About Me and CyclistsHub.com

My name is Petr Minařík (haha, do you dare to pronounce it?), and I am the founder of CyclistsHub.com.

I’ve been cycling since I was a kid, but working on CyclistsHub? That’s another story… Below I explain my goals and the reasons why I started this site.

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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. Every product review article will teach you how to choose the product that best suits 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.

Activities I Do to Improve My Content

I engage in several important activities to continually enhance the quality of my content and provide you with the highest added value possible.

Firstly, I actively seek out conversations with industry experts, manufacturers, and pro cyclists. By tapping into their knowledge and insights, I gain valuable perspectives contributing to my content’s depth and accuracy.

Secondly, I dedicate time to studying publicly available sources on carbon manufacturing, aerodynamics, training, etc. Staying up to date with the latest advancements in these areas allows me to provide you with accurate information.

I also watch race analyses and coverage from races that keep me up-to-date about the latest results and tech in competitive cycling but also help me understand the strategies and techniques employed by pro teams.

Lastly, I attend events like Eurobike, where I interact with industry professionals, explore cutting-edge cycling technology, and gain firsthand experience of the latest trends in the cycling world.

By engaging in these activities, I strive to ensure that my content remains of the highest quality, providing you with accurate, insightful, and up-to-date information.

Graphene Frame, New Campy, Unique Road Bikes, and More! | Eurobike: Day 1
My video report from Eurobike 2023 (Day 1)

How to Support Cyclists Hub?

The best way to support my website is by buying products using my affiliated links or Cyclists Hub exclusive discount codes.

I get a small kickback, which I reinvest into buying products, creating more content, improving the website, buying new equipment, etc.

Another great way to support me is to share the articles with your friends and on social media. Feel free also to comment.

And last but not least, please, consider donating if you find the content on Cyclists Hub helpful. 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.

Some of many products I tested on CyclistsHub.com: Boxes of cycling products on a wooden table (power meters, bike computers, Varia radars, and more)
Some of the many products I tested on CyclistsHub.com

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 objectively as possible. I always try to put myself in my reader’s shoes and consider their needs. 

Multiple Chinese carbon road bike wheelsets on my wooden table
Carbon road bike wheels prepared for in-house testing

Let’s find the best cycling equipment for your needs!

My Story

Below, you will learn more about me and my ‘cycling’ story. Or, you can watch my introduction video.

What Is My Story And What Is Cyclists Hub?

Painful Beginnings

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 days because I was scared 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 four basic disciplines:

  1. A test of traffic regulations,
  2. riding a bike according to traffic regulations,
  3. bike handling skills,
  4. 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.

Young Cyclists Article in Newspapers
Two articles in Czech newspapers

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 kg), 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!

Riding it motivated me to work even harder to save more money for a “proper road bike.” In the meantime, I have bought basic equipment such as road cycling shoes, a jersey, a floor pump, tools, etc.

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!

Canyon Endurance AL in rapeseed field
The first road bike I bought

And a few years later, I upgraded to YOELEO R12. My first carbon road bike with Shimano Ultegra Di2 groupset.

My YOELEO R12 during sunset in Croatia
My YOELEO R12 during sunset in Croatia

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.

I pulled my foot off the pedal during a sprint challenge and flew over the handlebars. I fell on my shoulder, abraded half of my back, and broke the collarbone.

Me in an ambulance
Me in an ambulance after the crash

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
– Petr

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