Monday, March 25, 2013

Why Is 2013 Trek Superfly SL 100's Pick for Cross

Best 2013 XC Mountain Bike: The Superfly 100 SL

In a recent Buyer's Guide for XC Mountain bikes, Bicycling magazine listed the 2013 Superfly SL 100 as one of the top bikes in the category!

Trek thinks even more highly of their creation. They believe that XC bikes are specifically designed to jet through the woods, whether they are hardtail or full suspension. Trek says the redesigned 2013 Superfly is lighter and more stable than all of them. Their goal in constructing the Superfly was to make the lightest and best balanced bike in the XC market. Years of designing, prototyping, investigating and research by dozens of people has been done in order to make this group of bikes the best, lightest, stiffest around. Check out this video straight from Trek.

"We did more prototyping, more investigating in this project than we ever have"

"When you look at the Superfly (SL) and the Superfly 100, you're going to see the two best bikes ever from Trek."

On the trail, the Superfly is a speed demon. Its light weight frame and 29" wheels make it fly over the terrain with ease. The Fox Race tuned-rear shock has been meticulously researched and developed... the kind of quality you can only find on a Trek bike. 

Speed wasn't Trek's only focus, they pack as many features as they can onto the Superfly (100) :

OCLV Mountain Carbon. Nobody knows carbon like Trek. This is their strongest yet. 

Bontrager Race X Lite tubeless ready wheels means durability and aerodynamics. Scandium alloy rims, optimized forged hub shells that feature improved drive mechanism durability over the previous generation. Race X Lite wheels continue to beat the competition.
CTD gives you three suspension adjusmtent options: Climb, Trail, or Descend. Simple, intuitive, high performance system.

• A traditional front derailleur attaches to the frame with a band clamp. Trek's direct-mount front derailleur attaches directly to the frame using a solid flat interface. This fastening method ensures crisper, more accurate front shifting.

Avid XX Hydraulic Disc Brakes are engineered to wring out as many grams as possible with aluminum lever body and calipers. They aren't just light, they're shockingly light. 

Innovative derailleur placement doesn't require a band clamp, or the additional frame material for direct mounting. Reduces weight without compromising performance.

• BB95 is a 95mm OCLV Carbon bottom bracket with precision-fit sockets and press-fit bearings. Its wide stance is a stronger, stiffer platform, compatible with all major crank manufacturers. Combined with Mag EVO Link and hi-lo stays, BB95 helps your wheels track each other, rather than twist and turn with each bump.

• A 15mm front thru axle makes steering more precise for more control, and the quick-release feature makes wheel removal easy. Trek's robust and confidence inspiring rear thru axle is about 35% stiffer than an open dropout design. (142x12)

• Trek's exclusive Flow Molded carbon linkage minimizes material and weight while maintaining a strong bracing angle for a more rigid frame. 

Internal Control Routing provides a route for cumbersome shift and brake systems through the frame for a sleeker, quieter system. Save your frame from cable rub and save weight!

MicroTruss housing guides are built right into the frame, for the lightest, cleanest external cable routing. 

• Other full suspensions systems firm up under braking, reducing your control when you need it most. Trek's patented Active Braking Pivot solves that by keeping your suspension active whether you're on the brakes or off.

• Evoke the benefits of Bontrager's groundbreaking, university-backed research into rider anatomy, cycling biomechanics, saddle shape, and how these factors combine to influence saddle comfort and proper blood flow. The result: saddles that are not only more comfortable, they're better for your body. This bike comes with an Evoke 2 saddle.

The Superfly Also comes in an Elite Model. It features some upgrades in the comfort and drivetrain department. Bontrager upgrades include a Race X Lite Carbon handlebar and stem. Shimano upgrades the drivetrain and the brakes to the Deore XT setup. The Superfly Elite also goes on a diet with it's OCLV Mountain carbon seat stay (100g savings) and compact crankset. 

At the top of the Superfly foodchain is the Superfly 100 Pro SL. If you've got the bucks, it's the only way to ride.

Upgrades include a RockShox SID World Cup XX full carbon fork that delivers comfort to your hands for all day riding, a Fox Factory Series shock (with Kashima coat) to eat up every possible obstruction, a complete SRAM XX drivetrain for precise and sure shifting, and Avid XX World Cup brakes for the stopping power you need when you can get a bike to go as fast as this one. 

