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The 10 Most Important Questions To Ask When You’re Buying A Bike

By Georgena Terry

Shifters BikesMelbourne, Victoria, Australia

You’re probably going to be asking questions of yourself and your bike dealer during the buying process. Let’s start with the conversation you’re having with yourself.

What are your goals for this bike? If you haven’t thought them out carefully, it’s going to be hard

Read more . . . The 10 Most Important Questions To Ask When You’re Buying A Bike

Skill Drills During Base Training

By Sarah Bonner

As base training season rolls around, so does the opportunity to practice and learn new bike skills. Long, slow base rides are the perfect time to devote your attention to skills practice. Whether you’ve been on an indoor trainer for a few months and need a refresher, or you’re trying

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What Role Do Probiotics Play In A Healthy Diet For Cyclists?

Ask a Pro — Diane Stibbard - Coach, Personal Trainer, and Two-Time Canadian Duathlete of the Year

Q: “What Role Do Probiotics Play In A Healthy Diet For Cyclists?”

A: These days probiotics—gut-friendly bacteria that not only improve digestion but boost health—are getting a lot

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Keeping up with the Cervèlo’s

By Ursual Cafaro

Brampton Cycling Club

Carl showed up at the rendezvous spot for his first ride with the club early Saturday morning on a custom painted white Cervèlo 2012 R5ca, wearing a white Catlike Whisper helmet, white Sidi Genius ProMega shoes and white Pearl Izumi jersey and shorts kit. He looked like

Read more . . . Keeping up with the Cervèlo’s

What Does Gearing Terminology Mean?

By Fred Matheny

Q: I’m a new cyclist and confused about gearing. I have no idea what’s meant when other riders use numbers to talk about gears. And I’m not sure how this applies to my riding, either. Can you explain? – Sally P.

A: Good

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Easy Beef Brisket

Recipe Courtesy of Elanaspantry.com

photo provided courtesy of elanaspantry.com

 

 

Growing up I loved the brisket that my Bubby made. It was melt-in-your-mouth amazing. My mother also made an incredible brisket. Now it’s my turn to take a whirl at Beef Brisket –the perfect Paleo dinner

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How Many Base Miles Do I Need To Do?

Ask a Pro — Diane Stibbard - Coach, Personal Trainer, and Two-Time Canadian Duathlete of the Year

Q: “In the spring, how many base miles do I need to put in on the bike outside before starting harder training, such as interval training”?   A:

Read more . . . How Many Base Miles Do I Need To Do?

Spring Bike Maintenance Checklist

By Georgena Terry

If you’re like many of us who live in the frozen north, your bike has been sitting around for weeks waiting patiently for you and spring. While you still have a few weeks of quiet time on your hands, there are a few things you should check out on the bike before

Read more . . . Spring Bike Maintenance Checklist

Buying an Aero Helmet

By Sarah Bonner

An aerodynamic helmet is an easy way to get some “free speed.” It can also give you a winning edge when you’re looking to save time in an Ironman or gain a slight advantage in a shorter road time trial. Plus, they look really cool. Before you buy, however, remember

Read more . . . Buying an Aero Helmet

Jamaica Reggae Ride

By Sheila Murray-Johnson

Sheila Murray-Johnson – centre in blue

My name is “Pushcart”. Well, that’s my new nickname anyway. It was bestowed upon me by guides with cool nicknames of their own—Stringbean, Breezeman, Ratbat,—who I met on my recent bike tour in Jamaica.

When I arrived at the sunny Caribbean island, with

Read more . . . Jamaica Reggae Ride

Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe Courtesy of Elanaspantry.com

photo provided courtesy of elanaspantry.com

My mother-in-law (aka Grandma Marylyn) is obsessed with all things crispy, crunchy, and Paleo. Like me, she has celiac disease and has followed a strict gluten-free diet for years. I created this Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe just

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Is Professional Bike Fitting a Scam?

