April 13, 2023
Your Free Home Gym
By Coach John Hughes
RBR reader Sam wrote, “In last week’s column Anti-Aging: Spring, Summer and Fall Resistance Training you stress the importance of resistance training for longevity and to address muscle atrophy. I don’t belong to a gym and I don’t want to buy a lot of equipment. What should I have to work out at home?”
Sam, you can do all of the important exercises just using things you have around the house. Read more.
Mike’s Wheel Collapse
Jim’s Tech Talk
By Jim Langley
This week I’m sharing photos of what I think is a fascinating wheel collapse or as chefs say, “deconstruction” might be a more appropriate word for what happened. Read more.
‘Work Out’ Bad Thoughts: Ride, Exercise
By Kevin Kolodziejski
Listen to this speech on YouTube that Deion Sanders gives to his football team before an off-season workout, and it will give you extra juice for your next ride with a few goosebumps thrown in for good measure. At least that’s what happened to me. Though I certainly didn’t expect any juice to flow — or goosebumps to grow. Read more.
Pearl Izumi Attack Air Bib Short Review
By Brandon Bilyeu
Pearl Izumi slots their products into three collections, each with different fit and performance attributes:
Quest – value oriented with relaxed fit, designed for everyday recreational cyclists
Attack – balanced value and performance, moderate compression and snug fit
PRO – race day performance, cutting-edge technology, next-to-skin fit
Topeak Fastfuel Bag Bolt-on Quick Review
By Sheri Rosenbaum
Are you looking for a little extra storage on your bike? Need a place to store your car key, nutrition, extra battery pack, or credit cards? Topeak’s new Fastfuel Bag Bolt-on is compact, sturdy, and convenient. Read more.
Quick Tip: Beat Unpredictable Spring Weather
Remember the cardinal rule of riding in bad weather:
Conditions always seem worse from inside a warm house than they do from the saddle of your bike. If you get out there, properly equipped, cycling is not only possible, it’s fun. Some of your most memorable rides will be rainy ones. Read more.
Eyewear Roundup: Tifosi Optics and Roka
By Sheri Rosenbaum
Protecting your eyes should be a priority whether on or off the bike. This week’s reviews highlight unique eyewear from Tifosi Optics and Roka. Read more.
Keep On Moving to Prolong Your Life
People who walked at least 8,000 steps per day just one or two days a week had a 15 percent lower death rate over the next 10 years, when compared to people who walked less than that. People who had 3-7 days with 8,000 steps or more had an additional reduction in death rate. This suggests that moving around helps to prolong your life, even if you don’t have an organized exercise program. People who have jobs that require sitting all day can still benefit from being active on weekends. You cover about four miles when you take 8,000 steps. Read more.
Study: High Fitness Levels Mitigate Hypertension Risks
By Lars Hundley
A 29-year study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology has revealed that high fitness levels may reduce the risk of death from cardiovascular disease in men with high blood pressure. The study is the first of its kind to examine the joint effects of fitness and blood pressure on the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease. 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
How’s your April fitness this year?
Cool Stuff to Read
Cyclist.co.uk: Are wider tires faster?
Cyclingtips.com: Paris-Roubaix tech: What tire pressure did the pros run?
BikeRadar.com: How to keep cycling through your 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond
Canadian Cycling: 5 silly things that cyclists do each spring