How to keep your cycling shoes box fresh
Our step-by-step guide to keeping them clean and spotless in true pro-rider style.
Start with a deep clean. Mix 1-2 teaspoons of non-bio detergent to warm water and use an old soft toothbrush to clean hard-to-reach suede or mesh. Brush in a circular motion to avoid scratching or snagging suede and soft leather.
Lay tumble dryer fabric sheets inside the shoes to help draw out moisture after cleaning and deodorise them.
Use furniture polish
Spray furniture polish directly onto hard plastic sections of your shoe particularly the ratchet and toe caps. The polish will lift dirt out of scratches in the plastic and reduce the appearance of scuffs. Use a soft cloth or rag to buff out the dirt.
Make the material water repellent
After freshening up your kicks, keep the dirt away. Spray Muc-Off Fabric Protect or Granger's Performance Repel to stop surface water and dirt from sticking to your clean shoes.
Replace laces and Boas
Fresh laces or new Boa dials lift the look of a tired shoe instantly. Remove the laces and either replace them with new white ones or else soak the soiled ones in washing detergent and then place in a garment bag and put in with a hot white wash.
What are tubeless tyres?
Tubeless tyres are based on a similar system to a car tyre, whereby an open rubber tyre sits firmly in the wheel's rim and no inner tube is needed. So what are the benefits over a traditional clincher tyre? We explain why tubeless are great for puncture free riding.
How to wash waterproof jackets and clothing
Rain resistant jackets and high performance materials help defend against the elements. Technical fabrics need additional care to help them stay waterproof. Our how to guide provides advice for reproofing your rainwear and performance softshells.
How to warm up for a race or time trial
A good warm up routine is essential in a number of cycling disciplines. Events such as time trials, criteriums and even some shorter road races, can often start at a very high intensity, and any riders who aren’t ready will find themselves suffering as soon as the flag is dropped. We guide you through two specific warm ups with the help of our pro riders.
How to set up cleats for clipless pedals
Knowing how to set up your cleats will help you to get the most out of your SPD or other clipless pedals. There are two basic things to sort out when it comes to setting up your cleats: the angle of the cleat on the sole of your shoe, and its fore-aft position. Our six step guide has everything you need to understand your cleat position
How to tighten bolts using torque settings
Torque wrenches remove the guesswork from tightening bolts and fasteners and the wide range of available types and costs mean that integrating one into your home toolbox is now easier than ever. Our quick tip advice article has everything you need to know about locating the maximum torque of your components and how to use a torque wrench.