Bike with engine (doped bike) and Cancellara (Roubaix – Vlaanderen)
And this would be the easy way out…
And this would be the easy way out…
Cycling is the new golf
Apr 26th 2013, 11:21 by G.D.
TRADITIONALLY, business associates would get to know each other over a round of golf. But road cycling is fast catching up as the preferred way of networking for the modern professional. A growing number of corporate-sponsored charity bike rides and city cycle clubs are providing an ideal opportunity to talk shop with like-minded colleagues and clients while discussing different bike frames and tricky headwinds. Many believe cycling is better than golf for building lasting working relationships, or landing a new job, because it is less competitive.
“When you play golf with somebody you have to decide if you’re going to beat them, or let them beat you,” says Peter Murray, a former architect, journalist and chairman of the NLA centre dedicated to London’s built environment. “If they’re a client and you don’t want to beat them you have to sort of cheat in order to lose. That seems to me not a good way of doing things.”
In 2005 Mr Murray, who is a keen long-distance rider, founded the annual Cycle to Cannes bike ride. This six-day charity event brings together architects and developers who want to cycle 1,500km from London to the MIPIM property fair in southern France each March. It now attracts around 90 riders and has raised £1.5m for a range of charities in Britain and abroad. This year Mr Murray has also founded a more ambitious ride called Portland to Portland. A team will depart Portland Oregon on April 27th and they are due to arrive in Portland Place, London, 76 days and 6575km later. Along the way they will visit cities to discuss the benefits of urban cycling and raise money for several architectural charities.
Group cycling, and especially long-distance riding, is a shared experience, Mr Murray says. Riders often collaborate and help each other out, taking turns to be at the front so that the riders in their slipstream can save almost a third of the effort needed to travel at the same speed. Some riders selflessly volunteer to stay in the front earning them the awe and gratitude of the entire group.
How someone rides a bike can give you a real insight into what a person is like, says Jean-Jacques Lorraine, founding director of Morrow+Lorraine, a young architecture practice in London, and a regular participant of Cycle to Cannes. “Some riders are very single-minded, others more collaborative; some are tactical, others an open book. Some don’t mind being soloists whilst others prefer alliance and allegiance.” A day in the saddle, racing uphill and downhill, creates a bonding experience that endures. “If I walk into a meeting and somebody says ‘I’ve done Cycle to Cannes’ it’s a done deal really,” says Mr Murray.
Mr Lorraine estimates that as much as 75% of the practice’s workload (around 45 projects) has come directly or indirectly from contacts made on the road while cycling, in particular on the Cycle to Cannes ride. Why does he think cycle rides lend themselves so well to networking and making professional contacts? “Grabbing a quick lunch or drink after work, whilst great for different reasons doesn’t give you long enough to get to know someone,” he says. Mr Murray believes long rides break down conventional hierarchical barriers. “A younger rider can be cycling along with a chief executive and take their wind or help them in some way and you get a reversal of the relationship. This changes the relationship when they are off the ride too.”
Many long-distance bike riders say cycling, especially over long distances, simply makes them feel good; it lifts their mood and concentrates things down to the essentials. “The pattern of fuelling, riding, fuelling, arriving, celebrating, sleeping and fuelling again puts all the focus on riding and the company of your fellow riders,” says Simon Mottram, chief executive of Rapha, a premium cycling-clothes brand. The simple repetitiveness eases the stresses and pressures of normal life, making it a powerful counterpoint to our sedentary lives, he adds.
Mr Mottram believes it is easier to get to know people while cycling than in other situations. “There is an easy rhythm about conversations on a bike.” Mr Lorraine makes the point even more strongly: “The adrenaline rushes, the serotonin pulses and the surges of endorphin create a kind of high, a sense of euphoria. I feel open, honest and generous to others. I often find I’m saying things on a bike which I wouldn’t normally say, and equally I’ve been confided in when I wasn’t expecting it.”
Perhaps the most compelling reason why cycling is a good way to network is because, for many professionals, it’s a passion and a way of life. “Getting out on the bike is what we’re all dreaming of doing whilst we’re sitting at our computers,” says Mr Mottram. And a shared passion is a fantastic way to start any relationship.
Attn: New York City riders,
I received yesterday a red light ticket, and the cop was kind enough to let me know that they were ordered to crack down on bikers this summer more than the last few years.
So you have 2 options:
1) Obey the law
2) Or don’t ride in the city
Whatever you decide to do. Ride safe.
Message from the Coach
Have a seat!
Other people give your bike a weird look. “How do you sit on that seat?”
Road bikes are notorious for having small narrow seats that make people wonder how we ride “comfortably” for hours on it.
Are you having trouble on your seat? You need 2 things to make your ride more pleasant.
First you need a good pair of bicycle shorts. Remember when you were a kid and your bike had a nice cushy seat?
That’s gone in your big boy/girl bike. All that padding is now built into the shorts. Bike shorts are expensive. I’ve always found the ones around $65 and up to be comfortable enough. You’ll find some for $20 but they don’t usually hold up long enough or come close to the comfort.
You also need some chamois cream. The chamois is the padding in your shorts. You put the cream on the padding where it’ll touch your skin to prevent irritation. Brands like Assoss or Butt’r are great options.
Take these 2 steps and be comfortable in all the riding you do!
Mark Izhak, RD
Tour de Simcha Coach
The pro cyclists you saw swooping around France in July didn’t always have those wiry calves and ninja-like reflexes. At some point, they all had to learn how to train smart, to clip into their pedals, even how to shift gears. While only a select few of us will ever take in the view from atop a podium, we can all rejoice in the fact that no cycling skill is impossible to master. To that end, we asked coaches, mechanics, top racers, and other experts to help you improve your ride, whether you’re trying to set a century PR or just figuring out how and when to push that little lever on your handlebar. Here’s what they told us.
Ride new roads once in a while, says Tom Zirbel of Optum Pro Cycling: “Bust out a map and explore. The variety will help you stay engaged and may lead to some exciting new discoveries.”
Intervals Made Easy
With descending intervals done at maximum intensity, it’s easy to remember what to do, says renowned coach Chris Carmichael. Beginners: Do this set twice. More advanced riders can work up to six sets per session.
2 minutes hard » 2 min. easy »
1 min. hard » 1 min. easy »
30 seconds hard » 30 seconds easy »
15-second sprint »
5 min. easy
Conquer a Steep Climb
It’s all about pacing, says Chris Carmichael. “Unless it’s an important climb in a race, don’t charge into it with everything you have. Start at a steady pace and shift through your gears until you reach a balance between maintaining a decent cadence, about 75 to 80 rpm, and a sustainable intensity.” If you go hard too early, you’re likely to stay in too big a gear, which will tire you out and slow you down.
Fly for Cheap
Ditch the telltale case and stuff your bike into a hockey-goalie bag, says multi-time mountain bike world champion Brian Lopes. “I haven’t paid more than $50 to fly with my bike in about three years.” To get his bike to fit, Lopes removes the fork and puts it inside his suitcase. (Same goes for brake rotors if he’s packing a mountain bike.) He jams everything else, wheels included, into the duffel. “After you unpack, you just have a big bag, not some giant bike case. That’s a big help if you’re staying in a tiny hotel room.”
Finish Your First Century
“Add an extra 10 miles to your longest ride once a week until you reach 80 miles,” says cycling coach Frank Overton. “Use this time to dial in your food and fluid intake. If you finish a ride feeling overly depleted, you probably didn’t eat or drink enough.” On the big day, pace yourself, says physiologist and coach Neal Henderson. “Many first-time century riders get caught up in the excitement and start too fast. Also, be prepared for some mental highs and lows. Being ready for a psychological roller coaster will help you enjoy the journey.”
Stop Stressing Over Flats
Don’t wait until you’re on the road to hone your flat-changing skills, says Lennard Zinn, author of Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance. “Practice changing a tire in the comfort of your garage using the same pump and tools you carry on your ride, and you’ll be less worried about getting a flat far from home.”
Ride a Fast 100
Take a cue from the pro peloton and ride with a group of friends, says 1984 Olympic gold medalist Connie Carpenter. “Cycling is always more fun—and faster—in a group. And don’t stop for long at the aid stations, if at all.”
Find the Right Saddle Height
“Lean against a wall, sit on the saddle, then hang both feet straight down,” says Todd Carver of the bike-fitting company Retül. “If your saddle height is correct, your heel should just graze the pedal at the bottom of the pedal stroke.” If you have pain in the front of your knees after the first few rides, your saddle is probably too low. If you feel pain in the back of the knee, drop the saddle a little.
