By Jim Langley This week’s Tech Talk provides some basic wheel tips to help with this key bike-maintenance skill. Removing wheels is required to fix flat tires, put bicycles in small vehicles and trunks, makes it easier to clean a bike, and is step one of swapping out “training” wheels for your “race” wheels, too. Tip: I’ve long used a trainer for warm-ups at races because … [Read more...] about Tips for Easy and Safe Wheel Removal and Installation
Issue No. 752
Irregular Heartbeats in Older Athletes and Exercisers
By Gabe Mirkin, M.D. Most researchers believe that exercise helps to strengthen the heart and protect it from disease, but about twenty years ago, doctors noted that some men over 80 who competed in cross country ski races longer than 100 kilometers (60 miles) were at increased risk for an irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation (BMJ. 1998 Jun 13; 316(7147): … [Read more...] about Irregular Heartbeats in Older Athletes and Exercisers
Can Heart Rate Monitor Data Help Detect Heart Problems?
Question: I read your article this week about the book The Haywire Heart. You say that the book's authors suggest using a heart rate monitor to monitor for problems: "Another suggestion is to wear a heart rate monitor at all times while training. This can help detect problems we may not be aware of, and can serve as useful information to a doctor should an episode … [Read more...] about Can Heart Rate Monitor Data Help Detect Heart Problems?
Kinetic Z Rollers
By Brandon Bilyeu HOT! Tri-fold design more compact than standard bi-fold rollers Smooth and quiet operation Medium size roller diameter offers moderate resistance No tools required for wheelbase adjustment Lifetime Warranty NOT! No available accessories like resistance units, flywheels, fork stands Not available in different roller drum … [Read more...] about Kinetic Z Rollers
How Can I Best Use Commuting as Training?
Question: This past fall, a job change meant a change to my commute. I now ride over 15 miles each way. This means my weekends are now recovery time instead of riding time. I can fit intervals into my commute twice a week and I can occasionally take a day off by getting a ride from a co-worker. But other than that, how can I, at 51 years old, use this commute time as a … [Read more...] about How Can I Best Use Commuting as Training?