Learn To Ride A Bike In One Hour – A New, Better Way To Teach Your Child To Ride

Kids learn best when they can see and feel what they're learning.  Despite that, we often try to teach them with words and concepts with which they're not familiar.  Like telling your child to "keep your balance" when they haven't yet learned what balance is, or how one keeps it. Nevertheless, this is how our parent's taught us, so we just keep doing it until eventually our child figures it … [Read more...]

Cycling “logic”… The Ultimate List by System Six

When we say "clipless" shoes, we of course mean ones that have clips The derailleur keeps the chain from derailing Not only can you get dropped from a no-drop ride, but when you do the pack will wait up ahead so you can get dropped over and over again Hills are like the weather, everybody complains, but nobody does anything about it The laziest person in the pack is often the best … [Read more...]

Hotfoot solved! (hopefully)

Maybe you've been feeling it too.  Burning sensation in the ball of the foot, possibly some numbness, stinging in the toes, and other unpleasantness.  I've had it in increasing levels for several years, and naturally the more I ride, the worse it becomes.  This after numerous changes of shoes, at least a couple of different bikes, different seats, and so on.  I saw a doctor for it, and (read … [Read more...]

“House training” for group rides…basic rules of the roady

It's that time of year when roadies are piling into crits or prepping for the upcoming MS150, or maybe doing one of those fun "tour" rides for a day, a weekend, or longer.  If you're relatively new to group riding, you might be wondering about some of the do's and don'ts involved.  We hear you loud and clear, and are happy to offer the top 20 rules of pack-riding, below.     The House … [Read more...]

Texas Motor Speedway Paceline – Winter training update

Just got back from an hour of unintentional interval training that was supposed to have been a fast group-ride with me tucked safely out of the wind.  Minor difference. But it had turned windy this afternoon -- surprise!  By rush-hour flags were starched stiff against the sky, and I wasn’t even sure it made sense to ride.  Owning an indoor spin bike tends to make one wimpy about going out … [Read more...]

Contador, Armstrong, Drugs, Sound Familiar?

Irony. In literally the same week, some eons into separate investigations and unending legal proceedings, THE TRUTH has finally been handed down. The Supreme Court of the World, in case you hadn’t heard, found Alberto Contador drop-dead guilty of the unconscionable crime against humanity called putting All Spice on a slab of Prime Spanish Rib Eye.  That travesty finally seems, once and … [Read more...]

My 2012 Tour Of Oman – Amateur Hour Is Back

I haven’t blogged about cycling in a LONG time.  I’ll save the suspense and explain that it’s because I’ve been BUSY WITH OTHER THINGS.  Occam’s Razor:  Simplest answer usually the correct one.  And I am the master of simple, trust me.  Anyhoo, two seasons on and I’m slightly less busy.  So I’m back.  You’re welcome.   There’s nothing more important to good … [Read more...]

What’s In Santa’s Bag For Your Favorite Cyclist?

Sports Fiction: Almost As Strange As Reality

Sure to grace bathrooms, kibos, and porta-potties everywhere Hardcover, soft cover, or e-book, starting at $4.95.  Get yours now at Authorhouse (best prices here!) or  Amazon Between The Sheets You'll Get: Great cycling fiction - nearly as strange as reality! - officially for sale just in time for Christmas.  Cheap:  Hardcover, soft cover, or e-book, starting at $4.95.  Did we … [Read more...]

Who Am I?

What's crazy? You need to decide. On Twitter you could say I'm pretty crazy, or you could say I just have a weird sense of humor. Off the court you could say I'm pretty crazy, or you could say I'm just ghetto. On the court you could say I'm pretty crazy, or you could say I just play really hard. To each person, I could be a different person. So you need to decide. Of course, there have been … [Read more...]

Yoo Hoo, the best sports drink you never thought of…

Dear Yoo Hoo - scratch that -  Dr. Pepper Snapple company: Once in a while one gets a great idea, and if they're smart and enterprising, they find some way to make a buck off of it.  Other times they simply "gift" the idea to the world for whatever altruistic reasons or perhaps because they're too lazy too chase a buck, or perhaps they want to avoid a higher tax bracket. … [Read more...]