Road Biking Alone: How to Decrease Boredom

Do you get bored when you are road biking alone?

 

Road biking alone can be boring and it can be quite lonely especially if you have ridden your road bike with other riders. However, sometimes road biking alone is the only choice that you have in order to continue your cycling fitness or training for that big race coming up. Road biking alone should never cause you to quit riding just because you have no one to ride with. Road biking alone might be boring but there are plenty of ways to overcome the boredom and make road biking alone actually a fun experience each and every time you do it. Please continue reading this article to learn more about overcoming boredom and loneliness when road biking alone…

 

Biking Goals Road Biking Alone

 

Challenge Yourself When Road Biking Alone

When you are road biking alone, it really is the perfect time to start challenging yourself. Choose a landmark on the road such as a street sign or a tree and fanaticize that you are racing another cyclists and trying to get to the finish line before they do – race your way to your chosen object. Then choose another object and do it again and again but do pace yourself and don’t overwork your cycling goals. Road biking alone brings about more challenges such as if you want to beat a certain distance you have done or try to focus on increasing your total ride speed and decreasing your time and so on.

 

Explore Around When Road Biking Alone

So you are road biking alone and you take the same route that you always take – talk about boring! Instead of taking the same route over and over again, why not use your time road biking alone to discover new routes and explore your local area? You don’t have to worry about another rider not liking the route changes or not being comfortable with a new route – you’re road biking alone so it is just you who is doing the effort to explore new routes. Find new routes, go down different roads and have fun seeing new areas to ride in and then let all your riding buddies know about the new route later on down the road.

 

Road Biking Alone is Great for Photographers

I consider myself an amateur photographer and I love shooting photos when road biking alone. When you are biking with another rider, they don’t want you to slow them down because you have to stop to take a picture of a frog. When you are road biking alone, there is no one there to complain about all of your stops to shoot various pictures of various things along your route. If you love taking pictures, when road biking alone, you have a perfect opportunity to start doing it.

 

Entertainment When Road Biking Alone

If you have an MP3 player or something similar, road biking alone is a great time to take it along. You can listen to music, learn a new language or even listen to your favorite radio station. When you are road biking alone, all you have to entertain is yourself so why not actually entertain yourself? Word of warning though, if you use music devices, be sure that you are not killing the sound out around you because road biking alone around cars and not hearing them is a terrible and unsafe idea.

 

Do you like Road Biking Alone?

Do you find yourself road biking alone more than you find yourself riding with other cyclists? What are some other ways that you keep yourself happy when road biking alone?

 

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Road Bike Repair: The Ultimate Fix Guide

Are you in need of some road bike repair tips?

 

Road bike repair might seem intimidating to you at first but with the internet, no repair should scare you away anymore. The internet allows us all to become road bike repair experts in a matter of just a few hours. The problem is that we don’t have enough guides showing us various different road bike repair tasks. So I did some extensive research hand picking quite a few different links on various road bike repair issues and decided to create this article linking to these issues. Continue reading this article for more information on road bike repair…

 

Basic Bike Repair Road Bike Repair

 

Road Bike Repair Resources: Saddle Repair

 

Road Bike Repair Resources: Handlebar Repairs

 

Road Bike Repair Resources: Tire Repairs

 

Road Bike Repair Resources: Frame Repairs

 

What do you know about Road Bike Repair?

What sort of resources and websites would you like to add to these list of road bike repair tips? What is the most challenging road bike repair you have ever had to make? What sort of road bike repair challenges would you absolutely refuse to do and why so?

 

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Best Cycling Gear to Buy After Buying a Bike

Do you need to know the best cycling gear to buy after you get a bicycle?

 

In order to have the best possible experience you can have with cycling, you need to have the basic and best cycling gear that you will need for your riding adventures. The best cycling gear listed in this article is for both road biking and mountain biking riders or those of you in-between those riding disciplines. You need to get the best cycling gear you can find so that you can enjoy each and every ride you take and that will enhance your experience and love for cycling. A lot of riders skip out on the best cycling gear and use very little and they are commonly ones who end up not cycling all that much and fall back into bad health habits. Keep on reading this article for more information about the best cycling gear to buy after buying a bike…

 

Bicycle Products Best Cycling Gear

 

Best Cycling Gear #1: Cycling Apparel

First thing first, protect your body from chaffing and muscle fatigue by buying a good pair of cycling shorts, a jersey and cold weather apparel if you plan to ride when it is cold. The higher end bike shorts will have 8-panels and with fit your body a lot better than the lower end ones. For a good jersey, bike shorts and arm & leg warmers – you are looking at a cost of about $120 which is well worth the comfort.

 

Best Cycling Gear #2: Bike Helmet

Spend $30 to $100 on a good bike helmet – the price shouldn’t be an issue when it comes to protecting your brain from smacking off the pavement or a jagged rock. If you want to risk going riding without a helmet, you need to get your affairs in order because you could die or be seriously injured to the point where you will no longer be able to take care of yourself. Many deaths that occur from cycling are from stupid riders who are not wearing a helmet – don’t be stupid.

