Porridge!

Porridge is an excellent way to start the day, particularly if you have a long ride ahead, or it’s a cold winter morning and a long day at work, school or college beckons. A very cheap yet nutritious meal packed with slow burning energy it may be, however it is probably fair to say it doesn’t taste of much on its own. Think of it more as a blank canvass for what you can embellish it with to suit you. We have a suggestion for you here, weighing in at 716 calories, or a morning in the saddle. Ingredients You … Continue reading Porridge!

Fuelling your rides…

Believe it or not, you can probably ride further than you think. For most of us our actual potential is often far beyond what we think it is, but what separates us from more seasoned riders often boils down to diet and determination. This week we had World Porridge Day, apparently. Perhaps this is the perfect time to talk about fuelling your rides. Porridge is often the go-to meal for many cyclists –even British Cycling has a recipe card for it. However, there are other strategies too. Now, as humans we really need two things out of our meals –protein and … Continue reading Fuelling your rides…

More tips for a comfortable ride…

Following on from Brendon’s guest post, we thought it would be a good opportunity to offer up a few tips for tweaking your bike setup for optimum comfort. We’ve been there. Nobody likes to have their ride ruined by pain and discomfort caused by an ill-fitting bike, but sometimes a few subtle tweaks are all that are required to make all that pain go away. Whilst we do recommend a proper bike fit for anyone planning to spend a significant amount of time riding, there are some basic principles that you can employ to solve a few niggles you may be … Continue reading More tips for a comfortable ride…

Hydration on the bike

Hydration at any time of year is vital for not just the enjoyment of your ride, but also your overall state of health. Many of us struggle to drink enough water during the day & often overlook just how vital adequate hydration is for everything else in your life. However, as the weather improves, the days get longer and the rides get longer, fluids start to play a far more critical role. Whilst out riding it is easy to get sidetracked and forget to take in fluids. If you spend a considerable time on busy or rough roads, rough trails … Continue reading Hydration on the bike

Recovering from a long ride…

A long ride can be tremendously satisfying, not least because you often get to see some wonderful things, but also because you know that your efforts will have taken you a step further along your path to a stronger, fitter version of you. However, your body needs to recover in order for you to experience the benefit of all that effort. How long it’ll take to recover depends on you. Nutrition A long ride will take it out of you. By “it” we mean any scrap of protein you had spare, a few days worth of calories and a few … Continue reading Recovering from a long ride…

Commuting by bike & weight loss…

In news that will surprise nobody, this week another study has found that people who don’t drive to work stay slimmer. Up there with such profound questions as “do bears defecate in the woods?” and “if a tree falls in the forest and there’s nobody around to hear it, does it make a sound?” the question of whether people who exercise on their way to and from work have lower levels of body fat, has once again been answered. People who cycle, walk or catch the train or bus to work keep more weight off than commuters who travel by … Continue reading Commuting by bike & weight loss…