April 21, 2022
Upper Back, Shoulder, Neck Pain / Discomfort on the Bike
By Coach John Hughes
This week I’m going to give you tips on how to avoid upper back, shoulder and neck pain while riding. In 1986 Pete Penseyres set the solo transcontinental speed record of 3,107 miles (5,000 km) in 8 days, 9 hours and 47 minutes, which included all time on and off the bicycle! He averaged 15.40 mph (24.8 km/h). That record stood for 27 years. Christoph Strasser finally broke it in 2013, averaging 15.58 mph (25.74 km/h). Read more.
Dave’s Update on His Frozen Bolt & Maybe a Great Invention
By Jim Langley
It was nice of so many of you to share your stuck bolt removal tricks, tips and hacks with RoadBikeRider reader “Dave.” His bike came with unlubricated steel bolts and one bottle cage bolt was frozen in the frame.
He explained in detail in our last Tech Talk. Have a read if you missed it; with all the comments, there’s now a wealth of knowledge on getting out frozen bolts: Tech Q & A: Dave’s Stuck Bottle Bolt. Read more.
Win Against Wind: A Guide to Cycling in Windy Conditions
By Fred Matheny
To many cyclists, wind is the enemy. We grimace when flags whip, stoplights sway above intersections and litter blows in whirlwinds around street corners. A windy weather forecast can scuttle a whole weekend’s riding plans. Read more.
Roll Recovery R4 Deep Tissue Body Roller & StretchMat Quick Review
By Sheri Rosenbaum
I reviewed Roll Recovery’s R8 Plus Deep Tissue Massager a while back and was impressed with the quality craftsmanship and design. Today I’m here to tell you their R4 Deep Tissue Body Roller, and portable StretchMat receive a 5-star rating from me. Honestly, I can’t find anything to ding them on. Read more.
Preventing Cycling Ailments Bundle
Preventing Cycling Ailments Bundle includes in-depth information about: 1) Butt, Hands & Feet; 2) Preventing and Treating Cramps; 3) Nutrition for 100K and Beyond; 4) Gaining a Mental Edge. Coach John Hughes will teach you how to prevent problems that could make a ride less enjoyable and how to deal with them to avoid DNFing.
Are Disc Brakes Really Better Than Rim Brakes on a Road Bike?
QUESTION: Are disc brakes really better than rim brakes on a road bike?
RBR’S STAN PURDUM REPLIES: The short answer is yes, but question may soon become academic, at least as far as new bikes go, because the bicycle industry is rapidly abandoning rim brakes in favor of disc brakes on all their new bikes — mountain, gravel, hybrid, road, touring, etc. Soon, when buying a new bike, the only choice you’ll likely have is between mechanically operated discs and hydraulically operated discs. Read more.
Question of the Week
Have you had trouble in the last six months buying a bike or bike parts because of supply chain problems?
Cool Stuff to Read
Bicycling: What Is the Minimum Amount of Exercise Necessary to Maintain Your Fitness?
Cycling Weekly: Is better pedalling really the next big wellspring of untapped watts?
Bicycle Retailer: BikeFlights debuts new line of shipping boxes at Sea Otter