January 19, 2013 at 6:00 am (Technique, Training)
Strava is everywhere these days. Kind of fun to see who’s fastest among friends and certainly another good way to log your miles. I was unaware of the inaccuracy of phone GPS. This first map looks a bit like the old point-and-click maps I made. I didn’t always hit the road with each click making it look like I’d cut off the road to shorten the corner. Now there’s a tool to correct the inefficiencies of phone GPS. –Corrie
I use my mobile phone’s GPS to track my bike rides which I then upload to Strava. Unlike purpose built GPS devices, phone GPS can be wildly inaccurate, especially in the steep valleys I often ride through in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The results uploaded to Strava can look like this.
via Cyclelicious » Strava SNAP: Fix GPS data to track roads.
January 7, 2013 at 6:00 am (equipment, Technique)
I’ve done more cold-weather riding this winter than usual. That’s ’cause we’ve had lots of people going out. But, yes, it is cold. My feet used to be my biggest issue. I seem to have solved that with booties and wool socks, but I don’t go out when it dips below freezing for long. Fingers are another issue. Some of these tips do help, like starting with warm hands.–corrie
I’ve tried every trick imaginable to keep my feet warm during cold-weather rides — larger shoes with 2 pairs of socks, battery-powered socks, spray antiperspirant to reduce sweating, plastic bags to cut wind. But no luck. My frozen feet are always the limiting factor in winter riding. Any tips? — Judy D.
via Tips for Keeping Feet Warm | Road Bike Rider.
December 23, 2012 at 6:00 am (safety, Technique)
LAB calls this the quick-stop and we do gentle practice on pavement usually with one or two spotters, but if you really want to master it, you’ll want to follow these steps.–Corrie
You’re riding down the street when a giant SUV suddenly pulls out from a stop sign. The shocked driver sees you and slams on the brakes. Now the road is blocked. Swerving won’t help. What can you do to avoid running headlong into a sheet-metal wall?
via Issue No. 556: What’s on Tap for 2013 | Road Bike Rider.
November 16, 2012 at 6:00 am (equipment, Technique)
Okay, I never soap up my bike like this. Nothing wrong with doing so. I just don’t. More important that the production bike-wash is the frequent wash with lots of attention paid not only to the rims (braking surfaces) but also the chain and the cogs of the rear derailleur.
Go ahead and soap it up now and then. Even use a little furniture polish on that frame. It’ll shine–Corrie
| Tori’s Tips :: Bike Cleaning 101 – Suds It Up.
November 12, 2012 at 6:00 am (Technique, Training)
The echelon is probably not going to be useful for a handful of riders, but the single paceline gives real advantages into the wind and in pulling along a group. It is easy to go too fast for all the members of the group. The idea is to bring the group in together–not to see who is strongest.
Some good pace line etiquette here–Corrie
Ideally, a group should contain both novices and experienced riders who don’t feel compelled to prove themselves on every ride. The key is riding safely and effectively in a paceline
via Riding in a Paceline Is a Basic Cycling Skill | Active.com.
November 6, 2012 at 6:00 am (safety, Technique)
And may I add, be particularly careful on wet pavement or bike paths strewn with wet leaves.–corrie
The curve tightened. Since I’d never been on this stretch of road before, I was unprepared for it. I grabbed for the brakes, and applied them.
Dumb. Noob mistake.
via Noob Mistake: Don’t Brake In a Turn | Bike Noob.
October 15, 2012 at 6:00 am (Technique, Training)
Those thin rapid breaths you are taking are not helping you drink in more oxygen. Try this–Corrie
If you’re like most riders, hills are a serious limiter. You do fine on the flats but on steep stuff your lungs scream, especially on group rides where the hotshots force the pace. You gasp for breath and maybe you’re forced to slow down.
via Issue No. 547: Product Review: eoGEAR Top Tube Century Bag | Road Bike Rider.
September 17, 2012 at 6:00 am (Technique, Training)
“I’m about to shift down,” I shouted back at Paul who was a bit too close behind me as we hit the steep climb on the 8Lakes ride this year. I wanted to drop to my granny ring in front, but was worried that at the pace we were holding, there’d be too much pressure on the chain to make it happen. And I was right. No granny gear for me. I had to stand and standing meant my pace slowed more than anticipated. Good thing I warned Paul.
Here are some good tips on making those smooth shifts.–Corrie
As we roll in to the waning of the warm, I wanted to take the time to review some basic, but often overlooked, elements of shift/pedal technique. These tips should help maximize one’s efficiency while minimizing discomfort and mechanical discord.
via Adventure Cycling Association: Shifting Technique: Training Intuition.
September 6, 2012 at 6:00 am (Technique)
Yes, Yes. Spinning is best. Of course, it does require a fair amount of fitness to be able to flatten out the little hills and roll the rollers but you’ll be less tired and have fewer aches the next day. Learn to spin–Corrie
If you’re new to cycling, you may be pedaling at 50-70 rpm as you cruise flat roads. That is, turning the crank with a cadence that brings each foot around 50-70 times each minute.
via Issue No. 542: U.S. Pro Challenge Special Issue | Road Bike Rider.
September 2, 2012 at 6:00 am (Technique)
I’ve never been good at descending. I know about counter-steering. I know about leg positioning. I just don’t feel comfortable at speed. That has gotten worse as my eyesight has failed. I can’t see road conditions quickly enough at speed to feel comfortable in my ability to adjust if I need to.
Still, I do try to smooth out the corners and sometimes it works. Unfortunately I’m still out in the other lane on a corner more often than I’d like. –Corrie
Cycling Training – Fast Descending on a bike – YouTube.