Altitude

Quite simply, the body freaks out when first exposed to high places: Your brain tells you to breathe more and deeper. Your heart rate increases. But within 24 to 48 hours the level of natural EPO—the hormone that regulates the volume and number of red blood cells—starts to rise, and in time this leads to more red blood cells and acclimatization. Andrew Luks, a pulmonary specialist at the University of Washington with expertise in high-altitude … [Read more...]

Lubing Your Bicycle

Drip It For most riding conditions, use a bicycle-specific Teflon-based oil, such as Park Tool CL-1 or Finish Line DRY Teflon Lube, to lubricate pivot points—any part that moves—on brakes, derailleurs, and chain links. Don't forget springs and mechanisms. Use a lightweight machine or chain oil, such as those from Dumonde Tech or Pedro's, between nipples and rim to make adjusting spokes and truing wheels easier; brake and derailleur cables … [Read more...]