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How To Lubricate Your Bike Chain

After checking the condition of your bike chain , I propose to you today to see together how properly to lubricate its chain of bike .

The role of bike lube

The lubrication of your bike’s chain has two roles:

it avoids the mechanical friction of the chain on the teeth of your speed group (sprockets, rollers, etc.).
It protects the metal parts from moisture, and therefore rust.
In this picture, there are already some rusting tasks on my chain: it will be necessary to think about changing soon.

rust on bike chain

A properly lubricated chain will slide perfectly on all parts of your gear group. You will therefore gain in speed and comfort if the lubrication of the chain is perfect.

Choosing the Right Oil

There are several types of oils to grease your chain. The best known can be spray (with a sprayer), or liquids .

Spray oil is easy to apply; however, I rarely use it. The oil is often of poor quality and badly distributed on your speed group. However, it remains very practical to troubleshoot, during a long bike ride for example.

choose bike lubricant

I chose to use liquid grease . It is simpler to apply , often of good quality and you can create your own mixtures . Indeed, I use two types of liquid greases: one for dry weather, lighter and less sticky, and one for wet weather, thicker texture. The latter will tend to make more sludge but is essential in winter, when it rains often: its resistance to weather is much better.

Apply lubricant to the chain

First of all, it is essential to properly clean your bike chain to avoid adding lubricant on a layer of sludge. That would be counterproductive.

Once your chain is perfectly clean, have an old toothbrush and put your oil mixture on it .

how to apply bike oil

Hold your toothbrush firmly under your chain and rotate the pedal. The chain will therefore pass on your toothbrush full of oil . Do the same for the top of the chain, as well as both sides.

grease the bike chain

If you have put enough lubricant on your brush, just rotating the chain should also lubricate the rollers and trays. Do not hesitate to change gears and plates several times to correctly spread the oil on all parts of the gear unit.

You can also add a little oil to the various parts of the gear unit (derailleurs, rollers, etc.) with your toothbrush.

oil bicycle trays

The principle of “who can most can do the least” is not valid when lubricating the chain 😉If it is necessary to lubricate the chain sufficiently to avoid hearing disturbing noise when it is turning, it will be necessary to avoid too grease it! Otherwise, it will clog up much faster and you will need to clean it again quickly.

Finally, once the manipulation is carried out, do not hesitate to pass a blow of absorbing paper on your chain to remove the surplus .

remove bike oil

Finally, consider adjusting the amount of fat as a function of time . Wet / wet weather will require regular lubrication of your chain. You can therefore afford to increase the amount of oil.

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Choosing a Bike Carrier

To go on holiday or weekend, the bike rack is very useful. With family or friends, it allows you to transport all bicycles safely. Feu Vert offers you a wide range of technical products at the best price!
The bike rack you choose will depend on the frequency and conditions of use, your budget and of course the number of bicycles you want to carry.

Good to know: There are bike racks that are equipped with anti-theft systems. Some models of bicycle racks require a hitch. To choose and have your team hit click here.
There are 4 different fastening systems:
Roof rack bicycle racks: can be installed in parallel with a roof box, allows free access to the trunk of the car. the bike carrier that attaches to the roof bars allows you to keep a good view at the rear. Suitable for occasional use as the loading and unloading of bicycles is the simplest.
Bicycle rack for trunk attachment: allows to transport several bicycles without installing roof bars or couplings, condemns access to the trunk. Can be fixed with straps. Suitable for occasional use because this roof box condemns access to the safe.
Bicycle carrier suspended on ball coupling: very easy to assemble, the reclining models allow access to the trunk. Frequent use. It is the safest way to transport your bikes.
Treadmill bike carrier: practical, simple to assemble and to load, very secure (good stability up to 4 bikes), the reclining models offer access to the trunk. Suitable for frequent use.

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Cycling All Year Round

Tip: it’s like cross-country skiing! When you go out for a bike ride of more than 10 minutes, the best clue to adjust your clothing remains your cold tolerance. The ideal is to have a bit cold at the moment of the first pedal stroke, history to be comfortable after having traveled the first kilometers. If you feel warm when you leave, you may find the third layer of fleece superfluous after a few minutes of pedaling!

On your head
Summer helmet + tuque + cache-col : you want to live a first experience of winter bike but do not want to invest masses in specialized clothing? You can simply put on a thin toque under your helmet and a mask!

Helmet winter + collar : the ultimate! The winter helmet is the helmet that you can also wear in skiing. With its integrated earmuffs and its shape designed to accommodate your ski goggles, this helmet is perfectly suited to face the winter on your two wheels! Just think of putting a collar, because this helmet does not assume the protection of your neck … this is its only defect!

