Recumbent Randonneur

long distance cycling in comfort

Why a Recumbent?


When I started randonneuring I quickly realised that there had to be a better experience than suffering saddle sores and neck pain, not to mention lingering finger numbness.

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What is Randonneuring all about?

LEL and PBP – how do they compare?

LEL and PBP – how do they compare?

Olaf Storbeck says: Both Paris-Brest-Paris and London-Edinburgh-London are ruddy fantastic events. Taking part and finishing was among the best experiences I’ve ever had. Click: PBP is a party, while LEL is an adventure. Others may have a different opinion. Andreas...

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What to do after a bicycle crash

When going for a ride make sure you have: a cell phone, personal identification, emergency contact, and something to write with. If you have been in a bicycle crash you need to do these: Call the police and/or an ambulance immediately. If you are unable to do so, ask...

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What is Randonneuring (Audax)?

How do you explain to someone why they should ride a long distance on a bicycle, through the night, through the wind, through the sun, through the cold, through the rain, through whatever conditions fickle fate decides to throw at you? [Puddle] The words of C. Joybell...

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Super Randonnée 600

What is a Super Randonnée? Super Randonnées are mountainous Permanents of 600 km (373 miles) with over 10.000 m (32.800 ft) of elevation gain. Riders have the option of riding a Super Randonnée either as a Randonneur or as a Tourist. Randonneurs have a 50 hour time...

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London-Edinburgh-London

London-Edinburgh-London

LEL starts on Sunday 30 July 2017 Entries have closed - the demand has been enormous. You could always volunteer to experience the event and get a guaranteed place in 2020. The new route is 1433km long and has 11,128m of climbing. It is broadly similar to the route in...

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Dementia

Dementia and Exercise "More than 80 percent of North Americans over the age of 85 suffer from some form of dementia." A study with rats designed to simulate three types of exercise used by humans showed that rats that ran long distances on exercise wheels at their own...

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Magnesium Deficiency

Magnesium is much more than a simple electrolyte – it is involved in more than 300 biological functions and is essential for heart...

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What to do after a bicycle crash

When going for a ride make sure you have: a cell phone, personal identification, emergency contact, and something to write with. If you have been in a bicycle crash you need to do these: Call the police and/or an ambulance immediately. If you are unable to do so, ask...

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Common Painkillers Raise Risk of Heart Attack

Many randonneurs take ibuprofen as a matter of course to prevent feeling pain during a long ride. Others wait until an injury occurs and then take it. A recently published article says a study suggests taking common painkillers such as ibuprofen for only a week can...

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Cramping

I recently suggested that a rider suffering from leg cramps during a 1200 apply some topical magnesium. His immediate response was "Never! Magnesium is a muscle relaxant and I don't want to go to sleep." It always amazes me how close-minded people can be. Surely a...

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How to Avoid Heart Disease

Beyond Cholesterol — What Really Causes Heart Disease? According to Dr. Thomas Dayspring, a lipidologist (expert on cholesterol), and Director of Cardiovascular Education at Foundation for Health Improvement and Technology (FHIT), most heart attacks are due to insulin...

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The Cause of Cramps?

Could it be as simple as not having enough magnesium in your body? Magnesium is much more than a simple electrolyte - it is involved in more than 300 biological functions and is essential for heart health. Any prescribed doses of magnesium are likely to be woefully...

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R.I.C.E. No Longer the Treatment of Choice for Injuries

Since 1978 when Dr. Gabe Mirkin coined the term RICE, Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation have been the gold standard for treating athletic injuries. But now the ice age is melting, and a series of studies that show that injury treatment with cold therapy and total...

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Is endurance training bad for you?

In 2012, Belgium scientists published a study that concluded that repeated bouts of intensive endurance exercise at the elite level may result in the pathological enlargement of the right ventricle, which, according to the article, is associated with potential health...

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Endurance Athletes and Heart Health

Endurance Athletes and Heart Health

Extremely fit and active people are increasingly succumbing to heart problems such as atrial fibrillation, heart attacks and strokes. In many cases there is no obvious warning and the medical profession is unable to explain why such healthy active people are suffering...

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Ideal Crank Length

Ideal Crank Length

"Crank length is part of a system of hinges and levers that must operate in the larger context of an individual’s biomechanics. Longer cranks increased flexion and the range of movement required at both the hip and knee. Where there is indecision, cyclists should opt...

