August 25, 2022
Anti-Aging: Poor Balance and Increased Risk of Premature Mortality
By Coach John Hughes
A recent study by a “Brazilian team found that 20 percent of the 1,700 older adults tested couldn’t balance on one leg for 10 seconds or more. And that inability to balance was associated with a twofold risk of death from any cause within 10 years.” [New York Times]
Falls are the number-one cause of injuries and death from injuries among older Americans. Every 19 minutes in this country, an older person dies from a fall. (New York Times) Most falls result from poor balance. One in four Americans over 65 fall one or more times each year. Read more.
A More Comprehensive List of Speed Wobble Causes
Jim’s Tech Talk
By Jim Langley
Thanks for the excellent comments about last week’s column on speed wobble. As usual, I shared it on my Facebook page, and a lot of knowledgeable cyclists weighed in there, too, with additional issues that cause this phenomenon.
So this week, I’ve updated my list of causes since there are quite a few more. And because it’s such a frightening issue – bad enough that some of you said you actually just bought a new bike to solve the problem! Read more.
Look – KEO 2 MAX CARBON Pedals Review (Long Term Test 2 1/2 Years)
By Rick Schultz
Back in January, RBR published my long term test article on these pedals. (See https://www.roadbikerider.com/look-keo-2-max-carbon-pedals-review/). Two years in, and they were already starting to fail from the basic pedal design. To be clear, these pedals were used primarily for indoor training. Read more.
37.5 Fabric for Cycling Apparel: A Technology Review
By Brandon Bilyeu
37.5 Technology is a company that is not an apparel brand itself, but it licenses its performance enhancing materials to be used in all types of clothing. The 37.5 technology is incorporated in garments ranging from sleepwear to exercise and everything in between. The list of cycling brands using 37.5 include Ashmei, Trek, dhb, Katusha, Mavic, Mission Workshop, Pactimo, and Rivelo. I tested out 37.5 in Trek’s new Circuit LTD cycling jersey and Pactimo’s Summit Base Layer. Before getting into my experience with 37.5 let’s dig into exactly what 37.5 technology is and the claimed benefits. Read more.
Multi-Use Path Safety: 9 Ways You Can Help Older People “Keep on Truckin”
By Diane Carter
It is important to take special precautions as you approach an older walker from behind. This is because these walkers are often less aware of their surroundings as they walk than younger people. Currently, there are 54.1 million people in this country over 65. One in three of people over 65 have hearing difficulty. Approximately one in three people over 65 have some form of vision-reducing eye disease. Read more.
Kane Footwear Revive Active Recovery Slip-on Shoe – Quick Review
By Sheri Rosenbaum
After a ride, you might have a recovery shake, foam roll your sore muscles, and clean your bike. Now you can add slipping on a pair of Revives to show your feet some post-ride recovery TLC. Kane Footwear collaborated with Los Angeles sports podiatrist Dr. Dan Geller to design the Revive Active Recover shoe. I especially like the raised footbed nodes that give my feet a little foot massage while walking. They are designed to stimulate your feet and help with blood flow, providing active recovery. And don’t worry about swollen feet, as the wide toe box doesn’t constrict the foot even if there’s post-workout swelling. Read more.
Don’t Straighten Your Knees While Running or Cycling
By Gabe Mirkin, M.D.
Always try to keep at least a slight bend in your knee when you run or ride a bicycle. When you run, you are supposed to land on each foot with a partially-bent knee. Otherwise you transmit the shock of your foot hitting the ground directly onto your knees, hips and back. Straightening your knees when you pedal a bicycle markedly increases risk for knee pain by increasing the force on your knee joints. Read more.
What’s the Right PSI for My Road Bike Tires?
QUESTION: What’s the correct PSI for my road bike tires? I recently bought a used Trek Madone and I don’t know how high to pump the tires up on the bike. They say max pressure 125 psi on the side. Should I pump them up to that? – Elliot J
RBR ANSWER: First of all, congrats on buying a new (used) road bike! Welcome to road cycling. 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-Agingincorporates 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.
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Outside: Eben Weiss thinks cyclists over 30 should give up and ride with a basket, step through frame and flat pedals in jeans because we’re too old for racing bikes and might break our hips swinging our leg over the top tube. He should meet Fred Schmid.