Whether you ride on city cycle lanes or Tour de France mountainsides, our collection of stellar cyclists will inspire you.
We’ve brought together the best cycling blogs in the UK for you to read and learn from.
Their posts are filled with advice, reviews, tips, humour and inspirational quotes to keep you honking, bonking and freewheeling through this roundup!
Tim Wiggins covered over 20,000km in 2014. His motto, “Live to Ride” is reflected strongly in his comprehensive blog
Tim shares lots of advice for cyclists of all abilities. Just starting out? His Beginner’s guide to UK road racing looks at the training, kit, preparation and nutrition you’ll need to get started.
If you’re a more experienced cyclist, you’ll have been through saddle pain – and for those new to the game, Tim offers some guidelines to prevent and cure saddle sores. Friction’s the main cause, so reduce that where you can, and if you are afflicted – keep those sores clean to avoid infection!
Nailing your first sportive is an exhilarating experience. But how do you get the most from that experience? Phil Jones advises you to take your energy gels before you need them, and studying the route profile so you’re prepared. Read more of his tips here.
Phil’s learnt a huge amount about the sport, and shares hints and tips, along with reviews, and interviews with the cycling stars he meets.
For a cyclist new to road racing, a big question is often whether to buy a bike with a compact or triple chainset. Luckily, Phil’s beginner’s guide will help you decide which to go for.
“OMG you are so ridiculously FAST!” That’s just one of the things cyclist Donna Navarro tells herself to keep up her motivation. She’s got a collection of cycling battle-cries to keep herself going – and they’ll inspire you, too!
Road.cc’s July 2015 blogger of the month, Donna also has some handy hints for you if you’re alone on a cycling holiday and want to make new friends.Be yourself, and don’t be afraid to make a fool of yourself. You’ll never see most of the people you meet again, anyway!
Starting out with clip-in pedals? Donna’s beginners guide to clip-ins recognises the transition can be tricky. She’s quick to point out the advantages like better power transfer – but she does say to make sure you’re ready for the stops!
Do you listen to music while you cycle? Chyclechic has the perfect playlist for you. From Kraftwerk to Queen, with loads in between, Caz Nicklin and Lavinia Smith’s selections will have you singing along while you pedal.
If you thought cycling stopped when you started a family, Cyclechic founder Caz Nicklin has some useful tips. Take a lesson in cycling with your new brood on board, and find quieter off-road routes. If it’s just too hard, Caz suggests you get off and push for a while!
Caz’s guide to cleaning and lubing your bike regularly will definitely help you keep your ride in trim. We love the idea of recycling old toothbrushes into sprocket cleaners!
Can you cycle and do a Rubik’s Cube at the same time? When one cyclist posted a video of himself doing just that, he ended up being reported to the police. Needless to say, Cycling news mag, Cycling Weekly had the story covered. News, comment and gear reviews make this site a must for all you cyclists out there.
If you’re looking for a new saddle, take heed of CW’s buyer’s guide to to bike saddles. Have you measured your sit bones? How about choosing cut-outs? Fear not, this guide is a boon to the bottom!
Whether in a race or a training ride, a pacing strategy is crucial. Thinking about heart rate, current speed, average speed, distance, altitude and calories burnt can be overwhelming. George Winter’s article tells you which data to focus on to find your optimal pace.
Steve Goldstein reviews all kinds of cycling gear on In The Know. If you don’t have time to research what’s out there, the work’s all done for you and laid out in Steve’s blog.
If you’re looking for a new helmet, whether for protection or performance, Steve probes a crowded market to sift out which are the best, which to consider, and which to steer clear of. The Giant Rivet doesn’t come out well, but the Specialized S-Works Evade gives good comfort and low noise levels.
Steve’s ‘10 better ways to ride’ advice is perfect if you have no spare pennies for gear but still want to go faster. Getting mentally fit, practicing your techniques and positioning yourself right are just some of the highlights.
Detailed race reviews and Pro cycling news are what The Inner Ring is all about. It’s the place to be for the best comment, analysis and chat.
Find International Tour routes and plans, along with an incredibly detailed day-by-day diary of the 2015 Vuelta a España.
Looking for some fresh road challenges? The Inner Ring’s ‘roads to race’ roundup considers French mountain passes that give alternatives to the Tour. Try the Col du Pré’s tight hairpin bends or the 15k of rough rasping road on the Col d’Herbouilly. Check out their guide, and plan your next trip!
There are some fantastic places to stop for mid-ride coffee and cake. Nick Livermore charts plenty of cycle-friendly cafes on his review map. Included in each eatery’s write up is a suggested cycle route so you can work off that latte.
Not sure if you’re hydrating properly? Nick tells us that a litre an hour is the Holy Grail of water consumption, but there’ll still be a net loss post-ride. The best drink to re-stock your electrolytes and fluid? Surprisingly, it’s milk!
If you’re looking to winter-proof your bike, Nick’s got some good tips, including fitting decent mudguards and having some lights ready to go.
Focusing on city cycling, the London Cyclist is packed with help for urban pedallers. Metropolitan riding can be scary, so do read Andreas’ guide to what to do if you’re ever in an accident. Get out of danger, and find witnesses are two important early actions.
But it’s best to avoid two-wheeled trauma, so he’s also put together a comprehensive set of pointers for safe cycling. Ride away from the kerb and be ready for the brakes, and you’ll be on your way to safety. Check out Andreas’ other tips here.
Indoor bike storage is often a problem for those with limited space. A wall mount or a pulley system are two nifty solutions, and Andreas explores some others in his handy post. Bike furniture, anyone?
“In the event a motorist disturbs one’s ride: one shall proceed to ride up beside the car, form a clenched fist and bang the boot of the car while shouting and swearing”. That’s just rule 21 of the tongue in cheek, Official Rules of the Scottish cyclist, according to road racer Owen Philipson.
Olaf Storbeck has completed at least one 200k ride a month for twelve consecutive months on the Randonneur Round the Year challenge. Read his review, and watch the seasons change in his pictures.
Ever thought about night riding? Olaf’s post about regular Friday night rides to the coast with around 100 other cyclists is a great introduction to the concept.
If you want to know how to pack light, but pack smart, here’s some good inspiration. Olaf’s kit list for for the Paris-Brest-Paris ride 2015 was measured down to the last gram.