How to Save & See the World Differently with Your Bicycle

Most people know how to ride a bike. They learned when they were kids.However, this doesn’t mean that they actually ride their bikes often. Most people take their cars for even the shortest trips.Just because people do it, though, doesn’t mean it’s the best idea.Biking provides you with a variety of benefits that driving just can’t.You […]

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How to Save & See the World Differently with Your Bicycle

Most people know how to ride a bike. They learned when they were kids.However, this doesn’t mean that they actually ride their bikes often. Most people take their cars for even the shortest trips.Just because people do it, though, doesn’t mean it’s the best idea.Biking provides you with a variety of benefits that driving just can’t.You […]

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How to Save & See the World Differently with Your Bicycle

Most people know how to ride a bike. They learned when they were kids.However, this doesn’t mean that they actually ride their bikes often. Most people take their cars for even the shortest trips.Just because people do it, though, doesn’t mean it’s the best idea.Biking provides you with a variety of benefits that driving just can’t.You […]

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How to Save & See the World Differently with Your Bicycle

Most people know how to ride a bike. They learned when they were kids.However, this doesn’t mean that they actually ride their bikes often. Most people take their cars for even the shortest trips.Just because people do it, though, doesn’t mean it’s the best idea.Biking provides you with a variety of benefits that driving just can’t.You […]

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How to Save & See the World Differently with Your Bicycle

Most people know how to ride a bike. They learned when they were kids.However, this doesn’t mean that they actually ride their bikes often. Most people take their cars for even the shortest trips.Just because people do it, though, doesn’t mean it’s the best idea.Biking provides you with a variety of benefits that driving just can’t.You […]

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Weight and VO2 Max, Why Interval Order Matters, Training Camps and More – Ask a Cycling a Coach 189

Join us for Episode 189 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast! We’ll cover how weight gain affects VO2 Max, why the order of the intervals in your workout matters, a comprehensive guide to training camps, and much more!

More show notes and discussion in the TrainerRoad Forum.





Topics covered in this episode

  • How to understand aero savings
  • Which bike is best? aero vs. climbing
  • What is the best type of bike racing for beginners?
  • What to do when you miss a workout
  • Why century training is easier than you think
  • Does running build cycling fitness?
  • How to find local races
  • Is there a benefit to racing while completely fatigued?
  • How does weight affect VO2 Max?
  • Does the order of your intervals matter?
  • The best training plan for Leadville
  • A big announcement from Coach Jonathan
  • How to incorporate a training camp into your training plan
  • What we’ve learned from training camps

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How to stop bike parts going to landfill

Cycling boasts tons of environmental benefits, leaving behind a very small carbon footprint.

But there are some things we burn through at an incomparable rate – namely parts and kit.

As 2018 is the year we become more aware of our plastic use and how much waste we produce, perhaps it’s time to address what cyclists throw out.

The good news is that you can divert your bike parts’ path to landfill by recycling, upcycling and donation.

Take a look at these tips for some ideas.

Inner tubes

Inner tubes are the bike part that’s replaced the most, and it’s all too easy to chuck them in the bin.

Instead, grab an envelope and stamp and pop them over to Cycle of Good.

The British-based charity enterprise works with 10 Malawian tailors who wash tubes and sew them into stylish wallets, purses and cases. The products are shipped back to the UK to sell internationally and everything raised goes back into the community for childcare and non-profit development in Malawi.

Send your inner tubes along to:

Krizevac Project
Atlas Works
Paragon Road
Longton
Stoke-on-Trent
ST3 1NR

If you have the knowhow, you can craft your own wallets and cases. It’d be best if you had a sewing machine though. Check out this tutorial to see how it’s done.

Tyres

Tyres can get worn down pretty quickly if you regularly tear up the tarmac.

Rather than toss them onto the rubbish heap like a Frisbee, make something out of them.

Even after they’re past it, tyres are constructed from hard-wearing rubber so they’ll live a second life as something else. I know you’re thinking what we’re thinking: a sturdy belt.

Instructables takes you through the process step-by-step.

Helmets

Crashes aren’t the only reason to ditch old helmets. They might have been bashed in transit, a part might have broken, or they might just be frighteningly old.

Emergency units are often on the lookout for helmets as trainees cut them off models in simulation exercises.

