April 14, 2022
Showstoppers II: A Dozen Mistakes Endurance Cyclists Make
By Coach John Hughes
Summer is coming and you’re probably planning a long ride. You may not be up for a century but look forward to the club’s 50-miler or a 100K with a friend. Or you may be preparing for a century, 200K or longer. Whatever the distance, here are 12 potential mistakes to avoid. Read more.
Tech Q & A: Dave’s Stuck Bottle Bolt
By Jim Langley
Before we tackle today’s question, thanks for all the fine feedback on our tube installation tips last week: Avoid this Big Mistake When Installing Tubed Tires. Fixing flats is always a popular subject and you provided many excellent additional tips sure to help.
This week, we’re offering help for an RBR fan named Dave, who has a stuck bolt. Read his question and our advice and chime in if you have other suggestions. Read more.
You Can’t Go ‘Over the Top’ Eating Good Stuff
By Kevin Kolodziejski
Sometimes it’s needed, sometimes it’s not. But one thing’s for sure. Get really committed to cycling on any level and — at one time or another, for one reason or another — you’re going there. Read more.
How to Look Over Your Shoulder on a Bicycle Without Swerving
By Coach Rick Schultz
I noticed something on a ride recently that I see all too frequently. Following a couple of cyclists today, it was hard to pass them since they kept swerving as they looked over their shoulder. I see this all the time; a cyclist looks over their left shoulder and their bicycle swerves to the left. Read more.
An Interview with Zwift’s Director of Content and Women’s Strategy, Kate Veronneau
By Sheri Rosenbaum
Over the past few years, there’s been a surge of indoor trainer users subscribing to various virtual platforms, like Zwift, to race, train, and socialize. Until recently, one of these virtual platforms’ untapped demographics was women. But that is changing as more women are embracing this online technology.
Recently, I had the opportunity to ask Kate Veronneau, Zwift’s Director of Content and Women’s Strategy, a few questions about the company’s initiatives around women’s cycling both virtually and in the real world. Read more.
Quick Tip: Scoot Around on Your Bicycle Saddle
Try this on your next bike ride. Scoot on the saddle.
Many cyclists always sit in one spot. Off season rides or recovery rides are a great time to experiment with moving around. Scooting helps you increase pedaling cadence or power. Read more.
Cycling Nutrition: What to Eat Before an Event
By Arnie Baker, M.D.
It’s pretty obvious that hydration and nutrition is important during cycling, but it’s also helpful to pay attention to it leading up to an important event.
If you take time to prepare the night before, you’ll be much more likely to ride strong. Here are my recommendations on preparing nutritionally for your next big ride or race. Read more.
Endurance Training and Riding — 3-Article Bundle
To learn how to train effectively, eat correctly and ride an endurance ride get the bundle of three eArticles by Coach John Hughes: Endurance Training and Riding.
- Beyond the Century describes training principles and different training intensities and how to integrate these into program of long rides. Although written for roadies doing longer events all of the principles also apply to shorter events. I lay out an 8-week plan to build up to a century and then a 200-km ride (about 125 miles), plans which could be easily adapted to shorter rides.
- Nutrition for 100K and Beyond provides you with the information you need to fuel your engine before, during and after endurance rides.
- Mastering the Long Ride gives you the skills you need to finish your endurance rides. Effective training provides your base, and proper nutrition gives you the fuel. The key to success is to use your smarts to complement your legs.
The 50 page Endurance Training and Riding bundle is $13.50.
Sarcopenia of Aging: Loss of Muscle Size and Strength
by Gabe Mirkin, M.D.
Aging causes you to lose strength, no matter how much you exercise. Muscles are made up of hundreds of thousands of individual fibers, like a rope is made up of many strands. Each muscle fiber is innervated by a single motor nerve. Read more.
Rad Power RadCity 5 Plus Commuter Ebike Review
by Lars Hundley
Rad Power has completely figured out every possible accessory you might need to make full use of your ebike for whatever purpose. There are panniers that fit the rear rack. There is a basket you can attach to the top of the rear rack. There are cargo straps, cargo nets, bags that fit perfectly into the various baskets, and even a child seat that straddles the rear rack and a pet carrier that fits one of the front baskets. Read more.
Question of the Week
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