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How Many Carbs Should You Actually Eat?

When it comes to a performance-based diet, carb balance is key<p>Somewhere along the line, starchy foods like pasta, bread, and rice became synonymous with "carbs." While spaghetti and bagels are indeed full of carbohydrates—and you do need carbohydrates for fuel—they're not the only source of energy …

How High-Intensity Workouts Keep You Young

...And short-term, you can see performance gains in as little as 30 seconds<p>Awhile back, I remember flipping through a magazine and happened across an ad depicting a thriathlete racing with a rigid grimace and white-knuckled bullhorn death grip. It struck me as funny because not an hour earlier I …

​You Have to Watch Rachel Atherton Fix Her Own Dislocated Shoulder—And Keep Riding

"This sport is savage!" says the veteran downhill racer and five-time World Cup overall winner<p>If you've ever doubted that women are tough, you should definitely watch this video of Downhill World Champ Rachel Atherton dislocating her shoulder, then reducing it trailside before continuing her …

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 …

The Best Gear for Dads this Father's Day

Whether your dad shreds hard on the mountain or rides to work every day, these gifts are sure to please

The Best Strength Exercise for Cyclists

This modified deadlift, from the creator of the Maximum Overload program, will make you crazy strong, and put less stress on your back than the traditional version<p>The dumbbell deadlift—which closely replicates the biomechanics of pedaling—is coach Jacques DeVore’s number one strength exercise in …

What Active Women With Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Need to Know​

​Body weight and fitness may be harder to maintain—but not impossible—for women diagnosed with the most common hormone disorder<p>If you're suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and struggling to reach weight and fitness goals, you're likely not alone: The syndrome affects up to 20 percent …

The Worst Heart-Rate Monitor Mistakes You’re Making

Using and interpreting data logged by heart-rate monitors can help us become healthier, stronger cyclists—but only if we know what we’re doing<p>Heart-rate monitors are some of the most popular training tools on the market for cyclists who want to track and improve their fitness. But it’s not enough …

9 Simple Life Adjustments to Beat Burnout

You'll reduce your stress levels and become more productive

​Is Poop Doping the Next Big Thing?

With recent advancements in studies on the gut biomes of elite athletes, the answer could be yes.<p>Lauren Petersen, a scientist at The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in Farmington, Connecticut, is one of an elite group of scientists looking at the gut microbiology of athletes. Petersen, who …

Microbiology

The Visual Guide to Mastering Pacelines

These tips and tactics will help you feel more comfortable and confident in any road cycling formation<p>One of the biggest forces holding you back as a cyclist is the air that surrounds you. The faster you go, the harder you hit the air—and the more resistance you feel. That’s why increasing speed …

How to set your saddle height at home

<b>Struggling with discomfort, knee pain, or just don't feel you're getting the power out? Here's how to adjust your saddle height for perfect …

Eat like you train: Periodised nutrition

<b>Research has shown that you can improve fitness by periodising your nutrition with your training, matching your diet to your daily workload. Anita</b> …

Nutrition

3 simple tips for quickly enhancing your fork's performance - MBR

Five mins of a job.<p>Is your fork feeling a bit past its best? Here are three, really simple ways you can get your fork working better again.<p>Apologies …

Cycling

The Bicentennial of the Bicycle

Published on June 16, 2017<p>1817<p>The First Bicycle<p>It all begins in Germany with the velocipede, a pedal-less, foot-propelled bicycle, constructed almost entirely of wood.<p>1839<p>Improved Velocipede<p>The addition of a rear crank and pedals allows riders to propel themselves without their feet touching the …

Mountain Biking

New 2018 Scott Genius Can Run 27.5", 27.5+, and 29" Tires - All on the Same Frame!

After testing the new Scott Spark last year in both the plus and 29er versions, I’ve been waiting eagerly for Scott to bring their new suspension …

How to choose the best MTB handlebars

How to Keep Losing Weight Long-Term on Your Bike

Okay, you've hit your initial weight-loss goals; here's how to keep going the distance<p>Losing weight with your bike can get tricky after awhile.<p>When you first start riding a lot and watching the pounds come off, you're bound to be brimming with enthusiasm and willing to make all sorts of sacrifices …

Mountain biking tips: How to ride drops

How to Shop for Heavy-Duty Bike Components

In the clydesdale category? These components should help you with your weight-loss goals.<p>Most components, which include brakes, shifters, pedals, saddle, and all the other parts on your bike aside from the frame and fork, will suit heavy riders without fail. But if you're in the 230-pound-and-above …

This Is Your Body in a Sprint

Ready? Set? It’s all systems GO when you put the pedal down.<p>They say a high tide raises all boats. Well, the same could be said for blazing fast sprints. When you launch into a full throttle attack, your body’s energy systems spring into action, forcing you to get fitter fast, especially when you …

Burn Crazy Calories With These 30-Minute Cycling Workouts

Three sweat sessions that drain between 350 and 400 calories from your system<p>Riding is about so much more than burning calories. But let’s face it, there are times when the clock is ticking and you just need to go out and get it done so you can stay strong and lean to enjoy all those longer rides. …

10 Pieces of Cycling Gear That Are More Than Worth Every Penny

From $5 to $1,000, these accessories are some of the best values in cycling<p>Our test crew tries, buys, busts, wears, wears out, and generally rocks thousands of cycling accessories a year. Many are more or less worth what they cost. We recommend those to you. A few feel like rip-offs. We keep you …

​Lance Armstrong Wants You to Know He Isn't Dead

​Fake news hits the cycling scene's most controversial figure<p>Lance Armstrong is alive and well, despite news of his death published Friday on a fake news site.<p>The ex-pro posted a video to Instagram showing himself looking at an article from the fake news site, then panning the camera back to his …

The 20 Coolest Products of Sea Otter 2017

We scoured the show for this year’s most exciting new bikes and gear

Just Some of the Stuff I’ve Learned From a Lifetime of Riding Bicycles

A veteran rider shares his best cycling tips<p>Get everyone you love on a bicycle at least once. • I leave water in my bottles all the time. Always have. It gains terroir. • You can’t head out for a good long ride and talk through everything going on in your life with a KOM. • One time at the base of …

Ibuprofen May Increase Risk of Heart Problems

New study adds to growing list of health concerns regarding 'Vitamin I'<p>Confession: Several years back when I was training for and competing in Ironman triathlons I took a fair bit of ibuprofen, which I’ve since learned was pretty dumb; research on cyclists has linked it to gut damage and leaky …

Pirelli Returns to Cycling with PZero Road Tires

The Italian tire brand introduces a new line of road racing tires<p>Today, tire brand Pirelli announced that it will release a line of road tires called PZero Velo later this year. Few details were offered, and no pictures were provided. The only tech tidbits available in the company’s press release …

This Pro Cyclist Is Boycotting EasyJet After It Wrecked His Bike

​He ended up with a Ridley frame so twisted, it looks more like an art school senior thesis than a bike<p>Dutch pro cyclist Peter Koning is done flying with airline EasyJet—and one look at what happened to the Aqua Blue Sport rider's bike during a flight explains why.<p>Koning deplaned recently to find …

7 Yoga Accessories You Actually Need

Maximize the strength and stretching benefits of yoga with these essential tools<p>Spending hours in the saddle is essential to becoming a better cyclist, but it's not the only way. Hitting the yoga mat regularly, for instance, can boost your flexibility and balance, which measurably improves your …