October 18, 2018
Interview: A Beginner’s Guide to Ketogenic Diets for Cyclists
By Lars Hundley
Recently, I ran into a blog about following a ketogenic diet as a cyclist, Nutritional Ketosis for Cyclists, written by the attorney, certified Bulletproof nutritional coach, and road cyclist, Valerie Peterson. I found Valerie’s blog so interesting that I asked her if she’d be willing to do an interview for Road Bike Rider to introduce our readers to her perspective on nutrition and whether a ketogenic diet can really work for an avid cyclist. Read more.
Anti-Aging: Growing Older in Your 50s as a Road Cyclist
By Coach John Hughes
Turning 50 can be hard for a roadie — you start to slow down just a little and you don’t recover quite as quickly.
I remember when I turned 50 in 1999, almost 20 years ago. I rode some big events before then. Read more.
Learn More About Cycling Past 50 from Coach Hughes
In this 4-article series Coach John Hughes shares what you need to do as you age into your 50s and beyond – using cycling and other exercises – to increase your longevity and improve your enjoyment of life! These articles apply whether you are just taking up cycling and exercise or you’ve been a cyclist for years and intend never to stop.
Each one of these eArticles is terrific on its own merits; together, they make an indispensable 95-page set. In short, it’s a thoroughly researched, imminently useful and beneficial knowledge base. Learn more.
Comparing the Super Chucks: Silca Hiro vs. Hirame HP-20
By Jim Langley
Back in June we reviewed Silca’s top-end pump chuck, the Hiro. Pump “chucks” are also called “heads.” They are the mechanism found on the end of pump hoses that attach the pump to the tire valve for an airtight connection.
The Hiro is a versatile chuck. It can be used as an adapter that fits into the built-in pump chucks on most pumps. This comes in handy when the pump’s own chuck doesn’t fit or refuses to provide an airtight connection on the tire valve. Read more.
OdorKlenz SPORT Laundry Additive Review
By Rick Shultz
OdorKlenz is designed to be used as a booster to be used along with your favorite laundry detergent. It promises to “neutralize and remove sweat & body odors from workout clothes that laundry detergents leave behind.” I think we’ve all been there, especially after a long 3-4-hour ride on a hot summer day. By the time you get home, the stench of your cycling kit has completely taken over the inside of your car. The problem then is deciding (a) do I burn these clothes or (b) what laundry detergent works best to remove the odors? Most of us choose the latter. Everyone has their favorite detergent so I won’t discuss these, but, I will say that the OdorKlenz Sport Laundry Additive works with both types of detergents I use – powder and liquid. Read more.
7 Outdoor Sheds to Store Your Bike
Sometimes, you need a bike shed. It unfortunately isn’t always an option keep your bikes safely locked away inside the house or the garage. Perhaps your situation is like mine, where you own too many bikes to keep them all inside. Or maybe you’re storing a basic commuter bike or kids’ bikes or an old beater bike that you ride around the neighborhood that you don’t want to leave in the weather to rust, but also don’t have room for inside. Whatever your reasons for needing one, a bike shed often makes a good solution to keep bikes out of the weather. Read more.
Smith Optics Trackstand Sunglasses Review
By Sheri Rosenbaum
In August, Smith released Trackstand, a throwback to the classic cycling sunglasses, but with their famous ChromaPop lens. Smith prides themselves on outstanding optics and I’ve never been disappointed. Their proprietary lens technology helps you see detail and color extremely well. ChromaPop filters specific wavelengths that cause color confusion and delivers greater definition and clarity. Read more.
How to Ride a Bicycle Safely on Wet Roads or in the Rain
By Fred Matheny
Question: I live in Seattle and the rains have begun. I just bought a road bike to replace my trusty old mountain bike, but it seems much less stable in the wet. I’m spooked by slick pavement on the steep hills. What’s the secret to safe control in wet conditions? — Andrew R.
Coach Fred Matheny Replies: The main tactic for slick-road riding is to do everything slowly and deliberately. On a wet road, tires lose traction much more easily when braking, cornering or accelerating. Read more.
Question of the Week
Do you ride in the rain?
An RBR Best Seller from Coach Hughes:
Anti-Aging explains how to get the most benefit from cycling. It has sample training plans to increase your annual riding miles and to build up to rides of 25-, 50-, 100- and 200-mile rides. The book explains why intensity training is important, the pros and cons of gauging intensity using rate of perceived exertion, heart rate and power. It includes how to do intensity exercise and different intensity workouts. It integrates endurance and intensity training into an annual plan for optimal results.