Come check out the Superfly Line from Trek. We are Bumstead's Bicycles, located at 1038 W. 4th St. in Ontario, CA.

You can also reach us by telephone at: (909) 984-9067
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Friday, March 22, 2013

2013 Trek Road Bikes Dominate - See Bicycling Mag Picks

Trek DOMINATES!  3 of 14 Top Entry Level Road Bikes According to Bicycling Magazine


Bicycling Magazine's Review of Trek CrossRip Elite

The CrossRip is as utilitarian as it is playful. The rack mounts and powerful disc brakes make it ideal for grocery runs and daily commuting. But the carbon fork and wide Bontrager tires dare you to explore beyond your town’s boundaries, whether you’re cruising a rail-to-rail trail or maple-lined forest roads.

The Defy Composite 3 feels lively and responsive, with a measure of damping to muffle energy-sapping road vibrations thanks to Giant’s frame construction. The geometry also contributes to the crisp ride. The Defy shares frame angles with the pricier Defy Advanced SL. Both have well-balanced handling—stable at speed, snappy in tight S- turns. But don’t expect to cut underneath a race bike in a corner—that’s not in the Defy’s character. It’s best for long rides at a comfortable pace.

Bicycling Magazine's Review of Trek Domane 4.0


Engineers working on endurance road models have a difficult mission: to create a frame that is comfortable to ride but that doesn’t waste any pedaling power. Trek takes a novel approach to this dilemma. The Domane’s IsoSpeed system isolates the seat tube from the down tube and seatstays—effectively putting a leaf spring between the seatpost and frame without compromising chassis stiffness. The same technology is used on some of Trek’s WorldTour models, but this version comes with less expensive Shimano Tiagra components.

See Our complete review and VIDEO here.

Bicycling Magazine's Review of Trek 1.5

Anyone who has recently caught the cycling bug should enjoy this versatile, spry model from Trek. The aluminum frame comes with proven Shimano Tiagra components that keep the weight down. The compact crank offers lower gears to help you summit any hills in your path, and the frame comes in eight sizes—making it easy to find a good fit. Mount fenders and a rack to turn this into a fast commuter.

To learn more about this exciting road bike, check out what we said here

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

2013 Trek Madone 7 Series Aero Road Bike Review


The 2013 Trek Madone 7.0 Aero Road Bike Shaves Two Minutes off a 60 Minute Ride

Trek says of their new entry into the world of Aero Road Bikes:  "“We based the all-new Madone frame on our groundbreaking KVF (Kammtail Virtual Foil) tube shape. KVF minimizes drag using a truncated airfoil shape. The virtual tail of the airfoil bends to respond to the angle of the most common crosswinds, significantly reducing drag in the real world, where it really matters. It's like getting 25 free watts.”

Here is what Ron Koch as Bicycling Magazine had to say about his test of the 2013 Trek Madone Aero Road Bike 7 Series:
I rode the bike in Belgium, just a few days before the Tour de France was set to roll out. We followed a 60-kilometer test loop that toured the hilly Ardennes region. The new Madone is a stiff, efficient race machine, even stiffer than the non-aero 2012 Madone—I couldn’t get this bike to flex at all, even when scaling a 20-percent grade on the famed Stockeu climb. Descents gave me the chance to take advantage of the bike’s crisp handling, which is just as sharp as you’d expect from a bike at this level. On rougher patches of pavement, and while passing over Belgian cobbles, the ride was very firm, but this may have had as much to do with Bontrager’s latest Aeolus carbon clincher wheels as the frame.
Bicycling Mag points out The rear brake caliper is hidden below the chain stays and bottom bracket.

 Slowtwitch did their normal fantastic visual shots of the new Trek Modone 7 series.  Here is one example of the closeup shots they provided showing the Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting:

Trek waited to enter the Triathlon market until they could do it right, according to Trek themselves.  This first entry into that market shows they have done their homework.

Monday, March 18, 2013

2013 Trek Madone 6.2 Reviews from Bumstead's Bicycles in Ontario CA

The 2013 Trek Madone 6.2 Aero Road Bike Improvements Make this Ride Faster and Smoother

James Huang at Bike Radar had this to say about the 2013 Trek Madone:

As expected, the aero claims are eye opening: 25 watts of saved energy at 40km/h compared to the previous Madone – nearly two minutes per hour. We can't verify those figures ourselves without hitting the wind tunnel – and they certainly can't be felt while out on the road – but what we can confirm is that Trek has carried over most of the existing Madone DNA to produce yet another solid ride
Huang goes on to note: 
Virtually everything is carbon fiber, too, including the bearing seats for the integrated headset and bottom brackets and the rear dropouts. Once again, the non-driveside chain stay incorporates a pocket for the ultra-tidy Bontrager DuoTrap wireless speed and cadence sensor.

