September 7, 2023
15 Common Bicycling Mistakes
By Coach John Hughes
Recently I was in Boulder, Colo. for several days and rode each day. The Boulder area is home to literally thousands of riders ranging from pro road, mountain and triathlon racers to pleasure riders out for 15 or 25 miles. Except for the pros, many of the riders exhibited one or more mistakes. Read more.
When is it Time to Replace a Shift Cable?
Jim’s Tech Talk
By Jim Langley
Before we get to the shift cable question, I want to share one more comment about e-bike battery safety, which we were discussing last week. If you have a battery bike and you missed the article, you should read it and the comments because there are a lot of good tips. Read more.
ABUS Bicycle Lock Roundup
By Sheri Rosenbaum
Recently, ABUS released several new options for locking your bike, including the Combiflex TravelGuard, the Goose Lock, and the AlarmBox 2.0 + Ach 6KS/100 bundle. These security devices vary from lightweight locks to secure your bike at a coffee stop to more heavy-duty chains with alarms. Read more.
Can mountain bikes go fast on the road?
QUESTION: Can mountain bikes go fast on the road? I already have a mountain bike, and I’m comfortable on it, but I plan to join some club rides that are on roads, and I want to be able to keep up. —Harve L.
RBR’S STAN PURDUM REPLIES: Yes, mountain bikes (MTBs) can go fast on the road, but when going head-to-head with a rider of similar fitness and ability on a road bike, the mountain bike rider will be working harder and expending more energy to keep up. When speed on the road is the goal, you will always be at a disadvantage on a MTB. Read more.
Garmin Varia Rear Radar Seat Rail Mount Kit
By Sheri Rosenbaum
Are you looking to purchase a Garmin Varia rear radar but have little room to mount it on your seat post? Or do you already have a Varia radar, but your seat post is too short to mount correctly, or the radar sits too low? Well, you’re in luck. Garmin recently released a new mounting kit that attaches to the seat rails under the saddle. Note Garmin recommends using it only on alloy rails, not carbon fiber. Read more.
Ultra-Processed Foods Associated with Increased Risk for Some Cancers
By Gabe Mirkin, M.D.
A UK-based study followed the amounts of ultra-processed foods consumed by 200,000 middle-aged adults for 10 years (EClinicalMedicine, Jan 31, 2023 31;56:101840). The authors found that eating ultra-processed foods was associated with a higher risk of developing cancer, particularly ovarian cancer, breast cancer and brain cancers. Read more.
KT Launches First Mobile App; Personal Guide To Effective Self-Taping & Use Cases
News release – KT, the nation’s leading kinesiology tape brand, today launched its first mobile app providing users with easy-to-follow instructions about how, when and why to use KT kinesiology tape.
How to Become a Better Cyclist: The Six Success Factors
Do you want to ride more miles than last year? Improve your health and fitness? Have more endurance? Become a better climber? Ride with a faster group on the weekends? Or do you have a more specific goal like finishing your first 100k? Or riding a specific tour? Or climbing Mt. Terrible? Or setting a personal best in your club’s 10-mile time trial? Learn how in How to Become a Better Cyclist: the Six Success Factors by Coach John Hughes.
Hughes has been riding since 1976 and coaching professionally since 1995. He has ridden millions of virtual miles with clients that he has coached. Hughes learned that every rider – whether he’s in his 70s or she’s in her 30s, whether he’s training for a first century or she’s training for the Race Across America – improves most if we work on Six Success Factors:
- Effective training
- Sound nutrition
- Proper equipment
- Proficient skills
- Mental techniques
- Planning and goal-setting
Question of the Week
Do you ever ride or practice time trials?
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