My name is Petr Minařík (haha, do you dare to pronounce it?), and I am a founder of CyclistsHub.com.
I’ve been cycling since I was a child, but working on Cyclists Hub? That’s another story… Below, I explain my goals and why I decided to start this website.
You can also follow me on Strava.
My Goals with CyclistsHub.com
The first goal was to help people decide what bike and bike accessories to buy. If you are a beginner, it is easy to get overwhelmed by the number of options on the market. In every product review article, you find out how to choose the particular product to best suit your needs. No product will suit us all.
My second goal was to improve the information quality on the internet. My friends who run cycling stores always complain: “People are too ‘smart.’ They read things on the internet, but it is bull**it.” Well, they were often right.
I research every topic in detail. This includes countless hours of reading forums and articles and discussing topics with bike store owners, industry experts, and pro cyclists. This way, I try to provide you with the most accurate and helpful information possible.
Last but not least, I believe that sharing know-how is important. Although I have never been a professional cyclist, I had the opportunity to ride with pros and gain their know-how. And now, I would love to share it with YOU.
If you find the content on Cyclists Hub helpful, please, consider donating. Every dollar helps. I reinvest earned money to provide you with even better content.
How Do I Choose the Best Products?
Before I choose products for my selections, I do extensive market research. I evaluate user reviews, reviews of influencers, and also well-known magazines and websites.
I don’t blindly trust all that’s written. Instead, I assess information critically and from multiple angles. I also do my best to provide context so you can better understand how a particular product stands against its alternatives.
Thanks to the growing popularity of Cyclists Hub, I can afford to reinvest the earnings into buying products. This leads to the higher added value of my reviews. I write them as unbiased and objective as possible. I always try to put myself in my readers’ shoes and consider their needs.
Let’s find the best cycling equipment for your needs!
Below, you will learn more about me and my ‘cycling’ story. Or, you can watch my introduction video.
I started riding a bike when I was 4 y.o. Honestly, I had to ask my mom to tell me when I started because I didn’t remember it anymore. I abraded my knees and elbows countless times, but it did not stop me from cycling.
I loved every moment of it until one day when I had a horrible crash on my first – fixed gear bike. My brakes failed, and I crashed badly.
Luckily, I wore a cycling helmet and didn’t break anything. But, of course, I didn’t want to ride a bike for the days because I was scared that it could happen again.
However, before my wounds fully healed, I started cycling again.
First Sucesseses on a Bike
In elementary school, I had a teacher who was also very enthusiastic about cycling.
He discovered a series of competitions called “Young Cyclist.” Each competition had 4 basic disciplines:
- A test of traffic regulations,
- riding a bike according to traffic regulations,
- bike handling skills,
- and first aid.
We competed in teams and individually, and because we devoted a lot of time to prepare, we were pretty successful. I even managed to win the solo edition of the same competition.
We then fought with my team to the regional round and once more to the national round.
Short Break from Cycling
In high school, I took a break from cycling (I don’t count occasional driving between villages or to/from a grocery store). I’ve tried new sports like bodybuilding and street workout, but I stopped enjoying them after two or three years.
I started watching the Tour de France and found it very exciting. I wanted to try road cycling.
Unfortunately, my financial situation was bad, and I did not have enough money for a new road bike. Although I went on many summer jobs to save some bucks, I often had to pay for other, more urgent expenses.
Cycling is not just a sport – it is a lifestyle.
Finding Myself in Cycling
At Christmas in 2014, I received a refurbished road bike from Favorit, an iconic Czech bike brand.
The (steel) road bike weighed over 25 lbs (12 kgs), but I didn’t care. I was happy to finally ride longer journeys without being tired after 15 miles (24 km).
The best thing about this bike was that I didn’t expect it at all!
I finally made it in 2016, two years after I got the Favorit road bike. I bought a Canyon Endurance road bike. I couldn’t be happier!
And a few years later, I upgraded to YOELEO R12. My first carbon road bike with Shimano Ultegra Di2 groupset.
New Friends, Crashes, Stories, and Memories
First, I cycled alone. Once I gained confidence, I found a local cycling club and rode more regularly.
After a while, the first fracture also came. Can you guess which one it was? Yes, exactly – a collarbone. Here is how it happened.
During a sprint challenge, I pulled my foot off the pedal and flew over the handlebars. I fell on my shoulder, abraded half of my back, and broke the collarbone.
Sh*t. I couldn’t ride a bike for 2 weeks. I missed it so much…
I started to train with my indoor trainer during the 3rd week of my rehabilitation. It was a great feeling to be in the saddle again.
Time passed, and my wounds healed. Then, I visited beautiful places, including iconic climbs in Italy, such as Passo Stelvio, Gavia Pass, Mortirolo Pass, Passo Giau, Passo Pordoi, etc.
Thanks to these experiences, I realized this:
Cycling is not only about performing the best watts. Cycling is about visiting beautiful places, experiencing the unexpected, feeling good about yourself, and, most importantly, sharing these moments with your family, friends, and fellow cyclists.
When the opportunity arose to create a website about cycling and share my passion for cycling, I did not hesitate.
I hope my content will benefit you and help you in YOUR cycling story.
Founder & Editor at CyclistsHub.com
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