Kyle's Bikes Blog

  • No More Numb Running Feet!

    by Bill "Guru of Shoe" Lorenz

    I monitor several online forums on the topic of running, and more specifically shoes. I do it primarily to find trends, listen to various peoples opinions, and learn or chime in with my knowledge. I have actually brought shoes into our inventory here at Kyle's Bikes that were highly regarded in some of these forums

    Occasionally a forum topic will disturb me and I have seen this one (or a variation of it) several times. The question usually goes something like, "Why do my feet go numb when I run or walk for several miles?" Seems like a simple enough question that typically results in an equally simple answer.

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  • A Simple Cure for Cold Hands and Feet

    by Bill "Guru of Shoe" Lorenz

    With cold weather approaching, many runners and cyclists head for the treadmill and trainer. While this may be essential for some, it isn't necessary to let cold hands or feet deter you from enjoying a run or ride on a brisk winter day.

    The addition of a simple tube of hand cream to your arsenal of cold weather gear could be all that's needed to transform your outing from miserable to sublime.

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  • How To Combat Running Blisters

    by Bill "Guru of Shoe" Lorenz

    Combat Running Blisters with Appropriate Running Socks"These shoes give me blisters."

    I have been in the shoe industry for a long time and have worked in different shops. This is another one of those things I have heard and hear on a daily basis. The sock display at the other shop was on the opposite side of the showroom from the shoe fitting area. (Mistake #1) None of the employees took the time to explain how wearing cotton socks is similar to putting a layer of steel wool on your feet. (Mistake #2)

    If you feel like shoe guys are trying to up-sell and add on $10–20 for socks that you have "plenty of at home," that is not the case. Socks are important! They can turn a good run bad in a very short amount of time.

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  • The Balls of My Feet Hurt

    by Bill "Guru of Shoe" Lorenz

    Balls of my feet"The balls of my feet hurt!"

    Have you said this or heard a running partner say this before? It is a very common thing for runners to say. Pretty soon you will know why!

    I get customers in the shop testing out appropriate shoes based on their gait and they comment about feeling less pressure on the balls of their feet. Many think that pressure is just normal and is part of "being a runner."

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  • Fight Winter Sickness With Smart Eating

    by Dietitian Ellen

    Winter-SicknessRaise your hand if it seems like you get sick every year during the off-season.

    Keep your hand raised if you can honestly say that you eat just as healthy and get as much or more sleep during your off-season as you do during your racing season.

    Now that we have identified the liars reading the blog, (those that still have their hands raised) let’s talk about how to reduce the risk of catching that annoying cold after the end of the season. (By the way if your hand is still raised, keep it up there… this is your punishment for lying OR your reward for being outrageously dedicated! )

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  • 5 Ways to Stay Swim Motivated during the Holidays

    by Pro Triathlete Tami

    Stay swim moticatedIf there is one thing triathletes dread, it is swimming. It is even worse in the middle of winter when it is dark with two feet of snow on the ground. We can endure torturous bike and run workouts but the task of getting to the pool and jumping in seems impossible.

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