 

Best Cycling Gear #3: Water Bottle

Get a water bottle or two and a water bottle cage if your bike didn’t come with one. It is important that you keep yourself hydrated while riding your bike. You should even take a drink when you are not even thirsty. For road biking, a simple water bottle is going to be all you need (maybe even two of them) but for mountain biking, you might also want to look into getting a hydration backpack as well. This will all cost you probably under $20.

 

Best Cycling Gear #4: Repair Products

You are pretty much your own mechanic when it comes to your bicycle breaking down on a ride. You need to purchase the right tools and supplies for those moments when you need to change your inner-tube, patch a tube, break your chain and so on. I suggest buying a small saddle bag to fit under your saddle and fill it with content like a multi-repair tool, patch kit and 1-2 inner-tubes that are specific to your bike. You might also pack a chain-breaker tool and some tire levers as well. This should cost you under $50.

 

Best Cycling Gear #5: Lights

Whether you are planning on cycling at night or not, some of the best cycling gear is the gear that keeps you safe on the road. Lights are good to have even during the day because it is one more thing that will help car drivers notice you quicker. If you are a path or mountain biker, lights are still good because you never know what might happen to cause you to have to stop riding and not get back until after dark. You should be able to buy a cheap set of front and rear lights for under $30 at most large retail stores such as Wal-Mart and that is really all you will need.

 

What is some other best cycling gear out there?

What other best cycling gear would you recommend to riders after purchasing their bikes? Out of the best cycling gear listed above, what all gear do you have and what gear do you not have?

 

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Cycling 100 Miles: A Guide to a Century Ride!

Would you like to go cycling 100 mile?

 

Cycling 100 miles is a big accomplishment for most road bike riders. We call it a Century Ride and it is indeed a trophy among most cyclists out there. But cycling 100 miles when you think about it and I mean really think about it sounds extremely difficult and tiring. I am here to tell you that it looks harder than it actually is! Cycling 100 miles can be done with ease if you take the right steps into doing it the right way. In this guide, I will take you step by step on how you can accomplish cycling 100 miles within no time and finally be able to brag about it with the rest of us…

 

Cycling 100 Miles

 

Understand what cycling 100 miles is

Before you go cycling 100 miles, you need to understand what it is. A century ride is a trophy ride among cyclists because its a long ride – no one really even walks 100 miles let alone tries to ride a bicycle 100 miles…Or do they? You’d be surprised to know that most cyclists end up cycling 100 miles at some point or another. But it is important to understand cycling 100 miles takes quite a bit of effort. You may end up burning 10,000 to 20,000 calories after cycling 100 miles. In 100 miles of road bike riding, you are going to really be working out your body. Cycling 100 miles is going to take you longer than most of your other rides. A lot of factors will come into play when planning for a ride this long.

 

Planning for cycling 100 miles

The first thing you need to do before cycling 100 miles is to plan for it. What day do you want to do it? What time? Will you have enough time to ride 100 miles of daylight? Do you plan to ride at night on your century ride as well? Do you have lighting for your bike if you do plan to ride at night? You need to ask yourself many different questions. In fact, write them down and go one by one giving each question an appropriate answer. Check the weather for the day you plan on cycling 100 miles. If the wind is gusty, it is going to slow you down and make you work a lot harder. If its hot, you are going to work overtime and need to hydrate yourself even more. Check the route and even consider driving it first to get a feel for any hills, unpaved roads and such that could hinder your century ride. There is no such thing as planning too much when it comes to cycling 100 miles.

 

Gear up for cycling 100 miles

You need to dress appropriately for cycling 100 miles. Skin-tight Spandex cycling shorts and a lightweight jersey is going to be your best friends if its warm outside. Compression clothing reduces the drag from riding which will allow you to conserve energy and it is also said to help with muscle recovery as well. If it’s colder, then consider arm and leg warmers, tights, jacketing and so on – better to layer up so you can remove things as needed if you start to get too overheated. Make sure you are wearing a helmet – 100 miles of cycling means 100 miles of danger from 4,000+ pound motor vehicles – be smart, protect your brain and wear a helmet. Bring plenty of water and sports drink with electrolyte replacement added to it. Bring energy bars, bananas, cookies and other snacks that will help fuel your ride and bring more than you think you will need so you have plenty – be sure to stop somewhere for a good full lunch and a rest as well. While considering what to take for gear when cycling 100 miles, keep in mind that you want to take less because more gear means more weight to carry around for 100 miles.

 

Choosing a route for cycling 100 miles

When choosing a route for cycling 100 miles, you really need to check it out before you bike it whether you drive the route in your car or you look at it on Google Maps satellite/street view. You need to fully understand the terrine and any obstacles such as hills, stop lights, poorly bike-friendly areas and so on. Google Maps also allows you to select your route by bicycle and will usually try to show you the best way to ride which helps to determine what roads you should and should not take. Be sure to plan your riding route where you have plenty of shops and stores to stop at along the way. You are going to need to stop and get more water, snacks and a lunch, right? If you are biking in the desert or a rural area without businesses around – you might find yourself in a bad situation really fast when you run out of water and fuel. Dehydration is a big deal and it can kill you on the spot or give you serious medical concerns that can continue to last throughout your life.

