I thought it would be helpful to create a resource page that you can always come to for all your road cycling tips and needs. I’ll add to it as I learn more. I recommend bookmarking it for your reference and convenience. Enjoy!
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Road Cycling Gear
: Beginning in a Chapel Hill, NC basement in 1982, Performance Bike has delivered quality cycling gear for over 30 years. Not just an online retailer, Performance has over 100 stores in 19 states. They also conduct cycling advocacy and education at the national, regional and local levels by providing expert mechanical support at cycling events, building trails and leading group rides so more people can enjoy cycling. I’ve shopped at Performance Bike for several years and have always been a satisfied customer.
Nashbar: The king of closeouts, great deals and exclusive products, Nashbar has been making cyclists happy since 1972. They search the world for the best values on quality cycling closeouts, overstocks, discontinued items, exclusive models and current in-line merchandise in order to deliver the best deals on the planet. Plus, their in-house product development team produces even more great cycling gear under the Nashbar brand name at prices that you won’t find anywhere else. I’ve shopped at Bike Nashbar for over 10 years and always find some great deals.
Competitive Cyclist: Finding quality cycling gear with no hassles can be hard. Competitive Cyclist makes it easy. They stock top of the line road bikes, gear and accessories. To top it off they have 100% guaranteed returns. If your unused gear doesn’t fit your needs they will issue you a full refund. Additionally, they accept used gear for credit so long as they receive it within 90 days of purchase. If your gear fails due to a manufacturing defect they will help you facilitate a warranty evaluation by the manufacturer. I’ve picked up some great deals on their sales page here.
REI: Outdoor gear and play is REI’s purpose and they have it down pat. While not though of as a traditional cycling retailer, they have a wide selection of bicycles, accessories and clothing. REI is actively involved in conservation efforts nationwide by donating millions of dollars in support and sending dedicated teams of volunteers for activities such as trail building, beach clean ups and habitat restoration. They also have a 100% satisfaction guarantee on anything they sell.
Tracking Your Rides
- Strava: tracks your rides (and runs if your so inclined) via your iPhone, Android or dedicated GPS device and helps you analyze and quantify your performance. Strava provides motivation and camaraderie, and helps us prove that we’re out there doing what we love to do. One of the things I like about Strava is how you can define segments on your routes and track how you are performing over time. After each ride Strava will automatically calculate how you performed on each segment and let you know how you performed against your previous attempts and against the attempts of others who ride the same routes/segments. When you use the Strava app to track your rides with a smartphone your rides are automatically uploaded when you’re finished.
- Dailymile: also lets you track your rides (and other exercises). I’ve only entered my rides into Dailymile via manual entry as there is no official app. There are apps out there that you can use to upload your rides to Dailymile but I haven’t used them.