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July 2014 . . .


"Ask a Pro" with Diane Stibbard

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In this issue of Ask a Pro, Diane covers Recovery Tools For Cyclists

Recovery is the more important of the two pillars of training. The first pillar is training stress (simply the riding you do). The second pillar is recovery. Recovering quickly after long or hard rides is a good indicator of your fitness level. Your body needs recovery time to build new muscle protein to repair the damage done during exercise. This repair work starts almost immediately following any of your rides or workouts.

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Georgena Terry: Leverage

I hear from lots of women whose hands just aren’t strong enough to cope with tight-fitting tires. It’s scary to think you might get stuck with a flat tire and not be able to get it off the rim. So much for a great pump or CO2 cartridges!

Leverage! If ever there was a woman’s best friend, leverage is it. The dictionary defines leverage as a way to gain mechanical advantage. It’s also defined as the “power to influence a situation to achieve a particular outcome.” I think that says it all.

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Choosing a Self-Guided Cycling Tour

By Loren Siekman



More popular than ever, self-guided cycling is surging in offers from tour operators—and with good reason. It’s often half the price of a guided trip, you don’t have to conform to limited dates, you start your day when you want, stop as long as you want, and eat where you want.

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Road Rider Tips: How to Pack Your Pockets

By Sarah Bonner

How to Pack Your Pockets


How you pack your pockets comes down to a combination of balance, necessity, and riding conditions. It’s not rocket science but how you “stuff your stuff” is a habit perfected over time. Fast forward a few thousand kilometers and here’s what I’ve learned.

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How To Use A Foam Roller: An Illustrated Guide for Cyclists

By Sarah Bonner


In How To Use A Foam Roller, Sarah Bonner shows you the A to Zs of foam rollers and self myofascial release.

Illustrated with 90 photographs, How To Use A Foam Roller demonstrates clearly how to use your foam roller for a complete head-to-toe massage—and how to get to those tight sore problem areas

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Pearl iZUMi - W's Race RD III



At first glance it’s easy to underestimate the Race Rd lll but on closer inspection the shoe is impressive, offering high-end features at an affordable price, making it a good choice for road riders.

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XX2i Optics France2 Pro Racing Sunglasses


Price usually reflects quality. You get what you pay for, right? Well, not always. Sometimes you get more. Point in fact: XX2i Optics—a company committed to providing the best-quality eyewear for sports enthusiasts at an affordable price. XX2i’s France2 Pro Racing Sunglasses hit most of the high marks of the expensive brands without doing serious damage to your pocketbook.

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PEARL iZUMi - Woman's Symphony Shorts



The chamois is made of 4-way stretch material that adjusts to the body and moves moisture away. It's preformed to the natural shape of the rider and saddle interface, with 13 mm variable density padding and pressure relief technology. Good, I think — the most important aspect of cycling shorts seems to have been properly addressed.

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Chocolate Pecan Dream Pops

Recipe Courtesy of Deb Gleason


It's starting to heat up outside and the same can be said for my kitchen. I've been busy creating the recipe that will keep you cool and ice-creamy-happy all summer. Introducing my outrageously delicious Chocolate Pecan Dream Pops. The ice cream is made with coconut milk and sweetened with dates, and the nutty chocolate coating is, well, decadent, like chocolate should be.

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The Roadies:
Cycling Jargon Defined - A to L

By John Marsh

Road bike rider


Ever been on a group ride and felt like other cyclists were speaking a foreign language? They chatter about blocking, bonking and breakaways, and your head is spinning trying to figure out what they mean.

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