July 6, 2023
Clothing for the Beginning Cyclist
By Coach John Hughes
“When you don’t race, almost every shirt, sweater, jacket or coat you own is a cycling garment.” — Grant Petersen, founder Rivendell Bicycle Works. Rivendell is a good source for bikes and gear for normal riders, not racers. Read more.
A Chain Tip from “Fixieguy” and a Tube Question from “Chuck”
Jim’s Tech Talk
By Jim Langley
Today is Stage 6 of the Tour de France. I hope you’re enjoying the race so far. To prep for this year I watched the Netflix 8-part documentary “Tour de France Unchained” on last year’s race and enjoyed it a lot.
Since I imagine you’re glued to the race on TV today I want to share a quick tip from regular contributor “Fixieguy” and then ask for your help answering a question that came in from “Chuck.” He rode the TransAm Express tour across the country in 2021. As he prepares for more epic rides he’s looking for input on choosing between the different inner tube types available today. Read more.
Travel to a More Youthful State
By Kevin Kolodziejski
New News About What Regular Exercise Can Do for You
If you have two to four free months — and an absolute surfeit of motivation — by all means, bicycle across America. Do so intelligently and what the late, great broadcaster Paul Sherwen repeatedly said about first-time Tour de France finishers will also apply to you. Read more.
HOLOS Organic Overnight Muesli – Quick Review
By Sheri Rosenbaum
Seven days a week, my breakfast routine consists of rolled oats, chia seeds, cinnamon, and banana, all soaked overnight in almond or oat milk. In the mornings, I microwave it and top it with fresh berries. During the week, I eat it after my 23 mile early morning ride or on the weekend before a longer 50+ mile endurance ride. Either way, it keeps me fueled and full. Read more.
Ohio Cycling Event Provides Quality Family Time
By Stan Purdum
I just completed riding in the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure (GOBA), an annual bike event that was in its 34th edition. This year’s GOBA circuit was in the northeast corner of the state, in the counties near Lake Erie. Read more.
Interview with World Record Holder and Author Jenny Graham – Coffee First, Then the World
By Sheri Rosenbaum
“In 2018, Jenny Graham pedaled 18,000 miles across four continents, through all weather conditions imaginable, unsupported, carrying her gear and independently managing daily logistics, completing this world record-breaking ride in just 124 days! In Coffee First, Then the World, Graham details her ultra endurance cycling trip around the world, sharing her experiences, insights, persistence, and boundless good cheer. Along the way, she made friends, explored cultures, and she still beat the record by an amazing three weeks. Now she tells the story of this inspiring solo lap around the globe.” Read more.
2023 GOREWEAR FernFlow Liner Bib Shorts Review
By Rick Schultz
Tested are a pair of GORE Liner Bib Shorts, made to wear under your MTB or GRAVEL shorts. For ROAD, I wear them by themselves during hot summer rides. As with all GORE products tested, these are of the highest quality and comfort, a perfect fit. And, like before, these bib shorts did not disappoint. Read more.
Cycling in the Heat Bundle
You can learn more about the science of riding in the heat, and managing your fluids and electrolytes, in the two-part eBook series by Coach John Hughes, Cycling in the Heat Bundle.
- Cycling in the Heat, Part 1: Ride Management is 19 pages and covers how to acclimatize to hot conditions, how to train in hot months, what to wear, eat and drink, how to cool down if you overheat, and how to deal with heat-related problems.
- Cycling in the Heat, Part 2: Hydration Management is 21 pages and covers how to determine how much you should drink depending on your physiology and sweat rate, how best to replace your fluids and electrolytes, the contents of different sports drinks, how to make your own electrolyte replacement drinks, how to rehydrate after a ride, and how to deal with hydration-related problems.
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Cool Stuff to Read
Cyclingnews.com: Jonas Vingegaard uses 1X groupset for hilly Tour de France opener
Canadian Cycling: The first ChatGPT bike is here, for some reason
Cycling Weekly: Gallery: The best tech spotted at the 2023 Tour de France