By Coach Rick Schultz This summer, I took a bucket-list cycling trip to France to ride on many of the roads – including many of the most famous climbs – featured in the Tour de France. After my return, I've been asked about the trip, and my preparations for it, by many cycling friends. So I decided to write an article detailing a few tips you, too, might benefit from if you decide to check this or a similar ride off your own cycling bucket list.
By Jim Langley Like the name Hiplok suggests, their chain locks are actually worn belt-like around the waist. The chain is covered with a nylon sleeve, which protects bicycle paint jobs and components by preventing the metal chain links from striking the frame. And now with Superbright reflectivity added, this new Hiplok protects riders with a 2-inch-wide band of reflected light when riding at night in traffic. Hiplok’s other new product is the Z Loks. You get 2 per package and 1 key. They look just like oversized zip ties, which is pretty much what they are, with a steel core inside the Z Loks, and a more aggressive gripping action.
By John Marsh Last month in the mail, I received my annual renewal letter from the League of American Bicyclists. I've been a member for several years, and I just renewed for another year for $40. I appreciate what the League does in terms of its nationwide cycling advocacy, its various safety and training programs and education efforts, and its lobbying on behalf of cycling at the federal level. In short, I SUPPORT the League, because the League supports cycling. It's that simple.
By Coach John Hughes How do you decide if a particular sports nutrition product, piece of equipment, training method, etc., is right for you, or actually works for you? If you're like most roadies, you probably first hear about a product or training method of interest from a riding buddy, or from a review or article in RBR Newsletter or another site, or you may see an ad featuring a pro endorsing a product or device. Do you just dive right in? Or do you stop for a moment to think about the source of the information or review, or how a certain study was conducted?
By Coach Rick Schultz Last November, we did a First Look article on the FormMount when it was still in the Kickstarter phase of its product cycle. It did well enough to make it to market, and we've now had the chance to do the full review we had anticipated back then. I think F3 Cycling's FormMount almost hit the nail on the head. It is a great idea, and with a few tweaks to the product, it will be a winner. We look forward to seeing the new version with tilt adjustability, and whether some of the lesser issues have been overcome as well.
Editor's Note: Dr. Mirkin's article today began as a response to one of our Premium Members. Greg C. wrote us: "I ride about 4,500-5,500 miles a year. This is the first year I've been monitoring my blood pressure after riding and noticed the systolic drops significantly after my rides. I typically run 110-120 over 70-80, but after rides it's sometimes barely above 95 over 60-70. Is this normal, or something to be concerned about?" After the reassuring response to Greg, Dr. Mirkin continued to write his typically thorough, educational piece that we have come to expect and enjoy.
Today's QT comes to us from Coach David Ertl. It's one of those tips I heard for the first time and thought, That's so simple and sensible, and would readily solve a bugaboo of mine, that's it's brilliant. I will be the first to admit that I often make a mental note of something or other on a ride I need to address later – something's squeaky, or a cable needs a slight barrel turn; it could be anything, really. Then I roll in from my ride, put everything away, get cleaned up, and then totally forget about what I needed to do. Sound familiar?