Top Health Benefits of Cycling Machines and Indoor Cycling

Cycling indoors is very healthy for you. Spending a little bit of time each day cycling in your home will enable you to reap the mental and physical benefits offered through cycling. The great thing about cycling is the fact that it can be fun for anyone.

There really is no cutoff age when it comes to cycling. Even today cycling continues to gain immense popularity through Continue reading

The Why’s And How’s Of Cyclist’s Knee

Out of all the sports, cycling and swimming seem to cause the fewest amount of injuries. On the other hand, running seems to cause every injury known to man. Although running bears the brunt of injury criticism, cycling can cause injury too; one injury in particular is in fact shared with runners. The injury most commonly referred to as runner’s knee has another name which is goes by: cyclist’s knee.

The “Catch-All” Injury

Okay, so technically there’s not just one injury that can be called cyclist’s knee. The term cyclist’s knee actually refers to multiple repetitive and overuse injuries. The two most common Continue reading

Are You Overtraining?

There’s a fine line between pushing yourself to be in top physical condition and overtraining. How do we know when we’re getting too close to that line and need to back off a little to give our body a little extra rest? In the book Sport Physiology For Coaches by Brian J. Sharkey and Steven E. Gaskill, they give an easy and accurate test called the Fatigue Index that you can administer yourself to know when you are accumulating fatigue.

Importance of Testing Yourself

The results of this test closely correlate to your body’s immune function. As the fatigue index increases, so does your risk for depressed immune function and upper respiratory infections. As any athlete knows, getting sick is the last thing we want, so it’s important to test Continue reading

Olympic Team Cycling Tactics – Drafting, Pacelines And Teamwork In The Peloton

When Team GB lined up at the start of the Olympic Cycling Road Race, the smart money was betting that by the last kilometer, they would have dragged back any breakaways in preparation for an all-out bunch sprint, giving Mark Cavendish a shot at a gold medal. Despite fielding a five man squad comprising the current Tour de France yellow jersey winner Brad Wiggins, second place man Chris Froome, British Road Champion Ian Stannard, and multiple Tour de France stage winner David Millar, alongside the prodigious Cavendish, himself a multiple stage and last year’s green jersey winner not to mention reigning World Champion, the smart money was sadly mistaken. Arguably, the outcome was always Continue reading

Bike Helmets, Safety and Looking Good

Like in any other sport, safety ranks highly in the eyes of cyclists and cycling coaches alike.  Not to mention the loved ones of those that spend time on a bicycle.  I know from experience, that sometimes as an athlete you consider trading safety for comfort or convenience.  It is NOT an option.  These days’ things are faster, and harder.  There are more and more people, doing more and more things, paying less and less attention.

Besides your own actions on the road or trail, the helmet is the most important thing you can focus on regarding bicycling safety.  According to the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute, in 2009, 91%of all cyclists killed were not wearing a helmet.  With significant figures like that it is no wonder that 22 states and at least 201 local jurisdictions have instituted laws requiring mandatory helmet use for young riders.  It’s a fact that the use of bicycle helmets has reduced the rate of head injury by 85%.  I have four beautiful children, and the rule is that they don’t even sit on their bike without having their helmet on.  It’s just that important.

Some Pros and amateur cyclists had been using the “leather hairnet” since the 70’s.

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the international governing body for the sport of cycling, attempted to mandate the use of helmets in the sport back in 1991.  The Pros didn’t like it and protested via a rider strike at Continue reading

Blogs, Bikes, and the Tour de France : the story of a cycling nut

I have a passion for bicycles.  Owning them, riding them, fixing them, talking about them, and helping others enjoy their own experience with them.  I spent many a day as a kid riding my bike, a Redline BMX with cool Mag wheels, to my friend’s house or down to the river with my fishing stuff in one hand, or anywhere else I needed to go.  On the weekends I’d strap a number on it and a helmet on me and head to the local dirt track to try and beat my friends or win a trophy.  I’d been known, by my mom especially Continue reading