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    A Beginner's Guide To Turbo Trainers

    A Beginner's Guide To Turbo Trainers

    Cyclists currently fall into two camps - those who managed to buy a turbo trainer before lockdown, and those who didn't. As rare as hen's teeth, trying to buy a turbo trainer now is a tough ask!

    But where do you start if you've not got much clue how a turbo trainer even works? Or the difference between wheel on or direct drive turbo trainers? Or what a ANT+ cable is? Spending a couple of hundred quid on something you really don't understand is never a good idea.

    Luckily for you, we've created a beginner's guide to turbo trainers that you can actually understand. No jargon, no 'experienced cyclist only' nonsense, just relatable answers to the questions you have asked us about turbo trainers. Whether that's how turbo trainers work, what the different types of indoor trainer are, or which is the best turbo trainer for your price bracket. We've tried to answer below.

    You can also still buy a turbo trainer during lockdown, but it's not easy. We've gone ahead and done the leg work for you there too. Keep reading for how to buy a turbo trainer during the coronavirus lockdown. 

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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 Best Cycling Documentaries On Youtube (To Watch During Quarantine!)

    The Best Cycling Documentaries On Youtube (To Watch During Quarantine!)

    Let's face it, the Coronavirus crisis sucks. Lockdown, whilst vital to stop the spread of the disease, means we can't go outside and ride our bikes with our friends, However this extra time does provide hours and hours to scour the internet for awesome cycling videos to try to fill that hole. Well we've done the scouring for you, and compiled a list of our favourite cycling films and documentaries that are currently available on Youtube. 

    This is, or was supposed to be, purely a list of cycling documentaries on Youtube, hence no Breaking Away (I know right!). We have deviated from the Youtube only rule however to include some great women's cycling content. There is frankly sod all on Youtube, and we'll be damned if we're going to let that stop us. So for some of the entries you can watch the trailer on youtube and the full film by following the links.

    We hope you enjoy them - please add your own suggestions in the comments, or berate us on social media (@dirtywknd). 

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    How To Join A Zwift Group Ride

    How To Join A Zwift Group Ride

    With all of Europe going into lockdown (well done for finally catching up Great Britain) the chance to cycle outside in the sun with friends and club mates is absolutely zero for the foreseeable future. Whilst we can still cycle outside if alone or with people in your household, scratching that group ride itch is proving difficult. Because scratch we must!

    This is why we are running so many Zwift group rides during the coronavirus crisis, so that we can meet up with our mates, ride around in circles and chat rubbish! Sadly we can't replicate the mid ride coffee and cake stop, but you'll just have to use your imagination! 

    However, a few riders are having issues joining a Zwift group ride. There isn't loads of information, especially for newer riders who are new to Zwift. So please read on below for our top tips on how to join a group ride on Zwift.

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    Dirty Wknd Zwift Group Ride Series Report #1

    Dirty Wknd Zwift Group Ride Series Report #1

    24/03/20 - Tuesday Smashy Volcano (Regent’s) Laps

    Welcome race fans, to another addition of the Dirty Wknd Zwift group ride series. It’s a beautiful blue sky day here in Watopia, as the DW crew take on the smashiest of smashy group rides - the weekly Tuesday Volcano laps!

    It may be blue skies on the ground, but this morning the series is heading up the mountain to the Volcano Circuit. Blue skies will be soon be replaced by lava, fire and ash - perfect conditions for a bike ride! The ride premise is as simple as it can get - the pretence of a group ride, whilst all the riders hit out as hard as they can and see who can hang on. Exactly the kind of type two fun everyone loves to hate! The lap is 4.1km, and perfectly replicates a certain park in central London, oft frequented by local cyclists who like to ride around in circles as fast as they can to try and drop their mates.

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    Coronavirus Update - March 2020

    Coronavirus Update - March 2020

    It's sad, but maybe not surprising, that we are postponing all outdoor group events until further notice in light of the Covid19 crisis. Our members health and well-being is of the utmost importance to us, as is following the official guidelines and doing our bit to try and stop the spread of the virus.

    Dirty Wknd exists to unite people, to foster a sense of community and to help people get the best out of themselves. The Covid19 lockdown certainly makes our job a bit more difficult, but we think that now is exactly the time that communities like ours, and others in the cycling and running world, are needed more than ever. We will continue to do all we can to help people connect, get active and explore, and we will 100% be resuming outdoor operations as soon as we're allowed. 

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