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Your Questions About Ironman Triathlons

James asks…

What are some of the best techniques to use when training for an Ironman?

Eventually, after I graduate from college I would like to compete in an Ironman Triathlon. I am wondering what kinds of training tips I should keep in mind that might help me for the actual event…or any tips that I should keep in mind for that matter. All info would be helpful!

Mike Rich answers:

You need to be able to switch between the various disciplines so you need to train that way.

You do not need to train like you would for just one sport. Know that the 3 do complement each other so you do not need spend lots of time training (unless you plan on earning a living from this).

Many books out on the market can help you get started.

Also check your equipment out. Make sur eyou have a proper bike that is fitted to you, you have a good swim-technique, and good running shoes.

Only other thing I can advise is get ready to lay out a lot of money for this sport. But once you do, other things are just add-on’s so you do not need to spend as much.

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Your Questions About Percentage Of Commuters Who Bike To Work

Nancy asks…

what citys have the most bike commuters?

wondering what percentage of people in different cities bike as their main mode of transportation.
i live in minneapolis, and i know we have been ranked in the top 5 in some studies.
also if you live in an really bike friendly city could you tell me about it??? thanks!

Mike Rich answers:

I say San Francisco, CA has one of the most active bike communities here. This Thursday, 5/17/07 is gonna be a Bike-to-Work Day. From what I remembered last year, even the mayor biked to his office in City Hall. There are certain streets where bike activist had such a powerful voice as to add bike lanes and make the City more bike-friendly. There is now a phone #/website set up where one could petition to install one of those upside down U frames on the street where you can lock your bike on any commercial street. Also, everyday on the local commuter train, CalTrain, its jammed pack with bikers that sometimes if its a full train and you have your bike, you are out of luck and have to wait for the next one. Don’t know the percentage of bikers though.

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Single Speed Road Bike

2013 Single Speed Road Bike Reviews

“Which Single Speed Road Bike to buy? A bit confused with so many choices? Let us help. Read more below!”

The price of gas has more people thinking about finding new ways to get around town these days. Maybe you’re considering carpooling, but you work odd hours and might not be able to pick up your friends on time.

You may even be thinking about sprucing up that bicycle that’s been collecting dust in your garage for years. Don’t have a bicycle? Well, you don’t have to be a total cycling enthusiast or buy an expensive bike with all the bells and whistles to get all the benefits out of cycling. A quality single speed road bike should suit your needs if all you want to do is get around town.

Single Speed Road Bike

Single Speed Road Bike

Takara Kabuto Single Speed Road Bike

The Takara Kabuto Single Speed Road Bike is designed for commuters who want to cut back on their gasoline use by cycling to and from work or school. It has a steel frame and fork with alloy rims and brakes.

Reviewers called this the best single speed road bike for the price range and liked its easy assembly, comfortable seat, and flashy colors. Some people who put this through some heavy use noted that the toe hooks tended to wear out or break with extreme stress. At least one reviewer was considering replacing the cheap plastic brakes. Look for an Amazon video review that shows off this bike.

Vilano Drift Single Speed Road Bike

The Vilano Drift Single Speed Road Bike can handle urban commuting with a simple gearless design. It has a steel frame and fork and alloy brakes, stem and crankset.

Reviewers liked the good ride for a beginner’s bike and one person commented that it held up well to cycling nine miles every day. Gripes included an uncomfortable seat and cheap brakes. Most thought this did well for being one of the cheaper bicycle models on the market and this is a good buy if you just want something to get around town with.

Giordano Rapido Single Speed Road Bike

The Giordano Rapido Single Speed Road Bike is designed specifically for city riding. While it’s no mountain bike, it does well on a tame biking trail or even slightly less than perfect roads. The manufacturer likes to keep it simple with a steel frame and fork that can handle the ordinary rigors of cycling around town.

Reviewers commented that it has a nice smooth ride and good handling. Gripes included the cheap construction of some of the components, like the seat and the pedals, and occasional missing parts in the kit they received.

Schwinn Exit Freewheel Single Speed Road Bike

The Schwinn Exit Freewheel Single Speed Road Bike features a single-speed aluminum frame, steel fork, drop handlebars and 16-tooth single-speed drivetrain.

Reviewers liked that it is light and solid with a good price. It’s easy to put together and works well for tall people. One person did recommend replacing the wheel rims because the included ones might develop a bad habit of going flat or puncturing. Customer service is responsive to problems and good about sending replacement parts in the rare event that you might need them. Color is good and highly visible.

Latest 2013 Top 10 Best Selling Road Bikes
#1: GMC Denali Road Bike
#2: Critical Cycles Fixed Gear Single Speed Fixie Urban Road Bike
#3: Retrospec Bicycles Urban/Fixed Gear Saddle
#4: Vilano Aluminum Road Bike 21 Speed Shimano
#5: Giordano Libero 1.6 White/Red Men’s Road Bike-700c
#7: Aluminum Road Bike / Commuter Shimano 21 Speed Bicycle 700c
#9: Retrospec Beta Series Single Speed with Flip Flop Hub
#10: Schwinn Men’s Phocus 1400 700C Drop Bar Road Bicycle, Black, 18-Inch

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