From basic bike maintenance to going commando to the great brake debate, we covered a lot of cycling-related ground this year — and learning about common cycling aches and pains as well as group riding don’ts were just icing on the cake. After all, cycling is not just fitness, it’s a way of life.
Here, our 10 most-read cycling stories of the year, plus a bonus editor’s pick — taking it to 11.
1. 5 Bike Washing No-Nos
Sure, your bike can take a beating, but it’s important to know what you should and shouldn’t do to keep it running perfectly.
2. Going Commando and Other (Sensitive) Lessons Learned on the Bike
This has everything to do with maximizing your comfort on the bike so you can go for miles and miles.
3. 7 Common Mistakes Cyclists Need to Stop Making
When was the last time you cleaned your chain? We share how often you should, plus other cycling-related tidbits.
4. 7 Things No One Tells You About Long-Distance Cycling
These tips are 100% relatable if you’ve ever been on your bike for any stretch of time. Remember: It doesn’t get easier, but you get faster.
5. 1-Minute DIY Bike Maintenance Musts
Each minute adds up, and the time you spend making sure your bike is in tip-top shape is directly correlated to your enjoyment on the bike.
6. 9 Beginner Cyclist Mistakes to Avoid
Uninitiated but enthusiastic cyclists can turn into addicted cycling junkies under the right circumstances, which includes avoiding these mistakes.
7. 3 Cycling Workouts to Get in Your Best Shape
The sweet spot, pace line and ultimate endurance are three great workouts to get you in your best cycling shape.
8. The Top 5 Weight-Loss Mistakes Cyclists Make
Much of this advice applies to anyone — whether or not you bike — who is trying to shed some pounds, except maybe number 4.
9. 6 Common Cycling Aches and How to Cope
While cycling is low impact and benefits our health in all kinds of ways, we have to be vigilant about stretching, cross-training and foam rolling so we stay injury — and ache — free.
10. 7 of the World’s Most Iconic Bike Routes
One of the greatest things about cycling is all the places you can go — and that includes destination rides like these.
11. 10 Things Only True Cyclists Will Understand
It’s really funny the things you learn to appreciate once you start riding regularly, and smooth roads are definitely up there — along with clean shoulders on the road that are free of broken glass.