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    Aftershokz Aeropex Headphones Review

    Aftershokz Aeropex Headphones Review

    It's maybe not a surprise that headphones have become pretty important in our lives during lockdown. Zoom calls, solo exercise sessions and those much needed moments of sanity away from family/flatmates.

    Podcasts have exploded, any new music has been pounced upon, and if you're like me, you've been listening endlessly to the same news over and over again. My headphones might as well have been surgically welded into my ears. 

    Now there are a million different types of headphones, and everyone has their favourites, but what are the best headphones for exercise?

    Whether or not you should even wear headphones whilst exercising (especially cycling) is a big bone of contention. Part of the reason Aftershokz created their first open ear headphones back in 2012. 

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    How To Navigate A Cycling Route On Your Mobile Phone

    How To Navigate A Cycling Route On Your Mobile Phone

    Navigating a cycling route is a big step on any new cyclists journey. The sense of freedom you get from being able to follow a route opens so many doors to what you can do and where you can go on a bike. The days of sticking to the same area for fear of getting los will be behind you, with just the open road ahead. 

    Finding and navigating a cycling route is a wonderful feeling, especially if you've built the route yourself. But if you don't have a GPS device like a Wahoo, or have super human memory powers, then you're going to need to navigate on your trusty mobile phone to keep you on the right track.

    Be warned, many cyclists will tell you that trying to navigate with your phone is a 'nightmare' and 'just impossible', which may lead you to not bother. But it is possible, and can be an easy (and much cheaper) option for navigating a cycling route, especially if you're just starting out. We've all got a smartphone right?

     

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    Lessons From LEJOG

    Lessons From LEJOG

    Over the course of 10 days in late August this year, Dirty Wknd member and relatively new cyclist Olivia rode Lands End to John O'Groats - just shy of 1000 miles, including 15,000 metres of climbing. Below is what she learnt on this amazing ride:

    In deciding to cycle from the most Southern point of Cornwall, to the most Northern point of Scotland, I often worried I’d bitten off more than I could chew. I couldn’t imagine how I would feel after 500 miles and ignored the fact I would have 500 more to do after that. But I clung onto the encouragement of my new bike fam. If people who knew what they were doing thought I could do it, then maybe I could. Even if my Mum kept telling me ‘there’s no shame in having a few days off.’

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    Beginner's Guide To Gravel Cycling

    Beginner's Guide To Gravel Cycling

    Gravel cycling is all the rage right now. Hitting the trails and tracks has been in the ascendancy for a few years, but 2020's socially distanced riding and a need to get away from it all has seen gravel's stock soar.

    Perfect for a socially distanced day out and free(er) from the 'rules' that have come to dictate road cycling, the gravel world is the younger, more relaxed and better looking sibling. Should you give gravel a go in 2021?

    But what actually is gravel cycling, and how does it differ from road cycling or mountain biking (or any other type of cycling for that matter)? 

    Check out our guide to gravel cycling below, and we'll take you through everything you need to know to get started. The good news is that it's less than you think.

    We've also included some London gravel cycling routes that are perfect for your mandated daily lockdown exercise. 

     

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    How To Stop Zwift Connection Issues

    How To Stop Zwift Connection Issues

    The dreaded Zwift drop out. It usually happens when you're about to win the race/set a PB/do something wonderful. It happens to everyone, but how can you stop connectivity issues when using Zwift?

    We’ve teamed up with Broadband Genie to cover the common connectivity issues you’ll face both online and off. If you're a new cyclist this may help explain some of those random drop outs.

    Prevention is better than cure. Nowhere is that more true than in cycling. Whether you’re riding indoors or out in the wilds, preventing technical issues is far better than having to deal with them when they occur.

    Avoiding issues on the bike is all part of the experience. It’s also the easiest way to guarantee what little time you have to ride is spent on the bike instead of trying to fix it!

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    'What Is a Training Plan' - Q&A With SPOK'D Founder Rich Lang

    'What Is a Training Plan' - Q&A With SPOK'D Founder Rich Lang

    SPOK'D is an online coaching and training platform that we've had the pleasure to be partnered with for just over a year now. Many Dirty Wknd members are improving their cycling and fitness with the platform, so Dirty Wknd founder David (virtually) sat down with SPOK'D founder Rich for a chat.

    To be crystal clear, SPOK'D are a partner of ours and members get a 15% discount on the £9.99 monthly fee. But nothing else has changed hands for this blog.

    Hi Rich. Where are you right now and what are you up to?

    Hey David. I am currently back in Manchester having spent the Christmas period back home in Sydney. It was the grey skies that brought me back.

    Though since being back it has taken a little time to get adjusted again. But currently, I am getting stuck into building and growing SPOK'D plus enjoying my dog Bella the beagle. 

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