It’s okay to glance down at your bottle before grabbing or replacing it, says former Tour de France rider Frankie Andreu, “but keep your eyes on the road as you reach. Don’t tilt your head to get the water into your mouth—tilt the bottle.” “If something comes up while you’re drinking,” adds mountain bike pro Todd Wells, “bite the bottle until you’re through the tricky part.”
Shift Like Butter
Anticipation is the key to proper shifting, says Frankie Andreu. “To make the transition smoother, try to change gears just before you really need to.” Tom Zirbel recommends shifting at the dead spot of your pedal stroke, when your feet are at 12 and 6 o’clock. “The less pressure you put on the pedals,” he says, “the more reliable your derailleurs will be.”
Remove Arm Warmers on the Fly
First, peel them down to your wrists,says Todd Wells. “then take them off one at a time and put them in your jersey pocket. If you’re not comfortable taking both hands off the bar, use your teeth to pull the warmers off your wrists.”
Descend with Confidence
Stay loose when plunging down a hill, says Chris Carmichael. “If you’re stiff, you’ll be rigid and skittish. Get your hands into the drops to lower your center of gravity and put weight on the front wheel. On downhill turns, focus your weight on your outside foot and inside hand. This will help you maintain an inside line.”
“Never eat anything new on race day,” says cross-country pro Heather Irmiger. “If you eat a bowl of cereal every morning, stick with it. experiment on training days.”
Your Preride Checklist
“Do this quick exam before every ride,” says former ProTour mechanic Daimeon Shanks, founder of The Service Course, in Boulder, Colorado.
WHEELS They should spin straight and not rub the brakes. Make sure your tires have plenty of tread and no cuts or large nicks, and that they are properly inflated.
CHAIN Too much lube will attract dirt and grime, which wears out your drivetrain. A good test is to wipe your finger on your chain. It should come away with just a small amount of oil.
COCKPIT Check your headset by grabbing the front brake and rocking the handlebar back and forth. If you feel movement in your headset, loosen the stem’s clamp bolts and tighten the top cap until there is no more movement. Don’t forget to retighten the stem bolts before you ride.
(From Bicycling.com -http://www.bicycling.com/beginners/bike-skills/it-gets-easier-cycling-advice-new-cyclists )
Most of us don’t put much thought into the components that make a bicycle move. Things like chains and chainrings are pretty much out of sight and out of mind as we peddle along. With Donhou Bicycles‘ 100-mph bike, you can’t ignore the chainring. It’s so big, you could serve a large pizza on it.
The Donhou bike has a purpose in mind. It’s made to go fast. The strange-looking handlebars keep the rider hunched forward in an aerodynamic position. That humungous serving plate-size chainring then goes to work to propel you forward at speeds your Huffy would never even dare to dream of.
That monster of a chainring sports 105 teeth and is 17 inches in diameter. That means every go-round of the pedal sends the bike forward way farther than your standard road or mountain bike.
According to NPR, the bike has already reached speeds of 60 mph on the open road, but creator Tom Donhou would like to get it up to 100 mph. Getting there under pure leg power alone is a little out of reach, which is why many speedster bicyclists use a lead vehicle that provides a good draft to follow in. That’s how Donhou plans to get up to speed with this unusual bike.
The Donhou 100-mph bike won’t be breaking any speed records, but it does manage to look much more like a regular bike than most of the specially designed creations that have set records. That chainring is certainly an attention-getter.
The bike was unveiled at the Bespoked Bristol 2013 show, but so far it looks like it will remain an specialty item and not go into wider production.
This bad boy isn’t for dawdling around town on.
Message from the Coach
We’re not alone on the streets when we ride. You’ve got cars, pedestrians and other cyclists to share the road with. And we have to share it with respect. It’s very easy to ride through streets having fun, zipping by people, maneuvering through crowds like you’re a downhill olympic skier on a gold medal run.
Even if you’re a great bike handler, be cautious on the rode. Not only anticipate where people around you are going, but give plenty of space when passing somebody. It’s very common in parks to pass a runner at what a cyclist would perceive is a safe distance, but the runner you just whizzed by was scared out of his shoes. This is especially important when you wear your Tour de Simcha jersey.
You represent your Tour de Simcha jersey. Ride it with pride and respect for others on the road.
Mark Izhak, RD
Tour de Simcha Coach