August 13, 2020
Anti-Aging: How to Get and Stay Motivated
By Coach John Hughes
Many of you commented on my recent column A 73-year-old asks “Is it all down from here?” Ed Pavelka, the RBR cofounder with Fred Matheny wrote, “I agree 100% with everyone who says consistency is the key.” Walter asked a great follow-up question, “It would be greatly appreciated if you might write a few more articles that would help the 50+ year olds stay motivated to not only ride, but to improve.” Read more.
“Mystery” Flats in Tubed Tubeless-Ready Wheels
By Jim Langley
My neighbor Jessica brought her circa 2006 Trek Pilot 5.2 to me for a tune-up. She and her husband Kent are avid road riders. Her Shimano Ultegra Trek had the signs of a well-ridden machine. Read more.
Should I Stand While Coming Out of Corners?
Question: After rounding a corner, should I stand when pedaling back up to speed? — Chris H.
RBR Replies: The main reason for standing is to accelerate quickly to regain the speed lost in a corner. So the decision depends on the type of turn and your need to resume riding fast. Read more.
Quick Tip: Ride Safely on Bike Paths
Bike paths don’t exist.
Sure, you’ll find “bike paths” in lots of towns. But they’re not really for bikes. Instead they’re “multi-use recreational trails” or some such moniker. Read more.
Review Roundup: 4 New Cycling Sunglasses
By Sheri Rosenbaum
This summer I received a number of sunglasses to review for RBR. The four models covered in this roundup from 100%, Bliz, Scicon and Tifosi are designed with cyclists in mind, but can certainly be worn for other activities. They all provide a wide field of vision, quality optics and offer their own unique features. If you wear contact lenses like I do, all four sunglasses provide ample coverage. Read more.
Why Is Riding With A “Cyclist Mentality” Dangerous?
By Robert Wilhite
Yes, you read the title correctly, but what in the world does it mean? As with all my posts, I share my perspective on various topics, why I believe what I do, pulling from 250,000 miles of road cycling, and then let you decide what you do with it. This post is no different. A bit more controversial, but nonetheless, the same approach. 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 interviews with Elizabeth Wicks, Gabe Mirkin, Jim Langley, Andy Pruitt and eight other male and female roadies ages 55 to 83. They describe their exercise programs in terms of the American College of Sports Medicine’s recommendations. They talk about changing exercise goals over time. They emphasize the value of intrinsically enjoying an activity rather than doing it because it’s good for you. They describe many ways to adapt positively to the aging process. Anti-Aging: 12 Ways You Can Slow the Aging Process incorporates the latest research and most of it is new material not published in his previous eArticles on cycling past 50, 60 and beyond. It’s your comprehensive guide to continuing to ride well into your 80s and even your 90s.
Question of the Week
Have you ever been bikepacking?