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Cycling Jargon Defined – A to L

By John Marsh

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.

Cycling, like other intensive pursuits, has its own lingo. Here’s a quick introduction to

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Recovery Tools For Cyclists

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

Last month I wrote about the potential benefits of wearing compression stockings/socks to improve recovery. This article concludes Part 2 of recovery tools for cycling.

Recovery is the more

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Leverage – A Woman’s Best Friend

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

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How to Pack Your Pockets

By Sarah Bonner

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.

Balance: Unbalanced pockets slide off

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Pearl iZUMi W’s Race RD III

Reviewed by Laurel-Lea Shannon

As the saying goes, you can’t judge a book by its cover. That seems to apply to most things in life, including, in this case, cycling shoes.

When I opened the box of Pearl iZUMi Women’s Race Rd IIIs, I was, well, underwhelmed. Rather than sleek and slender, the

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Chocolate Pecan Dream Pops

By 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

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Travel Tip: Choosing a Self-Guided Cycling Tour

One travel expert gives the low-down on what to look for in a tour

By Loren Siekman First published in The Active Times

Slovania – Photo Courtesy of Pure Adventures

More popular than ever, self-guided cycling is surging in offers from tour operators—and with good reason. It’s

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XX2i Optics France2 Pro Racing Sunglasses

Reviewed by Laurel-Lea Shannon 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

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PEARL iZUMi – Woman’s Symphony Shorts

Reviewed by Victoria Laube Last month I was running late and had randomly grabbed a pair of old shorts from the pile of bike clothing. I was on my way to one of the first rides of the season, not long, at just over 30 km. The ride was almost finished when

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Do Compression Stockings Work?

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

  Q: “Do Compression Stockings Work?”

A: Athletes of all kinds, including cyclists, runners, and triathletes, are always looking for ways to get an edge over the

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Ginger Cilantro Green Shake

Recipe Courtesy of Elanaspantry.com

photo provided courtesy of elanaspantry.com

The idea for this green smoothie comes from the amazing Sarma of oneluckyduck.com. I recently purchased her book Living Raw Food and

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How Rear Derailleurs Work

By Georgena Terry

If you’ve ever held a rear derailleur in your hand, you’ve probably noticed it’s kind of “curled up’ in a fetal position. You can coax it into a more open position by spreading it apart. It’s hard to do, because of the strong spring in the derailleur that has to

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Top Eight Cycling Routes in the Americas

By Ali Burke

 

 

North, Central and South America combine to make one huge mass of land. It took my partner and me almost two years to cycle the length of the Americas. I can’t quite say what possessed us to undertake such an epic ride, but part of it was

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How to Start Slipstreaming

By Sarah Bonner Slipstreaming is an energy saving skill that not only helps you keep up with faster riders but helps you conquer the wind. It involves riding close enough behind the rider in front of you to be protected from the wind, making it easier for you to maintain the same

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Try This 2 x 20 Minutes, Twice Per Week For Amazing Results!

By John Marsh

No, this isn’t a plug for a new no-sweat fitness machine. Instead, it’s a prescription for more power and endurance on your bike.

It’s simple. On a normal ride, choose terrain that allows you to pedal hard and steady for 20 minutes. It might be a gradual climb or

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How To Use A Foam Roller

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

By Sarah Bonner

Want more flexibility? Greater strength? Increased endurance?

Athletes of all levels have started using foam rollers to do just that. Why has foam rolling and self myofascial release become so wildly popular? Maybe it’s the tremendous health

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What Are Good Cross-Training Activities During The Outdoor Cycling Season?

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

Q: What Are Good Cross-Training Activities During The Outdoor Cycling Season?

A: Springtime brings us out of our basements and gyms to ride outside again—to take advantage of

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7 Tips For A Proper Bike Fit

By Kunyi Mangalam

After struggling many kilometres on the road, with aching arms and hands from hunching over a too-large bike, I started searching for a bike that would properly fit my 5’1” frame. Fortunately, I had Diane Stibbard and Keith Honeyborne to lead me in the right direction. Here are a few

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Chain Lube Basics

By Sarah Bonner

Chain lube seems insignificant but it’s an important part of bicycle maintenance. Lubrication protects your chain from corrosion, keeps it clean, and will help prolong the life of your drive train. A properly lubricated chain also means less friction and easier pedalling! But before you buy and apply, make sure

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Run Olga Run: How a 95-Year-Old Track Star Defies Aging

By Laurel-Lea Shannon

Olga Kotelko is one of a handful of nonagenarians who still competes in master’s track events. And wins. The 95-year-old has a horde of gold medals stored in a closet at home, and holds 26 world records. How she defies age and continues to run, high-jump, and hammer throw is

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Asparagus Basil Salad

Recipe Courtesy of Elanaspantry.com

photo provided courtesy of elanaspantry.com

 

 

This super healthy Asparagus Basil Salad is a not just nutritious, it’s a treat for the palate. Trust me, it’s delectable, especially right now when asparagus is in season. Pretty much anyone can enjoy it. If

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What Climbing Cadence is Best for Knees?

By Fred Matheny Q: I’ve heard that it’s better for knees if you spin a lower gear on climbs rather than mash a big gear. Why is it harder on the knees to pedal at a slower rpm? What about pedaling slowly when out of the saddle? – Jim

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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

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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

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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:

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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

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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

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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

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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

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