August 29, 2019
Cycling in the Heat 101
By Coach John Hughes
The human engine is very inefficient. Only about 20 – 40% of the calories you burn move you down the road. The other 60 – 80% generate heat, which must be dissipated. This is why you can feel hot when you’re riding briskly on a cool day. How can you ride in the heat and still have fun? How can you train effectively? Read more.
StatCap P1 Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Review
By Jim Langley
I’m starting this review with a quote from the company and I’ll tell you why after you read their pitch…
“Hundreds of cycling accidents occur annually due to low tire pressure or elevated tire temperature. StatCap offers cutting-edge Tire Pressure Monitoring technology to help prevent accidents due to catastrophic failure and to increase cyclist safety. Buy StatCap P1 – BEFORE catastrophic tire failure occurs!” Read more.
What To Do If Your Bike Is Stolen
By Sheri Rosenbaum
It’s still fresh in my mind that sinking feeling when we came out of the restaurant in La Crosse and saw an empty bike rack. (Here’s a link to the La Crosse, Wisconsin article.) How could this happen so quickly? The bikes were locked together. I immediately called 911. The responding officer took our statement and pictures of the car/rack. Then he sent an email out to the La Crosse police department with a descriptions and pictures of our bikes. He also notified all local pawn shops in case the thief tried to unload them quickly. Read more.
Cycling in the Heat Bundle
Learn more about the science of riding in the heat, and managing your fluids and electrolytes, in the two-part eArticle series, Cycling in the Heat, by Coach John Hughes:
- Cycling in the Heat, Part 1: Ride Management is 19 pages and covers how to acclimate to hot conditions, how to train in hot months, what to wear, eat and drink, how to cool down if you overheat, and how to deal with heat-related problems.
- Cycling in the Heat, Part 2: Hydration Management is 21 pages and covers how to determine how much you should drink depending on your physiology and sweat rate, how best to replace your fluids and electrolytes, the contents of different sports drinks, how to make your own electrolyte replacement drinks, how to rehydrate after a ride, and how to deal with hydration-related problems.
Dealing With Hearing Loss While Riding
By Richard Ellin, MD, FACP
Question: Love the site! Keep up the good work. My question is: I have some nerve damage in my ears and wind noise can be bothersome at times. I sometimes wear foam ear plugs but was wondering if any other alternatives are available. Thanks in advance. — Steve A. Read more.
by Scott Martin
At a recent race, I spied a guy warming up on his trainer while his girlfriend (wife?) pinned on his number. “That won’t last long,” said one of my teammates. “Whaddya mean?” I said. Read more.
Quick Tip: Practice Your Pedal Stroke by Using Easy Gears on Downhills
Pedal your bicycle in low gears down hills.
Off-season rides are ideal for working on technique — like turning a choppy, bouncy pedal stroke into a smooth, round one. Read more.
Question of the Week
Have you had a bike stolen in the last 5 years?
More Cycling Stuff to Read
Worldfitnesslevel.org: You know your age, but what’s your fitness age?
Digg: Man records his every treadmill run as he loses 42 pounds in 8 months.
Bicycling: Life lessons from the 91 year old cyclist who keeps breaking world records.
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