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Friday, 30 July 2010
Summer X-Training Wear
Now Playing: Hot, Hot, Hot!

Summer's HOTTEST Essentials for X-Training in style & comfort!

Beat the heat with an early morning walk/run with your Mp3 player and Audio-Technica's Quiet Point Headphones.

Pair up the right clothing for the day and you're good to go!

Glasses - Kylix by Rudy Project, Pink Tank Top by Victoria's Secret.



Women's Launch Shorts by Pearl Izumi,

Socks by Smartwool,

Syncroguide III Running Shoes by Pearl Izumi.

Posted by Author at 6:06 PM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 31 July 2010 1:45 PM EDT
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Sunday, 4 July 2010
2010 Tour De France
Now Playing: Yellow Jersey Gear!
Video of 2010 Tour De France cyling route starting in Rotterdam Holland.
Really you don't have to be in the Tour De France in order to benefit from using the same gear the pros do.  It doesn't have to be extravagant either!  Start with one or two essential upgrades and take your riding experience to the next stage!
Here are a few of my favorites:
  Rudy Project's Sterling Cycling Helmet
Worn here by 6 time Yellow Jersey champion Erik Zabel, this helmet is perfect for hot weather rides.  It boasts 18 vents + a removable bug screen and is perhaps Rudy Project's most advanced cycling helmet to date. So comfortable and airy, you head won't be wet after your ride in this one.
Also pictured is a sampling of Rudy Project's Technically Cool Eyewear.  An absolute must for longer, sunny day rides and excursions.  I won't leave the house without my Rudy Project Eyewear!
Sterling Helmet and Technically Cool Eyewear both from Rudy Project
Pearl Izumi X-Road Cycling Shoes
These are part of Pearl Izumi's on the bike, off the bike style and versatility that make this so much more than a mere cycling shoe.  Yes its got the SPD recessed plates all you hard core road rats want but it also has a full lug sole that doesn't slip.  This is perfect if you need to hike your bike over rough terrain or water.  Quick drying, light but give you the support of a quality athletic shoe, this is my choice for on and off the road.
Pearl Izumi X-Road Cycling Shoes
Pearl Izumi Women's Carbon Leather Pittards
These are by far my absolute favorite cycling gloves, especially for the hot summer months.  So airy but with the extra duability you come to expect from Pearl Izumi.  I especially like the light but effective palm padding.  I also have them as full fingered cycling gloves.  Excellent!
Pearl Izumi's Description:
This redesigned favorite combines the comfort of a Pittards leather palm with Coolmax mesh back create the most comfortable all around glove. Durable Pittards WR 100X leather with PI embossed logo for a performance grip.
U-Bridge pad placement protects the ulnar nerve while bridging the median nerve
Shock absorbing Gel-Lite inserts eliminate road vibration
Coolmax mesh fabric provides the ultimate in moisture transfer and breathability
Direct inject graphics that won't wear off over time
Soft microfleece wiping surface on thumb
Womens specific fit and sizing
Content:Palm: 100% Leather, Shell Back: 82% Nylon/18% Spandex, Wiping Surface: 100% Polyester
So no matter if you are doing the real thing in France or not, you can be the master of your road with these top picks from the pros.
Dr. M in her Rudy Project Sterling Helmet & Rudy Project Rydon II Sport Glasses in White Pearl, (Made in Italy).  Cycling jersey by SheBeest.  Not photographed but also worn: Pearl Izumi Pittards, X-Road Cycling Shoes and Women's Cycling shorts.  Smartwool socks.

Posted by Author at 2:16 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 9 July 2010 9:30 AM EDT
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Wednesday, 23 June 2010
Summer X-Training Tips
Now Playing: Be Cool!
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PHOTO: Terry Symmetry Road Bicycle, Terry Tourista Cycling top and Bohemian Flare Skort. Cycling Glasses, (Rydon Sport) and Helmet by Rudy Project. Summer X-Training can be a blast with the right gear and clothing!

The main things you'll need for summer X-Training is an ample supply of cold water and well vented clothing. Notice in the photo above, I have a stainless steel water bottle in the cage. I fill my bottles with half crushed ice chips and half cold water. This way when I stop for a drink the water is still very cold. Perfect for short trips and errands.

Longer trips enlist the help of Elite's thermal / insulated water bottles. These are made in Italy and classified as High Thermic. They will keep your liquids cold for twice as long as uninsulated bottles. So the choice is yours depending on how long you plan to be out.


Photo: Elite's Nanogelite Thermal Squeezable Water Bottles are insulated with Nanogel aerogel technology which keeps liquids colder longer.

