7 Tips for Mastering a Cycling Paceline

  There’s something special about a well-organized high-speed paceline. By sharing the work of pushing through the wind miles fly by at speeds no one in the group could achieve solo. A good paceline epitomizes teamwork and the notion of a group being better than the sum of its parts. On the other hand, a raggedy paceline is torture. The …

How To Tell If An Indoor Cycling Class Is Any Good

Will a “spin class” at my local gym help me in the winter? This is a perennial question, but it’s also a very good one. Every fitness club has some form of indoor cycling class, and during the dead of winter it’s very tempting to jump in rather than slave away on an indoor trainer all by yourself. And there’s nothing …

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Are You Falling Prey to These Common Weight Loss Myths?

With a few more pounds around our midsections thanks to the holidays, weight loss is a hot topic in January. And while many people start the new year with a “new” shortcut to shed pounds by Spring Break, smart athletes understand that a wise combination of nutrition and exercise will melt away those pounds. But even the most seasoned athletes …

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4 Things Cyclists Need to Do in December To Be Fit in January

January is traditionally when endurance athletes in the Northern Hemisphere dig in and recommit themselves to goal-oriented training. The months of November and December are often less structured, even for time-crunched athletes who rely more heavily on shorter, higher-intensity workouts to maintain and improve fitness. It’s a smart idea to think of the next three weeks as pre-season training for …

6 Bike Maintenance Problems You Need To Tackle Right Now!

  As winter tightens its grip, I’m seeing a lot of bikes that are ‘plain tore up’, as one of my favorite old mechanics used to say. Your bike or fleet of bikes have seen a lot of hard hours and miles this year, and this is a smart time to get your equipment tuned up. Why now, instead of …

Long Term Review: Ritchey Handlebars and Stems

  There is absolutely nothing more frightening than breaking a handlebar or stem while riding a bicycle. In the 40 years I’ve been riding, some of the worst non-collision crashes I’ve ever seen (meaning not getting hit by a car or colliding into a mailbox) have resulted from breakage or slippage of a cockpit component. So, while handlebars and stems …