10 Bicycling Websites That Will Pedal You Into The World Of Cycling

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Bicycling   10 Bicycling Websites That Will Pedal You Into The World Of CyclingThree cheers for human power. Nothing typifies it more than bicycles and the fleet of cyclists that are pedaling on the tarmac with fresh gusto. I am a born again cyclist.  Although I aspire to go into the rough and tumble of trail biking, my reboot has been calm.

The thrill of pushing the pedals and “Ëśburning rubber’ is there, even as a few motorcyclists make me see dust. But we bikers of the lesser kind may be losing out on the glam quotient but gaining a lot when it comes to exercise and carbon credits.

Bicycling or biking is not as simple as it sounds. There’s a lot of technology and technique involved. For instance, coming to grips with the right gear and the right safety precautions is a must. Thankfully, the stock of dedicated cycling websites on the web stops you from taking a wrong turn.


These ten websites will show you that from the first Penny Farthing till the present day, bicycling has never gone out of fashion. Motorbikers can eat dust.

Bicycling Magazine

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With articles like 5 Rookie Maintenance Mistakes and Get Off Your Plateau, this website has become one of my favorite reads as I try to catch up after a decade. There’s a whole section for beginners where one can learn the nitty-gritty of bicycling. Bicycling tools like Find a Ride/Map a Ride, a Training Log, or the mobile phone apps (for iPhones, Android, Blackberry etc) make this website worth a bookmark. Also check out the videos on Road Biking Skills in the video section of the site.

Bicycle Tutor

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If you thought that your new bicycle is a maintenance-free machine think again. But you have these video tutorials and a helpful forum to fall back on. The Bicycle Repair Guide is a quick way to get to the video tutorials. This is where I learnt how to shift gears on my bicycle and make sense out of all the gear combos available.

Commute by Bike

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A nice little blog with a focus on the more utilitarian uses for a bicycle ““ going from Point A to Point B amidst the urban chaos. Read through the Top Ten Commuting 101 Articles if you are a commuter cycling beginner.

Cycling Forums

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I bumped into this pretty active forum (200,000+ members) on cycling and although I am not yet a member, it seems to be a nice place to be for bicycling knowhow. The forum also has a regional section on cyclists from Europe, Australia and New Zealand. You can check out the Wiki for any bicycling related information (and also contribute).

Map My Ride

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On this site, you can plan, plot, and log your bike runs with just a few mouse clicks. The site is a training application and has a suite of websites on the same concept. The training tools are based on geo-mapping and also give you single-click information on many saved routes, fitness calculators, global event listings and opportunities to compete virtually. The site has a social community built around your training needs.

If you prefer something simpler, try out Gmaps Pedometer.

Pedaling

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This site is only for U.S and Canadian cycling buffs. It’s all about getting on the perfect cycling route. Here you will find the straight dope on the best trails because they have already been ridden by zealous cyclists. You can search by ZIP, or by region. Pointers like the difficulty level and traffic rate is also included. Maps and cue sheets are printable for some routes.

VeloNews

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You can treat this journal of competitive cycling as a trail post if you are headed that way. The site is chock-a-bloc with resources on hardcore cycling and I can’t even mention them all here. But you might want to check out Tech Answers where Lennard Zinn runs through a lot of technical Q&A on cycling.

Bike Radar

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BikeRadar.com takes a 360 degree look at mountain, road, and beginner bikes. There are lots of news, reviews, tips, route information, upcoming event alerts, with a large forum thrown in. Go through the Buyers Guides or the Bike Maintenance Workshops just in case an emergency strikes on the road.

One of the sections I really like to browse through is the Bikeradar Blogs written by a lot of guys on the seat.

Bicycle Law

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Bob Mionske is a former Olympic and professional cyclist. He is also an attorney with lots of experience when it comes to dealing with cycling mishaps. His site is all about the best legal advice you can get for free if you are in the United States. Contrary to popular opinion, bicyclists also don’t lead charmed lives on the road.

About.com

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Along with Wikipedia, About.com’s pages on all things that have to do with cycling were my first reference point. They could be yours too, if you have just decided to take it up. Follow the links to some helpful hubs on why bike in the first place, finding the right bike size for your height, or the different kinds of bikes that are there. The information is brief and easy to grasp.

So, are you ready to let some sparks fly? Drop a comment if you are an avid cyclist, and also let us know if you have a favorite cycling website of your own for supporting your pedal pushing. Happy cycling!

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Brandt Absolu

I’ve been biking for a while now, and the only site listed on here that I use is Map My Ride. However I mainly use Google Maps for planning routes though, because I like to plan my routes in such a way that streets with lower traffic are favored, so that I can avoid the potential danger of getting hit, and so I don’t have to be exposed to so much pollution.

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Editor

Awesome list. Thanks! Now let’s be nice to the motorbikers…most of them understand us better than auto drivers. It’s always fun for me to play tag with a motorcycle in city traffic and to chat with them at lights. Also, their carbon footprint is much, much lower than a car’s. They take up less room on the road and feel the same urges to maneuver fast that we all feel. Bikers unite!

