March 28, 2019
Avoid Cycling Injury This Spring with These Tips
By Coach John Hughes
Your legs make about 5,000 revolutions each hour you ride! In one study of 518 recreational cyclists an astounding 85% reported at least one non-traumatic injury in a year. What can you do now to be one of the 15% who doesn’t get injured? Read more.
NAHBS Virtual Show Part 2
by Jim Langley
This week is intended as a virtual ticket to the show through the lens of my cellphone. I could only be at NAHBS on Friday and it didn’t open until noon. I walked as much of the show as I could and clicked away when things grabbed my eye. I didn’t take notes, but I’ve included captions for the photos with a little commentary and what information I took away. Read more.
When Your Tire Won’t Seat Correctly on the Rim
PROBLEM: You install your bike tire, pump it up, and a section bulges or dips.
SOLUTION: Bulging is urgent. Quick, let out some air! A section of tube is under the tire bead (the inner edge around each side). If you continue to add air or try to ride, chances are high that the tube will pooch between the tire and rim and cause a big and possibly dangerous blow out. Read more.
Learn to Countersteer Your Bicycle for Faster, Safer Cornering
by Fred Matheny
Want to corner on your bike better than ever? Start by forgetting nearly everything you already know. Here’s how to turn using the countersteering method. You’ll know when it clicks by that big smile on your face. Read more.
These Are the Non-Fitness Related Elements of Cycling Success
by Arnie Baker, M.D.
Although your fitness is your most important aspect of success on a bike, there are some non-fitness aspects of cycling that also make a difference. If you’re already fit — or maybe you’re just looking for every possible advantage to help at your current level of fitness — consider whether or not improvements in any of these categories could help you ride better. Read more.
Get Fit, with Help from Coach Hughes
Spring Training: 10 Weeks to Summer Fitness describes in detail eight key training principles and seven physiological improvements brought about by base training, improvements that don’t happen if you don’t train correctly. Includes four different 10-week programs for different beginning levels of fitness. The 26-page Spring Training: 10 Weeks to Summer Fitness is just $4.99.
Skratch Labs Introduces New Savory and Slightly Sweet Flavors
by Sheri Rosenbaum
If you are sick and tired of consuming those overly sweet energy bars on your rides, Skratch Labs has introduced a new line of savory or slightly sweet options. I had a chance to sample them at CABDA Midwest last month and they are definitely tasty. Read more.
What’s More Important? Aero or Light Weight?
By Rick Schultz, MBA, DBA
A question came in recently asking, “Which is better, more aero or less weight?” I started thinking about this, since so many cyclists are more concerned with weight, especially here in Southern California. Just go to one of our local criterium races and you will hear the local racers talking about the weight of their new bike. Read more.
How a Ride Becomes a “Thing”
by Stan Purdum
I recently rode a new route, which started at the trailhead of a long, paved bicycle path I’ve ridden many times. But the new route didn’t use the path; it was on the nearby crossroad, with the trailhead simply providing a good place to leave my car. Read more.
How Exercise Prolongs Your Life
by Gabe Mirkin, M.D.
Several recent studies show that exercise helps to prolong your life by:
• strengthening heart muscle,
• increasing the ability of the heart to pump increased amounts of oxygen through the body,
• reducing belly fat, and
• increasing the diversity of bacteria in your colon. Read more.
Indoor Bike Storage Solutions
You have a nice road bike, so you naturally store it indoors where it stays safe and dry. Don’t just lean that beauty against the wall, where it might fall over, or leave marks. Consider one of these indoor bike racks to show it off in style. Read more.
Question of the Week
How much do you focus on aerodynamics?
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