Wednesday, March 27, 2013

First Time Mountain Biking? Expert Singletrack Rider? How To Choose Your MTB

Mountain Bikes. Many Sizes, Many Purposes. How Can You Choose Just One?

Earlier this month we talked about choosing a road bike, here are some questions to determine the best MTB for you!

Are you going to ride in the mountains?
Are you going to just ride on some dirt roads?
Do you just like the idea of a mountain bike and you're just going to ride on the street?

All of these things will determine which is the right mountain bike for you.

Let's start with the easiest of those.
You like the look and style of a mountain bike, but the reality is the most you will be doing with it is going on some dirt roads. At that point anything that we carry that is basic and looks like a mountain bike is going to be a good buy. It's still going to have a more dual purpose tire that will be knobby, but it will still roll smooth on the street.

That would be the first thing. Most of the time you will have 21 speeds, an aluminum frame, Shimano or SRAM components. Pretty basic. At this point you don't even need disc brakes. You can get a linear pull brake or a v-brake, and you'll be fine. It would be much better for you to get an upgrade in components than to opt for an upgrade to disc brakes at the entry level. 

Take the 2013 Trek 8.2 Dual Sport for example. It's a go-anywhere machine that is road-bike fast, hybrid-bike capable and fun everywhere. It's lightweight aluminum frame and 63mm travel suspension fork so it floats over roads and paths. 21-speed Shimano Gears and safe, grippy brakes are at your disposal. 

Or the 2013 Trek 3500 Disc! Trek's Silver Series aluminum frame makes for nimble handling, easy 
acceleration and quick climbing. 80mm travel suspension fork dispatches bumps with ease, grace, and confidence. Quick shifting 21-speed Shimano Drivetrain that will make easy work of the hills. Bontrager tires and disc brakes in all conditions and any weather.

For the ladies, Trek has their 2013 Skye. It's a fun, all-around bike ready for any and all adventures. It's got their great-riding, lightweight aluminum frame in a relaxed, upright riding position. The downtube is not as tall as the boys frame, allowing you to stand over the bike easier. It comes in "Washed Denim," and "Canary Yellow."

Next, for the guy or girl that wants to do a little bit of mountain biking, but not to do extreme jumps or dropoffs. Maybe you just want to hit some local trails with your friends. One of the first features you'd look for is: an adjustable front fork. You want a front shock that has enough travel and enough adjustability to hit those bumps and take up the shock and abuse of hitting rocks and potholes and rain-ruts. The next thing would be looking into disc brakes. The more serious you get about riding, the better brakes you're going to need because of the dirt, mud and grime. You will need better stopping power in those dirty conditions and on steeper descents. You will probably still get an aluminum frame but will get an upgrade from 21 gears to 24(8 gears in the rear). Going up and down hills requires a little more precise shifting than just on flat ground. On this type of bike you can go mountain biking often and expect it to live up to the use or abuse on the trail.

A good example of this type of bike is The 2013 Trek 4300 Disc. It's perfect for this category because it has the Gold aluminum frame, and is plenty tough to hold its own in the durability department. It has been bumped up to a 100mm-travel SunTour suspension fork for control, easy pedaling 27-speed Shimano drivetrain, a plush seat, and versatile tires on dependable wheels. It aso comes with Hayes disc brakes. 

The next level up means you have been riding the trails a bit and now you need a new bike. You're going mountain biking every weekend, hitting all the local trails and going to harsher conditions to ride. At that point you're going to be looking for something with longer travel on the front fork that will be larger in diameter. You may get many more features on the front fork, including lockout or damping control. The better the front fork, the better the bike will handle in adverse conditions. You may want to go to hydraulic disc brakes even rather than cable disc brakes, kind of like upgrading to  power brakes on a car. The rims on the better quality bikes are double walled, and the spokes come out of a reinforced  "eyelet" rather than just a hole in the rim. This makes them much stronger and better able to handle rougher terrain. At this point you may want to get that full suspension bike, whereas for a first time rider would want to stick to a hardtail. 

