November 24, 2022
Avoiding Weight Gain During the Holidays
By Coach John Hughes
The holidays are filled with temptations! A friend of mine with a Ph.D. in nutrition once told me, “I never met a calorie I didn’t like.” Put differently anything in moderation is okay. Enjoy that piece of pie, fruitcake or a couple of holiday cookies. Read more.
How Rear Derailleur B Tension Screws Work
Jim’s Tech Talk
By Jim Langley
Last week we answered reader “Fixieguy’s” question on how rear derailleur limit screws work. Afterward another RBRer named “Bryan” asked if I could next explain how rear derailleur B Tension screws work. Since that’s another important rear derailleur adjustment to understand, we’ll cover that today. Read more.
Let’s Count Our Biking Blessings This Thanksgiving
By Kevin Kolodziejski
I don’t think I’ll merit serious consideration for the lead role if they ever remake “Lady Sings the Blues.” Catch me on a bad day, however, and you might think otherwise. But it’s not because my acting and singing reminds you of Diana Ross portraying Billie Holiday circa 1972. Read more.
ABUS Commuter Helmet Round-up
By Sheri Rosenbaum
ABUS introduced two helmets with features uniquely designed to offer commuters safety and comfort. Both models have rechargeable rear lights, flip/flop visors, and loads of urban style. There’s even an adjustment to accommodate a rider’s ponytail. Read more.
Can you put a bike rack on a SUV with a spoiler?
QUESTION: Can you put a rear-mounted bike rack on a SUV that has a spoiler above the back window? I don’t really want to buy a hitch mount if I don’t have to, and a roof rack has its own set of problems like forgetting about the garage. — Leroy L.
RBR’S STAN PURDUM REPLIES: The short answer is “it depends.” But here’s the long answer. Read more.
Showers Pass Spring Classic Jacket Review
By Brandon Bilyeu
Showers Pass is probably best known as an excellent source of waterproof cycling kit for bike commuters. Based in Portland, Oregon they have access to plenty of wet weather to test and perfect their products. I should know as I lived in Portland for 10 years and bike commuted year-round, often in Showers Pass clothing on soggy wet days. They also make rain jackets for those that like to go fast. Back at the 2014 Milan-Sanremo race the Showers Pass Elite 2.1 jacket could be seen on the shoulders of Alexander Kristoff who went on to win the race. Fast forward to 2022 and now Showers Pass’ latest and greatest go-fast rain shell is the Spring Classic Jacket. Read more.
How Much Should I Train on Hills?
QUESTION: I usually do my solo training on flat terrain but have begun riding with a group on a hilly route. I want to train more frequently on hills so I can keep up — and maybe even put the hurt on these guys! What’s the correct balance of flat and hilly training? — Jason L.
RBR REPLIES: This is a good question for every roadie who’s able to choose between hilly and flat training rides. Read more.
Cycling Past 50 Bundle
In this 4-article series, Cycling Past 50 Bundle, Coach John Hughes shares what you need to do as you age into your 50s and beyond – using cycling and other exercises – to increase your longevity and improve your enjoyment of life! These articles apply whether you are just taking up cycling and exercise or you’ve been a cyclist for years and intend never to stop.
Includes the eArticles:
- Healthy Cycling Past 50;
- Off-Season Conditioning Past 50;
- Healthy Nutrition Past 50;
- Performance Cycling Past 50
Question of the Week
Ever damaged a bike carrying it on your bike rack?
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Dan Indermuehle says
I’m curious about improving the aerodynamics of my Prius while using my Saris Bones bike rack. I have a Cervelo S2 (with a down tube that has a huge side surface area–not aero at all when moving sideways!) My mpg goes from 50-60 mpg without the bike to low 40’s with the bike while driving on the highway. Just wondering if I were to use a faring (not sure if that’s what it’s called) similar to what roof racks like Yakima use, if that would help push the air flow over the bike or not.