Regular riding is great for your body, but can be hard on your bike and gear! While our steeds are built to take a beating, treating them right along the way will help you get more consistent performance and a smoother ride while on the road or trail. Below is a simple guide to help you stay on top of the simplest maintenance tasks which can have a big impact on your bike’s wear and tear.
Every Day Before You Ride
Give those tires a squeeze! If they feel soft, you better check your pressure and see if you’ve picked up any thorns and punctures on your last ride. If you’re riding tubeless, pulling out the thorn/nail/whatever and spinning your wheel should allow the puncture to seal back up. Don’t forget to top off your sealant every 4-6 months depending on your climate.
Optimal Bike Tire Pressures:
Road Bike: 100-120 psi
Mountain: 30-50 psi
Hybrid: 50-70 psi
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One of my all time favorite, healthy salads hails from Hawaii, the Ahi Poke. It boasts a rich mix of vitamins, protein, essential fatty acids and well… tastes amazing. The tuna alone packs an average of 20 grams of protein per serving along with a good dose of B-12, vitamin C and D as well as iron, zinc, folate, magnesium to mention just a few. Our avocado adds nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients as well as vitamin E. Then, top it all off with a dollop of and caviar and you’ve got a healthy, delicious Continue reading
It’s nearing that time of year when couples express their affection by sharing the things they love most with each other. You know, like chocolates, fine meals, and snuggles. But those of us who like to ride may just be tempted to take our main squeeze out for a roll. Here are some simple suggestions to Continue reading
Everyone knows the first hint that things are about to go downhill. Maybe it’s a little tickle, or dryness in your throat, a headache or general feeling of being run down and not up for activity. Rather than let things go too far, start early and give your body the fuel it needs to help boost your immune system. A good variety of lean meats, colorful vegetables and a smattering of antioxidant-rich fruits can help you stave off that bug going around the office this winter.
It’s true that you can take vitamins, but what numerous studies have pointed out is it’s always better to get your nutrients naturally through a healthy diet. With that in mind, here are some of my favorite immune boosting meals, snacks and cheats.
To Help Boost your Immune System & Fight off Infection
Immune Boosting Elderberry Drops:
First, my favorite cheat is to keep a vial of elderberry drops on hand at all times. You can make your own drops from dried berries, or purchase a vial from your local health food store (way easier). I’m not usually one to embrace this type of “home remedy”, but just before leaving for a mountain biking trip to Arizona a couple of years ago I felt that familiar dry scratchy throat and run-down feeling coming on. A good friend recommended I get started on these drops right away, saying even if they didn’t help prevent the cold, it would be a lot more manageable. It worked! And since then I’ve kept a vial in my pantry on the ready and I haven’t suffered from a real cold in 2 years. YAY! One note: check with your physician, before adding any new supplements to your diet, those going through chemo treatment should note that elderberries are NOT recommended.
Take 21 drops 3 times a day while actively fighting off infection. You can take 21 drops twice a day to help maintain as desired. I personally only pull these out when I need them.