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Finally a Clear Explanation of Bike Sizing

Saturday May 31, 2014

2008 Globe Sport Disc Bike Bicycle recalledHow sizing is done between the different types of bikes is one of the great mysteries of the world. We can put somebody on the moon and have Facetime conversations with people living on the other side of the globe, but somehow can't standardize how bikes are measured.

Here's an example of the nuttiness. I ride a 62 cm road bike but have a mountain bike with an XL frame My other bikes include a 21-inch hybrid, a 64 cm touring bike and I have a BMX bike with 20 inch wheels. Other adults have 26-inch bicycles, and 29ers have been displaced by 27.5 bikes, which are now all the rage in the mountain bike scene. What in the world does all this mean?

Read the article to find out how bike sizes are figured, and how to know what size is right for you:  Finally: a Clear Explanation of Bike Sizing

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Sample Recipes from Racing Weight Cookbook

Friday May 30, 2014

Banana Pecan Pancakes, Racing Weight CookbookRecently we reviewed Racing Weight Cookbook - Lean Light Recipes for Athletes. It offers a variety of healthy recipes intended to be a fit for all levels of comfort in the kitchen: those who hate cooking and/or have never spent any time with a spatula in hand; a mid-level collection of recipes aimed at those who have basic cooking skills and can tolerate time in the kitchen; and a third level of recipes for those athletes who love to cook and are fully comfortable in the kitchen.

The publishers allowed us to post three recipes from the book, including one from each category.  Check them out here: Five-Minute Burrito; the Greek Tortilla Pizza and Banana Pecan Pancakes.

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A Guide to Lights on Your Bike: How to See and Be Seen

Thursday May 29, 2014

NiteRider MiNewt 750 Pro bike lightSummer and warmer weather coming means that there are more opportunities for being out riding at night.  But a little caution is probably warranted because if you look at the statistics about when bicycle/vehicle collisions occur, anywhere from 40%-60% of injuries and fatalities happen during the hours of darkness, despite the fact that a much smaller percentage of cycling actually takes place then.

I suppose you could promise yourself that you'll only ride during daylight hours. But the fact is, for many bike commuters, riding in darkness is a fact of life, particularly during the winter when the daylight hours are so much shorter. Plus, you'd also miss out on a lot of fun riding opportunties, whether that is for mountain biking at night or another crazy and fun bike event. So, check out this article, where we look at how you can light yourself up in a way that is both effective and fairly easy on your pocketbook.

Article:  A Guide to Lights on Your Bike: How to See and Be Seen.

Readers Respond:  Best Tips and Tricks for Being Seen on the Bike

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What to Do When You Encounter a Dog on Your Bike

Wednesday May 28, 2014

dogI was riding with some buddies not long ago out in the country.  We passed a house and suddenly a dog shot out from the yard and approached us on the road.  The two lead cyclists passed him quickly but the dog bit our third guy on the ankle.

Unfortunately this is a too-common experience.  If you ride much at all, especially out semi-suburban or rural areas, you will likely encounter dogs along the way.  But what to do?  There are evasive manuevers to consider as well as proactive defensive actions you can take to help avoid bites or crashing. Here are some tips on how to react if you encounter a dog while on your bike.

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Review: Racing Weight Cookbook

Tuesday May 20, 2014

Racing Weight Cookbook coverGetting serious about fitness means paying attention to your diet. Whether that means just trying to lose a few pounds or becoming more sophisticated in dialing in the right mix of carbs, fat and protein to satisfy your appetite and support your training, ultimately you need to monitor more closely what goes in your body.

Enter Racing Weight Cookbook - Lean Light Recipes for Athletes, by Matt Fitzgerald and Georgie Fear. It offers a variety of healthy recipes intended to be a fit for all levels of comfort in the kitchen: those who hate cooking and/or have never spent any time with a spatula in hand; a mid-level collection of recipes aimed at those who have basic cooking skills and can tolerate time in the kitchen; and a third level of recipes for those athletes who love to cook and are fully comfortable in the kitchen.

We had the chance to review the Race Weight Cookbook. Does it live up to its billing? Will it make a biker into a baker?  Read our review and find out.  Plus check out a couple of sample recipes from the Race Weight Cookbook, including the Five-Minute Burrito; the Greek Tortilla Pizza and Banana Pecan Pancakes.

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Squeak! Squeak! Squeak!

Sunday May 18, 2014

Derailleur pulleyIf you're hearing a high-pitched squeak as you go down the road, a noise that sounds like mouse or bird chirping, chances are your derailleur pulleys need a bit of lubrication. Here's how to do it.

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Solving Handlebar Issues with an Adjustable Stem

Friday May 16, 2014

The stem of a bicycle, shown on a Lucas Valley model bike by Marin.Handlebars too low? Too far out in front of you? Using an adjustable stem could be the answer to solving a couple different problem fit areas on your bike.

Read more:  Solving Handlebar Issues with an Adjustable Stem

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Eliminate Common Roadblocks to Weight Loss

Wednesday April 30, 2014

Peanut Butter SandwichesSome cyclists are willing to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on advanced technology and materials to make their bikes lighter. However in my own case, let's just put it this way: I can tell by looking at myself in the mirror that the weight of my bike just ain't the problem. And the easiest way to go faster or climb easier is not to spend $300 on a titanium seat post just to shave 12 grams.  Taking an inch off my waistline will be a whole lot more effective and less expensive at the same time.

And when you are ready to get to your optimal body weight, there are two ways to do so: increasing your physical activity and making changes to your diet.  Here are some common roadblocks people face when considering how to improve what they eat.

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Bike Racing Definition: What is a "Crit"?

Wednesday April 30, 2014

MIT women sm 2008 collegiate championshipsWith bike racing season upon us, you may hear some terms you're not familiar with, like "crit" or "preme."  Want to familiarize yourself with these strange new words?  Check out our articles on bike racing definitions, including "What is a crit?"

Related articles: Cyclocross, defined.

and Go watch a bike race!

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How to Avoid Chafing and Rash Caused by Your Bike Shorts

Tuesday April 29, 2014

bike shortsRiding one's bike is a lot of fun.  But, a person can overdo it and find themselves in an uncomfortable situation, namely when chafing and rash develops "down there."

The good news is that a few simple steps can help thwart these saddle sores and other problems that pop up.  Here are the steps you can take to avoid chafing and rash and the accompanying pain and irritation that can easily be enough to keep a person off their bike.

Article: Seven Tips to Avoid Chafing and Rash Caused by Your Bike Shorts

Related: Readers respond - What works for others in avoiding saddle sore problems

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