Category: Bicycle Fitness
How many miles did you ride your bicycle in 2006?
Vote in the poll in the right column and see where you stack up against other Biking Bis readers.
Right off, I'm ashamed to admit that I barely skimmed 2,000 miles. Looking back over my monthly bike logs, I see notes for serious bike mechanical problems in February, the commitment of managing youth baseball in March through mid-June, and illness this fall.
They're all flabby excuses …
Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2007/01/01/bicycle-mileage-poll-for-2006/
Here's another weapon for your arsenal in posting a fast result in a time trial or finishing that last hill on your century bicycle ride.
The jelly bean.
The Jelly Belly Co. is in the endurance sports business now with its Sport Beans product. Basically, we're talking your standard jelly beans here packed with carbohydrates …
Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2006/12/12/when-a-jelly-bean-becomes-a-sports-nutritional-supplement/
Here's my recipe for a post-bike ride recovery drink that I frequently quaff in the summertime. I found out recently that it's just as refreshing in the cold weather as well.
It's easy to make because there's no measuring involved. At least I don't measure. I guess it's an art, not a science.
Into a blender, drop 6-10 large frozen strawberries. Add a banana, about a cup of yogurt (I prefer vanilla), and lots of orange juice. Blend. …
Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2006/11/19/how-to-make-the-best-ever-bike-ride-recovery-drink/
While it might seem funny that there are adults who don't know how to ride a bike, apparently there are people who are afraid to ride because of some childhood trauma. They're afraid, but they still want to try it.
The Bicycle Riding School in Somerville, Massachusetts, is the only place I've heard of that teaches adults how to get over their fear of falling off their bikes. Nearly 2,000 people have learned to ride bikes there in the past 20 years.
There are many bicycling clinics that teach adults how to safely ride in traffic or improve their skills in road racing or mountain biking. What the Bicycle Riding School does is teach adults how to get over their phobia. …
Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2006/11/10/fear-of-falling-the-adult-bicycling-school/
When bicyclist Joe Kern explained his ability to ride 80 miles on his 80th birthday, he credited a proper bike fit as being one of the major reasons for his longevity in the saddle.
We all probably have a cursory knowledge of bike fit. Primarily it involves saddle height and handlebar reach, but pedal and shoe alignment also comes into play.
If the bike fit is right, we can ride efficiently for hours on end with little or no discomfort. If wrong, we suffer neck, back and knee pain, sore arms and shoulders and numb hands.
Cycling becomes a pain in the butt.
The American Physical Therapy Association is focusing on proper bike fit this month. Erik Moen of Seattle, an association member and an elite cycling coach with the US Cycling Federation, says he first looks to improper bike fit as the culprit when patients complain of cycling related aches and pains.
He recommends the following tips for better bike fit …
Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2006/10/21/finding-the-right-bike-fit/
I woke up at 5 o'clock this morning, just like I have every morning for the past three weeks to happily watch the Tour de France live on OLN out here on the West Coast.
After putting on the coffee, I turned on OLN partly out of force of habit and curiosity. No Phil or Paul. Just some guy sitting there wearing a “gimme hat” talking about how to catch big-mouth bass. That was the final realization. The Tour de France is over. So, after trundling my daughter off to day camp, I jumped on the bike for ride instead of prying open the laptop. Now I'm OK. Are you OK?
After the ride, I found an article at DepressioNet that espouses physical activity, especially bicycling, as a good treatment for depression. …
Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2006/07/25/dealing-with-post-tour-de-france-depression/
Sometime soon, the blogger at My Big Fat Geek Cycling bLog is going to have to change the name of his website…. maybe to just My Geek Cycling bLog.
For the past 18 months, he has used his bicycle to slowly and surely pedal himself back into shape. He's a poster boy for cycling to a healthy lifestyle. …
Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2006/04/01/bicycling-his-way-to-fitness/
Health officials and bicyclists in Chicago rejoiced a couple of weeks ago when the March issue of Bicycling magazine named it the second best city for cycling in its population division — over 1 million.
Yet at the same time, Men's Fitness magazine in March named the Windy City the #1 Fattest City in the US.
Doesn't seem possible, does …
Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2006/02/11/fattest-cities-and-best-cycling-cities-sometimes-coincide/
I've often been accused of being a bicycling Luddite. I'm the last cyclist on my block to use integrated brake-handle shifters, aerodynamic helmet, Kevlar tires (what's wrong with Mr. Tuffies?), aero rims, etc.
That also goes for bike electronics. Yet I read with interest a New York Times piece touting a bicycle computer made by Garmin in today's technology section. With 8 data fields, it's too distracting for me to use, although I'm sure many others will find the features very valuable. …
Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2006/02/03/garmin-edge-305-bicycle-computer-too-much-information-for-me/
“If you're a traditional cyclist and you ride using your legs, your upper body turns into matchsticks. So when you're suddenly requiring your chest and your arms and your back to move your whole body, you realize just how weak those muscles are.” …
Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2006/01/28/quote-handcycles-buff-up-cyclists-upper-body/