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Someday all bikes will be like the electric Ampler Hawk

Someday all bikes will be like the electric Ampler Hawk | Cycling | Scoop.it
The founders of Ampler don’t want you to think of electric bicycles as special. "We are making bicycles," says co-founder Ardo Kaurit with a pause. "We’re building 21st century bicycle
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I went for a bike ride recently with our local club and two of the cyclists were riding electric bikes. Riding on a flat portion of the route they performed just like the other bikes but on the hills they provided assistance. Normally at strong cyclist, one of the people riding the bike had an accident a few months ago and this bike permitted him to ride with the club like he used to. I can see people who enjoy riding but have trouble on hills purchasing it. For the moment I still ride my road bike.
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101 Ways to Completely Transform Your Entire Cycling Life

101 Ways to Completely Transform Your Entire Cycling Life | Cycling | Scoop.it
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So many great tips in this article, some new and others I discovered myself while cycling. Good reading for both beginners and veteran cyclists.

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Stephen Crewson's curator insight, October 6, 2015 9:25 AM

"Want to be a better cyclist? Just ride. Every time you turn the pedals, you naturally improve a little. Of course, one well-placed tip, trick, or nugget of wisdom can help you achieve something you might otherwise not learn for years. Drawn from my Bicycling book, 1,100 Best All-Time Tips, here is a generous helping of wisdom from the most skilled and knowledgeable coaches, physiologists, and cyclists in the world."

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Getting in touch with the “why”

Getting in touch with the “why” | Cycling | Scoop.it
Do you know why you do what you do? Do you know why you like to ride your bike, do intervals, work where you work, and live where you live?
Can you really get to the root of why? What if you could get in touch with the why’s?

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Suddenly riding a bike isn’t just about riding a bike. It’s a way of life, a lifestyle, a choice

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Stephen Crewson's curator insight, August 10, 2015 10:13 AM

Why do you really love cycling?

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Why do you really love cycling?

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I absolutely love being able to leave the vehicle parked.
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The best tweets from the first Tour de France rest day

The best tweets from the first Tour de France rest day | Cycling | Scoop.it
What exactly do riders get up to on the rest day of the Tour? Thanks to Twitter, it’s pretty easy …Continue reading »

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Fun read of 9 things the Tour de France do during their rest day. Okay one is go for a ride, but see what Chris Froome and the others also do.

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Stephen Crewson's curator insight, July 14, 2015 8:24 AM

This is just a plain fun post that I encourage you to take a quick peak at.

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How Amsterdam became the bicycle capital of the world

How Amsterdam became the bicycle capital of the world | Cycling | Scoop.it
In the 1960s, Dutch cities were increasingly in thrall to motorists, with the car seen as the transport of the future. It took the intolerable toll of child traffic deaths – and fierce activism – to turn Amsterdam into the cycling nirvana of today
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Whenever I say I am going cycling in Europe everyone assumes it must be to the Netherlands. This is the story about how cycling developed in Amsterdam.

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Five ways to simplify your cycling training

Five ways to simplify your cycling training | Cycling | Scoop.it
Training for our beloved sport of cycling has become more complex at a staggering rate.

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 Some tips for simplifying your cycling training. Most are common sense but it is always good for a refresher in the spring.

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My Top 5: The Best Mountain Bike Trails in Central Pennsylvania

My Top 5: The Best Mountain Bike Trails in Central Pennsylvania | Cycling | Scoop.it
I grew up in central Pennsylvania, but I always envisioned myself leaving and moving either out west somewhere or to northern New England—two places that I thought had more to offer for an independent, outdoorsy woman such as myself.

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I love how scenic Pennsylvania with many forested hills. Even better they have created numerous trails for both mountain biking and bicycle touring plus there are numerous bike shops to support you if you run into trouble. 

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Ill-fated Canadian railway an unforgettable biking adventure - Stuff.co.nz

Ill-fated Canadian railway an unforgettable biking adventure - Stuff.co.nz | Cycling | Scoop.it
Why an abandoned railway line through the heart of this Canadian province makes for an unforgettable biking adventure.

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The Confederation Trail, part of the Trans Canada Trail provides a great way to explore this province. At a flat 470 km it provides an easy ride. Cycling friends who have been there tell me they also use some of the local roads for the return ride rather than returning along the trail. This ride is on the bucket list of many Canadian cyclists.

