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The Endurance Athlete’s Guide to Eating Gluten-Free

Have you been thinking about switching to a gluten-free diet, but you don’t know how to pull it off? I mean, it can’t work for an endurance athlete, can it? As it turns out, it can work very, very well! I thought it was a fad until

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Tested: Good Greens Bar

The Good Greens Bar. It sounds like a block of spinach and broccoli disguised as an energy bar, but (fortunately) that’s not the case at all. The bar actually tastes great and could pass for a chocolate bar or thin brownie. I couldn’t spot any sign of

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Tested: The Bluebeards Revenge Shaving Cream

If you’re sick of girly razors and flowery, botanical shaving creams, I think I just found the ideal shaving cream for you – The Bluebeards Revenge Shaving Cream. It’s billed as “the ultimate shaving experience for real men,” and with a skull and crossbones on the box,

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MTB Skills: How to Hop Over a Log

An important skill for mountain bikers, especially XC and CX racers, is being able to hop over a log. At least here on the East Coast, race courses without logs are few and far between. So check out these tips and video and you’ll be able to

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Tested: Enzo’s Buttonhole Chamois Cream

After years of using average chamois creams and alternatives like balms and lotions, I was due for something special. Preferable a fancy, Euro-style cream. I got my wish with Enzo’s Buttonhole Chamois Cream. Enzo’s Buttonhole is one of the newer chamois creams, and they have set the

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MTB Skills: How to Climb a Steep Hill

As if climbing a hill isn’t hard enough on its own, the hills you encounter on mountain bike trails can be extremely steep – much steeper than you’d encounter on a paved road. Climbing them successfully requires not only great fitness but also superb technical skills. Here’s

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MTB Skills: How to Ride a Steep Downhill

Whether you’re doing casual trail riding or XC racing, you’re bound to encounter some steep descents. This guide will teach you how to ride a steep downhill safely. Starting Out – The Attack Position If you’re going to be a mountain biker, you need to become good

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Tested: Phenom Coconut Water

I think that all these enhanced coconut waters meant to replace sports drinks are nothing more than fads, but that doesn’t mean they don’t catch my attention. I grabbed one recently called Phenom Coconut Water because it looked interesting, and it was in a giant container. I’d

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How to Keep Up With Younger Athletes on Long Rides

Today’s question is about how to keep up with the fast pace when riding with younger people, as you get older… Hi Coach, I’m a MTB enthusiast. One item I haven’t found much info on and is of particular interest to me concerns keeping pace with younger

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Tested: PowerBar Pure & Simple Energy Bar

I saw the PowerBar Pure & Simple Energy Bar on sale the other day, and since it had been years since I last had one, I grabbed a couple to review. Normally I wouldn’t eat an energy bar just for the sake of reviewing it, but the

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How I Use Strava On My BlackBerry (No Separate GPS Unit Required)

Last time I bought a cell phone, there weren’t many good choices – the too-trendy iPhone, some weird new things they called “droids,” and a cool new BlackBerry. Obviously I got the BlackBerry, and it has served me well, but it’s apparent that BlackBerries have now been

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Tested: The SweatHawg Helmet Liner

Why are there so many new skull caps, sweat bands, and helmet liners being developed each year? Because it’s so dang hard to solve the simple problem of keeping sweat out of your eyes! There are so many options, but it seems like there is at least

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Tested: Gary’s Panforte from Clif Bar

What is panforte? All I know is that it’s some Italian food, probably a snack or dessert, that sounds a little like fruitcake here in the USA. And I know that Gary Erickson, founder of Clif Bar, must have liked it, because it’s a new flavor for

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Ask Levi: How Do I Pick the Right Tire Pressure?

Today’s question is about deciding on the correct tire pressure for road bike tires… Hi, Wha’st the correct tire pressure for your road bike tires? I’ve heard 100, 110 and 120 lbs. Does it depend upon weight? I’m about 6’1″‘ and weigh 165lbs. Thanks, Under Pressure Hi

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Why Heavy Bikes and Headwinds Don’t Give You Better Workouts

I have written about heavy bikes and headwinds in the past, but one particular question gets asked over and over. So I’m going to put an end to it, once and for all! Hey Levi, Thank you for your reviews which I consider practical and objective, and

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Hi, I'm Coach Levi. I'm a USA Cycling Certified Level 3 Coach as well as Level 1 Certified with Precision Nutrition. Want to feel better, ride faster, and look great? Let's work together!

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Coach Levi is my favorite child and favorite cycling coach. I'd choose him over Christoper McCarmikael even. Did I mention that Levi can coach you to a healthier lifestyle where you look and feel your best?
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