Ski goggles: in cold or snowy weather, to prevent your eyes from freezing or to parry the snowflakes, put on your ski goggles! It is a must-have accessory for the four-season cyclist.

Waterproof and breathable coat : (5 ° C and +) ideal for a rainy autumn day! The coat protects you from wind and water without too much sweat, especially if it is equipped with ventilation slides, perfect for aeration of your underarms!

Waterproof and breathable coat : (-5 ° C to + 5 ° C) at this temperature, conditions are difficult to predict … The watchword: to stay dry, because by -5 ° C, to be wet, it is the poison, especially if the wind rises! Always have a waterproof coat that protects you from dirt.

Winter coat: (-5 ° C and below) when winter comes and you blow its icy wind and its flakes in the face, you must adorn yourself! In this situation, wearing your winter coat is the best solution. A cross-country coat with good ventilation is ideal, but your good old winter coat is also good. If it’s very cold? Just add an underlay!

Gloves and Mittens
Small neoprene gloves : (5 ° C and +) neoprene gloves are ideal to keep your hands warm even in the rain!

Three-finger gloves : (-5 ° C to + 5 ° C) choose a warm winter glove … three fingers for better dexterity!

Mittens : (-5 ° C and less) since these are the ends that freeze most quickly, protect your hands and opt for a good pair of warm mitts! If you are a chilly type or the temperature drops below -15 ° C, you can add small gloves inside your mittens.

Waterproof and breathable pants : (5 ° C and +) when the weather is rainy, wearing this type of trousers provides perfect comfort! It slips as much over a shorts in summer, as over pants when the mercury is lower!

Waterproof and breathable trousers : (-15 ° C to + 5 ° C) in winter, wearing waterproof and breathable pants over your outfit will keep you warm and protect you from dirt!

Waterproof and breathable trousers : (-30 ° C to -15 ° C) in cold weather, it is essential to protect yourself from the wind and to remove moisture! For that, wearing a waterproof and breathable pants over a hot suit or pants will suck you perfectly.

In your feet
Rain boots : (5 ° C and +) to keep your feet dry, a good old pair of rain boots does the trick on short distances. Otherwise, expect your feet to be soaked … sweating!

Shoes + waterproof shoe covers : (-15 ° C to + 5 ° C) to protect your feet, put on a waterproof shoe cover over your favorite shoes will give you great comfort, without compromising your style once you reach your destination !

Winter Boots : (-30 ° C to -15 ° C) in your feet, a warm winter boot … but make sure you’re comfortable on your pedals.
Do you own a bike? Well you can ride the winter! There is no perfect bike for the cold season … every cyclist has his / her preferences. So, if you want to learn, you can certainly use this good old bike that transports you so well all the other months of the year!

Tip: Before starting, make sure your brake and gear systems are working and that your chain is properly lubricated. Note also that in the winter, the pavement is wet so think of you and the others by equipping yourself with complete mudguards.

Tip: winter freezes! Remember to always have a small bottle of locking deicer in your bag or in your coat pocket so that you do not start the day in the bad mood and the delay … (Very inexpensive, available in hardware stores or stores bikes and very little space).

Active Lighting
In winter, the days will shorten and your journeys will often take place in the dark. To ride safely, add lights to your bike: a white light at the front and a red at the rear.

Tip: If your journey is poorly lit, you will need a lighthouse to see well, with a power of about 150 lumens or more. On a well-lit course, a lighthouse of 60 to 150 lumens will allow other road users to see you.

Tip: As the cold is hard for batteries, consider recharging them frequently or having a set of spare lights.

Tip: If the road is slippery, you can reduce the pressure of your tires. Be careful not to go below the minimum pressure recommended by the manufacturer (follow the indications on the edge of your tires). A slightly softer tire will offer better grip.

Studded : these tires, designed for snow, cold and ice, will allow you to adhere well to the slippery road thanks to their band of small nails. This remarkable traction has however a price: they are heavier and make your progression slower or more demanding and are quite expensive.

Cyclocross : Versatile and inexpensive tires! Since they are rather thin, they are able to splitthe snow and to reach the asphalt even through a thick layer of snow. Effective! On the other hand, they adhere little to the ice. Drive with caution. Affordable price.

Mountain : these wide tires with crampons, also very affordable, adhere very well to the roadway even when it is wet. However, they adhere more readily to snowy and icy surfaces. Drive with caution. Affordable price.

