At this point in my cycling, I’m good never doing another interval or “suffering,” but that’s still what butters the bun of the marketers selling racing. In this video, Nino teaches goal setting, diversity and frame of mind. He doesn’t race a ton of days so he can be 110% for his top 10. In season he cross trains (runs, lifts, skis) and spends 25% of his time in intensive training, adapting to suffering. It’s not as complicated as a coaching plan would have you believe: put the time in, focus it, and extend the length you can go before the elastic snaps. For roadies, besides weight cutting in the pro ranks, it’s done with 2 x 20 intervals.
While my mood has shifted from turning myself inside out during a race to finding zen, and questing for the perfect weekend ride, fully understand those that push the limits, and what it takes to perform at your best.
Well that looks like fun, huh? Make a weekend out of it, pump track, road and gravel riding—beer and sausage too.
Quoc Pham Shoes designed these sneakers with an intent to make a shoe cyclists could wear for all occasions, all day, on, and off the bike. They succeeded and proved you don’t need a stiffness index to make a good road shoe, just a well-balanced sole with a recessed cleat. The low-rise Urbanites feature natural materials and fine craftsmanship. They’re highly recommended by us, shared on Insta, reviewed on Medium Bicycles, and in the next issue of our magazine.
When Mr. On Your Left blew through a red light, I didn’t bark at him about it cause it’s still #BiketoWorkMonth, but mentioned it to my bro Chris DiStefano who told me this:
I rang my bell at a guy and he lost it. He said, “You’re supposed to say on your left!” I told him this was a universal indicator and just more pleasant. He said, “‘Oh, you must be one of those new commuters.
I also told him a bell was universal, what if someone doesn’t speak English. He laughed like Donald Trump. That’s ridiculous, is what he replied.
To The Point
It is ridiculous that those of us who ride year around, think this is the month when the tourists show up. So to the point, a bell is most certainly used to alert people on the path of your presence. I’ve have one on all my city bikes and have never had a confrontation over it. Also, if you’re gonna say, “on your left,” it’s done as a courtesy when passing. It does not mean, “Give me your line,” and/or that the cyclists in your way should move or slow down. Like a bell, it’s a courtesy, and much different than flashing your lights in the left lane at the car in front of you, right?
There’s only a few days left of bike-to-work month, so here’s another tip for the “Commuter,” “hold your line around corners.”
And, don’t run red lights.
While I don’t think it’s necessary to write e a bell shootout, I recommend you find one with a loud, pleasant ring and that suits you. I like bells from Crane, as seen in the photo above and that’s on Amazon for $12.00. The bell du jour is Spurcycle and Mark V reviewed it. One just like it is on Amazon too for $11.00. Also see this Vine with another Crane I have that I used to get brogramers’ attention downtown.