Saikat Basu

Ha, ha…well that was just a lighthearted comment. Motorbikers in your part of the world seem to be better mannered than the ones I have around me :)

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Jon Ruth

Two more good bike sites:

League of American Bicyclists: <http: http://www.bikeleague.org=“”>

Adventure Cycling Association: <http: http://www.adventurecycling.org=“”></http:></http:>

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Jon Ruth

Two more good bike sites:

League of American Bicyclists:

Adventure Cycling Association:

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Angela Alcorn

Some nice biking blogs here – Thanks!

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John

there is also http://www.pinkbike.com that leans more to the extreme side of the sport.
with photos and videos of the day, everyday
my favourite site

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Boma23

I can’t believe there’s no mention of BIKEMAGIC.com and their forums

http://www.bikemagic.com/forum

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Luis V

Here a few more that I have found over the years. Hope they are helpful

Urban Velo
http://urbanvelo.org/

Road Bike Review
http://www.roadbikereview.com/

Care Exchange
http://www.caree.org/

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John

there is also http://www.pinkbike.com that leans more to the extreme side of the sport.
with photos and videos of the day, everyday
my favourite site

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Boma23

I can’t believe there’s no mention of BIKEMAGIC.com and their forums

http://www.bikemagic.com/forum/forum.asp?dt=4&URN=3&V=5

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Luis V

Here a few more that I have found over the years. Hope they are helpful

Urban Velo
http://urbanvelo.org/

Road Bike Review
http://www.roadbikereview.com/

Care Exchange
http://www.caree.org/

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GoNorthWest

Outdoor Resources (http://www.outdoor-resources.com/Biking/), which has been online since 1995, has a great biking section! There are tons of links, from gear to instruction to road biking to mountain biking!

http://www.outdoor-resources.com/Biking/

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GoNorthWest

Outdoor Resources (http://www.outdoor-resources.c… which has been online since 1995, has a great biking section! There are tons of links, from gear to instruction to road biking to mountain biking!

http://www.outdoor-resources.c

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GoNorthWest

Outdoor Resources (http://www.outdoor-resources.c… also has a great biking section. There are links for gear, instruction, road and mountain biking. Tours as well!

http://www.outdoor-resources.c

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Tyler

http://bikerumor.com covers all the tech, products and bikes in a super easy to read format and is updated daily without the latest goodies.

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Tyler

http://bikerumor.com covers all the tech, products and bikes in a super easy to read format and is updated daily without the latest goodies.

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calfred

There is another site which is called http://www.cyclinghow.com/ if you guys don’t know. It contains many detailed information about cycling.

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calfred

There is another site which is called http://www.cyclinghow.com/ if you guys don’t know. It contains many detailed information about cycling.

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Saikat Basu

Thanks so much for all the extra links. More the merrier. Just goes to show that biking as an activity is very much on all around the world. In some parts of the world like mine, it is a necessity…in others like America it is a sport and I believe in places around Europe, it has again caught on with special bike stands for tourists. The London one though, I hear is a bit expensive after the first couple of hours.

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John

You guys forgot the largest cycling community on the internet.

http://www.pinkbike.com

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kenny

Another bicycling website that helped me through my first few months of cycling.. http://www.reviewsdigital.org/mycycling.html

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John

You guys forgot the largest cycling community on the internet.

http://www.pinkbike.com

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kenny

Another bicycling website that helped me through my first few months of cycling.. http://www.reviewsdigital.org/mycycli...

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Guest

Thanks for a good list, I visit some of those, and others are new to me. I think conspicuous by its absence is Sheldon Brown’s website:
http://www.sheldonbrown.com/

While ‘Bicycle Tutor’ covers basic maintenance and is ideal for beginners just learning to maintain their own bike (I use it a lot!), Sheldon Brown is much more detailed and includes advice on more complicated repairs and modifications. I don’t know anyone that maintains, repairs or modifies their own bikes that doesn’t know about Sheldon Brown. The man is a legend!

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Saikat Basu

To avoid mistaken identities, the guy has also linked to other Sheldon Brown’s on the web :)

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PJA

Many thanx for this. Some of these were new to me. For my shortlist, albeit geared towards Greece where I live, pls visit my Netvibes page: http://www.netvibes.com/pja then ‘Lifestyle: Hobbies’

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PJA

Many thanx for this. Some of these were new to me. For my shortlist, albeit geared towards Greece where I live, pls visit my Netvibes page: http://www.netvibes.com/pja then ‘Lifestyle: Hobbies’

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United Dental Center

Great! Thank for information, I’m looking for it for a long time,

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Nicholasparat

Thanks for the post! here is one more you may have forgotten to add. http://ecomobility.tv/

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Nicholasparat

Thanks for the post! here is one more you may have forgotten to add. http://ecomobility.tv/

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Blaine

Good sites listed, big fan of Bicycle Tutor.

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