A Beginner’S Guide To Choosing A Road Bike

Looking to get a new road bike in 2021? Start here. The post A beginner’s guide to choosing a road bike appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Trek Domane Al Disc 4 Review: An Astounding And Affordable All-Roader

Trek's new entry-level road bike combines an endurance fit with sporty handling and a whole bunch of versatility. The post Trek Domane AL Disc 4 review: An astounding and affordable all-roader appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Shoddy’S Best Budget Product Picks Of 2020

This last vid for 2020 is all about me trying to right a wrong. It’s a round-up of products that impressed me but don’t cost a bundle, where the performance outshone the price. My budget bangers of 2020. Why budget bangers? Well, I got called out on social media. After I posted my Ten Things … The post Shoddy’s best budget product picks of 2020 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Bike Of The Year: Trek Checkpoint Sl 5

Bike of the year: Trek Checkpoint SL 5

Gravel bikes abound, but this one checks all the boxes, and at a great price. Read the full article at Bike of the year: Trek Checkpoint SL 5 on VeloNews.com .

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Chapter2 Ao Gravel Frameset Review: Sporty, Comfy And Adventure-Y

Chapter2 AO gravel bike

New Zealand-based Chapter2 is a company still in its relative infancy and best known for its performance carbon road bikes, such as the Tere and Rere. The brand’s creator, Michael Pryde, might be a familiar name — he is the son of Neil Pryde, whose name adorned a series of high-performance carbon bikes. Hence the … The post Chapter2 AO gravel frameset review: Sporty, comfy and adventure-y appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Why You Don’T Need To Spend Big To Hit The Gravel: The Trek Checkpoint Alr5

Late last year my beloved yet ageing gravel bike, an Orro Terra, became the apple of someone else’s eye. While I had my nose in the computer (probably editing a video) at the library, someone swiped it. Some savvy scumbag broke the lock and rode away. I’ll also add that said scumbag must be a … The post Why you don’t need to spend big to hit the gravel: The Trek Checkpoint ALR5 appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Cannondale Topstone Carbon Lefty Review: Suspension Makes It Better

The new Cannondale Topstone Carbon Lefty is basically the same as the standard Topstone Carbon, but now with a suspension fork and a switch to 650b wheels and tires. The changes sound modest on paper but the difference you feel in the saddle is far greater than you might expect, and while that Lefty Oliver … The post Cannondale Topstone Carbon Lefty review: Suspension makes it better appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Our Favourite Bikes From The 2020 Gravel Bike Field Test

Viathon G.1 GRX gravel bike

It’s taken us a few months to get here, but the inaugural 2020 CyclingTips gravel bike field test is now over. The test itself took place over a long and intense 10 days, filled with far more fun and drop-dead-gorgeous scenery than there was sleep. We learned plenty from the experience: what we love about … The post Our favourite bikes from the 2020 Gravel Bike Field Test appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Cervelo Aspero Gravel Bike Review: Fast, Light, And Sleek, But Also Bumpy

Of all the bikes we tested at the Gravel Bike Field Test, none strayed as far into proper road bike territory as the Cervelo Aspero. It looks the part, and feels the part, but it also boasts very generous tire clearances that raise its capability level far above what you might otherwise expect from a … The post Cervelo Aspero gravel bike review: Fast, light, and sleek, but also bumpy appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Strava Says Cyclists Are Spending More Time Indoors Than Ever Before

Strava 2019 Stats Report

Virtual training, yoga and weight training: is this the new cyclist?

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What Strava’S End-Of-Year Report Tells Us About The World’S Cycling Habits

Supported by As 2019 draws to a close, the end-of-year stat pieces and listicles have begun to trickle out. CyclingTips has its ‘10 Products I Loved’ series. In music, there’s Spotify Wrapped. And in fitness tracking, there’s Strava’s ‘Year in Sport’. Since it was founded in 2009, Strava has grown into a behemoth, with a user base … The post What Strava’s end-of-year report tells us about the world’s cycling habits appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Ten Products I Loved In 2019: Caley Fretz

I find these lists surprisingly difficult to put together. Not because of some dearth of products I use on a regular basis, and love dearly, but because the products I use most often tend to fade into the background. I ended up scrolling through photos of myself on Instagram to help remember what I actually … The post Ten products I loved in 2019: Caley Fretz appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Cannondale Topstone Carbon Long-Term Review: A Superb Ride, A Few Quirks

Cannondale debuted its new Topstone Carbon gravel bike a little more than two months ago, and the initial impressions were very favorable (if you want to refresh your memory on what the Topstone Carbon is all about, you can check out all the nitty-gritty tech details here). But bikes are a lot like people: that … The post Cannondale Topstone Carbon long-term review: A superb ride, a few quirks appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Thesis Ob1 Long-Term Review: Good Performance, Lots Of Custom Options

The Thesis OB1 isn’t flashy, and the upstart brand name carries no prestige. It’s not particularly light, it definitely isn’t aero, and in fact, there’s not a ton about it on paper that will blow anyone’s doors off in general. But it’s a very good bike nonetheless, and wonderfully versatile in terms of what you … The post Thesis OB1 long-term review: Good performance, lots of custom options appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour De France 2019: Alaphilippe Slays All To Give France Yellow Jersey Hope

