May 5, 2022
Anti-Aging: Use It or Lose It, Part 1
By Coach John Hughes
We just returned from a three-week trip to Bengaluru, India to celebrate a close friend’s wedding. An Indian wedding is a colorful multi-day celebration!
While I was in India I turned 73. From reading the literature, coaching older riders and personal experience I know the importance of “use it or lose it” as we age. Before I flew to India, I resolved regularly to do aerobic activities, upper, lower and core strength exercises, stretch and Tai Chi. My goal was not to fall too short of the New Exercise Recommendations for healthy aging from the US Department of Health and Human exercises and the American College of Sports Medicine. Read more.
Tech Q & A: Wayne’s “Different Bottle Bolt Problem”
By Jim Langley
This week’s Tech Talk is self-explanatory, so let’s get right to it! As always, if you have experience with today’s question and have additional tips please share them in a comment. Thanks!
Arizona roadie, Wayne Riley asked,
“Hi Jim, Your recent post re: a bottle bolt issue brings up a problem I just ran into re: the same bolt but a different issue.” Read more.
Delta Ceiling Hoist Bicycle Rack Review
By Stan Purdum
If you are like many readers of RoadBikeRider, you likely have more than one bicycle; in fact, you may have several more than one. And eventually, parking all those bikes becomes an issue. In my case, even though my garage is fairly spacious, I often find myself moving one or more of my three bicycles out of the way while doing other projects — or leaving one of our cars outside because the parking space in the garage is occupied by bikes. Read more.
Fizik Terra Atlas Off-Road Cycling Shoes Review
By Sheri Rosenbaum
Fizik introduced the new Terra Atlas off-road shoe at the end of February. If I’m being totally honest, I was initially drawn to the shoe’s press release because of the color options—they came in purple and in my size! But we all know color doesn’t matter if the shoe isn’t comfortable, durable, and functional. I’ve been on several gravel rides testing out the Atlas, including Rapha Chicago’s A Day in Hell. The shoes were very comfortable on the 46-mile mixed-terrain adventure. Read more.
Dealing with Bike Saddle Discomfort
by Fred Matheny
PROBLEM: Endurance on the bike is limited by your crotch, not your legs. Your expensive saddle is comfortable in the first hour of a ride, but at 2 hours it’s painful and at 3 hours it feels like a medieval torture instrument. What’s worse, you sometimes experience numbness in your nether regions. Read more.
Running and Walking May Be Good for Your Back
People who run or walk regularly have healthier and stronger spinal discs than non-exercisers do. This is very reassuring because some doctors tell patients with back pain not to run because they think that the jarring of the foot striking the ground will damage discs and injure backs, even though there is no good data anywhere to support such opinions. However, if your back hurts when you run, you should stop running. Read more.
CERO One Mid Drive Utility Ebike Review
by Lars Hundley
After reviewing so many different ebikes, it’s rare for me to get an email from a bike brand and get excited. But when the folks at CERO emailed, they wanted me to review an ebike with both a Gates Drive and a Shimano mid drive motor, along with a Japanese style cargo bike frame design, with a smaller wheel in front. I’ve ridden Gates Drive ebikes before and like them, but still hadn’t tried a bike with a Shimano motor. This was an ebike that was different than anything else I had ridden before in quite a few different ways. 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, has individual chapters on each of the types of exercise the American College of Sports Medicine recommends: cardiovascular both endurance and intensity; upper, lower, and core strength; weight-bearing, flexibility and balance. Hughes includes interviews with Gabe Mirkin (recommendations from an M.D.) Jim Langley (importance of goals), Andy Pruitt (importance of working on your skeleton, posture, balance, muscle mass), Muffy Ritz (recommended activities for older people, especially women), Malcolm Fraser (recommendations from an M.D.), Fred Matheny (importance of strength training), Elizabeth Wicks (motivation) and five other male and female riders ages 55 to 83. Anti-Aging incorporates the latest research and most of it is new material not published in my previous eArticles on cycling past 50, 60 and beyond. It’s your comprehensive guide to continuing to ride well into your 80s and even your 90s.
Question of the Week
Do you use an indoor bicycle rack of some sort (garage or house)?
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