 

Tactics for cycling 100 miles

Lastly, you need to consider some tactics for cycling 100 miles. Know your bike, know your gears and know how to ride with vehicle traffic – if you don’t know any of that, you’re going to have a negative 100 mile ride and you may even not be able to finish it. Before you go cycling 100 miles, make sure that you have ridden before. If you’ve never rode 60 miles in one day, work on doing that comfortably before cycling 100 miles. You need to be in decent shape and used to riding if you really want an enjoyable time cycling 100 miles. Be sure that you pace yourself and take your time, you should not be in a race. If you hurry yourself and your ride, that is more energy that you are going to waste and it may make finishing cycling 100 miles a very difficult task. Take it easy and actually try to enjoy cycling 100 miles.

 

Would you go cycling 100 miles?

How would you plan on cycling 100 miles in one day? Have you ever done it before? What other tips would you give to riders wishing to go cycling 100 miles in one day?

 

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Woodlands Camo Cycling Kit by Aero Tech Designs

Have you purchased the Woodlands Camo Cycling Kit by Aero Tech Designs, yet?

 

If you haven’t yet purchased the Woodlands Camo Cycling Kit by Aero Tech Designs yet and you are unsure to do so or not, then I suggest you continue reading this article. This is my full review of the Woodlands Camo Cycling Kit by Aero Tech Designs based on my purchasing experience and use of the product. Please understand that I am not making this review of the Woodlands Camo Cycling Kit on the behalf of Aero Tech Designs and I am not being paid to do it. I am doing this on my own accord and own free will because I purchase a lot from their company and enjoy reviewing their products. Note to ATD: If you want to send me free stuff to test – I won’t argue with you about it… LOL. But here is my full review of the ATD Woodlands Camo Cycling Kit and I hope you enjoy reading it…

 

 

The Woodlands Camo Cycling Kit Design

The design is what motivated me to purchase the kit in the first place. I am heavily attracted to Aero Tech Designs because they design their cycling apparel in other styles outside of plain black. It seems like cycling apparel these days are a solid black color and to me that is boring. Black might look better but colorful apparel is fun and it will catch the attention of those pesky 4000-pound motor vehicle drivers getting quite close to you while trying to text and drive at the same time. I’d rather they drive by and laugh at me for wearing funky colors than drive into me but that is only my opinion. So back on topic, the Woodlands Camo Cycling Kit has a great design that caught my attention – it’s Camo with a hunter-orange integrated into it. I’m not a hunter but I almost want to go hunting and wear it while hunting – hunting by bike…hmmm…that could be an article down the road… The design of the kit uses all the right Camo greens and other colors with a combination of different Camo-colored bicycles to add to it as well – the orange blends right in too. I’m from southern Illinois where Camo apparel is rampant so this just makes me feel right at home when I am wearing it.

 

The Woodlands Camo Cycling Kit is Lightweight

The Woodlands Camo Cycling Kit by Aero Tech Designs is very lightweight and thin but not so thin that it is transparent or scary to wear in public – it’s thin enough to be comfortable on hot days which is when I would wear it the most. The thin material is super strong, too. I’ve purchased bike shorts that have that dreaded stitch-tear noise as you squeeze into them but I’ve never had that with anything I purchased from ATD which is why I tend to stick with their products as well. If you are looking for good tight compression that doesn’t cut off your circulation but still a lightweight material, then you will likely enjoy the Woodlands Camo Cycling Kit.

 

The Woodlands Camo Cycling Kit Bib-Short

The bib-short portion of the Woodlands Camo Cycling Kit impressed me the most. The straps that go over your shoulder are so lightweight and just the right fit that they feel comfortable enough to where I don’t even notice they are on me. This bib-short is probably one of the top 3 most comfortable bib-short I have ever worn even next to Castelli and other big brand bib-shorts. Another big feature I love is the ability to stretch the top of the short down with ease in case I need to use the rest room. There is nothing more annoying than having to take your jersey off and basically strip down just to use the rest room. I get that annoying feature with a lot of the cheaper bib-shorts out there but not with the Woodlands Camo Cycling Kit bib-short and its strong material too so I have no fear of anything “slipping out” on my ride if you catch my drift. The leg grippers are also amongst my favorite type of gripper by Aero Tech Designs – the light silicone gripper which looks like little silicone tabs which makes it stay in place without irritating my skin like other grippers tend to do.

 

The Woodlands Camo Cycling Kit is Worth the Purchase

Overall, I am very happy with my purchase of the Woodlands Camo Cycling Kit by Aero Tech Designs. The price was right and for the jersey and shorts ended up being about $160.00 USD (total!) with free shipping. The shipping took longer than I think it should have but from my understanding, they create the product after you make the purchase so I guess that is an added benefit that can outweigh the long shipping weight. My only suggestion regarding the shipping would be for ATD to keep in touch with the customer as I had to send an email to see what the wait was all about. The chamois in the bib-short is great and made for long distance riding but not my favorite as I enjoy the chamois in the Pro-Shorts offered by ATD but that is my own personal preference – I like a thinner pad – some people are different. By all means though, the pad that comes with the bib-short is very comfortable and not bad at all. So if you want to give it a shot, I say go for it because the Woodlands Camo Cycling Kit by ATD is probably what people are going to see me riding in the most these days!

