September. The daylight starts to go away a little earlier and arrive a little later. Students are heading back into the classrooms. For some, it is time to break out the toe clips and start the cyclocross season. But unfortunately for many of us, it just means less hours of daylight and a higher chance of rain or snow ruining our outdoor riding experiences.
I came in from the mailbox with the mail in hand the other day – my latest copy of Road Bike Action magazine there between the bills and grocery store adds. I glanced over the cover and saw what appeared to be a very common, run-of-the-mill cycling magazine cover. But something caught my eye that didn’t seem right.
Bjarne Riis – manager of Team Saxo Bank – may be changing riders faster than some can keep track, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t know how to run a team as a business. His remaining star rider (not to be confused with is new star rider) Fabian Cancellara still has one year left on his contract. Due to this contract, and a couple of comments made by Fabian during the initial round of speculations about the Schleck’s new Luxembourg team, it was mostly assumed that Fabian would remain with Riis for the remainder of his contract.
Note: I first wrote and posted this article to my blog at VeloReviews.com on June 15, 2010. Since then, I’ve imported it back here to JustAnotherCyclist.com to provide more context to posts that will be appearing here.
I generally don’t spend a lot of time dwelling on my diabetes [here on JustAnotherCyclist.com]. It is not that I’m ashamed of my type 1 diabetes, or trying to hide it, but more that I mostly consider it just a part of my life. Thinking of it in that context I’m just not really compelled to post about it on web sites that I frequent, or write about it in my blog. However, every once in awhile something comes along that can potentially make my diabetes noteworthy. In this case, it is a change in the way I manage my diabetes that promises to make my cycling a whole lot better, safer and enjoyable. Well, two things actually.
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Today I had the opportunity to ride with Al and Kristen from Integrate Performance Fitness.
Al Painter is Mr. Integrate Performance Fitness. When he is not spending time making folks enjoy his special brand of fitness building pain, he is also spreading his fitness wisdom at the VeloReviews podcast and cycling social media website. In fact, the VeloReviews podcast is where I first heard of Integrate and Al Painter.
Nearly every bicycle tail light sold seems to come with hardware to mount it to the seat post, and observation would show that is in fact the most common location for people to put them. However, if you put a cargo rack on the back of your bike, this location can become impractical for a number of reasons. The rack itself may block visibility of the light from the rear of your bike. And if not, any cargo you may actually want to carry on the rack surely will.
Pro racer and bike messenger. When asked what jobs are available for folks that like to ride their bikes, those are the two common responses. Sure, working in a bike shop or as a mechanic gets you a pay check while your near the bikes, but some folks just want to be in the saddle.
Luckily, there are other options too.