Cycling News, Information and Insight

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Cycling

Lycra-clad roadies, bicycle commuters, mountain bikers, weekend warriors: cyclists are a diverse breed. As a result, the Web caters to the needs of each specific group. Whether you’re interested in buying your first bike, looking to enhance your bike repair skills or follow professional cycling, the Cycling Web Guide connects you with the sites you need.

Cycling News, Information and Insight

Want in-depth multimedia coverage of the latest races? Are you on the cusp of a new purchase, and need cycling technology reviews to ensure that you choose the right product? Check out these general information sites for cycling news, information and insight.

Top Sites for Cycling News, Information and Insight

Bicycling Magazine is the world’s premier cycling publication. The site’s strength lies in its diverse, quality content. There are feature articles, bike repair and training tips, gear reviews and best ride lists. This is a good all-around publication for the cycling enthusiast.

Cyclingnews is a Web leader in … cycling news. Professional road, mountain bike, cyclo-cross and track racing are all given in-depth reporting and analysis. For major races you’ll find stage profiles, race reports and summaries, result lists, photos and more. The site also reviews cycling technology.

VeloNews bills itself as “The Journal of Competitive Cycling,” and it’s just that. Beyond professional news, tech articles cover everything from the latest bicycle frames to sunglasses. Training articles are geared toward helping readers improve their individual performances.
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Cycling Advice

If you haven’t become friends with the mechanic at your local bike shop, use the Web for tips on bike maintenance, repair and customization. Here you’ll find cycling advice on buying a bicycle, riding safely, commuting effectively and tuning your bike. Extensive technical information can also help you with advanced projects like conversions and build-ups.

Top Sites for Cycling Advice

REI has an archive of short articles covering various aspects of bicycling and bicycle buying. Organized as a glossary, the page helps readers learn about both technical and consumer bicycle issues.

Sheldon Brown’s Bicycle Technical Info is a cycling mechanic’s encyclopedia. Do-it-yourselfers looking to fix brakes, change tires and tune up their rides will find this resource indispensable. Many informative and humorous gems are buried in these labyrinthine pages—explore to find them.

Commute by Bike hosts a large archive of articles based around making riding to work easier, cleaner, safer and more enjoyable. Find valuable advice in the “Most Popular Articles” section, or consult the “Beginner Tips” area if you’re new to commuting.
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Buying Bikes, Parts and Apparel

Reference the sites below for advice on buying bikes, parts and apparel. Learn where to compare products and pricing, and where to buy the gear you need at a competitive price.

Top Sites for Buying Bikes, Parts and Apparel

Bike Nashbar is the go-to site for bicycle clothing, parts, accessories, training equipment and repair gear. Huge sales are common, and the selection is unrivaled. 

Performance Bicycle is a mail order and retail company serving customers on the Web and through its brick and mortar locations. The site has an extensive offering on bikes, parts, clothing and accessories, and big sales.
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Cycling Routes and Distance Trackers

Cycling routes and distance trackers are easy to find online. Use these resources to plan your rides, get route advice from other cyclists and map the distance of your intended route.

Top Sites for Cycling Routes and Distance Trackers

MapMyRide.com is an intuitive Google Maps-based resource to help cyclists plot and save routes, calculate elevation gain, identify bike shops near intended routes, calculate distance and more.

Bikely is a user-edited database of bike trails, routes and paths from 40 countries. Routes are superimposed over a map, and searchable by location. Cue sheets are often accompanied by tips and notes from the route’s creator.

Gmaps Pedometer is a stripped-down, user-friendly tool that calculates the distance of a ride. Just trace your route over a Google Map and the pedometer will do the rest.
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Bike Culture and Commentary

Cycling bloggers are an active and opinionated group. The following cycling blogs bring readers bike culture and commentary in varying degrees of seriousness and humor.

Top Sites for Bike Culture and Commentary

Bike Snob NYC was once a cult phenomenon but has since gained wide readership and notoriety. The anonymous blogger issues a lighthearted but oft scathing critique of trends in the cycling world, at the professional, amateur and recreational levels. It’s well written and generally hilarious.

Bike Hugger is a blog dedicated to covering the many facets of contemporary bike culture and the bicycling lifestyle. Articles cover diverse topics including bike design, gear, news and more.

Fat Cyclist is a Utah man, aka Fatty, whose blog combines his enthusiasm for bicycles with wit, humor and insight. The highly personal blog turned into a powerful cancer-fighting vehicle after Fatty’s wife developed cancer. Now, Team Fat Cyclist is a powerful fundraiser for the Lance Armstrong Foundation.
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