Bicycling March 2017

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6 Números

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2 min.
the selection

THE HAPPINESS MACHINE. Damn right it is! I reckon most of the people I know find happiness as unpredictable as it can be elusive, but in my experience the bicycle gets us there about as well as anything and more so than most things. I also find that generally the more you try to define or explain happiness, the further from its essence you get—but our take on page 23 is a joyful, justin- time blast of buoyancy and substance on the most delightful byproduct of the cycling life. The best thing about opening our online store ( is the chance to collaborate with cool makers—our custom Embro mix with Mad Alchemy, the Parker Dusseau x BICYCLING Work Shirt, the handmade print showing which color of bike won the most Tours…

2 min.
be nice out there

5WORDS OR LESS “Pay attention when you spit.” Gardy Raymond, video producer ONE MONSTER PAGE OF LIFE-ALTERING WISDOM FROM OUR STAFF GET UP EARLY. Like dawn-patrol early. “I know a lot of people who have to ride before work,” says writer Selene Yeager, “so I set the alarm for an ungodly hour and join them. They’re always grateful for the company.” Pedaling with a new cyclist? “When beginners impress you with their strength or gumption, tell them,” says senior editor Gloria Liu. Managing editor Jennifer Sherry adds: “If someone looks good in a new kit, say so.” (Veteran cyclists appreciate this, too.) If you’re the slower rider, writer Joe Lindsey offers this advice: “About to get dropped but have someone on your wheel? Before you pull off, give one last surge to plant them on…

1 min.
fresh is best

You probably know the obvious reasons to replace your helmet: crash damage; visible cracks or deformations; you’ve worn it since fi rst-wave neon. Truth is, you may need to retire a helmet that still looks new. Materials break down over time, and most helmet manufacturers recommend replacing every three years. Lucky for us, helmets have seen signifi cant safety advances recently. Many now use variable density foams or added protection such as MIPS to help manage impact energies. So take a look at your helmet today. It’s best to keep it fresh.…

1 min.

THE THING THAT CHANGED IT ALL REALIZING HE WAS HOOKED I used to wonder if I race to train, or if I train to race. But I’ve realized that the question isn’t really relevant. Cycling is knitted into my life. I ride a bike when I travel. I ride a bike to work, and to the shops. My wife and I ride to have picnics. I ride a bike to go camping with mates. I run a business that takes small groups of riders on fully supported cycling trips throughout Australia. When I’m forced to take a few days off the bike I quickly understand that I can’t not ride. Motivation isn’t a problem—cycling keeps me cycling. MAKE IT HAPPEN Sneak miles into your life whenever you can, and you just might…

3 min.
big air

WHEN I PICTURE my perfect trail, my mind always wanders to a certain ribbon of singletrack in Santa Cruz, California. It dips and swerves through the redwood forest at just the right mellow cant to let you maintain constant launching speed. Smooth kickers and side hips beckon you to send it around every turn, and are so exquisitely built it feels as if the locals who created them had only your maximum enjoyment at heart. My ideal ride, I guess, has many opportunities to leave the ground. I know there is neurochemistry behind why getting even the tiniest bit of air can make me go “whoo!” But I think it’s more than just dopamine playing its greatest hits on my brain. Full disclosure: I don’t usually get huge air—it’s more often “sensible…

1 min.
the hunt

HERE’S WHAT I KNOW: Riding a bicycle brings me joy. But why this hobby over, say, building a 1:64 scale model train set based on the movie Snowpiercer? It’s not obvious. Cycling is more torture than massage, more salty than sweet. A good ride leaves my legs smarting and my lungs paper-thin. Injuries and expense are par for the course. Confined to the rational, the pursuit of cycling fails. It isn’t rational to rocket down Whistler with my hands frozen to the handlebar and grit scouring my teeth before launching myself into a veil of mist. It isn’t rational to head to Australia where, instead of enjoying a continent’s worth of beaches, I pedal over melting, sucking asphalt in infernal heat. But I need that exertion, the speed, the danger. I guess…