Cycling at High Altitude | Barton Haynes

Bart Haynes here in sunny San Diego, kicking off my series about bike training advice: this article will talk about the benefits and preparation of training at high altitudes.  Why Train at High Altitude Training at high altitudes can offer some major benefits, including:  Increased lung capacity Increased lactic acid threshold Increased red cell volume…

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3 Steps to Improve Cardiovascular Capacity | Barton Haynes

Bart Haynes here in sunny San Diego, continuing my series on bike training. In this article I’ll look at 3 easy steps to improve your cardiovascular capacity for better performance in bike races. The benefits of cardiovascular performance hardly need to be pointed out – better cardiovascular performance means you can go longer at a…

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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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