ATC: How Do I Train For a European Cycling Vacation?
Before you travel, you want to increase your cardio as well as condition your legs. Since most climbs in the France cycling package are 1-3 hours, you want to over train time so that you can easily last the climbing without cramping.
ATC: How Can Cyclists Protect Themselves Against Harmful UV Rays?
It seems that cycling apparel in the past few years is increasingly featuring sun protection as a standard feature, especially in “warm weather” gear. Ultraviolet Protection Factor, or UPF, indicates what percentage or fraction of UV rays can penetrate the fabric.
ATC: Pedal Like a Pro
Ever wonder why the pros are so fast? They pedal differently than you and me. World Tour professionals start applying power to their pedal stroke much earlier than the rest of us, and they also ‘power off’ much later than the rest of us do too.
ATC: What do the terms BDC and TDC mean in relation to cycling?
Bike Coach Rick Schultz answers one reader question about what the terms BDC, or bottom dead center, and TDC, or top dead center, mean with regards to cycling and pedal stroke. A short answer to that question you never asked, but always wanted to know.
ATC: My lower back is sore during or after a ride. What can I do?
To answer the common question as to why a cyclist may be suffering from lower back pain, I identify four possible common culprits that come to mind, along with a couple of stretching exercises to help with pain and tightness.
ATC: The Numbers Behind Upgrading With Ceramic Bearings
The bike coach identifies the benefits of switching to ceramic bearings, and how you can upgrade with weight loss and serious coaching/training. The more of these that you do, the more fit and faster you will be.
ATC: What are the most common problems you see when performing a bike fit?
There are several common problems I see when performing a bike fit, some of the most common include; incorrect cleat alignment, saddle positioning, and handlebar height. This article covers these common mistakes and how they are corrected.
ATC: How Can I Get Up Hills Faster?
In order to move upward faster and more efficiently, you will need to build up your spinning to a higher cadence than the average cyclist, which is around 85rpm, the most efficient being 105rpm. It will take about 6 months to be able to pedal at that rate if you’re doing regular training drills.
ATC: Why Did I Get Lower Back Pain After a Bike Fit?
Your body was used to being in a position in which you sacrificed power, safety and had a higher risk for injury. Since it takes a little time for your body to get used to a new position, give it several weeks of easy cycling after a fit.
ATC: How To Train For A Gran Fondo In A Time Crunch
Coach Rick Schultz get asked quite often, “what should I do to train for an upcoming XYZ event?” In this article, he discusses preparing for a Gran Fondo type event (GF) in under three weeks.
ATC: Bike Sizing vs. Bike Fitting
Bike sizing generally refers to the size of the frame and is done first and happens before you purchase your bicycle. While getting fitted the bike shop will take 2 measurements, which are then converted into a range of sizes based on current industry accepted formulas.
ATC: Fitting 101
Through his years as a bike fit professional and a product tester, Rick Shultz has seen a lot of bad bike fits disguised as “professional”. In beginning to understand how important the cyclist’s synchronization with the bicycle is, we asked Rick about some of the basics regarding bike fits.
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