April 16, 2020
Vehicular Traffic: Tips for Safer Cycling, Part 2
By Coach John Hughes
Many of you made very helpful comments on Part 1 last week — I’m super pleased at the interest in rider safety! Here’s a follow up to cover some of the great reader suggestions that came though. Read more.
By Jim Langley
Thanks everyone for the interesting, helpful and even funny feedback on last week’s story about finding and shutting up a hard-to-find ticking noise. “Jack’s” comment was the one that made me smile. He wrote, “Once I noticed a click every pedal revolution over multiple rides but could not replicate it in the stand. It was my knee! What a relief my bike didn’t need maintenance.” Read more.
Quick Tip: Slalom through consecutive corners
Most riders can corner competently when they have only one bend to think about. But when corners come quickly, one after another as they might on a curvy country road or descent, you need rhythm and planning to stay smooth and in control. Read more.
M20 Industries Shield Crew Cycling Socks Review
By Sheri Rosenbaum
There seems to be two camps as it pertains to compression socks: You either like them or you don’t. I’m in the “like” camp. It’s been a while since I reviewed compression socks and have been testing the Shield Crew Cycling Sock, from Australian-based M20 Industries, for some time. I can say they are the most comfortable compression sock I’ve worn. Read more.
By Stan Purdum
For most cyclists in these anxious days, riding solo is the choice that best fits the stay-at-home guidelines currently in place in most states. Those rules generally permit outside exercise, but with the stipulation that we all stay at least six feet apart. (The only exception is if you are cycling with another member of your household.) Read more.
By Gabe Mirkin, M.D.
If it hurts to touch a point that’s in the middle of one side of your buttocks, you probably have piriformis syndrome. This chronic condition is very difficult to diagnose, because other injuries may produce exactly the same symptoms. Similar pain may be the result of an injury to bones, muscles, tendons, bursae (pads between the tendons and bones), the hip joint, or the sciatic nerve, but there are ways to determine from which condition you might be suffering. Read more.
Anti-Aging 12 Ways You Can Slow the Aging Process
Anti-Aging 12 Ways You Can Slow the Aging Process, by Coach John Hughes, includes sections on how aging affects your cardio-respiratory fitness, how you can do endurance exercise to slow down or in some cases reverse the loss of fitness, how to gauge your levels of effort, how to get the most benefit from endurance rides and how to recover so you’re ready for the next ride.
Anti-Aging includes a plan to build up to longer endurance rides and a plan to increase your annual miles. It also explains how best to combine endurance riding, intensity training and strength training for optimal results.
How Do I Equate Indoor Training Time with Riding Outside?
Question: When I can’t get outside to ride, what is the percentage of indoor riding that would match the time outside? Also, if I use an elliptical trainer, what is that percentage for riding outside? – Peggy J. Read more
Question of the Week
How’s your bike cornering ability?
Other Cool Stuff to Read
VeloNews: Geraint Thomas will ride 36 hours on Zwift.
VeloNews: Disinfecting bikes and tubeless tire pressure advice.
Bicycle Retailer: Garmin says virtual indoor cycling is up 64 percent since March.
Inverse: Aerobic exercise can cause old cells to behave more like and gain the characteristics of young cells.