Derailleur (s) : This is the most conventional system on the market, since they are generally affordable and fairly reliable. On the other hand, they can freeze in cold weather. It is therefore recommended to choose a ratio that suits us and avoid changing the speeds.

Hub at internal speeds : as the speeds are protected inside the hub, the risks of breakage are practically zero and the system is efficient in all conditions! This system will, however, make your beast burdensome and is a little more expensive to buy.

Single speed (standard and fixed gear) : the fewer parts, the less risk of breakage! On the other hand, since there is only one speed, it is sometimes more difficult to advance. Attention, the one-wheel freewheelstandard can also freeze in very cold weather. And for the followers of the fixed pinion, have at least one emergency brake!

On rims (V-brake, cantilever) : their jaws close on the rim of the wheel. This type of brake is quite effective, albeit a little less when the pavement is wet. Beware of frost during temperature deviations! The rims and brake pads will also tend to wear out prematurely in the winter.

Backpedal : As it is integrated into the hub, it is a very reliable system, regardless of the conditions. On the other hand, the bike will be more skidded with such a braking system; a minimum of practice is required before taking the road, and an additional brake is recommended.

discs: this system is very effective in all conditions but is rather fragile … It requires a little maintenance, and depending on the quality, is relatively expensive compared to other braking systems.

Drums : a good choice in all conditions. A durable purchase, which requires little maintenance since it is sheltered from bad weather. However, emergency braking is less efficient than other systems … keep your distance! Weak point: it is very heavy and requires a compatible hub.

Tip: Remember to slightly reduce the height of your saddle in early winter. The icy roadway and challenging conditions will sometimes require you to set foot on the ground quickly to keep you in balance or to keep you in balance. You will return it to the return of the beautiful days!

The watchword: lubrication! Do not neglect your channel, otherwise your travels will be neglected during winter! Adopt a more viscous chain lubricant than in the summer season, which is more than 24 hours in wet conditions, but do not forget to wipe off excess with a cloth to prevent it from accumulating dirt as quickly as you clean it. You can then supplement with a more liquid lubricant as needed.

Also remember to lubricate the other components of your bike (braking system, radius nuts, derailleur, crankset, etc.) a few times during winter to improve performance and reduce the risk of freezing.

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Advice for Choosing a Child’s Bike


It is essential to choose a good bike for children. With your help, he will learn very quickly to ride on two wheels like the biggest! You must choose a reliable bike adapted to its age and size.

.The questions to be asked
Before choosing the bike, it is necessary to ask these few questions:
– Is the size of the bike well suited?
– is the weight of the bike light enough?
– do the speeds change easily?
– Is the saddle comfortable?
– Are the wheels indispensable?

.Bicycle models
The manufacturers propose models of bicycles adapted to the age and capacities of the child.

bikes for children
The balance bike is ideal for a child of 2 years. It allows him to learn to keep in balance. To move forward, he must simply push the draiser with his feet. With this bike, the child will move more quickly from small wheels.

The small wheeled bike is intended for a 3 year old child. The wheels ensure stability and balance. The bike is adapted to its morphology. It is equipped with small playful accessories like a bell or a basket.

The bicycle without training wheels is perfect for a child who has already learned to pedal on two wheels (usually 5 – 10 years). There are ATVs and VTCs adapted to the morphology and size of the children. Several sizes are proposed.

Thebike junior is ideal for a child of 10 years knowing perfectly how to handle the two-wheeled. You have to buy a junior bike when the child becomes too big for his little bike. It allows you to cross obstacles, climb slopes and brake easily. This is the ultimate step before switching to an adult bike.

The child bike is thought to help him learn how to ride easily.

The pieces used are chosen carefully:

– frame: the smaller the child, the lower the frame and the center. The child should not have difficulty climbing on it.

– fixed gear: when the pedals are no longer used, the wheel stops rotating. It is an indispensable safety for a child who is not used to using the brakes.

– adjustable saddle without tool: the child adjusts easily according to its size.

– speeds: the child must be familiar with the shift. This will facilitate his conduct in the coasts. The child bike can consist of up to 6 speeds.

– chain enclosed: the casing protects the chain and the child. She must not come into contact with the child’s feet and fingers. Thanks to the chain guard, the laces do not become entangled in the chain.

– castors: they facilitate the learning of the two wheels. They are easy to dismantle.

