it is to sit up and spin. At 72kg Lance Armstrong is big for a cyclist, and on an extended climb he's most efficient pedalling seated at 110 to 120 rpms. A lighter rider might be in and out of the saddle, pushing a bigger gear at 80 to 90 rpms.3. Ride your own
lactate threshold heart rate (about an eight on a scale of one to 10 of perceived effort) once a week. Also look at lowering the weight part of the equation.Use the right gearDon't be afraid to use your easiest gear. You might feel you need a big gear
Sombrio Forensic gloves, £26These super-thin gloves are a great all-rounder and they're perfect for the transition from autumn to winter. They might be aimed at mountain-bike riders but they're great for triathletes, too. The tough, hardwearing double-layer leather palm feels gre...
Lake CX210, £79.99A fibreglass-injected nylon sole and reinforced heel area make this a rigid shoe designed to transfer all the energy from your legs to moving forward. A breathable mesh upper features leather overlays that secure your foot and help it dry out from the swim. A c...
Abus Tec-Tical HelmetThis helmet is good value for money, with great-quality moulding and assembly. At 302g it's not the lightest helmet on the market, but it fits well straight from the box and ventilation is excellent. A great option if you're looking for no-nonsense performanc...
1. Chain CheckerAs cassettes have gone from eight speeds to nine, 10 and 11, chains and cogsets have become increasingly expensive. So improperly judging wear on these parts carries painful financial consequences.With the likes of Park Tool's CC-2 (£24.99, madison.co.uk), you can...
racing shoes, its not a model for anyone with genuine stability problems. Its built on a fairly straight last, so the ride is geared just as much towards comfort as speed; the cushioning is fairly soft; and the ride is pretty smooth. The upper is light
Weight 364g Evaluation This winter, Nike has introduced a raft of new shoes designed for running in inclement weather and on the trails. From its All Conditions Gear range comes the Phassad. It's a competitively-priced shoe that will appeal
gears work, what to wear on the bike, how to take a corner with confidence and what a derailleur is. And does. And how to spell it.1. Bikes for beginnersBecoming involved in triathlon doesn't mean you have to spend thousands of pounds on a top
Learn Something New Though bicycling is a close cousin of running, don't take it for granted. Cycling requires different muscles than running, and a fair amount of skill in terms of pedal stroke, use of gears, climbing, riding in groups, taking
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