Almost nothing better then dogs & cycling together.
RIDES: SLOW AND STEADY BUILDS THE BASE
Putting together a group ride can be challenging. If everyone’s not on the same page about there wheres/whats and whens of the ride, it can be frustrating as well. A huge mistake I made last year was dropping hammers in the winter when I should have been more Mellow Johnny for a few months. Luckily, we were able to gather a group of us this morning with the same goal of building a base. Here’s what Joe Friel, author of The Cyclist Training Bible has to say about the importance of base miles:
“When you ride for two or more hours at a steady pace—a typical base ride—your body responds with changes that allow you to use more oxygen and burn more fat as fuel. Your mitochondria—the parts of your cells that produce energy—also multiply and enlarge. And you churn out more enzymes that help turn stored fuel into energy. The result: You can ride faster and longer.” (Joe Friel via Bicycling.com)
Mitochondria. Enzymes. Base. Got it? Good. Now go plan a group ride, be social, take more photos, and take it easy every once in a while!
Fantastic video portrait on BMX great Joe Rich. Always looked up to him, Taj, & T1. View more photos over on ‘The Diggest' »
Deah-zed and Confused!
Rapha’s 2013 NorthEast Gentlemen’s Ride
"The Collector" courtesy of Rapha
PHOTOS: Christopher Chen
WORDS: Adam Taylor-Campbell
For quite some time I had heard murmurings about ‘The Collector’, an intriguing Singapore character with a magnificent bicycle collection to match. The first time I saw Ah Joo I was out riding with friends; as we rolled up to a small group of cyclists, he immediately stood out, riding a traditional steel frame and carrying a small bag over his shoulder. We greeted the group and carried on but mentions of ‘The Collector’ peppered the conversation thereafter.
The next time I saw Ah Joo was at six o’clock in the morning, at the start of a Rapha Gentlemen’s Race; again in Singapore, this time astride a beautiful Richard Sachs. I immediately went over and introduced myself; it’s not often that you see someone riding a Sachs in Asia. I started to talk to him about his bike and he then described several more of his bikes and my eyes lit up. It was then Ah Joo kindly invited me to “the space upstairs”, his car-restoration workshop, to view his collection of bicycles.
Nothing could prepare me for what I found; it was like discovering a lost city. For suspended in the rafters, was row upon row of gorgeous road bikes, paintwork immaculate, chrome parts catching rays of light, casting reflections on the walls and ceiling. Every kind of classic marque, tube and component, all lovingly preserved in this humble workshop.
Amazing bmx dirt line and I love that there isn’t any music; just the whirr of cogs & the chirping crickets. Makes me want to go back and ride again. (but I know I’d probably just hurt myself too much)
Great video and story of BMX legend Mike Aitken and his come back from a traumatic brain injury. The accompanying website is well done too.