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Cycling Advice

Jeff Balton

Cycling Advice by Bicycle Guider

The Cycling Advice section is your guide to becoming a better cyclist. We aim to cover each and every important topic first and then move to the less pressing ones in the future. So far, we’ve covered all of the basic skills that you need to have to become a better cyclist.

The thing that motivated me to start this thread in the first place are numerous questions I get from readers every day asking for cycling tips.

Even if you’re familiar with cycling, you still need to be up to date with the latest info to make the best choices on the road.

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Dropper Posts Explained

Dropper posts are not mandatory for mountain bikes, but it’s good to know what they are for. Long story short, they move the seat up and down on tricky descents and help to make your adventures smoother. Read to find out everything you need to know – from learning what they are, to tips for choosing the right one.

 


Cycling For Weight Loss

Cycling is one of the easiest ways to burn calories. The amount you burn depends on your weight and speed, but once you get going, it’s easy to fall in love with the sport. Here’s everything you need to know about cycling for weight loss.

 


Cycling Training Plans

Training plans — we’ve all heard about them, some of us have even tried them out. There can be a lot of pressure and confusion when choosing one, that’s why we’ve written out everything you need to know. From different fitness levels to what they include.

 


Cycling clothes - how to choose

Cycling clothing might often seem daunting, especially when choosing it. If you’re doubtful whether or not you need it, this writing is for you!

 


Power to Weight Ratio Explained

Power to weight ratio is one of the most important performance metrics in cycling. It can often be the difference between amateurs and professionals. Here’s everything you need to know to improve your training.

 


VO2 Max Explained

VO2 max is the maximal amount of oxygen that your body can consume and convert to energy at a given time. While this isn’t something that every cyclist should focus on, it definitely is an interesting read.

 


Bike Brakes Explained

With all the different kinds of brakes, it can be a hassle to find what you need. This article will give you the basics of bicycle brakes, and give you a rundown of different types (disc, rim, coaster, etc.) to hopefully help you make an informed decision.

 


How To Start Cycling

Cycling is an amazing sport, but like with other kinds of exercises, it can be difficult to make it a habit. Here’s everything you need to know to pick up cycling.

 


Overtraining in Cycling

Overtraining is not something that happens only to professionals. It can happen to anyone who doesn’t let their body rest from the workload. When you’re actively training, this article is a must-read.

 


How To Improve Your Cycling

Cyclists are competitive, and we always want to get faster. It would seem that training is the way to go, but there’s so much more to it than just training. Read to find out how to improve your cycling.

 


How To Choose Bike Saddles

Saddles need to be comfortable. We’ve all been in a situation where you feel like sitting on the saddle just feels painful. Thankfully, there are ways to improve the situation! Here’s everything you need to know about saddles.

 


Power Meters Explained

Almost every experienced cyclist has a power meter nowadays, on everything from road bikes to smart trainers. But what exactly are they?

 


Bike Gears Explained

Bike gears might seem daunting — especially for someone who has never really used them. Here’s everything you need to know.

 


Cycling Benefits

It might come as a surprise to many, that there are actually countless benefits to cycling — better sleep quality, improving mental health, and it can be an excellent way to lose some excess pounds.

 


Strength training will not make you too bulky. Not only can strength training make you a faster cyclist, but it can also make you a stronger, healthier, and more robust human overall. Here’s everything you need to know.

 


Sweetspot and Threeshold guide

Endurance training is a tricky subject. It might not be for everyone, but here’s a guide to sweetspot and threshold training.

 


How to choose bike trainers

Bike trainers are some of the best inventions in the world (after bikes, of course). They allow you to ride whenever you want, even when it’s winter outside.

 


Bike Wheel Sizes

Whether you’re a road cyclist or a mountain biker, navigating bike wheel size is a critical part of picking a new ride. With three sizing standards, it can often be really difficult to understand what you’re getting.

 


Tubeless tires review

You might have seen a term called “Tubeless-ready” when looking at tires. What does that even mean? Read to learn everything there is to tubeless tires.

 


Bike groupsets & components

Shimano, SRAM, Campagnolo… we’ve all seen the names. But what do they do? What is the difference between all the different models? Read to find out.

 


Bicycle Helmet laws

There are two things you need for cycling — a bike and a helmet. Everything else is optional. While helmets are not mandatory in every country and in every state, they still are one of the most important things when it comes to cycling. If you’re interested in different stats, this is the place to look!