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XShifter at Interbike 2017

XShifter at Interbike 2017

XShifter will be on display at Interbike September 20 - 22 in Las Vegas. XShifter says: "We will be bringing finished production samples of the product. This is only fitting, as Interbike is where we made our formal public announcement just 1 year ago. In just 1 year,...

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The Ideal Randonneuring Bike

The Ideal Randonneuring Bike

I could not agree more with Pamela Blalock who says: "A good brevet bike is one you use on a brevet with little or no hassle or pain. This means the bike is: reliable and comfortable has enough storage capacity that you can carry what you need for the distance and...

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Cleat position

Cleat position

Have you ever wondered if your cleats are set up correctly? This page has some detailed information on attaching and setting up different cleats. Steve Hogg's thoughts Joel Friel on Midsole Bike Cleat...

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Recumbents

Recumbents

A recumbent bicycle places the rider in a laid-back reclining position. Recumbents come in many different sizes and configurations usually with either two or threes wheels. Most recumbent riders choose this type of design for ergonomic reasons; the rider's weight is...

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Custom Lowracer FWD

Custom Lowracer FWD

I first spotted the Toxy ZR online in about 2005 and commissioned a friend to make me  a similar machine but it never really handled satisfactorily. It was decidedly scary at speed. I cut off the boom and make it into a moving-bottom-bracket lowracer using a cut-down...

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How Can the Road Bike be Improved??

Compared to the earliest bikes, today’s road bikes represent a quantum leap in both design and engineering. How much room is there for improvement? CTech editor Matt Wikstrom...

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Toxy ZR

Toxy ZR

I picked this up at SPEZI 2013 in Germany whilst travelling with my wife for a nearby conference. I first spotted the ZR online in about 2005 and commissioned a friend to make me  a similar machine but it never really handled satisfactorily. It was decidedly scary at...

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Hammerhead Karoo – A Garmin Edge killer?

Hammerhead Karoo – A Garmin Edge killer?

This looks promising. It will be interesting to see how well it compares in real life. Color touchscreen that the company claims works as well as modern smartphones, plus 3.5in screen Buttons on both sides give you the choice to operate it using buttons or touch...

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Waterproofing Electrical Connections

Hear is a useful idea I found on the YACF forum Somnolent said: charging of Garmins from a dynamo while on the move is problematic even in the dry. Nothing that can't be overcome mitigated with a little ingenuity. Been running my Etrex (HCx) from the Luxos USB offtake...

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Looking for a new Computer/GPS?

Looking for a new Computer/GPS?

A comprehensive review of the current offerings here: Best GPS devices for cycling Bikeradar's review of  the best units for riding, training, touring and navigation Update: Keep an eye on the forthcoming Hammerhead Karoo...

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Taming the Garmin Etrex 20/30

Garmin's Etrex series of GPS units are used by many people in preference to their cycling-specific Edge devices because they are robust and take replaceable batteries. If you want to know how to set it up a Garmin Etrex 20 or 30 GPS for randonneuring, Francis Cooke...

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Garmin Startup Message

DC Rainmaker has a mine of information on his site. The latest tip I have come across is how to set up a personal startup message on a Garmin Edge.

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Battery Charge Extender for the Garmin EDGE

Portable Emergency AA Battery Charger Extender suitable for the Garmin EDGE 500 This comes highly recommended by other randonneurs. I wonder if it works with the Edge 810? http://www.gomadic.com/garmin-edge-500-portable-aa-battery-extender.html Andrew Mead says:  I...

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More Accurate Elevation Calcs

Ridewithgps are about to begin using a new elevation calculation method that provides more accurate figures. Additionally, all existing routes and rides will be updated to use the new calculations. It will be interesting to see how they will compare with others such...

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GPS navigation and communication combined

Delorme inReach combines GPS navigation and emergency communications The all-new DeLorme inReach Explorer combines the satellite communications functions of past inReach mobiles with a full GPS navigation feature set. A single handheld unit serves as a GPS navigator,...

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Wider tyres

Are supple tyres the way to go? Jan Heine has long been advocating the use of wider, more supple, tyres as the most effective change to increase speed and comfort without requiring extra effort. Read his thoughts on wider tyres here. Another article on Optimizing Your...