Everything has gotten so complicated in today’s world that we often lose sight of the simple pleasures that we once treasured as children. When I was younger, I didn’t spend the majority of my day sitting in front of a television or playing video games. I came home from school and after a brief wave to my mother I was headed out the door again to get some fresh air and sunshine. I would get together with my friends and we would play, when it came time for dinner, there would be fresh healthy meals to enjoy. The funny thing is, not a single one of us was overweight.
Fast track to twenty years later… over 60% of my friends are now battling weight problems (and several depression). They try dieting, not by eating healthy foods, but eating strange pre-packaged and prepared foods that wouldn’t have been recognizable as sustenance twenty years ago. They drag themselves to the gym every day to run in place while staring at a television screen. And some, even resort to pills or surgery. Why is it that no one has bothered to look at the habits that we had as thin healthy children, and incorporated them into your lives now?
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Mountain Biking can be an exciting and fun way to spend time outside and get healthy at the same time. Before you can begin, you need to do some research. You will need to learn about safety precautions, the correct equipment, and training. Sporting good stores can be helpful, the internet can be a great resource, as can fellow mountain bikers. You may want to join a group who can provide you with guidance and you can ride with or compete against once you get started. They can show you the rules of the road and the best places to ride. Whether you join a group or not, you should contact your local parks to learn about what trails are available and any rules and regulations you should be aware of.
As with any sport, there are many dangers. Much like other types of biking, it is imperative that you wear a helmet. Knee pads and elbow pads are also a great idea. While regular biking is generally on flat, even ground, mountain biking involves uneven terrain and steep angles. It can also sometimes include wooded areas so some eye protection may be in order.
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With so many different machines out there in the gyms across the country, many people tend to forget about the easiest, cheapest, and the best way to get into shape. A cycle exercise, such as riding your bike, is a great fitness routine to get into. Health should be the number one priority for people because there is nothing more important. The healthier you are the more you will get out of life in the end.
One of the most obvious benefits to cycle exercising is that of getting out into the world and enjoying the scenery while getting all of that fresh air. Breathing that clean air is another thing that is excellent for your health. Instead of staring at the same four walls at the gym and smelling all of that stale sweat, you could be watching the blue skies and getting all of the fresh air you could ever want.
Another reason why this type of exercising is so beneficial is because it is low impact. Those who have a little trouble with their joints will enjoy this exercise, as the motion of the exercise of cycling does not stress the joints too much. You will be able to exercise for a much longer period of time this way. Those trying to get their joints back to tip top health after joint surgery find cycle exercises to be a great rehabilitation path.
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Cycling interval training is an important part when you build up improvements in your performance. Cycling interval training means that you train in consecutive periods with a high heart rate combined with resting periods and low heard rate.
Winning any cycling race can never happen without using Cycling Intervals in your training plan. You will be able to train even harder on the next interval training day when you train intervals combined with resting periods.
It is important to remember that it is in your recovery period that you rebuild and increase your capacity. However, your capacity cannot begin to increase until you train close to your max heart rate. With subsequent recovery you muscles compensate by further building up muscle so the muscle can handle even tougher training the next time. It is popularly called muscle over compensation.
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How do I position my cleats? It’s one of the questions we often get following the purchase of a pair of pedals or new cleats. Many customers want to know how they can ensure the best placement. Some customers admit they haven’t adjusted their cleat position in years and question if it could be wrong.
Let’s start with the lateral position, often called the ‘Q’ factor. A rider should have their legs and feet in a natural position, not forcing their body to pedal in an unnatural manner. Forcing your legs wider or narrower than is natural will elicit undesirable results. For a majority of us this means moving your cleats to the outside of our shoes, to allow them to get as close to the crank arm as possible. Riders with wider hips will benefit from moving their cleats to the center or even as far as the inside of their shoes to push their feet further out.
Angling the cleat
In many cases riders don’t ride with perfectly straight feet. To compensate for this and to take full advantage of the float, the cleat needs to be angled so that when in the natural position the cleat is centered on the pedal.
