April 7, 2022
Anti-Aging: Value of Multi-component Physical Activities
By Coach John Hughes
Note that the title is “Physical Activities” not “Exercises” because multi-component activities are more like activities of daily living than exercise programs.
In a recent column I discussed Anti-Aging: New Exercise Recommendations from the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition from the US Department of Health and Human Services. Read more.
Avoid this Big Mistake When Installing Tubed Tires
By Jim Langley
Recently, while watching an otherwise excellent video about a new tire, I was reminded of how a simple mistake causes so much frustration. In the video, which was produced by one of the largest cycling channels right now, the technical editor made the point that the tire was difficult to install probably because the tube was getting in the way. Read more.
Pedal Industries RaceDay Cycling Bag Review
By Stan Purdum
Years ago, as a Boy Scout, I was taught that a backpack should be a “bag of bags,” which is to say that rather than dumping all my clothes, food and gear randomly inside the pack, it’s a lot easier to retrieve items as needed when they are organized into smaller bags with like items — such as socks or first-aid products for example — kept together. It’s a lesson that has served me well over the years. Whether the larger bag was a backpack, a duffle, a carry-on or a suitcase, inside I used smaller bags to organize what I needed for whatever kind of trip I was on. Read more.
Why Buy Where You Ride? An Interview With Heather Mason, President of NBDA
By Sheri Rosenbaum
Almost a day doesn’t go by without someone asking me a question about cycling gear. The bulk of my knowledge comes from years of reviewing hundreds of products from various brands. But another source is my local bike shop. Read more.
SunGod Vulcans and Airas Cycling Sunglasses Review
By Brandon Bilyeu
SunGod is a British based direct-to-consumer company operating since 2013 that focuses on eyewear including cycling sunglasses, ski goggles, and lifestyle sunglasses. SunGod’s mission (besides selling you sunnies) is being good to the environment. Their company and products are carbon neutral through offsetting, they plan to be Net 0 by 2030 (Net 0 applies to all greenhouse gases), and are members of 1% for the Planet. Read more.
Black Girls Do Bike
By Sheri Rosenbaum
The National Bicycle Dealer Association (NBDA) gave me another opportunity to be a guest host on their Bicycle Retailer Radio podcast. The organization continues to allow me to pick and choose my topics. The latest podcast was an interview with Monica Garrison, Black Girls Do Bike (BGDB) founder, and Chicago chapter Shero Celeste Adams. Read more.
Sleeping with Lights on and Not Getting Enough Sleep Both Increase Risk for Diabetes
Sleeping with the lights on or a television set on for just one night raises blood sugar, heart rate and insulin resistance, all risk factors for diabetes . Five to ten percent of the light can actually get through a closed eyelid. Read more.
Anti-Aging E-Book: 12 Ways You Can Slow the Aging Process
Anti-Aging: 12 Ways You Can Slow the Aging Process, by Coach John Hughes, includes detailed chapters on strength training, balance and weight-bearing exercises, as well as aerobic, high intensity aerobic, and flexibility exercises. The exercises are illustrated with 24 photos. He includes sample weeks and months for different types and amounts of exercise and combines the six training modalities (aerobic, intense aerobic, strength, weight bearing, balance and flexibility) into a four-season annual plan.
Question of the Week
Do you put a little air in your new tube before you put the tire back on when changing a flat?
Cool Stuff to Read
Canadian Cycling: How to avoid getting dropped at a race or group ride
VeloNews: Road tubeless tires on rim-brake carbon rims
Neil Cook says
Avoid this Big Mistake When Installing Tubed Tires By Jim Langley forgot a big tip I’ve been using (and passing on to all the athletes I’ve been coaching) for over 20 years. I store my spare tubes in a ziplock baggie with talcum powder sprinkled on the tube. When re-mounting the tire with the tube inside, the tube doesn’t “stick” to the wheel rim. Eliminates pinch flats after a tube change. Also, if you pinch the side of the tire in after it’s mounted and before it’s inflated you should be able to see the rim liner. Pinch the side of the tire all along both sides of the wheel and you will have a perfectly mounted tire and tube.