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The Hit List

The Hit List: Maui Triple Challenge

I used to feel ambivalent about bike tours and guided tours of any kind. What could a tour guide do for me that I couldn’t do on my own? That changed during a 2002 bicycle tour of Vietnam.

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Cross-training

Riders on the Storm: Des Plaines River Trail, IL

This isn’t a regional ride, but the cycling enthusiast seizes the opportunity to spin whenever it arises, even when the location happens to be the trailing edge of a frontal system strong enough to blow several states on a visit with the Wizard of Oz.

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Dangerous behavior

A World Class Recovery Drink

Just ask Floyd: This stuff is so powerful it makes DNA doping look low tech. During the 2006 Tour de France doping scandal involving Floyd Landis, I blogged about how it’s common knowledge that Jack Daniels is a performance enhancing drug. I’ve been on the lookout for custom formulations for recreational athletes ever since. I mean, who amongst us wouldn’t want at least a sample of whatever was flowing through Floyd’s body during his amazing Stage 17 victory.

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Gear

Alternative Uses for Bicycles

Think your commute is a hassle? Check this out:

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Dangerous behavior

Meet the Teams, Ride with a Group

Given that we are in Meet the Teams season, the timing is perfect to check out this article from Active.com entitled To Group Ride or Not to Group Ride that discusses the pros and cons of group riding.

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Cross-training

Crowd Surfing @ Green Lake

As discussed in other posts, evidence shows that fitness programs that rely heavily on non-impact sports like cycling can adversely affect bone health and increase the risk of osteoporosis. Cross training that incorporates weight lifting, resistance training, and activities like jogging that jar the skeletal system are an essential component of a long-term health program, especially for athletes in their 40’s and beyond.

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Personalities

Relationship Tips Redux

Reader Mike Stafford from Eugene, OR forwarded this link for a Prenuptual Agreement for the Biker.

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Cross-training

Relationship Tips for the Cycling Addict

It must be hell to be the mate of a cycling addict. Things that are hugely important like skinny tires, high tech toys, and the need for speed all threaten our closest relationships.

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Cross-training

Addicted to Cycling? Add High Impact Activities for Bone Health

A few years ago, an Outside magazine article about bone health caught my eye. The article begins with a story about a fit middle aged cycling enthusiast who had had borderline osteoporosis.

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