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Pearl iZUMi Select Barrier Convertible Jacket

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Reviewed by Laurel-Lea Shannon

Have you ever noticed how much stronger the wind feels in the spring? It’s not your imagination. Nor is it due to an early season lack of fitness. Due to the cooler temperatures, spring wind actually has more resistance than you’ll experience cycling on a warm summer day—a little

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Descent-Haters Guide to Descending

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By Sarah Bonner

As someone who struggled with descending for many years, I can relate to all of those who say: “I’m scared,” “I just don’t like to go fast,” “I can’t see what’s coming around the corner,” “I feel like I don’t have control” or “I’m not interested in learning.”

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Pearl iZUMi Elite Thermal Arm Warmer

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Reviewed by Laurel-Lea Shannon

A good pair of arm warmers is an essential part of any cyclist’s kit. But unfortunately not all arm warmers are equally well-designed. If you’ve ever had a pair drift down your upper arms while you’re in the drops, you know what I mean.

That won’t happen with

Read more . . . Pearl iZUMi Elite Thermal Arm Warmer

Pearl iZUMi Elite Thermal Knee Warmer

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Reviewed by Laurel-Lea Shannon

Unisex clothing is a manufacturer’s misconception that some clothing is suitable for both sexes. But what unisex really means is “guaranteed to fit almost everyone, badly.” When I come across it in cycling gear I think, “Go women-specific or go home!”

So when I received these unisex thermal knee

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Get Ready to Ride Outside

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

 

Question: “I’ve been doing spinning classes. What should I do to get ready to ride outside?”

Diane’s reply:

With the first signs of spring you’re

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Hand Signals for Cyclists

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By Sarah Bonner

Good communication on the road between cyclists and other traffic is essential for safe cycling, especially when you’re riding in a group. Hand signals are often the quickest and easiest way to indicate potential dangers and actions and are meant to be passed down by each cyclist from the first

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Cycling Snippets

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By Georgena Terry

My computer is loaded with a variety of studies done about bicycles and their riders. Following are snippets from some of them, which you may find helpful and fun.

From Kerry Litka’s investigations of gender differences and cyclocross bicycles: “There is no significant difference between gender and the

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More Fun, More Gain, Less Pain

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By Fred Matheny

Last week, we talked about the concept of using “play” to avoid the drudgery of high-intensity training.

Lactate threshold (LT) is highly trainable. Using the proper workouts, you can improve the percent of maximum heart rate you can sustain, and improve the amount of power you generate at a

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Roasted Asparagus

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Recipe Courtesy of Elanaspantry

Photo courtesy of elanaspantry.com

So, the month o’ cupcakes is over here at Elana’s Pantry and none too soon. I’m totally ready to hit the green veggies and today I have a nice roasted asparagus recipe for you. We are growing asparagus

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Terry Cold Weather Tights

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Reviewed by Laurel-Lea Shannon

If you live close to the 49th parallel on either side of the border, chances are you experienced a colder than normal winter. Unfortunately, spring is following that same chilly trend. Here in Lanark County we still have snow. So while I wouldn’t normally review cold weather tights at

Read more . . . Terry Cold Weather Tights

How Can I Become a Faster Cyclist?

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

 

Question: “I want to become a faster cyclist. What’s the best way to do that?”

Diane’s reply: Cyclists often talk about their speed and how far

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in Bikes

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By Georgena Terry

This blog is about challenging our perception of the definition of a good bike. I thought a visual presentation of how we regard bicycles would be cool way to put things in perspective. So I’ve come up with a grid to illustrate my point. Even if you shun math, I think you’ll

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Staying Warm on the Road

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By Sarah Bonner

Some of you may have a chilly start to the outdoor cycling season this year. In many parts of Canada and the US it’s been a colder than usual winter, and the weather gurus are predicting a colder than usual spring.

Still, staying warm on the road isn’t just about the temperature,

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Road Cycling Keeps You Young

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By Laurel-Lea Shannon

 

Recreational cycling, arguably the best sport in the world, just got better. A study published in the Journal of Physiology claims that serious road cyclists may be able to turn back the clock on aging.

The story Recently, researchers from King’s College London and the University

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How Can I Survive Pack Contact?

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By Fred Matheny

Q:I’m pretty new to road cycling and love it, but I’m still a bit afraid of riding in a group. The other day a guy got too close and bumped into me. I swerved and nearly crashed. Is there a way to handle contact so I can enjoy group rides?

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Chicken Parmesan

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Recipe Courtesy of Elanaspantry.com

Photograph courtesy of elanspantry.com

Classic chicken parmesan goes gluten free when chicken breasts are coated in almond flour. This chicken recipe can be a staple in every gluten free chefs repertoire.

Even though we are on different diets, in my home we partake in one

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Nutrition for Indoor Cycling

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

Question: “Should I use protein powders, sport drinks, energy bars and gels while riding indoors?”

