Basic Skills


Have you ever wondered just what to wear to handle certain temperatures and weather conditions? It's a problem that perplexes even the most experienced road cyclists. Not to worry. We've got you covered.

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A dictionary of Road Bike Cycling.  These definitions and explanations will improve your understanding of road cycling (and help you figure out what that guy in the peloton is chattering about).

If you’ve been in this sport for long, you’ve probably seen it happen. An enthusiastic person shows up for his (or her) first ride with the local club. He’s a bit intimidated by the lingo he overhears, but that’s nothing compared to his anxiety about what to do and how to do it once the ride gets underway. Before long he’s trailing behind, spooked by the interplay of bike wheels and feeling as wanted as an IRS agent in a Super Bowl pool.

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Not all paceline etiquette is the same.  Some paceline dynamics are that the rider at the front pulls for one or two minutes, then signals when he or she is ready for the next person to come through, etc, and other paceline dynamics are that  the lead rider goes as hard as he can until he blows up. When the pace slacks off, someone (not necessarily the second rider in line) comes blasting up to the front. Which paceline approach is correct?

When non-racers ride in pacelines, they often stop pedaling when they are getting too close to the rider in front of them. Experienced riders usually admonish them to "soft pedal" instead.  Is the pause useful rather than dangerous?  What is the best approach?

When you ride with others in a paceline your fates are linked. Each person's actions can mean a smooth ride for everyone -- or a crash and serious injury. Is riding about learning "technique" or "etiquette"?

Some riders stand after a sharp, others stay in the saddle.  What are the main reasons for standing after a turn.

When you ride on bad pavement -- old, bumpy and cracked, it's a struggle to keep a steady cadence. How do the pros manage to ride so fast on cobbles? 

Why are speeds so variable on group rides?  We're cruising along, then suddenly the pace increases drastically or several riders go sprinting up the road. What's going on?

Have you ever wondered just what to wear to handle certain temperatures and weather conditions? It's a problem that perplexes even the most experienced road cyclists. Not to worry. We've got you covered.

From apps to commercial to open source and computer-based, from training to tracking to analysis to route-management, the list is extensive and may help you find something if you’re looking for a specific type of application.

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