready, we thought it might be a good time to revisit this article from last year in which Gracie Elvin graciously shares her top five …

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A cyclist’s guide to happy lady parts

Women’s saddles, saddle sores, chamois tips…we cannot seem to talk about these topics often enough. It’s the most sensitive of our bike-body contact points, and nothing ruins a ride like discomfort “down there.” While the industry spends a good amount of research on saddles and chamois, the quest to a pain-free ride is a personal one and …

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How bad is alcohol for cyclists, really?

It seems that cyclists love their craft beers and wine as much as they love their coffee. After all, few things taste as good as a cold, crisp beer after a long day in the saddle while reminiscing about the ride with your girlfriends. But what are the potential consequences of those post ride catch-ups …

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Is my gear selection right? Ask Ella

In the bike shop I would at times have ladies coming in and looking at the drop bars with trepidation. Quite often after explaining how they worked to shift the gear, the next question that followed was “so how do those work again?” Gears on the road bike might look simple, but right from the …

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Opinion: Keep the golf out of cycling

Originally from Germany Monika Sattler stumbled, via the US and Switzerland, to Australia, indulging her penchant for tackling epic rides along the way. So often heading into unfamiliar territory, as a self-proclaimed navigationally challenged individual, has meant regularly exploring new bunch rides. It’s usually been a sure way for the former World Gravel Race champion …

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Breakfast for cyclists: what to eat when

  Breakfast. Whether it’s a smoothie, eggs, bacon, oatmeal, cereal, sweet potatoes or pancakes there are so many options and they’re all delicious. But not all breakfasts are created equal. Eat too much and you’ll feel bloated, under-fuel and you won’t have the energy for hard efforts, too much fibre and you’ll get the equivalent …

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From coffee dregs to cycling threads: OORR’s eco-friendly, coffee-infused apparel reviewed

With so many new microbrands popping up left and right in the cycling industry, it can be hard to keep track of what’s all on the market and what is worth trying and buying. As you can imagine, we get tons of requests from brands wanting to get their products in front of our audience. …

Tips to dating a female competitive cyclist from his and her perspective

As always, my blogs tend be quite honest, and written from my own personal experiences. This blog, however, is collective, from all the other female cyclists I hang out with and talk to. This may not apply to every woman, I’m sure there are some women who do froth over Strava KOMs and being half …

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