Heal out (further away from the crank than the ball of your foot) requires the tip of the cleats to be pointed away from the crank. Heal in will require the cleats to be pointed towards the crank. The amount will vary depending on how far off center the foot is while riding and it is likely different on each foot.
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Brakes are a vital component of a bicycle’s construction. You depend on your brakes to work well and quickly. There are a few things that contribute to braking, and the following article will discuss them.
Front and rear brakes
Cycles are equipped with two brakes, one for the front wheel and one for the back. It is good for a cyclist to know how to use both, but mature cyclists most often use the front brakes. Your forward momentum shifts most of your weight to the front of the bike. Most beginners do not like to use the front brakes because there is a chance of diving over the handlebars. This is a possibility, but you can learn when to use the front brakes and how much force to apply by being attentive to the rear brakes.
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I was discussing frame geometry with a prominent coach last week and his perspective on frame geometry struck a nerve with me so I wanted to share this topic with you.
I had been riding “stock” frame geometry for decades and the possibilities created by the combination of an unlimited fitting system and true custom geometry did not exist for me, and thus for you, until fairly recently. The time honored principles of Knee Over Pedal Spindle, (KOPS), the Lemond method, standover height, saddle height equal to hip height when standing next to the bike and scads of other techniques were developed to help people choose a bike size that would work for them.
We need to look at a bit of history because bikes were made quite differently in the 1970’s and before than they are today. The ’70’s were a time where road bikes had a much different geometry, with seat angles in the 71-72 degree range. Additionally these bikes were built in half sizes and thus had as many as 12 sizes for one model! Today’s bikes have between 3 and 5 sizes so more people are forced to “fit” a bike that will be less than perfect.
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If you’ve already got a bike, whether it’s one you bought yourself, or one that you inherited from its previous owner, then you won’t have to choose a bike at the moment – but of course of course, when the time comes, you will need to choose a replacement. On the other hand, if you don’t have a bike, then your need to find a bike that suits you will be more pressing. In either case, and regardless of whether you decide to get a new bike or to purchase second-hand, the choice of bikes available may well appear overwhelming at first.
It’s absolutely true tht the range of different models available can be confusing, so in this article, we’ll start by having a look at some of the main types of bike on offer, and review the reasons why you might choose one type or another.
The four basic choices of bicycle that you will need to consider are: a hybrid, a folder, road bike or a mountain bike. Which of these you choose should depend on your careful consideration of a range of factors (and not just the immediate appeal of looks). Some of the things to think about include:
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Unless you’re lucky enough to live in an area with year-round sunshine, you’re going to need clothes to keep you warm and dry when riding your bike. Clothing is of course not just about keeping warm – if you’re actually going somewhere on your bike, you’ll want to wear something that you aren’t embarrassed about wearing once you get to your destination.
In terms of clothing to wear when cycling, your jacket is one of the most important items. It serves to keep you warm and dry, and may also include reflective markings, which are an important safety measure as they make you more easily visible, especially in bad weather conditions or at night, to other road users. On the whole, if you can, it’s best to get a jacket that is specifically designed to cycling – you won’t regret it.
If you choose a jacket that has been specifically designed for cycling, you’ll notice some unusual things about it as compared to “normal” jackets. One of the main features of cycling jackets is they are generally longer at the back so that they cover your kidneys from the wind, and your bottom from road spray – the latter being something that you’ll sure appreciate if you ride a road bike without mudguards. You’ll also notice that cycling jackets are generally shorter at the front (to facilitate movement of your legs), but have long sleeves (so that your wrists are covered when reaching forward to the handlebars).
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Lose weight cycling is a fun and enjoyable way to improve your health and to make you feel better. Pedaling down a rural road or through a city park rouses your spirit and awakens your senses.
A regular routine to lose weight cycling can reduce the risk of serious conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure and obesity.
One of the most powerful arguments for encouraging more people to cycle is that it leads to considerable improvements in public health.
Cycling is also a good way to improve your balance and co-ordination. It enhances your general well-being and promotes mental health. Beyond the health benefits, it’s an enjoyable way to get around.
Getting on your cycling bike regularly can also be an effective form of aerobic exercise. Cycling can have positive effects on how we feel too.
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