The Cycling Geek

You use the metric system and know your power output in watts. You linger in your Castelli cyclocross skin suit after riding, and you think Leadville is boring compared with the Vapor Trail.

Jan 4, 2012
Outside Magazine

YOU FOLLOW: @vaughters, Garmin-Cervélo manager Jonathan Vaughters, for unfiltered pro-cycling news; @lancearmstrong and his alter-ego, @juanpelota, if you still believe, and former Versus correspondent and noted Armstrong picador Neil Browne (@neilroad) if you don’t.

YOU LIKE: The off-color rants featured on; the Science of Sport for its news and analysis of doping scandals (as well as regular nutrition and training); Wilderness B = Wilderness with Bikes, fellow activists who demand that mountain bikes be allowed in federally protected wilderness areas. Occupy!

YOU USE: Wahoo Fitness, which turns your iPhone into an ANT+ bike computer; social training app Strava Cycling to share stats and compete for points and prizes with anyone who’s done the same rides in your area; and the ultra-techy Bicycle Gear Calculator ($5) to fine-tune chainring pairings with crank length and tire width.

YOU BROWSE: Elden Nelson’s Fat Cyclist blog, which roasts sacred cows (“You do not want to ride with [Outside contributor] Bike Snob NYC ... you will most assuredly be t-boned, run-over, mugged, and have your bike stolen”). For video, you turn to the motivational segments on (motto: “I will beat my ass today to kick yours tomorrow”) and to for live feeds of all major pro races.

YOU SCHMOOZE: By swapping bare-knuckled bike reviews on the reader forums and kvetching on the message boards.

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