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Tips for Bicycle Care and Maintenance

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Bicycle Care

A good maintenance of your bike protects you from complications such as:
the bike repair at a pro
apply a bicycle patch because of a puncture.
Basic bike care: safety and comfort
The maintenance of a bicycle is done on several levels:
take daily care of his bike,
repair it or entrust it to a repairer,
change a wheel when necessary.
To take care of your bike, you must:
clean and lubricate after each use,
check the adjustment of each element before use.
It does not take much time, but can:
prevent accidents,
extend the life of the bike and its components,
improve the comfort of use.

Cleaning the bike: how to use it

Cleaning your bike requires a little equipment.
Cleaning your bike: the necessary equipment
Some shops offer complete maintenance kits (about $15). Choose a clean and spaced location and take care of yourself:
a jump of water,
a bicycle maintenance product,
of clean and dry cloths,
a lubricant for a bicycle,
of a degreaser for bicycle.
Warning ! The dishwasher deteriorates the frame.
Steps to clean the bike
Here are the 3 stages of maintenance of the bike:
Dry or wet cleaning
To clean the bike frame, you can use a water sponge and cleaning product: all items that do not fear water can be cleaned as well.
Instead, use a clean rag on rust-sensitive parts, rims, handles and spokes, and some stools that can absorb water.
Caution: conventional water jets and pressurized water jets can damage the frame.
All parts cleaned with detergent and water should be rinsed to leave no traces.
Caution: Do not touch the handles and brakes, they can not stand the water.
Even in the sun, it is important not to let your bike dry.
If the bike remains wet, its components deteriorate more quickly.
To remove the water, simply rub the wet components gently with a dry cloth.

Bike care: degrease and lubricate the chain

The chain may make noise when it is dirty. To remove dirt:
spray degreasing solution on each of the small trays of the rear wheel,
rotate the chain on each tray to spread out the product.
To ensure gear change, the chain must be lubricated. For it :
spray a lubricating solution on each of the small trays on the rear wheel,
rotate the chain on each tray to spread out the product,
then wipe the overflow with a cloth, taking care not to dirty your hands.
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Indoor Cycle Training

Here are some simple sessions to teach you how to use your bike spinning or indoor cycling.

One of the special features of the spinning bike is that you do not have a speedometer or system to measure your effort. You adjust your resistance to sensations.

Spinning training sessions

Some remarks are necessary: ​​as simple as it may seem pedaling is technical.
One can not push in the pedals without real resistance under penalty of finding the saddle particularly uncomfortable by jumping on it with each return of cranks.
Conversely, to put too much resistance to have an effective cadence of pedaling does not make sense.

Some “spinners” are equipped with a cadence meter, use it to stall your pedaling:

warm-up – easy pedaling: 90 rpm (round per minute or crankset per minute),
riding or pedaling in force: 70-80 rpm,
time trial or velocity: 100-110 rpm.
The sessions

Besides the monotonous aspect of training alone, you will gain efficiency by focusing on your goal and technique.

Improvement of general endurance

Or how to replace the Sunday footing with a more complete and less traumatic exercise!
Indeed, if your joints no longer support the running, they will appreciate the bike more. As a warm-up before a weight training or as a single goal, pedal at a gradual rate to raise body temperature and heart rate.
From 15 minutes, you can adjust the resistance of your bike to increase the difficulty.
Keep in mind to keep a rhythmic pedaling despite the difficulty.

Example of session:
Warm-up: 10-15 ‘in flexibility.
Body: 25-35 ‘at regular rhythm (close to 90 rpm or 70% maximum heart rate (or max. HR))
Cool down: 5-10’ slow
Total duration: 40-60 ‘.

Improved muscle strength

Cycling is probably the way to strengthen your legs in the most complete way. Pedaling is such a complete exercise that a dozen weight machines are needed to match it. Quadriceps, glutes, calves, adductors, everything passes!
In order to strengthen your legs harmoniously, take an increasingly important resistance while maintaining an optimal pedaling quality.
In order to use the abdominals while pedaling, you can position your hands on the handlebars but without grasping it: thus, you will not pull on the latter and will be forced to contract your chocolate plate firmly to be powerful.

Example of session:
Warm-up: 10-15 ‘in flexibility.
Body: 3 blocks of 5 to 8 ‘at a rate of 70-80 rpm (adjust the resistance accordingly)
Recovery by pedaling without resistance between 2 and 4’.
Cool down: 5-10 ‘slow
Total time: 40-60’.

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Improved muscle tone

Spinning training sessions

It is the counterpart of strength in cycling; it is necessary to be able to turn the pedals quickly at the risk of being hurt!
Everything is a matter of control and again, with tight abdominals: it is not a question of pedaling without resistance on his indoor bike but adopting a cadence close to 110-120 rpm while maintaining a position almost frozen.
Any jumping on the saddle or movement of the bust is to be avoided as all your energy has to go in your legs and pedal.

