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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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Are You Ready To Race?

So, how do you know when you’re ready to line up for your first ever road bike race? There are two ways to look at it. The short answer is, just do it. The best way to get better at racing is to race more, so the […]

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An Embarrassing But Necessary Guide to Yoga Clothes for Men

Typical yoga clothes are worse for men than skin-tight lycra. We’re used to dressing like fools on the bike, but not in a gym crowded with others! It’s still sort of embarrassing for men to even show up to a yoga studio, let alone go shopping for […]

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My Stance on Research Studies (And Why I Don’t Like Them)

Do research studies annoy anyone else as much as they annoy me? I hardly ever mention research studies here on, and it’s highly unlikely I would ever alter my training or nutrition based on a single new study, no matter how promising it sounds. Don’t get […]

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Sitting At Work Increases Your Chance Of Dying – Are Cyclists In Trouble?!

Normally I ignore studies that make it into the mainstream media. They usually don’t amount to anything more than “if you eat junk food all day and don’t exercise, you are more likely to gain weight and suffer health complications.” But I was looking at some research […]

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How to Put The Endurance Plate to Work for You!

Earlier this year I designed a visual diet plan for endurance athletes. It looks like the MyPlate from the USDA, but this one is specifically for endurance athletes such as runners, cyclists, and triathletes. It’s called The Endurance Plate. If you haven’t seen this yet, go check […]

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Ask Levi: Diet Analysis For Maximum Performance?

Today’s question is about maximizing cycling performance through a diet analysis and update… Coach Levi, First off I love reading your site and feel that I am learning alot! I was wondering if you could possibly address a nutrition question I have as I am struggling in […]

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Tested: Voler Campione White Bib Shorts

Based on my good luck with Voler bib shorts (I loved the Voler Elite bibs,) I picked up a pair of the Voler Campione bib shorts. The Campione bibs are bright white! Here is my review…

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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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