I review the new group of carbon clincher climbing bike wheels (or CCCs), explain why they are the right choice for certain types of riders, tell you which I like and don’t and why.
I’ll tell you what I’ve found should matter (and shouldn’t) to enthusiasts choosing between power meters, how I chose from over 20 proven ones and which are the best.Read more »
Every few months or so I do a complete review and update of my Best Online Bike Store Ratings. Seeing that we are heading into the crazy holiday shopping season, I thought it would be good to do an update now.Read more »
Mavic has finally joined the all-carbon wheelset peloton with their 40mm deep Cosmic Pro Carbon SL Clincher. Here’s my review.Read more »
Current Deals from Recommended Stores
Competitive Cyclist has 20% off on one full priced-item with code RIDE20 (some exclusions)
Power Meter City is providing a 10% discount on all power meters (except Garmin) exclusively to In The Know Cycling readers. Use the link to the store above or any on this site and enter code ITK10 at checkout.
Wiggle is offering 15% and 20% discounts on clothing with codes USD1 and USD2 or WIGGLE1 and WIGGLE2 for UK/EU readers. They also have a Christmas competition where you can win your wishlist of gear by finding Santa’s hat. Go here to start searching.
ProBikeKit offers 10% off everything in the store up to USD-$60, CAD-$80, GBP-£45, EUR-€60, AUD-$80 exclusively to In The Know Cycling readers. Use the link to the store above or any on this site and enter code ITK10 at checkout.
You can save even more on Autumn and Winter clothing with code AWSS1, a full 10% off Mavic wheels with code MAV10 and 15% or 25% off Reynolds wheels with REY15 or REY25. Use the one code that brings you the best discount.
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Wheels and Tires
If you are riding on wheels that came with your bike or on ones you bought a few years ago, you likely need a better and probably wider set of wheels to get the performance as well as the comfort most road cycling enthusiasts want today.
My recommendations and rationale for the best combinations of wider tire and wheel sizes for road cycling enthusiasts based on your comfort, speed and/or handling priorities
This post updates how the category of wheels for road bikes using disc brakes is developing and compares 20 of the best alloy and carbon wheelsets now available, highlighting 3 I recommend
If you are a serious regular cyclist, you need to focus on aerodynamics and aero wheels, two things that are really important to cycling on the flat earth we ride.
What tires should I get? It seems like a pretty easy question. Actually, it’s not. In addition to what tire to get, what width, what tube and what pressure are all questions I’m hearing.
“Let’s take this right hand turn,” I thought to myself. Signal. Turn. “Back wheel is sliding out. Bring her back in. Agghhhh, I’m going to lose it. *!@#.”
I love to climb. A lot of road cyclists do. Climbing tests your strength, your fitness, and your will. Climbing can bring you to places less traveled, cool mountain air and away from the traffic of life.
Clothing and Accessories
You know when you have a lousy kit, but do you know when you are wearing a good one? And do you know how good it can get and how much difference it can make, especially on those hot days when we spend so much of our time riding?
Efficient, comfortably fitting, good-looking power transfer. It isn’t a poetic or catchy phrase, but it’s what a performance cycling shoe should be for most road cycling enthusiasts.
Once I started wearing performance or technical clothing, I realized I’d reached another stage in my development and enjoyment as a cyclist.
Helmets used to just be something you wore, an extension of your kit. Now, some road helmets are more like performance tools and can save you nearly as much time as aero wheels or an aero frame, and do so for a lot less money.
Groupsets and Components
As Monty Python’s Flying Circus, the 1970’s British comedy troupe famously said… “And now for something completely different.” Different, at least, for road cycling enthusiasts.
In this piece, I’ll give you my design, product and performance evaluations and my purchase recommendations for disc brake components.
I’ll tell you what I’ve found should matter (and shouldn’t) to enthusiasts choosing between power meters, how I chose from over 20 proven ones and which are the best.
Here’s answers to why road cyclists should use a power meter, how to train with one, when it’s right to get in and whether you need the latest features.
Where to Get Your Cycling Gear
Would you enter a cycling giveaway where you win just by participating and where the prizes include hundreds of dollars/pounds/euros of gift vouchers and bikes?
Every few months or so I do a complete review and update of my Best Online Bike Store Ratings. Seeing that we are heading into the crazy holiday shopping season, I thought it would be good to do an update now.
This review gives you a ranked list of the top online bike stores that serve road cycling enthusiasts, those of us roadies that are regular, committed riders and serious and knowledgeable about the gear we buy.
More and more serious cyclists are shopping online these days. This post tells you which online stores I have found are the best and why.
If you are looking to buy a road bike with disc brakes this year, here’s my review of a dozen of them and 3 I recommend
While the debates about road bikes equipped with disc brakes are far from over, I believe it’s now clear that these bikes will soon become the predominant type sold to road cycling enthusiasts.
After reflecting on the different gear I evaluated and posts I wrote over the past year, I came up with a list of a few of my favorite cycling things.
While I started with a ‘peloton’ of established beliefs about gear shaped largely by the media and supplier ‘bosses’ of the cycling industry, I’ve begun to drop some.
Cycling enthusiasts want to ride faster on our bikes. It’s what makes us who we are. In this post I’ll tell you how the right cycling gear and kit can help you ride faster.
No matter how fast I go, I want to ride my bike faster. Don’t you? Here are the top 6 ways to do it and it doesn’t require you to spend a dime on new gear.