Issue No. 796 - Since 2001! - February 8, 2018    PDF


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Anatomy of Cycling: 22 Bike Culture Postcards

By John Marsh  I'll be the first to admit that I'm sometimes a harsh critic of some of the cycling products that show up unannounced in my mail, or via delivery service. So when one arrives that brings a little bit of joy to my day when I unpack it, that seems a good enough measure to warrant telling you about it, too. What I first thought was yet another book turned out to be a really cool self-contained set of 22 illustrated retro cycling-culture postcards. Yes, postcards. Remember those? They're illustrated by David Sparshott, a London-based illustrator and cycling enthusiast.

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The Benefits of Cross-Training in Winter

Editor's Note: Coach John Hughes reports that his cross-training regime of two weeks ago included two good days XC skiing, a fun day riding with a buddy and the next day falling off a ladder and breaking his right ankle and fibula. He'll be doing a different sort of cross-training for a while. He's non-weight bearing on his right leg for 6 weeks and is in rehab learning how to gimp around on crutches. He plans to be back on his bike by summer. Toddy, we're running an updated version of a column he wrote a couple winters ago. 

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Top Tips for Before, During and After Rainy Rides

By Jim Langley  Here in the Northern California RoadBikeRider headquarters (and in other places, as well), winter is the rainy season. Thinking about that recently reminded me of some technical tips I want to share. If it’s raining where you are, they’ll come in handy. Or save them for those spring showers on the way. Disclaimer: these tips are mostly for rainy riding on pavement rather than dirt or gravel, where wear and tear is worse.

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The Great Helmet Debate - Revisited

Editor's Note: Last Wednesday, I had surgery to remove the plate and eight screws inserted nearly two years ago after a bad crash that left my clavicle in five pieces. I was told at the time the hardware could stay in forever, if tolerated. But I turned out not to tolerate it very well and finally decided on the removal surgery. A week on, I am now out of that dreadful sling and in another couple of weeks will be allowed to start sweating in earnest again. Another couple of weeks after that, I'll be cleared to ride on the road again. The hardware has joined my crash helmet in a cautionary display. So much went wrong then; but the helmet saved the day.

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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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Winter Cycling In Florida: More Traffic, Yet More Trails

By Stan Purdum  This winter, and for the past few, my wife and I have been able to escape the northern cold and spend January and February in Florida. And so, of course, I bring my bicycle along. Our place is in central Florida, not far from Disney World, but far enough away that I have some feasible options for road riding. Feasible for the moment, that is. Apparently, a lot of baby boomers are moving to Florida after retiring, and the housing market (including new construction) is booming. Every year we come, we see hundreds of new homes on acreage that was empty the year before, and many more under construction.

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An Alternative Way to Carry Your Spare Tube

Today's QT comes to us from Premium Member Greg Titus, who offers a unique tip that addresses a fundamental item that we roadies need to take along on every ride as part of our flat-repair kit – a spare tube. Of course, you also need to tote something to inflate that tube; in Greg's case, that's a mini-pump. What makes his tip unique is that he has devised a way that works for him to, in effect, carry them both as one package. Here's what Greg wrote: 

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