By Coach John Hughes Summer is just a couple of weeks away, and roadies in the Northern Hemisphere are understandably excited about riding more! But will racking up more miles this year help you ride better? Yes, and no. Just riding a lot more probably won’t help you to improve as much as you want to improve. While distance is important in some very meaningful ways – it is not the be all and end all for improvement. If you've already got all the benefits in your body that distance has to offer, then you need to add intensity to your riding as well to continue to improve.
By Jim Langley I’ve taped thousands of handlebars since 1970 when I first went to work in bike shops. Even with so much practice with so many different materials, I am almost never 100% happy after taping. There’s always a wrap or two that’s not perfectly overlapped, or a hidden wrinkle, or a tiny spot where the bar’s exposed if you look real close. So, today I’m sharing a bunch of taping tips and tricks that can make the job easier and nicer – including a brand new finishing touch I think you’ll like. As always, please share your taping secrets in the Comments below.
Just seven weeks ago RBR Premium Member Michael Povman asked us for advice on how to train for a 300K (187 miles). His longest ride to date had been an 80-miler. Coach John Hughes provided him with detailed recommendations in an Ask the Coach column: How Should I Best Train for a 300K?On Sunday, Michael wrote Coach Hughes to let him know that he successfully completed his 300K:
By Sheri Rosenbaum and John Marsh Pearl Izumi's P.R.O. Pursuit bib shorts with the new Pursuit 1:1 chamois is a winner. At $180 (USD) for the women's version, and $195 for the men's, the P.R.O. Pursuit offers a good value for high-end bib shorts. Great comfort, moisture transfer, and fit with the right amount of compression makes it great for indoor trainer rides or a long outdoor adventure. These bibs were very dry even after a 50-mile ride in Santa Cruz on a warm, sunny day, and on a century ride in the late spring Georgia heat. Pearl Izumi succeeded in pursuing a winner.
Host George Thomas interviews distance cycling expert and regular RBR contributor Coach John Hughes, along with Training Peaks VP Bryce Walsh, in our 3-part series discussing and detailing the factors that will help you become a better cyclist. Part 2 focuses on Nutrition and Mental Techniques.
Editor's Note: As many RBR articles do, this one arose from correspondence with a reader who posed an interesting question, an answer to which I sought out from another RBR reader with specific expertise in the area. This issue has to do with legal liability in leading rides – both informal and "organized." It's something that almost all of us roadies has been involved in over the course of our regular riding (either being invited on an informal ride with buddies or riding acquaintances, signing up for an organized ride, or going on rides with our clubs, or with friends' clubs).
By Gabe Mirkin, M.D. For many years I have recommended oatmeal as the ideal breakfast food. It is filling, does not cause a high rise in blood sugar and is an excellent source of soluble fiber. You can enhance the flavor and nutritional value of your oatmeal by adding your choice of nuts, raisins or other dried fruits, fresh fruits such as blueberries, and spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg. The soluble fiber in oatmeal and in fruits helps to keep blood sugar from rising too high and to control cholesterol (Curr Atheroscler Rep, Dec 2016;18(12):75).
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 QoW is another from our own Coach David Ertl. Just like last week's asking readers about your possible move to disc brakes, this one also touches on what your next bike might (or might not) include. NOTE: you may find this Question under Past Questions of the Week on the QoW page.