For 2013, Trek has really improved the Madone 6.2. The frame is 600 series OCLV carbon which uses advanced aerospace materials and weight-saving, performance-enhancing process to have the best blend of frame weight and strength. Trek knows that the better a bike fits, the greater the comfort, stability, power, and control of the ride. They use their H2 fit which features a slightly higher head tube to put less strain on your back and neck. Trek has really taken time to make sure that this frame fits women specifically.

Going from frame to components, the bike comes equipped with an all Shimano Ultegra drivetrain. The shifters are Shimano STI 10-speed. STI is Shimano Total Integration, and it allows the rider to easily switch gears from the same location as the brake, should you need to do both in rapid succession. The STI shifters control the front and rear Shimano Ultegra derailleurs, which means you can be confident that each shift is going to be swift and sure.

You might also be interest in a story we just did on Shimano's latest drivetrain entry:  Details of Shimano's New Groupset 'Claris' Revealed 

To ensure your comfort, Trek went with Bontrager for the saddle, handlebars, and grips. Bontrager is the industry leader when it comes to comfort, ensuring the rider that the bike will be extremely comfortable as well as reliable.

To best experience the 2013 Trek Madone 6.2 WSD has to offer, you need to ride it. We offer test rides at Bumstead's Bicycles. We are located at 1038 W. 4th St. in Ontario. You can visit our website

Call Now 909-984-9067 or come visit us.  We are conveniently located just 1/2 mile South of the 10 Freeway off the Mountain Exit in Ontario. 

Friday, March 15, 2013

We Give You an Inside Peak at Shimano's New Groupset 'Claris' Revealed                                                                                                 (909) 984-9067

Early Details Of The 2014 Shimano Entry-Level Road and Mountain Groupsets.

Say hello to the all new Claris, and the revamped Deore.

Claris is the name Shimano gave their new eight-speed road group, which does everything in it's power to continue that 'everything just works' Shimano Feel. 

The Claris is replacing Shimano's 2300 components, meaning it will have low gears since it is a beginner-oriented group. The choice between a 50/34 compact and 50/39/30 triple chainset options, and selection between the sprocket clusters of 11-28, 11-30, and 11-32 may be difficult, but you can be sure any combination you choose will work just fine.

Shimano placed much importance on improving front shifting quality and smoothness, further extending their philosophy of integration to their cheapest group. They accomplished this by designing the chain, chainrings, and front derailleur to work together better.

In order to accomodate different the different sprocket sizes, the rear derailleur is available in two versions. This adds versatility to the bike and ensures quality no matter what sprocket cluster you are using.

Shimano's high-end dual-pivot brake system is emulated in the Claris groupset, but with a chunkier look to keep the costs down, as well as one piece moulded brake pads rather than separate ones. 

The Claris groupset has levers with built in shifters (for flat bar bikes) as well as individual levers and shifters. Since the Claris will be Shimano's cheapest groupset, yet will contain many of the great features of the higher end componentry, it can very easily be used to dress up your current bike. The lever units now use the same design as the rest of the Shimano groups, making it much simpler to shift gears from the drops. 

Moving to mountain bikes, Shimano has redesigned its Deore group, once again improving the technology to make it more like the more expensive XTR, Deore XT and SLX levels.

Above all else, the new group is fitted with a Shadow RD+ rear derailleur, and new gearing options for larger-wheeled mountain bikes. It's got an internal clutch and is widely considered to be the best way to control a flapping chain. 

The new Shimano Deore offers chainsets with smaller rings to compensate for the gear increase caused by the larger wheels of 27.5in and 29er bikes. The new chainset options are 40/30/22, 40/28, 38/26 and 38/24, plus the 42/32/24 that was the only previous Deore offering.

"More Options" is a good way to describe this group, as there will also be a version for flat bar bikes with larger triples, slightly smaller sprockets and a conventional rear derailleur. Shimano is also introducing a Deore version of its Ice technology brake rotor which sandwiches an aluminium sheet between steel braking surfaces for better heat dissipation.                                       (909) 984-9067
Bumstead's Bicycles
1038 W. 4th St.
Ontario, CA 91762

Poison Oak Is All Over California. How Much Do You Know About It?