Example of session:
Warm-up: 10-15 ‘in flexibility.
Body: 6-8 blocks alternating (1 ‘force 70 rpm – velocity 110 rpm)
Cool down: 5-10’ slow
Total time: 30-40 ‘.

Improved PMA or Maximum Aerobic Power

The PMA is the equivalent of the Maximum Aerobic Speed ​​in running. This still does not tell you anything and well it is the maximum speed (or power) that allows you to stay in endurance. Beyond that, your effort would be short because too violent.
To improve this quality, split training is ideal: in short but intense sequences, you can gradually increase the durations of effort.

Example of session:
Warm-up: 10-15 ‘in flexibility.
Body session: 6-12 blocks alternating (30 ” dancer – 30 ” seated in a quiet pedaling)
(40 ” dancer – 20 ” seated in a quiet pedaling)
(1 ‘dancer – 30’ ‘seated in quiet pedaling)
(1 ‘dancer – 30’ ‘pedaling seated fast – 30’ ‘sitting in quiet pedaling)
Cool down: 5-10’ slow
Total Time: 25-50.

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Cycling vs Running – Can they compliment each other and which is best?

cycling vs running

Which is best, cycling vs running? This is a common question, and the simple answer is that running is compatible with cycling and vice versa. Running is an endurance sport close to cycling. It is compatible, but above all complementary to the practice of cycling. The benefits of a double activity running and cycling are numerous. On the one hand, the muscles are used differently in both disciplines. Running allows for adaptive musculo-skeletal benefits for cycling. On the other hand, the energy aspect of running is very similar to that of road cycling. The cardiovascular stresses are similar and the benefits of the endurance qualities are reproducible in both disciplines.

In short, the practice of running is the twin discipline of the bike. It requires adaptation, but it can be complementary throughout the season, even outside the winter period.

Common Training Patterns for Cycling vs Running.

During a jog, cardiac activity is fairly stable. Your heart beats at about 70% of your maximum heart rate. This level of intensity corresponds to the stamina of cycling.

From there, the cardiovascular benefits are the same whether in running or cycling. This reproducibility applies to all intensities encountered in competition. Thus, a session of maximum aerobic power type 30s30s by bike allows the same central adaptations as a session of maximum aerobic speed in running.

As part of your training, if you have option of including running, don’t hesitate to integrate several sessions of running in place of the bike. On the one hand, the progress from your training will be strengthened and on the other hand, you will break with the monotony of doing 100% bike practice all season. The sessions can be diversified from recovery jogs to full aerobic workouts.

Beginners should start slowly at first with a progressive practice and on soft ground such as the forest. To avoid injuries, it is important to allow time for the musculo-skeletal system to adapt to the practice of running, which brings more mechanical stresses than the bike. Make sure you have a good pair of running shoes, tailored to your practice and morphology. Shoes for running on the road are different from those for the trail.

Running Sessions = Reduced Training Time.

Just like disciplines such as cross-country skiing, running has a very good “energy expenditure / training time” ratio. Indeed, the energy expenditure in running is greater than that of cycling. For example, for a 70 kg man carrying 1 hour of training, he will spend 800 Kcal while jogging at 10 km / h against 380 Kcal for a bike ride at 25 km / h. In short, he must do 2 hours of biking or 1 hour of running to obtain the same energy expenditure. This aspect is very attractive for people in training time deficit. In order to reconcile professional and family constraints with your passion, running is a solution to enhance your training schedules.

Running is an excellent sport for general fitness.

So where does cycling vs running fit with regards to fitness? Cycling has the particularity of being a sport where the forces exerted on the body can lead to tensions and muscle imbalances. Running is, on the contrary, a sport that needs good balance and form. Muscular contractions are different from cycling. The muscular chains from the top to the bottom of the body are stressed, which allows adaptations to the entire physical condition. Incorporating sessions of running into your training can help prevent injuries during your season, but also reinforce your strength in your core, leading to increased efficiency on the bike .

In summary, running is a discipline that is perfectly compatible with cycling and, in some situations, it can be complementary to the physical preparation of a cyclist. To avoid injuries and obtain the most benefit, it is necessary to take the time to learn to run smoothly and efficiently. Be progressive in your training volumes and vary the routes and surfaces you run on. If you have sensitivities in your joints or tendons, try to run on soft ground, but be careful with mountain and trail routes, as the impacts in the descents can be pretty severe.

