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 It’s spring – Let’s get back into cycling

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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 Training Indoors

Coaches corner

By: Jason Sumner

Pro Tips: Tom Zirbel on Training Indoors
Training indoors… Sadly for most cyclists it’s a necessary evil this time of year. But indoor trainer time doesn’t have to be a mind-numbing, soul-crushing experience. Indeed, riding the trainer can actually be a great way to get some serious on-bike work done in a relatively short amount of time. And hey, you can catch up on your favorite reality TV shows. Keeping Up With The Kardashians, anyone?

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 Bonking

Coaches corner

By: Zdenko Kahlina

Have you ever bonked? What is ‘bonking’?
‘Bonking’ is a phrase used in the cycling world to describe the state you reach when your body simply runs out of energy. It usually happens like this:

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 Cycling starting at 50

Coaches corner

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

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

Coaches corner

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

Coaches corner

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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 Riding when it’s hot

Coach’s corner

By: PAIGE GREENFIELD, JAMES HERRERA

How to Ride in Hot Weather
Your guide to staying cool and riding strong all summer long. I grew up in the scorching west Texas city of El Paso, where people would often comment, “At least it’s a dry heat.” The truth is, any variety of excess warmth can sabotage your cycling performance if you’re not ready for it. Here are several things to keep in mind as the mercury climbs.

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 Look like a pro

Coaches corner

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

Coaches corner

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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 Spring Is In The Air!

Edmonton Cycling

By Jill Barker

Spring cycling can be fraught with pebbles, potholes and the mental cobwebs of winter
Spring is in the air, and as cooler climates begin warming up for the spring and summer, interesting business concepts that cater to spring activities and interests take on a whole new appeal.

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 Riding into spring

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

Coaches corner

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

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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 Winter bike riding

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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 Specialized fUCI bike

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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 Spinning Class

Leisure cycling

By: Zdenko Kahlina

My First Spin Class
Tonight I finally made it out to an indoor spinning session with Speed River Cycling Club. I was a little worried because I don’t have a stationary type bike trainer and I wasn’t sure how it would work out on rollers. I decided not to clip in… which turned out to be a good move since I did slip off the trainer 3 or 4 times.

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 Kids on the bikes

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

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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 Team Training Camp

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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 What Makes A Professional?

Cycling Stories

Source: PEZ Cycling News

Comment: What Makes A Professional?
In a world where money is in short supply, it’s encouraging that there are so many pro cyclists in the UK. Or is it? Sponsor of Team Velo Ecosse, a long established UK amateur team thinks that there’s a lot of self delusion going on.”

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 Why do cyclists shave their legs?

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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 Age and Cycling

Leisure cycling

By: Jason Sumner

Age Is No Barrier to Cycling Training
Getting older… it happens to us all. Most people are content to pick up their pipe and slippers, and enjoy a more relaxing, sedentary lifestyle in their twilight years.

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 How to Replace a Bike Chain

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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 Never get dropped

Coach’s corner

By: Simon Hayes

Rider performance – technique
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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