By Fred Matheny

Q: I’ve been fitted by three different bike shops using different fit systems. Each shop measured me on and off my bike, which they all agreed is too small for me. They also came to the same conclusion regarding my body: extra-long legs and arms, very

Read more . . . Is Professional Bike Fitting a Scam?

Training Tips For Spring Events Or Races

Ask a Pro — Diane Stibbard - Coach, Personal Trainer, and Two-Time Canadian Duathlete of the Year

Q: I’m doing part of the Rideau Lakes Tour (a hilly 100 km out and back) in early June. How much time should I spend spinning in February?

Training Tips For Spring Events Or Races

Cyclist Flexibility And Bicycle Design

By Georgena Terry

Q: How much does a cyclist’s flexibility factor into your bicycle design?

A: Before a customer purchases a bike from me, I ask her to complete a questionnaire that covers everything from measurements of herself and her current bike, her cycling aspirations and her flexibility.

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Rookie Mistakes the Pros Still Make

By Sarah Bonner

No matter how much experience you have on two wheels, from time to time you’ll still make rookie errors. Even professionals make mistakes. When that happens, don’t feel bad but make sure you recover from it like a pro.

Crashing: Everyone crashes. Everyone. No matter how many kilometres

Read more . . . Rookie Mistakes the Pros Still Make

Roasted Red Pepper Salmon With Spinach

Recipe Courtesy of Elanaspantry.com

photo provided courtesy of elanaspantry.com

This high protein salmon dish with roasted red pepper tomato soup from Pacific Foods was a big hit with my husband, and children as well.

The sweet, smoky taste of the sauce (which simply uses the above soup)

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How Should I Pedal When Standing?

By Fred Matheny

Q: I have read many articles about circular pedaling techniques, but they all relate to seated riding. When I’m standing and climbing on short, steep hills, my feet feel like they’re attached to a stair climber and I’m just pumping up and down. What exactly should

Read more . . . How Should I Pedal When Standing?

What’s the best way to take weight off?

Ask a Pro — Diane Stibbard - Coach, Personal Trainer, and Two-Time Canadian Duathlete of the Year

Q: I’ve put five pounds on over the holidays. What’s the best way to take it off?

A: It’s easy to gain a few unwanted pounds over the

Read more . . . What’s the best way to take weight off?

How Does Changing the Frame Geometry of a Bicycle Change the Weight Distribution at the Contact Points?

By Georgena Terry

    Q: “How Does Changing the Frame Geometry of a Bicycle Change the Weight Distribution at the Contact Points?”

A: This analysis can become complex very quickly, so I’ve made some simplifying assumptions to get the discussion started.  

Read more . . . How Does Changing the Frame Geometry of a Bicycle Change the Weight Distribution at the Contact Points?

How to Change Brake Pads

By Sarah Bonner

Changing your brake pads is a quick and simple job that doesn’t require a bike shop.

You must change your brake pads when you have worn them down to the “limit line.” The “limit line” is indicated on each single brake pad and represents the minimum thickness required for safe usage. Brake

Read more . . . How to Change Brake Pads

Thai Chicken Soup

Recipe Courtesy of Elanaspantry.com

This delicious Thai Chicken Soup is gluten-and dairy-free.

photo provided courtesy of elanaspantry.com

Thai Chicken Soup

1 tablespoon grapeseed oil or coconut oil 3 shallots, chopped 8 sprigs cilantro, chopped 4 cups chicken stock 28 ounces coconut milk 1 tablespoon agave nectar

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Secrets of Indoor Training

By Fred Matheny

The No-where Bike Most cyclists don’t like riding an indoor trainer. They equate it with miserable, mind-numbing boredom. They’ve had it after a few winter weeks of grinding away in the basement while sleet batters the windows and streams of toxic sweat drip from their chins, corroding

Read more . . . Secrets of Indoor Training

Crispy Warm Winter Wrap

By Deb Gleason I’ve made many wraps in my life but never thought to just heat the whole thing up. Now I’m hooked. This wrap is toasty outside with warm raw, crunchy veggies inside – brilliant! This easy to make, extremely yummy and nutritious lunch will get you through the winter

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How Can I Stay Motivated to Ride Indoors During the Lead-up to Christmas?

