Whether you ride year-round or ride seasonally, there are several options to prepping your bike for riding. From decades of riding, I suggest finding a professional and reputable shop that can offer minor adjustments to overhauling. Most shops will let you know what needs attention. The do-it-yourself (DIY) method is helpful, so that cyclists can learn more about her/his bicycle and potentially identify issues more easily. Mechanical advice varies depending on your riding style and riding terrain and conditions. Below is a basic pre-ride checklist. See URLs for more details. FRAME: Starting with a clean bike, look for paint chips, cracks, and dents. If you detect cracks or dents, take your bike to your chosen bike shop. WHEELS & TIRES: Determine ideal pressure for you – it depends on your…
Finding healthful, nutritious, and simple recipes for cycling can be challenging, but to get started, see bicycling.com and susanstable.com. From there, you could explore allrecipes.com, epicurious.com, or other generic recipe sites. Knowing some basic nutrition and your fitness goals is helpful in choosing recipes. Endurance riding requires different fueling than does sprinting. Also, understanding your personal health needs contributes to selecting various ingredients in recipes (e.g. lactose intolerant, gluten-free, diabetes, etc.). Although many commercially-produced products offer convenience, ease-of-use, and long shelf life, they may not measure up to homemade nutrition bars, snacks, or meals that are easy to make and store. http://www.bicycling.com/training/recipes/5-recipes-to-fuel-every-kind-of-ride/slide/4 http://www.bicycling.com/food/bicyclings-go-faster-eating-plan http://susanstable.com/recipes-for-athletes
There is so much nutrition, food, and cooking advice that it is hard to know what or who to follow. Several trusted sources for cyclists, specifically, are bicycling.com and cyclingweekly.com. These articles discuss general nutrition along with pre-, during, and post-riding nutrition recommendations. Also addressed are carbs, protein, fat, glucose, sodium, vitamins, minerals, caffeine, and more. Other cyclist food concerns are covered: amount, frequency, and type of food to be eaten. If you are interested in clean eating, paleo foods, vegan, or other types of food philosophies, they are all briefly covered on these sites. • http://www.cyclingweekly.com/fitness/nutrition/nutrition-cycling-back-basics-141664 • https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/what-eat-during-cycling • http://www.bicycling.com/tags/bicycling-nutrition
Along with our brand new website design, we are launching the OUTspokin' news section. Editors and authors Melanie Scott and Candace Maher are at the ready with lots of tips on a variety of topics such as nutrition, bike maintenance, and much more. You will see their posts twice a month, on average, throughout the year. If you would like to contribute to the news section as a guest, share your cycling related story idea with us! Contact us and our editors will get in touch. They would also love to hear if you just have suggestions for stories. Oh, and don't forget to subscribe to the news section by entering your email on the right! Tailwinds!