We love cycling, but, sometimes, we all need something to freshen up our relationship with cycling and with the bike. Here’s our advice.

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Sometimes you need to take a step back and think about what you can do to keep cycling fresh… Spice up your relationship with your bike, if you will. If this is you it might be that you’re in need of a break. But, here at GCN we’re also believers that a change can be as good as a rest, so this video has just a few ways that you can avoid cycling burnout and fall back in love with the bike.

First up, and this is something that has a big caveat and that we never would have recommended until recently, try riding wit headphones. Not the headphones that came with your iPhone but a set of bone conducting headphones that will let you listen to your tunes while still hearing everything that’s happening around you on the road.

Next up, think a lot about your route choice. Gravel bikes are increasingly popular but you don’t need a gravel bike to take a slightly different route – in fact, you’d be amazed at just how far a slightly heavier set of tyres can take you if you want to take your road bike down some gravel roads. While you’re planning your route, why not set a goal and actually GO somewhere instead of just riding your usual roads?

With that covered, Si and Dan just have a couple of recommendations left in this video – role play and a dirty weekend… We’ll let you either pre-judge them or watch the video to find out what they’re on about.

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Watch: GCN’s Epic Gravel Ride ? http://gcn.eu/2h30qnc
Watch: How to plan a cycling route ? http://gcn.eu/2hgR2iV

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