Or for something nicer, you can transform your helmet into a planter – I had a go with an old broken helmet. Lay some pebbles down first, fill the helmet with soil then put your seeds or plant in.

Chains

There’s only one fate for old bike chains: a spot of arts and crafts.

Think bottle openers, photo frames, candle holders and jewellery.

For some inspiration, check out this cool chain bottle opener tutorial.

The entire bike

This is the easiest one to do.

You will have probably seen bike cycling schemes around where your whole bike will be donated, or it’ll be broken down and the salvageable parts will be recycled.

It’s best if your bike is in half-decent condition, but some schemes will take pretty much any cycle.

Evans runs a scheme where you can trade in a bike and get money off your next set of wheels. Your old bike will be donated to charities including Recycle Your Cycle and Hospice UK. Make sure you place your Trade In order before 5 June 2018.

Halfords works with Re~Cycle,who give donated bikes to people in Africa who rely on them as a means of transport. What’s more, trading in your old bike in will get you money off a new one. It’s not running at the moment, but keep an eye on the Halfords website for updates.

Image: Jason Finch

If you’ve got old bike bits which are in decent nick, Re~Cycle accepts parts and accessories like locks and lights.

Just want to get rid of yer steed? You can take it to various bike workshops around London and they’ll take the parts and revive them to be used on other cycles.

I can personally recommend Bikeworks in Bethnal Green which took my mum’s decrepit old bike when I thought it belonged nowhere else but the scrap heap.

Prevention is better than recycling

Or however that saying goes. Basically, if you look after your bike by cleaning it, maintaining it and taking it for regular services, the parts will last longer.

Likewise, cleaning your kit properly will extend its life. Check the labels to make sure you wash it at the correct temperature and save it from unnecessary damage.

It might also be worth forking out a little more for quality kit and parts that won’t wear out as quickly and delay the trip to the landfill.

While you’re on a green kick, perhaps it’s time to switch to a different brand for your cycle stuff; one that has more in the way of eco credentials.

For example, Muc Off’s cleaning products are biodegradable, and shops like howies have more environmentally-friendly gear.

What do you do with your old bikes and kit? Any organisations or schemes that we missed? Let us know in the comments below.

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Top 10 Cycling Trends for 2018

We all remember our very first bikes, and think about how much has changed in the cycling world since!

Remember downtube shifters of the 70s? Those things are now in the past. The advancements in cycling over the years have made our rides smoother, faster and more comfortable, and bikes more durable and light.

Think back to last year, since then road bikes have become faster, shifting is going digital, and mountain bikes are changing their frame geometry. It’s exciting to see what changes and trends will continue into 2018 and beyond.

So whether you’re a newbie to cycling (maybe considering your first tour), or a committed cyclist take a peek at a few of our predicted top cycling trends in 2018 before you hit the road or the trail.

 

1. Manufacturers Are Going Aero

Time trial/triathlon bikes are no longer the only bikes being built for speed and aerodynamics. Ever since the UCI has declared a 6.8 kg minimum race bike weight limit, many top-of-the-line road bikes can’t get much lighter, but they can continue to get faster through better aerodynamic design.

For example, Giant’s new Propel Disc aero road bikes are first of its kind for the popular bike manufacturer. First seen last year in the Tour de France, the Propel Disc is now available on the public market. Giant claims it has the highest stiffness-to-weight ratio of any bike in its class, and has lower drag coefficients due to the addition of disc brakes.

The Specialized Tarmac has a new D-shaped frame and new seat tube and seatpost design that makes it more aerodynamic. The new Orca Aero from Orbea is a beautiful aerodynamic design that pushes the boundaries of speed. You’ll start seeing many of these new bikes at all the big cycling tours in the coming racing season.

 

2. Disc Brakes Are Becoming Mainstream in Road Cycling

Once the brake system just for mountain bikes, disc brakes are continuing to become more mainstream in road cycling. The pro cyclists are still trialing the disc brakes in the peloton, but they are likely to become standard in road bikes in the coming years.

German pro cyclist, Marcel Kittel, road last year on a Specialized Venge ViAS Disc on the Quick-Step Floors team. He became the first rider to win a stage of the Tour de France on a bike with disc brakes. Many of the high-end 2018 bikes come standard with disc brakes, like the Trek Emonda, Giant Propel, Scott Foil, and more.

