QUESTION: I'll have a great week with solid rides and even new personal bests, but the next week, due to weather, family, work or lack of motivation, I just go through the motions. What's the key to training more consistently? -- Randy W. RBR REPLIES: Here's our belief: The recreational roadie who juggles career, family, and other responsibilities with "serious" cycling has … [Read more...] about How Can I Train More Consistently?
You should choose road-cycling shorts based on the quality of materials and construction. But also crucial is how well they conform to your unique anatomy. Sometimes a relatively inexpensive pair may work better for you than a high-dollar model. Shorts, like saddles, are tough to recommend because of differences in butts, crotches, seats and riding positions. Every rider has … [Read more...] about How To Choose Cycling Shorts
How Do I Prevent Freezing Feet on Cold Winter Bike Rides? QUESTION: I've tried every trick imaginable to keep my feet warm during cold-weather rides -- larger shoes with 2 pairs of socks, battery-powered socks, spray antiperspirant to reduce sweating, plastic bags to cut wind. But no luck. My frozen feet are always the limiting factor in winter riding. Any tips? -- Judy … [Read more...] about How to Deal with Cold Feet Cycling: Solutions for Keeping Them Warm
Question: When I ride outdoors, I concentrate on keeping a quiet and relaxed upper body. I thought I was successful until I started riding on my indoor trainer where I can see my shadow on the wall. I noticed that my upper body moves about an inch or so from side-to-side as I pedal. Is this a form problem, or an artifact of having the bike locked in the trainer? -- Jim B. … [Read more...] about How Quiet Should My Upper Body Be?
Question: On a long climb, is it better to sit and spin or stand and crank? I can spin faster seated, but it feels better to stand from time to time. Which is better? -- Art S. RBR Replies: This sounds like a simple question, but the answer is complicated. It depends! … [Read more...] about Should I Stand and Crank or Sit and Spin on Long Climbs?