May is a great month for those who want to see more people riding their bikes. It's National Bike Month, May 11 and 15 being Bike to Work Week and May 15 as Bike to Work Day.
Sponsored by the League of American Cyclists, National Bike Month was established almost 60 years ago and is now celebrated in communities across the country. You can participate by using your bike on your daily commute or even by hosting your own Bike Month event to encourage more people to use the power of the pedals.
To get things going, we've compiled a list of 22 cycling blogs from around the world that are full of cycling information, advice and inspiration.
This cycling journal features interviews with professional runners and cyclists as well as insightful articles on events such as the recent CX Nationals in Texas and its canceled races. The site also sells biker shorts, ski suits, and other gear - and some of their blog posts promote their admittedly impressive inventory.
Founded in 2004, UK-based Rapha is more than a cycling clothing and accessories sales company. It also celebrates road driving by hosting rides, races and events. Rapha also sponsors three professional teams.
Blog posts cover the gamut from in-depth race analysis to racing club stories to portraits of bikers from around the world; examples of these include Conversation between Lee Basford and Oki Tatsuya, "A man who has been at the heart of Tokyo's urban scene since the late 90s."
Based in North Carolina, this blog brings you cycling news, industry rumors, and product reviews. An example of a good interview is one with Julie Ann Pedalino, a bicycle builder who was at the 2015 North American Craft Bicycle Show - you can see pictures of some of his killer bikes in the room.
Copenhagen is not just a bicycle-friendly city. More than half of the city's residents cycle more than 620 miles (1,000 km) of cycle paths every day, and this blog describes the cycling lifestyle there and around the world.
Russ and Laura are true advocates of cycle touring, having sold everything they owned in 2009 to spend the next three years cycling 18,000 miles through the United States and New Zealand. They found that cycling is good for the economy in the places they visit, now they hope to inspire others to travel by bicycle, ultimately bridging the gap between cycling and tourism.
Former bike messenger Eben Weiss uses his blog to critique cycling culture, writing: “While I love cycling and embrace it in all its forms, I am also extremely critical. So I present to you my breakdown for your amusement and improvement.
Nothing is off limits: Weiss says he has two opinions on Lance Armstrong plans to travel the route of this year's Tour de France for charity. Why not, he asks, when "other dopers are not only welcome to the race, but they can also present the prizes". On the other hand, he thinks that “it's pretty pathetic that Armstrong still wants to drag the Tour de France at this point. How hard is this bike race to break up with him before he gets the message? "
Cycling360 is a podcast that aims to help listeners become better riders and get the most out of their ride. Every podcast, whether it's a full show or a quick tip, has a written synopsis (with duration), so you know exactly what to expect. Scroll through the archive page for an overview of the last 50 articles.
Darryl Kotyk, who happens to be a Cyling360 podcaster (see above), is also a blogger who posts on all things biking. His goal as a road cyclist is at one point to make cycling his only form of transportation.
Created by avid commuters themselves, this blog delves into everything about cycling, from news and articles to how-to articles and product reviews. There is an article that explains how this author transport habits have changed over time, and a timely piece that explores what makes people pedal in the first place.
These two Canadians, Friedel and Andrew, have traveled more than 37,000 miles through some 30 countries (much of which was covered on a three-year world tour). Now living in the Netherlands, they launched their website to encourage others to discover the world by bike.
For women who love to ride, this UK-based blog covers news, guides and reviews for all levels of cycling. Of nutritional planning for your first 100 to spotlight some of the most inspiring women in cycling, There is something for every taste.
Richard Masoner of Santa Cruz, Calif., Loves bikes. His blog includes everything about biking, from how local transit fare hikes could impact road traffic to supporting the efforts of college design students to encourage cycling.
This is a website with a blog feel in that there is a constant stream of new articles, videos, and event coverage. The mountain biking community is active and posts reviews and ratings on bikes and equipment. There are buying guides for the different types of ATVs (cross country and dirt jumping, for example) and detailed tutorials such as how to wash your bike, complete with video and photos.
Shelly started this blog in 2008, dedicating it to "all those girls in the world who want to look pretty while riding a bike." Since then it has grown to include DIY advice, anything vintage, promoting the cycling community. Riding Pretty is also home to The Tweed Ride Report, which reports on the rides and races in Tweed, where crowds of cyclists in traditional attire ride vintage bikes through the town hosting the race.
The Radavist is a collective, formerly a blog with the opinion of someone called "Prolly is Not Probably". The rad community shares a love of cycling and shopping, and explains their name as a combination of "radical" and "atavism" (a primitive drive), which is why they and other avid bikers ride like them.
