June 20, 2019
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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. 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.
Wolf Tooth Components Pack Hanger Alignment Tool Review
by Jim Langley
I think this new derailleur hanger aligner from Wolf Tooth is one of the most impressive cycling inventions to come along in years. It’s a completely new take on a tool that’s been around – essentially in the same form, for at least 60 years, maybe even longer. Read more.
Weight Training Tips for Cyclists
by Coach Harvey Newton
Cycling, plus sensible weight training, is a winning combination. These are my recommendations for off-the-bike conditioning for cyclists. Read more.
Cycling in the Heat: Ride & Hydration Management
Cycling in the Heat bundle by Coach Hughes combines the latest scientific research and his wealth of riding and coaching experience to prepare you to ride when you are hot. Coach John Hughes has twice won the Furnace Creek 508, racing 508 miles including through Death Valley, one of the hottest places on earth! He has finished the Race Across AMerica across the southern US in August. These two eArticles share what he has learned from decades of riding and coaching. Learn more.
Stretching Doesn’t Deliver / Why Stretching May Help You Ride Better
by Gabe Mirkin, M.D. and Coach John Hughes
Two points of view on stretching by Gabe Mirkin, M.D. and Coach John Hughes. Will stretching benefit you as a cyclist? What’s the difference between dynamic and static stretching? Read more.
Does Training on a Heavy Bike Improve Climbing?
Question: I have a spare older road bike that’s steel with 36 spoke wheels, and it’s pretty heavy. Would it help me become a better climber by training on this bike on climbs instead of my significantly lighter carbon bike? Read more.
OSMO Nutrition Review
by Brandon Bilyeu
The first thing to know about OSMO is that it is not an energy drink (you must get your calories elsewhere, more on that later), but a hydration drink designed to allow efficient and quick fluid absorption. OSMO’s science behind optimal hydration centers around osmolality. Read more.
33 Cycling Training Tips
by Arnie Baker, MD
Keep in mind these tips during the course of your cycling, whether you are a beginning or seasoned cyclist, or you are training indoors or out. Come back to this list for a quick reference occasionally as a way of initiating a review of your overall program. The tips will help keep you on the right track. Read more.
Updating Your Cycling Wardrobe
by Scott Martin
You want to be a cool cyclist, right? Of course you do. That means navigating the treacherous, roiling waters of cycling style, starting with your… Read more.
Question of the Week
Do you do any strength training?
More Cycling Stuff to Read
VeloNews: Dealing with “pranksters” who harass you on the road.
Bicycle Retailer: Has Bike 3.0 been successful for the bicycle market?
Bike Radar: The failure of a Kickstarter “smart” road bike.
YouTube: Three world tour pro cyclists try Dirty Kanza, and learn it’s hard.
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