2013 Trek Fuel EX 5

Another consideration when purchasing a mountain bike would be whether to get 26" or 29" rims. This is completely based on preference. The larger diameter (29") wheel is gaining popularity amongst experienced and novice alike. Having 29" wheels allows for better traction due to a larger contact patch with the ground as well as the ability to roll over trail obstacles with more ease while maintaining momentum. The novice rider may find more confidence riding through technical terrain.

The trade-offs with bigger wheels are slower acceleration and increased weight due to the mass of the larger wheels and tires. 

The last consideration is weight. When you are selecting a mountain bike for racing, it's important to keep the weight of the bike down. Mountain biking at a higher level requires riding up and down hills of all sizes, over obstacles with frequent braking and acceleration. The lighter your bike, the easier it is to accomplish these feats. Never sacrifice strength and durability for weight

Remember that you can always come in and demo a bike to find out what works for you. We have a lot of options and sometimes you just need to sit on different bikes to figure it out.

Another great bike not listed here is the 2013 Trek Mamba 29er. Learn all about it here.

We are Bikeworks, located at 500 Main St. in Harleysville, PA. If you come by the shop we can discuss your needs and plans for your mountain bike and let you test the one that catches your eye. 
Or, you can give us a call at: (215) 513-7550

Monday, March 25, 2013

2013 Superfly SL 100 "Best Trek Bike Ever Made"

2013 Superfly SL 100 Trek's Best Ever Mountain XC Bike 

Bicycling magazine recently released Buyer's Guide for XC Mountain Bikes, and the 2013 Superfly SL 100 made the list!

What makes the Superfly so special? XC bikes are designed to speed through the woods, whether hardtail or full-suspension. The redesigned 2013 Superfly is lighter and more stable than all of them. 
Trek's goal in constructing the Superfly was to make the lightest and best balanced bike in the XC market. Dozens of people spent years designing and redesigning, prototyping, investigating, researching, and discovering what it took to make this group of bikes the best they could possibly be. Check out this video from Trek.

"We did more prototyping, more investigating in this project than we ever have"

"When you look at the Superfly (SL) and the Superfly 100, you're going to see the two best bikes ever from Trek."

On the trail, the Superfly is a speed demon. Its light weight frame and 29" wheels make it fly over the terrain with ease. The Fox Race tuned-rear shock has been meticulously researched and developed... the kind of quality you can only find on a Trek bike. 

Speed wasn't Trek's only focus, they pack as many features as they can onto the Superfly (100) :

OCLV Mountain Carbon. Nobody knows carbon like Trek. This is their strongest yet. 

Bontrager Race X Lite tubeless ready wheels means durability and aerodynamics. Scandium alloy rims, optimized forged hub shells that feature improved drive mechanism durability over the previous generation. Race X Lite wheels continue to beat the competition.
CTD gives you three suspension adjusmtent options: Climb, Trail, or Descend. Simple, intuitive, high performance system.

• A traditional front derailleur attaches to the frame with a band clamp. Trek's direct-mount front derailleur attaches directly to the frame using a solid flat interface. This fastening method ensures crisper, more accurate front shifting.

Avid XX Hydraulic Disc Brakes are engineered to wring out as many grams as possible with aluminum lever body and calipers. They aren't just light, they're shockingly light. 

Innovative derailleur placement doesn't require a band clamp, or the additional frame material for direct mounting. Reduces weight without compromising performance.

• BB95 is a 95mm OCLV Carbon bottom bracket with precision-fit sockets and press-fit bearings. Its wide stance is a stronger, stiffer platform, compatible with all major crank manufacturers. Combined with Mag EVO Link and hi-lo stays, BB95 helps your wheels track each other, rather than twist and turn with each bump.

• A 15mm front thru axle makes steering more precise for more control, and the quick-release feature makes wheel removal easy. Trek's robust and confidence inspiring rear thru axle is about 35% stiffer than an open dropout design. (142x12)

• Trek's exclusive Flow Molded carbon linkage minimizes material and weight while maintaining a strong bracing angle for a more rigid frame. 

Internal Control Routing provides a route for cumbersome shift and brake systems through the frame for a sleeker, quieter system. Save your frame from cable rub and save weight!

MicroTruss housing guides are built right into the frame, for the lightest, cleanest external cable routing. 