Tour de France 2019: Alaphilippe slays all to give France yellow jersey hope

George Smith 19 Jul 2019 Frenchman gives home crowd yellow jersey hope as he extends lead in time trial Julian Alaphilippe smashed all of his rivals on Stage 13's individual time trial in Pau to extend his lead in the Tour de France yellow jersey in a surprise victory. The Deceuninck-Quickstep man managed to hold the best time across each of the course's time splits before rolling into the finish 14 seconds ahead of Geraint Thomas who finished second on the day. Both managed to finish ahead of Thomas De Gendt who finished third after having held the race lead for most of the day. Struggling with the fast times, Egan Bernal proved a big lose on the day as he lost 1 minute 36 seconds to winner Alaphilippe and also lost control of the white young riders jersey to Enric Mas. Elsewhere, Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First), Steven Kruijswijk ...

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Tour De France 2019: Alaphilippe Slays All On Stage 13 To Give France Yellow Jersey Hope

Tour de France 2019: Alaphilippe slays all on Stage 13 to give France yellow jersey hope

George Smith 19 Jul 2019 Frenchman gives home crowd yellow jersey hope as he extends lead in time trial Julian Alaphilippe smashed all of his rivals on Stage 13's individual time-trial in Pau to extend his lead in the Tour de France yellow jersey in a surprise victory. The Deceuninck-QuickStep man managed to hold the best time across each of the course's time splits before rolling into the finish 14 seconds ahead of Geraint Thomas who finished second on the day. Both finished ahead of Thomas De Gendt ( Lotto-Soudal ) who came in third after having held the race lead for most of the day. Struggling with the fast times, Egan Bernal proved a big loser on the day as he lost 1 minute 36 seconds to winner Alaphilippe and also lost control of the white best young rider's jersey to Enric Mas (Deceuninck-QuickStep). Elsewhere, Rigoberto Uran ( Education ...

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Cervelo Aspero First-Ride Review: The Go-Fast Gravel Bike

Gravel bikes these days fall somewhere on a spectrum that ranges from ultra-capable and adventure-ready, to pared-down and race-ready, and Cervelo is being very clear where its new Aspero gravel machine falls on that spectrum. The generous tire clearance and multi-diameter wheel compatibility are obvious nods to versatility, but whichever wheel and tire setup you … The post Cervelo Aspero first-ride review: The go-fast gravel bike appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Bmc Unrestricted Urs 2020 First-Ride Review: Gravel Bike Or Mtb?

BMC URS TWO Unrestricted 2020 gravel bike

It wasn’t long ago that we thought of gravel as a fringe discipline of road cycling, a discipline where niche brands like Salsa Cycles had a near monopoly. Now you’ll be hard pressed to find a single global bike brand that doesn’t have a bike dedicated to gravel. BMC only recently dipped its toes into … The post BMC Unrestricted URS 2020 first-ride review: Gravel bike or MTB? appeared first on CyclingTips .

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Tour De France: Jumbo-Visma Win Team Time Trial In Brussels

Jumbo-Visma win team time trial at Tour de France

Jumbo-Visma made it two out of two at the Tour de France , following up Mike Teunissen 's surprise stage 1 win with a dominant performance on the stage 2 team time trial. They took victory with a time of 28:57, 20 seconds ahead of Team Ineos and 21 up on Deceuninck-QuickStep. Stage favourites Team Ineos set off first, and duly set the fastest time of the day at 29:18 flat. Katusha-Alpecin were the first team to come close, beating the British team's intermediate times, but falling short by just six seconds at the finish. Movistar and Trek-Segafredo both endured disappointing rides, falling outside the 30-minute mark. The main challengers to Ineos came late on, with a raft of favourites filling out the final starting slots. Mitchelton-Scott, Bahrain-Merida and EF Education First all impressed, but ultimately fell short of challenging for the win. QuickStep came the closest, looking odds-on to ...

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Lachlan Morton Leading Halfway Through 2,000km 'Gbduro'

Alex Howes told Lachlan Morton "I suppose I owe you a beer," after their finish. Morton waited when

Australian Lachlan Morton ( EF Education First ) is in the lead of a 2,000km enduro event, the 'GBDURO', a multi-day, self-supported UK bikepacking event from Land's End to John O'Groats. The event kicked off on Saturday, June 22, with Morton taking the early lead in the first leg, one of four timed 'stages', covering the 630km and 10,900m of climbing to Wales in 32 hours, 10 minutes, more than seven hours faster than his nearest competitor. The format of the GBDURO differs from many long-distance events such as Race Across America in that the clock is stopped when riders reach the checkpoints, allowing them to sleep before beginning the next leg. Riders must average 200km per day to be declared finishers. Morton reached the first checkpoint on Sunday evening, then covered the next leg of 470km with 8,500m of climbing to pass the halfway point in a total of ...

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