Issue No. 753 - Since 2001! - March 16, 2017    PDF

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Be A Hero on the Road

By Jim Langley  One of my favorite things on rides with friends is coming to their rescue, fixing breakdowns and keeping everyone rolling – not standing by the side of the road waiting. All it takes to be a hero and repair most common breakdowns is a little bicycle mechanic know-how and carrying a bike mini-tool, plus a couple of small ride-savers that easily fit in a seat bag. In this Tech Talk, I describe what I carry, and how I handle two common issues I see over and over on group rides: large tire cuts and broken chains.

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On the Rivet V: Why You Need a Training Plan … or Don’t You?

By Coach John Hughes  Through this series of On the Rivet columns you’ve been learning mental skills: how to focus, to relax so that you don’t choke, build confidence and deal with performance anxiety. These columns have primarily addressed how to manage your emotions so that you perform better. Mental skills also include an important cognitive side, especially planning. Spring arrives on Monday, the 20th, and many roadies are thinking and dreaming about the 2017 season: what events to ride, what aspects of fitness to improve, what skills to develop, etc. You’re probably setting some goals for the season ahead.

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RBR Favorites: The Pedals We Push

Editor's Note: Some time ago, a Premium Member wrote in to ask if we could update an article we ran in 2011 in which a couple of us on the RBR Crew provided a quick rundown of our favorite tires, and why we liked them. It was an excellent idea. So good, in fact, that I immediately decided to make it a regular feature – providing a rundown from RBR Contributors on our favorites across the spectrum of components, nutrition, clothing, accessories, you name it. We started a while back with our favorite tires, and today we'll pick up the series with our favorite pedals.

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Wrenching at the BEX Pays Myriad Dividends

By Stan Purdum  Want to bump up your bicycle mechanic skills and do some good at the same time? Volunteer at one of the nonprofits that recycle old bikes. I live in New Jersey and volunteer one afternoon each week as a bike mechanic at a nonprofit bicycle shop called the Bike Exchange (BEX). It’s a program of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. At the BEX, we refurbish donated bikes and make them available to the public at low cost. Our inventory is whatever bikes are contributed, but we receive a surprising variety, from big-box store brands to Zebrakenko racers, Peugeot Carbolites and Nishiki Tourers.

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4 Brain-Boosting Games to Reduce Risk of Alzheimer's

By George Mears  Just like your muscles, your brain needs regular exercise in order to keep it in prime condition and to ward off deterioration. Keeping your brain active and engaged helps it remain strong and ward off the deterioration that characterizes dementia and Alzheimer’s. By playing games such as specially-designed brain training computer games and card games, you can minimize the brain health deterioration that puts you at risk of these diseases. Here are 4 of the best types of brain-boosting games to help you keep your brain sharp, keep deterioration at bay and reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s.

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More News on Distracted Driving, Boa Closure Systems

By John Marsh  Like many of you who read last month's report from AAA on the percentage of drivers across age groups who perform risky maneuvers and drive distracted, I was a bit more safety-conscious hitting the road that day on my bike than I normally am. But before pointing the finger at all young drivers, know this: Yes, drivers 19-24 and 25-39 are the two worst offending groups. But the next-worst is drivers 40-59! Interestingly, the 16-18 group is almost identical to the 75+ group in its "offensive" percentage, while the 60-74 group is the least offensive.

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