Equipment Tips for Improving Cycling Performance

This article will share several tips that can help you improve the performance of your bike and cycle more safely.

Taller head tubes

One of the easiest ways to increase your comfort level when riding a bicycle is to get a model with a taller head tube. This may not be a good idea if you want to go racing a lot because in this case, your goal is to be in a lower, more aerodynamic position. However, other than during racing, a taller head tube can significantly improve both comfort and overall stability. Such tubes are becoming more and more popular, which is why many bike manufacturers offer bikes in two versions; one with the standard tube and one with an extended head tube.

Lighter inner tubes

If you are looking to improve the performance of your bike, installing lighter inner tubes is one of the best ways to do so because the weight of the wheels has a major impact on the acceleration and speed of your bike. An extremely light inner tube may have a weight of as little as 50% of the standard tube, yet cost just a few pounds more. This is a real deal because other performance improvements usually involve changing the tires, spokes, and rims, which costs a lot more than a few pounds.

Try a bike before you buy it

While trying a bike before you buy it is a good idea for everyone, it is especially important for women and even critical for women shorter than 5 feet and 4 inches. Typically, women have longer legs than men but shorter arms and narrower shoulders. These differences may make it harder for some women to find a bicycle that will offer them with a comfortable ride. This is why test-driving different models and getting a feel of the bike from different manufacturers is so important.

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