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How Many Carbs Should You Actually Eat?

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 for your working muscles, especially if you're trying to lose …

How High-Intensity Workouts Keep You Young

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 had just written about triathlons, describing it as “recess,” “play,” and …

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

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 need to do a little digging through their menus. <br>Here then are nine cool …

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

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 descent.<p>Holy smokes.<p>The crash happened in a pre-ride last week at the Fort William Downhill World …

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<p>1 of 10<p>​Giordana Short Sleeve Sport Baselayer<p>Baselayers these days are seeing some serious price creep – we’re talking like quality-jersey-level amounts of money. Giordana’s Sport baselayer is a …

The Best Strength Exercise for Cyclists

Do 10 deadlifts with a 10-pound dumbbell in each hand. If the last one was not a struggle (it won’t be for most), repeat with 15-pound dumbbells. If you can maintain form and pace for eight to 10 reps, go to 20-pound dumbbells, then to 25, then to 30 or an unweighted, 60-pound hex bar. Once you …

What Active Women With Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Need to Know​

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 of women of reproductive age, and may be the most common hormone disorder in the world.<p>PCOS is caused by an imbalance of …

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 …

Heart Rates

9 Simple Life Adjustments to Beat Burnout

​Seek Out “Just-Manageable Challenges” in Areas of Your Life in Which You Want to Grow<p>mikkelwilliam/Getty Images<p>Advertisement - Continue Reading Below<p>Just manageable challenges are those that barely exceed your current abilities. If you feel fully in control, make the next challenge a bit harder; …

​Is Poop Doping the Next Big Thing?

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 founded the Athlete Microbiome Project, is specifically researching cyclists.<p>Her connection to …

Microbiology

The Visual Guide to Mastering Pacelines

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 becomes exponentially harder the faster you go and why you’ll always be faster (not to mention fresher) …

How to set your saddle height

<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> …

Carbohydrates

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 …

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 …

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

In the market for some new bars? Here’s how to make sure that you invest in the best.<p>Handlebars. There’s a bit more to them than just a bent tube. …

Carbon Fiber

How to Keep Losing Weight Long-Term on Your Bike

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 to get out on your bike as often as possible. Once you've reached your goal and the …

5 tips for mastering drops

If you’re thinking about tackling some drops at the local trails, this list of tips will get you on the right track.<p>Drops can seem scary when first …

Mountain Biking

How to Shop for Heavy-Duty Bike Components

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 range, you'll want to pay special attention to a few key components, like handlebars and …

This Is Your Body in a Sprint

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 do them regularly, says exercise physiologist Paul Laursen, …

Burn Crazy Calories With These 30-Minute Cycling Workouts

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. Here are three workouts that will torch more than 350 calories in 30 minutes. …

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

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 away from those. The rarest find of all is the one whose value can’t be …

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

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 face, where he smiles and shakes his head:<p>Advertisement - …

The 20 Coolest Products of Sea Otter 2017

We scoured the show for this year’s most exciting new bikes and gear<p>Yakima Dr. Tray Rack<p>Aluminum construction makes Yakima’s new Dr. Tray hitch mount bike rack the claimed lightest in class at just 34 pounds. The two-bike rack can also be extended with an add-on kit that increases that carrying …

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

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 the Tourmalet I knew I was fit, then by the …

Ibuprofen May Increase Risk of Heart Problems

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 intestines. More dumb: I took it even though I had no pain because I …

Pirelli Announces PZero Road Tires

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 were that the tires would be “designed for road racing bikes,” and …

This Pro Cyclist Is Boycotting EasyJet After It Wrecked His Bike

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><b>RELATED: Fly With Your Bike Without Going Broke</b><p>Koning deplaned recently to find his frame so broken and twisted, it looks more like a …

7 Yoga Accessories You Actually Need

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 performance and ability to withstand injury.<p>“Cycling is so repetitive, you’re …