Careful thought of how to make changes to your setup or riding style can provide dramatic improvements to your endurance and average speed. If you want to go faster, more aero rider positioning and component selection far outpace weight reduction efforts.
The Bike Coach’s final installment in “Stretches for Before and After the Ride”. These two gentle lower back stretches will help to warm the body before a ride, or stretch out the muscles after.
In ringing in the New Year, we’ve compiled a list of the most popular posts of 2018 on BICYCLIST. Following is a list of posts, starting in January, that were read and listened to by the majority of BICYCLIST readers and members.
The HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workout described in this article was my favorite kind of training, and resulted in the most gains for strength (power) and stamina. This total workout, including warmup and cool down is only 51 minutes.
If your feet are either valgus or varus, they do not sit flush to your shoes, which can induce muscle fatigue. This can lead to foot pain in the metatarsals, or sesamoids, the delicate tendons that make up the ball and inner area of the foot.
Rick Schultz uses 3 bike fitting/bike sizing machines including the GURU DFU (Dynamic Fit Unit), a Serotta Size Cycle, and a Computrainer. For the majority of the visit we used the GURU DFU which electronically adjusts the position of the stationary bike in small increments.
The Bike Coach Rick Schultz has collected crankarm length data from his years of bike fit clients. During the bike fit interview process, most of his clients volunteer that although they have had prior bike fits, and even been to a physical therapist or chiropractor, they are still in pain. Coach Schultz found a viable solution for knee pain, which includes adding shorter crankarms.
The 2018 Gran Fondo/Gravel season is almost here, so how about a FREE Introduction on “How to Perform Your Best at a Gravel Grinder Event!” You know him from our “Ask the Bike Coach” column and now you can receive some of Rick Schutlz expertise for FREE at two local bike shops on January 27th and 28th from 1pm – 4pm.
If you suffer from hand numbness while cycling, worry not, you are not alone. During the past 4 years of bike fitting, 75% of my clients have expressed that hand numbness is major issue they deal with while riding.
Meet Rick Schultz, a bike coach and regular contributor to BICYCLIST magazine, who is an experienced CAT 3 racer, a Peaks Coaching Group specialist, and a Beginner Racer Program (BRP) instructor. Send him your questions through this contact form and your answer could be featured in upcoming issues of the magazine.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.