 

What do you think about this kit and this review?

If you have used the Woodlands Camo Cycling Kit by Aero Tech Designs, what are your thoughts on the kit? How did you like this review? Do you have any additional questions for me about the kit at all?

 

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10 Cycling Strength Training Tips To Live By!

Would you like access to 10 cycling strength training tips aimed at making you a better cyclist?

 

Of course you want access to free cycling strength training tips – who doesn’t want free cycling strength training tips? In this article I will be showing you 10 cycling strength training tactics that you should live by as a cyclist. These cycling strength training tactics are fairly simple, too and will not require you to be a well-seasoned and experienced cyclist. So don’t think for a minute that you need to be a Tour de France winning cyclist in order to have the best cycling strength training methods out there because anyone can use these tactics and anyone can make them into a strong cycling habit…

 

Cycling Strength Training

Photo by Marc

 

Cycling Strength Training Tip #1: Training

As a cyclist, in order to enhance your cycling strength training capabilities, you need to make sure you are actually training in the first place. Training to a cyclist isn’t riding once a week. You need to be riding several days each week even if you are just spending 20-minutes to an hour on the bike each day – you need to train each day because that is what your body needs.

 

Cycling Strength Training Tip #2: Mixing

It is important to mix your cycling strength training tactics up. Remember what fitness experts say, if you train a certain way over and over again, your body gets used to that tactic and your muscle development slows down because it’s used to your training styles. So when on the bike one day, train for speed by sprinting. The next day, maybe you should train by climbing some steep hills and so on.

 

Cycling Strength Training Tip #3: Fit

Cycling strength training isn’t just reserved for when you are on your bike, either. You need to be improving your fitness and healthy lifestyle even off your bike. Whether you are spending 30 minutes doing early morning stretches or doing a full hour of Yoga each day, you need to have off-bike fitness strategies in play as well because it will help you out once you are training on your bike.

 

Cycling Strength Training Tip #4: Eating

Your eating and drinking habits are a big factor in cycling strength training. You need to be eating the right foods such as fruits, veggies and healthy foods with lots of carbs because carbs equals fuel for a cyclist. Stay away from junk food like candy, fast food and anything fried – sure, they are packed with carbs but also packed with heart attack risks as well. Make sure you drink properly too by staying hydrated and keeping away from the booze.

 

Cycling Strength Training Tip #5: Increase

Each day you go out to conduct your cycling strength training, you need to have “increase” on your mind. Whether you are trying to increase your sprinting speed by one mile an hour or if you are trying to ride up a steeper hill that you had to get off and walk up before, always aim to increase. When you aim to increase, you are testing your strength and keeping things chaotic so that your body isn’t getting used to one specific type of cycling strength training tactic. Embrace your cycling lifestyle!

 

Cycling Strength Training Tip #6: Fuel

I talk about eating up above but you also need to stay fueled and hydrated on the bike as well. Drink plenty of water and electrolyte-added sports drink – even when you are not thirsty, too! You need to drink just as much water in the winter as you would in the summer months as well. Stay fueled up too by packing more healthy snacks that you think you will need – it’s better to have more than you will need than not enough.

 

Cycling Strength Training Tip #7: Clothing

Dress appropriately for the type of riding you will be doing. Wear skin-tight Spandex cycling apparel to help muscle warming and stimulation and to reduce drag from winds and other elements during cycling. If you are focusing on speed, consider a skin suit – otherwise bibs and a jersey should do you just fine. Dress in layers (that you can easily remove) when it’s colder outside during your outdoor rides.

 

Cycling Strength Training Tip #8: Partners

Consider riding with others while you are training! Riding with others can help you intensify your motivation to continue your cycling strength training. You and another rider can practice racing one and other to help with sprint improvement. You could also challenge your buddy to make it up a hill before you do when focusing on climbing performance. Riding with another cyclist can help kill any boredom you might get while training.

 

Cycling Strength Training Tip #9: Smarts

While cycling strength training, keep in mind that you need to play things smart. Don’t overwork yourself because you wish to get better at something – pace yourself and rest when you need it. Don’t worry, if you keep on practicing, you are going to get better. However, if you push yourself past your own level, your cycling strength training tactics might lead you to injuries and no more will to continue cycling.

 

Cycling Strength Training Tip #10: Rest

Make sure you are getting plenty of rest when enhancing your cycling strength training strategies. You need to get a full night’s rest each day and you need to have a rest day here and there, at least once a week. If you do not get your needed rest, you can injure yourself and ruin your chances of becoming a better cyclist. Cycling is like running times 10, you are losing a lot of calories and really working yourself out so be smart about recovery!

 

What tip would you add to this article?

