Monthly Archives: March 2016

Training Mentally for Tough Rides

Danelle Kabush is a life-long athlete, a mother, and a mental performance consultant, and like us, she loves to have a nice ride on a good old two-wheeler. She is a pro-XTERRA triathlete and knows just how to survive the toughest of rides.

We can all learn from her and she’s certainly more than willing to share really useful tips. Here are some that will help you train your brain for even the most difficult rides.

Expect the Worst

A good ride is the result of calculating your routes, planning what you eat, and positive thinking. Now while optimism is all good in this regard, it also helps that you expect to encounter some bad moments throughout your ride.

Prepare yourself for such instances by knowing that the trek can end up a little difficult at some point. This is true especially when you get past three-quarters of the route, and mental and emotional preparedness for this will make it easier for you to get through the bad parts. Continue reading

What Your Bike Tells Mechanics about You?

They say you are what you eat, but for bike mechanics, you are how your bike ended up in their shop. These good folks can learn a great deal not only about their customers’ bikes but also about their customers themselves the moment they get inside their shop. Their first hint? A smiling mug.

Facial expressions tell just how well the customer took the fact that their bike got banged up. Visual confirmation of the damage, on the other hand, tells whether or not the damage is limited to the bicycle only; if it looks like it crashed or there’s a mechanical damage, one can tell that both the bike and its rider are in bad condition. The quality of the setup also tells so much about the customer. If it looks a little too sloppy, mechanics would be happy to give their customer a quick lesson on bike use and maintenance.

True enough, initial inspections of the bike tell so much about its owner. Here are some things your bike inadvertently gives away about you during this phase: Continue reading