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How Do I Keep My Fitness Over the Fall?

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

Q: How Do I Keep My Fitness Over the Fall?

A: The fall, being a typically cooler and drier time of the year, offers cyclists good riding weather

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Moji 360 Mini-Massager

Reviewed by Laurel-Lea Shannon

As a new but devoted user of foam rollers, I’m now convinced of the benefits of self-massage. After decades of frequent visits to my chiropractor for back and hip problems (often costing upwards of $800 per year), disciplined use of the foam roller has reduced those visits to one

Read more . . . Moji 360 Mini-Massager

Rosemary Apple Chicken

Recipe Courtesy of Elanaspantry.com

Photo provided courtesy of elanaspantry.com

Every Friday night, I roast a chicken. My children are willing to consume any chicken dish as long as it contains fruit. Such is our unspoken agreement.

This past week, I used apples

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How To Find New Cycling Routes

By Sarah Bonner

 

Sometimes a new road can bring new life to your love of cycling, but new routes can be hard to find. Here are a few tips to help you discover and explore fresh roads.

1. Strava: Strava is an online platform for cyclists and runners that

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A Drafting Refresher

By John Marsh Let’s do a refresher on a primary skill in cycling: drafting. The advantage of riding close behind another cyclist is great and the danger is minimal when you use the right technique.

The best way to learn is to pair up with an experienced rider. So if you’re an old

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Cycling And Knee Pain

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

Q: My right knee hurts after a long ride. What could be causing that?

This question comes up quite often. In fact, knee pain is a very common issue

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Specialized Amira Sport

Reviewed by Laurel-Lea Shannon

The second you crank her pedals you know the Amira Sport is built for speed. From the tight, compact geometry to the super-light FACT (Functional Advanced Composite Technology) 8r-carbon frame, this beauty has “fast” written all over her.

The Sport is the entry level bike in the Amira series,

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What To Pack For A Race

By Sarah Bonner

 

 

After a few years of racing, I’ve learned how to pack for a race and picked up a few tricks along the way. The key to packing for a race is being prepared for any scenario but there are also few extra items that can make

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Salmon with Tomato Basil Relish

Recipe Courtesy of Elanaspantry.com

Photo provided courtesy of elanaspantry.com

This simple, healthy salmon recipe was a hit all around tonight at dinner. My favorite taste tester said he was surprised at how little fishiness there was to the salmon –a huge compliment in this neck of

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Cycling And Wind

By Georgena Terry

Nobody knows, Where the wind comes from, Where the wind goes. ~ A.A. Milne

A friend and I were riding the other day and joking around about how wind is “wind” in winter, but in summer, it’s just a “breeze.” Is that because we’re In better shape in summer, so

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How to Grow A Women’s Cycling Group

Women’s Group – Thunder Bay Cycling Club

By Pamela Dawes

If you love the outdoors, Thunder Bay is a great place to live. Nestled on the northwestern tip of Lake Superior, there’s a lot of wilderness to play in. The Thunder Bay Cycling Club has been operating since the early 1970s. Today,

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More Cyclists on Road Means Fewer Collisions

By John Marsh Huh? That doesn’t make any sense!

Research shows that the higher the bicycle traffic volume, the lower the car-bike collision rate. Specifically, intersections with more than 200 cyclists per day are safer than intersections with lower numbers of cyclists.

Researchers at the University of Colorado (Denver) studied the crashes

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Cycling In The Heat And Humidity

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

Q: When I ride in the heat and humidity I can barely breathe, and my heart rate is very high, yet some of my friends seem to fare better. Why

Read more . . . Cycling In The Heat And Humidity

Summer Hydration Tips

By Sarah Bonner

Staying hydrated is a vital part of performing on the bike but it can be hard to stay ahead of the hydration curve in the summer heat. Staying hydrated while you ride maintains proper blood consistency, which helps deliver oxygen to your muscles. Equally important for recovery, proper hydration is

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Chain Master Links: What are they good for?

By Georgena Terry

What is a master link? It’s a link in the chain that provides a convenient way of “breaking” the chain without resorting to a chain tool to push rivets in and out of the chain. Master links may be designed to be used repeatedly or for a single use. If you use

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Cycling Jargon Defined – M to W

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 cycling

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Peach Arugula Salad

Recipe Courtesy of Elanaspantry.com

photo provided courtesy of elanaspantry.com

 

Now, we are in peach heaven, flush with fruit. Accordingly, I have been rifling through recipes to find a variety of ways to put our massive haul to good use.

Although it may be an unexpected pairing,

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Pearl Izumi W Pro Gel Aero Glove

By Victoria Laube

The saying “It fits like a glove” perfectly describes this product. Granted gloves is the product but it goes beyond that. Delicate and light, the gloves pull on (no velcro or any other kind of closure) and once on, they hug the hand. The feeling is beyond that of fine

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Tonik Abbey Tank

By Gillian Scobie, still cycling, still style-conscious

With the Abbey tank, Tonik has taken a giant step toward a new kind of cycling jersey for women. Their first design, which broke new ground for its comfortable and well-designed fit for casual riders and “real” women, stayed within the classic cycling jersey style and

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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

Read more . . . Travel Tip: Choosing a Self-Guided Cycling Tour

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

Read more . . . PEARL iZUMi – Woman’s Symphony Shorts

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

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