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.

If you do much cycling on the road, you understand the rational fear of getting hit by a car. It seems like everyone has either been hit or knows someone who has. These incidents can range anywhere from a simple side-swipe that causes little to no damage to much worse. While we all hope to never experience colliding with a car, it’s important to know what to do in the event that you do get hit. A few years ago, I had the misfortune of getting in a minor accident with a car while I was on my bike. Not having…

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At some point in your cycling life, you’ll take a spill. It’s the hard truth that falls happen, and they are never pleasant. You should be able to avoid the vast majority of falls by riding smart, being aware of your surroundings, and reacting to changing road conditions, but it is important to simply know how to fall. Know how to fall? It might sound like nonsense, but anyone who has studied martial arts knows that one of the first things that is taught in many of these disciplines is the basic skill of falling. All bicyclists should think about…

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Many cyclists take pride in their ability to improvise solutions to various problems on the road. One of the best we’ve ever heard of was a touring duo who experienced too many flat tires on a remote stretch of agricultural land in the Midwest. Their solution? Take out the tube and stuff the tire with hay to preserve the rims and make it to the next town. It sounds bumpy, but it worked. Many cyclists have stories like this: times when they’ve had to think on the fly about how to get home or keep a bike limping along much…

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If you’re not already doing it, you’ve probably at least started thinking about riding to work. That’s great! With a little preparation, riding your bike to work has all kinds of benefits. And it’s a lot more fun than sitting in a car, stuck in a traffic jam! If you’re new to the whole commuting thing or just haven’t done it in a while, I’ve put together our top 10 bike commuting tips to help you get over the learning curve sooner than later. 1. Plan your route. Narrow, busy roads are no fun when you’re on a bike. Big trucks…

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Tires are one of the most important parts of your bike, as they provide your contact for steering, stopping and accelerating. Good tires make life smooth and easy. Bad tires make for a bad day. Even the best tires wear out over time and need replacing, so whether your old set is falling apart or you are building a new bike, this guide will go over the different types of tires and tubes for different riding styles. Sizing The main rule of tire and tube sizing is this: the tire must match the wheel, and the tube must match the tire. If you…

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Everyone knows that bicycling is a great workout. There’s nothing like that feeling of a pounding heart, burning legs and ragged breaths that comes from a good cardio workout. And while it’s not too hard to get a decent workout with any bike ride, it can be hard to get killer workout — one that will leave you sore for a few days in a row. The benefits of vigorous cycling exercise are really amazing, and fall into a few major categories:Cardiovascular healthThese exercises will help you to develop a strong, robust and healthy cardiovascular system. Regular cycling can reduce the risk…

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Bicycle racing is a fascinating and heart-pounding sport. The strategy required to move up in a multi-stage race, the pure power of an all-out sprint, or the grit of a time trial: in every case, bike racing is a beautiful example of competition at its best. Today we are going to list the top road races in the world. While you might never be able to participate in these yourself (although who knows; keep on training!), you can participate through watching. Spectating the world’s top bike races is a phenomenal experience, especially with the breathtaking camera work that makes you feel like you’re in…

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Many people have dreams about taking long bike trips across beautiful countryside. It’s called bike touring, and it’s actually not that hard. Touring — while it takes some time, some knowledge and a slightly more complex collection of gear — is well within the reach of most riders. This article will be the first in a series of pieces that will help new touring converts plan, prepare and hit the road on multi-day tours. The second article will go over the actual riding period, and the third article will help you with the camping aspect of bike touring (which, as will…

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Believe it or not, it’s that time of year again. The snow is melting, the temperatures are rising, and your bike is calling your name. Each year you make upgrades to your bike to shake off the dust and get back to doing what you love. There are a hundred different things you can do to get your road bike back faster and stronger than ever, but here we focus on six basic, relatively inexpensive upgrades that will show big improvements. This list is in no particular order of importance, but is meant to give you some ideas on getting the most…

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It’s probably safe to say that most cyclists, at some point, have dreamed about traveling to an amazing location just to ride their bikes. But sometimes the daily grind just gets us down, and the dream starts to fade. That’s why we’ve put together this short list of awesome destination rides, so you can keep the dream alive! Whether you want to tour and camp for weeks or just make a few day trips out of a particular route, there’s something here for you. So read and dream. Then make it happen! The Pacific Coast Highway Starting in Vancouver, British…

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