Category Archives: Cycling Tips

There is a lot to learn in the sport of cycling. Here we will do our best to keep you up to date on some of the ways to find an edge on the road.

6 Tips for Beginner Bike Riders

Are you thinking of jumping into cycling? Whether for your commute, exercise or simply for fun, cycling is an incredibly versatile activity. There is no better place on Earth for it than sunny San Diego. Here are some tips for beginner bike riders to help you get the most out of your ride. Tip #1: Choosing the Right Bicycle There are different types of bikes depending on your activity. Once you choose a bicycle type, there are other things to consider. Your bike should fit your frame. When straddling the bike, you should have about one to two inches of clearance between your body and the top tube. Your handlebars should be one inch lower than the seat top. Make sure the seat is anatomically designed and comfortable enough for long-term use. For example, many racing bikes have hard, narrow seats that can be uncomfortable. Tip #2: Bicycle and Helmet…
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Can Cycling Slow the Aging Process?

Cycling is a healthy and effective mode of transportation used by millions of people in the US. Many of the health benefits of cycling are already known. For example, we know that cycling can improve cardiovascular health and reduce stress. A new study even claims that frequent cycling can slow down certain aspects of the aging process. Researchers at Kings College in London determined that cycling can slow down age-related muscle deterioration. To make this determination for the study, researchers biopsied the quadriceps of 125 male and female cyclists between the ages of 55 and 79 years old. Researchers compared the results with two other groups. The first group consisted of 55 young adults who were not physically active. The second group was made up of similarly aged people who also did not exercise. According to results from the study, the quadriceps of the participants had more muscle mass and…
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Questions and Answers About Food While Riding

What are the best foods to eat while cycling to keep your energy up? How often should you eat while cycling? Here are some common questions and answers regarding diet and cycling and how to keep your energy up during a long ride. Q: How long can I cycle without needing to eat? A: If you have eaten prior to riding, you should not need to refuel if your ride is under an hour long. After an hour has passed, you will want to consume small amounts of high GI carbohydrates, which help keep your blood glucose up and your muscles fueled. Aim for between 30 and 60 grams of carbohydrate per hour. Sports drinks, carbohydrate energy gels, jellied sweets, bananas and low fiber cereal or carbohydrate bars are all excellent providers of these essential carbohydrates. Q: How can I eat without feeling too full to ride? A: You will…
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