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Creeping into the Big Ring

February 13, 2013

There’s a lot of cyclists who strive for more time in the big ring.  For those that don’t know what I’m talking about, I mean to get out and ride in the big chainring (the set of chain rings affixed to your crank). The pedalling may be tougher in the big ring, but the...
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Life Without the Big Ring

April 6, 2011
Life Without the Big Ring

It was just last summer that I was living life in the Big Ring.  Being in Saskatchewan and riding the flat prairie roads provided the setting for some great big ring riding.  But then when I arrived in the hill country of Austin last September, that was brought to a sudden halt.  It then...
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Life In The Big Ring

July 26, 2010

If you would have asked me at the beginning of this riding season to explain the type of cyclist I am, I would have said I’m a spinner who spends quite a bit of time in the small ring.  In fact, that is exactly what I told Victor from Bicycle Lab when he did...
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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.


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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