Training/Race Tips

  • 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

  • Bicycle Fit Is the Place to Start

    Alyx Sacks gets a bicycle fitRecently, KCCI's Alyx Sacks stopped by to talk to Kyle about bicycle fit. They discussed why it's so important for any ride, but specifically for RAGBRAI (Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa).

    Bad form can lead to "my knee hurts, my back hurts, my hands are going to sleep, my neck hurts…" Bad form is not usually the riders fault. It comes from the bicycle fit, which come down to where we touch the bike: our seat, our feet, and our hands.

    We invite you to watch Alyx's video to learn more.

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  • Six Biking Pro Tips for Long Rides

    Kyle gave Elias Johnson five biking pro tipsKyle and staff have been helping riders get ready for RAGBRAI (Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa) and other long rides since we opened in 2008, offering a biking pro tip or two.

    So, when Local 5's Elias Johnson was getting ready for this year's RAGBRAI, he visited Kyle and produced a video series of these tips to help his viewers get ready for the ride.

    We have gathered the tips here to help you see them all.

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  • 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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  • Enduro Mountain Biking: What's the Deal?

    by Nathan Cline

    Enduro Mountain BikingI admit that as a mid-westerner, I had no clue about enduro mountain biking. I love off-road bike racing. Yet, all of the races that I have ever done have been cross country (XC) or cyclocross (CX) race format. So what is enduro? I see lots of bikes and products coming out with the label of enduro, “What’s the deal with that?”

    I asked an Iowa friend, Adam Prosise, who has been living and racing in Colorado for a few years to explain a few things to us, and Adam  was up for it.

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