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Rookie Mistakes the Pros Still Make

By Sarah Bonner

No matter how much experience you have on two wheels, from time to time you’ll still make rookie errors. Even professionals make mistakes. When that happens, don’t feel bad but make sure you recover from it like a pro.

Crashing: Everyone crashes. Everyone. No matter how many kilometres

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Christmas Gifts: Books for the Cyclist

By Sarah Bonner

Wrap up something a little different for the cyclist in your life this holiday season with book selections—something that will feed their inner champion, challenge their view of the sport, or simply entertain them.

Gold by Chris Cleave

Following two female track cyclists in the run-up to

Read more . . . Christmas Gifts: Books for the Cyclist

Learn the Lingo: The Language of Cycling

By Sarah Kim Bonner

There is nothing worse than smiling and nodding along while fellow cyclists talk about power to weight ratios, Di2, or how they were 53/11 in a break while you have no idea what they are talking about. It takes a while to learn the lingo of cycling. Here is

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Avoid the Bike Shop Swindle

By Sarah Bonner   While bike shops may share your passion for cycling, sometimes they seem more interested in your wallet than your ride. Especially if you’re a beginner, you might be easily convinced to buy products you don’t need. Being an informed, regular customer will help you get the best from your

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Is Cycling Better Suited to Introverts?

By Laurel-Lea Shannon

With books like Susan Cain’s Quiet hitting the New York Times bestseller list, it seems easier now for introverts to come right out and admit their more introspective, quiet ways. According to Cain, “. . . introverts prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; they are innovative and creative but

Read more . . . Is Cycling Better Suited to Introverts?

Cycling Accessories: Where to Spend and Where to Save

By Sarah Bonner

Cycling is an expensive sport so it’s important to know where to spend and where to save. While key cycling components, such as your frame and group set, are investments, the rest of your equipment doesn’t always have to break the bank. In fact, sometimes the cheapest product is the

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Flying With Your Bike

Minimize separation anxiety with these tips!

When you travel as a cyclist you often get weird looks. It’s not unusual to have two piled-high luggage trollies for a 45-minute flight. There’s your bike box, or boxes, depending on the event, your suitcase, carry-on, wheel bags, and laptop bag. Plus, if you’re

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Cycling Gifts for Christmas

By Sarah Bonner

 

Is there a cyclist on your gift list who already has a cupboard full of kit and a tool box packed to the brim? Need a few different ideas? For the cyclist on your list who seemingly has it all, check out these unusual Christmas cycling gifts, suitable

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Instant Survey

 

I stop riding outside when the mercury hits __?

I'm a fair weather cyclist. I stop at 15° C / (59° F) I don't mind some cool weather riding–10° C / (50° F) I can extend the riding season by a month if I ride until it's 5° C / (40° F) I bail out when the snow flies around 0° C/ (32° F)

I ride all winter. Burr. . .

Where I live I can cycle outside all year round.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you ride as much as you had planned to this summer?

Yes, I've reached my mileage goal this summer.

I'm close. I may be able to reach it over the next couple of months.

Nowhere near. Too much rain, too cool–other things got in the way.

I usually set a cycling goal but didn't this year.

I never set cycling goals. I just ride when I feel like it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you ever done a century ride (160 km/100 miles)?

Yes!

No, but it's on my list of rides I want to do.

No. Cycling long distances doesn't interest me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

When do you retire your water bottle?

I get new bottles every year.

Every other year.

Every three to five years.

What? You're supposed to retire them?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you participate in triathlons?

Yes, I do 1 to 4 a year.

No, but I'd like to try one.

No, they don't interest me.

I participate in duathlons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you use a probiotic?

Yes, I find them beneficial.

No, but I plan to start.

No. I don't think I need them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cover Your Butt: Chamois Talk

By Laurel-Lea Shannon

Every cyclist knows that next to a properly fitted bicycle, that all-important chamois in your bike shorts is what stands, or sits, between you and a comfortable ride. Despite this, the function of the chamois pad is often misunderstood.

A chamois is more than just a cushion between you

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Safety Cycling Gear for the Road

Another cycling season is here! Oh joy. Oh rapture! Let’s all do what we can to ensure it’s a safe season. Here are a few bicycle accessories that will make you more visible while cycling on the roads, and one to help you see what’s coming up behind you. (The product descriptions are from the

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Bicycle Gifts $12 to $50

If you still have some last minute shopping to do for the cyclist in your life, check out these online buys. [These are the manufacturer's descriptions.]

Cyclopedia $16.50

Random House UK, 2010 – 448 pages

“The world of cycling is a veritable treasure trove ready to be plundered and in Cyclopedia,

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Protect Your Cycling Gear

By Laurel-Lea Shannon

Cycling gear—everything from shorts and jerseys to gloves and sun glasses—is expensive. The better quality you buy, the more you’ve shelled out for it. Here are some simple steps that you can take to extend the wear of your gear and get the most out of your

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Ask The Experts

To answer your questions about sports nutrition, training and bike fit,we’re pleased to announce a new column “Ask The Experts.” Starting this September, we’ll be partnering with Beth Mansfield, a registered dietitian, and exercise physiologist from Peak Performance, and Mary Paterson, a registered physiotherapist and bike fit professional from Bike 2

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Cleat Covers: A Cautionary Tale

By Laurel-Lea Shannon

You may have seen them while browsing in cycling stores—those small plastic covers that fit over your cycling shoe cleats—and wondered why you would need them. Aren’t they just one more thing you have to find space for in your already over-packed saddle bag or jersey pocket? Well, like

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Bicycles For Humanity – 2011 Bike Drive

Send your old bike on a new journey… to Malawi, Africa!

