Starting Road Cycling After Watching The Tour de France

The test of endurance that is the Tour de France (TdF) captivates the entirety of the cycling world every July. As road cyclists, it inspires us to want to do better. To get out and ride. To push our limits of physical endurance. Cyclists aren’t the only group of people that are moved by the sprint finishes and mountain stages. Many people who watch it cycled early in life but gave it up for one reason or another. Their passion for cycling never left but watching the TdF re-kindled it and they look to start road cycling again. Others have never ridden road bikes before but are inspired by the beauty of the sport. They’re inspired to get fit, lean, and healthy. Finally there are those that fit into both of those groups (like myself). For these people looking to return or start road cycling, what do they do? They almost always turn to the Internet and begin searching for how to start road cycling or search for what equipment they need to start cycling. There are many other questions they ask but they all point towards the same thing – the seeking of knowledge about how to start (or re-start) road cycling. I’ve written posts in the past about things you need to start cycling and things you don’t need. I want to give these new, or returning, cyclists a more concise guide to help them get started. I’m Writing An E-Book That’s right, I’m writing an e-book that will provide them a collection of information and tips that will make it easier to return to the great...

Biking To Live Weekly Recap July 19-23

I’ve got several topics I wanted to cover so I thought it best to do a recap, or summary, instead of a dedicated post today. Here goes. Yes, I changed the theme…again… If you’ve been reading BTL any longer than 8 or 9 months then you know I get tired of my theme easily (which means I’m very concerned about appearances). And, if you’re actually reading this on the blog then you’ll see that I’ve changed the theme over the last couple of days. Why did I change? I wanted a cleaner, more professional look. I think I’ve achieved that with this new design. I really like the fact that I can feature both blog posts and reviews at the same time. There’s still some tweaking to do with the logo, background, and colors so please be patient. Otherwise, I hope to remain on this theme for a while. Let me know what you think. The Tour De France is all but over… I’ve been watching and have a lot of mixed feelings. I wish Lance wouldn’t have crashed but that’s racing. I feel the officials over-reacted when they tossed Mark Renshaw (but Cav can still win without him as he proved today). I’m disappointed El Pistolero didn’t wait on Schlecks-of-steel on stage 15. I wish Lance could have won one final stage but he had no gas in the end (sounds like me). Glad to see Chris Horner riding great. Sad to see Levi fade after such high hopes. And disgusted to see El Pistolero win another one. Which he’ll do unless he suffers some seriously bad luck...

The Biking To Live Logo

I’ve wanted to design a logo for Biking To Live for a long time now. I just hadn’t gotten around to brainstorming designs and making one. That all ended last week after I decided to start mocking up some drafts and seeing what I came up with. Below is what was come up after collaborating with Darryl over at Loving The Bike. I owe Darryl a large debt of gratitude for his help in coming up with this design. We went through several versions before zeroing in on what you see below. His insight into helping me make the connection between my blog and the logo was awesome. Thanks Darryl! After some changes (made the cyclist bigger and removed the heart): With the logo above I’m trying to convey a sense of accomplishment, victory, or achievement that someone can attain by making cycling a part of their day-to-day lives. Cycling lets us make connections to Family, Health, and Life. Family. Cycling has a way of keeping families in touch with each other. We all probably started riding bikes as kids and, if you were like me, rode them with brothers and sisters. Many parents today actively ride bikes with their children as a way of establishing a bond, teaching them how important fitness is, or using it as a motivational tool. Cyclists as a whole are a large family as well. Even within the circles of blogging, cyclists develop friendships all because of bicycles. Health. For many (myself included), we started cycling because we wanted to improve our health or fitness. We had weight to lose or were motivated...

The Ride That Almost Was

Over the weekend I made final preparations so I could starting riding again. I had to make sure my bike was in proper working order (tires pumped up, chain lubed, brakes weren’t rubbing the rims, cyclocomputer worked), my seat bag was fully stocked (CO2, spare tube, multi-tool, patch kit, tire irons), and that I knew where all my cycling clothes were. Surprisingly, everything seemed to be good to go. Even my rear flasher was working good. Everything seemed set. As I mentioned before, I’m planning on riding in the morning again because of heavy traffic in the evenings and because in the evenings I should be spending the time with the family. Besides, the temperature is much better early in the day. I had my alarm set for 5:00 am and got a good nights sleep. I was so close… The alarm went off at 5 and I’ll admit I was a little groggy even though I slept good. Looking outside though, I was really dismayed to see how dark it was. Sure, it should be dark, but it instantly reminded me that I don’t have a front light anymore. The one I had on my old Cannondale doesn’t fit the bars on my new bike and I didn’t think to pick up a new one. With no front light, and it being really dark, I opted to not ride this morning due to safety. [pullquote] Another super advantage of waiting until 6 is that I get to sleep longer. How awesome is that?[/pullquote] Now I’ve got two options. I can either get a light and continue getting up...

Last Weekend of Riding in Dallas

With this past weekend being my last weekend in Dallas I wanted to get a good ride in on Saturday. One of the first rides I did here was a complete loop of White Rock Lake, plus the trail north, with one of my readers Cliff. I wanted to do the same ride again to basically close out my riding time here in Dallas. Saturday morning broke very nice with sun and no clouds. I took off from the house at about 9:00 AM and made my way down to where I access the lake or trail. Instead of heading straight to the lake I hit the northbound trail first to really mix things up. It was awesome! I hadn’t ridden this section of the trail (past the tennis courts) in a long time and on an early Saturday morning it was great. There was some water puddles and mud due to train the previous night that got both me and the bike pretty grimy but it was still good. I made it up to the turn-around point, took a short water break and watched some kids play soccer, then took off again. [pullquote]By the time I hit the lake the wind was gusting to 30 mph.[/pullquote] As I headed back towards the lake I could feel the wind starting to build. And build it did. There was a reason the lake was covered with sail boats. I just dealt with it and kept on turning the pedals and enjoying the ride. All said and done I rode 30.28 miles on Saturday morning in 2 hours and 19 minutes....

I Forgot My Anniversary…Again

This Monday London Cyclist posted a list of the Top 50 Cycling Blogs for 2010. I was totally shocked to see Biking To Live on that list. I’m very honored to have my blog included because there are some heavy-hitters on there – BikeSnobNYC, Fat Cyclist, Bike 198, Cycling Tips, and many others. To even be mentioned around those other blogs is awesome. Two Year Anniversary The timing is kinda cool too. Because I’ve been wrapped up with many other things (working on finding employment back in Florida), getting my mom moved to Arkansas, and various other things, I totally missed the Biking To Live two-year anniversary back on April 10 (the important anniversary I remember is my wedding date but I’ve forgotten that one too….once…long story). Can’t believe it’s been two years. More remarkable is that I can’t believe folks are still reading this blog after two years! And that’s where I’m kinda leading this post. My readers. I appreciate you so much because if you weren’t here actively supporting me by leaving comments, helping others, or offering advice I’m not sure I’d still be blogging today. [pullquote]I certainly wouldn’t be on the list above without you.[/pullquote] I created this blog to help me but I’ve attempted to grow it so that it can help others as well. Especially those that are weight-challenged, like me, or those who are just starting out in this great sport of cycling. A couple of weeks ago I received an email from one of my readers who was looking to start riding. We talked about bicycles and stuff but it was a...
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