Features: 74mm diameter 17 oz capacity. Squeezable bottle Insulated with Nanogel aerogel technology fits easily inside most bicycle water bottle cages.

Don't leave home without an ample cool water supply!  Water that has become too warm from the heat and sun can cause nausea and vomiting.  Not something you'll want to have on the road.


Clothing Counts

While tighter clothing may be more aerodynamic for cycling and running, they might also not allow as much air flow to the skin as one would like.  This includes cycling and inline skating helmets.  The more ventillation the better, really.


PHOTO: Terry's NEW Tourista Cyling Top also works great for jogging, hiking and inline skating.

This is the top I am wearing in the photo above and is my favorite all around X-Training cover!  It has three open pockets in the back but is fully cut so that you won't need to wear a strapless bra.

It is aerodynamic but still allows enough air to reach your skin so that you stay cool and dry.  I've worn it on very hot days and it was a life saver as I tend to perspire more in the chest area.  Made in the USA from Terry Precision Cycling!




PHOTO: NEW Terry's Bohemian Flare Skort with Cycling Chamois.

Paired with the Tourista Cycling top, this is my go everywhere skort.  It comes with Terry's sheer flexible liner which is much cooler than the solid spandex ones.  The skort has a great flare and side slits for even more freedom of movement.  On or off the bike, this skort is ready for action... cool and wrinkle proof!

Visit Terry Precision Cycling online for their 2010 women specific bicycles and cycle-sportswear.






Eyewear to Go

RudyProject Technically Cool Eyewear.  Mine have a little secret.  Not only are they state of the art cycling glasses but they also hold my prescription eyeglasses so I can leave my contacts at home! 

Look closely and you'll see the insert behind the exchangable lenses.  Want a different look?  Change the lightweight polycarbonate lenses to any number of available colors such as Racing Red.  I've worn these lightweight glasses for touring and mountain bike races.  They look great and protect your eyes from sun, wind and road debris.  Made in Italy from Rudy Project

Keep a Cool Head







Rudy Project further seals the deal with their new Sterling, 18 vent cycling helmet.  Comes with a removable insect shield.  Perhaps their most advanced cycling helmet to date you'll see it on some of the coolest heads in the Tour De France this summer!

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Posted by Author at 1:18 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 1 July 2010 5:31 PM EDT
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Thursday, 10 June 2010
Bicycle Commuter Special Part III
Mood:  caffeinated
Now Playing: A Moveable Feast

This Trangia 27 5 Cook Set including tea kettle, fits neatly inside of my Angletech Panniers!  Perfect for picnics via bicycle.  Trangia cook sets and Trangia Primus Gas Burners available from Campsaver   Aerodynamic Techwind Bike Panniers by Angletech

With the proper gear installed on your bike, you'll find yourself with a much more versatile machine for enjoying an impromtu cook out in the park, the beach or even camping in the woods.  Going on a bicycle tour this summer and want to prepare your own gourmet meals?  Having the right panniers such as my yellow Angletech Techwind Panniers shown here can facilitate this.  These panniers come with long, dual zippers and different colored insert bags so you can separate, wet, soiled or special items for easy access.  Simple clips and handles allow you to take the panniers off suitcase style and rain covers are also available.


Angletech Techwind Bicycle Panniers

Price: $334.00

The aerodynamic design of these panniers reduces drag by 7%.  The square rear of these unique panniers are shaped to catch those tailwinds and blow you down the road. These are not the typical "sausages" you've seen on most touring bicycles!

Everthing you see on the table including the food, utensils and Coleman fuel tank and more fit with room to spare inside these panniers.  That is in part because the Trangia 25 7 Cook Set packs down to the height of about 4 1/2 inches and a diameter of only 7 inches!  This makes this cook set perfect for touring as well as camping.  We rented a cabin for a week last summer and I cooked all of our meals plus tea on this same cook set.  Non-stick pans mean your cleanups require only a quick rinse of water.

The Trangia Gas Burner is a major step up from using the spirit burner included with the 27 5 outdoor stove.  A snap to set up, the gas ring burns a clean steady blue flame which cooks quickly and evenly.  When purchasing camping equipment, it makes sense in the long run to purchase equipment that can be used in a number of activities.  This aluminum, non-stick cook set is very lightweight weighing only 850 grams and stows easily in panniers and backpacks.  Imagine packing your own food to prepare on the road al fresco.  A great idea when good restaurants may not be available on the bike trail or tour.




