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Diabetes and Cycling

A letter from diabetic cyclist:

Most of diabetic cyclist have that  “Diabetes doesn’t stop me from doing anything” attitude, which I also have but it does not change the fact that Diabetes is still a big pain in the ass.  There are some major challenges in cycling with diabetes. One of them is a different kind of fatigue after a long distance ride. Basically your body feels like you are still riding and your blood sugars are at a dangerously low levels. I deal with this by constantly checking my blood sugar levels and do the necessary corrections. Of course it would be impossible to do without my glucose monitor which I got from canadadrugpharmacy.com where I also get most of my meds since I got no insurance…boohoo.

Another common problem that most diabetic cyclists have is lack of stamina, especially when comparing to the pre diabetes days. Some people just write it off to the diabetes, which in fact does not have to do anything with it, well… not diabetes itself but more of their reaction to some of the medication. So before you push yourself too hard or give up see which medication you are using and what other reaction you having in addition to the lack of stamina.

Lots of diabetic cyclists have a lactate build-up and/or flushing in addition to the problems with stamina. Usually if you have those signs and you take both Niacin and Zocor it  can cause a condition known as rhabdomyolysis -breakdown of the muscle–general muscle soreness. Have your liver function tests and talk with your doctor about holding one of the two above medications for a few weeks and see if it has any effect on your well being. Also if you take Lipitor and other cholesterol drugs, they are known to cause cramping, especially in the calves. Levoquin, Cefaclor, and other flouroquinine based antibiotics are known to cause tendonitis, especially in the achille’s tendon.

Either way, keep an eye on your blood sugar levels during and after those long rides and for stamina problems talk to you doctor and see if you cycle some of the medication off and see if it resulted in less overall soreness and more stamina. Good luck and don’t give up on cycling.

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What are the best snacks to pack on a cycle ride?

What are the best snacks to pack on a cycle ride?

As you are well aware, cycling is a physically demanding sport which requires stamina and determination. This means that it is important to keep your energy levels up if you want to maintain a good cycling speed. Pasta is great for fuelling energy, but it is very inconvenient to carry around in your rucksack. A pasta pot will be heavy and bulky, which might weigh you down and decrease your cycling speed. This is why we have put together a list of high energy foods which are compact and light, making them perfect for slipping into your bag.

Even if you have a padded bag, it is worth leaving anything valuable or breakable at home. For example, it is much safer to leave your expensive smartphone at home and bring an old cell phone with you instead. You may not be able to go online to look up your route on Google Maps, play a game of partypoker or login to Facebook during your pit stops, but it means you won’t have to worry about protecting your rucksack as much. Let’s take a look at some lightweight snacks you could pack for your cycle trip.

A small bag of dried mango or apricot provides one of your five-a-day, as well as fruit sugars which will give you plenty of energy. This healthy and light snack is perfect for slipping into your bag.

Dried banana chips are also a great source of energy and potassium. Bananas release their energy slowly, meaning it will keep you fuller and more energized for longer.

Cereal bars with a dried yoghurt topping contain essential carbohydrates which help to provide long lasting energy. In addition, the sugary topping will give you an instant energy boost until the long lasting carbohydrates kick in.

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Big WTF?




SNAIX NeuroBike- WTF? I say ..nein!!!!

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Summer Fix 2011

Chop ‘em Down Films Presents: Summer Fix 2011 from CHOP EM DOWN on Vimeo.



Summer Fix event.

1. Josh Boothby
2. Steven Jensen
3. Joe Mckeag
4. Jake Santos
5. Congo

Shot & Cut by Zane Meyer
Music By So Creates & Sour Beats- Smoke Screen

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Citrus collaboration

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Urban1cycle and Citrus will have an upcoming feature very soon, so keep your eyes open.

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