Hello, fellow cyclists! Today, I’m going to piggy-back off of my latest post on my other blog titled Bart the Bike Guy. There, I wrote an article titled, “Why is Cycling Good for your Knees?” I discussed the health benefits of cycling versus other sports and explained why the low-impact nature of riding a bicycle is perfect for someone with knee issues.
Additionally, I noted how poor cycling posture can add to the knee problems a cyclist might experience. Today, I’ll be sharing some photos and excerpts all about riding posture for your enjoyment. Please see the links below for image sources.
How do you find the right fit for your bike? If your bike fits well and is set up correctly it will offer you good handling in all circumstances. You should be able to reach all parts of the handlebars without putting any stress on your hands or elbows. Your arms should be not quite straight and your back should be at an angle of approximately 45 degrees.
Over many miles of cycling the wrong posture will leave you stiff, aching and sore – while the correct riding position will minimize your risk of injuries, aches and pains. (GUIDELINESHEALTH.com)
The position that you ride in makes all of the difference. Get acquainted with your type of bicycle and select the right bike fit for you. Adjust your seat and handlebars as suggested for your bike. When done right it will serve you well and keep you comfortable while you ride. (Bike with Bekkie)
Here is a list of the advantages to proper posture correction from francefrominside.com:
Increased activity and participation of the glutes and hamstrings = increased power!!
Increased efficiency in work load distribution to the entire thigh (glutes, hamstrings, quads) = better endurance!!
A forward tilt of the pelvis also allows for maintaining a “neutral position of the low back” and set up for proper posture in the upper back and neck = no back pain while riding and less stress in the shoulders!!
As most of us know, a well fitted bicycle helps maintain a comfortable cycling posture that allows consistent performance along the journey, and time saving can be achieved without the need for frequent resting stops to stretch out sore and painful muscles. The key influence to our body’s cycling posture is our cycling capability. (Little Rock Cycles Blog)
Best of luck to all of you on your bicycles this week!
Happy autumn to all of my fellow cyclists out there! Today’s article inspiration comes from the change in the season. In many places in the Northern Hemisphere, fall colors are gracing the trees and making for a gorgeous cycling commute.
Though the yellows, oranges, and browns are vibrant, this means that the temperatures are dropping. This isn’t true for me here in San Diego, but for many cyclists who only enjoy warm-weather cycling, this time of year can be a literal roadblock for many who own bicycles. Unfortunately, the cooler temperatures mean that many are now returning to driving instead of cycling to work.
On this photograph-based blog, I’d like to share with you some inspiration to keep you on the road and out of your cars as the season changes to fall. Along with the photos will be motivational quotes that will hopefully inspire you all to keep cycling.
By all these lovely tokens September days are here, With summer’s best of weather And autumn’s best of cheer. -Helen Hunt Jackson
“When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.” -Arthur Conan Doyle
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. -Albert Camus
“There is beauty in silence and there is silence in beauty and you can find both in a bicycle!” -Mehmet Murat Ildan
To piggyback on my latest post over at barthaynes.com (Bart the Bike Guy), I wanted to discuss a little bit about good exercises to do if you’re a cyclist.
My most recent post at Bart the Bike Guy is titled “Ask Bart Haynes: Common Cycling Injuries.” In the article, I mention that several problem and at-risk areas can be helped with proper exercises. Building up certain areas of your body will help protect you against bicycle-inspired afflictions and help you improve your cycling performance.
This post will provide you with resources to help you build cycling-friendly exercises into your workout routine. Thank you as always for following along!
Greetings to my fellow cyclists! Today, I’m sharing some vintage photographs of one of the best cyclists to have graced the face of the planet. For those of you who don’t know about Eddie Merckx, here’s a brief description from biographyonline.net:
Eddy Merckx was a Belgian professional cyclists, who is widely regarded as the greatest cyclist of all time. In an illustrious career spanning both amateur and professional ranks, he won the Tour de France five times, Giro d’Italia five times, the Vuelta a Espana once – and all the major classics at least twice (finishing with 19 classic victories in total). He was world champion three times, broke the world hour record and dominated the sport like no one else has.
To honor this giant in the world of cycling, here are some images featuring some of his greatest achievements. Enjoy!
To conclude this post, here are a few of my favorite Eddy Merckx quotes:
“Ride as much or as little, as long or as short as you feel. But ride.” -Eddy Merckx
“Cyclists live with pain. If you can’t handle it, you will win nothing.” -Eddy Merckx
It’s been a while since I’ve posted a blog entry featuring inspirational cycling quotes. Since I’m a sucker for quotes and since you get ever get inspired enough, I’m creating a follow up to the blog posts of a similar nature that I’ve written in the past.
As always, I glean the majority of my inspiration from my Barton Haynes Pinterest page. For those of you who haven’t checked it out recently, I update my pages weekly and am always featuring the latest and greatest content that appears on the web. (My favorite boards recently have been my Cycling Apparel board and my Vintage Cycling board.)
It’s always important to motivate yourself with inspiration during times of new beginnings. Given that we’re still in the genesis of the new year and are in the midst of a new moon, I thought that these inspirational quotes would be quite appropriate. Some of them are motivating, some are funny, but I think you’ll enjoy each one.
All photo credits can be found on my Pinterest board titled Bicycle Quotes.
Take a look at my previous posts for more inspiration:
Hello, everyone! I hope you all have been having a productive week cycling, be that indoor or outdoor.
Today, I wanted to follow up from a recent blog post I wrote on my affiliate site titled Workouts for Indoor Cycling on barthaynes.com. Many of my readers have been asking about good routines to do indoors during the winter months. Although I personally am not confined indoors due to the fact that I live in San Diego, California, I still do many workouts and exercises indoors.
Today, I’d like to share some inspiring images that show effective exercise routines that will boost and maximize your efforts in the saddle. I hope that you learn something new and try a few of these routines out for yourself at home!
Last week, I was riding my usual stretch in beautiful Rancho Santa Fe in a new cycling jersey from Cycology. After wearing my new uniform, I started paying attention to what cyclists were wearing on the road. Many cyclists, I realized, pay a surprising amount of attention to what they’re wearing on the road. Their jerseys are fashionable, they match strategically, and they have an overall clean and finished look.
In honor of all of the stylist cyclists out there, today I bring you a post with photo inspiration all about cycling in style.
Recently on my affiliate site barthaynes.com, I’ve been doing a lot of talking about cycling jerseys.
To keep with the theme, today I’m going to share 10 of the flashiest cycling jerseys I’ve seen on the Internet. Many cyclists sport flamboyant attire on the road to increase visibility or simply make a statement. If you include yourself in that category and are in the market for a swanky jersey, this post is for you!
I wanted to launch 2018 with some bright images to fill us all with good intentions for the coming year. The following 10 images are all pieces of fine art that I discovered on the web that depict cyclists in their element.
At the bottom, I’ve included the sources if you’re drawn to any piece in particular. Most are available for purchase if you’re feeling the need to decorate your house with some cycling-inspired art.
Without further ado, here is some cycling fine art to inspire you all: