Marathoning and the quest for the Holy Grail

Boston. Boston. Boston. Boston. Boston. Boston. For so many runners making it to Boston is akin to taking a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. To run the world’s oldest annual marathon and line up against the best runners on the planet. To cross over that famous finish line and proudly wear that jacket. To let people know: “I ran Boston” But what they really want to say is: “I qualified for Boston. Nana nana booboo.” Getting that

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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 is trying to make a quick buck on. My great grandpa never did a juice cleanse, P90X or went to a Crossfit class but he did ride a bike through the Italian countryside. Undoubtedly with

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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 a nice, hot headwind while pumping those legs in heavy work pants and an oxford shirt. That’s a recipe for swamp city down under. But does mean that we should wuss out and not bike

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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 my opinion, are one of the most over-engineered, over-thought and over-priced items for runners out on the market. No matter what you read on the internet or in the magazines you don’t need to spend

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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 in the bud before you go any further. Cycling is a dangerous sport Riding a bicycle is not inherently dangerous. It should be one of the safest modes of transportation next to walking. If the world

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 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 local mom and pop shop and giving the finger to the big corporation. If I have to fork over my hard earned money I’d much rather it go to a functioning member of my community

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How to make your own body glide

The cost of Body Glide is too darn high! Chafing, blisters and rashes are the nasty side of training. It’s not all pretty runs through tree-lined streets and rides up epic mountains with espresso stops like they show in the Rapha videos. It’s also constant rubbing and sweating which causes some pretty nasty stuff down under. It hurts. And given the areas affected the demand to fix it is relatively high and inelastic. To nobody’s surprise there are

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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 consider it a luxury. I’m in favor of them as long as you don’t go overboard. But I’ve seen it too many times. You go to buy a GPS watch and…Oh man, for only $50

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Do you need a triathlon bike?

Q: Do I need a triathlon bike? A: Any bike is a triathlon bike if you use it for triathlons S: Thanks, jerk. OK, you’ve decided to do a triathlon – congrats! But what the heck are these funny looking bikes, they don’t look normal. Do I need a triathlon (aka TT, Time Trial) specific bike to do a triathlon? Probably not. What is the difference between a triathlon and road bike? Ask a triathlete this

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How to buy a used bike on Craigslist

How to buy a bike? So you want to buy a bike and don’t want to spend a lot of money? You’re not alone. Buying a used bike is one of the best ways to score a deal but it’s also a great way to get ripped the heck off. There are tons of bad deals out there and sometimes you’re better off buying new. It’s also overwhelming so I’m here to teach you how to buy a used

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