Desert Cycling | Barton Haynes

Those who know me well can state with confidence that my atmospheric preference for cycling lies in the desert. I’ve always been a warm weather guy which is why I’ve chosen to settle in Rancho Santa Fe, California. I hit my stride in the saddle when the sun is hitting my back. Because the weather…

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Connecting with Local Bike Shops | Barton Haynes

When you bike starts having trouble, you will wish you had a good relationship with a reliable bike shop. When you get over the winter seasons and are ready to start riding again, you will benefit from having a good relationship with a local bike shop. And when you have questions about bikes or are…

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Cycling Podcasts | Barton Haynes

Barton Haynes here with another cycling blog post for all of my cycling-obsessed readers. For those of you who can’t stop thinking about cycling whether or not you’re in our out of the saddle, this piece is for you. Today, I’m discussing my favorite cycling podcasts for those of you who want to listen about…

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Five Tips to Better Cycling | Barton Haynes

How many of you are fans of YouTube? Do any of you subscribe to WIRED? If so, you might have noticed that their featured video on their home page is currently titled “Why It’s Almost Impossible to Ride a Bike 60 Kilometers in One Hour.” For those of you who missed it, I’ll include the…

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Eating During Century Bike Races | Barton Haynes

Barton Haynes here in sunny San Diego. In this article I’ll talk about my experience eating during races, what has worked and what hasn’t, and something new I’m going to try in 2019. I’m not a nutritionist expert, but I do highly advocate for trying different things out to see what diet helps you the…

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Good Quality Cycling Gear on the Cheap | Barton Haynes

Barton Haynes here in sunny San Diego. I want to talk about something that concerns any of us who don’t have an unlimited cycling budget: getting GOOD cycling gear on the cheap. Anyone can buy bad gear that costs little, but it’s harder to find good gear. Cycling Gear is Expensive (but doesn’t have to…

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How to Build a New Bike | Barton Haynes

Barton Haynes here in sunny San Diego. I’ve recently starting planning for building my new bike and buying parts, and wanted to share what my priorities are. List of Bike Pieces Here’s how I think about buying new parts: Body Rims Handlebars/seat Crankset and pedals Gear levers and cables Cassette and chain You can probably…

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Snow Cycling | Barton Haynes

Although I live in Rancho Santa Fe, CA, where the sun is constantly shining, I wanted to celebrate the upcoming Christmas week by discussing snow cycling. Recently, I took a short weekend trip to snowy Colorado where I tried my wheels on the ice. Given that most of my cycling is done on sun-dried pavement,…

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Ask Barton Haynes: Clipless Pedals

I recently had an email in my inbox from a Barton Haynes blog reader that included the question: Do clipless pedals really make a huge difference in your rides?  Today, I’m going to answer that question in three parts all stemming from my overarching answer of: YES. What Are Clipless Pedals? First of all, let me…

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