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The Cheap Athlete’s Guide To Overnight Relays

So there are a couple of topics I honestly feel that I am an expert on: Riding a folding bike Running through the winter Participating in an overnight relay Making fancy-pants spreadsheets in Excel Only one of those I’ve been… Continue Reading →

Dahon Speed P8 Review

Anyone who follows me on twitter knows that I love my red Dahon and readers of this blog already know it from Bike Commuting Essentials and The Best Investment I’ll Ever Make. But I’ve mainly talked about the financial and emotional… Continue Reading →

The Cheap Athlete’s Tribike Transport Review

I did a sorta not-so-Cheap-Athletey thing recently And I’m also sorta glad I did it. A couple of weeks ago I traveled to Boulder, Colorado and participated in a Half Ironman triathlon. For those wondering, it was a tough race… Continue Reading →

Gettin’ The Funk Out Your Workout Junk

Hi friends! Let me introduce you to my green sleeveless shirt. It’s about 6 years old and has trained for a whole mess of races, run the Blue Ridge Relay about 5 times, backpacked the Grand Canyon in the summer,… Continue Reading →

How $12 can get you a more comfortable bike ride

Are cycling gloves necessary? One of the 14,000 reasons that I love cycling is that it’s so steeped in tradition. The bicycle was invented in 1817 and has a long, storied history when compared to the flash-in-the-pan whatever that someone… Continue Reading →

The Cheap Athlete’s Guide to Bike Commuting in Hot Weather

This post may contain affiliate links. See the full disclosure here. Mmm, swampy. Bike commuting in hot weather can suck just as much as the cold weather. Great, 6 months of sucky commuting weather! Nothing feels more un-refreshing than pedaling into… Continue Reading →

The Cheap Athlete’s Guide to Running Socks

So you’ve started running and you’ve probably got some blisters. Those old cotton socks just aint gonna cut it. Crap. Maybe the internet and magazines can help me with…OH MY GOD ARE THEY EXPENSIVE! They’re socks. Chill. Running socks, in… Continue Reading →

The Cheap Athlete’s guide to cycling headphones

So you’re looking for the best cycling headphones? And you don’t want to spend a lot of money? How does $0 sound? Yea, sorry for the misleading title. But if you were searching for them I want to nip this… Continue Reading →

 My Love-Hate Relationship With The Local Bike Shop

“Support your local bike shop” This phrase is so ubiquitous that it has become our mantra. We even wear shirts to support the message and blindly think were giving the honest-to-goodness best advice possible. Now I’m all for supporting the… Continue Reading →

Should I buy a heart rate monitor?

A while ago I went over the pros and cons of owning a GPS watch. But you’ll notice I didn’t recommend a heart rate monitor. Moderately lengthy story short – a GPS watch is not a necessity but I don’t… Continue Reading →

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