Just a quick note to let readers know that we will be taking off Thursday, the 28th, to spend time with our families and relax between Christmas and New Year's. We will back with a new issue January 4. See you then! I wish you all much relaxation, great family time, at least a few rides – and very Happy Holidays!Also: If your email Inbox is anything like mine has been since Black Friday, you're spending serious time wading through the flood of emails from seemingly every company in existence. I have consciously chosen NOT to add to your burden by sending an extra email this time of year asking for your support. Rather, I'm doing so now as part of this regular issue.—J.M.
Editor's Note: It's an increasingly common refrain from roadies: I need more gearing. As an RBR Premium Member recently put it: "There are more and more of us 'mature' cyclists who take our recreational riding seriously and look for high-quality components. We are no longer as strong as the younger crowd. Riders like me want close-ratio gearing but now need lower and lower gears. ..." Coach Rick Schultz has written a detailed article on the technical limits and possible combinations of equipment to maximize the gearing of road bikes. It's our holiday gift to you: a free downloadable PDF!
By Jim Langley Since this is the last Tech Talk before Christmas, I want to give you a gift that’ll keep on giving. My present to you is the seemingly little-known secret that makes it much easier to put on and take off bicycle tires. I used the words “seemingly” and “secret,” because here at RBR, emails from roadies frustrated over “tight” or “impossible to remove/install” or “stubborn” tires almost never let up. But wouldn’t it be better not to have to ask, and instead to have the know-how and skill to laugh at those annoying too-tight tires and simply pop them on/off with ease? Yes? I thought as much.
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 forPremium Members, who save 15%!
By Coach John Hughes Riding on the road is fun! Riding on the trainer is not fun (unless you’re a masochist!). As a roadie, you’re always looking for ways to improve (or at least, maintain): better equipment, smarter training, losing weight, etc. Add your time on the trainer to this list of potential ways to improve. Your trainer is tool you can use to tune up your cycling. Getting the most value from your trainer time is the key to making it work for you. Here's how:
By Gabe Mirkin, M.D. Despite some recent alarmist studies, at this time, the prevailing opinion is that: heart attacks are the result of sudden complete obstruction of blood flow to the heart caused by clots formed by plaques breaking off from arteries leading to the heart, plaques form in arteries primarily from a faulty diet, and exercise helps to prevent heart attacks by stabilizing plaques so that they do not break off to start the process that causes heart attacks.
By John Marsh Last week's news that Chris Froome tested positive for elevated levels of the drug in his allowed asthma medication at this year's Vuelta a Espana. Once again, the ghost of doping past has resurfaced. Froome, the most decorated pro racer of the modern (post-Lance) era, and his Team Sky have faced whispers and more over the past several years. No matter how much it wants to put doping in its past, cycling and its governing body, the UCI, just can't seem to escape it. (Read the mini-review that follows of a doping memoir from the Operacion Puerto heyday by Rabobank rider Thomas Dekker.)
Last week's Question of the Week was "What Is the Most Appropriate Term to Describe This Time of Year?" Over 40% of you favored "Winter." Another 15+% chose trainer- or indoor season. This week Coach John Hughes' column describes how to maximize the value of your trainer time. Coach Hughes proposed this week's Question: