Cycling for the body!

Though it’s true that cycling is mostly commonly a cardio exercise, there are muscle groups that are strengthened as well.Two of your core muscles, the back and abdomen are used to help keep you upright so get strengthened. Though if you’re expecting a six pack, think again!One place you can expect to see some growth is your quads, which you use on your downward pedal. Your hamstrings are also get a workout as they are used to bend your knees.  Stronger knee muscles = less change of knee or leg injury.

The best cycling cities in the World!

The Copenhagenize index is considered to be one of the most comprehensive lists of the best cycling cities in the world. It’s based on of criteria covering 13 categories such as urban planning, cycling culture and social acceptance. The 2013 list is based on a study of 150 countries, here are the top ten;

  1. Amsterdam

    Amsterdam

    Amsterdam

  2. Copenhagen

    Copenhagen

    Copenhagen

  3. Utrecht 

    Utrecht

    Utrecht

  4. Seville/Bordeaux
    Seville

    Seville

    Bordeaux

    Bordeaux

     

  5. Nantes/Antwerp
    Nantes

    Nantes

    Antwerp

    Antwerp

     

  6. Eindhoven

    Eindhoven

    Eindhoven

  7. Malmo

    Malmo

    Malmo

  8. Berlin

    Berlin

    Berlin

  9. Dublin

    Dublin

    Dublin

  10. Tokyo

    Tokyo

    Tokyo

The Cyclist’s Scrotum!

 

The pastor asked if anyone in the congregation would like to express praise for answered prayers. Suzie Smith stood and walked to the podium.

She said, “I have a praise. Two months ago, my husband, Tom, had a terrible bicycle wreck and his scrotum was completely crushed. The pain was excruciating and the doctors didn’t know if they could help him.”

You could hear a muffled gasp from the men in the congregation as they imagine the pain that poor Tom must have experienced.

“Tom was unable to hold me or the children,” she went on, “and every move caused him terrible pain. We prayed as the doctors performed a delicate operation, and it turned out they were able to piece together the crushed remnants of Tom’s scrotum, and wrap wire around it to hold it in place.”

Again, the men in the congregation cringed and squirmed uncomfortably as they imagined the horrible surgery performed on Tom.

“Now,” she announced in a quivering voice, “thank the Lord, Tom is out of the hospital and the doctors say that with time, his scrotum should recover completely.”

All the men sighed with unified relief. The pastor rose and tentatively asked if anyone else had something to say.

A man stood up and walked slowly to the podium. He said, “I’m Tom Smith.” The entire congregation held its breath. “I just want to tell my wife the word is sternum.”

Great reads for cyclists!

Here are some great cycling books you might want to read, while you are not on the road!

The Elite Bicycle – beautifully illustrated book showcasing some of the best cycle and cycle component factories. 

The Elite Bicycle
Cycling Science – written in question and answer format, this book explores the science of rider and bike working together

Cycling Science
Complete Road Bike Maintenance – this very thoroughly written book covers just about every issue that can occur with your road bike.

Road Bike Maintenance
Tour De France 100 – the dramas, rivalries and scandals in the 110 yr history of this great race are all in this great read.

Tour de France 100

Enjoy your reading.

How to get your gear off!

Here are a few tips on how to make your cycling gear last longer (shame on those of you who thought we were going to talk about something else!)

  1. When getting on your knicks, pull them on and off from the hem of the leg, think of socks! Pulling them from higher up can put strain on  the stitching and cause it to split. 
  2. With your jerseys and skinsuits, it goes without saying to unzip them all the way by hand rather than pull them apart like Superman!
  3. Avoid your clothing coming into contact with anything that will pull and cause it to fray, this includes velcro.
Putting clothes on Strip clothes off

Putting clothes on / Stripping clothes off

SprintDesign’s February 2014 Exclusive Offer

Would you like to get a cool cycling clothing and yet have the chance to give away a voucher to someone you like?

This is not a Big Deal! Click on the image below, choose your favourite Designs worth AU$200 or over, proceed with your purchase and DEAL! You receive a free SD$20 gift voucher.

cycling clothing purchases gives you a gift voucher

Sprint Design February 2014 Offer

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