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Tell our children: Get on your bike for the sake of the nation's health - Express.co.uk

Tell our children: Get on your bike for the sake of the nation's health - Express.co.uk | Cycling | Scoop.it
THE YOUNG do less cycling than the over-50s. They need to pedal harder, as the nation will save billions.

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I see lots of children cycling with their families in Europe, not so much in North America. 

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Cyclists beat drivers in road safety survey - Cycling Weekly

Cyclists beat drivers in road safety survey - Cycling Weekly | Cycling | Scoop.it
Cyclists collectively scored 70 per cent in Road Safety Week quiz compared to 58 per cent of drivers

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Bicycle Touring Repairs

Bicycle Touring Repairs | Cycling | Scoop.it
Assume that when you are bicycle touring repairs will be needed. Many cyclists overpack, learn how to easy handle bike repairs in an unfamiliar region.
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Many cyclists pack far too many tools for bicycle touring which is not necessary unless in remote regions. Assume you will require bike repairs at some point and don't be too concerned.

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Stephen Crewson's curator insight, August 23, 2014 8:36 AM

Packing is no doubt one of the biggest issues when it comes to touring. 

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Why It Helps the Whole City When More Women Ride Bicycles

Why It Helps the Whole City When More Women Ride Bicycles | Cycling | Scoop.it
A good indicator of bicycle safety in a city is if you see a mother riding a bicycle with her kids. In fact, women riding bicycles in general point to the overall bicycle safety in a city. “It is understood women are catalysts for safe ...
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Never really thought about this but this writer presents some valid points about Women cycling.

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Improve your cycling in just seven days - BikeRadar.com

Improve your cycling in just seven days - BikeRadar.com | Cycling | Scoop.it
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Improve your cycling in just seven days
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Whether you're taking your first pedal strokes, riding to work or using cycling to shed a few pounds, you need some structure to your riding week.
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Always a good idea to have a structured cycling training plan early in the season to get you up to speed for longer rides later in the season, this is a plan to get you started.

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3 Bad Excuses for Avoiding a Bike Ride | Bicycling

3 Bad Excuses for Avoiding a Bike Ride | Bicycling | Cycling | Scoop.it
Don't let these three common excuses for avoiding a bike ride keep you from training hard and seeing great results.
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I sometimes don't feel like cycling but once on the road I am always glad I got on my bicycle. I agree that these 3 are not reasons you should not ride.

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30 reasons to take up cycling - BikeRadar

30 reasons to take up cycling - BikeRadar | Cycling | Scoop.it
Whether it's to boost your fitness, health or bank balance, or as an environmental choice, taking up cycling could be one of the best

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Interesting list you should go cycling, many which are not top of mind for many cyclists. Surprisingly missing from this list is bicycle touring, it is a great way to explore new regions and you see things from a very different way than from a car. 

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Stephen Crewson's curator insight, August 17, 2015 12:35 PM

How could we not agree with this.  In this list was the ability to "Boost your Bowels - this helps protect you against bowel cancer,”

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How to use your brakes properly

How to use your brakes properly | Cycling | Scoop.it
Matt Abbott looks at the best way to learn the safest and most effective way to pull on the anchors, whether you’re riding alone or as part of a groupMatt Abbott looks at the best way to learn the safest and most effective way to pull on the anchors,...

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"Is shifting your weight backwards when braking down a hill a useful technique to apply?" 


This is just one of the questions answered in this informative post from Cycling Weekly.

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Stephen Crewson's curator insight, July 30, 2015 8:16 AM

"Is shifting your weight backwards when braking down a hill a useful technique to apply?" 


This is just one of the questions answered in this informative post from Cycling Weekly.

Tuvizo Gear's curator insight, July 30, 2015 12:33 PM

"Is shifting your weight backwards when braking down a hill a useful technique to apply?" 


This is just one of the questions answered in this informative post from Cycling Weekly.

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Tips For Training In Hot Weather

Tips For Training In Hot Weather | Cycling | Scoop.it
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Don’t let the heat of the dog days spoil your training. Use these tips to run safely and effectively all summer long.
Training in hot weather is not always pleasant, but it’s not always avoidable, either.