• Other full suspensions systems firm up under braking, reducing your control when you need it most. Trek's patented Active Braking Pivot solves that by keeping your suspension active whether you're on the brakes or off.

• Evoke the benefits of Bontrager's groundbreaking, university-backed research into rider anatomy, cycling biomechanics, saddle shape, and how these factors combine to influence saddle comfort and proper blood flow. The result: saddles that are not only more comfortable, they're better for your body. This bike comes with an Evoke 2 saddle.

The Superfly Also comes in an Elite Model. It features some upgrades in the comfort and drivetrain department. Bontrager upgrades include a Race X Lite Carbon handlebar and stem. Shimano upgrades the drivetrain and the brakes to the Deore XT setup. The Superfly Elite also goes on a diet with it's OCLV Mountain carbon seat stay (100g savings) and compact crankset. 

At the top of the Superfly foodchain is the Superfly 100 Pro SL. If you've got the bucks, it's the only way to ride.

Upgrades include a RockShox SID World Cup XX full carbon fork that delivers comfort to your hands for all day riding, a Fox Factory Series shock (with Kashima coat) to eat up every possible obstruction, a complete SRAM XX drivetrain for precise and sure shifting, and Avid XX World Cup brakes for the stopping power you need when you can get a bike to go as fast as this one. 

Come check out the Superfly Line from Trek, or browse our other bikes ranging from Fuji to Mirraco and SE. We are Bikeworks, located at 500 Main St. in Harleysville PA.

You can also reach us by telephone at: (213) 513-7550
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Friday, March 22, 2013

WOW! Trek Upsets the 2013 Road BIke Field - Bicycling Mag Results

Three of Trek's Entry Level Road Bikes in Top 14 for 2013 says Bicycling Magazine 


Bicycling Magazine's Review of Trek CrossRip Elite

The CrossRip is as utilitarian as it is playful. The rack mounts and powerful disc brakes make it ideal for grocery runs and daily commuting. But the carbon fork and wide Bontrager tires dare you to explore beyond your town’s boundaries, whether you’re cruising a rail-to-rail trail or maple-lined forest roads.

The Defy Composite 3 feels lively and responsive, with a measure of damping to muffle energy-sapping road vibrations thanks to Giant’s frame construction. The geometry also contributes to the crisp ride. The Defy shares frame angles with the pricier Defy Advanced SL. Both have well-balanced handling—stable at speed, snappy in tight S- turns. But don’t expect to cut underneath a race bike in a corner—that’s not in the Defy’s character. It’s best for long rides at a comfortable pace.

Bicycling Magazine's Review of Trek Domane 4.0


Engineers working on endurance road models have a difficult mission: to create a frame that is comfortable to ride but that doesn’t waste any pedaling power. Trek takes a novel approach to this dilemma. The Domane’s IsoSpeed system isolates the seat tube from the down tube and seatstays—effectively putting a leaf spring between the seatpost and frame without compromising chassis stiffness. The same technology is used on some of Trek’s WorldTour models, but this version comes with less expensive Shimano Tiagra components.

See Our complete review here.

Bicycling Magazine's Review of Trek 1.5

Anyone who has recently caught the cycling bug should enjoy this versatile, spry model from Trek. The aluminum frame comes with proven Shimano Tiagra components that keep the weight down. The compact crank offers lower gears to help you summit any hills in your path, and the frame comes in eight sizes—making it easy to find a good fit. Mount fenders and a rack to turn this into a fast commuter.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

2013 Trek Madone 6.2 Road Bike Reviewed

The 2013 Trek Madone 6.2 Aero Road Bike Improvements Make this Smooth as Silk

James Huang at Bike Radar had this to say about the 2013 Trek Madone:

As expected, the aero claims are eye opening: 25 watts of saved energy at 40km/h compared to the previous Madone – nearly two minutes per hour. We can't verify those figures ourselves without hitting the wind tunnel – and they certainly can't be felt while out on the road – but what we can confirm is that Trek has carried over most of the existing Madone DNA to produce yet another solid ride
Huang goes on to note: 
Virtually everything is carbon fiber, too, including the bearing seats for the integrated headset and bottom brackets and the rear dropouts. Once again, the non-driveside chain stay incorporates a pocket for the ultra-tidy Bontrager DuoTrap wireless speed and cadence sensor.