Poison Oak: The Demon Weed. Learn to Identify and Prevent Infection

March means warmer weather is coming, and so is prime biking season. 

Undoubtedly when we hit the trails, we all know the importance of safety. Common practices include: wearing a helmet, monitoring tire pressure, and checking the brakes regularly. Something may have escaped your checklist though, and to overlooking it is a huge mistake. This is a great opportunity to brush up on your poison knowledge as identification is key to prevention.
Poison Oak (Toxicodendron diversilobum) is a plant that contains an oily, allergy-causing sap called Urushiol. Contact with this sap or anything the sap has come into contact with will result in severe itching, inflammation, colorless bumps, and then blistering when scratched. 

What does that mean?
This means that if your clothes, gloves, helmet, handlebars, backpack... anything— gets Urushiol sap on it, and then you touch it, it is the same as if you touched the plant itself.

There really is no comparison to how troublesome and harmful this is to your ride. The stems of this plant have no thorns, the flowers have no sharp edges. After initial contact with poison oak, you may feel nothing at all. Over the next couple days following initial contact however, it will begin to fester and burn, and can be irritating to the point that you can't even ride a bike. 

What does it look like?
There is good news. It's pretty easy to spot Poison Oak. Typically it is a shrub, and the leaves DO come in threes varying from red to green. The leaves are shiny, and without prickers. In the spring, it is easy to detect as the baby leaves shoot out in a full red color. In fact, this is when the urushiol is most potent and even the slightest contact with these reddish stacks will result in bad exposure. 

Where is it found?

You can find poison oak in damp, semi-shady areas near running water, and also thrives in direct sunlight. Sunlight is needed for its survival, so areas like redwood forests minimize the growth of these plants. At elevations over 6,000 feet, they are not able to thrive. 

What should I do if I have touched it?

  • Wash the skin thoroughly with soap and warm water. Because the plant oil enters skin quickly, try to wash it off within 30 minutes.
  • Scrub under the fingernails with a brush to prevent the plant oil from spreading to other parts of the body.
  • Wash clothing and shoes with soap and hot water. The plant oils can linger on them.
  • Immediately bathe animals to remove the oils from their fur.
  • Body heat and sweating can aggravate the itching. Stay cool and apply cool compresses to your skin.
  • Calamine lotion and hydrocortisone cream can be applied to the skin to reduce itching and blistering.
  • Bathing in lukewarm water with an oatmeal bath product, available in drugstores, may soothe itchy skin. Aluminum acetate (Domeboro solution) soaks can help to dry the rash and reduce itching.
  • If creams, lotions, or bathing do not stop the itching, antihistamines may be helpful.
  • In severe cases, especially for a rash around the face or genitals, the health care provider may prescribe steroids, taken by mouth or given by injection.
  • Wash tools and other objects with a dilute bleach solution or rubbing alcohol.
Do Not
  • Do NOT touch skin or clothing that still have the resins.
  • Do NOT burn poison ivy, oak, or sumac to get rid of it. The resins can be spread via smoke and can cause severe reactions in people who are far downwind.

Call immediately for emergency medical assistance if
Call 911 or go to an emergency room if:
  • Someone is suffering a severe allergic reaction, such as swelling or difficulty breathing, or has had a severe reaction in the past.
  • Someone has been exposed to the smoke of a burning plant.
Call your provider if:
  • Itching is severe and cannot be controlled.
  • The rash affects your face, lips, eyes, or genitals.
  • The rash shows signs of infection, such as pus, yellow fluid leaking from blisters, odor, or increased tenderness.
  • Wear long sleeves, long pants, and socks when walking in areas where these plants may grow.
  • Skin products such as Ivy Block lotion can be applied beforehand to reduce the risk of a rash.
Other steps include:
  • Learn to identify poison ivy, oak, and sumac. Teach your children to identify them as soon as they are able.
  • Remove these plants if they grow near your home (but never burn them).
  • Be aware of resins carried by pets.
  • Wash as soon as possible after a suspected exposure.

Now you know......... get out there and hit the trails!                1038 W. 4th St. Ontario, CA            (909) 984-9067

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

VIDEO - 2013 Trek Domane 4.0 — Dominate the Road!

