Understanding The Haywire Heart

by editors on May 10, 2017

In cycling many (if not most) of those racing every weekend have little understanding of the single most important piece of their cycling equipment: their hearts. Most don’t think twice until something goes wrong: a flutter in the chest, or a racing heart that just won’t slow down at the end of a ride. The truth is, heart issues like these happen far more often than any of us would like to admit. Especially, for those over 35 who are chasing the dream of winning their next masters race.

In a new book from VeloPress titled The Haywire Heart: How too much exercise can kill you, and what you can do to protect your heart, writers Chris Case, John Mandrola, MD, and Lennard Zinn hope to change that and get all cyclists thinking about how competitive endurance training can affect and often damage their hearts.

Here’s how Chris Case describes the book:

“This book is the most comprehensive guide to the subject of endurance sports and heart health. It is filled with sound, practical advice. But it isn’t meant to frighten you into becoming a full-time spectator. We present the information as it is known at this time. What you do with it is up to you, though we certainly encourage caution and thoughtfulness.”

It may not have been meant to frighten anyone, but after reading all the studies, data, and hard evidence provided in The Haywire Heart it’s difficult to look at a 250 mile training week with the same kind of rabid enthusiasm we once did. The authors list a series of research studies that show that far from being rare, heart rhythm issues actually increase with age, with increased training, and with improved fitness. Some even suggest that the fitter you are, the higher your chances are of suffering from some type of heart rhythm disorder.

The Haywire Heart is intensely readable, informative, and necessary reading for anyone who races bicycles. Seriously. Click the link and buy it now.

[Link: The Haywire Heart]


Cycling Can Save The World Here’s How

by editors on March 21, 2017

In a new book titled How Cycling Can Save the World Guardian writer Peter Walker discusses the ways in which getting more people on bicycles can make the world a better place. Reducing smog and traffic and improving health are obvious, but Walker goes much deeper into the subtle ways cycling can improve nearly everything about urban life. 

In a world dominated . . . by bikes, people can amble, children can play, fresh air can be breathed, conversations can be heard, all without our omniscient, noisy, smelly, lethal modern-day plague,” Walker says. “Cyclists are recognizably human, traveling at human-scaled speeds. As a benefits to urban living, that can hardly be overstated.

How Cycling Can Save the World goes on sale April 4, 2017. To order it, please click here. For a short interview with the author, please follow the jump.

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Bike, Camp, Cook: The Book

by editors on September 20, 2013

Help out the husband and wife team who toured the world for two years by bike and blogged about it on the site, with their newest effort the book Bike, Camp, Cook. They’re up on Kickstarter begging for money and with 21 days to go they are only $2,500 short of their $11,500 goal. Yes, it’s another cookbook for cyclists, but this is no Feedzone. This is a cook book for the touring crowd. And it looks delicious. All they need in the money to print it. Click the link and help them out.

[Link: Kickstarter]


Garmin Launches An Action Camera

by editors on August 20, 2013

Garmin, the company that lets most of us know where we are and how fast we’re going, today (August 20, 2013) announced the launch of an action POV camera that is set to go head to head with the ubiquitious Go Pro. It’s called the VIRB and it features ANT+ connectivity that will allow for live sensor data recording right on the video. The VIRB is on sale today on the Garmin website for $299. Click the link for the official word.

[Link: Garmin]


Photographer Jeff Curtes Bridges The Gap

by editors on August 8, 2013

It’s always nice too see a good crossover act. For years Jeff Curtes was the photographer responsible for creating the images that told Burton Snowboard’s story. Now, Curtes has moved to Australia and is beginning to shoot cycling. It’s something he thought he’d never do. Like many of us cycling was Curtes’ escape from his other life. Now he’s beginning to mix the two. Check out this Life In Focus edit from F-Stop for the rest of the story.

[Link: F-Stop]


Dan Malloy’s Slow Is Fast Book Tour

by editors on July 24, 2013

Last September man about the surf Dan Malloy (and friends Kanoa Zimmerman and Kellen Keene) rode his bike down the California coast line to check things out, catch some surf, and of course, create some multimedia masterpiece. In this case it is a book titled Fast Is Slow and a short film called Moving Pictures. Now Dan is touring California with the book and film and you can see both if you’re in the area. The Slow Is Fast tour begins in Mill Valley, California on August 2, 2013. For a full list of tour locations, follow the jump. [click to continue…]


Ugo Gattoni’s Five Meters Of Bicycling

by editors on June 6, 2013

The art in this video comes from Bicycle, a book published by Nobrow Press. The art is nearly 20 feet wide and it’s all about bicycles in London.

Inspired by the 2012 London Olympic Games, young artist Ugo Gattoni intricately illustrates a cycle race through the streets of London. From elite athletes to cycle couriers, commuters, bankers, delivery boys, mums with kids, youths on stolen mountain bikes to fashionistas and hipsters on fixed gear bikes – pretty soon you will realize this is no ordinary road race!

Crazy. It is available in book form on Nobrow’s website for $24.95.

[Link: 8 Negro]


Brady’s RKP Book Project: Why We Ride

by editors on April 25, 2013

If you’ve every thought about supporting a cycling Kickstarter project, Patrick Brady’s Why We Ride project might just be the one to jump in on. Brady is raising money to fund the publication of a collection of his essays from his “soul of cycling” website Red Kite Prayer. The good news is he’s already reached his goal, but as he explains in the edit, there’s even more he’ll be able to do if more money is raised including but no limited to helping to pay some medical bills for his newborn baby. Watch the edit, and you’ll see exactly why this Why We Ride project would be a good one to be a part of.


A Bike Snob Abroad: The Book Trailer

by editors on March 18, 2013

After dying laughing several times while reading the Bike Snob NYC blog (and being brought back to life with a good jolt from some portable defib paddles), it was finally good to put a face to the name. His shoes shoes alone prove he’s part of the proper tribe. Now the snob is out on the road promoting his book Bike Snob Abroad (which comes out this spring). In the meantime, click the link to buy it his first book Bike Snob: Systematically & Mercilessly Realigning the World of Cycling, or here for his second The Englighten Cyclist.


UCI Backs Off On Kimmage Suit

by editors on October 26, 2012

Kimmage Paul Sundaytimes-1In what be a bit of a relief for Irish journalist Paul Kimmage the UCI announced today that it is “suspending its legal action,” according to a story on Velonation.

While the UCI has stopped short of ending its legal action, it has said that it will put it on hold for now. “While continuing strongly to maintain the merits of UCI’s case, the Committee decided to seek to suspend the UCI legal action against journalist Paul Kimmage, pending the findings of the independent Commission,” it stated in a release issued several minutes ago. . . “UCI President Pat McQuaid and Honorary President Hein Verbruggen who are individual parties to the case will similarly seek to put their cases on hold.”

If they had a shred of decency left in them McQuaid and Verbruggen would drop the whole thing.

[Link: VeloNation]