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How Can I Become a Faster Cyclist?

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)

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

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

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?

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

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

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

Read more . . . Nutrition for Indoor Cycling

Personal Best: The Autobiography of Beryl Burton

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo courtesy of elanaspantry.com

 

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

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?”

Read more . . . Getting Back in the Saddle After an Injury or Illness

Storing Your Bike For Winter

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

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

Read more . . . Cycling Holiday Lanzarote: A Quick Guide

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

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

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?

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

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

Tires: The Most Important Part Of Your Bicycle

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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Exercise And Your Brain

By Laurel-Lea Shannon

We all know that exercise is good for us. As well as reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes, it lowers blood pressure, elevates mood and helps us maintain a healthy weight. But there’s more good news.

In a recent study at the University of British Columbia researchers found that

Read more . . . Exercise And Your Brain

Butternut Squash Apple Soup

Recipe Courtesy of Elanaspantry.com

Photo courtesy of Elanaspantry.com

 

Tis the season for all things squash and pumpkin. On the menu tonight? Butternut squash apple soup spiced with sweet, warming cinnamon. If you’re looking for an easy soup recipe this one is great for beginners.

This simple

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Are Wider Tires Right For You?

By Jim Langley One of the quickest and most effective ways to improve the ride of a road bicycle is to go to wider tires. For example, most new performance bikes have been equipped with size 700 x 23c tires for many years. However, this is changing a bit with the

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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

Read more . . . How Do I Keep My Fitness Over the Fall?

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

Read more . . . Rosemary Apple Chicken

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

Read more . . . Cycling And Knee Pain

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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