Ask a Pro — Diane Stibbard - Coach, Personal Trainer, and Two-Time Canadian Duathlete of the Year

Q: How can I stay motivated to ride indoors during the lead-up to Christmas?

A: Indoor training always takes a hit during the lead-up to the Christmas season.

Read more . . . How Can I Stay Motivated to Ride Indoors During the Lead-up to Christmas?

A Small Bicycle for a Small Rider

By Georgena Terry

  One of the joys of my business is when I can help a rider find unique solutions to her problems so she can achieve her cycling goals.

The Goal: Ride the Seattle to Portland Classic. 200 miles in two days including training seriously for the ride

Read more . . . A Small Bicycle for a Small Rider

Christmas Gifts: Books for the Cyclist

By Sarah Bonner

Wrap up something a little different for the cyclist in your life this holiday season with book selections—something that will feed their inner champion, challenge their view of the sport, or simply entertain them.

Gold by Chris Cleave

Following two female track cyclists in the run-up to

Read more . . . Christmas Gifts: Books for the Cyclist

Indoor Trainer Safety Warning

By Jim Langley

Today’s column is a simple yet important bicycle safety warning covering one critical detail about using indoor trainers. It was spurred by this Comment from a reader with the pen name “dyonchik,” who shared,

“My carbon 2010 Cannondale Synapse suffered excessive wear on the rear dropouts. After the C’dale rep

Read more . . . Indoor Trainer Safety Warning

Cycling Safety

-Editorial

Last month a friend was riding his bicycle on one of Lanark County’s quiet country roads and got hit by a car from behind. The driver didn’t even stop to help him. He was left in the ditch with a broken tibia and fractured back. The driver, after turning herself in to

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Are Women’s Body Proportions Different From Men’s?

By Georgena Terry

Q: “I’ve heard that the proportions of women’s bodies are different from those of men’s and for that reason we need female-specific bicycles. Can you comment on that?”

Georgena: Women are definitely different than men, but what you’ve probably heard about body proportions may not be

Read more . . . Are Women’s Body Proportions Different From Men’s?

Is it Better to Get Coaching in the Summer Months or During the Off-season?

Ask a Pro — Diane Stibbard - Coach, Personal Trainer, and Two-Time Canadian Duathlete of the Year

Q: Is it better to get coaching in the summer months or during the off-season?

A: This question is right up my alley. As a trainer I see

Read more . . . Is it Better to Get Coaching in the Summer Months or During the Off-season?

Foam Roller Quick Start Guide

By Sarah Bonner

You’ve heard about the benefits of foam rolling and may have even purchased a roller but now what? Here’s a quick start guide to self myofascial release with a foam roller.

When should I use a foam roller?

There is debate over when to perform SMR, before or

Read more . . . Foam Roller Quick Start Guide

Pearl Izumi PRO Softshell 180 Jacket

Reviewed by Sarah Bonner

I finally bit the bullet a week ago and hauled out my winter cycling clothes. Leg warmers, mittens, rain booties, and, the newest edition to my wardrobe, the Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Softshell 180 jacket.

The jacket is form-fitting but the fabric is smooth, thin and stretchy so it is

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Training vs. ‘Just Riding’

By Fred Matheny

I know several fast, strong and accomplished cyclists who won’t let the word “training” pass their lips. They feel the word connotes a level of seriousness that’s unhealthy at the least and, at worst, could dim their enjoyment of the sport. They simply “go for a ride.”

Of course,

Read more . . . Training vs. ‘Just Riding’

Specialized Ruby Sport Compact

Reviewed by Laurel-Lea Shannon

Riding up the last steep hill, legs churning fast, I’m the first one to crest the top. Switching into a higher gear I swoop down towards my favourite roadside café, looking forward to a mid-ride espresso. Later, sitting with my cycling buddies drinking my coffee, I notice

Read more . . . Specialized Ruby Sport Compact