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April 2019

Wahoo Elemnt Bolt Review

Thanks to the kind team at Evans Cycles I was sent a Wahoo ELEMNT Bolt to review, I teamed up with John who compiles videos for Bike Bible, and we have done a written review and a video review on the YouTube channel!

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April 2019

Buyers Guide to Road Tyres

With a range as complex as it is varied it can be difficult to choose your next pair of tyres for your road bike. With a wealth of sizes, compounds and tread patterns we hope to break this all down for you to help you choose your next set of tyres with confidence!

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March 2019

Bike Bible Guide to Saddles

Impulse buys or aesthetic buys when it comes to cycling equipment is common, we are all guilty of it, “it will look awesome on my bike” or “it’s only a tenner” are common phrases used! I myself are known for this – and paid the price more than once when it came to saddles! Your saddle is the part of the bike that not only supports you but the part of the bike you are most in contact with over all the others on the bike, possibly with exception of your handle bars and pedals. Getting a saddle that is right for you is crucial if you want to be comfortable on the bike and perform better.  A quick browse of any cycling retailer's website or product range and it's not hard to see why it can be confusing when looking for a new saddle! You only need to look at my own personal saddle graveyard in my shed to know that! I have probably purchased close to 12 saddles before finding the “one” and even then it still isn’t 100% perfect!

 

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March 2019

Bike Bible review Mavic Ksyrium Pro’s

I purchased the Mavic Ksyrium Pro’s after my trusty set of Mavic Ksyrium Elites after many years of service were beginning to show signs that they would not make another season. Purchased for a little bit under the RRP thanks to my local bike shop who offered a discount. Since then I have completed probably close to 2,000 miles on them and think Its time that I offered my thoughts and wrote my review on the Mavic Ksyrium Pro wheelset!

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March 2019

Guide to Getting your Hydration Right

Hydration is both important on and off the bike for your health and well being. If you have ever been on a bike ride and forgotten to drink regular you will know the feeling when dehydration sets in with the headaches, feeling weak, sick and a general unwell feeling.  Your body can be made up of between 55-65% water, and it is vital for keeping your body healthy and functioning in tip top condition. If you are dehydrated you might experience things such as headaches, dizziness, tiredness, cramps etc etc – there is a long list.

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February 2019

Small Changes for Big Gains

Cyclists are always looking for ways to improve their stats be it an extra watt or two on the power meter or shaving seconds off on the local climbs. Improving your stats is not something that can be solved by throwing money at it – it is true a lighter or stiffer set of wheels will offer you a greater power transfer rate or more aerodynamic performance, but the fitness and power must be there in the first place for there to be any noticeable difference. Here is my top tips to making changes in the way you approach your cycling in order to see gains in your stats!

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January 2019

All Action, All-Weather Cycling

Winter is now starting to bite! In fact, recently there’s been rumours that we’re in for a long and cold winter, but that doesn’t mean you should hang up your cycling shoes for the next couple of months. As I’m going to try and show you, there are plenty of ways to beat Mother Nature as long as you’re willing to show a bit of enthusiasm and preparation – and as long as you don’t mind the cold!

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January 2019

How to Cycle in Traffic

If you’re a regular London motorist, chances are you spend a lot of time slouched over your steering wheel and cursing the slow crawl of traffic. Compare yourself to the carefree cyclist, who slaloms between cars with ease, and it’s not hard to get jealous. Cycling in London gets a bad rep, but as long as you know the right way to cycle, and get yourself covered with some cycling insurance, there’s nothing to worry about. Getting on your bike is (probably) the best way of getting around London that doesn’t involve being crammed into a sweltering Tube carriage, so here’s some cycling tips to help you master the ancient art of cycling in traffic.

 

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January 2019

Building the Perfect Winter Cycling Wardrobe

One particularly brisk morning last winter, I decided to brave the elements and go out cycling in a jersey and shorts. Safe to say I realized the importance of having a proper winter wardrobe after that, so I’ve put together this guide, along with some product suggestions, to constructing yours. Of course, cycling in winter requires more than just the right clothes, as I looked at in the previous article, but it goes a long way towards making your ride more comfortable.

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January 2019

Why You Need Specialist Cycling Insurance

One of the most common misconceptions faced by the cycling insurance business is the extent of home insurance cover for bicycles. If something does happen to your beloved (and expensive) bike, then the last thing you want to have to deal with is a technicality on your home insurance leaving you out of pocket. This article is going to outline some of the main reasons why cyclists of any level should be looking at cycling insurance by looking at some common incidents where your home insurance just won’t cut it.

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January 2019

Should Cyclists do Strength Training?

With so much conflicting information these days it is easy to get bogged down in detail and end up not knowing if you should or shouldn’t be having some sort of strength training in your regime as a cyclist. So here is The Bike Bible Guide on Strength Training For Cyclists!

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January 2019

How to Pack a Bike Box

 

Holiday packing can be stressful at the best of times, but for many of us going on a cycling holiday for the first time, packing a bike box can instill a new level of dread. Especially if your bike is on the expensive side, the thought of it going through the trials of baggage handling makes the proper knowledge of packing a bike box pretty essential. This article is going to lay out in simple terms how to pack your bike away safely, so that your holiday is as relaxing as possible.

