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First and foremost, I’m a bicycle fanatic who’s been into cycling and two wheelers since the age of ten. We work with a lot of bicycle shops and I'm the bicycle content manager helping to run the editorial side of things, which includes all manner of cycling articles, product descriptions, tips and other content we're sure to dream up as new web information technologies offer new possibilities.

Jim Langley
Site provides information on issues and research related to improving pedestrian and bicyclist safety. Emphasis is on fostering public awareness of pedestrian and bicycle safety matters, and providing safety tools for use at at the national, state and local levels.

RBR Publishing Company (dba RoadBikeRider.com) is a Vermont-based corporation founded in 2001. The chief poobah is Ed Pavelka, a 30-year veteran of cycling journalism. He has served as editor of VeloNews, executive editor of Bicycling and produced more than three-dozen cycling books. His road cycling career dates to 1972 and  emphasizes long-distance events.



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Repair & Maintenance
Are you looking for help on how to perform a repair or maintenance exercise on your bike? You have come to the right place. We have provided an extensive library of repair instructions free for your use right here on our website.

If you know the common term for the type of repair you want to perform, you can go directly to our “Repair How To” section and look it up under our alphabetical list. If you only know the area of the bike you wish to work on, then you can select our “Bike Map” and then click on the desired area of the bike for a list of repairs for that area.

Would you like something added to this section? Need specific help? E-mail Calvin, but please provide a full description of your problem including all relevant information such as brand and model of bike, and brand and model of problem components, and any other helpful diagnostic information you can think of...

For proper use and service of our tools, see the "Tool Instructions"” section.

Commentary on Effects of High-intensity Training on Performance and Physiology of Endurance Athletes - by Carl Foster & Will G Hopkins Most endurance athletes use high-intensity training to prepare for competitions. In this review we consider the effects of high-intensity interval and resistance training on endurance performance and related physiological measures of competitive endurance athletes.

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Charity Ride to the Pyrenees -- The trip was an adventure that in the end raised over £12,000 for a Charity
Winter Cycling Tips -- Winter has finally reared its ugly head here. However, just because it is winter does not mean that you have to give up cycling.
The Road War -- Shimano vs. Campagnolo
-- Campagnolo was the manufacturer that invented derailleurs, and Shimano is the company that nowadays dominates the bicycle market with iron hand. Who is really the best?
How to Buy a Bicycle -- This seems like as good a time as any to discuss purchasing and sizing a bicycle. From sizing you new bike to test riding it.
A Summer Evening -- Head to Head Challenge
-- And if you like hardtails, or can afford more than a MtB and you want one of them to be a hardtail, there are some frames avalaible that can be the base for your dream bike. We tested three of them that summer evening: Cannondale CAAD 5, KHS Alite 4000, and Specialized Stumpjumper M4.
Be Prepared -- This is the motto of the scouts and it should be the motto for cyclists.
2002 Now -- We have compiled a list of most of these new products that manufacturers worldwide are planning to market during 2002
Southern Californina Bike Show -- Total Bike was on hand for the 2001 Southern California consumer bike show
Taiwanese Gold and Silver National Awards of Excellence -- year, nine bicycle products were chosen at the 9th Annual Awards of Excellence
Supertype: Miche strikes again -- Miche has come a long way since they started building components back in 1936
Riding Your Bicycle to Work -- Here are 12 common excuses and 12 answers to those excuses why not to commute
The Evolution of Scooters -- Adult bicycle-scooter hybrids
Iditasport Winter Challenge -- Athletes set out on a challenge that will take them through some of the harshest terrain in the world
Vuelta a España -- One of the top three world cycling competitions
The Suspension Experience -- The revolution began in the early 1990's, where are things today?
The 200 Yellow Bikes of Joensuu -- 200 yellow bicycles put on the streets of Joensuu Finland in he 1980's have been spotted throughout the world
Downhill Through the Americas -- Chrystine Roy is currently on an amazing adventure that will take her and her mountain bike from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to Ushuaia, Argentina across the three Americas
Drivers vs Cars -- Let's face it, cars are huge speeding masses of metal, while bikes are generally carbon fiber and fragile, not usually reaching normal driving speeds. The damage a car can do compared to the damage a bike can do is not even comparable.
Interbike 1999 -- Total Bike's first Interbike coverage. (We have come a long way!)
Jeff Lyon from Lyonsport -- An interview with Jeff a seasoned builer with an almost cult following
Bckcountry First Aid -- A little knowledge can go a long way helping a hurt cyclist.
Doping in Cycling -- The drive to compete and win is as old as humankind. Athletes throughout history have sought foods and potions to increase their performance. Where should we draw the line?
Winter Blues -- Do you feel slowed down and have a hard time waking up in the morning? Are you having problems focusing at work or in your relationships? You may have the winter blues.
Jeremy VanSchoonhoven
-- An interview with a very talented young professional trials rider that has his eye on the top.
Denali Electrical Cycles -- Interview with Ely Schless is the owner and founder of Denali Electric Cycles
Jim Kish from Kish Fabrications -- Interview with the custom crafter of titanium frames

