Archive for February, 2014

Art and Bikes: An Artist Profile

February 28, 2014
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Art and Bikes: An Artist Profile

Bicycles have been inspiring artists since their invention. For one Chicago cyclist, the bike is not only for physical activity, social interaction, and transportation to the coffee shop, but also for artistic expression. “Bikes are beautiful. They’re mechanical and works of art themselves,” says architect and illustrator Robert Isaac. Robert’s illustration was featured at ARTCRANK...
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Loving the BITE: Hot Roasted Chickpeas (World’s Best Snack)

February 27, 2014
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Loving the BITE: Hot Roasted Chickpeas (World’s Best Snack)

I can’t stop eating these.  Seriously. I just about ate the whole dang batch.  I hate to brag, but they might be the best snack food in the world.  I’ve saved about 1/2 cup for my family to share.  And the only reason I’ve saved it and not finished them off myself?  To brag...
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Will Team #Lovingthebike do #30daysofbiking again?

February 26, 2014
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Will Team #Lovingthebike do #30daysofbiking again?

Do you want to take on #30daysofbiking as part of Team #Lovingthebike this year?  For the past 3 years we have held our own challenge within the #30daysofbiking funfest, and to be honest I’m a little unsure as to whether we should do it again.  Here’s why. Life for Mr. LovingtheBike has become busy,...
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Adapting

February 25, 2014
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Adapting

Cycling, and life in general, is all about adapting. We adapt to new jobs, relationships, cities and other circumstances, and that pain you feel after a ride is your body adapting to the workload. All of this has been made more clear since moving to Malaysia. I’ll just talk about the cycling bit, though....
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Feeling Alive

February 24, 2014
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Feeling Alive

Why would anyone jump 45 feet into freezing water, or ride a bike 7 hours in the rain up and down mountains?  And why would someone train so freaking hard to run a marathon? There are so many things that people do…things that make your body hurt…things that take all the will and mind power...
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20 Chicago Type Photos

February 21, 2014
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20 Chicago Type Photos

As a writer and designer, letters and words are a large part of my life — beyond what we all use in our daily life. I use words to tell a story, to evoke emotion, and to compel an action. So too do street artists whose work I see throughout the city. I’m fascinated...
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Loving the BITE: Coconut Caramel Sauce and Optimal Recovery

February 20, 2014
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Loving the BITE: Coconut Caramel Sauce and Optimal Recovery

I’m not a fan of “one-best-way” thinking when it comes to sports nutrition.  It’s rarely the case.  Often, instead, there are many good ways.  Some exceptional and successful athletes use paleo-style diets while others are vegans.  Some eat snacks between meals religiously, while others seldom eat more than 3 squares a day.  Some take...
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Slow Down

February 19, 2014
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Slow Down

I might not be a total speed junkie in all areas of life, but when it comes to cycling I most definitely am.  So it may seem a little strange that I’ve titled this post, “Slow Down”. You see, I feel happiest on my bike when I’m moving fast.  In life, I always seem to also be...
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Flexibility On and Off the Bike

February 18, 2014
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Flexibility On and Off the Bike

In my opinion, there are two kinds of flexibility important to us cyclists…physical flexibility, and being flexible to change things when necessary.  I’ve posted about physical flexibility in the past, and still do four simple stretches to maintain my flexibility.  You can check out my four cycling stretches right here. But if you have...
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Upward Spiral

February 17, 2014
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Upward Spiral

The days were becoming more ripped and ragged than the Jimmy Hendrix tie-died shirt he had when he was fifteen.  The constant stress of life was firing extra beats to his heart.  He felt more confused than he was in his first day in Algebra class when he was introduced to algorithms.  And his head was...
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Winter. Bike.

February 14, 2014
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Winter. Bike.

Winter. Bike. Buried under snow and salt. Are you waiting for spring thaw?    
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Posted in Photos, Uncategorized, Winter Riding | 4 Comments »

Loving the BITE: Real-Food Valentine’s Fruit Pastries

February 13, 2014
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Loving the BITE: Real-Food Valentine’s Fruit Pastries

Poptarts.  There are few foods that scream “processed fake food” to me as much as Poptarts.  It may seem harsh, but these breakfast substitutes are made with nothing but refined grains, covered in partially-hydrogenated frosting, and filled with fake-fruit filling.  They are the epitome of super-processed foods.  And, yet, they stay on the market....
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Sugar Alternatives for Energy and Hydration

Question: I am using the homebrew sugar formulations (sometimes added to green tea).  I am also trying to wean myself off 1/2 dose adrenalean “lip tonic delivery system” (biorhythm brand- caffeine, hoodia g, synephrine, yohimbe) capsule for energy.

My question is other than juice, can you suggest modifications in lieu of table sugar for energy and hydration.

Answer:

Both raw/organic honey or agave can work great in the homebrew (substitute in the same quantities for the sugar, or to taste), but you do have to shake well in order to make sure they don’t settle out.  Have you tried either of these?  Also, make sure to use at least the minimum amount of salt recommended in the homebrew as the temps rise, you need the sodium replacement if you’re sweating.

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