If you could add the eleventh cycling strength training tip to this article, what would it be? Out of the 10 tips above, what tip do you think you have the most challenges with and why do you think this is?

 

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Help Cycling Uphill: Sitting vs. Standing

Do you find yourself needing help cycling uphill?

 

Needing help cycling uphill is probably one of the main questions asked by newbie and beginner hill climbing cyclists. You’ve come to the right place for getting help cycling uphill. You might have heard from some riders explaining that you should always remain seated in your saddle when cycling uphill. Then again, other riders might suggest that you stand up as their tips for help cycling uphill. It is either one way or another, right? Right and wrong really but either way, it is confusing if you really cannot determine whether or not you should be sitting or standing while trying to bike up a steep hill. So here is my help cycling uphill tips for you to try out on your own to find what sort of tactic you need to be doing…

 

Help Cycling Uphill

Photo by Matt Haughey

 

Help Cycling Uphill Tip #1: Stay Seated

I will tell this much, hills can be a big pain in the backside to a cyclist but it’s bitter sweet because hills, as bad as they are, are still wonderful environments to ride if you want to enhance your performance, lose weight and train to be a better cyclist. Staying seated on longer hill climbs might be your best bet. When you stay seating to give yourself some help climbing uphill, it will allow you to save strength while you are climbing the hill. When you stand up, you basically use everything you can to climb the hill and then when the next hill comes around – you might find yourself battered and way too tired to climb it. Stay seated as long as you can and keep at it so that you become used to it.

 

Help Cycling Uphill Tip #2: Stand Up

When you come to small hills or hills where you already have some speed and momentum built up from coming down a hill, you might consider pedaling in a standing position. If the hill isn’t going to require that much work, standing up can help you work out all portions of your body in short amounts of time so that you can quickly sit back down in the saddle and start to recover from your short ride standing up to give yourself some help climbing uphill. However, I would suggest you try to stay in the saddle as much as you can and reserve standing for those occasions when you need that extra boost to help yourself get up a hill.

 

Help Cycling Uphill Tip #3: Your Gears

Knowing your gears when wanting helping cycling uphill is a big requirement. For example, if you are seated in your saddle and climbing a hill – the easiest gear of the smallest ring is probably going to help you out dramatically when trying to get up that hill – use the ease of cycling to help you out when you can because you are conserving energy you will need for other portions of your ride. If you decide to stand up a bike, that easiest gear is going to make you work overtimes and really drain your strength in the process so you might want to put it in a harder gear on the bigger rings so that you have some power to play with as you help yourself with help climbing uphill.

 

What is easiest for you?

When you need help climbing uphill on your bike, what is the easiest way for you to do it? Do you find staying seated in the saddle is better and easier than standing up or the other way around?

 

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Crazy Printed Bike Shorts (Men’s) from Aero Tech Designs

Have you tried out the Men’s Crazy Printed Bike Shorts from Aero Tech Designs, yet?

 

This is my own personal review of the Men’s Crazy Printed Bike Shorts from Aero Tech Designs (ATD), an American cycling apparel manufacturing and sales business popular among the cycling community. Aero Tech Designs has not paid me to give this review of the Men’s Crazy Printed Bike Shorts. I am reviewing the Men’s Crazy Printed Bike Shorts from my own decision because I tried them out, liked them and want to share my thoughts and experiences with using them for you all out there who might be in question of them. I hope you enjoy my review of the ATD Men’s Crazy Printed Bike Shorts product and I encourage you to comment at the end and share this review with your friends.

 

Crazy Printed Bike Shorts

 

Crazy Printed Bike Shorts: First Impressions

So I ordered the Red Swirly and the Graffiti crazy printed bike shorts from Aero Tech Designs. It was my first time ordering a bike short with wild and crazy prints on them – I just wanted to try something a bit out of the ordinary of a solid color. The main advantage I feel with these shorts outside of being unique is the fact that they are noticeable really quickly by motor vehicle drivers and that means I have a better chance of not seeing their vehicle’s tires over my face. People might laugh and stare at my crazy printed bike shorts but at least I will go home safe and sound after my ride. My first impressions of each short were good: The materials looked well-constructed and the colors were dark enough to where nothing was transparent or see-through when I put them on. They were true to size and the length was perfect for me and I even have longer legs than most people (I’m 6’5” tall). Overall upon first getting my Crazy Printed Bike Shorts from ATD, I was very satisfied.

 

Crazy Printed Bike Shorts: Chamois Review

The chamois built into the Crazy Printed Bike Shorts by Aero Tech Design is the, Anti-Chafe Lightweight Pad which is among my favorite chamois pads out of all cycling apparel ever made. The pad in thinner than most pads which I personally rather have – I enjoy a more triathlete pad more than a “butt pillow” as some people need. It is really different strokes for different folks when it comes to the chamois type and size. If you prefer a big chamois, then the Crazy Printed Bike Shorts from Aero Tech Designs will not be for you. But if you prefer a thinner pad that still does the job, then I suggest this short for you to try out for yourself. It’s also built-in very well. There was no portions of the pad jabbing into my skin and I felt comfortable with it up against my lower areas – it went with the rest of the short feeling like it was a second skin.

