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  1. The best mobile apps for Cycling

    The best mobile apps for Cycling

    While most people use their mobile phones to check social media and play games, there's a few people who use their mobile phones for handy apps which can be used for almost anything, and in this case, there are apps for cycling reasons, such as tracking your destination via a mobile GPS, tracking how many calories you’ve lost and how far you have cycled, there are apps for just about anything.

    In this blog, we have rounded up our 5 favourite mobile apps for cycling, we have chosen these apps because we think these apps are the most beneficial to you, the rider and these apps will also save you a lot of money as a substitute to buying equipment, and maybe these apps may make your mobile phone seem a bit more useful if you feeling like it’s a bit empty


    Strava

    Available for: iOS, Android

    Price: Free (in-App membership Upgrade)

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  2. Things that no Cyclists can agree with

    Things that no Cyclists can agree with

    All Cyclists will have their debates about certain things with other Cyclist, but here are a few things Cyclists will rarely agree with

    In life, you will without a doubt have a disagreement with someone, and there are a lot of disagreements in the cycling world, in the blog we are going to explain to you the most common arguments between cyclists that no one can quite wrap their finger around to be the winner of the argument.

    Cycling with Headphones

    Knowing about your surroundings is one of the most important things, if not, the most important thing when it comes to cycling. This is where the debate starts, is it safe to wear headphones when cycling? It definitely does have risks, nobody can argue about that.

    Let’s say you are going off-road and you’re wearing headphones, if you&

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  3. How to measure changes in your cycling fitness

    How to measure changes in your cycling fitness

    Monitoring your progress

    After every day of training, you’re probably thinking “was this performance better than my previous one?” or maybe “I definitely did better than my last training, but by how much?” or perhaps something in the middle. Perhaps you’ve just finished your local trail and you’re wondering whether your time this time was better than last time or maybe not as good.

    Without a doubt, the more you train, you will start to be thinking “i’ve been training a lot recently, surely it’s making a difference”. It’s always a great idea to jot down what you’ve accomplished from your most recent ride, and it’s great to compare your most recent accomplishment to your previous one to see whether you have improved since your last training day.

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  4. How to keep a training diary

    How to keep a training diary

    If you’re wanting to know how much you’re improving, make a training diary!

    It’s a great idea to keep a cycling diary because this can be used to help you develop a consistent and structured routine. Noting down previous sessions is a great because you can use this to reflect on your most recent session and if you are making improvements as each session goes on.

    Unsure about what to write in this diary and how to structure it? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! There are so many sections to include in a diary so we completely understand if anybody isn’t exactly sure what to write down, however, diarys can be used for different purposes, such as varying between fitness and also your session analytics, but we will go into detail for both so don’t worry.

    Some of these will be used for you to look back o

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  5. Brand Focus – GT Bicycles

    Founded in Canada in 1979, GT Bicycles focus on designing and crafting high-quality mountain, road and BMX bikes, they first brought attention to the media when they were first developed for designing the revolutionary ‘triple triangle’ design, and after receiving $30,000 commission, they went ahead to craft a 16lbs, all carbon fibre, ‘superbike’ which blew the crowd away when it was shown off and debuted at the 1996 summer games which gave them a lot of attention and resulting into a lot of sponsorship deals with riders such as Rebecca Twigg and Juli Furtado. Back in 1998, the company finally went public and then collaborated with the company which is also known as Questor Partners and then after this, they merged together with Schwinn.

    As stated previously, GT was very iconic for their “triple triangle” hardtail design which consists of the seat stays being parallel to the downtube which was attached to the top tube as well rather being

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  6. Why do we love Mountain Biking?

    The big question that we get asked a fair amount from people who don’t see the fun or benefits in Mountain Biking is why do we enjoy Mountain Biking? Why do you prefer Mountain biking to other sports? What about Mountain Biking is it that gives you that excitement and thrill of being able to say that you are a part of the Biking community.
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  7. How to choose your next Mountain Bike

    The mountain bike, with grippy fat tyres, a wide-range of gear and powerful brakes is the modern day escape to getting touch with mother nature while getting exercise and having a good time. Riding a mountain bike is a great way of getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and experience some quality time on the saddle.
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  8. Brand Focus: Scott

    Scott first started out as a skiing company, created by a very talented engineer who goes by the name of Ed Scott, who got a name for himself after inventing the first tapered aluminum ski pole which was used to replace using the existing bamboo and steel ski pole. Due to this invention, this was the reason the brand SCOTT was launched and pioneered Ed as the technical product leader in the skiing industry.
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  9. Brand Focus: IBIS Cycles

    Firstly founded back in 1981, the brand is over 30 years old, and it all started from the basics, no money and almost no plan at all, but they had one ambition and one ambition only and that was to be one of the most innovative and technically gifted at being ahead of the current game. Founded in Mendocino, Northern California.
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  10. Brand Focus: Yeti Cycles

    Brand Focus – Yeti Cycles

    The History

    Yeti Cycles was founded back in 1985 by a man who goes by the name of John Parker, the brand was founded in California, which is such an ideal place to take part in Mountain Biking and cycling due to the amount of beautiful areas and different types of terrain. Parker used to live life as a welder who built a career on designing sets for Hollywood movies, and after a while of doing so, he then later took a fancy to the sport and because of being a welder, decided to take his own innovative and design bikes for himself that suited his style of ride. He then later became a guardian to the sport we all know and love, gaining a place in the spot for the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame.

    yeti cycles mtb

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