Since I’m stuck at home like many of you probably are, I’m throwing together an extra, no-frills newsletter for this week so there’s something else for you to read other than the news. Hope everyone is healthy and doing ok.
What is a good average wattage cycling?
QUESTION: I’ve been uploading my rides to Strava for a while now and it gives me estimated wattage, but it’s unclear to me if those numbers are any good or not compared to other riders. I’m doing ok with my times on some local segments, but what’s a good average wattage cycling in general? — Kenneth M Read more.
Is Road Cycling Dangerous?
QUESTION: I’m a mountain biker, but I want to get faster and I’ve heard that I should be training on a road bike if I want to improve my cardiovascular fitness. But I’m a little worried about traffic. Is road cycling dangerous? — Bob R Read more.
Quick Tip: How to Find Out What Caused Your Flat
PROBLEM: Nuts, you got a flat. But once the tire is off and the tube is out, you can’t see anything that caused the puncture.
SOLUTION: This is worrisome because if something sharp is hidden in the tire tread, it’ll quickly pop the new tube. Read more.
How Often Should I Service My Bike Chain?
QUESTION: I’ve been told by a local shop that my bike’s chain should be replaced every 1,000 miles. Does this sound right? Also, how often should I clean and lube the chain? — Bill S.
Preventing Bike Thefts from Your Garage
By Jim Langley
If you live where you can leave the garage door open and front door unlocked 24/7, there’s no need to read this Tech Talk. Feel free to just hit the Next button below to turn the virtual page. Read more.
5 Fit Related Cycling Problems and Their Solutions
By Rick Schultz
1. Swelling Feet
During a normal group ride, do you loosen the straps on your cycling shoes because your “feet are swelling?” It’s OK if you admit to this since this happens to most cyclists. I have read many articles on this topic and they all mention “feet swelling” but don’t get into the details as to the how’s and why’s. Talking with many cyclists on this topic, they really don’t give this a second thought since they think feet swelling is a normal part of cycling. Read more.
It hurts a little to watch Stephen Colbert get a tire off by using a flathead screwdriver as a tire tool, but he he does manage to successfully fix his flat.