For 2013, Trek has really improved the Madone 6.2. The frame is 600 series OCLV carbon which uses advanced aerospace materials and weight-saving, performance-enhancing process to have the best blend of frame weight and strength. Trek knows that the better a bike fits, the greater the comfort, stability, power, and control of the ride. They use their H2 fit which features a slightly higher head tube to put less strain on your back and neck. Trek has really taken time to make sure that this frame fits women specifically.

Going from frame to components, the bike comes equipped with an all Shimano Ultegra drivetrain. The shifters are Shimano STI 10-speed. STI is Shimano Total Integration, and it allows the rider to easily switch gears from the same location as the brake, should you need to do both in rapid succession. The STI shifters control the front and rear Shimano Ultegra derailleurs, which means you can be confident that each shift is going to be swift and sure.

You might also be interested in a story we just did on 50 ways to improve your riding

To ensure your comfort, Trek went with Bontrager for the saddle, handlebars, and grips. Bontrager is the industry leader when it comes to comfort, ensuring the rider that the bike will be extremely comfortable as well as reliable.

To best experience the 2013 Trek Madone 6.2 WSD has to offer, you need to ride it. We offer test rides at IV Bikeworks.  You can visit our website

Call 215-513-7550 to set up an appointment or to learn about our Fit First Policy

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

New 2014 Shimano Groupsets for Entry-Level Road and Mountain Bikes
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Whats New in the World of Shimano Components? One, Brand New Entry-Level Road Bike Groupset: the Claris. Two, An Improved Deore groupset for Mountain Bikes.

Check out the latest details from Shimano:

Claris is what they call their new eight-speed road group, and in no way does it subtract from that 'everything just works' Shimano Feel. 

The Claris is intended to replace the 2300 components, meaning it will have low gears since it is a beginner-oriented group. You can choose between a 50/34 compact and 50/39/30 triple chainset options, and select between the sprocket clusters of 11-28, 11-30, and 11-32.

Shimano says one main focus was to improve the cohesiveness of the groupset by designing the chain, chainrings, and front derailleur to work together. 

This makes the front shifting mechanism work much more smoothly, further extending Shimano's philosophy of integration to it's cheapest group. 

The rear derailleur is available in two versions in order to accomodate different sprocket sizes. 

Shimano's high-end dual-pivot brake system is emulated in the Claris groupset, but with a chunkier look to keep the costs down, as well as one piece moulded brake pads rather than separate ones. 

The Claris groupset has levers with built in shifters (for flat bar bikes) as well as individual levers and shifters. Since the Claris will be Shimano's cheapest groupset, yet will contain many of the great features of the higher end componentry, it can very easily be used to dress up your current bike. The lever units now use the same design as the rest of the Shimano groups, making it much simpler to shift gears from the drops. 

Moving to mountain bikes, Shimano has redesigned its Deore group, once again improving the technology to make it more like the more expensive XTR, Deore XT and SLX levels.

Above all else, the new group is fitted with a Shadow RD+ rear derailleur, and new gearing options for larger-wheeled mountain bikes. It's got an internal clutch and is widely considered to be the best way to control a flapping chain. 

The new Shimano Deore offers chainsets with smaller rings to compensate for the gear increase caused by the larger wheels of 27.5in and 29er bikes. The new chainset options are 40/30/22, 40/28, 38/26 and 38/24, plus the 42/32/24 that was the only previous Deore offering.

"More Options" is a good way to describe this group, as there will also be a version for flat bar bikes with larger triples, slightly smaller sprockets and a conventional rear derailleur. Shimano is also introducing a Deore version of its Ice technology brake rotor which sandwiches an aluminium sheet between steel braking surfaces for better heat dissipation.                             (215) 513-7550
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Harleysville, PA 19438

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Titanium Dreams

My head is just reeling with thoughts of modulus, grain structure, customization, double pass welds, conflict resolution, custom kits, and the 4 second rule. I can not sleep. Every time I close my eyes I see etched titanium tubing and lathe machines. There is just so much information to process. Let me explain. I was invited to Seven Cycles for a seminar where I spent the past 3 day meeting other dealers, learning about manufacturing, customization, fit theory, and the inner workings of the largest custom bicycle manufacturer in the US.

