Monthly Archives: January 2015

Calcium and performance

Calcium, like sodium and potassium, plays a supporting role in muscle contraction. Go for fat free or low fat versions of milk and yogurt, which are both high in calcium. During rides sip a calcium-enriched electrolyte drink such as Luna … Continue reading

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Drink as you go

Top off as you go. Take in about 6 to 8 ounces (2 to 3 gulps) of fluid every 15 to 20 minutes while you ride.

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Wash your bike

Never put away dirt bike. You wouldn’t put away soiled laundry or dirty dishes would you?

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Trailing Riding

When riding on a trail turn off your rear light to avoid distracting the riders behind you. Some lighting systems come with an extrernal battery that you can carry in your water bottle cage or jersey pocket. Secure the battery … Continue reading

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Bicycle chains

Individual chains come with with extra links and hefty packaging, whereas pulling sections of chain from a large continuous spool eliminates waste and a portion of the cost. Often priced by the foot, spools of chain are available for most … Continue reading

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Combat seasonal affective disorder

The addition of small doses of carbs (about 25 to 30 grams, or 120 calories worth) will help your brain produce serotonin. Try eating a an English muffin or a bagal with jam, low fat popcorn, pretzels, or even a … Continue reading

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To boost your skills

Temporarily switch to flat pedals on your mountain bike. They will help you use your whole body for balance, speed, strength, and handling, instead of depending mainly on your legs to manipulate the bike. The swap will also force you … Continue reading

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