QUESTION: I confess – I didn't ride very much during the winter and early spring. But I want to get in shape for a metric century coming up this summer. Is there any hope? – Calvin R. RBR REPLIES: Don't panic, Calvin. You and everyone who had a less-than-productive off-season can gain sufficient fitness for an event. If you want to do a 62-mile (100-km) ride then, let's … [Read more...] about How Can I Get in Shape Fast for an Upcoming Cycling Event?
QUESTION: I'm a beginning roadie although I have been a marathon runner for many years. I think I've done everything right in making the switch. I went to a reputable shop, got a good bike fit and bought clothes and accessories. But one item that some cyclists wear has me stumped. Do "toe covers" (for lack of a better term) actually keep feet warm? -- Mark W. RBR … [Read more...] about Do Toe Covers Really Work?
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
By John Marsh It’s an innocuous little hill, one of those where you find an easy gear and just spin up. The hill comes right after a stoplight on a big group ride, so the pack is always bunched up on the hill. On a recent day, the group comprised nearly 150 riders – and things got a little touchy on that little hill. Before you even see what is happening, shouts of … [Read more...] about How to Handle Touching Bicycle Wheels on a Group Ride