The seminar was lead by Rob Vandermark, the owner of Seven and the man responsible for more titanium bikes than anyone else. Rob started his carrier with this magical tubing at Merlin Metal Works about 30 years ago, which I find amazing because he still looks like he is 29. There is no one with more experience with this tubing in our industry, hearing him talk about grain structure and tube butting was fascinating. Mostly Rob and his crew talked about items we have great experience with; how to fill out their custom kit, why Seven does things the way they do them.

What was so great about this was that it opened up a dialog. The dealers would bring up a topic, discuss what worked and did not work, and Rob would take notes. As we were sitting there he was restructuring his business and deciding on changes to policy while we were talking. This I found amazing, at first. Then I realized that this makes perfect sense.

We were not just people who sell Seven bikes. We are Seven. Our network of dealers are an intrical part of how Seven Cycles does business. WE are part of the Seven Crew. I listen to my “crew” at Bikeworks and make changes in my business.  Why wouldn’t Rob and his crew do the same thing? This got me thinking about Seven as a company, Bikeworks’ position in the world of high-end bikes, and  the other dealers in the room. We are the best of the best. I have never been put in a situation like that before.

 I am humbled, honored, and excited about the future.

Ed Hall

Monday, March 11, 2013

2013 Trek 820 Mountain Bike - Hit the Trails

You Will Love the Quality, the Durability, the Features, and the Price on the 2013 Trek 820 Entry Level Mountain Bike

The 2013 Trek 820 is Trek's entry level mountain bike. It is a steel frame with aluminum wheels. It's got quick release levers on both wheels and also the saddle. Trek has been making this design for over 20 years.

When a child is only 10 years old, we can put them on a Trek 820. This bike is so durable, that typically it lasts through college!  So, this is not just for kids.  It comes in 8 frame sizes. 5 for men, and 3 for women. It comes in two colors: black and white for men, blue and white for women.

Come to Bikeworks to see the Trek 820 and all of our other great bikes.
500 Main St. Harleysville PA 19438

Monday, March 4, 2013

50 Common Sense Strategies for Better, Smarter, Faster Cycling

50 Tips to Better Bike Riding Methods Compiled over 50 Years by Bicycling Magazine

It will take you about 5 minutes to read this list, and if only one of these ideas makes sense to you, it might shave minutes off your next effort, keep you from an unnecessary injury, or just make your cycling habit seem that much more enjoyable.

Bicycling's 50 Golden Rules

Cyclists are innovators, constantly hunting for an edge. Over the last half-century, we've tried thousands of methods to become stronger, faster, and smarter on a bike—many of which have been discarded through the years. These have endured.

By Bicycling Magazine

1. To corner, enter wide and exit wide.

2. Brake Less - 
It sounds counterintuitive, but the harder you yank on the brakes, the less control you have over your bike. The best riders brake well before a corner. Plus, laying off the stoppers forces you to focus on key bike cornering skills such as weight distribution, body position, and line choice.

3. Look Where You Want to Go - 
"When riding a tricky or dangerous section of trail (or road), focus on the path you want your bike to follow, not the rock, tree, or other obstacle you're trying to avoid," says globe-trotting mountain-biker Hans Rey.

4. Avoid Helmet Hair - 
"For God's sake, make sure your hair is under your helmet and not poking out the front," advises Garmin-Cervelo pro Christian Vande Velde.

5. Take the Lane
 - You have a right to the road, so use it. It's safer than riding on the shoulder, which is often cracked, covered in gravel, or worse. But don't be a road hog, either.

6. Ride with the Best
 - Before he built his first mountain bike, GARY FISHER was an aspiring road racer. But his decision to stay in America rather than train in Europe derailed his chances of joining the pro peloton. "To be the best at the sport, you need to go to where the best are riding," Fisher says. "If you're a mountain biker, spend a couple of weeks at Whistler and you will be changed forever. If you're a road rider and want to be a better climber, go to Colorado. Find the best, train with them, watch what they do, and learn their secrets."

