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An Introduction to Padded Bicycle Shorts February 28, 2012

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If you’ve just taken on biking hopefully you are enjoying it, nevertheless you could find that you’re suffering discomfort from the time on the saddle. Numbness or chafing while riding is not uncommon. A important component for the cycling is actually a very good pair of cushioned bicycle shorts, they may possibly not totally alleviate the troubles but will certainly assist specially with numbness. If you’re beginning to do high mileage then it may also be worth getting and utilizing chamois cream. This stuff, also referred to as chamois butter, goes on the synthetic chamois of the bicycle shorts and will support to guard against saddles sores and excess friction.

It really is attainable that a few of your discomfort is getting caused by your seat, you’ll be able to go out and get a brand new saddle but it is undoubtedly worth purchasing some padded cycling shorts very first as they are going to be cheaper and more most likely to remedy the issue.

You’ll find two main forms of bicycle shorts available, bib and non bib. I’d personally suggest bib shorts (which have straps up over the shoulders) as I uncover these don’t slide down and are much more comfy to put on. A few of the most well-liked brands are Assos, Louis Garneau, Castelli, Nalini, Giordana, Pearl Izumi, Voler, Vermarc, Performance Bike, these brands are all utilized by skilled teams. In the event you obtain any of these brands they’re likely to be slightly far more costly than a shops personal brand but the padding is typically quite excellent high quality, and comfortable to wear.

One more consideration could be the look of the padded bicycle shorts that you acquire, some people prefer to have their favorite pro cycling teams most up-to-date colours, some might favor some more plain black shorts. At the end of the day essentially the most essential issue is that you feel comfy in them, you genuinely do not wish to be getting to sneak out of the house for a ride at sundown so your neighbors don’t see you!

Lastly in case you truly don’t feel comfy wearing cycling shorts then it really is attainable to buy padded underwear. This will allow you to wear typical shorts on your bike using the identical impact as padded shorts.

Take The Awareness Test! January 22, 2009

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Think you drive safely and are aware of your surroundings? If there was a cyclist out there would you notice them?

Easier said than done.

Here are a few videos that test your awareness:

Fun, huh?

AquaJoe? November 3, 2008

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Ever worry about carrying your energy powder to a tri in proper serving sizings, without taking up too much space?

I don’t, since I carry Clif shot bloks. But for those who do, a new product called AquaJoe is out. I randomly found it thanks to the final sprint’s review.

Seemed interesting, but I found it funny whilst doing further research:

If you read this and especially this, and notice a few things, you’ll see “hydrateme” (i.e. Aquajoe’s marketing department) is starting forum threads pretending not to know about the product, and saying “hey has anyone tried this, I bet it would be awesome if it works…”

Yep.

It seems like trickery, which is probably commonplace in any marketing, but it backfires when you get caught!

What you should know about chamois butter October 30, 2008

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Chamois butter! Talk about comfort!

When it comes to riding a bike (after a long swim and before a potentially chafing run) any kind of lubrication you can get is a good idea. When you’re out in the sun/sand/surf/pavement for hours, chafing is unwelcome, but common!

I’ve used a lot of Body Glide and some chamois butter on my cycling shorts, but I never knew much about the chamois “butter” stuff. Until now – see “Chamois Butter Exposed!” by Coach Levi for a good overview.

There is also a good thread about the issue at bikeforums.net.

Best bike video on Youtube October 26, 2008

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I can’t stop watching this video. Its from New Belgium Brewing, and it shows all the benefits of bike commuting vs driving your car.

It’s awesome and totally funny. Hopefully it will soon be reality 😀

Finding your optimum cadence (pedaling speed) September 27, 2008

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Cyclists debate about the proper cadence all the time. Most people say you have to ride at 90-100 rpm, but they usually say that because that’s what Lance Armstrong does.

But there is good reason to use a high cadence – it stresses your cardiovascular system instead of placing a huge load on your leg muscles. Your heart and lungs can usually recover faster than your legs, so it makes sense.

A low cadence of around 70 rpm could be faster for you though.

What you do is setup a little time trial course on local roads, and then ride it at different cadences. Do multiple tests on multiple days to be sure. (And this is how to count your cadence.)

But you’ll want your cadence slow around 70 rpm for trial A, then around 90-100 rpm for trial run B. A few days later, do the fast cadence first and then the slow one.

Whatever average time is best, that’s the best cadence for you.

What to put in your seatbag September 24, 2008

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I think I have this one figured out, but if you are new to biking, you might consider getting a seatbag (a bag that goes under your seat) for carrying a spare innertube. Plus some other goodies.

Here is a list of what to put in your seatbag. That should get you started and actually that’s about everything that the majority of cyclists wil need for riding.

Girls Love Spandex Bike Shorts! September 23, 2008

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Back when CoachLevi.com wrote about cyclists shaving legs to be sexy, I was a little skeptical, because most of that is debatable.

However, I saw this video thanks to that “celebs on bikes” article:

[[edit: google video won’t embed. go watch it, check roughly the 6:00 mark]]

Yes, Heidi Klum fell in love thanks to spandex bike shorts! That settles it, hot girls like bike shorts! (Thanks Oprah for getting the word out!)

Celebrities Who Ride Bikes! September 23, 2008

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On the rare days I stand in line at Wally World, I may glance at a tabloid or two. One thing that I don’t hear about are celebs that ride bikes. That would be pretty cool if they did.

Well, celebs do ride bikes!

Cozybeehive has compiled a list of 50+ celebs who have been seen riding their bikes! From hot supermodels and actresses on beach cruisers to studly actors out on serious training rides, there are a lot of celebs on bicycles!

Awesome!

You Will “Love” This Site September 17, 2008

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You may have seen this or not – but it’s worth repeating:

ChainLove.com

It’s like the Woot.com of the bicycling world, bringing us a sweet deal on cycling gear for a (very) limited time. There are multiple deals each day, so I find myself checking the site constantly.

There are two downsides – 1) to get a typical size or more sought after deal, you must be extremely fast. and 2) sometimes shipping isn’t cheap

But otherwise the deals are awesome!