Friday, December 29, 2006

Eating While Riding

When riding one-handed because you are reaching for food or water, grip the handlebar top next to the stem. This helps you sit up, and your movements won’t be as likely to make the bike swerve.

Practice eating while on training rides. Clear your nasal passages just before eating because you have to breathe through your nose while chewing.

Eat something every 30 minutes on long rides to keep energy levels high. Preserve your glycogen (muscle fuel) by always accelerating smoothly, avoiding hard efforts on hills, and resisting all other activities that make your body switch to anaerobic metabolism to meet extra energy demands. Hard riding uses glycogen much less efficiently than evenly paced, aerobic metabolism.

From Bicycling 250 Best Cycling Tips/ photo courtesy of

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