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    A Beginner's Guide to FTP - What Is It And Why Does It Matter

    A Beginner's Guide to FTP - What Is It And Why Does It Matter

    Functional Threshold Power (FTP) has become a much used term in cycling, bandied about at club rides and in cycling cafes, but what does it actually mean? And do you need to know what your FTP is? The answer is yes - if you are able to measure your FTP you absolutely should!

    Traditionally it has always been hard to measure, unless you have a power metre on your bike or a smart turbo trainer at home, so we've teamed up with Digme Fitness to allow you to use their high tech bikes to test your FTP.

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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 Cycling Documentaries On Youtube

    The Best Cycling Documentaries On Youtube

    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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    My First Bikepacking Adventure

    My First Bikepacking Adventure

    Having joined the world of cycling just over a year ago, I decided it was time for me to try out bikepacking. I’ve always been drawn to adventures, but I didn’t do a ton of research beforehand besides watching a few GCN touring videos. With a few recommendations from Dirty Wknd I bought a hooped bivvy bag and a cheap blow-up mat, borrowed a standard 2 season sleeping bag from a fellow tourer and was ready to embark on my first adventure with the bike.

    The trip planning started on a bit of an impulse. We decided on Rye as the place for our first trip as it was known to be a pretty coastal town, with a famous sandy beach. Simon - the camping expert amongst the group - helped us sort out the campsite and logistics for the 3 days away. 

    With the site booked and my bivvy arriving, I decided to try and sleep out in the bivvy bag on my balcony as a test run. I would recommend doing this if you haven’t camped recently or in the kit you have just bought. These things are very personal to each camper. With the temperature dropping after midnight, I found out that my sleeping bag was not adequate for the job and my extremities were suffering. I decided to pack an extra down jacket and ski socks for my adventure. 

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    The Cycling Science Report - My First Bike Fit!

    The Cycling Science Report - My First Bike Fit!

    I started cycling in January 2018, having entered L'Etape du Tour and realising that I should probably start cycling.. In the words of Tupac, "I didn't choose the lycra life...". I bought my housemate's old bike from her, found Dirty Wknd cycling club and started exploring the hills and greens of London and beyond. I always knew the bike didn't fit me perfectly; the handlebars were too wide, the stem too short, and my seat felt too far back and I felt very upright. But I never had any pain whilst riding and the price-tag of a bike fit was always a bit of a turn off. However, after a small windfall, I decided it was time to invest in a proper bike fit. Being a scientist, I'm all about improvements, and I wanted to know if getting the bike properly fit to my body would reap the rewards.  

    Because I didn't really have any pain or niggles, for me the purpose of the bike fit was to get into a more aerodynamic riding position, whilst still feeling comfortable on long days in the saddle. After my first race last year, David kindly pointed out that "You could always see where [Jen] was because her head was poking above everyone else’s". Essentially... I needed some aero gains! I chose Super Domestique because Elliott came highly recommended, but also because of the Dirty Wknd club members 15% discount... an attractive proposition given my PhD student status!

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    Get 10% Off Parcours Wheels - Dirty Wknd Club Membership

    Get 10% Off Parcours Wheels - Dirty Wknd Club Membership

    Dirty Wknd is incredibly pleased and proud to be partnering with London based wheel brand Parcours. We will be collaborating on regular wheel 'test day' rides where you will be able to try out a set of Parcours carbon wheels. Not only that but Dirty Wknd members will receive 10% discount on all Parcours wheels. Click on this link for details of the next test day - Click Here

    Parcours are based in Clapham and are on a mission to make high performing aerodynamic wheels for everyone, not just those who can afford to spend multiple thousands of pounds! As triathletes and cyclists they grew sick of the enormous price tag that came with high performance wheels and sought a way to level the playing field by building their own wheels. Parcours wheels start at £749 for a set, and Dirty Wknd members get a further 10% off. Compare that to the 'big boys' in the wheel game and you'll see it's a significant saving for wheels in the same performance category.

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