Issue No. 791 - Since 2001! - January 4, 2018    PDF

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Happy New Year! Welcome Back!

I hope everyone had a terrific holiday season, nice family time, good sleep, as much exercise as you could squeeze in, and (in the U.S.) some good football watching. Alas, there was a bug running through my household, so I was limited on some of those things (though not the football watching!). I'm on the mend this week and hustling, with the short week, to get the newsletter out in full. If you happen to be in one of the many states currently in the deep freeze, stay warm wherever you are!—J.M.

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Your Comments: Special Tire Levers for Tough Tires & More Tips

By Jim Langley  In 2017’s last Tech TalkTips for Taming Tough Tires, we were talking about the secret to installing even the toughest clincher road tires. The trick is being sure to get and keep the tire beads (the edges of the tire), down into the “rim well,” (the center and deepest part of the rim). When the beads are down there, there’s enough slack created in the tire for you to be able to pop it on without too much difficulty. 

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Anti-Aging: How to Slow the Aging Process

By Coach John Hughes  People’s health and fitness start to decline irrevocably about age 50, and as they get older their health and fitness decline more rapidly. This is called the geriatric curve ("geriatric" doesn't necessarily mean "old geezer"; in this sense, we're just talking about the process of aging). You can slow down the rate of decline, but you can’t stop it. I’m working on a new eBook tentatively called Anti-Aging about how you can square the geriatric curve. As we age, we lose fitness in five different areas. The book covers the recommendations of the American College of Sports Medicine in all five areas:

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Great Winter Training eBooks!

StretchingCoreStrengtheningForTheCyclist.WEBStrengthening and Stabilization Training for the Cyclist.WEB

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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Top 5 Tips When Riding In a Group

By Coach Rick Schultz  On group rides over the years, and while observing riders in other groups, I've noticed some very bad decisions made by cyclists. So, I decided to start off the year with an article that serves as a reminder to us all of things TO DO & NOT TO DO when riding in a group. Even though most of these bad decisions were made by less experienced riders, we can all stand to be reminded of safe practices when riding our bicycles. Of course, these examples are only the tip of the iceberg. Feel free to share your thoughts and ideas in the Comments.

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On My 66th Birthday, I Did 66 Steps Instead of Miles

By John Yoder  One of my favorite cycling goals is to ride as many miles as I am old on my birthday. So, for example, when I turned 65, I did a 65-mile ride. I’ve done this birthday ride many times, sometimes alone, often with friends, and I find that the day is always an affirmation of life:  I’m still here and mobile! But sometimes life throws you a curve, and your goals need major modification. That was the case for me on my 66th birthday, when, instead of riding 66 miles, my goal became walking 66 steps. The reason for this much more limited goal was simple: I had quadruple heart-bypass surgery the day before.

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Soak Your Chain for Extra Smoothness, Life

By John Marsh  This QT is based on a recent experiment I decided to do on my last new chain. I am a years-long user of Chain-L chain lube (click for the RBR review). It is a honey-thick lube (in fact, it looks like dark honey) that you apply to a new chain, let it soak into the pins, wipe off the excess and install the chain. It's a bit of a messy, time-consuming process (I let it soak in overnight), but the results are unbeatable — you really don't need to re-lube again for the life of the chain. A slight touch-up after a rain ride, maybe; but that's it. Now, about that experiment.

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