 

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January 2019

See.Sense Ace Rear Light

Launched on Kickstarter in early 2018 the new See.Sense Ace is crammed with features aimed at your commuting cyclist. Its compact design and powerful light with changeable patterns it’s not lacking in design features. This does not mean it is without its issues however, which we will address in this review.

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January 2019

Planning and Riding a Sportive

Planning & Riding a Sportive can be daunting for some, not being sure what to wear, to take with you and riding in a large group of people if you have never done it before can be a frightening prospect.  Firstly, what is a sportive? A sportive is a mass participation event for cyclist, they can come in many different forms from Charity Rides, Gran Fondos or Cyclosportives. They are different from Audax or Racing events in that they are not a race and not timed events.  Participants are generally told at the start or prior to the event that it is not a race and that it should not be ridden as such. Gran Fondos are normally longer events and all events follow a set route.

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December 2018

GUIDE TO CHAIN LUBE

What is chain lube? What are the different types? Don’t know your wet lube from your wax? This is the guide for you! Offering advice and hints and tips to which lube to use to how to keep your chain in tip top condition here is our guide to chain lubrication!

 

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December 2018

The Sky Riders of The Apocalypse

 

Within moments of Sky announcing that they would not be sponsoring Team Sky as of the end of the 2019 season, there was comments galore about the “Bursting of the cycling bubble”, with some fans claiming the apocalypse of cycling was on route and Team Sky would fold and take the pro cycling world into the black hole of oblivion with it.

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December 2018

GUIDE TO TYRE PRESSURE

 

Tyre pressure… Just a case of making your tyres feel rock solid? Not necessarily. Whether you’re a budding racer, weekend warrior, commuter or you just like to ride now and then – correct pressure is something we can all learn about and benefit from.

In the mind of yourself and many, rock hard tyres mean less punctures and more speed. But let’s get a few things cleared up. There are plenty of charts, graphs, calculators, phone apps and so forth on that try and calculate the right pressure for you and your tyres. However below is a simple rough guide that we at The Velo Coach follow and that will help you out as well.

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December 2018

Tapering for Cyclists

 

WHAT IS A TAPER?

Tapering is essentially slowing down your training work load in the build up to an event, and if you do it right can give a big boost to your performance. I could quote some scientists, or something really complicated here but let's keep it in line with Bike Bible Guides and keep it simple! When you train you get fitter, but you also get tired – so slowing down in the preceding days to an event allows you to recharge your batteries and feel fresh and fit the day of the event.

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December 2018

Guide To Cycling Lights

 

 

We are now truly into the winter months and daytime is a rarity for a lot of us during the working week. From this very moment until February, we in the UK will only get 8 to 9 hours of daytime. So cycling lights are a must to see and be seen around this time is highly important. With so many bike lights out on the market, what will suit you and your needs? Well this guide is here to explain any technical terms and information that will help you make an informed decision.

 

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December 2018

WHY IS SLEEP VITAL FOR RECOVERY?

We all know that feeling, you climb onto the bike after a restless night and the last thing you can think of is setting that PR you have been hunting down for some time. Sleep not only is vital for your mental state but also your physical well-being, growth, recovery and performance, and we are all guilty of neglecting this at some point in time or another!

 

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December 2018

Plans, Routine and Mental Fatigue

Let’s be completely honest here – very few people have the time to dedicate their lives to their training, do we? If you are not in work or needed at home by the family, there is always a list of jobs needing doing by everyone at some point. Juggling these can be hard enough on its own let alone fitting in some quality training. To fit all this in we usually create a plan, and try our best to keep to it, but in creating a plan and following it are we only creating new issues? Mental fatigue can creep up on us very quickly and can all but wipe out motivation to train and can have a huge detrimental effect on your performance overall. 

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December 2018

N06BC01

Cycling and drugs go hand in hand, it is a known fact that the drug classified N06BC01 by the Anatomical therapeutic Chemical Classification system (ATC) is not contained in the current prohibited list of substances the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) test for, yet it has been used extensively for many years giving know performance enhancements, in the 60’s a company that produced machines to administer this drug sponsored a cycling team (Faema).

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December 2018

What are FTHR & FTP?

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What are FTHR & FTP? You might have heard the terms FTHR or FTP been thrown about from time to time and wondered what they are? Well we hope to answer that and also advise how Bike Bible would test for them and how to use them in this article!

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December 2018

BikeBible Review - SEALSKINZ ULTRA GRIP GLOVES

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Looking for some winter gloves that can cope with much of what the British weather can throw at you? Check out our review of Sealskinz Ultra Grip Gloves, we have tested not one but two pairs of these here at Bike Bible, and over 2 separate winters and we have found them to be some of the best gloves on the market. Find out why below.

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December 2018

Foam Rolling - To Roll or Not to Roll?

Foam rolling – to roll or not to roll? Cyclists are becoming more and more aware that your recovery routine is just as important as your training routine, if not more! One way in which some choose to aid their recovery and sometimes to aid with injure is to foam roll, whist others see it as an instrument of torture! 

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December 2018

BikeBible Review - The Punisher Jersey

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Being big Marvel fans here at Bike Bible were very impressed with the “super hero’s” section at Drafters Cycle Store, and having just finished watching the series on Netflix we just had to have it!

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December 2018

BikeBible Review - Pirelli P Zero Velo 4S

Pirelli is usually a name that is associated with car tyres and Formula one, but has now taken on the likes of Continental and decided to release some for us mere human powered machines! Having tried several brands and versions of tyres over the last few years to little or no success, as in some tyres were good in some areas and bad in others was keen to see how the Pirelli P Zero Velo 4S shaped up!

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December 2018

BikeBible Review - Garmin Vivoactive HR GPS Watch

The market for wearable sports and step trackers has exploded in recent years with all the major manufacturers launching their own versions. Garmin have several options to choose from, but we think that the Garmin Vivoactive HR is aimed more at your athlete end of the market rather than just those looking to track the odd activity or just simply their daily steps. Here is The Bike Bible review of the Garmin Vivoactive HR!

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November 2018

TORQ Hypotonic Drink Review

Originally designed for mountain bikers, TORQ energy foods are also popular with road racers and triathletes as well as mountaineers and Premier League footballers. Here is Chris Evans’s review of Torq Hypotonic drinks for Bike Bible.

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November 2018

Why Sleep is Vital for Recovery

We all know that feeling, you climb onto the bike after a restless night and the last thing you can think of is setting that PR you have been hunting down for some time. Sleep not only is vital for your mental state but also your physical well-being, growth, recovery and performance, and we are all guilty of neglecting this at some point in time or another!

 

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November 2018

Chamois Cream

Do you need to use chamois cream? Why? Benefits? Does it damage my cycling clothing? Lots of questions surround the use of chamois cream and if you should use it or not. We hope to answer some of these questions and more in our Bike Bible Guide To Chamois Cream!

 

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November 2018

Top Cycling Media Picks for you

 

The clocks have turned and winter is approaching, so what better than a few cycling media recommendations as an alternative to the saddle. BikeBible have put together a prime selection below:

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October 2018

Assembling your cycling kit

If you’re just starting out on your cycling journey, trying to build your cycling kit from the ground up can be quite daunting. After all, the bike is just the beginning: you need to get everything from a helmet to a backpack and it can add up. If you don’t want to break the bank with your new hobby in case it becomes just another flash in the pan, then assembling the perfect cycling kit becomes a lot harder. So with that in mind, in this article I’m going to try and put together a cycle kit for under £750 that will last.

The Bike: Carrera Zelos Road Bike, £270

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October 2018

The Commuting Conundrum

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Whether you’re an experienced cyclist or a complete amateur, commuting can be a great way of avoiding the drain of public transport and traffic, and it can also shave a significant amount of money off your daily transport costs. As more and more people start to see the light, for example using the enigmatic ‘Boris Bikes’, that means there are more inexperienced cyclists on the road. With that in mind I’ve put together this guide to help you discover the ins and outs of commuting, or even just jog the memory of the veteran commuter.

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October 2018

Are Wider Tyres Better for Road Cycling?

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A growing trend in cycling of late is favouring wider tyres over the traditional thinner lower profile tyres. Gone are the days where 19mm was the width of choice favouring the thinner contact area and lower rolling resistance they supposedly offered. The mindset is now switching to thinner isn’t always faster, with some of the pro peloton even choosing to race with up to 30mm tyres! So, which is best? Are wider tyres better for road cycling? Or are thinner best?

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October 2018

CYCLING LIGHTS OUR TOP TIPS!

We are now edging towards winter months and daytime is a rarity for a lot of us during the working week. From this very moment until February, we in the UK will only get 8 to 9 hours of daytime. So cycling lights are a must to see and be seen around this time is highly important. With so many bike lights out on the market, what will suit you and your needs? Well this guide is here to explain any technical terms and information that will help you make an informed decision.

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September 2018

The winter cycLIST.

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The clocks will be going back and long light days are a distant memory with the gloomy dark taking grip.  To top it off, winter has hit the British Isles bringing the cold weather that festoons everything with frost.

With the onset of winter brings the decision us cyclists have to make; to show that British grit and carry on regardless, turn to an indoor trainer, or pack it in for the year until the weather improves to something tolerable.

Here at BB (well some of us at HQ) we will be showing British grit and cycling through the winter, so here is the BB guide to riding during a British winter.

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September 2018

Plans, Routine and Mental Fatigue

Let’s be completely honest here – very few people have the time to dedicate their lives to their training, do we? If you are not in work or needed at home by the family, there is always a list of jobs needing doing by everyone at some point. Juggling these can be hard enough on its own let alone fitting in some quality training. 

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September 2018

Guide To Setting Goals

Cycling goals are a great tool to keep you motivated, so long as they are set and managed correctly. Cycling goals can be anything from setting a PR on a local climb, winning a race or simply a millage goal for a set period, whatever it is it must be your personal goal and you alone are responsible for reaching it. Here is Chris’s guide to setting cycling goals and how to reach them!

 

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