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X2Performance for the Ride…..and Run

March 22, 2014
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X2Performance for the Ride…..and Run

I’ve previously posted about a great new product called X2Performance, and that I’m an ambassador of their company. Yes, they pay me to promote their product….but you know I wouldn’t do it just for the money.  This stuff is the real deal, and I’m happy to spread the message. I recently received some free...
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The Wave

March 21, 2014
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The Wave

I spent a lazy Saturday morning sipping coffee while watching Ronde van Drenthe, the opening race of the UCI World Cup series in Hoogeveen, Netherlands. It was a rare live online broadcast of a women’s pro cycling event; how could I not watch? It had everything I love about bike racing at this time...
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Women and Wheels

March 14, 2014
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Women and Wheels

In honor of Women’s History Month, here are some of my favorite pics of women on two wheels and woman-focused art. I love when I see a cool girl on a bike and she lets me take her photo.   Ok, not a bicycle, but she’s too cool not to include. And last, me....
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40 degrees! What’s that going to feel like?

March 7, 2014
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40 degrees! What’s that going to feel like?

And more importantly, what should I wear? It looks like the weather might break here in Chicago. Predictions of temps in the 40s for next week leave me yearning for long rides and much-needed stress relief. It’s going to feel downright warm after the frigid temps that we’ve experienced. As cyclists, we obsess over...
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The Cycling Marketplace

March 7, 2014
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The Cycling Marketplace

If you’re looking for unique cycling items or gifts, this is it.  For a while now I’ve been searching for the right mix of products to put together in a Loving the Bike Cycling Marketplace, and I’ve finally found it.  If you haven’t already been over to Bicycle Gift Hub, head over there and...
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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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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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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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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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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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Cycling On Your Vacation

February 12, 2014
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I want to know more about your vacation travel plans, and if cycling is part of determining where you travel next. As a guy who loves cycling and travel….as well as someone who just happens to own a Caribbean bicycle tour and rental company, it would help me out a lot if I knew more...
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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.

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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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