Author: Clive Hirst

Clive Hirst was born and bought up in Frankfort, Kentucky. He was the only child of his parents. He graduated from Kentucky State University and did a major on Microbiology. He is a veteran cyclist and has travelled all across the United States. He is currently working as an assistant professor in a middle eastern College, somewhere in Kurdistan and he still loves cycling when he is not teaching his students.

One of the nightmares that many cyclists have revolves around aggressive dogs barking, snarling, and chasing you as you ride. Unfortunately, this is a serious concern; it happens to many riders (especially in rural areas) and can be a heart-stopping moment. There a few different strategies to avoid trouble in this situation, and this article will go over these. So read on and learn the best ways to stay safe in the face of dogs, large and small! 1. The verbal warning When a dog sprints out of a nearby yard and begins to approach, a verbal warning can sometimes…

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If you have ever watched the Tour de France or any professional cycling race, you have probably seen the riders lining up in single file and riding very close behind one another. This is called drafting and is an important technique that cyclists use to reduce energy output and increase speed on long races. However, it’s a technique that is not only important for racers. Touring cyclists or anyone else who rides long distances in potentially windy areas should know how to draft; it can be the difference between a great afternoon ride and a hellish time fighting against the wind. How…

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Take a look at any graph showing cycling popularity throughout the year. You’ll see a huge drop-off during the winter season. That’s no big surprise; riding in the rain or snow is just not as comfortable and fun as riding on a nice summer’s day. But there are some huge benefits to riding through the whole year, including the cold, wet season. This article will go over these benefits, and hopefully will inspire you to keep on riding your bike no matter what the weather is like. So grab your rain jacket, waterproof panniers, warm gloves, and everything else you need be…

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Many of us have old bikes lying around in the garage, gathering dust and not getting too much use. Well, now is a great time to clean off that old bike and start using it again. This guide will walk you through the process of taking your old bike, cleaning out the old junky components, and getting it prepared for use as a commuter bike — perfect for getting groceries, riding to and from work, and leisurely afternoon rides on the weekends. Step 1: Let’s see what you’ve got. The first thing you want to do is pull your bike…

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Most cyclists (and non-cyclists) have encountered the stereotypical “snobby cyclist.” Generally clad in Lycra and riding a high-end racing bike, the snobby cyclist tends to be disdainful of anyone who is slower than he is on a bike. Non-cyclists might as well be scenery to the snobby cyclist. A bad reputation? There is no beating around the bush: serious road bikers have a bad reputation. Many people who’ve interacted with the stone-faced hardman who passes them everyday on the bike path haven’t had a good experience. They don’t return your nods or waves and don’t respond to your words in passing. Their…

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The modern health crisis in the United States seems to get worse every year, and not much is being done about it. If you are concerned about the your own health of the health of your family or community, promoting bicycling — and taking it up yourself, if you haven’t already — is something you should consider. Cycling, when properly performed with a well-fitted bike, is one of the best exercises known for overall physical fitness and health. This article will explore some of the many ways in which biking keeps you young, strong, and happy. Let’s get to it! Hearth health…

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There are a hundred different things you can do to get your mountain bike back faster and stronger than ever, but here we focus on eight basic, relatively inexpensive upgrades that will show big improvements. This list is in no particular order, but is meant to give you some ideas on getting the most out of your rides. 1. Tires New tires can dramatically change your riding experience instantly. As your bike sits in the corners of the garage or shed, cold temperatures crack and dry out the rubber tread and sidewalls. This leaves your tires with less-than-stellar grip, puncture protection and sidewall stability.…

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It is a sad reality that bicyclists get injured sometimes. While we can use certain techniques to keep ourselves as safe as possible, it is almost inevitable that a bike rider will, at some point in their life, experience a few small falls. A few of us will even experience more serious injuries. This article will focus on some basic first aid techniques for minor wounds sustained during bicycling. This information is based on the first aid training provided in both front-country courses from the Red Cross and wilderness-orientated classes like Wilderness First Responder. Carry a first-aid kit If you ride long…

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As long as there have been bicycles, people have been racing them. After all, put two kids on a bike, and they’re likely to be racing before too long. The history of bicycle racing provides a fascinating look into the development of modern cycling sport and is full of stories of drama, injury, failure, and glory. The first race History records the first official cycling race as taking place on the last day of May, 1868, on the west side of Paris, at the Parc de Saint-Cloud. It covered 1200 meters and was won by James Moore, an Englishman, who rode…

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Anyone who has ever watched a bicycle race can tell you that it is extremely difficult to keep up with the pace. The riders are so fast and agile, making them seem like they’re flying through the air as if it were nothing. Cycling is not just an adrenaline rush; there’s also a lot of strategy involved to beat opponents by using your strengths and weaknesses to your advantage. Even though we may only see cyclists for short periods of time during races, their training and dedication deserves recognition. So, without further ado: these are the best five cyclists in…

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