July 5, 2018
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Heat Tolerance and Aging
By Coach John Hughes
I was 46 when I bought my home in Boulder, CO in 1995 and the heating and cooling systems were like a cabin. When it was cold, I chopped wood and built fires in the wood stoves. When it was hot, I opened both low and high windows to increase the airflow. About 10 years ago, my wife and I decided that getting up when it was only 50F in the house and building fires wasn’t tolerable any more, so we put in heat in each room. This year we’ve decided that 85F in the house is too hot, and we’re putting in air conditioning next week. As we age we feel less tolerant of the heat. But is loss of heat tolerance inevitable with aging? Read more.
Kali Therapy Helmet Review
By Sheri Rosenbaum
Based out of California, Kali offers a complete line of full face motorcycle and motocross helmets, cycling (road and MTB) and skiing/snowboard helmets, as well as protective sports armor. Kali helmets do not use MIPS, but instead set out to design their own proprietary helmet safety technology – called Composite Fusion. It’s a process that bonds the helmet shell and EPS foam eliminating the air gap found in traditionally constructed helmets. Read more.
Ask the Coach: What’s Next When Bike Racing Season is Finished?
By Rick Schultz
It’s early July and the 2018 bicycle racing season is almost over. Only one last big criterium scheduled in Southern California, and this one will determine state champions in six different categories. If you’re a racing road cyclist facing the end of the season with no more races to train for, now what? Turns out there are a lot of options to stay fit, keep fresh and have fun for the rest of the year. Read more.
Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure Turns 30
By Stan Purdum
Each year for the past 30, GOBA has offered a different loop of cities within the Buckeye State, though with the event reoccurring that often, some cities have been included three or four times. This year’s ride began in Delaware, Ohio, and moved from there successively to London, Circleville, Lancaster, Newark, and then returned to Delaware. Read more.
Evaluating and Avoiding Bicycle Wheel Rim Wear From Braking
By Jim Langley
This week I cover an issue that almost any roadie can run into if they log enough miles: rim wear. There’s an “almost” in that sentence because disc-brake equipped roadsters have hit the shops in force, and you might already be enjoying their advantages. One of the best being zero rim wear from braking. If you’ve switched to a machine with disc brakes, you’re dismissed and can hit the road — or gravel! Read more.
At What Age Will My Cycling Decline?
By Fred Matheny
Question: I’m 38 and in the best shape of my life. But I wonder if I’m about to start losing it as I near 40. How long can I maintain my present cycling fitness? – Barry N. Coach Fred Replies: I began riding seriously in my 20s and managed to keep improving into my 50s. In fact, I set personal records after passing the half-century mark, as did some friends. So you still have lots of good years to look forward to. Read more.
Question of the Week
This week’s Bicycle Times featured a guy who likes to play music on his bluetooth speakers during big bike rides. Some people love it, some people do not. What do you think about music on a ride?
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