Give your old bike a new life in the hands of a healthcare worker! Bicycles for Humanity (B4H) will be accepting bike donations at 9 convenient collection points across Ottawa during a week-long drive from

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Mississippi Mills Bicycle Month

Holidays and travelling are all about feeling the flavour of the community by taking in the scenery, the arts, the food, the nightlife and meeting the people, maybe even a few celebrities. We often want to do something wild to tell the folks back home. Mississippi Mills, just 25 minutes west of Ottawa

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Tour For Kids

After completing three epic cycling trips to Austin, Texas and raising over $1.5 million for various cancer charities across North America, GIVETOLIVE, in partnership with the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation is announcing a local 3-day cycle around the beautiful Cabot Trail to fund programs for childhood cancer. GIVETOLIVE’s Tour For Kids

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Women-Specific Bikes: Is Pink Political?

By Laurel-Lea Shannon

Photo: Trek Bicycles

If you’re in the market for a new bike this spring, you may be considering a women-specific bike. Most of the major manufacturers build them now. But beware. There’s a lot of misinformation about these bikes.

Ever heard of “shrink and pink”? That’s how some bicycle manufacturers,

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RAC Roads for You and Your Bike

Your New Favorite Stretch

As a cyclist, weaving to avoid potholes and cracks can be frustrating, and having to regularly fix flat tires can get rather tedious and expensive. The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, also known as CalRecycle, wants cyclists to know that there is a type of

Read more . . . RAC Roads for You and Your Bike

10 Hot Cycling Accessories Under $25

Looking for Christmas stocking stuffers? Here are 10 hot cycling accessories you can buy online in time for a cool yule.

Knog Frog Light (listed at $15.00)

Perfect for around town, commuting to work or school, the Knog Frog single LED safety taillight lets others see you. Features a flexible silicon

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Dog Gone Fun Cycling

By Heather Pardon

If you’re a dog-owning cyclist (or a cyclist owned by a dog as the case may be), you have likely experienced a few pangs of guilt when venturing out for a ride without your pooch. A weekend pleasure ride can take you out of the house for a few

Read more . . . Dog Gone Fun Cycling

Don’t Try This On YOUR Bike

China’s Cycling Talent: 16 Girls on 1 Bike

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November 09 Issue . . .

Ups and Downs on the Road Have you ever wondered what it would be like to cycle in the mountains? In early October, Heather Pardon cycled up a section of Highway 99 through the majestic Coastal Mountains near Pemberton, BC— negotiating switchbacks and tackling inclines reaching

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October 09 Issue . . .

Tour de Minami Satsuma 2009 English teacher Bo Causert, who has lived in Japan for the past 11 years, takes us on the Tour de Minami Satsuma and shares her experience of cycling in Japan. How to Lubricate a Bicycle

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September 09 Issue . . .

Cycling in Banff National Park: The Mountains Will Take Your Breath Away Have you ever wondered what it’s like to cycle in the Rocky Mountains? Heather Pardon takes us along for a ride in Banff National Park. Shifting to Clip-In Pedals If you’ve been thinking about making the move

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Princess Promenade Takes on Tour de France with Tour de Fashion

“The Tour de France is the biggest cycling event in the world, but where are the women?” asks Janaé Noble, founder of the Princess Promenade, the largest cycling event for women & girls in the country, staged in Sacramento, California.

While the pros in the Tour de France are pumping their legs full of lactic

Read more . . . Princess Promenade Takes on Tour de France with Tour de Fashion

August 09 Issue . . .

A Day with the Gurlz Join Ottawa author, personal trainer and life coach Heather Pardon who recently sold and packed up her home, downsized her life, bought an RV and is taking her belongings and bicycle for an adventure across Canada this summer. Each week, Heather will be sharing photos and stories

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Women’s Time Trial Website

By Celia McInnis

I love cycling and particularly enjoy doing bicycle time trials. Time Trials are a wonderful medium for camaderie and competition, since all riders, regardless of their speed, can compete and excel relative to whatever measures they wish to use as comparators, whether that be the best in the world, the best in

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July 09 Issue . . .

Touring Bike & Boat Style with Latitude 45 Nord Montreal In June, Jacqui Snyder boarded the Latitude 45 Nord for a bike and boat tour along Quebec’s waterways. She tells us what it’s like to do a bike tour on a boat — the excellent accomodations, the succulent food,

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June 09 Issue . . .

Fat Broad On A Bike: Don’t Hide – Ride! Cyclists come in all shapes and sizes. If you’ve been hanging out on the sidelines because you don’t think you fit the stereotype of a woman cyclist, Sheila Ascroft encourages you stop hiding and ride, and shows you how

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May 09 Issue . . .

Planning Your Own Cycling Tour If you’re thinking of doing a cycling tour this summer, find out how to plan your own. Jacqui Snyder of Adventourus Active vacations outlines how to get your tour organized. Women’s Cycling Clubs: Friendship, Support and Fun We get emails from women all across North America asking

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Women’s Cycling Clubs: Friendship, Support and Fun

By Laurel-Lea Shannon

When Michelle Ward moved to Collingwood, Ontario twelve years ago, one of the first things she did was look for a women’s mountain bike club to join. She soon discovered there weren’t any — not in Collingwood, not in Ontario, not in the whole of Canada. Disappointed, but undaunted, she launched Fly

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April 09 Issue . . .

Suffering From Sitting Disease? Add More NEAT to your Life If you’re desk-bound you may be at risk for sitting disease, even if you work out during the week. Find out what it is and how you can prevent it by adding more NEAT to your life. Read more . . . April 09 Issue . . .