Posted 1 month ago

Myth - You are not supposed to lifting weights during cycling season

False:   I have always heard that you should stop weight lifting legs during the cycling season.  This year I decided to do a experiments by continue to lift legs throughout the cycling season to see if it would help, hurt, or make no difference.  I used my normalized power numbers to measuring my results from previous years.

My conclusion is that lifting weights actually helped me increase my power numbers.  It had a similar effect as doing short hard intervals. What I also learned is that just like intervals you need time to recover after your workout.  I recommend that you not lift legs or do an interval workout 3-4 days before a race or hard ride that is not a recovery ride.

Posted 4 months ago

Are wider rims better?

There has been a lot of hype this past year that wider rims are “better”.  All of the benefits stems from the change of the tire’s profile on a wide rim.  A wider rim creates a “U” shape rather than a light bulb.  

Below are the claimed benefits.

  1. More aerodynamic - The airflow is smoother transition from the tire to the rim resulting in less drag. 
  2. Ride smoother - The load of the sidewalls is greatly reduced allowing you to run lower 5-15 psi in your tires without getting a pinch flat.
  3. Better cornering - The sidewalls will defect less allowing for better grip while cornering.

I am build up a set of wheels in the next week so I will have some real power data to see if item number is true.  The other will be more subjective but stay tuned for my results.

Posted 8 months ago

A New Section of the Chester Valley Trail Opens

Posted 9 months ago

Find Your Ideal Cycling Body Weight | Bicycling Magazine

Posted 9 months ago