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INSIDE KNOWLEDGE • WE BEGGED SOME OF THIS ISSUE’S COOLEST RIDERS FOR THEIR BEST ADVICE
MY BICYCLING LIFE • EXPERT HACKS, GEAR RECS & BIKE-TESTED WISDOM FROM OUR STAFF
MY BICYCLING LIFE • EXPERT HACKS, GEAR RECS & BIKE-TESTED WISDOM FROM OUR MEMBERSHIP COACH
IN A YEAR WHEN SO MUCH IS CHANGING, WE’RE CHANGING THE WAY WE REVIEW PRODUCTS
HOW TO DO IT • TIPS AND TRICKS FOR EVERY PART OF YOUR RIDE LIFE
Corner on a Bike Like the Pros • Learning how to corner the right way is an important skill to have at any level. It isn’t just about going faster; proper cornering is also about having better control over your bike, making your rides safer and more enjoyable, says Neal Henderson, a cycling and triathlon coach for 20+ years, who served as a cycling coach for the U.S. Olympic team in 2012 and 2016. Here are Henderson’s tips for doing it well.
Practice Better Shifting
Care for Your Setup During Indoor SZN
MEASURE CHAIN WEAR WITH A RULER
GEAR OF THE YEAR 100 BEST PRODUCTS OR THIS YEAR—AND BEYOND • In a year with unprecedented challenges and changes to how we ride and what matters most to cyclists, Bicycling evaluated more than 1,000 pieces of gear so we could recommend the best ones for you. Over the course of that testing, we found that these 100 extraordinary products have the value, performance, design, and social context to meet those shifting demands while elevating every mile you ride.
2020 BIKE OF THE YEAR Bicycling
GEAR OF THE YEAR TRAINING
THE BEST DIRECT-DRIVE TRAINERS • Ever since the phrases “shelter in place” and “stay at home” entered our lexicon, indoor riding has seen an unprecedented boom. The indoor trainer, often used when all outdoor options have been exhausted, is one of this year’s most important pieces of cycling equipment. Direct-drive smart trainers like the ones here interact with virtual platforms and training programs, changing resistance automatically for a real-world cycling experience. Plus, they are smoother than on-wheel friction trainers, they don’t destroy tires, and they are virtually silent. We’ve tested dozens of models this year, and these four are the best in terms of quality, comfort, and value, each deserving a Gear of the Year award.
GEAR OF THE YEAR GARAGE
BUILD A BETTER HOME WORKSHOP • With bike ridership soaring, and shops backed up with repairs, now’s a great time to set up or improve your home workshop. Here’s some practical advice from Shannon Leigh, who teaches bike maintenance through her company, Radiant Wrench, in Sammamish, Washington. She also breaks down common repairs regularly on Bicycling’s YouTube channel.
YES, THE FACE MASK IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT AND VEXING PIECES OF GEAR THIS YEAR
3 MASKS MADE FOR CYCLING • WITH ANTIVIRAL TREATMENTS AND INSERTS, THESE MASKS CAN PROVIDE EXTRA PROTECTION AGAINST THE SPREAD OF COVID-19.
GEAR OF THE YEAR WEAR
3 KITS TO MAKE EVERY RIDE BETTER • Aliya Barnwell is a cycling coach and founder of a cycling nonprofit for youths. She also runs the @kitaddiction Instagram account, where she reviews and highlights her favorite bike apparel.
GEAR OF THE LIVE
GEAR OF THE FUEL
GET YOUR PROTEIN NATURALLY
GEAR OF THE YEAR RIDE
ARE NEW HOOKLESS RIMS BETTER FOR YOU?
HOW TO BE A RIDER • TO JO ANDRIANARIVO, 37, FREELANCE PHOTOGRAPHER, PORTLAND, OREGON