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    Bike Fit Blog: How To Set Up Your Bike For Injury Prevention!

    Bike Fit Blog: How To Set Up Your Bike For Injury Prevention!

    One of the most common things that I see (and change) on a bike fit is saddle height. Most people have their saddle too high, which leads to problems. The widely accepted knee bend range is between 35 and 45 degrees, when measuring the angle of the knee bend in the ‘BDC’ position (your foot/pedal at the 6 o’clock position) on your pedal stroke.

    Think of doing a bicep curl – your arm is much stronger in your ‘mid-range’ rather than when your arm is dead straight. The same is true of your legs when pedalling. If your leg is completely straight at the bottom of your pedal stroke (because your saddle is too high), you won't be as powerful through the stroke. The 'correct' saddle height will increase your power, cadence and reduce your aerodynamic drag. Win, win, win!

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    How to Start Commuting to Work by Bike

    How to Start Commuting to Work by Bike

    If one good thing comes out of the coronavirus crisis of 2020, then it's the huge number of people either taking up or reconnecting with cycling. Sport England have reported that the numbers of people cycling during lockdown have doubled, Sigma Sport have seen a 600% increase from last year on entry level bikes, with Halfords even reporting that women's bike sales are outstripping men's. This is all great news, and provides a great opportunity for cycling to again become a popular, normal and in no way marginalised mode of transport.

    However buying a new bike, or digging the old one out of the shed, is the easy bit. There are sadly many barriers to cycling which, when you start riding to work (or even thinking about it), can make you feel very anxious or even put you off completely. 

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    New Partner Alert - Komoot

    New Partner Alert - Komoot

    Finding a great cycling route is one of the pleasures of cycling. Whether recommended by a friend, unearthed online or plotted by your own fair hand, setting out on a great route is a real treat. This is also true of hiking, running and walking; there's just something special about the excitement of a new route!

    We're very proud of our London cycling routes here at Dirty Wknd. They've been created, tested and finessed over the last 5 years, and we think they're some of the best around. However we're always looking for new routes, new route providers and new tools for our members to be able create, find and use the best routes too. 

    So we're very pleased to announce Komoot as our official route partner. Club Members will now be able to access free 'region bundles' to unlock extra maps, areas and other features. Normally only available to premium Komoot users, Dirty Wknd club members will get access to these tools for free.

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    The Best London Cycling Routes For Evening Rides

    The Best London Cycling Routes For Evening Rides

    Apparently, the clocks went back this weekend. Quick check, did this actually happen? What day even is it? Asking for loads of friends! The clocks did go back, which means we've got an extra hour of daylight for escaping the city (solo) on our trusty push bikes.

    Please use the below London cycling routes freely. They've all been thoroughly tested and perfected on our own evening rides over the past few summers. They should take between 1.5 and 3 hours, and contain lanes, quiet roads and a few climbs to keep things fun!

    Please adhere to all official guidelines when cycling outdoors. Absolutely no group riding, solo trips only, and please keep distance from others. We want to be able to keep cycling outside during this lockdown. 

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    The Fred Whitton Ride Report

    The Fred Whitton Ride Report

    “The Fred Whitton is widely regarded as the toughest sportive in the UK and right up there with European events such as the Marmotte, Maratona dles Dolomites and L'Etape du Tour”

    I'd heard of The Fred, but didn’t really know much about it nor know anyone else who had done it (or 'been through it' is perhaps more apt). I knew it was brutal, but with these things it’s often about perspective, so I entered the ballot quite blindly (thanks to the encouragement of Sean Harrion!)  

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    Beginner Cyclist's Guide To Different Bike Types

    Beginner Cyclist's Guide To Different Bike Types

    If you're ready to buy your first bike, or are in the very lucky position of acquiring another bike, then we're just green with envy. The journey you're about to go on, of buying your first bike or adding to your bike collection, is one that should be savoured.  

    However it can be a bit of a minefield. There are so many different types of bike out there, with seemingly more variations being added all the time, that knowing exactly what type of bike to buy can be daunting.

    First things first, you need to decide what type of cycling you want to do. Thankfully these days, this is not such a binary choice, with the rise of 'all road' and gravel type bikes becoming much more popular. What does that mean, we hear you ask? We'll explain the different bikes types in more details below, but in simple terms it means bike manufacturers are making more 'do it all' bikes that you can ride on road, on trail and on gravel. It's quite a time to be alive!

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