Buyer's guide: the best bike-mounted phone holders

Joseph Delves 21 May 2019 A collection of the best bike phone mounts for cyclists wanting to attach their mobile to the handlebar Mounting your mobile phone to the bike can be nerve-racking. However with a wealth of ride tracking and navigational apps available, on your handlebars may well be the best place for it. Allowing you to keep an eye on your phone and get the best from your favourite apps , we’ve rounded up nine of our favourite cases and mounts - just don't get distracted. Image 2 of 10 Image 2 of 10 Quad Lock Out Front Mount Quad Lock makes some of the best fixtures and fittings for attaching your phone to your bike. Working either with one of its many dedicated cases or via a stick-on adaptor, this out front mount is perhaps the brand’s neatest option. Putting your phone ahead of the bars both ...

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Could your ride data be making the roads safer?

Could your ride data be making the roads safer?

Michael Donlevy 20 May 2019 Transport authorities are increasingly interested in knowing where you’re going when you ride – but Big Brother isn't all bad… Do you use Strava ? If so, do you ever wonder what – beyond sitting somewhere below the leaderboard – is happening to your ride data? And do you ever use a bike-sharing scheme, such as Transport for London’s Santander Bikes or one of the dockless e-bikes springing up around the UK’s cities? If so, did you know that they are recording your journeys, too? It sounds like a Big Brother scenario in which the government and local authorities can track your movements and can tell where you are whenever you’re on your bike. Because even Strava – which is used voluntarily – is working with local councils to show who is riding and where, right now. But this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. This ...

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Chris Boardman calls for end to drivers v cyclists rhetoric as British Cycling reveals two-thirds of bike riders say roads no safer than five years ago

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Governing body's survey of 15,000 members makes for depressing reading

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Photo gallery: The 2019 Handmade Bicycle Show Australia – The Masters

Now in its second year, the Handmade Bicycle Show Australia (HBSA) returned to Melbourne over the past weekend. Growing to more than 40 exhibitors this year, HBSA is a showcase not just for Australian builders, but for a number of international makers too. In this first gallery, we look at the masters of the Australian … The post Photo gallery: The 2019 Handmade Bicycle Show Australia – The Masters appeared first on CyclingTips .

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How to recognise if you're addicted to cycling

How to recognise if you're addicted to cycling

Michael Donlevy 29 Apr 2019 Cycling is good for you – actually, great for you. But it turns out you can have too much of a good thing… Riding a bike is one of the greatest pleasures known to humans. And there’s a bonus – unlike many of the other greatest pleasures it’s good for you. Cycling makes you fitter, healthier and happier. It can help you lose weight or manage your weight and can encourage you to eat more healthily and do other beneficial things like stretch and go to the gym. But there’s a downside. It can also be addictive, in a way that become all-consuming and, ultimately, bad for you. You can have too much of a good thing. Addiction to exercise is both physiological and psychological. You’ve probably heard of the ‘runner’s high’, the feeling of elation you get when physical activity releases endorphins, chemicals that ...

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The SHEcret Pro: Suspicious performances and the dangers of malnutrition

The last we heard from The SHEcret Pro it was October 2018 and she was giving us the lowdown on the Road World Championships. Now, our anonymous insider is back with the latest goss from within the professional women’s peloton, including a look at some suspicious performances, some worrying approaches to nutrition, and a reflection … The post The SHEcret Pro: Suspicious performances and the dangers of malnutrition appeared first on CyclingTips .

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The Podium Cafe Ronde Rankings

So. Er. It’s me. Back for another power rankings. Let’s see how the last ones went. Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images Ah, there they are now. Anyway, it’s time for another go, with a bit more data and a lot more “Andrew gave it a go so now I have a point of reference.” Anyway, we at the café know I couldn’t possibly do this alone so helping me tonight, yes, you guessed it. The one, the only, Carol Vorder- The door bursts open. Joyous music plays. Heavy panting as a stony figure crashes into the room. Cuddles? What are you doing here? I thought you were in Edinburgh, and that you hadn’t forgiven me to boot! “ That. Damned. Seal.” Excuse me? “I can’t live with that godforsaken thing.” Hate to say it, but you have some notable similarities. “ Don’t care. All I wanted to do was drink ...

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Questions and answers on pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum for endurance athletes

Lindsay Goldman, rider and general manager of the Hagens Berman-Supermint Pro Cycling team, found very little information targeted towards athletes while she was going through pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum. So she decided to share everything she could about all of the questions she had. “I’d have killed for this sort of insight a year ago,” … The post Questions and answers on pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum for endurance athletes appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Data diet: How unplugging can actually improve your cycling (and your life)

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” — Anne Lamott In our always-on and connected world, it has become far too easy to catch ourselves constantly staring at screens, at work, at home, and on the bike. We have become so connected and yet, at the same … The post Data diet: How unplugging can actually improve your cycling (and your life) appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Commentary: A cyclist confronts depression

Commentary: A cyclist confronts depression

The sport of cycling encourages suffering and perseverance, but that does not always translate to real life and the challenges of depression. Read the full article at Commentary: A cyclist confronts depression on VeloNews.com .

