February 17, 2022
Anti-Aging: Interval or Fartlek for Longevity?
By Coach John Hughes
I wrote a recent column on Anti-Aging: Interval Training Increases Longevity. This column explains how to do intensity exercise.
For many riders intervals sound like “no pain, no gain.” No worries! I explain in this column Why ‘No Pain, No Gain’ Is Wrong. And intensity training to increase your longevity doesn’t necessarily mean structured intervals. Fartlek, which I do, is equally effective. Fartlek means “speed play” in Swedish. A fartlek workout mixes harder and easier exercise in a random, perhaps playful, way. Read more.
Solving Bicycle Clicks, Squeaks and Rattles
By Jim Langley
One of the most popular parts of my website is my Keep It Quiet page that offers myriad solutions for those bicycle noises that drive us all. It’s been online for almost a decade, and over the years it’s grown as readers like you send me the annoying clicks, creaks, clunks, ticks and skips that you’ve diagnosed and eliminated, and I add the new ones to my page. Read more.
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2 Other Ways for Cyclists to Lift Weights
By Kevin Kolodziejski
The offer came from Lindsey Hytrek, not Michael Corleone. But like the young Mafioso in Francis Ford Coppola’s legendary film “The Godfather,” the Public Relations Account Coordinator at ChicExecs Brand Strategy in San Marcos, California made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. Since I prefer a parcel on my porch to a horse head in my bed, I said yes. Doing so not only eliminated the chance that my last workout ever would be swimming with the fishes in cement shoes, but it also has added variety, specificity, and at times tremendous intensity to the weightlifting I do to supplement my cycling and stymie sarcopenia. Read more.
Showers Pass Basecamp Merino Hoodie – Men’s and Women’s – Quick Review
By Sheri Rosenbaum
Last month Showers Pass added to their clothing line, taking a modern twist to an old faithful garment in everyone’s closet—the hoodie. This soft merino wool hoodie is comfortable and stylish, making it perfect for relaxing with friends after a ride, lounging around the house, running errands, or on your favorite hike. Read more.
Bryton Rider S500 GPS Bike Computer Review
By Rick Schultz
New ‘top of the line’ for 2022 is the Bryton S500 which takes head unit performance to the next level with features like Advanced Workout (Training Peaks support, workout progress, customizable power zones, and many more), and, with its ANT+FE-C smart trainer compatibility, the S500 can now used with your indoor trainer for smart workouts including virtual rides. ANT+ Sensors include HR, Cadence, Speed, Power, and Electronic Shifting compatibility with Shimano Di2, SRAM eTap and Campagnolio EPS. Read more.
Quick Tip: Race (or Ride) a Tour de France Stage in San Antonio, Texas?
Did you know that the Tour de France has a worldwide series of one day events where you can ride a “stage” with other cyclists? It’s called L’Etap by Tour de France, and it was held in 13 countries in 2021 and has expanded to 26 countries this year for 2022. As they describe it, “L’Étape by Tour de France offers amateur cyclist the ability to race or ride a stage of the Tour de France in their own back yard.” Read more.
How Do I Get Rid of Old Bicycles?
By Stan Purdum
QUESTION: I’ve got two old bicycles in my garage from when my kids lived at home. I don’t think they’re worth much, but I hate to just junk them. Any suggestions? —Frank R. Read more.
What Are Good Tires for Road Bikes?
QUESTION: What are good tires for road bikes? Is there a brand that’s better than the rest or something I should avoid? My back tire has a slash in it, so I definitely need to replace it. – Emmet H
Cycling Past 50, 60 and Beyond: Training with Intensity
Cycling Past 50, 60 and Beyond: Training with Intensity, eBook by Coach John Hughes, explains what happens to your body as you age, and the physiological benefits of riding with intensity. Doing some hard riding slows the aging process and delivers an array of benefits at any age:
- More efficient training.
- Stronger heart.
- Greater lung capacity.
- More powerful muscles.
The eArticle describes five progressively harder levels of training and gives 3 to 5 examples each of structured and unstructured workouts for each level of training, a total of almost 40 workouts.
Question of the Week
Do you have any old bikes sitting around that you never ride?
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