Showing posts from September, 2023

From Beginner to Century: A Training Plan for Senior Cyclists

  Congratulations on taking on the challenge of training for a century as a beginner senior cyclist! With the right training plan, you can build up your endurance and skills to achieve this impressive goal. Here's a sample six-month training plan to help you prepare. It's simple to follow and offers you the flexibility to ride it the way you feel best. From Beginner to Century: A Training Plan for Senior Cyclists Month 1: Start with two to three rides per week, gradually building up to a total of 50-75 miles per week. Focus on building your base fitness with longer, steady-paced rides of 10-20 miles. Incorporate some hill training to build strength and improve your climbing skills. Add some cross-training activities, such as walking or swimming, to build overall fitness and reduce the risk of injury. Month 2: Increase your weekly mileage to 75-100 miles per week. Begin to incorporate one longer ride per week, gradually building up to a distance of 30-40 miles. Add some interval

Cycle Touring for Seniors: Tips and Tricks for Planning and Enjoying Your Adventure

Cycle touring is a popular activity among cyclists of all ages, but it can be especially rewarding for seniors who have the time and resources to embark on longer journeys. However, cycle touring can also be daunting for seniors who may be unfamiliar with planning and preparing for extended bike trips. In this article, we'll offer tips and tricks for planning and enjoying a cycle touring adventure. Choose Your Destination The first step in planning a cycle touring adventure is to choose your destination. Consider factors such as climate, terrain, and cultural attractions when selecting a location. It's also important to choose a route that matches your level of fitness and experience. If you're new to cycle touring, consider starting with shorter, less challenging trips before embarking on longer journeys. Prepare Your Bike Before setting out on your cycle touring adventure, it's important to prepare your bike for the journey. Make sure your bike is in good condition an

How Long Do I Need to Cycle to Lose Weight?

Disclaimer : It is important to see a doctor before starting any new exercise routine, especially if you have any health conditions. Your doctor can help you determine if cycling is right for you and can give you advice on how to safely start and maintain a cycling routine. I have always struggled with my weight. It wasn't until I started cycling that I figured out the way to get it under control. Yes, cycling is a part of the strategy for losing weight for me but I found out early on that I could ride over 5,000 miles a year and not lose a single pound. I found out that combining cycling with more nutritional choices was the secret to success. Cycling is a great way to lose weight. It's a low-impact exercise that's easy on your joints, and it can be done at a variety of intensities to suit your fitness level. But how long do you need to cycle to lose weight? The question of how long it takes to lose weight through cycling is a multifaceted one, contingent on several crucia

Fostering Inclusivity and Combating Elitism in the Cycling Community

  Cycling is a wonderful way to stay active, explore new places, and connect with like-minded individuals. However, as with any community, there may be individuals who exhibit behavior that is perceived as elitist or entitled. This can be harmful and divisive, and can create an unwelcoming atmosphere for those who are new to cycling or who do not fit into a certain mold. As cyclists, it is our responsibility to foster a positive and inclusive community that welcomes individuals of all backgrounds, experience levels, and interests. Here are some tips for Fostering Inclusivity and Combating Elitism in the Cycling Community: Lead by example : One of the most effective ways to combat elitism and entitlement is to model positive behavior yourself. Follow traffic laws, show consideration for other road users, and prioritize safety over speed or performance. By demonstrating respect and consideration for others, you can inspire others to do the same. Promote education and knowledge-sharing :

Top-Rated Bicycle Companies for Touring Bicycles

 Top-Rated Bicycle Companies for Touring Bicycles: A Guide to Choosing the Right Bike for Your Long-Distance Adventures I am going to write just a little bit about the top rated bicycle companies for touring bikes. The bike I ride is not among these companies. I once rode a Specialized AWOl but the chainstay cracked and Specialized gave me a Specialized Diverge as a replacement. I like it a lot and used it for a 962 mile tour from north Texas to South Padre Island. It hauled my BOB trailer and did great. I am currently thinking about getting the Surly Long Haul Trucker as my next bike, but that is a year or so away and I could change my mind. When it comes to touring bicycles, it's important to choose a reliable and durable brand that can handle the rigors of long-distance rides. Whether you're embarking on a multi-day bikepacking trip or a cross-country tour, a high-quality touring bike can make all the difference. Here are some of the top-rated bicycle companies for touring b