Bike Tips

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Enjoy the Ride – Essential Bicycling Skills

This is an educational video introducing riders to bicycling and rules of the road. The topics covered in this video inculdes pre-ride checklist, bicycle handling skills, riding in traffic, identifying & avoiding hazards, and riding in all conditions. This video was produced by the League of American Cyclists. Enjoy. Advertisements

The Criterium

Since the Friday night Criterium is coming this weekend, I thought I would take some good information from a favorite book I’ve read called “Roadie, The Misunderstood World of a Bike Racer”. It makes for some good reading: . . . The criterium is purely an American style of racing that is the bread and butter … Continue reading

How to Dress for a Long Ride

Wondering how to dress for for Conquer the Coast? Remember to keep three things in mind: comfort, safety and performance. If you’ve got these covered, you should be good to go. There is nothing worse than being halfway through 65 miles and realizing your totally uncomfortable in one or more spots. Read on to find … Continue reading

The Speed Factor

The Speed Factor is a chart that shows how many calories a 150-pound rider would expend every hour for various kinds of riding. It was developed to code and score various physical activities for fitness research. I have included the Compendium of Physical Activities Tracking Guide so that you can track your own calorie-burn measurements … Continue reading

Five Key Lessons from a Seasoned Pro

By Colby Pearce My first bike race was in 1988. I was 15 years old, and have been hopelessly addicted ever since. I was a skinny teenager who wore the same sunglasses as Bernard Hinault. The Velcro straps on my cycling shoes dangled and flapped in the wind, desperate to contain the path of wobbly … Continue reading

How to Prepare for Conquer the Coast

Participating in Conquer the Coast can be a challenging and demanding commitment and requires advance preparation. It’s important that you put enough time and effort to get yourself ready for this years event. Here are a few things to get you started: Nutrition *What you eat several days before the event will affect your event … Continue reading

Riding Long on Minimal Training

You too can complete Conquer the Coast even if you did not have sufficient time to train for it. In a perfect world you would gradually increase your distance of one long ride each week (for at least 8 weeks) until you could ride about 3/4 of the 68-mile distance at your goal pace. This … Continue reading

Nutrition while riding Conquer the Coast

Hammer Gel comes in the following delicious flavors: Apple Cinnamon, Banana, Chocolate, Espresso, Montana Huckleberry, Orange, Raspberry, Tropical, and Vanilla. For over a decade, Hammer Gel has been the benchmark of concentrated carbohydrate energy gel, primarily because of what it doesn’t contain – Hammer Gel has no added refined, simple sugars, and no artificial colors … Continue reading

Advice From Coach Chris Carmichael on Training and Losing Weight

“I’m a big proponent of intervals because riding at higher intensities for a series of shorter periods, you force your body to operate under stress. The body responds to stress by adapting, so it can better handle that same demand in the future. Exercising at a constant rate leads to some adaptation, but after a … Continue reading

Making Time to Ride

Finding More Hours to Train for Conquer the Coast. A professional cyclist strives to use their time efficiently, they count their hours spent in the saddle, their average speed, the time they spent in each heart-rate zone, and how long it takes them to recover. But for most of us in South Texas, we are … Continue reading

Corpus Cycling

Welcome to Corpus Cycling, your connection to area cycling.  Please visit our community forums for the latest cycling information. Latest News: I am investigating the possibility of developing commemorative Beach to Bay logo’ed Cycling Jersey and Shorts;  I would like some feed back as to the level of interest and request a response directly to … Continue reading

Skin Infections and Cycling

This information comes from Team Brain and Spine, here in Austin, Texas. One of their team members almost died from a Streptococcal infection after a simple case of “road rash” from an accident on a road bike. MRSA is also a debilitating pathogen and there is some information at the story concerning MRSA infection prevention. … Continue reading

Report a Pot-Hole

Corpus Christi is not only the “sparkling city by the sea”, but it’s also undoubtedly the most pot-hole ridden city in the most southern United States.   It would be interesting to get a city count on the number of pot-holes on every street.  I went out this afternoon and counted over 80 pot-holes just on … Continue reading

Bike Handling Tips

Get some professional tips on bike handling including turns and downhill racing from Alison Dunlap. Alison Dunlap is an American professional cyclist who won the World Cross Country Mountain Bike Championship in 2001 and also has 2 Mountain Bike World Cup victories to her credit. In addition, she has a number of high achievements in … Continue reading

8 Ways to Get a Jump Start on Next Season

It’s December and you’re racing around like a caged hamster with ADD. For many of you, shopping, holiday parties, time with family and friends, and cold, short days are contributing to your health and fitness program death-spiraling directly toward ground zero. Don’t wait until January 1 to begin working on next year’s goals, get a … Continue reading


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