July 14, 2022
Anti-Aging: Ride Like the Pros – Train in the Sweet Spot
By Coach John Hughes
Riding like the pros means climbing better you did than last year. Or increasing your cruising speed. It doesn’t mean averaging over 40 km/h (25 mph) for a multi-hour ride. Or having a killer sprint. Although most of us don’t race and don’t use power meters, we can learn from the pros. Read more.
Thoughts On Shimano Making 105 Di2
Jim’s Tech Talk
By Jim Langley
Possibly timed to coincide with the start of the Tour de France, Shimano announced recently that they did what they said they would and have now made their former entry-level group 105 into a brand new electric group with their Di2 technology, the 105 R7100. Of note, it’s now their least expensive electric group. Read more.
Which is more important with cycling, calories or carbs?
QUESTION: I was wondering which is more important in cycling – calories or carbs. I’m a type 2 diabetic and have to watch my carbs. – Mike E.
RBR REPLIES: To start with, this is not medical advice and you should always ask your doctor when it comes to controlling your type 2 diabetes with nutrition and exercise. But here’s what we’ve found regarding riding with no carbs or low carbs. Read more.
Roll Recovery R1 Percussion Massage Device – Quick Review
By Sheri Rosenbaum
Last month Roll Recovery announced its first foray into the percussion massage device market. I’ve reviewed other products from the company and looked forward to testing the R1. I found it ideal for cyclist as it’s easily portable, has a long battery life, and is affordable. Read more.
Pearl Izumi Quest Bib Short and Interval Jersey Review
By Brandon Bilyeu
A while back I reviewed the very comfortable Pearl Izumi Expedition PRO Bib Short. But that high-end short comes with a high price tag, so I also requested to test out the entry level Quest Bib Short for comparison. In hand, the two are clearly made with different materials, construction, and chamois’, but out on the bike things didn’t feel so different. Read more.
Tips For Keeping Your Maximum Heart Rate Up as You Age
By Gabe Mirkin, M.D.
Your maximum heart rate is the fastest your heart can beat and still pump blood effectively through your body. As you age, your maximum heart rate drops. This means that your heart is weaker and more susceptible to damage, and you can’t exercise as fast over distance as you could when you were younger. Read more.
Cycling Past 50, 60 and Beyond Bundle
In this 3-article series, Cycling Past 50, 60 and Beyond Bundle, Coach John Hughes shares his personal insight and the current research into how different physiological systems worsen with age. In Fit for Life, he shows you that by exercising in different ways you can stay fitter than if you just ride your road bike. In Peak Fitness, he provides specific week-by-week workouts designed to make any rider a better, fitter cyclist. And in Training with Intensity, he explains the physiological benefits of riding with intensity; doing some hard riding slows the aging process and delivers an array of benefits at any age.
Question of the Week
Do you use a heart rate monitor when you ride?
Cool Stuff to Read
Road.cc: “Mum of the year” cycles uphill with bike trailer and towing extra child on Tour de France route
Science Daily: How high-intensity interval training can reshape metabolism
Sydney Morning Herald: You can’t exercise your way out of a bad diet, study shows
News Center Maine: What a stroke survivor hopes to accomplish by bicycling from Maine to Florida