Training - Whether you want to ride a century or race your bicycle across the country, effective training is essential. The Ultra Marathon Cycling Association provides expertise on training for long distance cyclists to help you build endurance and speed to reach your goals. Nutrition - Eating and drinking set the limits on how far and fast you can ride your bicycle. The Ultra Marathon Cycling Association can help you learn what food and drink will help you reach your goals!
Women's bikes are often just pink versions of the men's models.
Even if it's a bike actually designed for females, take them for extensive test rides, and compare many models to avoid buying a bike that is not designed for your body.
As one example, the lower center of gravity and less upper-body weight means that a more forward riding posture is needed on ascents.
There are a lot of poorly designed bikes targeted at women riders, and the only way to know what is a lemon is to take lots of quality test rides on lots of different bikes.
By Dave Clary - I came to learn of recumbents in an unusual way. Shortly after arriving in San Angelo, I subscribed to the Prodigy on-line service. I spent a couple hours a night on the cycling bulletin board. One of the other regular posters was Tom Howe, who's .sig included an ascii drawing that I didn't recognize. That's when I found out what an F-40 was (a fully faired bike from Lightning). That began my journey towards laid back cycling!
This article focusses on only the most basic skills: pedaling, steering and balancing, that make it possible for a child to operate a bicycle. There is much more to teach and to learn about cycling than this, but that is beyond the scope of this particular article.
There is a lot of mystique in choosing tires. 23 mm tires produced better results than narrower 18 mm versions in a recent comparison of rolling resistance. The wider tire formed a curved D shape compared to the flat based U shape of the narrower one. This resulted in a smoother ride, less rolling resistance, and a greater resistance to impact, pinch-type, punctures. The size of the contact area with the road depends on the inflation pressure. If you run the same pressure in a fat and a skinny tire, the contact areas remain the same. That being the case, it is the shape of the contact area that will change, and a D shape (above) has the performance advantage.
Question*: I broke a shifter cable this morning and it got me thinking about the brake cables. Given that brakes are critical to safety, should their cables be replaced as a matter of course, say every 12 months or at some mileage interval? My bike is 8 years old but was not ridden much before the last year when I started commuting to work. -- Roger G. Answer: Jim Langley Replies: If your bike was stored inside during those years of little activity, I bet the brake cables are fine. The things that cause problems are corrosion (from exposure to the elements) and abuse (severe riding or crashing).Shifter cables are more likely to break than brake cables. They get more use because you shift more than you brake. And shifter cables are thinner -- 1.1 or 1.2 mm in diameter vs. 1.6 mm for brake cables. That's a significant difference.
Stretching can help--but it can also hurt. Stretching regularly will help you avoid tight muscles and injuries. But it can be a two-edged sword. The wrong type of stretching can lead to injuries.
Cardiovascular conditioning, strength training and stretching. argeting a specific event is a great idea, because the date gives you something to look forward to and keeps you motivated as you train
A complete stretching routine can take as little as 10 minutes. The best time to stretch is after you have warmed up and the muscles are warm. The best time to perform your flexibility routine is after exercise. This is when the muscle is the muscle is the warmest and you can use the relaxation. Focus on stretching the muscles you use the most during your specific exercise or sport.
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Cycling Performance Tips. Although riding techniques may differ, the principles of nutrition and exercise physiology as well as specific mileage and cardiovascular training programs are quite similar for mountain biking and road biki
In 1969, I rode a Peugeot ten-speed into the White Mountains of New Hampshire, 120 miles from my home, without a clue what I was doing. I brought no cash. I didn’t eat or drink. I didn’t shift gears. I didn’t wear cycling clothes. I had no way to fix a flat and wouldn’t have known how to do the job even if I’d had the tools to do it. Starving, cold and miserable, I spent a sleepless night next to a river. I decided at daybreak that I’d pedal home—if I could—or hitchhike there if I couldn’t.
Bicycle fitting is a subject most people find quite mysterious. Fitting systems with charts and graphs, computer software, measuring devices and "rules of thumb" make for a lot of confusion. But I believe it’s really quite simple. Bicycle fit involves compromises. Compromises between comfort and performance, quick acceleration and handling stability, top speed and "taking in the scenery".
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