December 21, 2023
How to Maintain Fitness, Gain Freshness and Enjoy the Holidays
By Coach John Hughes
Brent Bookwalter, who raced for BMC, advises that if you have a choice between an extra 20 minutes of riding or spending that time recovering, choose recovery.
Think of the holidays as time for quality recovery, a time to gain freshness. Freshness means that you are fully recovered from all of your fall activities and ready – physically and mentally – for the next round of training. Read more.
Your Mirror Recommendations
Jim’s Tech Talk
By Jim Langley
In a past Tech Talk, which covered a couple of simple riding techniques for looking back safely, we asked you to share your favorite mirrors – since they’re a popular option for seeing behind. Here’s what we went over last time in case you missed it: A Simple Tip that Can Prevent a Crash. While we knew there were lots of mirror fans out there, we were impressed by the number of users and even more so by the brands and types you favor. Read more.
Why Not Ride and Ruck This Winter?
By Kevin Kolodziejski
It’s a running joke of mine, not meant to be funny or offensive but simply to express a climber’s disdain for the type of bicycle racing known as the criterium. It goes something like this: That God only permits cyclists to congregate in urban settings and corporate centers to make hundreds of right-hand turns for about an hour at a time while endlessly jostling for position — and occasionally using his name in vain — to show that the sport falls just a wee bit short of the state that he and he alone has attained. Read more.
Parc “The Bag” Cycling Gear Storage and Travel Bag – Quick Review
By Sheri Rosenbaum
I’m sure we’ve all been there. In a hurry to leave for a ride, you can’t find a matching set of gloves, that headband to keep your ears warm, nutrition to stuff in a jersey pocket, or even your helmet. Read more.
How do I make sure that my ebike battery won’t catch fire?
QUESTION: Read your review of the Specialized Turbo Creo SL 5.0. I am considering upgrading from my Specialized Sirrus 2.0; ten years old now. My hesitation is all the articles about e-bike batteries catching fire. Your opinion will be greatly appreciated. —Tony M.
RBR’S STAN PURDUM REPLIES: I understand and share your concern. I don’t want to burn my house down either. However, many reactions to e-bike battery fires are little more than gut responses and some veer into the realm of the paranoid. So this is my shot at a clear-eyed answer. Read more.
Introducing the Ride1Up CF Racer1
(News release from Ride1Up.) Ride1Up leads the charge when it comes to impressive performance and value. The CF Racer1 is continuing the trend with a sub $2,500 price tag and features that wouldn’t be out of place on a bike four times that MSRP. Additionally, Ride1Up has the bike at a discounted launch price of $2,195.00. Read more.
Off-Season Bundle: Productive Off-Season, Year Round Cycling, Gaining a Mental Edge
In Off-Season Bundle, Coach John Hughes explains in detail what you can do in the off-season to improve your summer riding. The bundle totals 60 pages and includes these three articles:
- Productive Off-Season Training for Health and Recreational Riders
- Year Round Cycling: How to Extend Your Cycling Season
- Gaining a Mental Edge: Using Sports Psychology to Improve Your Cycling
Question of the Week
Did you ride more or fewer miles this year?