July 16, 2020
More Lessons from My 92-Year-Old Hero
By Coach John Hughes
I wrote a recent column on My 92-Year-Old Hero: What We Can Learn. I’m living with Rick helping him to recover from a fall.
I went home for three days and when we got back Rick was noticeably weaker and it took two of us to help get him into and out of his wheelchair. We were all very worried. If he continued to get weaker he wouldn’t be able stand up at all. Read more.
More on Tubeless Tire Repair Kits
By Jim Langley
Since flat tires are the most common bicycle repair, we’re following up today with a look at some more tubeless tire repair kits. A couple were recommended by you in the comments to our last Tech Talk, which you can read here: Product Review: Dynaplug’s Impressive Carbon Racer & Road Air Tubeless Tire Repair Kits. And there was an interesting question about tubular tires and plugs, which we’ll start with. Read more.
Should You Be Using Zero Float Cleats?
By Robert Wilhite
Talk about opening up a can of worms. Well, the subject of having float or not in your cleat system, is one sure to stir up the can. For someone who has no interest in being politically correct, my motivation is always to tell the truth with respect. That said, no matter what perspective on float you have chosen to accept or believe, my hope is that you read this article with an open mind. It might surprise you what you may learn. Read more.
Quick Tip: Find good ride food in the supermarket.
Is the high price of energy bars stealing from your tire budget? Bars are easy to carry and work well, but your local supermarket has many economical items that make good ride food. You need grub that’s moist so you can get it down even when you have a dry mouth. It should be easy to chew so you don’t suffocate before you can swallow. Read more.
How Much Sleep Do I Need
QUESTION: How much does sleep affect my ability to ride and recover? I have a busy schedule and rarely get more than 6 hours a night. Do I need more? — Sarah M.
RBR ANSWER: Different people need different amounts of sleep in order to recover from the routine activities of daily life. If you’re also training or even riding recreationally, you’ll almost certainly need to sleep more. Read more.
Vitamin B12: One Supplement You May Need
In the last year, I have seen two experienced cyclists who suffered recurrent numbness and tingling of their hands when they rode long distances. Both had low blood levels of vitamin B12 and one was cured by taking 1000 mcg per day of vitamin B12 pills, the other by eating fish. Read more.
Showers Pass Women’s and Men’s Cross Country Cycling Shorts
By Sheri Rosenbaum
I always love when a single piece of gear can be leveraged for multiple uses. The Showers Pass Cross Country Shorts (available in men’s or women’s versions) provide style, function and comfort both on and off the bike. These shorts have a 10” inseam for the women’s version (11.5” for the men’s) and comes without a pad. The subtle reflective elements keep you safe in low light, but also don’t scream “bike shorts.” Read more.
Anti-Aging 12 Ways You Can Slow the Aging Process
Coach John Hughes designed and wrote his eBook Anti-Aging 12 Ways You Can Slow the Aging Process to help you slow and even reverse your physical decline by increasing your aerobic capacity, doing intensity training, building and maintain muscle strength and power, increasing your flexibility, working on your balance and reducing bone loss. Anti-Aging incorporates the latest research and most of it is new material not published in his previous eArticles on cycling past 50, 60 and beyond. Anti-Aging: 12 Ways You Can Slow the Aging Process is your comprehensive guide to continuing to ride well into your 80s and even your 90s.
Question of the Week
Do you eat regular food or packaged energy foods and drinks on your rides?
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