June 23, 2022
Anti-Aging: Preventing Bonking and Hitting the Wall, part 1
By Coach John Hughes
In a recent column Brian W. asked, “I have been riding on and off for about 35 years. I am 54 now. frequently ‘bonk’ after about an hour. It doesn’t matter if I am doing a moderate or higher intensity ride. I can do 20 miles flat riding at about 15 MPH, my heart rate stays above 150 the whole time, after about an hour I just run out of gas.” Read more.
Ultrasonic Cleaners Wrap-up
Jim’s Tech Talk
By Jim Langley
Thanks readers for all the comments on last week’s technical Q & A about cleaning bike parts. Many of you have ultrasonic cleaners and it was great to read how you use them or why you don’t.
Today, I want to highlight some of the best comments and reply to a few. And, I also want to correct a mistake I made, which I realized when reading one of the comments. Read more.
Pearl Izumi Expedition PRO Bib Short – Women’s Version
By Sheri Rosenbaum
A few weeks ago, Brandon reviewed Pearl Izumi’s new Expedition PRO Bib Short from a male perspective. The men’s and women’s bibs are very similar, but I wanted to highlight a few differences and share my thoughts. Read more.
An Introduction to Ebikes for Roadies
By Rick Schultz
Even as roadies get older, we still like to ride and still be able to keep up on the group rides. The problem is that as we do age, we lose muscle mass, tone, flexibility, and strength making it harder to stay up. In California, 35 years ago, I started riding with several road racing clubs where everyone had Chromoly steel grand tour bikes, DeRosa, Colnago, Gios, etc. Steel was eventually replaced with aluminum. In the early 90’s, first generation carbon fiber road bikes started to replace aluminum. Read more.
It’s Good to Hate Cycling Sometimes
By Kevin Kolodziejski
I channel surf about as often as I change the batteries in the remote, but that’s what I did one night when my eyes were too fatigued to keep reading. I came across an MMA fighter in the midst of explaining what he feels he absolutely needs to do in order to get his mind right for the 25 minutes of anything goes in the octagon. Take a long-distance run in the middle of the day with a plastic sweat suit on. Read more.
Can Breathing Through Your Nose Make You a Faster Cyclist? An Interview with Tom Piszkin
by Lars Hundley
Recently, I read a book called The Oxygen Advantage: Simple, Scientifically Proven Breathing Techniques to Help You Become Healthier, Slimmer, Faster, and Fitter. The gist of the book is that nasal breathing is substantially more efficient. You can train yourself to breathe through your nose even during most levels of exercise, which leads to increased athletic performance. Read more.
Healthy Nutrition Past 50
In your 50s, would you like to get up every morning feeling rested, full of vigor and excited about the day ahead? Would you like to have plenty of energy on the bike? What about in your 60s? In your 70s? And beyond? A life full of vitality results from both proper exercise and healthy nutrition.
Healthy Nutrition Past 50, by Coach John Hughes, addresses the vital role that healthy nutrition plays in helping you stay active, energetic, happy and fulfilled into your 50s, 60s, 70s – and beyond. Coach Hughes explains all you need to know in 28 packed pages that include:
- The key role of carbohydrates in providing the energy you need and many of the vitamins and minerals.
- How much protein you really need, and nourishing protein choices.
- The important role of fat in your diet, and healthy choices to get that needed fat.
- The principal vitamins and minerals you need.
Question of the Week
Do you ever set your bike upside down on the ground to work on it?
Cool Stuff to Read
Gran Fondo Magazine: The latest race bike trends – Exciting findings from the road bike group test
Road.cc: Is putting your bike upside down wrong? 67% of you say not, so why the controversy?
Road Bike Action: One Man’s Way with Wheels: Inside Boyd Cycling
SoCal Cycling: Hydration for Cycling
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