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Daily News Digest: More details on Kelly Catlin, a standard for Road Tubeless

Supported by Welcome to your Daily News Digest. Here’s what’s happening today: Crosswinds blow apart Paris-Nice; Rigoberto Uran breaks his collarbone; more details on Kelly Catlin’s tragic passing; and the industry finally establishes a proper standard for Road Tubeless rims and wheels. Those stories and more in today’s Daily News Digest. Story of the Day: Crosswind triangle … The post Daily News Digest: More details on Kelly Catlin, a standard for Road Tubeless appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tributes flow in for 'warrior princess' Kelly Catlin

Kelly Catlin on the podium after winning the silver medal in the Team Pursuit at the 2016 Rio Olympi

Tributes have flowed in for Kelly Catlin following the news of her death on Friday. The 23-year-old ended her life in her Stanford University residence . A multi-talented athlete, artist and musician, Catlin began racing as a teenager at the urging of her twin brother Colin. She quickly rose through the ranks, winning the Minnesota state cyclo-cross championships and then landing on the podium in her first national road championships in 2013 in the Junior 15-18 category. Catlin won the U23 national title in both the road race and time trial in 2014 and 2015, and the Pan American Games time trial in 2015, but it was on the track where she found the most success as part of USA Cycling's team pursuit squad. Together with Sarah Hammer, Jen Valente, Ruth Winder, and Chloe Dygert, Catlin won the 2016 world championship title and the silver medal in the team pursuit ...

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5 realistic motivations to get back out and ride

5 realistic motivations to get back out and ride

The internet is caked in articles on how to be the 'best version of yourself', how to stay motivated through miserable weather, and how to get fit again. As useful as that might sound, I expect deep down you hate these lists. The 5 most confusing topics in cycling Why this boring carbon fork will make your old bike great again Here's what you need for a bikepacking adventure I know I do. All that worthy optimism, the early-rising keenness, that ‘making perfect sense’ thing… as if anybody was interested in that. It’s 2019, people, not 1920. Come on. So here’s my far-more-useful list of genuine motivations to get you back out in the cold . 1. Life is meaningless and soon you’ll die I know, I know. Yesterday I decided to get into demotivational speaking, but then thought, why bother? It’s true that many see existentialism as either totally ...

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Stretching, Yoga, Base Phase Racing, Commuting and More – Ask a Cycling Coach 197

Join us for Episode 197 of the Ask a Cycling Coach Podcast! We'll be covering stretching, strength, yoga and their unique effects on cycling, race selection and tactics during the Base Phase, how your commute can make you a faster cyclist, and taking your live questions.

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A new blood doping ring surfaces. Where does cycling stand?

Max Hauke, 26, sits in the crook of a sofa, surrounded by police, with a stunned look on his face and a blood bag hooked up to his arm. How did we get here? The post A new blood doping ring surfaces. Where does cycling stand? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Rupert Guinness’ ‘Adelong Go Slow Tour’: Riding Adelaide to Geelong in 5 days

Not many cycling journalists are better known or more popular than Rupert Guinness. With 30 Tours de France under his belt, few have a longer or more detailed knowledge of our great sport. But Rupe’s not just a journalist — he’s an impressive ultra-endurance cyclist in his own right. Last year he completed the Indian … The post Rupert Guinness’ ‘Adelong Go Slow Tour’: Riding Adelaide to Geelong in 5 days appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Pantani's mother makes another plea for police to reopen investigation into his death

Marco Pantani attacks on Mount Ventoux during the 2000 Tour de France

Fifteen years after the death of Marco Pantani , his mother Tonina has again called for the investigation into his death to be reopened after suggestions that Pantani may have died after being forced to drink water containing a huge quantity of cocaine rather than via a self-administered overdose. Pantani died on February 14, 2004, after barricading himself in a hotel room in Rimini under the effects of cocaine and anti-depressants. The winner of the 1998 Giro d'Italia and Tour de France suffered greatly with substance abuse and mental health-related problems following his disqualification from the 1999 Giro d'Italia due to a high blood haematocrit. Pantani's mother has always defended her son's honour while admitting that he may have used blood-boosting EPO during his career. Tonina hired high-profile Italian lawyer Antonio De Rensis to investigate all the circumstances of Pantani's death and managed to spark a new investigation in 2014 ...

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Freeman medical tribunal could be delayed until next year

Freeman medical tribunal could be delayed until next year

Joe Robinson 12 Feb 2019 Concerns over anti-doping statute of limitations rise as case unlikely to be completed this month The medical tribunal investigating claims that former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor Richard Freeman ordered banned substance testosterone to enhance athletes' performance could be delayed until next year. The hearing in Manchester was scheduled to start on Wednesday 6th February although was adjourned until Friday . The case resumed yesterday but in private to discuss legal matters with Freeman still absent from proceedings. This legal discussion is expected to continue until the end of the week which could potentially delay the start of the tribunal to the ninth day of the hearing. This is of concern to the General Medical Council, the body which filed the charges against Freeman, as the tribunal case is restricted to just 20 days to investigate the allegations. BBC Sport is now reporting that ...

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Freeman trial now not expected to begin until next week

British Cycling pursuit team 2007

Joe Robinson 8 Feb 2019 Investigation into former Team Sky doctor unlikely to begin until Tuesday after another postponement request The tribunal into former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor Richard Freeman has been further delayed, and is now not expected to begin until next week . Freeman was due to attend a m edical practitioner's tribunal on Wednesday into allegations made by the General Medical Council (GMC) that the doctor had ordered the prohibited drug testosterone to the National Cycling Centre in 2011 to enhance the performance of a rider. But shortly before proceedings were set to begin, Freeman's legal representative Mary O'Rourke QC called for a private session to call for the investigation to be adjourned for 48 hours. Private sessions can be called in a public enquiry if the subject matter for discussion is in relation to personal health or exceptional circumstances. The three tribunal members heading ...

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The Keisse crisis: dumb mistakes and a sport that needs to grow up

As the furore surrounding Iljo Keisse and Deceuninck-QuickStep begins to abate, it's time to consider whether this "stupid moment" actually highlights a much bigger problem. The post The Keisse crisis: dumb mistakes and a sport that needs to grow up appeared first on CyclingTips .

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