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    Eating more when riding

    It is not me but another lady rider who is my husband's cousin. She is also a senior and she rides to keep her weight down. But lately she confided to me that her weight is increasing again maybe because she develops a bigger appetite when she rides. Perhaps the body is trying to compensate the...
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    Velodrome races in the asian games

    I am currently watching the cycling race on live coverage on tv of the Asian Games. I think it is the velodrome race although mechanics of the race are not clear to me. I could see the pacing which matters most in the race because there was the continual changing of the leader.
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    Learning the proper pacing for your body’s capacity

    It’s just sad that I was not able to join many long rides but I can say that my riding was somehow fruitful. This occurred to me yesterday about the pacing of cyclists. I have been watching the Asian Games on tv and the 5k meters marathon caught my attention. The Japanese pulled away early in...
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    What to eat during a break in a long ride

    I haven’t experienced a real long ride but I had the chance to ride along with long distance riders who were nearing their destination. After about 5 kilometers of uphill climb, they made a stopover on a vacant lot for a rest and some had their snack. Unfortunately, I was not able to take note...
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    It is mountain bike for me

    A colleague in the office asked me what I would choose between an ordinary mountain bike or a fancy racer. I prefer the mountain bike with standard tires because I feel safer. Maybe it is psychological with the wider tires unlike the petite tires of a racer bike. Besides, I am not racing and my...
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    Speed is a factor in accidents

    For the nth time, I have seen in the evening news the cctv video of an accident involving a biker. It was already red in the traffic lights when the speeding bike went thru and hit the car that had the right of way. The rider lay sprawled on the hood of the car. Fortunately the owner of the car...
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    Using the bike to meet new friends

    When I was younger, I have friends who would rent a bike in order to meet the boys on the other block. I lived in a city apartment and despite the congestion, people are not really connected. That trick of using the bike worked for my friends. I wonder how the younger generation especially the...
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    Getting a flat tire when you are nowhere

    This happened to my niece who is a lady biker. Unlike me who is conservative, she is adventurous and not easily stymied. Her style was to bike wherever she fancies. One time she was on a deserted road going to a direction that she didn't know. In short, she had lost her way. Adding insult to...
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    In good mental and emotional condition when driving

    Not long ago there was a rider in our village who crashed against a store when he avoided being hit by a vehicle. While being brought to the hospital, someone asked what happened. The boy said that he was out of his focus because he had broken up with his girlfriend. That talk circulated in our...
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    Riding on the sidewalk is now illegal in metro manila

    I came across the newspaper column about the prohibition of riders in using the sidewalk. It's not only the bikers but also the motorcyclists that sometimes would go up the sidewalk when the traffic is heavy. One school child was hit by a bike and fortunately the injury was minor. I would hate...
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    Steakless steak meal

    Pardon me if you had already seen this. One of my husband's favorite breakfast is the so called steakless steak. It is composed of fried potatoes and onions is added then a tablespoon of soy sauce before turning off the stove. It goes well with bread and vegetable salad just like eating real...
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    Muesli for breakfast

    When I was riding every weekend, my usual breakfast was the native muesli. I call it native because of the native fruits like banana and papaya that I mix with corn flakes and oatmeal although sometimes I also add apple and strawberry depending on the availability. Add a dash of sugar and a cup...
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    Riders should keep their distance from vehicles

    In the evening news the other night, a vehicle seemed to be sideswiping a cyclist who was forced to go up the sidewalk. It was clear on cctv that the vehicle’s driver was taunting the cyclist maybe because the bike must have scratched the vehicle. The reporter advised that when you are riding in...
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    License plate for bikes

    Our town has an ongoing consultation on the proposed ordinance to require bicycles to sport a license plate similar to motorcycles. Some cities have done that before and pedicabs have that but mainly because it is for business or employment. But for personal use of a bicycle it is argued that...
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    Descending smoothly

    I am posting this is for the benefit of the greenhorn in cycling. It was unfortunate that I almost crashed on my first try in climbing. All the while I thought the main problem was the ascent and I was not aware that the descent is dangerous that you may be injured and can be fatal when you...
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    When the weather is too hot

    A few weeks back when there was a heat wave in Japan, I was saddened by the news report that a biker going to work collapsed on the road due to the extreme heat. That is a neat lesson for cyclists especially those living in tropical countries because heat stroke is prevalent here during summer...
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    Careful on muddy roads

    There are dirt roads in our village and they become muddy during the rainy season. Not a few riders suffered a crash due to the sticky and slippery mud on the road. That is one reason why bikers don’t ride after the rains because of the resulting muddy streets. Fortunately the main roads are all...
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    Riding to work instead of the bus

    We had a guest last weekend. It is a relative from the US vacationing here. I got interested when my nephew said that he bikes to work instead of taking 2 buses. It takes a lot of time to travel the 5 miles on the bus while it takes less than 30 minutes on the bike with plenty to spare. It is a...
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    Biking with the dog

    I have been seeing some people in our village who are riding with their dog on a leash running astride. It was nice to see those women especially the seniors. However, I have been thinking that the dog may be fatigued in running the distance. Another concern is when the dog runs wild, you may...
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    Learning proper pacing by determining your body’s capability

    When I joined a group of cyclists on their way to the uphill road just outside our village, I had heard some of their conversation during a respite before climbing. One said that stamina is the most important factor for a professional cyclist to which another remarked that stamina is actually...