 

Crazy Printed Bike Shorts: Materials and Testing

The Crazy Printed Bike Shorts is mainly created with Nylon and Spandex tricot knitting. There are 8-panels built into the short which allows it to compress correctly against the body. It felt as if it was a second skin when I wore it. The compression was just the right amount (I’m a Medium) and there is enough stretch on the Crazy Printed Bike Shorts to feel comfortable in when in different riding, walking and sitting positions. They were not too loose, they were not too tight – they were very comfortable to wear. I often wear these shorts when I go mountain biking along hiking areas because they are comfortable to wear for mountain biking and then comfortable to wear for general hiking and clif climbing plus I always get questions about where people can buy them and how cool they look. The legs of the short are seamless and the grippers are made with silicone. My only con of the shorts in the gripper as it’s not the most comfortable gripper. After riding several hundred miles in these shorts, they still feel like new!

 

Crazy Printed Bike Shorts: Final Thoughts

If I were to give my official Cyclist Review 1-10 score (1 being the worst, 10 being the best), I’d give the Crazy Printed Bike Shorts by Aero Tech Designs a score of 8.5. I would love to see more designs and potentially a different type of leg gripper. Now as for purchasing these shorts – each short will cost you up to about $40.00 USD which isn’t bad at all. They also have other designs (including camo) and other types of crazy printed bottoms like regular spandex shorts and tights. I’d recommend buying the Men’s Crazy Printed Bike Shorts from Aero Tech Designs if you want to try a men’s wild print short out for a change. They also have these shorts for woman and children on their site.

 

Now Let’s Hear From You!

What did you think of my review of the Men’s Crazy Printed Bike Shorts from Aero Tech Designs? Have you worn these shorts and if so, what did you think of them? Please show me some support for writing this review by sharing it with other cyclists and on your favorite social networking sites. This is one of many ATD reviews I have written so you can expect some more to come soon.

 

Images Used Here is by Aero Tech Designs

 

 

Beginner Road Bike Training Guide for 2015

Have you been looking for a free beginner road bike training guide to catch up on for 2015?

 

Well look no more, welcome to your free beginner road bike training guide updated for 2015. No more old tips and ancient tactics, its 2015 and you want to take your beginner road bike training skills to the next level. Am I right? Beginner road bike training is 2015 is going to fun, exhilarating, awesome for skill improvement but it’s going to be tough, too. Are you ready for beginner road bike training for 2015? Then let’s get started now…

 

 

Beginner Road Bike Training Step 1: Dress like a Cyclist in 2015

You may be doing beginner road bike training but you’re still a cyclist – act like one by dressing like one. Leave the baggy shorts and t-shirt at home and squeeze into those SPANDEX now. Those tight fitting, second skin bike shorts and jerseys are made like that for many reason – performance is one those biggest reasons. They are aerodynamic, lightweight and they wicker sweat and moisture off your body a lot better than those blue jeans of yours.

 

Get a pair of bike shorts focusing on an 8-panel construction because it will fit better on the shape of your body than other options – the more panels constructed into the short, the better. Bib-shorts are designed to have “overall-type” construction whereas straps go over your shoulders – the bib-short option is preferred among most seasoned and professional cyclists. Be sure to try different shorts out to figure out what pad (or chamois) is best for you – the pad will protect your private parts. Don’t wear anything under bike shorts otherwise you defeat their purpose.

 

When it comes to other apparel, get what you need for the environmental temperatures. If it’s cold, layers are going to be more efficient than just one thick article of clothing that you might sweat like crazy in and not be able to shed off. Think about all your body parts when choosing cycling apparel for your beginner road bike training efforts in 2015.

 

Beginner Road Bike Training Step 2: Mod Your Road Bike in 2015

You should have seen me when I first got my first road bike. I had bags all over it, extra reflectors, lights and all sorts of attachments. I did this to basically create a Swiss Army knife of a bicycle – if I needed something on my ride, there I had it. But that isn’t a good practice at all especially for beginner road bike training tactics. The less weight you have on your bike, the better off your beginner road bike training will be.

 

Now unless you have $10,000 to spend on a fancy full carbon fiber road bike, chances are, your road bike is going to be a standard aluminum styled bike – which is perfectly fine. Those fancy carbon bikes are for racers with plenty of sponsors to buy them it or for those who are practically dependent of bicycles. So if you have a cheaper one made of not so light as carbon materials, focus on what you can remove and not add on to make your road bike lighter in weight.

 

Like I said, you don’t need a full carbon bike for your beginner road bike training in 2015. You could train, race and win a road race against others riding full carbon bikes because it’s all about your performance and training level. However, if you have the extra money – you can buy different carbon components to make your bike lighter and save a lot of money in the process. Carbon forks, carbon wheel-sets, carbon stems, carbon saddle posts and even carbon water bottle holders are all available to help take extra weight off your road bike if you really want to accomplish this task.

