Cycling is an activity that many pick up as a child. “It’s just like riding a bike,” is a phrase used to indicate that once you know how to do it, you don’t forget. For most people, cycling is child’s play, the bike that took you around the neighborhood is left in the garage, and the JOY of the wind on your face is left in childhood. But, “since it’s just like riding a bike,” (um, duh, it is riding a bike) it can be picked up again at just about any age. For me, I came back to the bike after knee injuries prevented me from running. At first, it felt like I’d been cheated and that it was “second choice.” As time has passed, I now find myself more in love with the bike than I ever was with the run….and I fear losing my ability to ride!
“Ride today so that you can ride tomorrow,” has become my mantra. I live in Minnesota, where riding year round isn’t really possible, so, to stay conditioned through the l-o-n-g, dark winter I ride at our local athletic club. But, riding might not be enough. 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
Ahem… if there are any gentlemen in the room, be warned – we’re about to have some “girl talk” that might make you a bit uncomfortable.
Ladies, if you’re new to cycling or spinning, you may or may not have experienced a dreaded “saddle sore” yet. Heads up – there’s a pretty high chance you will at some point and they are not fun. It’s not anything you’re doing wrong or that you’re unclean, it’s an unfortunate nature of the beast. Honestly, how hygienic can strapping a sponge to your bottom while you sweat for x amount of time really be, right??
Below you’ll find a few tips for avoiding saddle sores, skin irritations, and other issues in your sensitive areas… Continue reading
Phew! Summer has a way of disappearing in a flash these days. Moxie had an incredible spring and summer traveling to cycling, triathlons and running events throughout the country and visiting our valued authorized dealers. Our early travels brought us to Wisconsin, Arizona, IL, and Utah and we enjoyed saying hello to familiar faces and making new friends. At this point in the season, after what seems like months on the road, we pause and reflect on the growth of the business and want to express a sincere heartfelt thank you to all of our fans who believe as passionately about pursuing dynamic experiences as we do. Thank you. It’s been a pleasure to get to know you. Continue reading
By Helen E.
It’s a bit of a dreary day here in Atlanta and while I usually consider myself a “fair weather” rider, the temperature is just too awesome for me to not go for a spin! One of the pieces of gear that I never leave without is some sort of eye protection. I always have something to shield my eyes from the elements just in case I find the desire to ride in weather that isn’t bright and sunny.
It’s important to remember that no matter where the sun is, your eyes need protection from other elements. Debris from the road, bugs and rain from an unexpected shower are just a couple things to consider when you’re gearing up for a ride. So, which lenses are good when it isn’t necessarily sunny and how to do you find glasses for different conditions? Continue reading
by Arleigh Jenkins from Bike Shop Girl
Moxie Cycling is partnering with chic women cyclists to bring you tips, stories and healthy recipes via our blog. Arleigh Jenkins, founder of the website Bike Shop Girl, has more than twelve years of bike industry experience, is currently a pro level bike mechanic living in Denver, CO and has shared her best advice on how to approach training when you are looking ahead to a new race season.
July is a month of excitement in the bicycle world: The Tour de France is streaming multiple times a day, summer hours may be letting you get outside more and maybe you have kids that are out for the summer and can go on bike adventures. When you are training year-round, this is also a time of year that you may be taking a rest period to gear up for the race-heavy months of August and September.
For me, July is one of planning for the future; July 1st is historically the start of cyclocross training for races that start in late September. I’m starting to switch over to my slow-and-steady training efforts, which means putting the brakes on most of the high-intensity efforts that I have been doing for mountain bike racing.
What we love this week // The season of giving is upon us! & Moxie wants to share with you our special Black Friday – Cyber Monday Deal
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November Moxie Mogul:
Full-time breast cancer surgeon, mother of 3 children, and a 53-year-old Iron Man triathlon finisher
Moxie Cycling was first introduced to Diane when a mutual friend photographed Diane crossing the Iron Man finish line in her France Ave Moxie jersey and knew that we would be honored to hear she chose our jersey. We of course are honored and were excited to hear more of her story on the path to the 2012 Madison, WI Ironman in our Moxie Mogul interview:
Moxie Cycling – How did you first find yourself becoming involved in triathlons?
Diane Stoller I started running at 42 when my then 48-year-old husband had a heart attack. I thought to myself, we need to be healthier. I weighed 60 pounds more when I started with no weight loss goals, just sweat 4 hours a week and eat 5 fruits and vegetables per day. I let myself eat only ONE bad thing (a cookie, M&M’s, etc) per day. I began following what the cardiologists told my husband to do. Truth be told, he never did any of it but after 4 years I was down 50 pounds and running my first marathon.
Moxie Cycling – What other events led you to participate in Iron Man? Continue reading
Food & fitness for your consideration // We’ve heard the rumors… but here’s more evidence that chocolate should be part of your diet
At first I thought it may have just been selective hearing when people started to talk about the benefits of chocolate, but study after study has shown that the cocoa beans used to make chocolate are beneficial to your health in multiple ways. Today it was released that a government-funded study found in a group of 1,000 study participants, those who ate chocolate on a more frequent basis [about 5 times a week] weighed less than those who ate it less frequently. See the study in more detail here.
The compounds that make up cocoa – alkaloids, theobromines and antioxidant flavonoids – are responsible for the healhty benefits. I won’t go into the minute details, since I know you just want to confirm that this is not some sort of early April fools joke, but here are a few of the reasons that have been backed up:
As a healthy spring resolution I think I’ll commit to eating chocolate on a strict regiment of 3-5 times per week, making sure it is at least 60% pure cocoa or more, to make myself happier and healthier. And I’m starting with making these Cranberry and Pistachio Dark Chocolate bars [click picture for full recipe from BrightEyedBaker.com], which even increases the nutritional value. These will be an excellent afternoon pick-me up in place of any diet soda or latte.
Got a good recipe that is delish AND beneficial? Let us know!
P.S. Are you or a fellow cyclist looking for custom jersey’s this season? Moxie is now offering low-minimum custom jersey designs, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more information! We are taking orders submitted before May 30th – don’t miss the chance to look feminine and still have all the important details in your jersey.
Food & fitness for your consideration // Greek yogurt?? What’s behind the latest dairy craze
First it was yogurt in a squeezable tube, then yogurts as smoothies, now the latest yogurt craze is all Greek. So what’s the difference? Is is Greek healthier than the others? I decided to do a little investigating before the next grocery trip so as to really get the facts.
What makes Greek yogurt different is the straining process during creation. It is strained more extensively than regular yogurt giving it a thicker consistency, more protein, and less sugar. Regular yogurt has more whey and sugar, giving it a higher fat content than plain Greek yogurt.
The taste also takes an interesting turn and can be more on the tangy side, which makes it a great substitute for cream cheese or sour cream in recipes if you are trying to keep your protein intake high and fat intake low.
The only downfall is Greek yogurt doesen’t provide as much calcium as regular. So the bottom line is, Greek has more protein, less sugar, and less fat for about the same calories as regular yogurt, but if you are in need of calcium, you might want to keep with the standard style yogurt.
Personally, I love the thicker, creamier version of the yogurt… and the protein can make an afternoon snack more substantial. But I have also seen plain Greek yogurt used successfully in place of mayo in deviled eggs, which are one of my favorite treats at family gatherings. Click the picture below to see the healthier version, maybe for the first spring BBQ?