Saturday, March 1, 2014

Healthy Breakfast Burritos in Bulk

I love burritos. You probably do too. Breakfast burritos are my newest love (+Chipotle Mexican Grill take note since you're open to new products now), as they can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, and even dinner if you are so inclined. They are great to have before a long ride too - a good healthy mix of protein, fat and carbs. The problem I was having however, was finding packaged breakfast burritos that didn't cost $3 a piece. Not easy to do.

I had resigned to the fact that I would only be able to afford the Amy-brand knockoffs from Target when someone on Google+ reminded me of The Feed Zone Cookbook's version and explained how they wrap them up and freeze them for easy reheating. I had tried the recipe before and liked it quite a bit, but never really thought about the freezing part. Genius (whoever you were).



Okay, I will say this endeavor requires a bit more work than tearing a wrapper, but will stress that it is worth every single fold of the tortilla. It will also save you a burrito full of money, more on that to come.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

My First Professional Bike Fitting

I don’t have the time. It’s too expensive. It wouldn't make that much of a difference for a cyclist like me - I’m not into racing. These are just a few of the excuses I have been using to convince myself not to get a professional bike fit done over the last few seasons - ignoring the countless counter arguments from riders both faster, and slower than me (there actually are a few).

Well, the excuses are officially over. I recently visited my home shop (where I used to work in college), The Trek Bicycle Store of Omaha, and did what needed to be done to address some nagging knee and back pain that flares up quite a bit during the season. The shop has doubled down on its professional bike fit offerings lately - dedicating an exclusive space and offering the services of very talented fit specialists - including Amy Collison, a practicing physical therapist and all-around strong rider.

Check out Amy's blog The Cycle Therapist for more insight on good form and how to address some common issues faced by riders of all levels.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year and Cheers to 100 Years of Bikes

Uncovered 1914 Sears, Roebuck and Co. Chicago Bicycle Catalog




I hadn't really planned on writing a year-end post. I sort of expected the new year to come and go like most others - too much food and booze, some exercise to keep up. Yada yada it'll be spring soon. Plus, I know most are bored of me talking about hating the trainer and pining over a few coveted reviews.

Things changed however when I received a package from my aunt and grandmother a few days ago. My grandfather passed this summer and the two of them have been culling thorough years and years of his collected things. They found one item in particular that was set aside for me that I am just so thankful to receive - a nearly mint 1914 Sears, Roebuck and Co. Chicago Bicycle Catalog. It is amazing to see how the bicycle has changed, but really stayed very much the same.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

December Update: Indoor Madness, Food and Avoiding the Slip

Fourteen days in to a very cold month and I am already dreaming of complaining about 40 degree days. It has been in the 20's pretty consistently since the beginning of the month and I have been very inconsistent about spending time in the gym or on the trainer. I have gotten pretty good at mindless snacking at work though, so there's that (so many treats, everywhere).

It's time though, before damage is done, to right the ship and get back to a modest diet along with two to three days in the gym - one of those spent sweating on a spin bike. I feel that if I can maintain overall fitness and improve cardio fitness through high rep/intensity gym work, 2014 will be a good year.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Review: November Rail 52 Carbon Clincher Wheelset

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Carbon wheels were meant to get dusted up.


It's fitting that I had the opportunity to ride the Rail wheelset from November Bicycles in the actual month of November. While this month has not afforded some of the best riding, I believe it was actually perfect for wheel testing thanks to the frequently shifting winds and plethora of road obstacles (branches, gravel, nut-hoarding squirrels, etc.) to maneuver around. A big thank you to Mike at +November Bicycles for setting up the demo - I promise to have them back soon after the snow starts flying.

I first heard about November Bicycles from Bryan and became curious this time last year when I started seeing their Hot Cross Buns cyclocross build. That interest was piqued when photos of their new Rail 52 carbon clinchers started surfacing. After reading more about the company and knew I had to work with them if at all possible. Bottom line: they are a US-based small business who is working super-hard to build great products that are high-quality, yet affordable for the majority of racers and cycling enthusiasts alike. Low overhead means lower prices for consumers. I can get behind that.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Coming Soon: November Rail Wheelset Review and Other Fun Things

Well, I thought the reviews would be winding down for the season, but thanks to some quick shipping, a chilly neck, and some field-upgradable technology, that is not yet the case. Over the next three to four weeks I have some cool stuff to check out and review. Here is a quick rundown.

1. November Bicycles Rail 52 Wheelset


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Carbon clincher wheels from November Bicycles made for the racer (or average guy wanting to go fast) who wants speed and performance, but cant afford to drop a few mortgage payments on a set of Zipps.

Update: Rail review posted 11/22 http://www.averagecyclist.com/2013/11/review-november-rail-52-wheelset.html

2. Competitive Cyclist Neck Warmer by Buff


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The temps are really starting to drop, which means my number of outdoor rides will soon be decreasing. I do hope to ride at least a few times each month, so in an effort to keep every piece of me somewhat warm I went out and bought a neck warmer from +Competitive Cyclist. I've used bandanas (cowboy style - awesome looking, but impractical) in the past, but hope this official varietal keeps my neck and face protected from the wind and cold.

Learn more about the Competitive Cyclist Neck Warmer by Buff

3. 4iiii Cliiiimb App and System



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photo courtesy of 4iiii.com



If you've read the blog for a while, you probably know that I have an affinity for both +4iiii Innovations Inc. and Strava. Well the two have finally taken the plunge, joining together in the forthcoming 4iiii Cliiiimb app and system that gives you real-time updates of your progress on Strava segments.


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Review: Specialized Allez Race E5 Smartweld Road Frame

About a year ago, I bought my last carbon race bike. Not my latest carbon race bike — my LAST one. And I've since sold it in favor of an aluminum-framed model.

That sounds an awful lot like either retirement or a newly born carbon curmudgeon, doesn't it? In reality, it's neither. Carbon bikes are fantastic and so is racing. But with a couple of kids, bills to pay and no stockpile of rainy-day bike money (hey, the economy has been rough for a while, you know?), even the remote possibility of having to replace a broken carbon frame gives me a stomachache.

So earlier this spring I took the leap into high(er) end aluminum and ordered a Specialized Allez Race. (Disclosure: I race for a team sponsored by a local Specialized dealer. I got a good deal. Retail is $2,400.) I've had teammates in the past talk about "just going with a cheap frame and spending money on nice parts," but nobody actually went through with it. After mulling the idea for a while and getting ride reports from those who had been riding the Allez, I went for it.

I will not buy a carbon race bike again.