 

Beginner Road Bike Training Step 3: Ride Your Bike Hard in 2015

I’ve told you to squeeze into your skintight bike apparel. I’ve told you how to make your bike lighter. Now it is time to get into the dirty parts of beginner road bike training – the actual riding. In 2015, throw your newbieness and “wait until next year” attitude out the window because it’s time to actually train this year. Develop a motivation to push yourself to the limits in 2015 and then some. We’re going to focus on speed and we’re going to focus on hills this beginner road bike training session year – get ready, here we go!

 

SPEED is a big part of beginner road bike training performance enhancing. You need to become a faster rider. Buy a cheap cycling computer that works for speed and install it. Now, while you are riding, look ahead of your path and find various points of interest: stop signs, businesses, intersections and so on. Pretend those points of interest are finish lines and just eat your heart out riding as fast as you can to each point, then take a break by riding slower and then repeat. Use your gears; know your gears and you WILL increase your speed.

HILLS are another great task for beginner road bike training tactics. Find hills in your area (even if they are small, but preferably bigger ones) and attack them. Focus on using the right gears, the right saddle positions (try to stay seated) and climb up those hills like your life depends on it – imagine you are being chased by the bully in Pee Wee’s Big Adventure – if he catches you, he is going to take your bike away from you. Attack those hills until they are nothing to you and you will maximize your beginner road bike training and it will also help you lose some extra pounds if you want to lose them.

 

 

Beginner Road Bike Training Step 4: Take Care of Yourself in 2015

Your beginner road bike training will for nothing if you fail to maintain yourself in a healthy and athletic manner. Meaning… You shouldn’t be on any sort of drugs, drugs are bad, don’t use them. General rule – if you can live without drugs, then why bother using them? You don’t need to consume a lot of fattening alcoholic beverages either; you’re a cyclist not a drunk. Eat right, drink right and train right otherwise everything you accomplish will be for nothing in the end.

 

Rest is important for your beginner road bike training as well. You need to make sure that you are getting plenty of sleep and plenty of recovery from your athletic activities. Riding 100 miles 7 days a week isn’t good for you – don’t train like you’re a professional cyclist unless you are indeed actually a professional cyclist. Fatigue can lead to stress and that can lead to poor judgments which can lead to injury and incidents that you probably will regret. Get plenty of rest – you are human after all!

 

Set a lifestyle goal when you begin your beginner road bike training season. Setting goals along with your training efforts will help you success as a cyclist. Maybe you want to lose weight – that is an ideal goal to set. Maybe you want to master hill climbing – that is a goal to keep in mind. Maybe you just want to ride 3,000 more miles in 2015 which beats your 2014 record, again, another great goal to set. Setting these goals will give you extra motivation and proper skills to maintain yourself in 2015.

 

So What Do You Think About This?

What will your beginner road bike training season consist of this year? What other tips would you have assigned to this article?

 

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2015 Winter Cycling Tips Made Just For You

Are you in need of some free 2015 winter cycling tips?

 

Now that its 2015 winter cycling tips are important to know about because they will help keep you biking through the winter so that you will remain in shape to bike once the weather and temperatures warm up again. I create this 2015 winter cycling tips article to share various 2015 winter cycling tips with you so that you can experience the best winter bike riding you can experience this year and the next winters thereafter. Winter cycling shouldn’t have to be a big challenge for you and it won’t be if you check out these 2015 winter cycling tips…

 

2015 Winter Cycling Tips

 

2015 Winter Cycling Tips for Beginners

Whether you are a beginner at cycling altogether or just a beginner at cycling during the winter time, you should know the various 2015 winter cycling tips to be able to better and improve your winter bike riding activities so that you don’t freeze out there and be discouraged to keep riding year round…

Tip #1: Motivate Yourself to Ride – One of the worst parts about winter is winter itself. It’s cold, it’s depressing and it’s miserable to get out of the house and do the thing you love to do – like cycling. So you need to find out what motivates you to ride and work on motivating yourself to actually start riding in the winter. Maybe it is for weight loss so you can fit into that bathing suit you want to wear come summer. Maybe it is for better health so you can decrease your chances at getting diabetes. Maybe it is to get better at cycling so you can start competing at bike races once the racing season starts up. Whatever motivates you – tap into now and use it for winter bike riding.

Tips #2: Train During the Winter – The winter season gives you a perfect opportunity to train yourself to be a better cyclist. During the warm months, most of us are too busy riding organized bikes rides, racing, cycling with our friends, joining and riding with bike clubs and other normal “feels good outside” cycling events. The winter is dead, dull and nothing is ever going on so it provides the perfect opportunity for you to start training to be a better cyclist. Set goals for each winter ride, meet your goals and take your time because winter is here and it’s here to stay.

Tip #3: Prepare for Spring Cycling – Winter gives you the perfect opportunity to prepare yourself for spring and summertime cycling. You will probably ride more when the weather is warmer and nicer but if you haven’t rode all winter, your whole spring and summer might be focused on recovering from not riding in the winter or extra weight you have put on during the winter. That isn’t any good at all because you are really not getting any new benefit each summer that you bike again – you are just fixing the mistakes you made from the previous winter. Ride during the winter so that you can focus on new goals during the summer.

