October 13, 2022
Anti-Aging: Back on Top – Shut Up Legs
By Coach John Hughes
For several years John Elmblad and I drove around Colorado following the US Pro Cycling Challenge. As I remember one year Jens Voigt launched a solo attack on the stage over Independence Pass (12,095 ft.). “Shut Up Legs!” Voigt probably was telling himself. “Shut up legs!” was his catch phrase, useful in all kinds of situations. Read more.
Staying Safe from Distracted Drivers and Those with Negative Attitudes
Jim’s Tech Talk
By Jim Langley
I’ve been a member of our local bike club, the Santa Cruz County Cycling Club since I moved here in 1982. Good members make a good club, so when I’m asked to contribute something I try to help. And this time, I think what I was asked to provide will interest you, too. Read more.
Titanium (Quick-Release) Skewers – How Safe Are They, Are They Worth It?
By Rick Schultz
Over a decade ago, bicycle component manufacturers started moving from steel to titanium. At the time, they didn’t understand that titanium is a notch sensitive metal. The first pedals to use titanium for the spindles (axles) snapped and several cyclists got seriously injured. Several years ago, a friend, who was a bike shop owner, got a pair of titanium skewers to test. During a 40mph descent on a group ride, he hit a small rock in the road and the front skewer snapped, he crashed and again, he got seriously injured. So what do these 2 incidents have in common? Read more.
100% Speedcraft XS Sunglasses – Quick Review
By Sheri Rosenbaum
I have a smaller, narrower face, and some oversized shield-style sunglasses overwhelm my face. Then 100% launched the 2022 Tokyo Night collection inspired by the city’s neon lights. The frames have been around for two years, but 100% added their purple multilayer mirror lens to the collection. The lens provides color and contrast enhancement which I found valuable when riding on overcast or sunny days. Read more.
Does Food Order Matter?
By Kevin Kolodziejski
Besides having your ride go right, what gives you delight?
Puts a hop in your step. Allows you to brush off the bad stuff. Gets you up ahead of the alarm clock. As you ponder that question, consider the answer emperor Marcus Aurelius gave centuries ago during the Golden Age of Rome: To keep a clear and untroubled mind. Read more.
Vespa CV-25 Amino Acid Supplement Review
by Lars Hundley
In a recent newsletter in which we answered a Ask the Coach reader question about bonking, reader Rob T left a comment about a product called Vespa CV-25 that is supposedly designed to help prevent bonking by encouraging your body to burn fat rather than sugar. Read more.
Keep Your Muscles Strong As You Age
by Gabe Mirkin, M.D.
A review of 16 major studies found that just thirty minutes a week of strength training is associated with up to a 20 percent reduced risk for dying from any cause, or from cancer, heart disease or diabetes. Adding aerobic exercise reduced risk for dying by 40 percent. The World Health Organization recommends at least two days a week of muscle-strengthening activities for adults because having larger and stronger muscles appears to help prevent many diseases and prolong lives. Not moving your muscles puts you at increased risk for heart failure and premature death. For example: Read more
Cycling Past 50, 60 and Beyond Bundle
In this 3-article series, Cycling Past 50, 60 and Beyond, 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
Does your primary road bike use disc brakes or rim brakes?
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