Let me start off this week by wishing all of our readers around the world a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy Holidays throughout this festive season. I want to thank you for being loyal readers of RBR and wish you a restful, peaceful – and hopefully, ride-full! – holiday season with your family and loved ones.
As both Christmas Day and New Year’s Day fall on Thursdays – and knowing how uber-busy this “quiet time” actually has a way of becoming for so many of us – we’ve decided to take the time off to spend with our own families, so this will be the last issue before we see you again on January 8. (Don’t forget, the site’s open 24/7, so feel free to catch up on past issues, skim the eBookstore for some holiday reading, etc.)
My own need to recharge has become acute as I’ve been waylaid by a nasty bug for over a week now and have been “powering through” to get out these past 2 issues. Thus – and I beg your understanding – I’m going to keep it short today, at least in this space. I think we’ve got another great issue for you overall. One last note before I get to what’s in today’s issue: I’ll have some exciting news to share about something new early in 2015, and we’re already working on some great topics for January. More on that later. Now, on to today’s issue. I hope you enjoy it.
With the proliferation of factory pre-built wheelsets, wheel building has become a dying art, Mike says, and it’s also understandable that some of us prefer to farm out our wheel maintenance to the local bike shop, as some of us are not as mechanically inclined as others.
But, he says, there’s no better feeling in cycling than taking the first ride on wheels you’ve built yourself. And learning to maintain your own hoops will give you both power and control in your cycling life. See News & Reviews for a dose of Mike’s wheel wisdom, along with a number of other short takes on some unique cycling stories.
One last quick reminder on the special Holiday offers on gear we worked hard to line up for readers from Sampson Sports and LifeBEAM helmets. Note: Sampon's special offers have changed from last week in order to tie in with their already low holiday pricing -- and are open to all RBR readers. See full details at the bottom of News & Reviews. Don’t miss out on some great savings on quality gear!
Dr. Alan Bragman’s new title, Shoulder Injuries and Cycling: A Guide to Treatment and Prevention, launched last week.
“Understanding the shoulder’s anatomy, and the various exercises used to address the different types of shoulder injuries or problems, can benefit cyclists – whether you’re trying on your own to overcome a less-serious shoulder problem or working with a physical therapist or other medical professional to rehabilitate a traumatic injury,” he writes in the eArticle.
The benefits of this anatomy and exercise knowledge extend beyond merely rehabbing an already-injured shoulder, he points out. The exercises, in particular, may “also help you avoid some of the typical shoulder problems as well. They are recommended for overall strengthening and stability of the upper extremities, with the goal of increasing your riding comfort and avoiding injury.”