There are two solutions to a flat tyre. You can either patch it up in the workshop, or you can simply change and replace your inner tube. The latter is much quicker and easier, especially if you need a fix mid-ride!
I'm a runner at heart but since shin splints became a big part of my life, I turned to cycling as a form of cross training. I love riding track and am a regular on the Manchester velodrome; on the road I ride a Trek Lexa and I call it Toby.
To get yourself ready for the racing season, it's imperative that you get on the bike throughout the winter. With the bad weather, cold rides and dark nights drawing in, it's probably a good idea to invest in some reliable winter bike tyres to take you through some pretty tough riding conditions.
In our heads we would love to think we look like Nino Schurter or Danny Hart. Free and loose on the bike , throwing the bike into berms, cruising up climbs and tail whipping off tabletops! In reality, if you are honest with yourself this really isn't the case. In fact if you are reading this then it's more like you are looking to improve your skills, get smoother, climb better and descent with confidence.
Sounds self-explanatory? It's racing a mountain bike right? Well, there is quite a bit to mountain bike racing and one of the great things about mtb racing is that it is very accessible to all levels from under 8's to super vets and is a great way to start off racing whatever your age or ability.
Have you ever wondered how the riders get to ride in the most prestigious race in the world? How do they get in these races? Do you have to qualify? Do you have to win certain races? Do you have to apply to World Tour teams? Do you have to be a certain speed? How do you get into it?