7. Set Your Suspension—And Check It Often - 
It's frightening how many riders hit the trail with poorly adjusted forks and shocks. Not only will droopy suspension make your bike feel like a wet noodle, it can also be downright dangerous. A few simple adjustments are all it takes to have your suspension smoothly sucking up bumps.

Here are some general guidelines, but be sure to read the manufacturer's recommendations (found online or in your owner's manual) because they will provide the starting point based on your bike's suspension design. And because air can leak through the seals, remember to check your pressure monthly.

8. Clean your shoes monthly. Also: wash your gloves.

9. Warm Up - 
A slow start primes your engine by directing oxygen from your blood cells to your muscles. Spin easy for 20 to 30 minutes before you begin to hammer.

10. Always Carry Cash - 
Money can't buy love, but it can buy food, water, a phone call, or a spare tube.

11. Race, At Least Once - 
It will push you to ride harder than you previously thought possible.

12. Drink before you are thirsty; eat before you are hungry.

13. Eat Real Food - On longer rides, easily digestible calories are key—and they shouldn't come from just energy bars. James Herrera, MS, founder of Performance Driven Coaching, has a favorite: spread some almond butter on whole-grain bread and top with sliced bananas and agave nectar or honey.

14. Don't Live in Your Chamois
 - When the shoes come off, your shorts should come off with them.

15. Ride Hard. . .
To become faster, you need to ride faster. Intervals squeeze every drop of fitness from your time on the bike. Try the following two or three times a week: Choose a route that includes a climb or stretch of road where you can go nearly all-out for three to five minutes. Warm up for 15 to 30 minutes, then ride hard—your exertion should be about a 7 out of 10—for three minutes. Recover for 90 seconds, then repeat the sequence four more times.

16. . . .But Not Every Day - 
Take 56-year-old mountain-bike legend Ned Overend's advice: Rest often. And if you're feeling cooked after a 30-minute warm-up, put it in an easy gear and spin home. "No workout is set in stone," Overend says. "Your training needs to have structure, but it should be malleable based on how you're feeling." Which might explain why, 10 days before he won the 2011 Mt. Washington Hill Climb, Overend was surfing in San Diego.

17. Play the Terrain
 - Go hard on climbs and take it easy on descents.

18. Ride Another Bike
 - Explore the woods on a mountain bike. Throw down in the local cyclocross race. Mixing in different types of riding keeps you mentally fresh, boosts your skills, and reminds you that riding is fun.

19. Wear Out Your Shifters
 - You have lots of gears for a reason: to keep your cadence in the sweet spot. For silky-smooth gear changes, remember to shift before a punchy climb, sprint, or tight switchback.
20. Train Your Weaknesses - 
Professional endurance racer Mark Weir makes his living blasting through corners. But that wasn't always the case. "I was a semi-pro downhiller racing in Park City, Utah, and there was a corner that I thought just sucked," he recalls. "I told Jan Karpiel, one of my sponsors, about it, and he said: 'The corner doesn't suck, you suck at that corner.' I realized then that training my weaknesses is far more important than sticking with my strengths."

21. Check Your Tire Pressure
 - Here are some basic guidelines from Michelin.

Road/Commuter: If you weigh more than 180 pounds, inflate to the maximum on the tire sidewall. If you weigh 110 or less, fill to the minimum. Somewhere in between? Inflate to somewhere in between.

Mountain Bike: Target somewhere between 27 and 32 psi for most tires. Ultraskinny XC tires may require as much as 35 psi. Figure on 20 to 30 psi for tubeless tires.

22. If your knee hurts in the front, raise your saddle; if it hurts in the back, lower the seat.

23. Buy a Torque Wrench and Learn How to Use It
 - This is mandatory for carbon parts, but will also extend the life of all stems, handlebars, bottom brackets, seatpost clamps, and suspension pivots. Our favorite is Park's TW-5.

24. Learn to Bunnyhop on Your Road Bike - 
Doing an unclipped hop shows you how changes in body position affect your bike's behavior—knowledge that will boost your confidence on steep downhills, rough roads, and in corners.

