Asymmetries and Bike Performance
How to Corner in Gravel
“…adapting your asymmetrical body to a symmetrical bike for hours on end causes unforgiving misalignment that can only be remedied off the bike.” Taylor Phinney
Why is our body asymmetrical? At the most basic level it comes down to anatomy. The human body is not the same left to right. Most of us have one foot slightly larger than the other, but even more noticeable difference emerge when we look at the internal organs.
FoCo Fondofest, Niner Bikes Announce Partnership
Cornering in gravel is a battle against traction. On a road bike your tires grab the pavement, allowing you to really lean over on the bike in a corner. On gravel however, there's not really any major bike leaning- you'd just slide out!
How to Boot a Tire
Fort Collins, CO: Niner Bikes and FoCo Fondo, a cycling event company, have announced a partnership for FoCo Fondo’s signature event: the FoCo Fondofest, a gravel ride and family festival on August 4th, 2018. The partnership aligns two forward-thinking bike brands, both integral parts of the Northern Colorado cycling culture.
How to Choose a Tire for the FoCo Fondofest
Your riding along on a gorgeous Colorado day then somehow out of nowhere you get squirted in the face with sealant. On a road bike most wheels go flat pretty quickly once punctured. On a tubeless set up, you hop off the bike promptly and try to get the affected area of the tire to seal with the sealant you’re watching squirt out of your tire. After about a minute you realize that there’s a gaping hole in your tire the sealant is freely flowing out of like mayo on sandwich bread.
All about those glutes...by Rebound Sports & Physical Therapy
The FoCo Fondo, particularly the longer routes, has varying terrain, deep gravel, pavement. There’s many different tire choices. Heck it's been done on 25mm road tires. But what’s the “best” tire for the event? First and foremost, it's the tire that you currently have. This article is not here to sell tires, and it’s not here to be an excuse for you to not bite the bullet. If all you have is 25mm slicks, sign up, bring a few extra tubes, and gett’r dun.
Strength & Mobility for Happy Riding by Rebound Sports & Physical Therapy
Our best efforts to improve our power and strength may not be carrying over onto the bike if we are not engaging properly. When you do lower body strengthening or a hard bike ride, where do you feel soreness? The answer for many is not in the right places. Many factors can contribute to this, like bike fit, posture, muscle tightness and movement patterns.
Seven Things You Should Know Before Your First Gravel Grinder Or Epic Gravel Ride
So You’re A Cyclist…..
What does this mean? To a physical therapist it means many things. The relatively static position of the bike with a fixed repetitive movement for hours has many impacts. The position leads us to think about what muscles are doing the majority of the work and what muscles will need attention due to prolonged time in a shortened position.
Why I gravel.
Gravel racing is booming in popularity…it’s not quite mountain biking and it’s not quite cyclocross or road riding. This might leave you with some questions on how best to prepare for your first big gravel grinder.
Empower Performance Therapy’s Kinesio Tape Tips for the FoCo Fondo
Have you ever done the same road ride 100 times? On the 50th time you see a dirt road off to the side and you ask, where does it go? Once you break that dirt barrier the possibilities are endless. Similar to cycling in general, you can do 100 miles, 200 miles, you can find a place to camp, find somewhere where no one has ridden, some new route that has never been completed.
Our Favorite Noosa Yoghurt Recovery Smoothie
Long gravel rides can be wearing on your body. Empower Performance Therapy uses Kinesio Tape often for both sides of injury- prevention as well as rehabilitation.
Check out these four Kinesio Tape applications for prevention of injury and muscle soreness when embarking upon epic adventures like the FoCo Fondo:
Zack Allison’s 5 Take-Aways From BWR & DK200 Gravel Grinder
Riding in the heat of summer has us craving something cool and sweet to finish off long days of riding. It’s something delicious we can gulp down on the couch after a cold shower. Fort Collins’ favorite yoghurt, Noosa, makes a great recovery smoothie base.
How should I fuel & hydrate for a long gravel grinder?
This year was SE Coach Zack Allison’s first time doing the Belgian Waffle Ride and Dirty Kanza 200, much less both in the same year. We asked him to share his top 5 takeaways from his own experience.
What exactly does our body need to ride for three to six hours? We are all individuals and just as we all look different, our nutritional needs can be different. But, with some basic knowledge and guidelines, we can tweak the guidelines to our own needs for the different endurance sports we do.