21 February, 2017

What I Learned From My First Bike Crash

2 August, 2016 Ellie

I knew that crashing one day was an inevitability. It was a Friday, so a few members of my team and myself set out on our usual Friday Ride. It’s a mostly casual scenic route with four sprint sections to keep things interesting. Before long we came upon the first: a […]

How to Get in Shape for Your First Bike Race

19 July, 2016 Ellie

Updated: 7-23-16 It was 3 weeks before my first road race when I decided the minimum fitness I had been maintaining wasn’t going to cut it. I had been working out anywhere from 2 to 4 times per week without any semblance of a plan. I needed to come up […]

What to Do When Your Bike Gets Stolen

10 June, 2016 Bek

How to Recover Your Stolen Bike Six am marathon starts. There’s nothing quite so horrible as the smell of early morning air and peppy people passing around wishes for a happy day. OK, there is something worse. Hurriedly locking up my beloved road bike (named Blue Moon) to the bike […]

Commuting Tips & Gear Recommendations for a Safe Bike Month

10 May, 2016 Bek

Are you stoked? You should be. It’s National Bike Month! And, yes, we know it’s actually week 2 of Bike Month, but our enthusiasm hasn’t slowed down much (of course, it might be the extra sugar we’re eating to keep us logging those miles). So, with the help of PeopleForBikes and […]

Does Cycling Help With Grief & Loss?; Or, Why I Missed Sea Otter 2016

22 April, 2016 Bek

Sea Otter 2016. The races, the pros, the gear. So glorious. Months of anticipation, training, and preparation. All of my plans set. But sometimes life–well, death, actually–gets in the way of plans. Just days before my annual pilgrimage to Sea Otter, a close family member passed on. And somehow, all the […]

Bonking? How To Get Your Energy Up Fast, with Junk Food

12 March, 2016 Bek

  They say it’s not good for you. They say it’ll make you gain weight. They say it has no true purpose. But they’re all wrong. OK, actually, they’re pretty much mostly right, but Coca-Cola definitely does do one thing right: IT STOPS THE BONK. Don’t believe me? Take a […]

How Do Team Mechanics Wash and Lube Pro Bikes?

24 February, 2016 Bek

Imagine degreasing, washing, drying, lubing ten or more pro bicycles every single night. This after you’ve spent the majority of your day stuffed in the backseat of a sedan with racing wheels at your sides and on your lap while you follow the peloton. At times, you jump out of […]

How Many Bikes Do Pro Cyclists Travel With? Scicon Has the Answer

18 January, 2016 Bek

Adelaide, Australia reminds me of two certainties in life: leg-cramps on planes, and road season’s kick-off. So what more fitting way to celebrate the pros’ return to asphalt than with infographics and animated gifs–Scicon knows what gets me motivated for the Tour Down Under. Yup, possessed red boxes levitating into […]

How to Remove & Clean Your Bike’s Cassette

22 October, 2015 Bek

Last week, I talked about being lazy. Because there’s nothing quite like getting your bike kinda clean by taking the easy way out–works for me. But in response to popular request, I’m adding another article detailing the “proper” way to clean your drivetrain: removing your cassette to getting it seriously […]

Dealing with Goatheads – How to Avoid Flat Bike Tires

28 September, 2015 Bek

I was on a streak of eight years. Eight years without a flat tire. Until yesterday, when I heard the clack, clack, clack of goathead on asphalt. I pulled over, and checked on the state of my tire–one small spike-laden weed wedged into the top of the right sidewall. It didn’t […]

How To Shift Your Bike’s Gears Without Moving

2 September, 2015 Bek

There’s nothing quite so awesome as hammering on the flats. Pushing a big gear and hitting some high speeds. Feeling awesome. Feeling fast. And then you pull up to a stop sign, and you stop. Because, you know, you’re cool like that. Traffic clears, you proceed. And just because you […]

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