So there you have it, rather than think about cycling vs running, we recommend you choose cycling and running!

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Cycling: the benefits of spinning or cycling in the gym

indoor cycling

More intense than normal cycling, spinning is defined as an indoor cycling program , in which you ride to the rhythm of lively music, guided by a coach.

What is the advantage of the indoor spinning compared to the classic outdoor bike?

The advantage of spinning is especially winter when it’s cold or raining, and that you can continue to train indoors. The second advantage is that it works as interval training. It is a more intense format compared to road work, because it will give sustained and controllable tempo. On a normal, outdoor road bike, it is more complicated to keep a tempo because one is dependent on the terrain and weather conditions. In spinning, in 50 minutes, we can have a real session of intensity where we can train ourselves thoroughly. This type of training gives also includes faster cadence of pedaling than on the road: 140 spinning is used in the room against 90 to 100 on the road.

Which muscles work?

The buttocks participate in pedaling, which is what makes the extension of the hip. The advantage of spinning is that we work on velocity, power and strength. It is a structure of sessions that allows us to work these 3 qualities, especially during the phases of power where the glutes work. The core of the body also participates in pedaling: the abs are contracted, there is a real core workout. A great calorie expenditure is made by working the lower body, but not only the legs are working hard, also the buttocks and the full cardiovascular system.

To be effective and sustainable, how many hours a week do we have to do?

For spinning, it should be done at least three times a week. Below three sessions, it’s just maintenance. For real results, you have to train regularly!

Is there a risk of injury?

In spinning and in any physical activity, from the moment you move, there are always risks. Pedaling on the wrong setting can cause tendonitis in the knees. In spinning, it is a wheel that turns, and that weighs 20kg. With inertia, it turns on its own. If you do not put any resistance, the knee is driven by the inertia of the wheel and this can be very dangerous. It is therefore necessary to make sure that you have the correct settings to always feel a resistance that will avoid injuries. Its very important.

What food should I eat to fuel this type of training?

You just have to eat a balanced diet, and avoid sugar in general. It is important to eat well. The more muscle you have, the more you burn calories. Diets are treacherous because you have to feed your muscle by eating well. If you lose muscle mass, you lower the basic metabolism and store it right away, because you do not have enough muscle to burn calories.

What equipment do you recommend for spinning?

Pedaling can hurt the buttocks! For minimum comfort, it is necessary to protect yourself with good cycling shorts. spinning-specific bike shoes are also highly recommended, because what is important is the chocks, which fit perfectly into the pedals. People who switch to bike shoes never return to the sneakers for their training!

What are the positive aspects of cycling on health?

Improvement of endurance, fight against cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. There are many benefits. You feel less fatigue on a daily basis and you maintain a better form. Many scientific researches have been undertaken to see the benefits of this activity on the body. In addition, it is necessary to know that the food plays a large part in the benefits. To slim down with this sport, it must be balanced with food.

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Mountain Bike Buyers Guide – Everything you need to know about buying a mountain bike

mountain bike buyers guide

Find the mountain bike you’ve always dreamed of!

In this mountain bike buyers guide we give you the low down on the different types of mountain bike available and what to look for when you’re buying your next mountain bike. Born in California in the 1970s, mountain biking with its sporty profile has invaded our cities and our countryside. The beginnings of the mountain bike were synonymous of adventure … A group of enthusiasts amused themselves to descend the mountains against the clock.

Today, we are far from the first models. The mountain bike has been a huge success all over the world: it has even become the most sold bike. Manufacturers are redoubling creativity and ingenuity to offer ever more innovative frames and offer incredible sensations to mountain bike enthusiasts.

Many people use it every day to go to work. As for those who are looking for pure adrenaline, they turn to the more pointed models, to the ultra-worked suspensions: no bump resists them! There are several types of mountain bikes for each use: all rounder, semi-rigid, enduro, cross-country, small or big wheels … Are you a little lost? Whether you are a beginner or a confirmed mountain bike rider, you will be guided through the jungle of the mountain bike comparison so you can find the bike that fits your needs.

The mountain bike buyers guide to different frame types

In the ears of beginners, these words may not evoke much … The “Fully” and “Hardtail”, as the enthusiasts call them, are two types of mountain bike. All-suspension mountain bikes are equipped with a double damping system (fork and frame), while semi-rigid mountain bikes only have a fork hanging from the front of the bike. Which one to choose, and for what use? Bikester helps you to distinguish them.

Full suspension mountain bike

+ Comfort – Suspension guarantees unbeatable comfort, no matter the terrain!

