February 24, 2022
Anti-Aging: 9 Weight-Bearing Activities for Strong Bones
By Coach John Hughes
I was riding uphill with a buddy in his early 70s. His front wheel kissed my rear wheel and he went down. We were only going about six mph and he just fell sideways … and broke his hip! He had been diagnosed with osteoporosis, which is significantly lower than normal bone density. He loved riding his bike, didn’t do much weight-bearing exercise and suffered as a result. Fortunately, he recovered and we’re back riding. Half the Americans over age 50 have osteopenia. Read more.
Langley Streak Bites the Dust on Boot Hill
By Jim Langley
TOMBSTONE, Arizona, 2/9/2022 – Dirty Desperados UTI & KI Deliver the Deadly Shots
Well, pardners of the iron horse, I regret to have to inform you – especially you faithful followers who have kicked up your spurs and hooted and hollered for me to never leggo the reins – that the bronc has bucked me off and my cycling streak has met its demise. Read more.
WHOOP 4.0 and WHOOP Body Review
By Sheri Rosenbaum
As soon as I hit Send to submit my WHOOP 3.0 Strap and app review, the company released WHOOP 4.0 and WHOOP Body. The key differences between the two versions are hardware, software, and the capability for the sensor to work in WHOOP Body products. The smartphone app continues to be easy to navigate and view all key health metrics. Read my WHOOP 3.0 review for in-depth app details. Read more.
Topeak TORQ STICK 4-20 Nm Torque Wrench
By Rick Schultz
As a bike fitter, I’ve found that most of my clients need saddle and handlebar adjustments. A torque wrench is a required tool to tighten these bolts and screws safely, regardless of tightening carbon or aluminum. Over-tightening the clamping force on carbon parts can crack the carbon, and overtightening steel screws into aluminum parts can pull the threads out of the aluminum. So, along with a goniometer, a torque wrench is just as important. Read more.
What is Touring on a Bike?
By Stan Purdum
QUESTION: What is touring on a bike? How is it different from just riding for recreation and exercise? Do you have to go a certain distance? – Timothy M
RBR’S STAN PURDUM REPLIES: Bicycle touring refers to long-distance journeying by bike for vacation, adventure, sightseeing, exploration, pleasure, self-fulfillment, personal discovery, travel or almost any purpose other than competitive sports, commuting, errands or exercise alone. Often the trip is to somewhere you’ve never been before and can last a single day, many days or much longer. It can involve camping each night or staying in commercial lodgings, or some combination of those options. Read more.
What’s a Good Cycling Sprint Power?
QUESTION: What’s a good cycling sprint power number? I finally got a power meter, but I don’t know what’s a good wattage number for sprinting. What should I aim for and how do I know if mine is any good, other than beating most of the guys on my local club rides at the city limit sign? – Henry W
Knee Pain in Cyclists
At some time, one out of three cyclists suffers serious knee pain. It often occurs with a new bike, upon returning to cycling after a long hiatus, or when you are trying to increase either your intensity or your mileage. If your knee starts to hurt while you are on your bike, stop riding and try to find out the cause. Read more.
Off-Season Conditioning Past 50
Don’t take “off-season” literally and stop exercising! The eBook Off-Season Conditioning Past 50: 12 Weeks to Greater Health and Fitness, by Coach John Hughes, includes sections on dynamic stretching, circuit strength training and balance exercises, all of which can be weight-bearing and a specific section on weight-bearing exercises. The eBook also includes sections on cycling outdoors, cycling indoors and cycling drills. He combines all of these into a flexible 12-week program for those with limited time to train, health and fitness riders, beginning cyclists, recreational and club riders and endurance riders.
Question of the Week
Ever dealt with cycling related knee pain?
Cool Stuff to Read
YouTube: Women in the Bicycle Industry – International Women’s Cycling Day Together We Ride
PEZ Cycling: Super Tuck & Puppy Paws: What The Riders Think
VeloNews: Best weight training exercises for cyclists
Outside: The Case For (and Against) Polarized Training
New Atlas: Aerobic exercise found to boost episodic memory as we get older
Bike Index: Closing the loop: a deep dive on a Facebook reseller of bikes stolen in Colorado