A blog on everything to do with cycling, but especially professional cycling, its name was chosen for a number of reasons including 'insider' connotations and because 'inner ring' means the smallest chainring on. a bike, in addition to being a nod to climbing in the mountains.
The blog owner, who started INRNG five years ago, says that if there isn't an overarching goal, he hopes to "give a different take on sport and sometimes take a look at things. which could be overlooked by the mainstream cycling media ”.
London Cyclist is written by Andreas who has two passions: cycling and blogging. You will find articles, tips, reviews and cycling news including an article on how to be safer by bike in town and the means of identify other cyclists.
You know humor will be a big part of this cycling blog just by its title and About page, where blog owner Elden Nelson writes, “Hi. My name is Elden, but feel free to call me "Fatty". "
Fatty, who calls FatCyclist a “wacky cycling humor blog,” launched it as a way to monitor his weight loss. He is a comedian, who publishes funny articles like the one on his imaginary disorder SLAD, but he also shared a personal tragedy (his wife's long-standing battle with cancer, which she lost in 2009). He also writes on cycling related news and stories.
Joe Goodwill, blogger and cycling advocate in Vancouver, Canada, is also the author of How to buy the best electric bike. He says he writes the blog for people like him - they love cycling, but they "will never win races and won't necessarily look good in Lycra."
Padraig launched Red Kite Prayer (named after his favorite moment in a race, when the last mile banner - a red kite - is passed, and every runner who passes it looks straight down) to cover the soul. from cycling, from doping analysis to the frustration that accompanies burnout.
The blog is meant to be universal in terms of experience and location, as well as positive - because "there is a lot of haters and cycling is more than enough to comment on it's worth and optimistic."
Blog author Will is happiest when he rides a bike uphill, which is good considering he's in the Alps. He says that “his favorite thing to do in the summer is cycle the ski resort roads and take the cable car or chairlift. Messages include secrets for cycling in the Alps in winter, a slideshow of hairpin bends he has sailed, and summaries of the annual challenges he sets for himself.
The following information was found on the Enjoy Swimming website. Tips like this and a whole lot more will be covered at the Nike Swim Camp at Trinity College this summer !
Having a good freestyle swimming technique is essential for an effective stroke. Being effective means either being relaxed while swimming at slow to moderate speed or swimming fast without being exhausted too quickly. The swimming tips in this article will help you become a more effective freestyle swimmer.
Keep your head in line with your trunk and look straight down toward the bottom of the pool. Don’t look forward because otherwise you will have the tendency to lift your head, which will in turn cause your hips and legs to drop and you will have to kick harder to keep them up.
Learn how to press your buoy, which has the benefit of keeping your hips and legs up without much effort. This freestyle swimming technique requires you to apply downward pressure on your head and chest. As your lungs are filled with air and very buoyant, pressing down your upper body causes the lower body to rise up through a lever effect. You then don’t need to kick that hard anymore.
Don’t lift your head just before breathing. This common error also causes your hips and legs to drop. Rather roll on your side and let your head roll a little bit further until your mouth clears the water. It should feel like your head was resting sideways on a pillow made of water.
Try to swim more on your sides rather than flat on your stomach and chest. Roll from side to side with each arm stroke. This allows you to engage the larger back groupes musculaires in addition to the shoulder groupes musculaires and improves your propulsion.
to obtain an effective freestyle swimming technique you need to exhale continuously in the water while your face is submerged. There simply isn’t enough time to both inhale and exhale on the side during a breathing arm recovery. This also lets you relax more in the water.
Learn how to swim with a so-called high elbow. This freestyle swimming technique consists in flexing your arm and keeping your elbow high in the water during the under water arm pull so that your forearm is facing backward rather than downward for as long as possible, which improves propulsion.
While recovering your arm forward don’t extend it completely above water before letting it drop in the water because it increases drag and can also lead to swimmer’s shoulder over time. It is better to enter the water with your hand shortly after it has passed your head and then to extend the arm forward under water.
Save energy by using a relaxed two-beat kick for middle and long distance swimming. This means that you kick at the same pace as you stroke with your arms.
Make sure your palm is parallel to the water surface while it extends forward under water during the arm recovery. A common mistake freestyle swimmers make is to angle their palm upward at the end of the recovery. In that case they are in fact pushing water forward and slowing themselves down.
In the beginning, a nose clip can be useful because it keeps water out of your nose and so this is one less thing to worry about and you can relax more. Once your technique and coordination has improved later on you will be able to get rid of the nose clip without too much effort. Personally I used a nose clip for a year while learning the freestyle stroke before getting rid of it.
The 10 swimming tips presented in this article should help you improve your freestyle swimming technique. Some of these tips can be applied immediately, others will need some time to be mastered. So have a good time while trying them out and be patient if it takes some time to master them.