Best Practices for Pre- and Post-Ride | Barton Haynes

Barton Haynes here, continuing my series on healthy riding as the cycling season comes into full swing. This article will touch on a few best practices – albeit “obvious” practices – to do before and after your ride. Stretch before and after cycling Stretching before and after cycling is a great way to avoid tightness,…

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Avoiding Knee Pain While Cycling | Barton Haynes

Bart Haynes here in sunny San Diego, continuing my series staying healthy and happy while riding during peak cycling season.  Knee Pain is Paradoxical with Cycling Cycling has a rather paradoxical relationship with our knees: on the one hand, it’s one of the primary prescriptions for people rehabbing injuries, staying shape as they get older,…

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How I Avoid Muscle Tightness While Cycling | Barton Haynes

Barton Haynes here, continuing my series on healthy riding as summer heats up, and along with it the cycling season. Stretching is cycling’s best friend Muscle tightness is another thing most of us cyclists deal with in the hips and calves. Riding is kind of an ideal sport for developing tight muscles: your hips are…

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Foot Numbness | Barton Haynes

Barton Haynes here, continuing my series on healthy riding as summer, and the cycling season, heats up. Here is the overview postwhere I discuss different types of injuries and how to avoid them. In this article we will focus in on foot numbness/tingling while cycling.  Foot numbness and tingling are irritating, if even painful, and will…

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5 Things To Do to Launch Cycling Season | Barton Haynes

Bart Haynes here in sunny San Diego, continuing my series on cycling health and necessities in honor of the beginning of the cycling season. For many of us, May means the beginning of regular outdoor cycling. The weather is nice, it’s not too hot, and you’re probably sick of your trainer (or sick of not…

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5 Ways to Avoid Saddle Sores | Barton Haynes

Saddle soreness is simply pain associated with sitting on your bike seat. Saddle sores are sores you get from chaffing while riding. Here are 5 ways to prevent these at the beginning of the season.  Get new riding shorts Old riding shorts means you are riding with virtually no padding on your bike. If you…

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Pre-Race Stretching | Barton Haynes

Bart Haynes here in sunny San Diego, here to talk about stretching before riding and racing. The real question is: why even stretch before riding?  The fact is, it’s a good question. Cycliing is a physically extremely repetitive activity, and so stretching is beneficial for: Hips Hamstrings Lower back Calfs  Here are several reasons you…

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Increasing Your Ride Distance | Barton Haynes

Bart Haynes here in sunny San Diego, here to answer a reader question: how much is a safe distance to increase riding? Is it like running? The prevailing, accepted running wisdom is that once you have your running baseline, you shouldn’t increase your running distance more than 10%. Some runners take this as “not more…

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8 Tips: How to Cycle in a Group | Barton Haynes

Bart Haynes here in sunny San Diego with another article that is meant for cyclists who are new to riding in groups, and seasoned cyclists who could use a primer on riding etiquette. Most people start cycling by themselves or with one other person. Making the jump from riding alone or with one or two…

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