+ Pleasure of riding and maneuverability – Pleasure and speed guaranteed, excellent maneuverability, suitable for steep descents.

– Weight – The joints, the suspension legs and the equipment make the Fully heavier.

– Price – Count at least 500 € for a fully: a small investment!

+ Equipment – Even bikes for beginners are often very well equipped.

+ Weight – A semi-rigid mountain bike weighs less than an all-suspended. It’s the suspended forks that increase the weight of the bike!

+ Maintenance – Their simpler structure facilitates their maintenance. No technical parts to repair!

– Comfort – In the rear, the shocks are only damped by the wheels. On very bumpy roads, the driver can be a bit rough!


The mountain bike buyers guide to beginners bikes

Technique and quality are not reserved for the pros, far from it. Even beginners can afford, at a lower cost, a beautiful machine that will allow them to enjoy beautiful hikes and ride on any type of path. Entry-level mountain bikes also have a good driving quality and are at least equipped with a solid fork and a stable aluminum frame: this is often everything you need to get started. As for the driving position, it is generally less stretched and therefore more comfortable.

This type of mountain bike is perfectly suited for hiking in nature, but also for daily trips to the city. They are versatile and offer a very pleasant ride, whether downhill or uphill, on road or on country road.

Typically, mountain bike equipment is rather minimalist. Mudguards, lights and crutch, considered to be of little use on this type of bike, are not part of the picture. However, a large number of mountain bikes for beginners are equipped with threaded eyelets that allow the mounting of accessories on the frame. At the level of the basic equipment, it is essential that your mountain bike is equipped with powerful brakes and a good transmission (Shimano and Sram are references in this matter), whether you drive in town or in the countryside. mountain bikes whose price does not exceed 500 € are often equipped with V-Brake brakes. Lightweight and easy to maintain, they have nothing to envy the disc brakes when the road is dry. But once the weather is rainy, mechanical disc brakes and hydraulic brakes take the lead.

Mountain bike buyers guide to prices
Less than $500 can provide you with a mountain bike robust and of good quality, on which you can pedal with confidence and venture on hilly roads. If you equip it with mudguards and lights, it will also be perfect to ride in town!

Starting at $500, you will find more technical mountain bikes (although equally suitable for city driving), equipped with high performance equipment and gearing systems with up to 30 speeds. The long climbs will not discourage you anymore! In downhill, you can trust the high quality brakes and the suspension fork.

Follow good maintenance practice

Performing simple repairs on your bike is within everyone’s reach.  A good bike stand can make this much simpler too. No need for an engineering degree! But to be effective and to keep your bike in good condition, it is better to have some tools and essential maintenance products. For example, regularly oiling the chain of your bike will allow you to enjoy a longer riding comfort! There are also many guides that provide basic advice for mountain bike repair and maintenance.

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mountain bike buyers guide top tip: regular maintenance is important

XC RACE AND MARATHON mountain bike

These mountain bikes are fast in climbs and effective in descents. Nothing resists them: whether you are a fan of technical trails or large unevenness, you will be served! Stability, lightness and rigidity are their greatest assets. It’s up to you to go for long hikes and runs at full speed!

You want to let off steam after a long day of work or to beat your friends in a downhill marathon? The XC Race and Marathon mountain bikes are the answer to your adrenaline desires. Suspended just right, they make the descent pleasant by softening the roughness of the road, but do not go as far as giving you the impression of rolling on air cushions. The sensations first!

The equipment of the XC Race and Marathon is quite spartan. A clearance of 100 to 120 mm is a must, and there is often the possibility of blocking the suspensions of your bike if you are about to climb a long climb. Most of the time, the derailleurs in this category are 2×10 or 1×11. Their frames are becoming more and more carbon, manufacturers are constantly looking for lightness. But a good aluminum frame will do just fine: it will cost you less and its weight will not be an inconvenience. Some mountain bikes are equipped with wheels and ultralight tires. In the XC category, the weight of the bike makes all the difference!

Mountain bike buyers guide to prices
You can find good lightweight rigid under $1000. Even at this price, their equipment is excellent and they are often equipped with wheels 27.5 or 29 inches. But for those looking for noble components, a carbon frame and a minimum weight, prices are higher! If you are a fan of long hikes, an all-hanging Marathon mountain bike will be the best choice. You will need more than $1500. If you want to enjoy the lightness of a semi-rigid while maintaining the comfort of good suspensions, you will need to invest in an mountain bike costing around $1000.


