29 11, 2017

Tips for Cycling in Inclement Weather

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Tips for Cycling in Inclement Weather

By: Bryan Mac Murray

Commuting via bicycle can be a year-round sport, even if you live in an area where the winter is less than pleasant November through February. Cycling does have its advantages to driving in the winter: you’ll be able to avoid winter traffic, not worry about parking in plow zones, and as always you’ll save on gas. Unfortunately, there are some hazards that pop up when cycling in the winter. Here are some top tips for staying safe when commuting in colder months.

Use an Old Bike

Fat bikes are certainly fun, but they’ll set you back at least $1,500, with many models costing $3,000. If you’re really looking to get from Point A to B, consider just using an old mountain bike in the winter. Winter travel is definitely hard on your bike, so utilizing a mountain bike you no longer ride not only saves your best bicycle for better months, but also saves thousands from purchasing another. Just be sure to clean your bike after a ride through the snow!

If you don’t want to take the time to wash off your bike after riding in the snow, store it in a garage or somewhere cold so additional ice won’t build up once you take it out again. Even if your bike isn’t that dirty, you may still want to store your bike somewhere cold to avoid water condensing on your bike, which can promote rust.

Attach Fenders

Speaking of clean, cycling in snow tends to kick back a bunch of slush onto yourself, your bike, and anyone traveling behind you. Moisture can cause hypothermia (not to mention ruined clothes), so splashes from slush is certainly something to [...]

8 11, 2017

Tips for Choosing and Preparing for a Cycling Event from Pro, Robin Farina

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Training and Preparation

Being prepared is the most important thing that will ensure an enjoyable and successful ride. First, let’s focus on the physical part of your event—because that may be foremost on your mind.
When deciding among the route options, it’s best to choose a distance you have already achieved or come close to. Also consider the elevation gain, or the amount of climbing on the ride. That can add to the challenge, no matter the route distance.

If you have done several 50+ mile rides, choosing the longer metric century would be appropriate (either 66 or 67 miles). If you are a beginner cyclist, choose one of the shorter distances offered.
Still a little daunted? Know that there will be rest stops and support vehicles along the route. Make sure you stop at the rest stops to fuel up on your ride, use the restroom or just give your legs a rest.

What to Bring

Cycling can involve a lot of accessories! Here is a basic checklist of the “must haves” that you should take with you anytime you ride:

• Helmet
• Sunglasses
• Emergency contact card and health insurance card
• Water bottles (one with water and one with electrolyte drink)
• Extra food such as a sandwich or a Go Macro bar
• Cooler and ice for when you depart and return
• Extra tubes for your bike and a small bike pump
• Medical supplies (if needed)
• Clothing and gear ◾Jersey
• Bibs/shorts
• Base layer (in case it’s chilly)
• Socks
• Wind jacket and/or vest
• Rain jacket and/or vest
• Arm warmers, leg warmers, knee warmers
• Shoe covers

During the ride

Finally, remember to pace yourself. Don’t go out too hard or faster than you are used to riding. If you are used to a specific [...]

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