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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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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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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?”

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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

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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?

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Read more . . . Cycling Jargon Defined – A to L

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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