There was an article in bicycling magazine that said the success of a city’s cycling initiatives can be measured simply by the number of women who ride bicycles…
A recent study published in the journal of the American Heart Association showed a disturbing fact: just being active isn’t enough to curb off heart disease, and even cancer. That daily ride isn’t going to necessarily save your health, if, for the rest of the day you are about as active as your pet fern.
I like to think that most cyclists are a picture of the active lifestyle, however even I can be lazy to epic proportions, especially after a grueling endurance level ride. My daily work involves a lot of moving around and walking across campus (I’m a “career student” that counts, right?) but when school isn’t in session I realize that my MacBook Pro gets way more seat time than my saddle.
This may motivate those of us with sedentary desk jobs to take that lunch ride, or at least get up and do a few jumping jacks and situps every 30-45 minutes to keep the blood clots from forming. The article urges us to find simple ways to get excersize: park your car farther away from your destination and walk in, use the stairs. I’m a little dissapointed that bicycling as transportation wasn’t even mentioned as an afterthought, but that’s why we have this blog.
So, ride your bike to work, or to lunch, or do your job while riding on the trainer if you work from home (at least put on pants for Chrissakes. I had a friend that worked from home who considered sweatpants/boxers his “work attire”). The point is get out there and get blood pumping and keep it pumping. You won’t just live longer, you’ll enjoy those last years of life a lot more.
Before you add those epic rides to your New Years resolutions, and then pack them away for springtime to begin, consider that the cold weather of winter actually provides the best conditions to start riding.
You don’t sweat, and provided that you wrap yourself up enough you won’t be cold either.
Trois Rivieres, Quebec on a particularly cold day: There were still a few brave cyclists out!
To stay warm in the cold weather (which varies from city to city greatly) stay true to this one tip: If you’re warm just standing still in your clothing, you’ll be sweating bullets by the time you start pedaling. Consider clothing that leaves you slightly chilly before heading out. Bring an extra layer packed in a backpack
Also consider putting away that fancy carbon frame for winter. You will enjoy the snow/grime clearance of a commuter/mountain bike, and nobody will think less of you. In fact, just riding a bike in weather as pictured above makes you our hero.
Please feel free to send in your own photos of yourself braving the elements this winter. Here at Highflange, we live in the “tropical” swamp of TX, so Winter just means that we see daily rain and extra humidity.
The cycling scene depends upon a few key community organizers. If only these few people really knew how crucial they were to the fate of the cycling hobby in the city. Still, each of these organizers represent different disciplines in cycling: Road, Track, Mountain, Fixed, BMX. They are often unknown outside of their discipline and area of expertise. To a Mountain rider, the Road racing star is just another leg shaver in spandex. To the Roadie, the Fixed gear freestyle master, featured in videos internationally is just another kid with technicolor wheels and no helmet.
Stop. Wait. Step back for a moment: Each of these riders is different, but to the outsider, they all together represent cycling. They are all members of a two-wheeling, human-powered collective. But to each member, they are practiced disciples of their trade, separated by canyons. Out of these islands, Highflange was born.
What is Highflange? A type of bicycle part. A hub. A device from which spokes are laced to the rim. Though each spoke laces far away from the opposite spoke at the edges of the flanges, and reaches even farther away to hold the rim, the fringe, they are all connected at the hub. Highflange will cover all aspects of bike life, starting from its birth city in Houston, TX and radiating outwards through collaboration efforts in the cycling community. We are all members of the same sport. We are all connected at the hub of bicycle life: High Flange.