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We once on a ride where one rider got so dehydrated that they had no energy even on totally flat terrain. They rested under a tree until we got back to our cars and picked him up. Very important and timely subject.

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Stephen Crewson's curator insight, June 8, 2015 7:01 AM

I may be a rare person but I love cycling in the hot weather.  I've found the key for myself is to ensure that my mineral intake is sufficient otherwise I end up with migraine headaches.

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Rapha cycling boss: People are 'head over heels' in love with cycling - Telegraph.co.uk

Rapha cycling boss: People are 'head over heels' in love with cycling - Telegraph.co.uk | Cycling | Scoop.it
Simon Mottram, head of British cycling brand Rapha, says cycling is the most important thing in many people's lives
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I agree that cycling is the most important thing in many people's lives. There is not only the actual ride but going on bicycle touring holidays and our group often gets together for social events.

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16 reasons why non-cyclists just don't get us

16 reasons why non-cyclists just don't get us | Cycling | Scoop.it
There are some things that our non-cycling friends (why are they our friends if they don't cycle?) say that just crop up time and again. You know the sort of thing: "Your bike cost how much?"; "You rode how far?

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So true, I get questions from non-cycling friends all the time. The biggest questions seem to be that when we are driving or taking a train somewhere out of town to start a bike trip they all assume we are cycling right from our home. Also this summer I am cycling in Europe and they don't know that there is a network of long distance signed bicycle touring routes across the continent with hotels that cater to cyclists. Always lots of questions about that.

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Pre-Ride Breakfast

Pre-Ride Breakfast | Cycling | Scoop.it
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While this article includes a suggested breakfast menu for a training ride it is also true for bicycle touring. A cycling colleague on one of our tours skipped breakfast and after one hour of riding on a flat route had no energy. We were lucky enough to be close to a fast food outlet where they could fuel up, an unhealthy choice but it provided the needed energy until lunch.

 

Also this article explains about when you should eat prior to starting your ride, something I do but more by luck than any real planning. 

 

A reference is made to an energy drink which is the official supplier to Team Sky, this is also available in Canada and the USA.

 

Do start your ride off right with the right breakfast.

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Five Health Reasons to Take Up Bicycling - Wall Street Journal (blog)

Five Health Reasons to Take Up Bicycling - Wall Street Journal (blog) | Cycling | Scoop.it
What would it take for the average person in an affluent nation, like the U.S., to want to bike?

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There are 5 great reasons listed to go cycling. Personally I often find I may be in the mood to go for a ride but once on the bike things soon change and I feel great.  Yes bicycle riding does change brain functions and puts you in a more positive mood. Check out the other 4 reasons in this article.

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The U.S. Cities Where Cycling Is Growing the Fastest | Streetsblog USA

The U.S. Cities Where Cycling Is Growing the Fastest | Streetsblog USA | Cycling | Scoop.it

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I am not surprised that Portland has the highest percentage of bicycle commuters.

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Stephen Crewson's curator insight, November 26, 2014 6:35 AM

Fascinating to see Detroit on top of this list.

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Adventures Cycling in Pennsylvania

Adventures Cycling in Pennsylvania | Cycling | Scoop.it
Adventures Cycling in Pennsylvania took us across the southern part of the state along the Great Allegheny Passage with a lot of other cyclists for company.
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A bike fell off the car before we even started the ride and other, a deer on the trail started shaking its head up and down toward me and other stories from the Great Allegheny Passage.

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Bicycle Touring at Rathanakosin Area - YouTube

Indonesian Fun Biker Bangkok 29 March 2014 (I added a video to a @YouTube playlist http://t.co/kLEP5YDGaq Bicycle Touring at Rathanakosin Area)
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Cycling night tour. 

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Cycling in Amsterdam: How to pedal like a local - CNN

Cycling in Amsterdam: How to pedal like a local - CNN | Cycling | Scoop.it
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Cycling in Amsterdam: How to pedal like a local
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(CNN) -- Amsterdam should be a cyclist's dream. It's pancake flat, it's riddled with cycle tracks and almost everyone gets around on two wheels.
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Try not to look like a tourist and other unwritten rules on dress, stolen bicycles, rentals and more. Interesting perspective on cycling around Amsterdam. 

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