Hey, my name is Petr Minařík (haha, do you dare to pronounce it?), and I am a founder of CyclistsHub.com. I founded this website with several goals.
The first goal was to help people when deciding 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 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.
How Do I Choose the Best Products?
Before I choose products to my selections, I do extensive market research. I evaluate user reviews, reviews of influencers, and also well-known magazines and websites. If I have personal experiences with a product, I share them with you as well. I do the reviews as unbiased and objective as possible. I always try to put myself in my readers’ shoes and consider their needs.
Let’s find the right equipment for you!
I started riding a bike when I was 4 y.o. (yes, my mom told me this because I didn’t remember it anymore). I abraded my knees and elbows countless times, but it did not stop me from riding. 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 had a cycling helmet, and I did not break any bones. Of course, I did not want to go back on the saddle the first days because I was scared that it can happen again. However, children have a nice quality, so at least I had it. Before my wounds fully healed, I rode my bike with my friends again.
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 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 district round. We then fought with my team our way to the regional round and once even to the national round.
I took a break from cycling (I don’t count occasional driving between villages or to/from a grocery store) in high school. However, I longed for a good road bike. When I was in my first year of high school, I started watching the Tour de France. I was feeling very excited when watching it. Unfortunately, my financial situation was not good, 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 other, more urgent expenses.
Cycling is not just a sport – it is a lifestyle.
At Christmas in 2014, I received a refurbished road bike from Favorit, a 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). I didn’t expect this gift at all. However, I confirmed one thing – I started working even harder to save more money to buy a “proper road bike” one day. In the meantime, I have bought basic equipment such as road shoes, a jersey, a pump, spare parts, etc.
In 2016, I did it. I bought a road bike from Canyon, and I also bought additional equipment. First, I rode alone, then I found a local club and started to ride more regularly. After a while, the first fracture also came. Can you guess which one it was? Haha, yes, it was my collarbone. During one sprint, I pulled my foot off the pedals and flew over the handlebars. Sh*t. I could not ride a bike for 2 weeks. I missed it so much, so I started to ride on my indoor trainer during the 3rd week of my rehabilitation. It was a great feeling to be in the saddle again.
Thanks to cycling, I visited countless beautiful places, including iconic climbs in Italy such as Passo Stelvio, Gavia Pass, Mortirolo Pass, etc.
After all, 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 of course, fellow cyclists. Do you want to get in touch with me? Please, use the form on the contact page. I am looking forward to your questions.
Founder & Editor at CyclistsHub.com