The 2013 Trek Domane 4.0 is Absolutely Incredible

It is packed with amazing features for all you serious cyclists. To start, it's fully carbon and is designed for the racers that want a bike that goes just as fast as any other bike. The Domane but is built for comfort, even over unforgiving cobblestone roads.

In order to fulfill the needs of these racers, Trek has been working around the clock for years. Their engineers have come up with a design called "isospeed." Isospeed means that the seat tube is completely isolated from the rest of the frame to make the seat mast act like extra suspension without compromising the stiffness of the frame.

The bottom bracket is stiff and wide, which aids in acceleration despite the extra backward flex allowed by the seat mast. It's always a hassle when your chain comes off of your crank, but this year Trek has introduced a "chain keeper" to keep your chain in place even when you are at the top of your cadence.

At the end of the day, this bike is as comfortable as a touring bike, yet as fast as a racing bike. There's nothing better that a good two-in-one.

Come to Bumstead's to test ride this incredible machine. We are located at 1038 West 4th St. in Ontario. (909) 984-9067

Monday, March 11, 2013

Serfas Puck Lock! Portable, Secure, Convenient

The Serfas Puck lock is ultra-portable, ultra-secure, and ultra convenient. It weighs in at only 520.9g, so you shouldn't be concerned with the added weight. The chain is 23 inches long, and serves to replace a U-lock or chain as opposed to a longer cable lock.

When closed, it very easily fits into a jersey pocket, waterbottle cage, seat bag, stem bag, etc. If you have many quick release skewers on your bike, you may want to consider getting two! 

Check them out at Bumstead's. We'd be happy to show you how one works!

VIDEO- The All City Space Horse Road/Touring Hybrid

The All City Space Horse is Sometimes Called "A Bike For The Rest Of Us"

The main reason for this claim is the sheer versatility of the Space Horse. All City says, "This bike was made to get you into and out of trouble, to be your companion on exploration missions and all day benders, and to get you and your stuff around as quickly as possible.

Check out this video from Patrick O'Grady of Adventure Cyclist Magazine

A few of the features that really stand out are as follows. First, the geometry has been designed with longer chainstays and a lower bottom bracket for stability. So while it can be said that the Space Horse is a good all-around bicycle, it really resembles a road/touring hybrid bike. 

The next feature is the ability to run it single-speed or geared. All City placed semi-horizontal rear dropouts with tabs and adjustment screws to accomadate your choice. You can also add a rack to the frame easily, or a set of full fenders to keep clean in dirtier conditions. To make it even better, the bike has undergone an electrodepostion (ED) treatment that seals the 4130 chromoly steel frame inside and out prior to it being painted. The result is a beautiful, three-toned coat that will last for years and years.

As for components: Justin Steiner of Bicycle Times Magazine (and online here) says, "The Tiagra group works wonderfully, while the Tektro brakes are adequate in dry conditions. For the asking price, there’s a lot of utility in this package." 

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Animal Shirts, Epiphany Shirts, Demolition Shirts and more... Bumsteads' Shop Tees!

Check Out All The Shirts at Bumstead's Bicycles, Including Our New Shop Tee!

We got all the sick shirts.  Trafik, Auticrea, Cat Cult.  Even the best of all Bumstead's Shirts.

Monday, March 4, 2013

How To Ride A Bicycle Like A Pro!

Do You Have a New Road or Trail Bike?  Time to Get These Tips of Riding it Faster, Smarter, Stronger

Best Advice from Bicycling Magazine.  Bicycling Magazine puts out a newsletter with lots of great ideas and reviews on various aspects of cycling.  In fact, just a few weeks ago they pointed out that Trek was seen as the best bike company in America.  So, now that we know they are really smart, here is a list they have been compiling for about 50 years.  You might find a dozen nuggets among their 50 Golden Rules.

Bicycling's 50 Golden Rules

Cyclists are innovators, constantly hunting for an edge. Over the last half-century, we've tried thousands of methods to become stronger, faster, and smarter on a bike—many of which have been discarded through the years. These have endured.

By Bicycling Magazine

1. To corner, enter wide and exit wide.

2. Brake Less - 
It sounds counterintuitive, but the harder you yank on the brakes, the less control you have over your bike. The best riders brake well before a corner. Plus, laying off the stoppers forces you to focus on key bike cornering skills such as weight distribution, body position, and line choice.