High mountain and very steep slopes: the field of use of these mountain bikes is quite reduced! All-mountain mountain bikes are designed for experienced drivers. Whether you want to cross the Alps or test your agility in very technical circuits, it is the mountain bike you need! The enduro mountain bikes, they are more oriented downhill. If they do not let themselves be defeated in the climbs, they descend the slopes with an ease that leaves speechless! That’s their big point.

These ultra sporty bikes have been designed for all those who place the challenge and the sensations at the heart of their practice. Are not the arduous ribs frightening you? Choose an all mountain mountain bike with big suspensions, up to 160 mm of travel. If, on the contrary, you are a true downhill bike fan and are willing to sacrifice a little efficiency to climb to be able to descend aggressive slopes on your gear, you have the enduro profile! Turn to an all-suspension mountain bike with up to 170 mm travel and a narrow angle. With this formidable machine, you extreme off-road or enduro sessions at the bikepark.

The most recent models are usually equipped with 27.5-inch wheels with tires and wide rims. In order to take advantage of the areas reserved for experienced drivers, 180 mm disc brakes and high quality adjustable suspensions (such as RockShox or Fox) are recommended. Equally important: the handlebar must be wide – not less than 740 mm. From $2000, your bike will have to be equipped with an adjustable seatpost. But even if your mountain bike is cheaper, do not hesitate to equip it with this type of seatpost, very appreciable for this type of sport practice.

The strength of these bikes is their suspended frame. It must be stable and the suspensions very effective: do not neglect the quality and put the price. Many manufacturers offer a basic frame and allow you to choose your equipment. From $1500, you can buy a mountain bike very well equipped! The higher the price, the higher the price … Our advice: for mountain bikes enduro and all-mountain, it is between $2000 and $3000 that the price-quality ratio is the best!

Mountain Bike Buyers Guide to Womens’ Mountain Bikes

More and more women go mountain biking: a new challenge for manufacturers! But do women inevitably have to turn to specially designed bicycles for them? Yes and no. Women can ride on a “normal” mountain bike, provided the size of the frame is suitable for them. Some manufacturers offer specially designed mountain bikes for women. And their arguments are good!

Some experienced bikers have no problem riding on a mountain bike for men. But for other women, the driving position is too “sporty”: the upper tube is a bit too long, the handlebars too wide and the handles too big. The mountain bike saddle for men is not the most comfortable either! Starting women will feel much better on a lightweight and manoeuvrable bike than on a very responsive mountain bike with big suspensions.

All these differences are therefore taken into account by manufacturers, who offer mountain bikes more suited to women: shorter frame, saddle for women, softer suspensions, handlebars and thinner and narrower handles. As for the choice of the model, it is like for the men: it depends on your use, your desires and your budget. If we were to recommend a bike to beginners, it would be a semi-rigid mountain bike, relatively light.

All you need is a little bit of elbow grease to make minimal changes (but that can change everything!) On your mountain bike. You can install a saddle for women, perfectly adapted to the female anatomy, without compromising on the sporty look. On the handlebar handles, smaller grips will be perfect for smaller hands – and come in several colors!

Mountain Bike Buyers Guide to Wheel size: a matter of inches

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mountain bike buyers guide to wheel sizes

A few years ago, all mountain bikes were equipped with 26-inch wheels. We could not imagine anything else! For thirty years, only this diameter was used. Until a bike designer wonders if we could not see things big … The 29-inch wheel was born! The principle is simple: a larger wheel passes without wobbling on small obstacles like roots or pebbles and the bike is therefore more stable. However, their large size makes them heavier and not suitable for smaller cyclists. An intermediate diameter therefore appeared: 27.5 inches. The ideal compromise!

26 inches

A great classic! This diameter ensures agile faultlessness and good stability. But in disciplines like cross-country or hiking, these wheels are less and less used. They are nevertheless perfect for enduro. If you like to pedal in winding paths, you must go to them. Their price has also dropped much!

27.5 inches

The new darling of manufacturers is likely to dethrone the 26-inch version. It combines the agility of a 26-inch wheel and the much more comfortable driving of its larger sister, the 29-inch. The winning combo for bikers who enjoy bikes a little more aggressive.

29 inches

The 29-inch version gave new impetus to cycling, literally. On hilly terrain, you can clearly see the difference: it provides traction power and unparalleled comfort. It is perfect for those who want to go straight without worrying about obstacles. These wheels are a very good choice for mountain biking all mountain! Even the athletes measuring less than 1m70, cross-country enthusiasts and long excursions, can be tempted without surprise. The obstacles will disappear under your wheels!

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