The best cycling blogs for beginners

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Before you get in the saddle, bookmark these blogs for the best in cycling advice
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If you’re one of the growing number of people getting into cycling, you’ll doubtless be on the hunt for helpful advice to get you started. Here we take a look at some of the best cycling blogs and websites for new riders. Choc full of info, these guys offer all the inspiration and knowhow to help you saddle up. 

Life in the Saddle

Tim Wiggins from Life in the Saddle

“Live to Ride. Ride to Live” says Tim Wiggins
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Choosing the right bicycle saddle for you starts with sitting on a piece of corrugated cardboard, says Tim Wiggins of Life In The Saddle. Marking the indentations of your seat bones allows you to calculate your seat bone width—the basic measurement for choosing a saddle that correctly supports your backside, avoiding you feeling numb and sore.

Offering a wealth of cycling expertise; for everyone from beginners to elite rides, Tim is a semi-professional rider with oodles of experience to share…

Ride to work? Eat breakfast before you leave “If you ride fasted on a frequent basis, then you are constantly depleting glycogen stores below their natural levels, which means you are more likely to get post ride hunger pains and ‘fridge raider frenzy’ when you stop”.

All About the Ride

Bike with two lights in the dark

Don’t forget your rear lights when cycling in the dark
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A decent front light helps you see where you’re going but don’t forget your rear light, say the guys at All About the Ride. You need a safety light to comply with UK law, but you should use an effective rear light all year round, whenever you’re cycling. To help you choose the right rear light for safety and visibility, All About the Ride provides a full guide to what’s available.

All About the Ride is a cycling website and social media community dedicated to “honest product reviews, beginners’ guides and cycling tips from everyday cyclists”. Looking to winterproof your bike? Begin with mudguards. Not only do they keep your back dry and protect those riding behind you from grit and spray, but “a full-length set of mudguards can also protect your frame and more importantly your drivetrain.”

Discerning Cyclist

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Take a stylish approach to cycling
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Are you wondering why cycling is so addictive? If so, you’ll love the Discerning Cyclist’s post about the effects of your new hobby on your body and brain – like the fact that riding helps kids deal with ADHD, lessening the need for drug interventions.

Discerning Cyclist loves to talk about clothes that look great but which don’t make you look like a cyclist – if lycra is your thing, you won’t find it here. Instead, what you will get is loads of interesting posts about topics that matter to all cyclists, beginners or otherwise. Would you like some tips for safe cycling? With the UK’s changeable weather and dark winters, this advice is well worth a read.

Dirty Wknd

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A cycling club is a great way to stay active and socialise in the great outdoors
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“Most people have their saddle too high,” says Dirty Wknd’s bike fit partner, Dan Boyd. To avoid injury and maximise pedaling efficiency, you should be looking for a knee bend of between 30 and 35% when your foot is in the 6 o’clock position. To find out the other two main aspects of bike fit, do check out Dan’s video.

Dirty Wknd is a bike and adventure club for all. No matter what your level, from novice to elite amateur athlete, these guys organise a wide range of fun packed weekends away for like-minded people. Fancy a spring challenge? Take a look at their Mallorca Dirty Wknd in April 2021. If you live in London, Brighton, Brussels, or Amsterdam, there are also regular group rides open to all members.

Binsteds Cycling and Travel Blog

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Follow the Binsteds as they ride their own version of the Tour de France
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“The absolute minimum to take with you on any ride consists of a puncture repair kit, 2 replacement inner tubes and a pump,” says ‘Binsted Man’. If you do suffer a puncture, make sure you inflate the damaged tube to discover where the hole is, then check the inside of the tyre to see if the thorn, or fragment of flint or glass is still there.

Binsteds Cycling and Travel Blog offers plenty of practical advice for cyclists of all stripes. Returning to cycling after thirty years, Binsted and his wife combine riding with motorhome travel to bring you lots of fascinating accounts of rides around the UK and further afield. Considering a cycling trip to France? Check out their Tour de France with a difference. Looking for a ride snack? Peanut Butter Cookies are the way forward.

MAMIL Musings

Cyclist on Cirque du Litor, Pyrenees

Cirque du Litor, Pyrenees
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Travelling with a bike sucks, writes Middle Aged Man In Lycra, Aaron Humphry’s of MAMIL Musings. If you’re dreading the logistical challenges of getting your bike to the place where you’re going to ride it, Aaron gives you the rundown of the kinds of bike cases available, and recommends allowing “several hours and a significant amount of beer to figure out how to get your bike in!” Practising disassembling and reassembling your bike is a good idea, as is his tip to take photos of the finished packing configuration once you’ve found the best way to make everything fit into the allotted space.

The Musings of a MAMIL turn out to be interesting reading, and it’s refreshing to read reviews of the products Aaron has actually shelled out for and uses regularly. Thinking of crossing the channel for some French adventure? Aaron’s exploits around “gateway to the Pyrenees, Argeles-Gazost”, make interesting reading.

Cycling Europe

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Have bike will travel – Cycling Europe is a must for cyclists with a thirst for adventure
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Interested in long distance cycling? Don’t skimp on your tent, writes Andrew P. Sykes of Cycling Europe. A one man tent is an uncomfortable squeeze – better to go for a two man option. “If you are keen to keep the weight down, go on a diet.” That’s wise advice from a man for whom cycle adventuring is a way of life.

This teacher, speaker, writer, and long distance cyclist offers a cornucopia of inspiration, knowledge, and advice through his site, Cycling Europe, and The Cycling Europe Podcast that he runs alongside it. If you’re considering a distance challenge of your own, do check out Andrew’s books. Begin with ‘Crossing Europe on a Bike Called Reggie.”

The Cycling Scot

Join Colin Baird as he explores Scotland by bike
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“There’s over 3,800 km worth of National Cycle Routes in Scotland,” says Colin Baird, The Cycling Scot. And with so much incredible scenery, fascinating history, and vibrant urban landscapes to explore, it’s great to be able to turn to a local adventurer for guidance. You’ll love Colin’s 10 spellbinding routes around Scotland – his pick of some of the best biking his home country has to offer.

A Scotland specialist, Colin aims to grow his own cycling knowledge and share it with you. The Cycling Scot is a great resource for riders new to the sport, plus old hands too. Planning a cycling adventure based in Perth? Check out Colin’s Perth city guide complete with suggested cycle to Huntingtower Castle.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our selection of some of the best cycling blogs to help, inspire, and entertain beginner cyclists. Have we missed one of your favourite cycling blogs? Let us know over on Facebook or Twitter.

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