By Rick Schultz, MBA, DBA I get asked all the time about the best stretches/exercises to do before and after a bike ride. I discussed this with my daughter, who is an accomplished cyclist with a doctorate in physical therapy. Together, we came up with a set of stretches that will help warm up the psoas (hip flexors), hamstrings, glutes, lower back, calves and quads. … [Read more...] about Ask The Bike Fit Coach: Best Stretches Prior and Post Ride, Part 1
By Rick Schultz, MBA, DBA A question recently came in regarding pain and sit bones. Subject: Bontrager Montrose Elite Series 2 saddle and Sit Bone Pain. Dear Bike Fitness Coach, When setting this new saddle with a spirit level, where should I sit the level on the saddle? The saddle appears level to about 2 thirds of the way from front then the rear section has a … [Read more...] about Ask the Bike Fitter: Sit Bone Pain
By Rick Schultz, MBA, DBA Rating: 4.75/5.0 https://www.odorklenz.com/sport/ Price MSRP (currently on sale from OdorKlenz website): 15 Load: $17.99 $14.99 30 Load: $27.99 $24.99 Source: OdorKlenz Features: A Sport Laundry ‘Booster’ How obtained: Sample from OdorKlenz Other Products: I counted 28 different “Odor Eliminator” products in 5 different categories; … [Read more...] about OdorKlenz SPORT Laundry Additive Review
By Rick Schultz, MBA, DBA How to Gain Up to 20% on Your Next Functional Threshold Power Test Or, Let's see what your real potential is. Disclaimer Here's a testing protocol to show you your absolute 100% potential for a 20 minute Functional Threshold Power (FTP) effort. This FTP test shouldn’t count towards an actual number to base actual training on, but just to show … [Read more...] about How to “Cheat” On Your Next FTP Test
By Rick Schultz, MBA, DBA HOT! In-Mold polycarbonate shell, EPS liner To keep your head cool, 24 large vents are provided Bug netting to prevent bees and other insects from flying into helmet – my favorite feature! 'Competition+' fit-system with 4 height adjustments Lightweight: 245g vs 260gm of last generation SUPERLIGHT Safety – CPSC Certified … [Read more...] about 2019 LIMAR Superlight+ Road Cycling Helmet Celeste
By Rick Schultz, MBA, DBA This afternoon, I visited with a friend that worked as a bike fitter at a local shop that just closed. We were discussing what he might want to do next. He brought up his recent fast group ride and I brought up the question of him coaching. He said he knows a guy that coaches a female racer and then said something that made me respond with a name. … [Read more...] about Is Your Coach Under Suspension? If So, Your Racing License Is At Risk
By Rick Schultz, MBA, DBA So, you are getting a new bike at the end of this year and are thinking about doing some racing! Love the enthusiasm! But, wait a minute...which bike are you planning to buy? Is it suitable for racing (and training)? Are you sure this is the correct bike for you? And, speaking of racing, you probably need someone to help guide you through the … [Read more...] about New to Bike Racing? Before You Hire a Coach, Consider This First
By Rick Schultz, MBA, DBA https://www.outboundlighting.com/ Product Tested: Focal Series Road Light MSRP: $225 August Sale: $195 Source: Bike Shops, Websites Supplied by: Outbound Lighting Summary: Unique design that illuminates like a cars headlight HOT! High Powered (110LUX, 1,800 equivalent lumens) Focused 100° wide beam pattern, 15° center hotspot … [Read more...] about Outbound Lighting Focal Series Road Edition Bicycle Light Review
By Rick Schultz, MBA, DBA HOT! High Quality 15 different stiffness selections via 5 elastomer cushions Quick & easy setup and cushion exchange Stem selections: +/-6° ; 90mm, 100mm, 110mm, 120mm +/-30° ; 100mm only Bottom Line: Works great NOT! None identified … [Read more...] about Redshift ShockStop Suspension Stem Review
By Rick Schultz, MBA, DBA Squirt Long Lasting Dry Lube www.squirtlube.com MSRP: 120ml (4oz) $14.00 Source: Websites, Amazon How Obtained: Manufacturer's sample. Summary: A thinner (liquid wax-based) formula that lasts 200 miles and doesn’t attract sand, dirt and grit. HOT! Goes on quickly and easily, apply like you would regular … [Read more...] about Bicycle Chain Lube Product Comparison Review
By Rick Schultz, MBA, DBA Now that the racing season is over in SoCal, it’s time to reflect on which workouts worked and which didn’t. The workout described below has been my overall favorite this year, as well as the workout that gave me the most gains for strength (power) and VO2 max. And believe it or not, the total workout including warmup and cool down is only 51 … [Read more...] about My Favorite Cycling Interval Workout for Power and VO2 Max Gains
By Rick Schultz, MBA, DBA 1. Swelling Feet During a normal group ride, do you loosen the straps on your cycling shoes because your “feet are swelling?” It’s OK if you admit to this since this happens to most cyclists. I have read many articles on this topic and they all mention “feet swelling” but don’t get into the details as to the how’s and why’s. Talking with many … [Read more...] about 5 Fit Related Cycling Problems and Their Solutions
By Rick Schultz I recently had a great discussion with one of the premier fitters in the U.S. – Happy Freedman. The original discussion revolved around me asking, "What differences (angles, etc.) are you seeing between fitting someone statically or dynamically?" We also discussed the state of bike fitting, which will be a separate article. Quick Definitions … [Read more...] about How To Achieve The Perfect Bike Fit
By Rick Schultz It’s early July and the 2018 bicycle racing season is almost over. Only one last big criterium scheduled in Southern California and this one will determine state champions in six different categories. If you're a racing road cyclist facing the end of the season with no more races to train for, now what? Turns out there are a lot of options to stay fit, … [Read more...] about Ask the Coach: What’s Next When Bike Racing Season is Finished?
By Rick Schultz, DBA Based on half-a-dozen recent clients ‘bad bike fit’ stories, several asked me to put a short article together discussing this topic. I discussed with them their increased risk of injury and that, as they get older, all of these micro injuries will eventually catch up with them. Basically, my belief is that a bike fitter should do no harm. This means … [Read more...] about What Makes a Good Bike Fit Pro?