3. Look Where You Want to Go - 
"When riding a tricky or dangerous section of trail (or road), focus on the path you want your bike to follow, not the rock, tree, or other obstacle you're trying to avoid," says globe-trotting mountain-biker Hans Rey.

4. Avoid Helmet Hair - 
"For God's sake, make sure your hair is under your helmet and not poking out the front," advises Garmin-Cervelo pro Christian Vande Velde.

5. Take the Lane
 - You have a right to the road, so use it. It's safer than riding on the shoulder, which is often cracked, covered in gravel, or worse. But don't be a road hog, either.

6. Ride with the Best
 - Before he built his first mountain bike, GARY FISHER was an aspiring road racer. But his decision to stay in America rather than train in Europe derailed his chances of joining the pro peloton. "To be the best at the sport, you need to go to where the best are riding," Fisher says. "If you're a mountain biker, spend a couple of weeks at Whistler and you will be changed forever. If you're a road rider and want to be a better climber, go to Colorado. Find the best, train with them, watch what they do, and learn their secrets."

7. Set Your Suspension—And Check It Often - 
It's frightening how many riders hit the trail with poorly adjusted forks and shocks. Not only will droopy suspension make your bike feel like a wet noodle, it can also be downright dangerous. A few simple adjustments are all it takes to have your suspension smoothly sucking up bumps.

Here are some general guidelines, but be sure to read the manufacturer's recommendations (found online or in your owner's manual) because they will provide the starting point based on your bike's suspension design. And because air can leak through the seals, remember to check your pressure monthly.

8. Clean your shoes monthly. Also: wash your gloves.

9. Warm Up - 
A slow start primes your engine by directing oxygen from your blood cells to your muscles. Spin easy for 20 to 30 minutes before you begin to hammer.

10. Always Carry Cash - 
Money can't buy love, but it can buy food, water, a phone call, or a spare tube.

11. Race, At Least Once - 
It will push you to ride harder than you previously thought possible.

12. Drink before you are thirsty; eat before you are hungry.

13. Eat Real Food - On longer rides, easily digestible calories are key—and they shouldn't come from just energy bars. James Herrera, MS, founder of Performance Driven Coaching, has a favorite: spread some almond butter on whole-grain bread and top with sliced bananas and agave nectar or honey.

14. Don't Live in Your Chamois
 - When the shoes come off, your shorts should come off with them.

15. Ride Hard. . .
To become faster, you need to ride faster. Intervals squeeze every drop of fitness from your time on the bike. Try the following two or three times a week: Choose a route that includes a climb or stretch of road where you can go nearly all-out for three to five minutes. Warm up for 15 to 30 minutes, then ride hard—your exertion should be about a 7 out of 10—for three minutes. Recover for 90 seconds, then repeat the sequence four more times.

16. . . .But Not Every Day - 
Take 56-year-old mountain-bike legend Ned Overend's advice: Rest often. And if you're feeling cooked after a 30-minute warm-up, put it in an easy gear and spin home. "No workout is set in stone," Overend says. "Your training needs to have structure, but it should be malleable based on how you're feeling." Which might explain why, 10 days before he won the 2011 Mt. Washington Hill Climb, Overend was surfing in San Diego.

17. Play the Terrain
 - Go hard on climbs and take it easy on descents.

18. Ride Another Bike
 - Explore the woods on a mountain bike. Throw down in the local cyclocross race. Mixing in different types of riding keeps you mentally fresh, boosts your skills, and reminds you that riding is fun.

19. Wear Out Your Shifters
 - You have lots of gears for a reason: to keep your cadence in the sweet spot. For silky-smooth gear changes, remember to shift before a punchy climb, sprint, or tight switchback.
20. Train Your Weaknesses - 
Professional endurance racer Mark Weir makes his living blasting through corners. But that wasn't always the case. "I was a semi-pro downhiller racing in Park City, Utah, and there was a corner that I thought just sucked," he recalls. "I told Jan Karpiel, one of my sponsors, about it, and he said: 'The corner doesn't suck, you suck at that corner.' I realized then that training my weaknesses is far more important than sticking with my strengths."

21. Check Your Tire Pressure
 - Here are some basic guidelines from Michelin.

Road/Commuter: If you weigh more than 180 pounds, inflate to the maximum on the tire sidewall. If you weigh 110 or less, fill to the minimum. Somewhere in between? Inflate to somewhere in between.

Mountain Bike: Target somewhere between 27 and 32 psi for most tires. Ultraskinny XC tires may require as much as 35 psi. Figure on 20 to 30 psi for tubeless tires.

