Issue No. 787 - Since 2001! - November 30, 2017    PDF

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What We Think About e-Bikes

We on the RBR crew have had lots of one-on-one conversations on the topic of e-bikes in recent months, and I thought it was a matter worthy of a more formal discussion. So I posed two questions and asked any RBR Crew members who cared to weigh in to do so: Would you ever ride any type of e-bike and, if so, under what circumstances or conditions? Do you see e-road bikes ever having a place in group rides of any size (or on any ride you might be doing – even with a small group of friends)? (Of course, we'd love to hear from you, too. Feel free to Comment following this article.) —John Marsh

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Lon Haldeman Updates and Thanks RBR Readers for Donations

Over the years, RBR has done what we can to help support cycling great Lon Haldeman's efforts to provide cycling gear to programs he works with in Peru and elsewhere to help promote cycling. Every year or so, I've run a small article on Lon's efforts, along with the address for sending any donations. And I've personally done my best to box up any unused or little-used apparel, along with still-functioning old equipment I've pulled off bikes and set aside "just in case I ever needed it." In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Lon wrote last week to say thanks to all RBR readers for their contributions over the past year. —John Marsh

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More Modern Wheel Tools, Part 2

By Jim Langley  Back in January, I reviewed Wheel Fanatyk's Tensiometer, a consistently accurate, easy-to-use and beautifully crafted digital spoke tension gauge. Just click the link to read all about it. At the time of that review, I was building wheels part-time for Praxis Works Bicycle Components. Today, I'm a full-time engineer at Praxis and in charge of our wheel department. As the company wheelmeister, I’m learning lots about modern wheel production and trying more new tools that improve wheel building and wheel quality. I started this 2-part column before Thanksgiving, and I'm finishing it up today.

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Great Winter Training eBooks!

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In Strengthening & Stabilization Training for the Cyclist, our new 44-page eBook, Coach Rick Schultz and Amy Schultz show you how to implement a strength & stability program specifically geared toward cyclists, but which delivers myriad valuable benefits, not just for cycling but for everyday life. (Their 57-page companion eBook, Stretching & Core Strengthening for the Cyclist, targets effective core-strengthening and stretching exercises specifically geared toward cyclists.). Amy Schultz is completing her Doctorate in Physical Therapy, is an accomplished cyclist and has done extensive research on athletes and injury prevention. Amy demonstrates the proper form for all the exercises in both eBooks. Each is just $14.95; $12.71 for Premium Members, who save 15%!

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Garneau Alpha Cycling Vest – Men’s and Women’s

By Sheri Rosenbaum  I bought my Alpha vest last winter and love it. Its light-weight, packable design combines with the wind-breaking, warm, breathable fabrics to make it one of my go-to layering pieces in cooler temps. I also like that it doesn’t scream cycling gear, so it can be worn for a variety of activities, including but not limited to hiking, skiing, snowshoeing or just running errands. The Alpha vest comes in both women’s and men’s versions, and a variety of colors. So consider ditching your nylon yellow wind vest and checking out Garneau’s versatile Alpha vest.

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The Mental Challenge of Dressing for Cold Weather Riding

By John Yoder  November and December cycling can be frustrating in northern Indiana, at least for me. It's not just that there are fewer hours of daylight, not just that the high for the day is often 40 degrees with a 20-mph wind from the north, and not just that every cold-weather ride makes my nose’s production of mucus shift into overdrive. No, the pain of late fall cycling comes from not knowing what to wear on any given ride in the fluctuating colder weather.

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New 166m Indoor Velodrome Coming to Detroit

Earlier this month, the nonprofit Detroit Fitness Foundation (DFF) announced Lexus as the official naming rights sponsor of Detroit’s newest indoor multi-sport complex, which will be anchored by a 166.66-meter (1/10 mile) velodrome, the only one of its kind in the United States. There's one other 166.66-meter track, but it's an outdoor track in Cleveland. Most velodromes in the U.S. (and many around the world) are a more traditional 250- or 333.33-meter length. Others around the world can run up to 500 or even 600 meters. —John Marsh

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HDL Cholesterol: a New Understanding

By Gabe Mirkin, M.D.  For many years HDL cholesterol has been called "good" because it carries plaque-forming particles from your arteries and bloodstream back to your liver, where they can be removed from your body. An exciting new study from Texas Medical Center shows that regular HDL cholesterol may not be very effective in doing this, but another form called Nascent HDL carries these protein-fats much more quickly to your liver to be removed from your circulation (Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, Nov 21, 2017).

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Question of the Week

Today's QoW is an interesting one re: cyclists' rights on the road. (And a bill our governor here in Georgia vetoed a couple years ago, claiming it would "confuse" motorists!) It's from Premium Member Michael Leven. (Wikipedia definition: "The Idaho stop is the common name for a law that allows cyclists to treat a stop sign as a yield sign, and a red light as a stop sign.")

(We really need to replenish our stock of Questions! Please submit you own QoW ideas using the Question of the Week Ideas link.)

Would you like the "Idaho stop" to be lawful in your state? 

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