7 Ways to Seat Stubborn Bike Tires
By Jim Langley
For anyone who doesn’t know what it means to “seat” a tire, let’s start with an explanation. To “seat” or “seating” a tire is one of the final steps taken when installing most tires on bicycles and motor vehicles, too. Read more.
10 Tips to Prevent Saddle Discomfort
By Coach John Hughes
In a survey of RBR readers, saddle discomfort and saddle sores were the most frequent physical problem while riding. In another study of amateur endurance cyclists more than 60% reported butt pain and of these cyclists about 50% had to alter the riders riding style or temporarily stop riding. Read more.
How to Get Faster on Hills on Your Bike
Question: I ride with a couple of buddies who seem to easily drop everyone on the hills. It’s not like they’re wispy little guys doing it with a crazy power-to-weight ratio. What’s the secret to getting up the hills faster like them? Read more.
Why Does Riding Hills Hurt My Knees?
Question: I’m a MTB racer who purchased a new road bike last summer and have trained hard on it, especially on short steep hills. This has made a huge performance difference in my MTB riding, but do you think pushing the bigger gears is why my knee hurts? — Paul Y. Read more.
How to Safely Panic Stop on a Bike
by Fred Matheny
Being able to stop suddenly in a short distance can get you out of big trouble. Think about those times on a ride when you are happily pedaling along and need to “stop on a dime.” It could be that a car suddenly pulls out in front of you off a side street. Or comes around you and cuts you off. Or a rider in front of you approaches what seems like a clear intersection and then yells out: “Car right.” Read more.
Why Can’t I Ride as Hard on Flats as on Hills?
Question: Why is it “easier” to go hard on a hill than on a flat road? I do intervals on both types of terrain and can’t seem to exert myself as much on the flats. — Maxine S. Read more.
6 Muscle Strengthening Exercises to Prevent Cramps
By Coach John Hughes
Yikes! All of a sudden a muscle locks up. We’ve all suffered cramps. Muscle fatigue is one cause of cramps. Strength training helps to prevent cramps. Why do specific muscles cramp? Depending on which of your muscles are prone to cramps, which exercises should you do to strengthen the muscles? Read more.