22. If your knee hurts in the front, raise your saddle; if it hurts in the back, lower the seat.

23. Buy a Torque Wrench and Learn How to Use It
 - This is mandatory for carbon parts, but will also extend the life of all stems, handlebars, bottom brackets, seatpost clamps, and suspension pivots. Our favorite is Park's TW-5.

24. Learn to Bunnyhop on Your Road Bike - 
Doing an unclipped hop shows you how changes in body position affect your bike's behavior—knowledge that will boost your confidence on steep downhills, rough roads, and in corners.

A: Replace your clipless pedals with platforms and your cycling shoes with soft-soled sneakers.

B: Ride across a flat, grassy field at slightly faster than walking speed, standing on your pedals, cranks level with the ground, elbows and knees slightly bent.

C: Push down on the handlebar while bending your knees even farther so you are crouched over the saddle. Then immediately pull up and back on your bar as you shift your weight back to get the front tire up.

D: With the front tire off the ground, shift your weight forward as you push the handlebar ahead and hop up with your legs to lift the rear wheel.

To see a video of these moves in action, visit

25. Fitness Takes Time
 - No crash diet or hell week of training will magically propel you into top form. "You've got to work toward it all season long," says Pierre Rolland, the best young rider of the 2011 Tour de France.

Like this? Get MORE rules you'll love about riding in a paceline.

26. Take short pulls at the front.

27. Wash Your Bike - 
Especially after a wet or muddy ride. Mist it with a garden hose or soak it using a bucket of soapy water. Wipe it down and rinse, then dry it with a clean rag or towel. Don't forget to lube your chain.

28. Speaking of Your Chain. . .
A well-maintained and lubricated chain could last 3,000 road miles or more, but check it every 500. Here's how: Take a ruler and place the 0 at the rivet of one link. If the ruler's 12-inch mark aligns closely with another rivet, you're in good shape. If it's more than a 1/16th of an inch away, replace the chain.

29. Respect Your Front Brake - 
Applying 60 percent front brake will bring you to a smooth, controlled stop. But on steep descents or during rapid decelerations, you'll want to rely even more heavily on the front.

30. Stick with Your Group - 
Whether you're embarking on a 500-mile charity ride or racing Paris-Nice, there's safety in numbers. Teammates and friends can pull if you're feeling tired, share their food, or help fix a mechanical. "I've seen this so many times," says Chris Horner. "A guy is leading the race and is really strong and so he goes into a breakaway. But what happens if he crashes or flats? He is all alone. Stay with your group as long as possible."

Be sure to shift your weight behind your saddle to prevent yourself from sailing over the handlebar.

31. Layer Like a Wedding Cake
 - Easily removable layers make it a snap to regulate your temperature. Booties, vests, and skullcaps, as well as arm, knee, and leg warmers, can all be stashed in pockets as the day warms up.

32. Keep Your Head Up - 
Looking far down the road or trail will help you see approaching traffic, spot the best line through corners, or recognize when someone's making a break.

33. Carry a frame pump. And a spare tube. And a multi-tool with a chain breaker.
34. Listen to Your Bike - 
"A click or pop or scraping noise doesn't heal itself," says Calvin Jones, director of education at Park Tool. Pay attention to the sounds emanating from your ride and you'll know when it's time for some TLC.

Noise: Rattling over bumps
 - Common Culprit: Loose bottle-cage bolts or quick-release skewers 
Solution: Tighten them

Noise: Thunk/shudder during braking or over bumps 
Common Culprit: Loose headset
Solution: Adjust headset to remove excess play

Noise: Squeaking while pedaling
Common Culprit: Dry chain
Solution: Lube

Noise: Pop, followed by a skipping chain
Common Culprit: Frozen chain link; worn cassette and chain
Solution: Find and free frozen link…or replace chain, chainrings, and cassette

Noise: Grinding noise during braking
Common Culprit: Grit in brake pads
Solution: Sand pads lightly to remove grit and grime

Noise: Clicks, squeals, or whines
Common Culprit: Could be any number of problems—from a loose stem to worn bottom-bracket bearings
Solution: Head to the shop

35. Have a Plan - 
Improvement does not come accidentally. If you want to take your riding to the next level, you need to craft a strategy and set incremental goals to reach it. "Better yet, hire a coach to guide your way," suggests three-time Leadville 100 champion Rebecca Rusch.

