Today I’d like to introduce my friend and fellow bicycle nut, Bruce Ross. He has a Colnago he loves so much he wanted to upgrade it with disc braking – even if only on the front. He wrote up the whole project, from his decision to upgrade to everything involved in adding the brake, and ride impressions. I love a good upgrade and am sharing Bruce’s story with you in the next two Tech Talks. I’ll let Bruce take it from here. —Jim Langley
By Coach John Hughes Spring is beautiful in Colorado! The hills are green from the early spring snowfalls and the lakes are full from runoff from the mountain snowpack. Last week I rode up to Carter Lake and back, a 3:30 jaunt that included exploring a dirt road variation. At the lake I kicked back at the marina, drank a Coke (not diet), ate a half-dozen fig bars and soaked in the sun and the beauty. On the way I’d eaten a banana, apple slices, a granola bar and drank a bottle of tea sweetened with white sugar, and a bottle of water. Over the course of the 3:30 ride I ate almost all carbs, much of it in sugary foods and drink.
By John Marsh In a nod to the growing acceptance of cycling as a means of transportation and the distance we sometimes ride from home (and a reality check on how many of its long-time services, such as free maps, route guides and such are now virtually obsolete) AAA recently announced that it is extending roadside service to bicycling members as well as driving members. All bicycles and tandems, including rental bicycles and bicycle trailers, are eligible for roadside pickup and delivery to a safe destination if the bike can be safely delivered using normal servicing equipment.
Editor's Note: Of late, we've been running a regular feature – providing a rundown from RBR Contributors on our favorites across the spectrum of components, nutrition, clothing, accessories, you name it. As we do these pieces, we've been compiling the various reader comments and emails with your own favorites of those various pieces of gear. For the past two weeks and next week we're offering your feedback in the form of recent reader favorites. (Here's a link to the gamut of RBR Favorites.)
By Sheri Rosenbaum If you are the typical roadie, having a bell on your bike can open you up for ribbing and ridicule from your riding buddies. But the Knog Oi is not your typical bell. It’s fairly stealthy, so no one will even know you have it on board. But should you need it, maybe at a busy pedestrian intersection or passing a slower rider, the bell is at your fingertips. Once I added the Knog Oi bell, it was like magic. People got it, a biker was coming up behind them. They’d move to the side of the trail or shorten the leash on their dog (or children).
In this new eArticle and new 5-article bundle, Coach John Hughes provides a range of targeted advice to make you a better cyclist. From the six success factors to cycling improvement (in How to Become a Better Cyclist) to getting the most out of your training, to maximizing your use of intensity for performance improvement, to optimizing your recovery, to nutritional insights into how the pros eat and hydrate. Each one of these eArticles is terrific on its own merits; together, they make an indispensable set. The new Better Cyclist bundle totals 140 pages and is available at the special price of $15.96; the Premium Member bundle price of only $13.57 is a savings of $11.38 off the full price! Non-Premiums save $8.99 off the cover price vs. purchasing all 5 articles individually.
Today's QT comes from RBR contributor Sheri Rosenbaum, who offers a great solution to applying extra chamois cream while on the road. Here's what she says: With the bike season about to hit high gear and longer rides, including brevets and centuries, taking place, it's important to stay comfortable. When it comes to applying chamois cream on the road – assuming it's an organized ride with at least a couple rest stops – here's a tip to keep you lubed up and your hands clean.