 


All about cycling workouts

It’s possible to make significant gains with minimal time on the bike by doing structured cycling workouts. You can significantly improve your performance with as little as 5-6 hours of riding by working smart, in addition to working hard.

 


Choosing Kids' Bikes

We all want the best for our children. That’s why it’s important to choose a bike that would fit them perfectly. While it might look like an unnecessary purchase to some, remember that most habits get their start when the kids are young.

 


Best Cycling Workouts

If you want to become a faster and stronger cyclist, you need to spend a lot of time in the saddle, but you need to do it wisely. When you go to the gym, you don’t just do stuff randomly — you go with a plan and you stick to it.

 


Schrader vs Presta

Presta and Schrader are the two most common valve types seen on bike tires nowadays. What’s the difference between the two?

 


How To Choose Best Child Bike Seats

Choosing a baby bike seat is not an easy task, especially with the daunting selection on the market and all the different types and kinds you can choose from. Here’s everything you need to know.

 


 

How To Choose Bike racks

There are so many bike rack styles, brands, and price ranges out there, that it’s almost impossible to choose without narrowing down the options. Read our tips for choosing!

 


Six bicycle helmets

Helmets belong on the list of cycling essentials. If you’re looking for your first proper helmet (or just want to learn a bit more), this article is for you.

 


Bike buying guide

There are so many different bike types, brands, models, and sizes out there. But choosing the perfect bike doesn’t have to be hard. Here’s everything you need to know.

 


What type of bike to choose

Road bikes, mountain bikes, cruisers, electric bikes – the list is long. So what are the main differences between the different types? Which type has the most to offer? Read to find out.

 


Best bike rollers and trainers

Cycling doesn’t have to be limited to the outdoors. There are so many ways to incorporate indoor training to your regime. With countless indoor trainers and rollers, there are no excuses!

 


 

Bike Fit Article

Bike fitting is a quick, yet complicated process, but it makes all the difference once it is complete. The thing is, the bike needs to fit your body, otherwise, there are going to be some aches and sometimes even injuries.

 


Bike Computers - How To Choose and Calibrate

Collecting ride data is becoming more and more important for cyclists. They use it to track their performance and progress and to improve their cycling abilities.

 


 

Guide To Fat Bikes

Fat bikes might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but for those who love them, they are amazing. Here’s everything you need to know.

 


 

Bike Repair Kits

Accidents can happen out of nowhere, that’s why every cyclist should know how to do at least some basic repair works. This is a quick rundown on what you need to know.

 


Insurance for bikes and cyclists

Accidents can happen, even for the most cautious riders. Thankfully, there are insurances available for both cyclists and their bikes.

 


 

How To Choose Bike tires

There are so many types of different tires. So how to determine if you need slick, tread, studded, or whether to go with tubular or not? Which valve type to choose? And what about the brand?

 


 

 

How to Choose cycling shoes

What’s the difference between clipless and not clipless shoes? What kinds of shoes are there? Here’s everything you need to know to make an informed choice.

 


 

Different Bike Transportation ways

Bikepacking has been a rising trend in the cycling world for the past couple of years. There are multiple ways to add storage to your bike, you can even use all the extra space for groceries. Read more to learn about different storage options and what to look out for.

 


Bicycle chain maintenance and care

Maintenance can be a tricky subject for a beginner cyclist. Here’s everything you need to know!

 


 

Right size bike - bike size graph by bicycle Guider

Choosing the right bike is always difficult. But after finding the model you like, there comes an even more important step — choosing the right size. When you know what to keep in mind, it all becomes easier.

 


How to choose the right mountain bike size — Specific mountain bike sizing information

Guide For Beginners

How to learn cyclingWhen becoming a cyclist, everyone starts as a pure beginner. Luckily, it does not take a long time to become more experienced and master new skills.

To be able to do this, proper resources and cycling tips for beginners are necessary, which I strive to provide through these pages.

The approach to cycling for beginners is different than for experts. Complex issues and theories need to be simplified and made more digestible, which is what these articles are all about. You should be able to understand all of the tips and tricks and pieces of advice even if the only thing you know about bicycles is that they have two wheels. 🙂

Some common questions I get from my readers include, “How to learn cycling for beginners?”, “Where do I start?”, “Which skills are necessary for me to know when I hit the road?”, etc.

I’ll always keep these questions in the back of my mind when deciding which topic to cover next in this Cycling Advice section. That way, you’ll get the most relevant and the most useful cycling tips for beginners each and every time.

