Category: Bicycle Fitness
Wake up and smell the coffee before a ride, but don't overdue the caffeine intake if you have coronary problems.
That's the finding of a study published in the Journal of American College of Cardiology this month. Two cups of java reduced the body's ability to increase blood flow to the heart during exercise. …
Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2006/01/21/cycling-and-coffee-ii/
It's a new year; time to begin keeping track of your mileage.
Usually 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 …
Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2006/01/03/bicycle-training-log-for-the-new-year/
“On your left….” “ON YOUR LEFT…!” “HELLO?”
Just a snippet of a one-way conversation I had with a bicycle-riding couple on the Lake Washington bike trail a few weeks ago.
They were toodling along on their bikes, side-by-side, oblivious to the world around them. When we reached a hill and the guy rode a little bit ahead, I had a …
Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2005/10/12/is-cycling-with-earphones-a-good-idea/
Cyclists shouldn't be suffering a lot of fear and loathing over the possibilities of male impotence caused by bike saddles. Anyway, isn't anxiety a major cause of erectile dysfunction?
The New York Times interviewed several specialists in a story this week (“Serious Riders, Your Bicycle Seat May Affect Your Love Life”) that concludes that most bike saddles do little to protect the sex organs …
Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2005/10/11/dont-fret-over-bike-saddle-it-might-only-make-things-worse/
The role that bicycle saddles might play in male impotence is destined to become a national fixation now that the New York Times has weighed in on the subject. The NYT says that typical bicycle saddles (like the one at left) do little to protect the sex organs. Ergonomic saddles (right) sometimes create their own problems. …
Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2005/10/04/bicycle-saddles-becoming-an-issue-of-mounting-concern/
People in China used to ride their bicycles to get to work, shop, visit. Film clips of the country used to show roads packed with bicycles — such as the ubiquitous Flying Pigeon.
Now, it sounds like the Chinese might need to get on their bikes for exercise.
Many Chinese are suffering obesity from a sedentary lifestyle, according to …
Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2005/08/05/suffering-from-the-good-life-chinese-need-to-get-back-on-bikes/
It's no news flash that hard training and weight loss create more speed. But by how much?
In the case of Lance Armstrong, he boosted his muscle efficiency by 8% over the period from 1992 to 1999. Couple that with a 7% reduction in body weight and fat and it adds up to an 18% improvement in his steady state power …
Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2005/06/14/lance-armstrong-boosted-muscle-efficiency-by-8/
If you want to lose weight by riding your bicycle into the ground, go ahead. It won't weaken your bones.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins University say that, unlike dieting alone, exercising to lose weight doesn't reduce bone mass, even in people aged 55 and older.
Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2005/05/25/biking-to-lose-weight-wont-weaken-bones/
I've been thinking a lot lately about Broc Bebout, the 57-year-old Indiana cyclist who died the day after completing a cross-country bicycle tour.
The well-liked bike club member from Anderson was a marathon runner in his 20s and 30s, until he was diagnosed with heart disease and underwent a quadruple bypass at age 39. Bicycling helped him lead a …
Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2005/05/07/even-cyclists-must-listen-to-their-hearts/
For many years, neck pain had become such a normal part of riding for a bicycling buddy of mine that he had come to expect it — just like getting thirsty on a hot day or getting out breath on a long climb. He's not alone. Neck and back pain is a common ailment for cyclists, according to an excellent article in Roadcycling.com. The authors explain in detail the causes of neck and back pain and give some suggestions on how to treat it.
Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2005/04/15/neck-pain-all-too-common-in-cycling/