Archive for February, 2010

Get a Jump on Spring: Still Time to Get Fit

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Getting cabin fever?  While it is still too cold and dark for some of us to be riding on the road or trail, it’s not too early to get warm indoors and be fit for spring.  Winter training can benefit all types of riders, from road racers, to recreational mountain bikers, to three season commuters.  Indoor cycling, cross training, and weight lifting are great ways to get your body in shape before you start riding this April.  And if your schedule allows you the time to be outside when it is still light, you can even start your outdoor riding season now!

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Steel Wheels Duo: Spokesongs Bicycle Tour

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

I met Jay Lapp at a bluegrass jam in Ann Arbor.   We all had a good time that June night, picking tunes outside on the balcony and drinking beer with conversations in between.  Around midnight as we were packing up, Jay informed me about a bike tour his band was planning.  I loved the idea, and wanted Tree Fort to help.  The next couple months we kept in touch, figuring out how this whole thing was going to work.  About a week before he left, we fixed up his nimble road bike and turned it into touring machine ready to hit the Virginia hills.  Returning from the ride, he sat down with us to tell us about his adventures.

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Cat-Eye MSC-HR10/HR20 Heart Rate Monitor

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Most athletes agree that heart rate monitors are useful as a primary tool to structure workouts, as it is a relatively inexpensive way to accurately gauge your fitness and progress.  Use a heart rate monitor to:

  • monitor and improve your fitness
  • structure a training schedule using your data
  • determine if you are over training

Product Summary

Cat Eye makes two multi-sport heart rate monitors, the MSC-HR10 and the HR20.  The model used for this review was the HR10, though the differences between the two watches are minimal (discussed in a minute).  The computer includes two units, a wrist worn watch and a heart rate strap that is worn around the chest under clothing, which transmits the heartbeat to the watch.  Both parts require batteries, but after six months of use they have not needed replacement.

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