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32 Of The Absolute Best Products On Amazon — Because 5,000+ Reviewers Can't Be Wrong

For better or for worse, Amazon has some of the most brutally honest reviewers on the internet. If there's something to be said about an item, …

This new analytics tool for Gmail is actually really impressive

So how can typical Gmail users leverage email analytics data?<p>These are some of the most common applications:<p><b>Employee tracking and monitoring</b> — In some ways, Gmail Metrics belongs in the same ranks as Toggl and TimeCamp, apps that actively monitor employee time expenditure and performance. The app …

Why Does Exercise Start Hurting Two Days After a Workout?

If you’ve decided, this year, to start working out, you might have noticed a strange phenomenon: You’ll leave the gym feeling fine, and then two days …

Essential Apps You Should Install on a New PC Running Windows or macOS

You just bought a new laptop, built a new desktop PC, or are simply clean installing on a new solid state drive, good for you! Gotta love the taste …

Software

Six ways to improve your sustainable aerobic power

The most productive training isn’t always about going all-out. Here’s how you can get 100 percent from your 95 percent effort. These guidelines will …

Sustainability

The Arc’teryx Granville Commuter Backpack Brings Extreme Performance to Everyday Riding

High-tech fabrics and construction aren't just for extreme environments—this fully featured commuter pack looks sleek and performs even better<p>Arc’teryx is known for making high-performance gear for extreme conditions, as well as packing features into an ultra-sleek, minimalistic design. While most …

Backpacking

10 Essential Strength Exercises for Cyclists

Make these moves part of your regular routine to ride longer and stronger for life<p>At this point, there’s really no question that cyclists (and pretty much everybody, really) should be doing some form of resistance training.<p>With age, muscle mass dwindles and bones weaken. Strength training helps …

Cycling

Stop! How to Use Your Brakes the Right Way

Scrubbing speed, slowing down, and bringing your bike to a halt are essential skills nobody really teaches us<p>You never forget how to ride a bike. That’s true. It’s also kind of a problem. Not because anyone wants to forget, of course—but because so few of us learned as kids how to ride the types of …

Cycling

Cyclists should invest in a camera to capture accident evidence when no witnesses are around.

When a car and a bike collide, there’s often little cyclists can do. On average, two cyclists die each day in bike-motorist collisions, and in most …

North Bay

6 Ways to Train Less and Still Get Stronger

How to work out smarter—not harder—so you can get the most out of your time on the bike<p>“I’m really disappointed in my performance today. I guess I need to train harder.”<p>If I had a dollar bill for every time a rider I was working with uttered one of those phrases, well, let's just say I wouldn't …

Cycling

Scientists think they've discovered a fourth type of fuel for humans — beyond carbs, fat, and protein

The nutrition label on a shot-size bottle of this clear, odorless liquid defies traditional explanation. It contains 120 calories — roughly the equivalent of a hearty slice of bread — yet it has no fat, no protein, and no carbohydrates.<p>Those calories instead come from ketones, an ingredient that …

Nutrition

This App Will Show You The Best Cycling Routes Nearby

LaneSpotter uses data crowdsourced from real cyclists to map out the safest—and most dangerous—bike routes<p>A new iPhone app wants to let cyclists help each other choose the best possible routes for riding.<p>Described as “Waze for cycling,” LaneSpotter uses crowdsourced data to map out preferred bike …

San Francisco

The best indoor cycling training apps

Yes, we would all rather ride outside. But when weather, work and the rest of your life rules that out, riding inside can be highly productive. Here …

Apps

12 everyday stretches that will help you stay flexible and fit at any age

When it comes to stretching, there are a lot of options to choose from.<p>But what are the best everyday stretches for anyone looking to avoid sore muscles, get more flexible, and protect his or her muscles from injuries?<p>We turned to Marilyn Moffat, a professor of physical therapy at New York …

Pain

Best Breads for Cyclists

Any way you slice it, these varieties rise above the rest<p>Bread is a miraculous food—and not just because it’s chewy, warm, and delicious. In medieval times, before we knew much about microbiology, the rising of dough was seen as the action of a higher being. Yeast was actually known as <i>godisgoode</i>, …

Food

Think You Understand ‘The Rider’? Think Again.