36. Embrace the Rain - 
Unless you live in the desert, soggy rides are a part of life. Just dress appropriately: Layers and a rain jacket are optional in the summer, but become essential when temperatures start to drop.

37. Keep a Spare Kit in Your Car - 
You never know when you'll have the chance to sneak in a ride. Borrowing or renting a bike is easy, but it's harder to find a spare helmet, shoes, and chamois. Keeping a kit in your car all but ensures you'll never miss an impromptu ride. Scour bike swaps for secondhand shoes, pedals, and other items, but buy a new helmet—decent models can be found for about $75.
38. It's Okay to Stop
 - Don't be afraid to pull over for a good swimming hole, hot spring, ice-cream stand, cafe, bakery, or dive bar. In fact, some of the best rides are planned around these diversions.

39. Keep Your Perspective
 - Like most young professional riders, Ted King is learning how to balance the demands of training and family obligations with the extensive travel and training his job requires. Here's what he's learned so far.

When training, set a goal for every ride—even if the goal is recovery.

When racing, ride smart, don't chop corners, and remember that the local Tuesday-Night Crit is not the World Championships.

On the road, think like a motorist. Maybe there's a reason the guy in the pickup truck was pissed at you.

40. Refuel Right
 - The key recovery window is the 30 minutes following a ride; that's when your body needs protein to repair muscles and help reload its energy stores, so make sure to get at least 20 to 25 grams. Stacy Sims, a nutritionist at Stanford University, recommends six to eight ounces of nonfat Greek yogurt with walnuts or berries. Or try this protein-rich smoothie: Before heading out, put 1.5 scoops whey protein powder, 1/2 cup frozen strawberries or blueberries, 1/2 frozen banana, 2 tablespoons nonfat Greek yogurt, 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal, and 1 cup vanilla almond milk into a blender (but don't blend it yet). Store in the refrigerator. Whirl and drink when you return.

41. Wait to eat and drink until you're at the back.

42. Don't half-wheel.

43. Work Your Core - 
Most cyclists have weak cores. To fix it, try the pedaling plank. Here's how.

A: Assume the plank position, as if you're doing a push-up, but rest on your forearms with your hands directly beneath your shoulders. Your legs should be extended, with your weight balanced on your toes.

B: Pull your right knee toward your chest without allowing your butt to rise.

C: Extend the leg back out and swing it to the side and back without your foot touching the floor. Perform eight to 10 times for one set, then switch legs and repeat.

44. Know What The Wind Is Doing
 - On blustery days, pick a route that heads into the wind first. Then get aero to minimize drag—slide into the drops and bring your elbows and knees tight to your body. In a group, ride in a single-file paceline to slice through headwinds. If the breeze is whipping across the road sideways, form an echelon (an angled paceline created by overlapping your front wheel with the rear wheel of the rider ahead of you) to keep the wind out of your face. Pedal at a higher-than-normal cadence even if it means riding a little slower. Then, turn around and enjoy a tailwind as you speed home.

45. Know Your Gear
 - "Don't ever use anything new in a bike race," says former pro racer and cycling commentator Frankie Andreu. This advice applies to backcountry mountain-bike rides, charity events, or exotic cycling vacations. Log some miles on fresh equipment before embarking on any serious ride. You don't want to be 60 miles from home when you discover that you and your new saddle aren't soul mates after all.

46. Get Fit To Your Bike
 - There is no faster way to improve your comfort or performance on the bike. "Your ideal position will change over time," says Andy Pruitt,EdD, director of the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine in Colorado. "As you get older—say, over the age of 35—you should consider a professional bike fit every few seasons."

47. Bring Beer - 
It is the currency of cycling. A cold one can serve as payment for a borrowed tube, a tip for your mechanic, or a way to celebrate another great ride.

48. Pass Fast
 - In a mountain-bike race, make your presence known, then pass quickly. And if someone's passing you, let him or her by.

49. Riding Hurts
 - Sometimes riders at the front aren't there because they're faster, but because they can suffer more. Train your legs for speed, but also condition your mind to love the pain.

50. Go—Even For A Short Ride - 
No matter what the excuse—it's cold, you're tired, Shark Week is airing on the Discovery Channel—you can always shoehorn in a short ride. Head away from home for 30 minutes. If you're still miserable, turn around—you'll have logged an hour on the bike. Or, just keep riding.

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