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20 Comments

  • jecky says:

    Hello jeff,
    i am 24th years old and my hight is 5’10 and weight around 80 kg . can you tell me which size of cycle is best for me .

    • Editor says:

      Hi Jecky,
      A 17″ or a large frame would suit you best. Then you need to get a proper bike fit to accommodate your body shape to ensure comfort.

  • Clarence Perez says:

    Thanks for telling us to ask you some of our own questions. What are the most important items to have when cycling? How often should I replace my bike tires?

    • Editor says:

      Hi Clarence,
      My personal top tools are the mini air pump, the torque wrench, chain breaker tool, Allen tool. For a more comprehensive guide, check this link. As far as bike tires go, road bike/mtb tires last anywhere from 1,000 to 3,000 miles. High-end (more expensive) tires should last at least 2,500 miles. For MTB tires note the tread.

  • Eric says:

    i am 6ft and weighing around 90 KG,
    what should be the right size of cycle for me.

  • Nick says:

    My son is 11 years old, 5’10 with 24 in inseam. searching for a decent inexpensive bike for him. it’ll be used for general riding round the neighborhood so probably a hybrid. Used would be okay also. Any recommendations?

  • Nora Robert says:

    Hello Jeff,
    Can you please tell me which points should I consider before buying an ebike? I am beginner, your guidance would be highly appreciated !

    • Jeff Balton says:

      Hi Nora,
      Always consider the following
      1. Why you need an ebike and your type of riding
      2. A reputable retailer
      3. Test several of them before making a decision
      4. Take note of the warranty
      5. You get what you pay for

      Please read my post about Best Electric Bikes

  • Caitlin says:

    Hello! I am considering buying a cruiser for myself. However, I’d like to be able to pull a kid trailer or have a rear mounted child seat. Will a cruiser work for this? Also, I’m not sure if I should with a trailer or child seat. I read your child seat article. I don’t think I’ll get much use out of a front mounted seat as my son seems to be on the upper end of the seat recommendations (for an baby) and isn’t ready for a saddle. I’m 5’6” so I’m not sure if I’m tall enough for a rear mounted seat. Thanks in advance!

    • Jeff Balton says:

      Hey Caitlin, a cruiser is a good choice for pulling a kid trailer or having a child seat. One of the problems you might experience is pedaling uphill if you get a single-speed cruiser. If you live in a hilly area, I’d recommend getting a geared bike.

      Your height shouldn’t be too much of a problem as there are rear-mounted child seats that can be fitted with an adapter that lets you attach them even if the saddle is lowered completely.

  • Eric Neal says:

    My daughter is 12 years old, 4’10 with 26 in inseam. Looking for a good inexpensive bike for her. It will be used for general riding around the neighborhood so probably a hybrid. Used would be okay also. Any recommendations?

    • Jeff Balton says:

      Hey Eric, we have some great resources about cheap bikes here, here, and here. Check it out and you might find something you like. I think a city/cruiser bike would be a great choice. 🙂

  • Ellie Di Libero says:

    Hi, in need of help. Looking at buying a hybrid bike. Anxious on getting the correct size. Different sites say different things for the size I require. The bike I’m looking at is the carrera subway 1 men’s. (This is my budget) I’m a female 5ft 6in (167cm) with a 29.9in (75cm) inseam. The bike has 27.5 tyres. Do I need 16” or 18”. The size guide says 16 but I’m anxious and others are telling me that’s to small? Thanks.

    • Jeff Balton says:

      Hi Ellie. I, too, believe that a 16″ frame would be a good fit for you. You risk being too stretched out on an 18″ frame. 🙂

  • Michele Murzak says:

    About 20 or so years ago, I rode a mountain bike. I liked to ride trails. Now, I want to strictly ride on the road. So I didn’t know if I should get a road bike or hybrid. I am also unsure of the size to look for. My inseam is 30″ and I am about 5’4” or 5’5″. My thought was a 51cm?

    Thank you for your help!

    • Jeff Balton says:

      Hey Michele! How about a gravel or a cyclocross bike? They’re awesome for both road and off-road rides. 🙂
      When it comes to the frame size, I think anything between 51 cm to 53 cm would be a good fit for you.

      Have fun!

  • John says:

    How wide of road tire will a Valkarie Airborne titanium frame accomadate?

    • Jeff Balton says:

      Hi John, not sure about that one. The standard model comes with 23mm tires as far as I know. It could certainly accommodate one or two sizes wider tires, but it’s best to contact the manufacturer.

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