March 29, 2019
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By Lars Hundley. Over the past week or so, I’ve been geeking out on 1X drivetrains for the road and “everything” types of adventure bikes. Ever heard of Road Plus tires?
So it’s only natural that for my bike of the week, I chose this Boardman 1X bike owned by Henry Adams, in the UK. Makes you want to pack a bag and hit the road for a long ride in the country, doesn’t it?
Our most popular Facebook post of the week was about the surprising nutrition comparison of donuts versus muffins.
Anti Aging Research Cyclists Can Benefit From
By Coach John Hughes. As I wrote several months ago, I fell off a ladder and shattered my ankle, which is now held together with four screws. The bad news is that I’ve been off the bike since January 26. I’m just starting riding the trainer – 5 minutes today and building back up slowly. I’ll be back on the road by May. The good news is that I’ve had time to do a lot of reading, especially about exercise and aging including these scientific studies. Here are some of the things I’ve learned.
Pearl Izumi Elite Pursuit Speed Jersey and P.R.O. Escape Bib Shorts Review
By Sheri Rosenbaum. When a package arrived from Pearl Izumi with their new Elite Pursuit Speed Jersey and P.R.O. Escape bib shorts, I was tickled pink. The new thoughtful features and design elements in their Spring 2018 collection was exciting to see. Pearl Izumi is making great strides in bringing to market some innovative high-end apparel that won’t break the bank. Here’s what I thought about both items.
Overinflation Explosion: A Cautionary Tale About Very Wide Tires
By Jim Langley. This week I’m sharing what I consider an important safety message for anyone riding the road or gravel on wide tires. By “wide,” I mean rubber that’s more than 35mm wide. You can now purchase 700 x 38, 40 and even fatter tires. I’ve been working on some bikes with these wide sneakers lately and last week had an incident that took me completely by surprise and left me dazed and confused for most of a day. I’m telling the story here hoping that you won’t try what I did and possibly get hurt worse.
Do You Really Need Cycling Shoe Wedges, or Do You Have a Q-Factor Problem?
By Coach Rick Schultz. Years ago, I took my first ‘Bike Fitting’ course. It was called ‘Foot Pedal Interface’ offered by BikeFit. It is a very good course and I highly recommend it as a basic requirement for all bike fitters. Why? Because the Foot/Pedal interface is one of the most neglected areas of bike fitting. Many of my clients tell me of their previous ‘bike ill-fitting’ experiences. Their top complaint is that their previous fitter did not even touch their cleats, and now they are in pain and have a hard time riding their bicycle. Here’s what I often see in these cases.
Question of the Week
Our question of the week related to Jim’s story. Have you ever exploded a bicycle tire?