A: Replace your clipless pedals with platforms and your cycling shoes with soft-soled sneakers.

B: Ride across a flat, grassy field at slightly faster than walking speed, standing on your pedals, cranks level with the ground, elbows and knees slightly bent.

C: Push down on the handlebar while bending your knees even farther so you are crouched over the saddle. Then immediately pull up and back on your bar as you shift your weight back to get the front tire up.

D: With the front tire off the ground, shift your weight forward as you push the handlebar ahead and hop up with your legs to lift the rear wheel.

To see a video of these moves in action, visit

25. Fitness Takes Time
 - No crash diet or hell week of training will magically propel you into top form. "You've got to work toward it all season long," says Pierre Rolland, the best young rider of the 2011 Tour de France.

Like this? Get MORE rules you'll love about riding in a paceline.

26. Take short pulls at the front.

27. Wash Your Bike - 
Especially after a wet or muddy ride. Mist it with a garden hose or soak it using a bucket of soapy water. Wipe it down and rinse, then dry it with a clean rag or towel. Don't forget to lube your chain.

28. Speaking of Your Chain. . .
A well-maintained and lubricated chain could last 3,000 road miles or more, but check it every 500. Here's how: Take a ruler and place the 0 at the rivet of one link. If the ruler's 12-inch mark aligns closely with another rivet, you're in good shape. If it's more than a 1/16th of an inch away, replace the chain.

29. Respect Your Front Brake - 
Applying 60 percent front brake will bring you to a smooth, controlled stop. But on steep descents or during rapid decelerations, you'll want to rely even more heavily on the front.

30. Stick with Your Group - 
Whether you're embarking on a 500-mile charity ride or racing Paris-Nice, there's safety in numbers. Teammates and friends can pull if you're feeling tired, share their food, or help fix a mechanical. "I've seen this so many times," says Chris Horner. "A guy is leading the race and is really strong and so he goes into a breakaway. But what happens if he crashes or flats? He is all alone. Stay with your group as long as possible."

Be sure to shift your weight behind your saddle to prevent yourself from sailing over the handlebar.

31. Layer Like a Wedding Cake
 - Easily removable layers make it a snap to regulate your temperature. Booties, vests, and skullcaps, as well as arm, knee, and leg warmers, can all be stashed in pockets as the day warms up.

32. Keep Your Head Up - 
Looking far down the road or trail will help you see approaching traffic, spot the best line through corners, or recognize when someone's making a break.

33. Carry a frame pump. And a spare tube. And a multi-tool with a chain breaker.
34. Listen to Your Bike - 
"A click or pop or scraping noise doesn't heal itself," says Calvin Jones, director of education at Park Tool. Pay attention to the sounds emanating from your ride and you'll know when it's time for some TLC.

Noise: Rattling over bumps
 - Common Culprit: Loose bottle-cage bolts or quick-release skewers 
Solution: Tighten them

Noise: Thunk/shudder during braking or over bumps 
Common Culprit: Loose headset
Solution: Adjust headset to remove excess play

Noise: Squeaking while pedaling
Common Culprit: Dry chain
Solution: Lube

Noise: Pop, followed by a skipping chain
Common Culprit: Frozen chain link; worn cassette and chain
Solution: Find and free frozen link…or replace chain, chainrings, and cassette

Noise: Grinding noise during braking
Common Culprit: Grit in brake pads
Solution: Sand pads lightly to remove grit and grime

Noise: Clicks, squeals, or whines
Common Culprit: Could be any number of problems—from a loose stem to worn bottom-bracket bearings
Solution: Head to the shop

35. Have a Plan - 
Improvement does not come accidentally. If you want to take your riding to the next level, you need to craft a strategy and set incremental goals to reach it. "Better yet, hire a coach to guide your way," suggests three-time Leadville 100 champion Rebecca Rusch.

36. Embrace the Rain - 
Unless you live in the desert, soggy rides are a part of life. Just dress appropriately: Layers and a rain jacket are optional in the summer, but become essential when temperatures start to drop.

