Beginners

  • Tips for the Gravel Curious Biker

    We offer tips for gravel curious bikers

    Have you heard of this gravel cycling craze that's growing in popularity? What once seemed fringe—and more than a little crazy—has grown bit by bit to where it is now "a thing." If you haven't jumped in with two feet already, maybe you are at least a little gravel curious?

    Gravel cycling has gotten the attention of bike manufacturers and gear manufacturers. They are making all sorts of gravel-specific products. But what do you actually need to get started? Really, it's just a sturdy bike and a bit of an adventurous spirit.

    We hope these practical tips are enough to get you out on the gravel roads and giving it a try. Continue reading

  • A Year of Bike Commuting: 5 Lessons

    Doug "Shark" Balvenz arrives to work with a smile after bike commutingby Doug "Shark" Balvanz

    About a year ago I retired from my Adult Job and started working part time at Kyle’s Bikes in Ankeny, Iowa. I had never really used my bicycle to commute to work, but I decided since I was working at a bike shop, I’d give it a try. I thought I had it all figured out. But I found out that the experiences I’ve had in the past year changed some of my thinking. Here is what I’ve learned. Continue reading

  • What Is Cyclocross?

    by Jordan Austin

    What Is Cyclocross"What is cyclocross?" you ask… Well, cyclocross is a tale of mud and fun.

    Cyclocross features many challenges such as sand traps, barriers, and stair cases. And it makes use of tight corners, steep climbs, and off-camber sections to push the riders to their limits. Racers have to get through the obstacles and also ride as hard as they can to win.
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  • How to Train with a Slower Rider

    By Nathan Cline

    How (not) to train with a slower riderIn order to train with a slower rider, adopt the role of the good shepherd. (Note: Like the opposite of megaphone-dude in the cartoon.)

    Not every ride can be exactly what you want. In life, as in bike riding, it is up to us to make the best out of any given situation. So when it comes time to ride with people of different ability levels, the more experienced cyclist has an opportunity to be a leader and help guide the other people on the ride. Here I will offer some tips and tricks that I have done myself to both give the person I am riding with a good experience and also get a workout for myself in the process.

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  • Is Your Bike Ready for Triathlon?

    Is your bike ready for triathlon?In your training, you've perfected your swim stroke, improved your watts, and steadily increased your run miles. Now you are ready for the big day. But, is your bike ready for triathlon?

    The bike leg has the most equipment, and therefore, the most opportunity for something unexpected to go wrong.  With a bit of regular maintenance and attention to detail, your bike can be as ready as you are.

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  • Ironman 70.3 Racine 2015: Jennifer Borst's Report

    Jen came out of the water strong at Ironman 70.3 Racineby Jennifer Borst

    Ironman 70.3 Racine
    1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13 mile run
    Racine, Wisconsin
    July 18, 2015

    This is my second triathlon season. I began the art of learning to swim period, but more specifically, freestyle, in January of 2014. Last year consisted of sprint triathlons, with Cyman in September being my first Olympic. This year, Ironman 70.3 Racine was my A race, and my first half Ironman.  Continue reading

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