Recent content by GemmaRowlands



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    Do you report potholes?

    Yes, I report them in my country (the UK) because a lot of people have issues with them, and even injury if they are cyclists. So I feel as though I do need to report them. However, a lot of the time nothing is done about it as the council don't have the budget to fix things. However, this...
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    Food Addictions - got one?

    I have a food addiction in general - and when I am stressed or anxious I will eat a lot of food as a way of coping with it. Needless to say, it rarely works, and more often than not I simply feel even worse than I did before. I think a lot of people have food addictions without really realising...
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    Riding On The Sidewalk

    I never ride my bike where there might be pedestrians, because where I live there are perfectly good roads for people to ride on, and this means that there is no need at all to be riding where there is a chance that somebody could get injured. I know that many people do still choose to ride...
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    Do you actually mind when people ride on the path when you are a pedestrian?

    Yes, I do mind, because it isn't safe. Where I live, there are quite decent roads for cyclists to ride on, and for this reason there is no need for them to ride on the pavement at all. I don't mind it when toddlers are on there, but as soon as the child is old enough they should be riding on the...
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    Cycling glasses

    Although you don't like the style of those glasses, I do think that they are one of the best options available - simply because of the fact that they cover the whole of your eyes, meaning that they are protected as best they can be from all of the dirt and the dust that might be flying up at you...
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    Cycling and music

    I used to in the past, however I soon came to realise two things: (1) The sounds where I ride (I live in the countryside) are absolutely beautiful, much better than anything I could play through my headphones, so I should be making the most of them. (2) If something else is happening with...
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    Tips to lose weight without dieting

    I think that dieting is only ever a short term solution if you plan to go back to your old eating habits, to be honest. The real trick is trying to change things about the way you eat in the long term, so that you learn a lot of lessons about nutrition and how to make food in a healthy way. This...
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    How long do you usually go for a ride daily?

    The simple answer for me is that I will always ride for as long as possible, but unfortunately that often isn't really quite as much as I would like. I am a freelance writer and I work from home, so my schedule varies wildly. Sometimes I can go out for hours a day, and other times I struggle to...
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    Still Own A Singlespeed?

    I do have one, actually. It was the very first bike that I bought for myself when I was younger, and I just don't want to get rid of it. I don't ride it very often, but there is a beautiful flat route in the countryside around an hour's drive from where I live, and I like to go there a few times...
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    Knee pain

    What is your fitness level like? Are you riding regularly? If you aren't, it could just be that your body is trying to get used to it. If you have been riding for a while, and if the pain affects other parts of your life, then I would recommend seeing your GP about it, as there is a chance that...
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    Bananas?

    I think that bananas are great to have either at the beginning of a ride, during the ride, or when you have finished for the day. They seem to be able to give you a burst of energy, and this means that you are able to perform (or recover if you're eating it afterwards) much better than you would...
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    How to be seen and safe from all directions

    This looks fantastic, and I am certain that you would definitely be seen if you were wearing that! I think that visibility is such an important issue. When I am driving my car, I have lost count of the number of times that I have seen somebody at the last minute and had to swerve slightly...
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    Protein Shakes

    I drink them, because I am trying to build some muscle at the moment and I know that all of exercise I'm doing isn't going to achieve all that much without the nutrition to go along with it. So I will try to drink at least one shake per day, and I will usually have it after I have exercised...
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    Advice for newbie?

    Firstly, you should never write yourself off too soon! You say that you can't do it, and I don't even know you but I am fairly certain that isn't the truth - as I am a firm believer than anybody can do anything that they're willing to train for. Yes, you will need to train hard, and you will...
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    Bike Fit Happiness

    I found that my cycling improved dramatically once I had my bike made for me. If you think about it, our bodies are all different and this means that it very much stands to reason that every bike should be different too. It is an absolute joy to ride for me now (even more so than before) and I...