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Bike Pro Racing guide to choosing a saddle

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Whatever bike you choose, whatever spec it has and whatever kind of riding you do, there is nothing else which can quite as easily ruin your ride. In truth if it's fine, you won't even notice - that's the sign of a saddle that's good for you. Note, we don't say a good saddle, just a saddle that's good for you - this is key because a saddle doesn't have to be expensive to be perfect for you. Most bikes now come with a saddle included, which is designed to suit the style of riding for which the bike is designed. Very often this saddle will be just fine, and if it is, think carefully before looking for another saddle. …

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Choosing the right tyre - the guide from Bikeproracing

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Choosing the right tyres for your bike is a pre-requisite for enjoyable riding. If it's road riding that you're doing then choosing between performance and comfort is key and very often you need a balance. We also need to weigh up tyre width and tread types to ensure that for what we're doing, we've got the right equipment. Let's get into it Choosing tyres for road cycling Road riding tyre choice 1: Width The most popular width for road bike tyres is 23mm. This is a narrow tyre and is well suited to fast riding on smooth surfaces (tarmac!) The wider a tyre, the more comfortable the ride is likely to be so you're balancing your need for speed and your need to be comfortable.…

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Cycling - Being seen on the road. Bikeproracing's advice for cyclists

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

In 2012, there were over 19,000 accidents reported involving cyclists, with 3,000 of these resulting in serious injury and over 100 fatalities. Making sure we are seen on the roads is vital in improving these statistics. Many accidents happen to cyclists because car drivers cannot see them until it is too late to stop. This problem is worse at night and in poor weather conditions. So what are the key steps we can take to be seen? Wear fluorescent and reflective clothing By wearing the right clothing you can increase your chances of being seen. Help others to see you by wearing bright and fluorescent materials in daytime and reflective materials at night. Fluorescent clothing enables drivers to see you in daytime or in poor…

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Essential Items For Your Ride - Bikepro Racing

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

You're heading out for a ride, your bike is in good condition, you've done the pre-ride checks, but what gear do you need to make sure you've got in your saddle bag? Let's take a look at the essential items you're going to need for your ride - this guide is intended to be as lightweight as possible, so there are other things, but let's stick to the must haves. The non-bike related stuff: ID - Having your driving licence or other ID on you when you go on a ride is vital. If you are unlucky enough to be in an accident, make sure people know who you are. Money and/or credit cards - Despite packing the gear you need for a ride,…

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Pre Ride Checks

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Making sure you've got the right equipment for your ride is essential (check our guide here), but it's much better that this stuff is there for backup, rather than to repair a problem you could have spotted the night before. So, doing a pre-ride check is well worth the time. We're not talking about maintenance or a service here, just a once over to spot any potential issues. Test your tyre pressure - You can use a tyre pressure gauge here, but as a first check grab both tires and squeeze. If you have a slow puncture this will spot it. Test for wheel bearing play - by pulling the top of the wheel from left to right. Check wheels are…

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Bike Maintenance Tips

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Bike Pro - Bike Maintenance tips The best way to ensure you get long life and good value out of your bike is a regular programme of maintenance. Our pre-ride checks might help flag some of these issues as well, but even these can be avoided if you regularly maintain your bike, and have it professionally serviced at least once a year. Bike Pro Racing's top Bike maintenance tips are: Keeping your bike clean is the easiest way to ensure your bike stays in the best condition for as long as possible. In the main, a bucket of water and bike wash, a sponge and a toothbrush (not your other halves) is enough. A degreaser to get rid of oil and grit in…

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How to Repair a Puncture

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

There's little worse than realising you can't make it home because your tyre is punctured. Try and keep a puncture repair kit on you. Fixing a puncture is not a difficult task, but will require some time and a willingness to get your hands dirty. 1. Is it repairable? See if you can locate the puncture before doing anything else. Turn the bike over, so it is resting on the handlebars and seat, and gently spin the tyre to look for embedded objects or obvious holes. If there are many punctures, or the hole is quite large, it will probably be best to replace the tyre. If it is a small puncture, a repair should see it on the road again soon. This is…

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Taking care of waterproof cycle clothing

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Living in the UK and being a cyclist, waterproof clothing is an essential. Even in the summer! But as we head into winter, our waterproof gear is even more important than usual, and to make sure it stays waterproof and in good condition, we need to care for it properly. Bike Pro Racing stock the Altura range of waterproof clothing. We trust its reliability and quality, and cared for well, will last you a good amount of time. Not caring for the clothing well will cause the performance of the waterproof clothing to fall away. Below is some advice and tips from Bike Pro Racing to keep you waterproofs in great condition. The worst enemy of your waterproof cycle clothing is using you washing…

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