CKAP News July 26, 2007

Ken Bonner
CKAP No. 1255
CKAP News 26th. July 2007

This informatiom was put on the CKAP List Page earlier this year but I thought I would add to the “News” before deleting the original message.

  1. A short while ago, someone raised the question of titanium bicycles for touring + randonneur cycling. For those folks living on Vancouver Island, please note that Fort Street Cycle (on Fort Street in Victoria) is now carrying LightSpeed titanium bicycles. I suspect they were influenced by the longevity of my 8 year old LightSpeed, which they keep in good working order; and, the number of VanIsle 1200 riders from the U.S. who were riding titanium bikes.
  2. Saddle sores – I’ve been plagued by saddle sores ever since I first rode more than 160 k. I have a VERY large bag of ointments, creams, bandages, etc. to try and deal with the problem. The only thing that helped the pain, but not the saddle sore, was to use Lanacane (which includes a pain-killer). Michel Richard introduced this to me. However, it did not prevent the saddle sores from occurring.

    A couple of years ago I spotted a product called Body Glide in the U.S., then discovered that it was available at Frontrunners Running store on Vancouver Street in Victoria. I’ve been using the product for the last couple of years. It comes in several sizes of containers that look like deodorant sticks. Easy to carry and no mess!! I apply it to my body and my cycling shorts prior to riding, then re-apply every 200-300 km.. Saddle sores have ceased to be a problem (now I can concentrate and truly enjoy the exquisite pain emanating from the bottom of my foot!)

    Most running stores carry Body Glide (eg. Frontrunners and the Running Room- Victoria) and some bicycle stores (eg. Fort Street Cycle – Victoria).

    Note: James has purchased Body Glide at the Runnung Room in the Glebe on Bank Street Ottawa, Ontario.

  3. Make your cycling mileage ‘count’ — Check out

    The Ultra Marathon Cycling Association”s (UMCA) Year Rounder
    The Canadian Kilometer Achiever Program (CKAP)

  4. Obtain a useful free weekly e-newsletter from: Road Bike Rider As the title suggests the newsletter is full of interesting information regarding road biking. Former Bicycling Editor and long distance cyclist, Ed Pavelka, is the man behind ‘roadbikerider.

May each of you achieve your cycling goals for this year – the prime goal being to enjoy your cycling!

Ken Bonner

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