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Top four bike checklist before every ride

Pro Inspection We can’t all be pros but we can give our bikes a thorough check before rides, to prevent major problems from occurring Chain“Check that the chain is lubed,” says Geddan Ruddock of Maverick Cycles in Franschhoek. “If you’re unsure what to use or if you like to keep only one type around for all conditions, then use a light oil. Apply a small amount to the inside of the chain as you pedal […]

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The smarter cycling home tool kit

The Smarter Home Tool Kit Thinking about getting your own bike tool kit? Consider five guidelines to save money, time and frustration. 1 Be realistic about what jobs you’re going to carry out at home yourself – there’s no point in buying the most extensive kit if you’re a part-time fettler who only needs a decent set of Allen keys. 2 Once you’ve worked out what you need, buy the best you can afford. Cheap […]

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Super-charge your next LSD road ride

What’s a steady ride anyway? This weekend I did a long steady distance (LSD) road ride with a bunch of old pals and some new ones. It was interesting to see the different approaches of riding. Some were pushing the uphills like you’d expect in a race, trying to drop those behind. Then they’d freewheel the downhills and everyone behind them would be riding on their brakes. So it was a long ride but it […]

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When it’s best to ride indoors

Bike trainers excel in four areas It’s always winter somewhere. So while those south of the equator enjoy good cycling weather, northern hemisphere riders are spending a good amount of time cycling indoors. And when the shoe’s on the other foot, it’s riders in countries like South Africa and Australia that are in the market for an indoor bike trainer.

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Quality with Tabata intervals

Focus on quality with Tabata by Michael van Staden Created by Izumi Tabata, Tabata intervals are regarded as the best supra-aerobic (intense) cardio workout ever created. With just nine minutes (give or take) every three days, you can make your body an athletic machine. “The rate of increase in VO2 max (maximum volume of oxygen an athlete can use) is one of the highest ever reported,” says Izumi Tabata from Japan. Method: Five minute warm-up […]

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Time for just one cycling session per week

If I only have time to do one session a week, what should I do? Jan U, Germany This question comes back to the old saying: “The more you play in the zone, the more you can race in the zone”. When you do a cycle race, you will most likely be spending most of the time riding in or just under Lactate Threshold (normally your Time Trial pace). The best way to get the […]

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Tips to choose your first bike

If you’re in the market for a bike – your first one – you probably find the choice absolutely bewildering. Before you spend the amount time I have researching the advice of experts and wannabes on the internet, as well as talking to the good folks at real bike shops, take a read through this short article. The tips to choose your first bicycle are bound to clarify things for you, and narrow your choices. […]

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