How to Fix a Bike Flat Tire

How to Fix a Bike Flat Tire

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How to Fix a Bike Flat Tire Experiencing a puncture while on a ride is a common occurrence for regular cyclists. Although you can reduce your chances of facing this inconvenience by replacing worn-out tires, there’s always that lurking risk of a sharp object causing a flat. For those unexpected moments, it's essential to be prepared. Here's a step-by-step guide to fix a bike flat tire and get back on the road. Begin the repair by shifting your chain to the smallest sprocket to ease the removal of the back wheel. Lay your bike gently on its non-drive side on a soft surface like grass to avoid potential damage. With the bike in position, fully deflate the tire. Insert a tire lever under the tire bead, working around the rim…
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OUTspokin’s Favorite Colorado Bike Paths

OUTspokin’s Favorite Colorado Bike Paths

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Colorado is more than just mountain trails when it comes to biking. Sure, we've got peaks and valleys, but there's a rich tapestry of routes that cater to every type of cyclist. In this guide, OUTspokin’ shares our top Colorado bike paths throughout the state. From city rides and serene park paths to the more challenging off-road trails, our list is as diverse as Colorado. Whether you're a local or just passing through, strap on your helmet, and let's discover the multifaceted biking landscape that Colorado has to offer. Hygiene at Carter Lake Reservoir This great plains ride near Longmont, Colorado includes a short climb to the top of the reservoir. Great ride for the early season, with somewhat of a climb. This a nontechnical ride that has half pavement,…
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Wearing a Bike Helmet Correctly

Wearing a Bike Helmet Correctly

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Cycling is not just about pedaling; it's also about proper preparation and safety, especially when it comes to protecting your head. Understanding how to wear a bike helmet correctly is crucial for every cyclist, from the casual rider to the seasoned racer. Let's delve into the step-by-step process of ensuring your bike helmet fits safely and securely. At the end of this article, there is a great Youtube video that covers the same information! Getting the Right Fit Initial Fitting: Start with selecting the right size. Your helmet should sit snugly on your head with minimal gap. You shouldn't be able to fit more than one finger between your forehead and the helmet. Check the Retention System: Before proceeding, loosen the retention system — typically found at the back of…
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How to Corner: Turn Like a Pro

How to Corner: Turn Like a Pro

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Every cyclist craves the thrill of speeding on a flat stretch, but learning how to corner correctly combines adrenaline with skillful artistry. Understanding the intricacies of cornering can significantly enhance your riding experience and safety. Below, we delve into the expert techniques that will have you cornering like a professional. Read through our cornering guide to help you feel more confident before riding out with us! In the end, there is a video that helps you learn more effectively. Come join us for a free ride and practice with us!Understanding the CornerAnalyzing the Approach: Knowing how to corner starts long before you tilt your bike into the bend. Evaluate your speed based on the corner's sharpness, the road's width, and the surface grip. Although this sounds complex, a seasoned cyclist…
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Essential Bike Tools

Essential Bike Tools

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From the daily commuter to the weekend trailblazer, right through to competitive cyclists, understanding your bike's TLC needs is non-negotiable. Yet, devoid of the proper tools, the simplest of repairs can devolve into a real headache. Allow us to navigate you through the must-have bike tools that deserve a spot in every rider's collection. Essential Bike Tools for Routine MaintenanceEmbarking on a cycling journey without your toolkit is like setting sail without a compass — adventurous but, oh, so perilous. Picture this: you, the open road, and a sudden hiccup your bike throws your way, testing not just your muscles, but your preparedness. Essential bike tools for routine maintenance aren't merely accessories; they're the quiet heroes, the backstage crew of your cycling performance. In this orchestra of chrome and rubber,…
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Intro to Cycling Nutrition

Intro to Cycling Nutrition

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Whether you're a competitive racer or a casual cyclist, understanding the essentials of cycling nutrition can significantly enhance your performance and recovery. The right fueling strategy is as crucial as your training regimen. This comprehensive guide provides concise yet thorough insights into the basics of nutrition tailored specifically for cyclists.The Importance of Carbohydrates in Cycling NutritionCarbohydrates are the cornerstone of any cyclist's nutrition plan. They're the primary fuel source for muscles during high-intensity activities like cycling. Before a ride, it's crucial to consume a carbohydrate-rich meal to fill up your glycogen stores. Options include whole-grain pasta, brown rice, or fruits. During cycling, especially in rides exceeding 60 minutes, replenish energy with carb-based snacks or drinks. Post-ride, carbohydrates help in recovery by restoring glycogen levels.Balancing Fats and ProteinsWhile carbohydrates take center…
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