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How to Find What You Love to Do | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

As reported by Forbes this past summer, 52.3 percent of American workers are dissatisfied with their jobs. If you’re among the unsatisfied majority, …

How Running the NYC Marathon Changed My Life Forever

What it really feels like the moment you conquer those 26.2 miles<p><i>This article was written by Emily Abbate and provided by our partners at Fitbie.com.</i><p><i>Over the past four months,</i> Fitbie <i>editor Emily Abbate trained for the 2014 New York City Marathon. In the final installment of our series following her</i> …

Free apps collect your personal data

If I glanced through your smartphone or tablet, I'd bet most of the apps you installed are free. We all love free apps. In fact, I’ve put together lists of my 10 Best Free Apps for Android and 10 Best Free Apps for Apple.<p>But free apps often have a privacy cost. When you install an app, you probably …

Your Whole Body Tune-Up

Keep these 5 supporting muscles toned for a pain and fatigue-free ride<p>If you're like most cyclists, your legs aren't the first part of your body to call it quits on a long ride. Chances are it's your back, your neck, or even your arms. Use these moves to tune up the supporting muscles, and they …

Small Changes, Huge Results

Some things are complicated—traffic jams, climate change, deciding if a Tour de France winner will still hold his title in five years. These tangled problems demand nuanced solutions. But finding bliss on your bike can be simple and, as these 11 quick fixes illustrate, transforming your cycling …

28 Secrets of Exceptionally Productive People

Want to work smarter, not harder? Learn from the best.<p>Occasionally, I stumble on my own productivity tools and strategies, but mostly I borrow them from others.<p>So does Ryan Holiday, the author of the best-selling The Obstacle Is the Way (a really great book) and the compulsively readable <i>Trust Me,</i> …

Productivity

10 Best Car-Free Bike Paths in the USA

Why take just the lane when you can take the whole road? Pedal blissfully through stunning scenery on these car-free roads, lanes, and bike paths.<p>There’s no reason to yell “Car back!” on America’s rail trails and bike paths, where the bike is king of the road. On these 10 routes, take in the …

You Can Mod This Seiko to Be Any Watch You Want It to Be

Author: Rene Chun. Rene Chun Gear<p>Date of Publication: 09.05.14.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>The Seiko Model 5 probably is the best watch …

20 Inspiring Live Now Quotes that Remind you to Live in the Present

You have ambitions in life, and to accomplish those ambitions, you do hell lot of things; you make a never ending to-do-list, wait for the perfect …

Motivation

First Look: New Bikes and Gear for Women and Families

Earlier this summer, Outdoor Retailer and Interbike paired up to put together The Women’s Story, an event held at Crystal Springs Resort in New Jersey to showcase various women’s products in the cycling and outdoor industry, with special focuses on beginner athletes, style, and motherhood. Here are …

Swift Navigation Raises $2.6 Million For Its Ultra-Precise GPS System

GPS technology is everywhere nowadays — it’s built into phones, cars, and an increasing number of industrial devices. But to date, GPS hasn’t been very precise. Conventional GPS modules have an accuracy range of about 15 feet, which is good enough for guiding you to a location but not the best if …

The Wow Stuff

50 components, gizmos, do-dads, eats, miscellanea, and wearables that will bring more fitness, style, safety, miles, smiles, and satisfaction to your cycling life<p><b>Parker Dusseau Commuter Suit</b><br>$485, jacket; $245, pants<br>Vaughn Brown named his San Francisco-based active-apparel company after his uncle, …

5 Secrets to Improve Learning and Memory

I’ve already posted a research round-up on becoming an expert at anything. That was focused on the big picture of how to master something over a …

How To Turn A Clothespin Into A Matchstick Gun

Update your desktop arsenal with this creation<p>DIY enthusiast Grant Thompson, who previously made a 10-penny battery that powered a small light for almost two weeks, is at it again. Inspired by another project tutorial, Thompson created seven variations of a mini-pistol that can fire matches over 20 …

The 1,000-Rep Morning Metabolism Igniter

Light your fat-frying furnace for the entire day<p>Mornings are tough and morning workouts are tougher.<p>But the right routine is worth waking up for, especially if it allows you to crank out 1,000 reps in 30 minutes, like this one from Craig Ballantyne, MS, CTT, and editor of EarlyToRise.com.<p>“When you …

Redesigned Giant Defy Road Bike Is a Racer for the Real World

New genre-bending model is heavy on discs, light on weight<p>When Giant introduced its Defy endurance road bike in 2008, the bike was part of a broader movement to return more real-world abilities to bikes that had been designed chiefly around race-worthy attributes less relevant to regular, …

What's in a Pro's Jersey Pockets?

Video<p>Training<p>What's in a Pro's Jersey Pockets?<p>Ben King, Matthew Busche, and Andre Greipel—who's mostly concerned about his coffee break—on what they carry on long rides and why.<p>The items we review are selected by our editors without bias. If you choose to purchase them from one of our preferred …

2015 Trek Émonda Race Bike

Trek claims its new race bike is the lightest production road frame ever<p>It’s only been two years since Trek broadened its road line with the comfort-oriented Domane, but they’re back with another new frame—one they claim is the lightest production road frame ever. The Émonda is designed as an …

Oh, the Geekery!

Garmin-Sharp Pro Cycling Team's custom app makes a science out of the art of racing<p>When Dan Martin jumped clear of the yellow jersey group on the final climb of Stage 9 at the 2013 Tour de France, the move looked like a classic seat-of-the-pants attack, the kind of do-or-die effort that far more …

Eat to Ride

Three nutrition tips every cyclist should live by<p>Whenever I advise athletes about bike nutrition, I tell them that they don’t need a special diet to fuel performance. The one that’s best for health is also the one that’s best for strong results. If you want all your systems firing at 100 percent, …

Are You Fit to Ride?

Find out where your body needs a boost with these cycling-specific fitness assessments.<p>Too many cyclists with bulging quads still struggle with a squishy core, wobbly hips, or stiff shoulders. On the bright side, fixing those issues will make you a more efficient rider, says Darcy Norman, a trainer …

Amazing Tips for Beginner Bike Riders

During their inaugural year of riding, people soak up enormous amounts of knowledge about how to ride--often by making blunders. Here, some notes from the steepest slope on the learning curve, and a guide to avoiding common rookie mistakes.<p><b>IT'S SIMPLE TO START RIDING A BIKE</b> if all you're going to …

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If The Bike Fits—Buy It

How to find the right frame and make adjustments for endless comfort<p>While there is no universal method for fitting a bicycle to the rider, fit theories do agree on most things, and proper training and equipment help bike-shop workers and fitters do their job consistently well. You'll have an easier …

Culture

Want Success? Surround Yourself With People Who Challenge Your Thinking

Are you feeling uninspired and stuck? Perhaps it's the people around you. Here are five ways to get people to challenge and inspire you to success.<p>It's nice to have people around who support you and are of like mind. Agreeable people boost your confidence and allow a certain level of relaxation. …

Self-improvement

The inventor of everything

It’s a sunny morning in Camarillo, California, and the fields along Pleasant Valley road are full of berry pickers in colored sweatshirts moving swiftly to gather ripe fruit. I take a left turn down Calle San Pablo into an unassuming industrial park, the research and development center for Cool …

Lessons from Stephen King and “Valley of the Dolls”: Reading 100 years of bestsellers

What the most popular books of the past century taught one writer about America’s strange taste in fiction<p>When Matthew Kahn, a creative writing student at California State University at Northridge, learned from one of his professors that the bestselling book of 1926 was "The Private Life of Helen …