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September 24, 2013

Bicycling’s 50 Golden Rules – 8- 19

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8. Clean your shoes monthly. Also: wash your gloves.

9. Warm Up
A slow start primes your engine by directing oxygen from your blood cells to your muscles. Spin easy for 20 to 30 minutes before you begin to hammer.

10. Always Carry Cash
Money can’t buy love, but it can buy food, water, a phone call, or a spare tube.

11. Race, At Least Once
It will push you to ride harder than you previously thought possible.

12. Drink before you are thirsty; eat before you are hungry.

13. Eat Real Food On longer rides, easily digestible calories are key—and they shouldn’t come from just energy bars.

14. Don’t Live in Your Chamois
When the shoes come off, your shorts should come off with them.

15. Ride Hard. . .
To become faster, you need to ride faster. Intervals squeeze every drop of fitness from your time on the bike. Try the following two or three times a week: Choose a route that includes a climb or stretch of road where you can go nearly all-out for three to five minutes. Warm up for 15 to 30 minutes, then ride hard—your exertion should be about a 7 out of 10—for three minutes. Recover for 90 seconds, then repeat the sequence four more times.

16. . . .But Not Every Day
Take 56-year-old mountain-bike legend Ned Overend’s advice: Rest often. And if you’re feeling cooked after a 30-minute warm-up, put it in an easy gear and spin home. “No workout is set in stone,” Overend says. “Your training needs to have structure, but it should be malleable based on how you’re feeling.” Which might explain why, 10 days before he won the 2011 Mt. Washington Hill Climb, Overend was surfing in San Diego.

17. Play the Terrain
Go hard on climbs and take it easy on descents.

18. Ride Another Bike
Explore the woods on a mountain bike. Mixing in different types of riding keeps you mentally fresh, boosts your skills, and reminds you that riding is fun.

19. Wear Out Your Shifters
You have lots of gears for a reason: to keep your cadence in the sweet spot. For silky-smooth gear changes, remember to shift before a punchy climb, sprint, or tight switchback.

September 24, 2013

the head set ……

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with or without a rider, a bicycle does need a well-balanced and maintained steering system to remain upright.
This comprises the handle bars, the handlebar stem, the front forks and the head-set.

the headset is an unglamorous but fundamental component of the bicycle. it’s also a part that takes terrific beating from the road. The ball bearings contained within the lower cup of a headset are loaded differently from those in all other rotating parts of the bicycle. They are loaded axially, and they hardly rotate – an undesirable situation as impacts from the road are transferred to stationary ball bearings. This is called ‘thrust stress’ and it can cause pitting or brinelling of the bearings. The problem is exacerbated riding off-road, or on a loaded touring bicycle.

 

September 4, 2013

Bicycling’s 50 Golden Rules – 1- 7

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1. To corner, enter wide and exit wide.
2. Brake Less
It sounds counterintuitive, but the harder you yank on the brakes, the less control you have over your bike. The best riders brake well before a corner. Plus, laying off the stoppers forces you to focus on key bike cornering skills such as weight distribution, body position, and line choice.
3. Look Where You Want to Go
“When riding a tricky or dangerous section of road, focus on the path you want your bike to follow, not the rock, tree, or other obstacle you’re trying to avoid,” 
4. Helmet 
if you decide to wear one, secure it properly
5. Take the Lane
You have a right to the road, so use it. It’s safer than riding on the shoulder, which is often cracked, covered in gravel, or worse. But don’t be a road hog, either.
6. No ride is too short
no ride is too short.
is two minutes of a nice massage too little ?
or two pegs of good whiskey too little ?
pedalling a bike is the same i feel …
its pure fun, no matter how short it is.
even five minutes of riding after a day sitting or standing is a great
way to unwind ….

7. Set the Seat 
Level the seat and center the rails in the seatpost clamp.

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