Category: Bicycle Fitness

Electric bicycles for the weak-kneed

What's the draw for electric-powered bicycles? They look cumbersome and heavy. It makes sense that you'd need the extra boost from an electric motor to get over hills because of all the weight from the electric motor — a self-fulfilling prophecy. A doctor in the UK, however, says they're very useful for patients recovering from knee surgery or those with circulation problems in their legs.

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Spinning those bicycle pedals

Are your legs sore after these spring bicycle rides? It might not be that you're too out of shape. Fitness experts encourage cyclists to use smaller gears and keep a high cadence while they ride, especially now that your body is recovering from its winter doldrums.

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Sit or go cycling?

This might be a little bit like preaching to the choir, but it's something that's important to remember these cold winter days when we face the choice of getting on the bicycle or plopping down in front of the TV or computer.

We all know that exercise is good for us, and we've chosen …

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Cycling in small doses

Those small bicycling rides can add up.

Instead of waiting until my mood and the weather is just right for a big ol' monster bicycle ride, I've been using my bicycle for light errands in whatever the weather.

Here in the Northwest, that usually means drizzle and temperatures in the upper 30s to 40s …

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Bicycle training logs

The first thing I do when I walk in the door from a bicycle ride — even before a shower — is to record my time and miles in a bicycle log.

I like to keep it simple. Route, miles, time, MPH, and comments. I've created an Excel spreadsheet file that computes the MPH and …

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Logging it

I've been logging my rides since 1991, that's about 37,000 miles back up the road. That's a lot of blacktop, and it doesn't include my previous 13 years of cycling with independent tours of Virginia, Tennessee, Arizona, the NE US and Quebec, and lastly a 4,000-mile cross-country bicycle tour from Yorktown, VA to Carlsbad, CA.

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