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 Cycling starting at 50
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  Posted December 6th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Cycling, TOOLBOX | No comments yet.

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Source: I Love Bicycling portal

Riding your bike is fun and enjoyable
There’s never a wrong time to get into cycling whether at 5 years old or starting at 50 years old. We all do it for various reasons but it always comes down to the fact that it is fun and enjoyable. Age can be seen as a hurdle by many and it can be if you don’t know a few things to look out for going into it.

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 The misery machine
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  Posted November 24th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Cycling, TOOLBOX | One comment

Winter training

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Suffering on the Turbo trainer in the basement.
If you have used the turbo trainer like me, suffering in the pain cave surrounded by snow, getting photos from Los Angeles friends, still riding outside and doing paceline work and dreaming of the spring – you know the trainer is a necessary evil for all of us cyclists in Canada.

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 Coming Dead Last
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  Posted October 26th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Cycling, TOOLBOX | No comments yet.

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Source: Bicycling portal, by: CAITLIN GIDDINGS

The Best Part of Coming In Dead F*cking Last
When your worst-case scenario — finishing last in a race, is the best thing that could happen…

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 About Crankarm Length
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  Posted October 6th, 2016 by Zdenko  in TOOLBOX | No comments yet.

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By: Joe Lindsey, Published in Bicycling magazine

What You Need to Know About Crankarm Length
Overlooked for years, crankarm dimensions are starting to play a pivotal role in many aspects of cycling.

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 Look like a pro
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  Posted May 24th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Cycling, TOOLBOX | No comments yet.

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By: Zdenko Kahlina

Do’s and Don’ts to Look like a Pro and be cool!
Pro cyclists spend hours and hours every day perfecting their craft. This is not limited to riding a lot to get fast but also looking the look as well. Even if you don’t have the same legs as a pro you can still look like one, or as close to it as physically possible by doing and not doing things that every pro knows without even thinking. Following these guidelines will not only have you looking like a pro but acting like a professional as well.

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 WorldTour Team Bikes
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  Posted May 16th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Cycling, TOOLBOX | No comments yet.

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Source: Internet

2016 – The bikes of the peloton this season
Your guide to the bikes the 18 WorldTour teams are racing this season
The 2016 WorldTour will be contested by 18 teams and this is our guide to the bikes and equipment the teams will be racing.

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 Riding into spring
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  Posted April 10th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Cycling, TOOLBOX | No comments yet.

Coaches corner

By: Zdenko Kahlina

The Misunderstood World of a Bike Racer
The sport is expensive, dangerous, time-consuming, mentally draining, emotionally exhausting and physically demanding and it permeates every aspect of a Roadie’s life. I would describe it as a chess game, boxing match and stampede disguised as a sport encompassed by a lifestyle surrounded by a community on a never- ending road trip to the brink of bankruptcy. One can dabble in tennis, golf, softball, basketball and other sports. There is no dabbling in bike racing — JAMIE SMITH.

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 Cycling past 60
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  Posted March 20th, 2016 by Zdenko  in Cycling, TOOLBOX | No comments yet.

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By: Zdenko Kahlina

The Ageless Cyclist
There was a time when being over the 50 meant ‘over the hill’, with one foot in the grave. But these days even at 60 cyclists are routinely knocking off more centuries with little or no attention to age.

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 Bike Gears – How They Work
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  Posted February 26th, 2016 by Zdenko  in TOOLBOX | No comments yet.

Coaches corner

By: Zdenko Kahlina

How To Use Bike Gears Properly
Bikes have anywhere from one front chainring to three chainrings these days, accompanied by seven to eleven gears in the back. The different combinations of these gears will determine how easy or difficult it is to pedal and will dictate your speed. If you are looking to make small adjustments in the speed/difficulty then you will want to change your back gears (also known as cogs).

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 Sins of Cycling
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  Posted February 2nd, 2016 by Zdenko  in Cycling, TOOLBOX | No comments yet.

Coaches corner

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Seven Deadly Sins of cycling… How Sinful are you?
How many of the seven deadly sins of cycling do you break? Are you an Angel or the Devil on wheels? Have you ever been guilty of any of these? Rank yourself and share your result with us! Take the test now to see where you fit in.

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 Winter bike riding
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  Posted December 30th, 2015 by Zdenko  in Cycling, TOOLBOX | No comments yet.

Coaches corner

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Tips on Winter Bike Riding
As the temperature drops and the snow piles up, many fair-weather cyclists store their bikes for the season and choose to get around by either car or public transit. This happens to coincide with times when traffic congestion is at its worst due to poor road conditions. So don’t put your bike away!

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 Indoor Cycling Training for the winter
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  Posted November 16th, 2015 by Zdenko  in Cycling, TOOLBOX | 5 comments

How to Use Rollers for training

By: Zdenko Kahlina
 
Going for a spinning class?
It’s winter and it’s cold. It was -20C this morning here in Edmonton. Very often I get asked (at work) what do we cyclist do in the winter time to stay in shape. The answer is simple: we ride rollers! Some people these days would better understand if I said: “I am going for a spinning class” – that’s how it’s called these days.

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 Specialized fUCI bike
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  Posted October 6th, 2015 by Zdenko  in Cycling, TOOLBOX | No comments yet.

Technology

By: David Arthur, photos: by Carson Blume

Is this spectacular Specialized fUCI concept bike a vision of the future?
Specialized ditches UCI rules and creates bold concept bike with a motor and smartphone integration.

