Road bikes are often evaluated on a linear scale: if a light bike is good, a lighter one is better; likewise for aerodynamics, stiffness, and rolling resistance. But while the effects of weight, aerodynamic efficiency, and rolling resistance are easy to measure and simple to correlate to real-world riding, the influence of frame stiffness isn’t as clear. Is stiffer better? Maybe — but maybe not.
Mobile bike repair vans are gaining a lot of traction among busy cyclists who don't want to load half a dozen bikes and cart them to the bike shop, wait two weeks, and then come back to pick them up. And companies like VeloFix and Beeline Bikes cater to cyclists who might feel intimidated by the traditional bike shop "insiders-only" vibe. But with this Amazon.com-ification of services, what happens to the culture of cycling, often centered around well-known, deeply-stocked stores like Vecchios and The Bicycle Trip? Editor-in-Chief Neal Rogers talks with all these people to see how mobile shops and brick-and-mortar shops compete...and how they can work together.
The cycling world is full of marketing hyperbole, and when it comes to power meters, there's no more important claim than accuracy. Almost without fail, every power meter currently available supposedly produces data that is within +/-2% of the actual value. But is that actually the case? According to US technical editor James Huang and a three-person panel of experts who discuss the topic on this week's CyclingTips podcast, not everything may be what it seems.
For most cyclists, riding their bike is more than a hobby. It’s a way of life. The bike can represent many things to many people — endorphins, fitness, identity, freedom, fresh air, therapy, a social network. What happens when, for one reason or another, this is removed from their lives, indefinitely? We spoke with three hardcore cyclists — Levi Leipheimer, Georgia Gould, and Kenny Jones — who are all currently adapting to life off the bike.
Following her mother’s motto of ‘be tough but still be a lady’, pro cyclist Breanne Nalder won’t leave the house until she’s properly put together, even if she’s going out for a training ride. So much so that she has permanent eyeliner tattoed on her. Her teammate Jen Luebcke meanwhile matches her earrings to her kit, Mandy Heintz likes to have her nails done for special races while Clare Rose goes au natural, letting her legs do all the talking. As a female pro athlete, does it matter what you look like?
Ella Editor Anne-Marije Rook talked to five riders from the Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling team about the importance and pressures of appearance in women’s cycling.
There are good reasons why carbon fiber has emerged as the king of structural material. It's supremely light, can be incredibly stiff and strong, and it can also be formed into wild shapes that simple aren't possible with metals. But it's also a multi-layered material, and only the outer surface is visible. What's underneath there? And should we care? US technical editor James Huang peels back the proverbial onion with HIA Velo senior composites engineer Chris Meertens and Australian carbon fiber repair and inspection guru Raoul Luescher to see what's really inside.
The highest-level of elite men's road cycling is called the WorldTour, and yet, until this year, just three of the series' 27 events were outside of Europe. In 2017 the sport's governing body has expanded the WorldTour by another 10 events. So what does that mean? And what impact does that have on races, teams and the sport?
In the early 2000s, Genevieve Jeanson was a rising star in women’s cycling. National titles, World Cup wins, and dominating victories at American classics – the young French Canadian was taking the American and international scene by storm. But her career came to an immediate stop in 2005, when she tested positive for erythropoietin (EPO) and retired soon thereafter.
While history quickly wrote her off as a doper, over time we learned that there was a lot more going on than meets the eye. Jeanson revealed that her relationship with coach Andre Aubut was physically and emotionally abusive. EPO had been forced on her since she was just 16 years old, and for over a decade he control her whole life.
As her 10-year ban from competition comes to an end, Jeanson talked to Ella Editor Anne-Marije Rook about making peace with past.
Cycling is a game of inputs and outputs: how much power you’re able to produce in your legs vs. how much of that power is actually put to use in propelling you forward. Of the four main obstacles you have to overcome while riding — aerodynamic drag, gravity, rolling resistance, and mechanical friction — mechanical friction is the least significant, but it’s far from zero. US technical editor James Huang takes an in-depth at how much friction there is and what we can do about it, but also easy and inexpensive things to do at home to ensure we’re making the most of our efforts.
The winter months often include bonding sessions for many pro squads, most famously the military-style camps used by Team CSC/Saxo Bank in the past. However the all-diabetic Team Novo Nordisk went an entirely different route altogether, combining group energy and altruism to help others while at the same time coming closer together.
CyclingTips’ Shane Stokes travelled to the Dominican Republic to document this, and also spoke to one of the riders about living with diabetes.
CyclingTips talks with music video directing legend Nigel Dick, who -- in addition to having directed more than 500 music videos (including by Oasis, Guns N' Roses, and many more), is a cyclist and cycling film director, capturing everything from the Tour de France to a day in the life of David Millar.