New CSD Team Kit

CSD 2015 KitIf you have been traveling over the festive season you may not have seen the all new Team Cycle Safe Dubai kit for 2015!

Pop in to check it out and see what benefits you buy into with this kit.

To name a few there are weekly rides and monthly meet-ups where cyclists can socialize on and off the saddle. We also encourage all our riders to contribute to the ongoing development and improvement of CSD.

Whether you’re a pro or a first timer CSD has something for you.

It’s only Dhs 500 per year to join Cycle Safe Dubai and enjoy riding in Dubai with all the benefits on offer.

Things I Wish I’d Known When I Started Cycling

There’s a reason the term “rookie mistakes” exists. Every beginner, regardless of the sport, is bound to make a few mistakes when they first get involved. However with some preparation, it’s possible to avoid some of the more common mistakes made by novice cyclists. To give you a head start, here’s a list of a few things many bikers wish they’d known before they hit the road.

1. Don’t leave the house without food and water.

Cycling uses up a lot of energy and the longer the ride, the more important it becomes to keep your body properly fuelled and hydrated. Because of this, the best policy is to always leave the house with two full water bottles and two snacks. Even if you’re just planning to take a short trip, it’s always best to be prepared. You never know when inspiration will strike and you’ll be tempted to extend your ride. When that happens, you don’t want to find yourself held back by poor planning, or worse, kilometres from home without the fuel you need for the long ride home.

2. Learn how to change a tyre.

No matter how many articles you read on the topic, you’ll never really know how to change a tyre until you’re forced to do it yourself. A fresh tube and a bike pump might already be a standard part of your emergency repair kit, but when you find yourself stranded by a puncture, with no mobile phone signal and no bike shop in sight, you’ll need to know how to actually use those tools.

3. Spend the extra money to get a bike fitted.

Bike shops will often throw in a bike fitting for free or a small additional fee when you purchase your bike. If you buy your bike second-hand or from a dealer that doesn’t offer this service, it’s possible to find a shop that will allow you to bring the bike in and get it fitted for about 350 Aed to 1000Aed. It may seem like a frivolous expense, but getting your bike custom-fitted will save you from the myriad aches and pains that come with riding an ill-fitting bike, and could help you avoid more serious injury in the long run. A proper bike fit will also put you in a position to get the maximum amount of power out of it along with being as aerodynamic as possible, in short bike fit = more comfortable = faster = better.

At a minimum do a basic bike fit, do not just get on the bike and assume it is right for you.

4. Feel which way the wind is blowing.

When you head out for a ride pedalling with the wind, it’s going to be an easy ride out BUT coming home will be a lot tougher. Keep in in mind on the distance that you ride out, as you’ll be riding against the wind on the way back, when you’re tired.

6. Take time off.

Spending time on the bike is a crucial part of training, but so is taking time off. Your body needs time to recover after an intense workout. Failure to give your body time to recuperate is a sure way to invite injury. Take days off between rides, and remember to incorporate stretching and cool-down routines into each ride.

7. Chafing is real.

Chafing is a common and annoying problem that many cyclists end up dealing with at one time or another. Chafing is painful and can keep you off the bike while you give yourself time to heal. There are steps you can take to avoid chafing, however, or at least minimize it. Wearing proper, well-fitting bike shorts is the most important thing you can do to avoid chafing. Also, make sure your seat is properly fitted and look into purchasing a preventative lotion like Chamois Butt’r

8. Cycling gloves will save your hands.

Bicycling gloves serve a very real purpose. Aside from providing you with a better grip, they protect your hands from calluses and blisters, and also from the impact caused by falls. They also provide a little warmth in the winter and moisture-wicking in the Dubai summer.

9. Learn the rules of group riding before you try a group ride.

Group rides are a great way to make new friends and spend some time with people who are as passionate about riding as you are. There are specific rules riders follow during a group ride, which are important to ensure that everybody stays safe. Although many rules are common to all riding groups, each group has its own unique calls or nuanced guidelines, so it’s a good idea to review the group’s etiquette. If this isn’t possible, try hanging toward the back until you get a sense of how the group works.

 

 

 

4 Reasons Why Cyclists Shave Their Legs!

ShavelegsJust about every serious cyclist has been asked at some point, why do cyclist shave their legs? This question comes up all the time, from hanging around the water cooler at the office to a first date. The idea of a guy shaving their legs just seems to perplex people plus it is an easy conversation starter that generally leads to a fun discussion. Yet many bike riders don’t actually know the reason shaving your legs is a cycling thing.