According to its enigmatic Dutch author, Tim Krabbé, it’s often misunderstood. Our writer heads to Amsterdam to uncover the real meaning behind the cult classic.<p>They are, almost certainly, the most famous words ever written in any book about cycling:<p>They are, of course, the opening words in Tim …

Cycling

How to Climb up a Really, Really Steep Hill

This year's Red Bull Bay Climb winner Hannah Muegge shares her secrets to conquering the toughest climbs<p>We’ve all been there: You look up at a road that appears as a wall in front of your bike and have to “paper boy” from side to side to reduce the gradient. Your legs feel more like you’re …

Cycling

You’re Not Burning as Many Calories Cycling as You Think

Most of us overestimate how much energy we burn on the bike. Here’s how to get a more accurate number.<p>Most people overestimate their calorie burn—often by a lot. (Like enough to overlook an extra everything bagel.) But it’s not your fault.<p>If anything, health writers like me deserve to shoulder a …

Fitness

​The One Thing You Need to Do Protect Yourself From Ticks

Destroy these disease-carrying parasites before they have a chance to make you sick by using this post-workout tick checklist<p>As wonderful summer weather becons us outside, keep in mind that venturing into warmer woods means more exposure to ticks in most parts of the country—and ticks can create …

Disease

9 Features Your Cycling Computer Has That You’re Probably Not Using... And Should

Your bike computer is a more powerful training tool than you may realize<p>Using your cycling computer simply for speed, time, and distance is like only using your smartphone to make phone calls and send texts. Indeed, today’s cycling-centric GPS units are packed with powerful functionality—you just …

Cycling

This Guy’s Got the Secret to Speed

Jacques DeVore’s new Maximum Overload strength training program will make you faster on the bike, with less training time and no bulking up<p>This workout program involves lifting weights. But not like you’ve ever done before. “ The key to being faster on a bike is not necessarily just going faster, …

Los Angeles

Your Comprehensive Guide to Faster Climbing

Want to get better at climbing? Here's (nearly) everything you need to know.<p>It's one thing to grind your way up a steep climb, body rocking back and forth, bike barely moving forward--or even staying upright. It is another to gracefully ascend into the high mountains, your movements a lesson in …

Cycling

9 Great Jens Voigt Quotes That Aren't "Shut Up Legs"

That mid-race mantra sent Jens Voigt’s fandom to historic levels, but the retired professional cyclist’s wisdom extends far beyond his famous phrase<p>“I’m sort of like a rock in the ocean. The waves are crashing against me, but I just stand there.”<p>“I don’t cry for victories. But I do cry when each …

Cycling

Recovery Food You Should Eat After a Hard Ride

The author of ‘Fuel Your Ride’ dishes on optimal post-ride nutrition for when you've really put the pedals down<p>You just did a long, hard ride. You walk in the door, park your bike, and, in a mild daze, shuffle into the kitchen. But in your fatigue, making a smart nutritional choice feels as …

Nutrition

Pioneer Makes Power Meter Upgrades Way More Affordable

Customers can now send in cranks to have power meters installed, instead of buying all-new cranks<p>Prices on power meters have dropped consistently over the past year or so, allowing more cyclists to incorporate a valuable metric into the training. Pioneer announced updates today consistent with that …

eCommerce

Why Do My Knees Hurt?

Cycling is gentle on the joints—until it’s not. Tease out these common causes of knee strain to keep your hinges pain-free.<p>If you’re a cyclist who’s ever felt the sharp twinge of “Crap, there’s something wrong!” in one or both of your knees, you’re not alone. Knee pain is the most common lower-body …

Pain

Can dark chocolate make you ride faster?

Christmas can wreck your ideal diet. The temptation to eat all the wrong things and in huge quantities can undermine your winter fitness plans. …

Neck pain after cycling? Try these exercises for upper body relief (video)

Many cyclists ignore the body’s warning signs that they may be overdoing it and experience pain in the neck and shoulders that makes it uncomfortable …

Six winter cycling exercises for strength and conditioning (video)

Winter is the ideal time to concentrate on strength and conditioning work. With in-the-saddle time inevitably diminishing as the weather worsens, the …