In the second part of his blog on cycling and weight loss, John Phelan gives us the low down on how to get started… Read more
The long, cold, dark nights may be stopping you from getting as much quality saddle time as you would like these days. However, there are some ways of keeping your fitness up over the winter months so that you will be achieving your goals at the Ring of Beara Cycle Kenmare in May. Read more
We have teamed up with John Phelan, chartered physiotherapist and nutritionist who will be helping us get ready for the 2020 cycling season. In the first in a series of blogs John shares his views on strength training and how it can improve cycling performance. Read more
The long cold dark nights may be stopping you from getting as much quality saddle time as you would like these days. However, there are some ways of keeping your fitness up over the winter months so that you will be setting a personal best at the Ring of Beara Cycle Kenmare next year.
The state of hydration during physical activity is vital as water is lost at a greater rate than fluids can be taken in. Because of the unreliability of the thirst mechanism and the importance of replacing lost fluids during exercise, many athletes consume liquids according to a schedule during training in an effort to remain hydrated.
With just over a fortnight to go to the Ring of Beara Cycle Kenmare, it’s time to get you bike ready for the big day.
Cleaning and lube bike
A lot of dirt is collected on a bike after cycle on the Irish’s roads. It’s a good idea to get into the habit of giving your bike a wash down and dry after a winter spin. If you don’t have the time to wash the whole bike at the very least you should wash, dry and lube the chain and cassette. This will prevent rushing on chain and give it a longer life span.
Take time to check your brakes, cassette & tyres for wear and tear. If you are unsure on how to service your bike, bring it to a local bike shop for a service. It usually costs about €35 for a service but this is well worth spending the money on it.
Proper bike fit
If you have never got a proper bike fit before its time to treat yourself and your bike to one. A trained bike fitter will adjust saddle height, handlebar height and other minor adjustment to your bike. Having a bike set up to fit your body allows you cycle more efficient and help avoid soreness after a cycle.
A saddle bag is a small bag which attaches under your saddle. Invest in a saddle bag and fill with a repair kit, spare tube, emergency foil blanket and emergency money this may avoid along walk home if you get a puncture.
Go for a spin
Once you have your bike all washed and serviced, enjoy a spin along the rugged coastline of the Beara Peninsula.