Tip #4: Join a Cycling Club – Winter time is horrible and you lose motivation and encouragement to get out and ride because it is cold, wet and too warm inside the house. So why not encourage yourself to ride this winter by allowing others to help out with encouraging you to do it. Join a cycling a club in your area this winter and ride with them on their organized bike rides. Most clubs have a “no drop” ride for beginners where they won’t leave you behind if you fall back a bit so what is stopping you from getting a little bit of encouragement on in the saddle social networking by joining a group ride or bike club this winter?

Tip #5: Go for a Mountain Bike Ride – If there are no hunting seasons taking place and you are able to freely ride in the woods, consider mountain biking as a winter riding sport. If there isn’t snow and ice on the ground and it’s just cold outside – mountain biking might be where it’s at. The great thing about mountain biking in the winter is the trees, hills and wild-land debris along single-tracks help to block wind from getting to you. That means it can become a much warmer ride that road biking or something similar to that. Mountain biking is also a type of riding that promotes more performance which could be better on fitness for winter time eating habits.

Tip #6: Ride a Stationary Bike – If it is really cold outside, snowy and/or there is ice outside, then you probably don’t want to go bike riding outside due to safety concerns. That doesn’t stop you from riding inside, though! Get a stationary bike or a trainer to connect your bicycle to and start riding inside. Riding inside can be boring and monotonous but if you push yourself to even ride just an hour each day, that is an hour each day that you are riding verses not riding at all. There are plenty of videos you can buy or even free videos on YouTube for following a program to ride your bike inside and having a great workout by doing so.

 

2015 Winter Cycling Tips for Warmth

Staying warm is important during your winter cycling activities. Sometimes staying warm is the key into actually having a great winter cycling routine. If you are cold on the bike, you are going to have a bad winter riding experience. Here are some 2015 winter cycling tips about staying warm on your bike and enjoying your winter riding activities:

#1: Hot Water in that Bottle – It is important that you stay hydrated while riding your bike. This is even important during winter time but when it’s freezing outside, it doesn’t take that long for the water in your water bottle to freeze as well. And when you’re cold from it being cold outside, drinking ice cold water just seems to make it feel worse, don’t you think? So mitigate all of these issues by putting warm or hot water into your water bottle. Water is water and it will cool down a little bit as you ride but it will stay in liquid form a lot longer as well. Remember to eat, too – fuel is just as important as hydration all year including during the winter months.

#2: Buy some Limb Warmers – Leg, knee, elbow and arm warmers are some of the best gear and apparel investments you will ever make. A lot of times during the winter, it’s cold at first but as you ride longer in the day, you start to get hotter and want to shed some of your clothes. However, you can’t shed off your long sleeve jersey or your long tights, right? Otherwise you might go to jail! So what do you do? You wear leg and arm warmers so you can take them off and stick them in your jersey pocket when it gets too hot.

#3: Get Long Bibs or Tights – Sometimes its cold enough to wear longer bottoms without a need to take them off or shed down cycling apparel. I suggest you buy yourself a great pair of bib-styled cycling tights. These are longer bike pants that are tight like bike shorts and have the chamois padding built into them but they are designed like bib shorts. You can also get padded regular non-bib tights or even unpadded tights to wear over your bike shorts if you want to go that route. Sometimes warm bottoms is all you really need to enjoy outdoor winter cycling on a fairly cold day.

#4: Get Winter Biking Apparel – There is other winter biking apparel to consider when cycling during the winter months. There are cycling jackets, long sleeve jerseys, insulated jerseys and tights, cycling socks and others. I suggest focusing efforts to keep three specific parts of your body warm – your feet, your fingers and your head. Those three parts cold is a nightmare waiting to happen and you know exactly what I am talking about. If your head is cold, your whole body is cold. If your hands are cold, your whole body is cold. If your feet are cold, your whole body is cold and you’re ready to start whining your eyes out because cold feet, hands and head is a horrible area to be chilly at. Protect those important parts!

#5: Don’t Sweat too Much – Now remember when dressing for winter time outdoor cycling, it’s better to layer up than to wear fewer articles of well insulated apparel. If you are wearing a heavy coat and heavy insulated tights and you start to sweat, you can’t start taking off layers and do anything about it. If you sweat and it’s cold enough – that sweat will turn to ice or extremely cold fluid and you can get frost bite because of it. Not a lot of us take sweat into consideration during our winter riding activities but it’s important to understand that sweat can freeze like any other liquid in the cold. Wear thinner articles of clothing but a lot of it and provide means to store it if you need to start shedding it off your body.

#6: Ride on Dry Days – Don’t intentionally make yourself victim to potential frost bite or extreme cold days by riding when it is too wintry outside. If it’s snowing, sleeting, raining or really cold – consider riding inside or doing an inside workout like running on the treadmill or even Yoga, instead. If you go riding during the really bad days, you can get hurt, sick or even be seriously injured and/or killed in the process. Riding your bike during the winter should never turn into a potentially life threatening situation because that wouldn’t be cycling, that would be stupidity.

 

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