Issue No. 777 - Since 2001! - September 7, 2017    PDF


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Hollywood Racks TRS Rack & Rack Valet

By Jim Langley  Hollywood’s TRS (for Tire Retention System) Rack offers everything needed in a hitch platform rack at the nice price of $329.99. It’s made to last, with a sturdy steel frame and aluminum wheel trays. It mounts to both standard vehicle hitch sizes. And it has a super secure attachment that locks it into the hitch so it stays tight and doesn’t sway. Hollywood also invented the ingenious Rack Valet, a mobile bike rack storage and transportation system for most hitch racks (not just Hollywood's).

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How to Get and Stay Motivated

By Coach John Hughes  I’m 78 and a life-long rider. Four years ago farm dogs ran me down and as a result a fix of the femur required a pin. My goal after the recovery was to gain fitness and motivation to take on club rides and do a few metric rides. That has not happened and I have tried training plans, i.e. climbing, cross training and have not completed due to the boredom of indoor training. My motivation is lacking. Is there still a way to get faster with endurance?

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Distance Riding on the New Specialized Roubaix Expert Di2

Editor's Note: Distance rider extraordinaire Ken Bonner had a chance recently to test ride the new shock-absorbing Specialized Roubaix Expert Di2. During his long and very distinguished randonneuring career, Ken has ridden bikes of all frame materials and was anxious to compare the ride feel and performance characteristics of the Roubaix to some of his other bikes. Following is his "narrative review" of the Roubaix. Thanks to Susan Dennings and Jon Taylor of Oak Bay Bicycles in Victoria, B.C., for the photos.

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Great New Giveaways!

RBR has some great prizes to give away to some lucky Premium Members. It's something we do as often as we can. Here's what we've got for you right now:

• 1 free USA Cycling RIDE PLUS Membership (value: $150; click the link to read about this great new cycling roadside assistance program from USA Cycling) 

• 5 20% Off Coupons for a MELD Body-Customized Road Bike Saddle (value: $50 - $65 each; click the link to read my recent review of the MELD Custom Saddle)

• Bonus "Bigfoot Prize! A brand new pair of gorgeous white Fizik R1B Uomo Road Shoes (value: $400; click the link to read our review)

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Blocking Inflammation Key to Preventing Heart Attacks

By Gabe Mirkin, M.D.  In the biggest advance in knowledge about the prevention of heart attacks since the discovery of statins, researchers at Harvard Medical School have shown that blocking inflammation helps to prevent heart attacks (New Engl J of Med, August 27, 2017) and cancers (Lancet, August 27, 2017). You can help to protect yourself from having a heart attack by making lifestyle changes and taking statins to lower cholesterol. However, five years after people who suffer a heart attack have made some lifestyle changes and taken statins, 25 percent will suffer another heart attack. Hundreds of previous research papers point to continuing inflammation as the cause.

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Velofix Mobile Bike Shops

By Sheri Rosenbaum  With today’s busy lifestyles, we are all looking for ways to save time. There’s a host of products/services available delivered right to our homes or offices. A few common ones come to mind, including: groceries/fresh ingredient meals, car window or tire replacement, dry cleaning, lawn mower/snow blower services. Add a mobile bike shop to the list. Earlier this year, I received an invite to the Chicago North Shore Velofix franchise launch party. The concept of a bike shop coming to my home, office or event was intriguing. So I went and had a look.

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Calculate Your Fitness Age

By Gabe Mirkin, M.D.  VO2max can be used to predict a person’s risk of premature death from a heart attack. Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology have developed a simple way to estimate a person’s VO2max, his maximal ability to take in and use oxygen (Med Sci Sports Exerc, November 2011;43(11):2024-30). The researchers had 4,637 healthy adults, average age near 50, run to exhaustion on a treadmill and measured their VO2max (a complicated test that measures oxygen and carbon dioxide concentrations). They then developed a formula that correlated very well with the subjects’ actual VO2max.

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