37. Keep a Spare Kit in Your Car - 
You never know when you'll have the chance to sneak in a ride. Borrowing or renting a bike is easy, but it's harder to find a spare helmet, shoes, and chamois. Keeping a kit in your car all but ensures you'll never miss an impromptu ride. Scour bike swaps for secondhand shoes, pedals, and other items, but buy a new helmet—decent models can be found for about $75.
38. It's Okay to Stop
 - Don't be afraid to pull over for a good swimming hole, hot spring, ice-cream stand, cafe, bakery, or dive bar. In fact, some of the best rides are planned around these diversions.

39. Keep Your Perspective
 - Like most young professional riders, Ted King is learning how to balance the demands of training and family obligations with the extensive travel and training his job requires. Here's what he's learned so far.

When training, set a goal for every ride—even if the goal is recovery.

When racing, ride smart, don't chop corners, and remember that the local Tuesday-Night Crit is not the World Championships.

On the road, think like a motorist. Maybe there's a reason the guy in the pickup truck was pissed at you.

40. Refuel Right
 - The key recovery window is the 30 minutes following a ride; that's when your body needs protein to repair muscles and help reload its energy stores, so make sure to get at least 20 to 25 grams. Stacy Sims, a nutritionist at Stanford University, recommends six to eight ounces of nonfat Greek yogurt with walnuts or berries. Or try this protein-rich smoothie: Before heading out, put 1.5 scoops whey protein powder, 1/2 cup frozen strawberries or blueberries, 1/2 frozen banana, 2 tablespoons nonfat Greek yogurt, 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal, and 1 cup vanilla almond milk into a blender (but don't blend it yet). Store in the refrigerator. Whirl and drink when you return.

41. Wait to eat and drink until you're at the back.

42. Don't half-wheel.

43. Work Your Core - 
Most cyclists have weak cores. To fix it, try the pedaling plank. Here's how.

A: Assume the plank position, as if you're doing a push-up, but rest on your forearms with your hands directly beneath your shoulders. Your legs should be extended, with your weight balanced on your toes.

B: Pull your right knee toward your chest without allowing your butt to rise.

C: Extend the leg back out and swing it to the side and back without your foot touching the floor. Perform eight to 10 times for one set, then switch legs and repeat.

44. Know What The Wind Is Doing
 - On blustery days, pick a route that heads into the wind first. Then get aero to minimize drag—slide into the drops and bring your elbows and knees tight to your body. In a group, ride in a single-file paceline to slice through headwinds. If the breeze is whipping across the road sideways, form an echelon (an angled paceline created by overlapping your front wheel with the rear wheel of the rider ahead of you) to keep the wind out of your face. Pedal at a higher-than-normal cadence even if it means riding a little slower. Then, turn around and enjoy a tailwind as you speed home.

45. Know Your Gear
 - "Don't ever use anything new in a bike race," says former pro racer and cycling commentator Frankie Andreu. This advice applies to backcountry mountain-bike rides, charity events, or exotic cycling vacations. Log some miles on fresh equipment before embarking on any serious ride. You don't want to be 60 miles from home when you discover that you and your new saddle aren't soul mates after all.

46. Get Fit To Your Bike
 - There is no faster way to improve your comfort or performance on the bike. "Your ideal position will change over time," says Andy Pruitt,EdD, director of the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine in Colorado. "As you get older—say, over the age of 35—you should consider a professional bike fit every few seasons."

47. Bring Beer - 
It is the currency of cycling. A cold one can serve as payment for a borrowed tube, a tip for your mechanic, or a way to celebrate another great ride.

48. Pass Fast
 - In a mountain-bike race, make your presence known, then pass quickly. And if someone's passing you, let him or her by.

49. Riding Hurts
 - Sometimes riders at the front aren't there because they're faster, but because they can suffer more. Train your legs for speed, but also condition your mind to love the pain.

50. Go—Even For A Short Ride - 
No matter what the excuse—it's cold, you're tired, Shark Week is airing on the Discovery Channel—you can always shoehorn in a short ride. Head away from home for 30 minutes. If you're still miserable, turn around—you'll have logged an hour on the bike. Or, just keep riding.

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