Question: When I can't get outside to ride, what is the percentage of indoor riding that would match the time outside? Also, if I use an elliptical trainer, what is that percentage for riding outside? – Peggy J. RBR Replies: That's a hard question to answer because riding indoors is quite a bit different from riding outside due to wind, hills and accelerations out … [Read more...] about How Do I Equate Indoor Training Time with Riding Outside?
This tip was sent in to us by Doug Williams, a Canadian roadie who knows a thing or two about riding in cool to cold weather. He writes: My Quick Tip is the versatility of (polar) fleece headbands. I use them around my head to keep my ears warm, sure, but one or two of them around the neck seal out the cold air from coming into the vest or jacket. … [Read more...] about Quick Tip: Fleece Headbands are Great for the Neck Too
QUESTION: I'm in Louisiana. It's not cold here. It doesn't snow. Winter riding should be easy. But the early darkness is killing me. I feel like it’s dangerous to ride when it’s dark. Worse, not riding on weekdays makes me feel sedentary and I can’t get motivated to ride even on weekends. How can I deal with this? -- Mike P. RBR REPLIES: Roadies hate early darkness more than … [Read more...] about How Can I Cope With Early Darkness?
By John Yoder Winter cycling can be frustrating in northern Indiana, at least for me. It's not just that there are fewer hours of daylight, not just that the high for the day is often 40 degrees with a 20-mph wind from the north, and not just that every cold-weather ride makes my nose’s production of mucus shift into overdrive. … [Read more...] about The Mental Challenge of Dressing for Cold Weather Riding
How Do I Prevent Freezing Feet on Cold Winter Bike Rides? QUESTION: I've tried every trick imaginable to keep my feet warm during cold-weather rides -- larger shoes with 2 pairs of socks, battery-powered socks, spray antiperspirant to reduce sweating, plastic bags to cut wind. But no luck. My frozen feet are always the limiting factor in winter riding. Any tips? -- Judy … [Read more...] about How to Deal with Cold Feet Cycling: Solutions for Keeping Them Warm