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Best Practices for Washing Your Bicycle

It’s inevitable – even if you just leave it in storage, your bike is going to get dirty. And while wiping it down with a wet rag can solve a minor dirt problem, it’s wise to do a deep cleaning of your bike every once in a while. Here’s a short how-to on bike cleaning. Cleaning That Bike What you need: bucket, rags, a cleaning agent (diluted dish soap works well if you don’t have a dedicated bike wash product), clean water, degreaser or solvent and a soft, bristled brush. Remove the bike’s chain. Spray it with degreaser or solvent and scrub away any gunk you see. While there are devices available that allow you to clean the chain while it’s still attached to the bike, those aren’t necessary – some good old elbow grease will do the job just fine. Allow the chain to dry while you continue to…
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5 Beginner’s Tips for Better Cycling

Are you thinking of jumping into cycling? Whether for your commute, exercise or simply for fun, cycling is an incredibly versatile activity and there’s no better place on Earth for it than sunny San Diego. Here are some tips for beginners to help you get the most out of your ride. Five Tips Don’t just buy any old bike and helmet. Your helmet should be snug and brightly colored (for biking in low light), and it should meet the standards of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Your bike should fit your frame; when straddling the bike, you should have about one to two inches of clearance between your body and the top tube. Your handlebars should be one inch lower than the seat top. Make sure the seat is anatomically designed and comfortable enough for long-term use (many racing bikes have hard, narrow seats that can be uncomfortable.) Start…
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Vitamins and Minerals and How They Can Help Cyclists

What do different vitamins and minerals do to the body that can help with cycling fitness? Vitamin B6. According to Trails.com, this vitamin is useful for breaking down proteins and helping the body transport oxygen to the muscles. It also has been shown to release serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps you feel good. Vitamin E. According to LiveStrong.com, this vitamin has cycling-specific benefits that help cyclists increase stamina and endurance. It also has an antioxidant effect. Vitamin C. Most people are familiar with vitamin C’s ability to stave off sickness, which helps cyclists stay in top form. People may not be aware that vitamin C also helps build collagen, which is necessary for healthy tendons and arteries. Vitamin B1. According to HealthGuidance.com, vitamin B1 is useful for converting carbohydrates into energy. Additionally, without sufficient B1, cyclists may lose physical coordination in large muscle groups essential to cycling. Vitamin D. This…
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