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 Traveling with the bike
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  Posted July 20th, 2015 by Zdenko  in Cycling, TOOLBOX, Travel | No comments yet.

Travel advice

By: Zdenko Kahlina

How to fly with a bike: The cheap and easy method
If you plan to travel internationally with a bicycle like I do, at some point you will be required to put your bike on a plane. Taking a bike on an airplane as luggage can be a gut wrenching proposition. You need to pack it in a way that means it can withstand the baggage handlers’ manhandling, and make sure it will come off the plane in the same state that it went on…

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 Kids on the bikes
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  Posted November 26th, 2014 by Zdenko  in Cycling, TOOLBOX | No comments yet.

Coach’s corner

Source: I love cycling portal

How to Start Bike Racing
Getting more kids to ride to school is a key success predictor of any country’s cycling future – and indeed obesity rates. As a European Commissioner stated: ”One might say that Europe (Australia!) faces a choice. Do we want to pursue an American-style approach where kids depend on their parents to take them to school for many years?

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 Group Ride Etiquette
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  Posted September 2nd, 2014 by Zdenko  in TOOLBOX | 3 comments

Safe Group Rides

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Paceline and Group Ride Etiquette
Most cyclists have ridden in some type of group ride or paceline formation. Usually, each person in a paceline takes a turn riding in front, breaking the wind. Many cyclists, however, overlook the most important principles of riding in a paceline. Many of those principles also apply to a less formal group ride situation.

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 Father’s Day Gift Guide
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  Posted June 10th, 2014 by Zdenko  in Cycling, TOOLBOX | No comments yet.

Leisure cycling

By Richard Pestes

How to score enough Dad-points
It’s our one day of the year, and if yours plays out anything like Mother’s Day does here at PEZ HQ, you should get to do what you want – for the whole day!

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 Team Training Camp
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  Posted May 2nd, 2014 by Zdenko  in Cycling, TOOLBOX | No comments yet.

Toolbox

By: Bruce Hendler

Setting up a team training camp
Traditionally, the winter/early spring months are an optimal time to get your team or club together to participate in an organized team training camp. Motivation is high and riders are eager to begin their 2009 individual and team preparation. Here are some tips and suggestions to help organize the best possible camp or clinic that will benefit all members going into the cycling season.

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 Why do cyclists shave their legs?
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  Posted February 2nd, 2014 by Zdenko  in Cycling, TOOLBOX | No comments yet.

Leisure cycling

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Cyclists shave their legs. Did you even know this?
I think this is an interesting question. Why cyclists shave their legs? I’ve had many people tell me I should be shaving my legs, but no one has actually given me a solid reason to do so, and everyone gives me a different reason. Why are they doing it? Aerodynamic benefits? For massage? Road rash? Tradition?

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 How to Replace a Bike Chain
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  Posted November 20th, 2013 by Zdenko  in Cycling, TOOLBOX | No comments yet.

Cycling Toolbox

Source: Bicycling life

How to Change a Chain
There are a lot of people new to cycling who are not aware that a bike chain is considered a “consumable”, that is expected to be replaced periodically.

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 Wheel sucking
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  Posted May 26th, 2013 by Zdenko  in Cycling, TOOLBOX | No comments yet.

Coaches corner

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Let me introduce you to ‘wheel sucking’ from a cycling perspective.
It was a Friday, and after a long and difficult week at work I donned some Lycra cycling clothing, drove my car east of Edmonton to the Sherwood Park, mounted my Jota-Moreno bike and headed into the rural area of Strathcona County. The goal was to clear the tension from my legs and the metaphysical residue of the week in the office from my head.

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 It’s spring – Let’s get back into cycling
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  Posted April 26th, 2013 by Zdenko  in Cycling, TOOLBOX | 7 comments

Coaches corner – Edmonton Cycling

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Tune up and start slowly after a long winter off the roads
It’s been a long winter, the sun is out, and your thoughts turn to cycling with your buddies (you don’t want to be embarrassed about your performance), maybe a summer cycling adventure you have been planning, or maybe that century ride “personal best”.

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 $10,000 bikes – What’s the point?
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  Posted January 12th, 2013 by Zdenko  in Cycling, TOOLBOX | 2 comments

Bike Technology

Source: Cyclingnews.com, by James Huang

This article originally appeared on BikeRadar.
Most companies have a ‘halo’ bike, but only a handful can afford them. We’ve all seen or read about them at this point, and some have even been lucky enough to ride (or better yet, own) one: those ultra-premium ‘halo’ bikes that are cycling’s equivalent of that old Lamborghini Countach poster on your childhood wall.

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 Keeping a diary
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  Posted November 18th, 2012 by Zdenko  in Cycling, TOOLBOX | No comments yet.

Leisure cycling

By: Zdenko Kahlina

The Benefits of a Cycling Diary
New cycling season is upon us again. It’s time to begin training for the new season and prepare a new diary. You do keep a diary, right?

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 Never Get Dropped
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  Posted July 22nd, 2012 by Zdenko  in Cycling, TOOLBOX | No comments yet.

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By Simon Hayes

Tips for Staying in the Bunch
I guess we all know the feeling. That critical moment when the wheel in front of you hits the point where you know you’re not going to get it back. It can be a hideous feeling. Your lungs are burning, your legs are burning and quite possibly, your mind is burning as well.

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