PBP USA Wiki

The PBP USA Wiki was created as a place to share information relevant to US riders going to PBP, wikipedia-style. No doubt much of the information may be useful for residents of other countries. Access the  PBP USA Wiki here....

PBP tips from an Ancien

What do you want to know about PBP? Eric (the campyonlyguy) has helpfully created a series of videos based on his experiences. Is it worth it? How tough is it? Time Picking a start time Fix it now! Weather Making a plan Hands and arms Lodging for you and your bike...

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...

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...

Ketogenic Diet for Randonneurs

Can I really fuel my rides purely by burning fat rather than carbs (or, technically, glycogen) and do so more efficiently and with greater recovery? Doctors used the ketogenic diet in the 1920s as part of a therapy plan for people with epilepsy, although the origins...

Showstoppers

John Hughes has some interesting articles on his site. Recently he discussed physical ailments that can lead to a DNF (Did Not Finish). Of course most of these relate to riding upright bikes. Since I started riding recumbents in 2002 I have only ever experienced the...

Nazca Gaucho HiRacer 28

I visited SPEZI in 2018 and enjoyed the spectacle of the place. I am still looking for a simple, lightweight machine that will easily pack into a suitcase for travelling. The Zox caught my eye and I was impressed by a short ride around the test track. They are not the...
Why Not a Recumbent?

Why Not a Recumbent?

I have been reading a book by Robert Penn called “It’s All About the Bike” which a friend gave me last week. Penn has been a life-long cyclist and rode around the world in his late twenties. The book is the story of his love affair with cycling and...
Paris-Brest-Paris Bulge Chart

Paris-Brest-Paris Bulge Chart

Jo Wood’s fascinating dynamic bulge chart shows progress of the 6000 riders of the 2015 Paris-Brest-Paris bicycle randonnée. The animation shows where and when riders were bunched up on the road and at controls. Abandons (DNFs) can also be seen accumulating at...
Wine vs. Workouts: Effects of alcohol

Wine vs. Workouts: Effects of alcohol

Ten years ago (2008) DC Rainmaker posted an article about the effects alcohol had on his performance. I expect it holds true today for most of us. What he discovered by measuring his performance: “Well, at least for me that drinking just a little bit the night...
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