Standard water bottles and insulated water bottles line up to do battle again—this time to see which can keep your drink warm the longest. Last year on a 90-some degree (F) day, we lined them up and the CamelBak Podium Ice came out the winner at keeping drinks cold. But how will the results shake out keeping a beverage warm in cold weather?
by Katherine A. Roccasecca
XLAB rear carriers offer variety, flexibility, choice, and customization for on-the-bike hydration and storage. That’s great—wonderful even—but it has a downside. How do you figure out which one you want?
How many bottles can they carry? Which carriers are made to mount directly to certain seatposts? What about compatibility with special saddles? What bags can be attached to which carriers?
Why isn’t there a chart that makes all this clear?
We made a chart! (Well, actually, we made three.) Now, it’s almost simple to find the right carrier. Just walk step by step through the information in this XLAB rear carrier buying guide.
by Pro Triathlete Tami
I got my new Specialized Shiv from Kyle’s Bikes back in February. Right after I got the bike I took off for little vaction to the Vegas/Henderson area. Henderson is very hilly, but the new bike handled the hills well. The Shiv is comfortable to ride on hills or flats. The aero bars are comfortable with good elbow pads.
A really helpful thing about the Shiv is the built-in hydration system. There is a bladder that you put in the bike and fill with your hydration. Then a long straw sticks out and you can put a magnet on the aero bars (or wherever you choose) so the straw will stick there when you are not drinking.
I got my bike in pink, which I think is awesome! There are other colors available to suit your individual taste. :-)
By Dietitian Ellen
We all know maintaining hydration is crucial during the hot, humid summer months. It is no problem to gulp down a glass of ice-cold water after a long, sweaty run. But what about now, when it is so cold that your nose hairs freeze when you step outside?
During the cold weather of winter months, it is just as important to keep hydrated, especially for endurance athletes. Dehydration can cause muscle cramps, nausea, headaches, dizziness, confusion, weakness, inability to concentrate, and many more unfavorable things.