Another Monday, another week of sheltering in place. I rounded up these articles for you, as an extra newsletter. We can at least keep reading about cycling, even if we can’t currently race or go on group rides. Hope everyone is doing well.
What Strength Workouts Are Best After Meniscus Surgery?
Question: At almost 62, what strength workouts are best after (multiple) partial meniscectomies? Dumbbell squats, step-ups? Neither? Any ideas? Left knee has had 3 procedures, right 2, and may need another. Thanks. – Michael G. Read more.
How Much Better Are the Pros?
Question: Our local weekend ride attracts several racers and a couple of strong recreational riders. Last Sunday we did 60 miles in rolling terrain at an average speed of 19 mph. It was hard, and here’s the problem: 19 mph sounds so puny compared to the 25+ mph average for pro races of up to six hours. Are we really that bad? Or are pros that good? — Bill P. Read more.
Which Gloves Work Best in Changing Temps?
Question: In the current changing weather where I live, short-finger gloves aren’t enough protection for weekend rides starting at 8 a.m. But by 10, long-fingered gloves are too hot and I have to stop to change. Is there a better way? – Roger M. Read more.
Quick Tip: Keep a Whiteboard Handy Post-Ride to Record Needed Maintenance
I have a white board by my work bench. When I finish my ride I write down anything that needs to be done to the bike. I don’t usually feel like working on it right after a ride and will only remember it right before the next ride if I don’t write it down. Read more.
Brooks B17 Leather Saddle Review
We don’t pretend to think you’ll put this saddle on your sub-20-pound Sunday road machine. Heck, it’s at least twice as heavy and 10 times as clunky as the seat you’re now using. But on some bikes, it belongs. And for comfort on long rides, you may never sit on anything better. Read more.
Other Cycling Stuff to Read
BikeRaceInfo: Famous Pro Cyclist Nicknames
BikeRaceInfo: Glossary of Cycling Terms. (We have one too, here.)
Road Bike Action: Slamming Stems – A Decade Old Debate
(Special thanks to Ed Pavelka, an original founder of RBR, for sending in all three of these suggestions!)