Diane’s reply: Most people feel they aren’t working hard or for long when cycling

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Personal Best: The Autobiography of Beryl Burton

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Reviewed by Georgena Terry

It’s 2015, and women’s professional cycling is in the news because of a movement by women racers to stake a claim in a sport dominated by men. Women don’t have as many races to choose from, their salaries pale in comparison to men’s, and media coverage of women’s races

Read more . . . Personal Best: The Autobiography of Beryl Burton

The One-Minute Workout

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By Laurel-Lea Shannon No matter how good you are at scheduling your time, work deadlines, family obligations and unexpected events (for example, sleeping through the alarm clock) can throw a wrench in your well-planned day. When that happens, don’t dump your all-important workout. Instead, consider going harder for less time, also known as

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Valentine’s Day Gifts for Cyclists

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By Sarah Bonner

Since a bike can’t say “I love you” (at least not literally), here are a few ways to spoil a cyclist you care about this Valentine’s Day.

SRAM Red 22 Groupset: Light, quiet, top-of-the line 11-speed will make any cyclist swoon, ride after ride. You’ll be a hero. (Read more . . . Valentine’s Day Gifts for Cyclists

Do Winter Cycling Shoes Work?

Q: I hate shoe covers because they’re such a pain to get on. Does anyone make insulated winter cycling shoes? Do they work? – Mary P.

Coach Fred Matheny Replies:

Some shoe covers are not too hard to get on – like the Gore Race Power model (and many similar ones) that

Read more . . . Do Winter Cycling Shoes Work?

Chocolate Raspberry Bonbons

Recipe Courtesy of Elanaspantry.com

Photo courtesy of elanaspantry.com

  Valentine’s Day is approaching, which means lots of bad candy and useless merchandise will be sold in the next week or so. Over here, we’re having fun making our own (healthier) candy – especially these Chocolate Raspberry

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Yikes! I’ve Lost My Summer Fitness

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

 

Q: “I’ve lost all my summer fitness. Now that it’s January, what should I do?”

A: Happy New Year everyone! For those of you who

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Dressing for Cold Weather Cycling

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By Georgena Terry

 

Dressing for cold weather cycling is a challenge. Warm weather outfitting is comparatively easy. Shorts, for sure, leaving only the top — will it be a tank or a sleeveless or short sleeved jersey?

But when the temperatures dip, choosing the right garb is much trickier. It’s no

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Winter Motivation Tips

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By Sarah Bonner

 

Winter is the toughest time of year to stay motivated. But instead of focusing on what you can’t do, focus on what you can achieve during the colder months. Get your family and friends involved and follow my winter motivation tips to ensure you stay on track—you’ll thank

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What’s the Benefit of Floating Pedals?

Question: I think I need pedals that allow my feet to pivot (“float”). It seems like they want to move on my current fixed-position pedals. However, I have heard that float can cause knee problems. Is that true? And what is “stack height”? Should I get a professional pedal set-up evaluation? —

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Mexican Hot Chocolate

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Recipe Courtesy of Elanaspantry.com

We had a huge snowstorm here last night and I made my family a batch of this warming Mexican Hot Chocolate. A hot drink is perfect for a cold day, and it’s even better when warming spices

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Getting Back in the Saddle After an Injury or Illness

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

 

Q: “I’ve had an injury and haven’t been able to ride for the past 2 months. What should I do to get back in the saddle?”

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Storing Your Bike For Winter

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By Georgena Terry

Before you put your bike away,

clean and wax the frame clean the wheel rims and spokes clean and lube the chain replace the handlebar tape — it’s probably pretty tired after a season of riding clean and treat the saddle surface (note to Brooks users: use Proofide® sparingly, every 6 months)

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Cycling Holiday Lanzarote: A Quick Guide

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By Sarah Bonner

Home to many athletes fleeing winter, the Spanish island of Lanzarote boasts year-round sport. And it delivers. In the shadow of more popular cycling destinations like Tenerife, Lanzarote, with its water sports, off-road trails and good facilities draws more triathletes than cyclists. While other Canary Islands have

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What Makes a $12,000 Bike Worth the Cost?

John Marsh – As we do on occasion, a few weeks back Jim Langley and I were riffing back-and-forth via email on the seemingly never-ending escalation of high-end bike prices. I think it started with his mention of Trek’s new 10.25-pound model, the Emonda SLR 10, for just under $16,000.

That’s not nearly

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Gluten Free Biscuts

Recipe Courtesy of Elanaspantry.com

Photo courtesy of Elanaspantry.com

Okey dokey, here comes a turkey day fave. I’ve had a lot of requests for a gluten free biscuit lately, especially in my forums. These biscuits are super easy to make and high protein fare to boot. So

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What Should I Do To Get Ready For The Indoor Riding Season?

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

 

Q: What should I do to get ready for the indoor riding season?

A: As you move towards the remaining few weeks of fall, you start

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Tires: The Most Important Part Of Your Bicycle

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By Georgena Terry

When you think about your tires, you probably think about inflation pressure. The manufacturer’s recommended pressure range is embossed on the side wall of the tire. The tendency is to pump the tire to the maximum pressure. It seems logical, after all, the higher the pressure, the lower the rolling

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