Monthly Archives: April 2010

Share the Road (I)

In newsletter No. 438 [Road Bike Rider] offered an idea for tweaking the “Share the Road” signs seen along some U.S. highways and byways. Missourian Paul Scianna proposed adding the phrase “It’s the Law” to make sure drivers realize that giving cyclists some space is not merely a suggestion. But what if your local roads don’t have basic “Share the Road” signs, or there are too few? What can you do about that?

Roadie Peter Paul Bud has an answer — commit your local bike club to buying the signs on the condition that the highway department will put them where they’ll do the most good. That is, along favorite cycling roads in the area.

for more, see Road Bike Rider Newsletter # 440



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I’m back in the Saddle again

Finally, I made it, after having been ill with the flu or something like that for more than  2 weeks and suffering from the aftereffects [feeling absolutely weak after having lost more than 10 pounds in 2 weeks], back onto the saddle and today did 17 miles at a average of 13.5 without ever feeling overexerted. I’m really happy. It’s been a great ride in absolutely gorgeous weather [light breeze, bright sunshine, but agreeable temps and low humidity]: with all the spring lowers around still it could not have been better. And now I hope I’ll be able to continue.

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Mary and Pit’s Non-Morning-Persons’ Ride Cancelled

I’m afraid we’ll have to cancel that ride out of Panna Maria on Sunday, April 11, as I have come down with something flu-like and won’t be able to ride the bike for a few days, let alone lead a 30-plus-mile bike ride. But there’ll be other opportunities.

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On Nutrition (1): Drinking

My favourite drink – for after a ride – is what in Germany we call “Apfelschorle”, a mixture of apple juice and (carbonated) mineral water. I don’t like to take it with me on a ride (so much) as the carbon dioxide in it tends to balloon the water bottles, but that could, of course, be overcome by shaking the bottles some before putting a tight lid on. And the drink would still retain some of its fizziness, which makes it pleasant to drink and not stale.

A good, i.e. easily resorbed, drink mix should be about one third of apple juice and two thirds of mineral water, plus a pinch [about 1 – 2 grams] of salt. For mineral water choose some that is rich in magnesium, 100 or more milligrams per liter, and with a sodium content of 50 to 100 mg/ltr. Unfortunatley, here in the US I have not seen contents other than magnesium marked on the bottles.

Another energy drink to mix yourself is a mixture of 30 to 80 grams of Maltodextrine and again 1 – 2 grams of salt per liter.

Whatever you do, make sure that the resulting drink is isotonic, i.e. it must neither contain too many carbohydrates nor minerals [less than 80 grams of carbohydrates, with 30 to 50 grams being optimal, and around 450 grams of sodium per liter], so that it will be absorbed quickly by the body.

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April: National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

The U.S. House of Representatives today passed a resolution designating the month of April as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The resolution encourages all Americans to consider the lives of others on the road and put an end to distracted driving.

to read more, click here

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Republicans Ridicule Bike Lanes

“Republicans heaped ridicule on Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood at a Wednesday hearing after LaHood suggested that bicycling and walking are just as good ways to get around as cars. To laughter, Republican House members suggested LaHood was taking drugs, dismissed the very idea of bike lanes and derided any change to a car-dependent society. ‘What job is going to be created by having a bike lane?’ asked Ohio Republican Steven LaTourette.

quoted from: Courthouse News Service, Wednesday, March 17, 2010

to read the full article, click here

you might also want to visit the DOTs blog: click here

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