Category: Bicycle Fitness

May bike mileage moanings: It must have been something I ate

My efforts to save gas money, curb global warming, stay fit and have fun by riding a bicycle paid off in May to the tune of 355 miles.

I feel that I could have done more, but there was a family camping trip and some lower g.i. problems that impeded by progress over Memorial weekend. …

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Bicycle saddle style, riding position and male impotence

Erectile dysfunction in bicyclists is as much about riding position as it is about the saddle, say two urologists who have studied the problem.

Many male cyclists who have suffered this numbing sensation down below may already have come to this conclusion. But now we have proof from two researchers at Boston University who used digital three-dimensional modeling.

A report in UroToday says the two, J. M. Gemery and S. K. Reid, concluded that cyclists who lean far forward eliminate most of the benefits of using a bicycle saddle with a groove down the middle. …

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Bicycling is one way to fight childhood obesity

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says it will spend $500 million in the next five years to help stem the rising tide of childhood obesity.

I hope the philanthropic organization considers the benefits of bicycling and how to make it easier and safer for children to use their bikes for exercise.

The foundation estimates that about one-third of the US population of children 17 and younger are overweight or obese; that's equal to the rate of the adult population. If the trend isn't reversed, foundation president Dr. Risa Lavizzo-Mourey told the NY Times, “The younger generation is going to live sicker and die younger than their parents because of obesity.” …

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Burning more calories on your bike


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The growing obesity rate of Americans is one of the items that struck me in Trek Bicycle boss John Burke's slideshow to other bicycle makers the other day.

Burke showed a series of slides, represented at right, showing the increase and geographical range of obesity rates among adults Americans in the past 15 years.  

If you're in the obesity range — 30 pounds overweight for a 5-foot-4 adult — or you want to hold your weight steady, you might be interested to check out a calorie calculator that estimates how many calories are burned by different activities.

For instance, I discovered that one hour of cycling at 12-14 mph burns 594 calories, while one hour of blogging (writing) burns 72 calories. …

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Couple sheds pounds on bicycle tour

An admittedly obese Pennsylvania woman and her husband are undergoing an extreme weight reduction program one pedalstroke at a time.

The couple are about 1,000 miles into their planned counterclockwise 16,000-mile bicycle tour around the United States. So far, they've lost a combined 130 pounds.

Morton and Priscilla Houliston are getting a lot of attention as they make their way up the East Coast from Key West. Their blog at LittleChanges.com reports numerous interviews with TV stations, which sometimes results in donations of food or a place to spend the night. They've inspired people to start exercising again …

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Confessions of a bike rider: February mileage

Back at the end of 2006, I made the bold assertion that I would double last year's mileage and ride my bicycle at least 4,000 miles in 2007.

So far, I'm way off pace. Here are some of my lame excuses for this month:

First my high schooler was sick for three days at the beginning of February, then I came down with that energy-sapping virus for a few days myself …

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Northwest Crank bicycling camp

Here's a great way to jumpstart your spring bicycling to get that mileage base up for those long summer bike tours and rides.

The Seattle International Randonneurs is hosting a five-day spring training camp at Wenatchee, Washington, from April 26-30. The festival is designed for cyclists of all abilities who want to put in some good miles out of the rain.

The camp features two fully supported bike rides each day with options for short, medium and long mileage. Cue sheets are also available for unsupported rides. …

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Already off pace for bicycling in 2007, but learning a lesson

At the beginning of the year I made the bold prediction that I would sweep aside 2006's dismal bicycling mileage and double my output to 4,000 miles.

Not much for the 8,000-plus mileage crowd, but good enough for a cyclist who has only hit 4,000 miles (the last time in 2003) a few times since completing a cross-country bike tour in 1984.

Doing the math, I'd have to click off an average 333.33 miles per month to hit the mark. That must be more difficult than it sounds, as I only bicycled 206.5 miles in January. Looking back at the bicycling logs I've saved since 1991 …

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Bicycling gains among older population

What's one activity that is growing among Americans 45 years and older, while it declines among the population as a whole? Bicycle riding.

The finding is in a report entitled “Global Aging and Sports: The Impact of Aging of the World's Population on the World of Sports.” It was prepared by The Consilience Group, LLC, for SBRnet, a Princeton, New Jersey-based sports marketing research firm.

I'm a little surprised in the findings that bicycling has declined among the population as a whole since the early 1990s. However, the National Bicycle Dealers Association reports that the peak participation year for cycling was 1992 with 54.6 million participants. The most recent estimates available are for 2002, when 41.4 million Americans took to their bicycles. Sales figures, however, show steady growth. …

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Results for 2006 bike mileage survey

The results are in for the 2006 bike mileage survey, and I see there are quite a few long-distance cyclists who voted. Nearly one in five responded that they had bicycled 8,000 or more miles this year.

I'll do the calculations for you: 8,000 miles is an average 154 miles per week. Wow. Even if the bulk of the miles were tallied on long summer rides, you'd still have to put in a good weekly average to get your miles up there.

I'm also impressed that more than half of you — 57% — bicycled more than 3,000 miles last year …

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