The Sport of Biking/Cycling

Cycling Plus
Cycling Plus takes pride in being the UK’s number one road cycling magazine. Produced and published by Immediate Media Company Ltd., the magazine is considered the road cyclist’s manual. It offers not just inspiration to cyclists of all levels; it also features various information-rich content on all things cycling. On this resource, one can find articles about biking gear and paraphernalia, health supplements, important goings-on in the world of cycling, and a whole lot more. What sets this magazine apart from the rest is that the whole editorial team—from Editor-in-chief Rob Spedding down to technical writer Simon Withers—are all bicycle riders and enthusiasts.

Cycling Events Calendar and Bicycle Tips on Active.com
If you are looking for a huge resource of biking tips and information, this section at Active.com has almost everything you need. This includes a list of upcoming events related to cycling, bike racing, century rides, and cyclocross as well. Among the articles that contain tips are the list of bike-handling mistakes to avoid, roadside stretching exercises for cyclists, how to prevent bicycle tire punctures, and how to make cycling fun. There are also suggestions on how to treat neck pain, knee pain and others. If you are a beginner in cycling, you can check their list of bicycle rides where you can sign up.

Bike Sizing Guide & Charts
Online shopping is very popular nowadays because of the ease and convenience it brings. One just needs to choose a product and its specifications, enter the payment information and wait for the item to be delivered. If only the same thing could be done for bicycles! Well, buying a bike online is now possible, and one does not even have to worry about buying the wrong bike size. This article from Bicycle Guider offers ways to pick the correct bike size. Three methods involve the use of a chart that shows the corresponding bike size for the height of the rider, while others require calculating the bike size by measuring crotch height from the ground. The article also features a link to a bike fit calculator.

Bicycle Maintenance Guide
This handy guide includes information about maintaining your bicycle. Because there are many aspects and pieces associated with bike maintenance, it's important to have a comprehensive guide. This one includes driving, wheels, steering and more. The steering page discusses drop handlebars, aero bars and triathlon bars. The most common types are clamped to the top of the handlebars. There are many different types, and the author's favorite is Syntace, despite the prices that border on extortion (little required pieces of plastic need to be bought separately at unreal prices). They clamp on the thick inner part of the handlebars, leaving more room for holding the top of the handlebars, they have a very low height and comfortable and adjustable armrests, and they have just the right length and a steep front that doesn't require bending the wrists too much, the author notes.

History of the Bicycle
Like most historical topics, the history of the bicycle is often debated. This article on ThoughtCo.com provides a few links about bicycle history for the athlete enthusiasts. Books will state that Pierre and Ernest Michaux, the French father and son team of carriage-makers, invented the first bicycle during the 1860s. Historians now disagree and there is evidence that the bicycle is older than that appears. But historians do agree that Ernest Michaux did invent the modern bicycle pedal and cranks in 1861. You can read on at this website for more history of the bicycling industry.

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