All of this great outdoor cooking gear and more is available from Campsaver

Tea Time!  Trangia 27 5 Non-Stick Cook Set with Kettle and Trangia Gas Burner boils water in about 1 1/2 minutes on low.  Clean burning steady blue flame.

All of the pieces nest compactly to a very portable 4 1/2 by 7 inch unit.  The Trangia 27-5 comes with: 2 one litre, non-stick saucepans, 1 non-stick frypan, 1 upper and 1 lower windshield, 1 spirit burner, 1 handle, 1 strap and a Trangia logo bag.  Tea Kettle & Trangia Gas Burner sold separately.

So there is a lot more you can do with the right cycling gear.  These panniers give your the option to take along a lot more than just a cycling hat!  You need only think outside of the box a bit more to plan a cycling get-away or cycling - camping trip. 

Photo: Stop & Shop!  Nishiki Sport Touring with Trek Trunk and Angletech Techwind Panniers.  Roomy, aerodynamic, these panniers are fantastic for trips to the market or mall but spacious enough for even a picnic lunch and camping.

Don't forget to keep hydrated and your energy up with my triple play power-up and recovery favorites:  Rainbow Light's Certified Organics Women's Multivitamin, Ultra Energy Plus and Calcium + with 1,000 mgs Magnesium & 500 mgs Calcium.  Take (along) with food!


Remember to take along these Rainbow Light supplements for your cycle- picnic or tour for energy to make it home!


Posted by Author at 5:55 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 11 June 2010 9:27 AM EDT
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Sunday, 16 May 2010
Bicycle Commuter Special Part II
Now Playing: Bike to Work Week!

Energy to burn! With the right nutrition, you'll have more than enough energy for that morning commute plus some to spare for a little sport afterward!  Helmet by Lazer, Glasses by Rudy Project, Look Team Jersey & Gloves.  Pearl Izumi Women's Cycling Shorts.

May is National Bike Month and May 17th - 21st is Bike to Work Week. Now we are not going to leave you in the lurch on such an auspicious occassion! There is a lot that you can do to make sure you survive those hills but still look and feel fresh enough to mingle once you arrive at your destination.

What you eat and how well you stay hydrated is going to play a key roll in how all of this shakes out.  I've found the best way to do this is by sneaking in good nutrition that actually tastes good!  I happen to really enjoy raw nuts and seeds of all types.  If you are allergic to peanuts or tree nuts, you can still enjoy their flavor and nutrition with Sunbutter, a sunflower seed spread.  I got to try it at a trade show and it is delicious! Find foods that are healthy that you already enjoy and half the battle is won!  Other take along goodies include Nature's Path yummy assortment of energy bars and snacks.  Get a good breakfast under your belt with Nature's Path Optimum Banana Almond Cereal which is rich in Omega 3.



SHAKE IT UP!  Goods to Go.  Above, Blueberries & Gogi Berry Juice add flavorful antioxidants to this delicious Rainbow Light Vanilla Protein Energizer.  You'll thank Rainbow Light's Calcium Plus Magnesium for soothing your sore muscles after your ride & Deep Defense keeps up your immunity.

Another issue that you will have to deal with while cycling is maintaining proper hydration.  Good old water is first on the list but there is nothing stopping you from packing along a little container of your favorite shake!   This can be your over the hump backup plan when your energy begins to sag a little on the way.  Complex carbohydrates are perhaps your best companion for longer trips where your endurance is tried.

TIP:  Be sure to eat a high protein, high fiber complex carbohydrate meal before taking off in the morning.  You'll find you will have more fuel for your muscles to draw from during and after the trip.  After your ride, take some calcium such as Rainbow Light's Calcium + Mag to help soothe sore muscles and displace lactic acid. 























Power-Breakfast options.  Start your day with a bowl of strawberries topped with a little Zingerman's Aged Balsamic Vinegar.  A serving of Zingerman's delicious Irish Oatmeal with a bit of brown sugar and butter rounds out your morning, (you won't be hungry for hours!) In a hurry?  Try Nature's Path Optimum Organic Banana Almond Cereal with Omega 3. Nature's Path fills in the gaps on the road with their yummy, yet portable Optimum Energy Bars.

We're riding on through this series in Part III which will show you how to pull off a fresh-fashioned look for a day of riding, errands, lunch...whatever.  Also how to pack a complete picnic and camp kitchen in your panniers for dining al fresco.  What to do some shopping?  No one will ever guess you arrived by bicycle unless you forget and leave your helmet on!


Posted by Author at 12:01 AM EDT
Updated: Monday, 17 May 2010 11:15 AM EDT
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