 

  1. Road Rash – This is far and away the biggest reason why serious racers shave their legs. If racing crashes happen, cleaning grit out of road rash without any hair tangled in there is unpleasant enough. Anyone that has scrubbed grit out of a hairy leg wound will become a devout leg shaver. However, most enthusiastic riders go years between major crashes so this really isn’t a justifiable reason why a lot of people shave their legs.
  2. Massage – Getting a deep tissue massage with hairy legs sucks. It pulls on your hair and the oily hairy legs are a mess after. Professional riders get massages multiple times a week and most amateur racers, if they can afford it, have massages a few times a month. Massage helps with recovery and avoids injury. However, like road rash most enthusiast cyclists do not get massages frequent enough to justify shaving their grizzly sticks.
  3. Aesthetics – Looking “Pro” – Honestly this is why I think most recreational cyclist shave their legs. They see guys on TV at the Tour and the racers at their local crit, everyone looks fast and everyone has shaved legs for the two reason above. For a cyclist that doesn’t race having shaved legs shows a level of commitment to the sport, gives a level of credibility with other riders, and makes you look a little more pro.
  4. Aerodynamics – The first three reasons are definitely the most common ones. Aerodynamics is a bit of a stretch and some aerodynamically optimal level of stubble likely exists that is the most aerodynamic, because a textured surface is generally more aerodynamic than a smooth one. But if you have legs like Chewbacca then trimming that forest will definitely lower your drag coefficient.

How Do You Know If You Are Addicted To Cycling ?

  • You hear someone had a crash and your first question is “How’s the bike?”
  • Your wife tells you the only way she’ll let you ride across the country is over her dead body and you tell her, “If that’s the case, you’ll be my first speed bump!”
  • You have stopped even trying to explain to your other half why you need more than one bike…you just go buy another one and figure it will all work out in the divorce settlement.
  • You see nothing wrong with discussing the connection between hydration and urine color.
  • You find your Shimano touring shoes to be more comfortable and stylish than your new trainers.
  • You have more money invested in your bike clothes than in the rest of your combined wardrobe.
  • “Four cheeseburgers and four large French Fries” is for you.
  • You see a fit, tanned, Lycra-clad young thing ride by, and the first thing you check out is his or her bicycle.
  • You use wax on your chain, AND on your legs (boys).
  • Your first course when you eat out is a large banana split.
  • Your bike has more miles on its computer then your car’s odometer.
  • You wear your bike shorts swimming.
  • Your bikes are worth more than your car.
  • You buy a people-carrier and immediately remove the rear seats to allow your bike(s) to fit.
  • When you move to a new area the first thing you look for is a bike shop.
  • You have more bike jerseys than low-cut tops.
  • You take your bike along when you shop for a car – just to make sure the bike will fit inside.
  • You view crashes as an opportunity to upgrade components.
  • You clean your bike(s) more often then your house.
  • You put your bike in your car and the value of the total package increases by a factor of 3 (or better).
  • You regard inter-gender discussion of your genital pain/size/shape/utility as normal.
  • Your New Years resolution is to put more miles on your bike than your car, and you do it.
  • You can tell your other half, with a straight face that it’s too hot to mow the lawn and then bike off for a century.
  • Your kids bring a rear derailleur to “Show & Tell”.
  • Your car sits outside your garage because your garage is full of bikes and cycling gear.
  • A measurement of 44-36-40 doesn’t refer to the latest Playboy centrefold, but that new gear ratio you were considering.
  • You wear your heart monitor to bed to make sure you stay within your target zone during any extracurricular activities.
  • There is no time like the present, for postponing what you ought to be doing, and go bicycling instead…
  • You no longer require a hankie to blow your nose.
  • You smile at your evening date, and she politely points out that you seem to have bugs in your teeth.
  • You can’t seem to get to work by 8:30 AM, even for important meetings, but you don’t have any problems at all meeting your mates at 6:30 AM for a hundred-miler.
  • Your surgeon tells you you need a heart valve replacement and you ask if you have a choice between Presta and Schrader.
  • You’re too tired for hanky-panky on a Friday night but pump out a five-hour century on Saturday.

wtf

Free Consultations With Bespoke Wellness At Revolution Nights

Physiotherapist Ben Robinson

Bespoke Wellness will be at ‪Revolution Nights at the Dubai Autodrome every Wednesday offering sports massage and physiotherapy. Both Ben and Reiss will be there offering a free drop in clinic with a 15 min Massage, and of course  they are both available to answer all your musculo-skeletal health related questions on the night.

Please feel free to use their skills and knowledge to help your performance in training. For any riders booking in on the night to see Ben at the Bespoke Wellness Clinic for a full consultation and treatment, will recieve a 50% discount on their initial consultation.

They look forward to seeing you there!