Biking/Cycling & Training Resources (07)
Training4Cyclists.com is the official blog of Jesper Bondo Medhus, an international cycling coach and a medical doctor with a special interest in cycling training. Here, he has shared tons of cycling tips not only for experienced cyclists but for beginners as well. Dr. Medhus is also offering different cycling training programs including Time Effective Cycling Training, 12-Week Cycling Training Plans and his free e-book entitled 47 Tips to Become a Better Race Rider. The site also has a separate page containing case studies and experiments related to cycling.
Cycling Plus takes pride in being the UK’s number one road cycling magazine. Produced and published by Immediate Media Company Ltd., the magazine is considered the road cyclist’s manual. It offers not just inspiration to cyclists of all levels; it also features various information-rich content on all things cycling. On this resource, one can find articles about biking gear and paraphernalia, health supplements, important goings-on in the world of cycling, and a whole lot more. What sets this magazine apart from the rest is that the whole editorial teamfrom Editor-in-chief Rob Spedding down to technical writer Simon Withersare all bicycle riders and enthusiasts.
History of the Bicycle
Like most historical topics, the history of the bicycle is often debated. This article on ThoughtCo.com provides a few links about bicycle history for the athlete enthusiasts. Books will state that Pierre and Ernest Michaux, the French father and son team of carriage-makers, invented the first bicycle during the 1860s. Historians now disagree and there is evidence that the bicycle is older than that appears. But historians do agree that Ernest Michaux did invent the modern bicycle pedal and cranks in 1861. You can read on at this website for more history of the bicycling industry.
MBUK: Mountain Biking UK
Mountain Biking UK is a magazine created by mountain bikers for mountain bikers. Produced and published by Immediate Media Company Ltd., MTB features interesting articles about the best mountain biking trails, mountain bike repair and maintenance, the newest in mountain bikes and gear, and stories that will inspire cyclist and off-trail riders to go out and bike some more. MBUK is truly the British mountain biker’s helpful companion, as it provides information on mountain biking races and events, reviews of bike trails, fascinating videos about the sport, insights into trail building and maintenance, and a whole lot more.
Maintaining Your Bicycle
Here are some valuable tips for properly maintaining your bicycle. Keep your chain, chainrings, freewheel, and derailleur's jockey wheels as clean as possible. These parts of the bike create much of the mechanical resistance that slows you down. When nuts and bolts are not tightened properly, they can loosen up, so it's important to check on them. Two troublesome areas are the handlebar binder bolt and seat binder bolt. Aero bars put severe twisting forces on handlebars when you hit a bump and often pivot, drooping down. More tips are available so you can maintain your bicycle properly for a triathlon race.
U.S. Bicycle Route System on AdventureCycling.org
AdventureCycling.org presents the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS), a continuously developing national network of bicycle routes, which aims to link urban, suburban, and rural areas across the country using a array of appropriate cycling facilities. Currently, it has been established in 15 US states, including Alaska, Kentucky, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, and Massachusetts, with more than 40 other states working to have this system. There is a separate page about the history of USBRS, and information about the National Corridor Plan, a map of 50-mile wide corridors that is being planned to become official routes. For more information, you can watch their YouTube information video.