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At What Point Do You Need More?

February 5, 2014
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At What Point Do You Need More?

No matter how hard I plan on pushing things, I’m able to knock out a ride of 30 miles or less without thinking about it too much.  I don’t do any additional preparation, don’t bring extra water, and don’t use any hydration tabs, gels, bloks, or anything else.  But, when I go over that...
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Energy, Endurance, and Recovery with X2PERFORMANCE

January 25, 2014
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Energy, Endurance, and Recovery with X2PERFORMANCE

Okay, so who doesn’t want increased energy, enhanced endurance, and improved recovery?  Like it or not, we’re living in an age of sports enhancing performance products.  Some contain things that make them illegal in sport…and for good reason, because along with improving your performance they will totally mess up your body.  There’s also a...
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It’s Just a Number

January 24, 2014
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It’s Just a Number

Jens Voigt ended stage three of the Tour Down Under wearing the most aggressive rider jersey. By professional cycling standards, Jens is an “old” man at 42. Yet his drive and determination keep him competitive and a joy for fans to watch. There’s nothing like Jens in the break. Whenever he decides to go...
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Black Snow

January 17, 2014
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Black Snow

  The gray days of winter drag on, and black snow lines city streets. A melancholy seeps into my pores, born of missing long, leisurely rides. Over the years, I’ve come to rely on riding as a stress reliever, my main mode of exercise, and creative thinking time. Without it, I struggle. I miss...
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Failure No More: Joel’s Year End Review

January 11, 2014
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Failure No More: Joel’s Year End Review

Failure No More by Joel (@reasons2ride) Do you ever read those, “The Year in Review” articles?  Who did what, who married who, who passed away…I do, and I’m always amazed at how much happens in a year.  Looking back at 2013, the stories that stuck out most, in no order, were: My wife graduating...
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Disconnected

January 10, 2014
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Disconnected

I spent most of this week under the weather — in more ways than one! While Chicago experienced some of its coldest weather in decades, I was securely tucked under my covers in a cold-medicine-induced sleep. Achy and coughing, I avoided having to be outside during this arctic blast. But also by choice, I spent most...
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Meet the People Who Make Protected Bike Lanes Happen

January 8, 2014
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Meet the People Who Make Protected Bike Lanes Happen

Meet the people who make protected bike lanes happen by Dana Henry As a lifelong city cyclist, I’m simply thrilled to see a growing number of urban planning initiatives prioritize protected bike lanes. Urban dwellers and commuters are finally realizing that biking is a healthier, cheaper and more pleasurable way to travel. Thankfully, cities...
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Looking At My Bicycle

January 7, 2014
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Looking At My Bicycle

Looking at My Bicycle – Joel (@reasons2ride) When I look at my bicycle I see two wheels, not just any two wheels, but my two wheels.  Custom built to suite me, and my riding style.  Rear disc brakes, just the confidence needed to push the envelope soaring downhill.  They are mounted to an aluminum...
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Get Hustlin’

January 3, 2014
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Get Hustlin’

Yep, it’s that time of year. Lots of people making resolutions and setting goals. I’ve never been one to make resolutions, but I definitely set a few goals for myself. Nothing earth shattering; just a few things I’d like to do. However, I’ve never published my goals before, and I’m thinking this may be...
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Riding Year-Round

December 31, 2013
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Riding Year-Round

I’ve talked in the past about how to deal with cycling in the rain, which is something I ride in often in Penang. Now that I’m in the states for the next month, I need to brush up on my winter riding, too. Here are some of my tips for tackling the mostly cold...
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#headtraining

December 27, 2013
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#headtraining

For the past several years, I’ve participated in a winter training program run by a local Cat 1 racer. Twice a week cyclists of all levels gather and ride trainers: two hours on Saturday morning, 90 minutes on Wednesday evenings. The program runs from December through March, and people like me go and torture ourselves,...
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His 14th Christmas Changed His Life

December 24, 2013
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His 14th Christmas Changed His Life

It’s minutes to Christmas.  As you all head off to your celebrations and traditions, I wanted to leave you with a little Christmas fable from all of us here at Loving the Bike.  May you have the best holiday season ever….and may you all wake up with a new bike under the tree. His...
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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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