By Ricardo Colberg, M.D. The weather is gorgeous. The bike is running like a dream. The road is open and there’s nothing standing between you and a long ride. That is, until the pain sets in. But you’re in peak shape; you’ve been riding all summer. Your legs are strong. Your lungs are full. What could be the problem? It’s not at all uncommon for even the most seasoned … [Read more...] about How to Deal With Mid to Late Season Cycling Injuries
To Cross-Chain, or Not to Cross-Chain
Our topic this week comes from a great question by RoadBikeRider reader David Stihler who wrote, “I have heard many times that you can't/shouldn't cross-chain. I was just on another ride where a modern bike with Shimano Ultegra components kept getting hung up (not able to shift) because the rider cross-chained. I ride a triple Campagnolo drivetrain and cross-chain all the time … [Read more...] about To Cross-Chain, or Not to Cross-Chain
Which Emergency Rain Gear Should I Carry Cycling?
Question: In the last month I’ve set a record, being caught in the rain on seven bike rides. I don't want to ride my fender bike and wear a rain jacket if the weather looks okay, but storms have been blowing in without warning. What non-bulky clothing can I carry in my jersey pockets for protection against these spring rains? – Shandra P. Coach Fred Matheny Replies: Assuming … [Read more...] about Which Emergency Rain Gear Should I Carry Cycling?
How Can I Get in Shape Fast for an Upcoming Cycling Event?
Question: I confess – I didn't ride very much during the winter. But I want to get in shape for a metric century on the Memorial Day weekend. Is there any hope? – Calvin R. Coach Fred Matheny Replies: Don't panic, Calvin. You and everyone who had a less-than-productive off-season can gain sufficient fitness for a big spring event. If you want to do a 62-mile (100-km) ride … [Read more...] about How Can I Get in Shape Fast for an Upcoming Cycling Event?
What Should a Cyclist Do, Legally, If Hit by a Car
By John Marsh If you've been a roadie for any length of time, it's almost certain that you know someone who's been hit by a car while riding. It's the nightmare scenario for all of us who ride on the road, to be sure. And while we all do our best to ride safely, it's a potentiality that we really cannot afford to focus on. That said, have you ever thought seriously about … [Read more...] about What Should a Cyclist Do, Legally, If Hit by a Car