 

3. Gravel Bikes Continue to Gain Popularity

We said it last year—gravel bikes are becoming more popular worldwide in 2018. Gravel bikes are a versatile bike on and off the road making it attractive to a variety of riders. Last year gravel bikes exploded in popularity across the United States and they are growing rapidly into the international market.

Gravel events are also popping up everywhere—there might just be one on a forest road near you!

 

4. Wheels and Tires Are Still Getting Wider for Road Bikes

10 Top Cycling Trends for 2018

Once again, we predicted this last year. The trend is still continuing into 2018. While 25mm wide tires are still the standard for road bikes, 28mm isn’t uncommon.

Unlike like traditional rim brakes, disc brakes allow manufacturers to offer more clearance for wider tires and wheels. We predict that the 27.5 x 2.6 width will become the momentary “standard” this year.

 

5. Power Meters For All Budgets

Power meters are no longer for just the pro cyclists and the wealthy. With new technology and new manufacturers jumping into the market, power meters are becoming more affordable. Shimano, one of cyclist’s largest component manufacturers, has finally decided to dip their toes into the game this year.

While the jury is still out on the new Shimano Dura-Ace R9100-P power meter, Garmin has released the new Garmin Vector 3, which measures leg power independently. The budget-friendly Vector 3S, which measures one leg and doubles it for total power, will gain more attraction this year due to its price tag under $600 USD.

 

6. Indoor Training is Getting Smart

Smart trainers are becoming more popular, like Zwift, TrainerRoad, and other apps. The new Wahoo Kickr Climb is the first of its kind by simulating climbing. The indoor trainer adjusts the front end of your bike to simulate real-time grade changes. You can ascend hills up to a 20% grade and descend down to a -10% to mimic real road conditions.

 

7. Mountain Bike Frames Are Changing

10 Top Cycling Trends for 2018

Not only are road bikes getting more aerodynamic, but mountain bike frames are changing. The top tubes are getting longer and the head angles are getting slacker. With the changes in the top of the frame, offset forks are becoming shorter to adapt to the wheelbase. The Transition Sentinel is pushing the design of mountain bikes with its new steeper seat tubes.

Longer travel 29ers are becoming popular. The Orbea Rallon is an innovative design that is leading the trend of slacked out 29ers enduro race bikes. The new geometry turns these popular cross-country and enduro racing bikes into a fun all-mountain trail bike, too.

 

8. Shifting to Digital Shifters

Both mountain and road shifter are continuing to go digital. While we predict that digital shifting is not going to stick for mountain bikes in 2018, it will continue to grow in the road cycling industry.

FSA just released their new K-Force WE groupset and Shimano has updated its Ultegra Di2 set this year. While we’d like to see digital electronic shifting on the lower end models of bikes, that is probably not going to happen this year.

 

9. Integrated Cockpits Are Coming

Once mainly reserved for TT/triathlon bikes, integrated cockpits are becoming more popular in road bikes as road bikes continue to become more aerodynamic. Integrated cockpits have their pros and cons. They can help tidy up cable routing and save weight. But, if you ever want to change the length of your stem or make any changes to your bar angle, you can’t do that without swapping out the whole assembly.

 

10. eBikes Will Continue to Become Popular

It doesn’t matter if you think riding an ebike is cheating or not. They are continuing to become popular for both mountain and road bikes. The Market Urbanism Report predicts that 2018 will be the year of the ebike.

Many bike manufacturers are making them now, like Giant, Bianchi, and Focus. Cities like San Francisco and New York City have electric bike share programs that are a huge hit with commuters and tourists.

eBikes are not just commuter bikes either. The Focus Project Y looks just like your fancy road bike, but with a hidden motor inside. It just might be the perfect commuting or touring bicycle. Our bike partner, Orbea has a collection of road, mountain, leisure, and urban ebikes to meet all your riding needs.

Give an eBike a try—we think everyone should love them.

 

Are You Ready to Ride?

With over 30 years of cycling tour experience, we’ve seen a lot of changes in the industry. If all these 2018 bike trends are making you excited to ride, why don’t you get in touch today and start planning your ultimate bicycle adventure? We’d be happy to talk shop and share a few more of our favorite new trends this year. We offer awesome bike trips around the world, and you can even try some of the latest technology with our top-of-the-line Orbea bikes.

If you’d like to find out more about how you can go about planning your ultimate cycling adventure, sign up for our free email course.

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