September 10, 2020
10 Common Mistakes to Avoid Whether You’re a New or Veteran Rider
By Coach John Hughes
Even veterans make mistakes! After 20 years of ultra racing and setting course records in the 508-mile Furnace Creek qualifier for the Race Across America, the 1200K Boston-Montreal-Boston, from Reno to Tucson and N-S across Oregon…. Read more.
Observations of a Zwift (Virtual World Riding) Rookie
By Jim Langley
It’s all Ed Pavelka’s fault. You remember, Ed. He’s the founder and original editor/publisher of this here RoadBikeRider e-newsletter and comprehensive online resource for roadies. Ed’s retired from writing and publishing now and riding just as much as ever. Read more.
Activating Glutes and Hips to Address Back and Hip Pain
By Menachem Brodie
With the delayed Tour de France 2020 finally in progress as the summer days wane, many cyclists find themselves looking forward to getting some longer rides in once the temperature begins to cool. While the fall can be an extremely enjoyable time of year to ride long — due in part to the fitness you’ve gained over the summer months — it’s also a time of frustration for many, as their hips and backs begin to scream. Let’s take a look at four simple (but not easy) exercises that you can add into your pre and post-ride routine to help keep your back and hips moving well, and happy. Read more.
Di2 Batteries Won’t Stay Charged: Ask the Coach
QUESTION: I’ve got a bike with ultegra di2 electronic shifting after 2 years and 10k miles With no problems. The system won’t stay charged more then 48 hrs. The Bike has spent most of the summer in the local bike store where they swapped the main cable And the battery. It still Doesn’t work. Any suggestions? -Chuck M. Read more.
Fleximount GR48 Overhead Storage Rack and Accessory Hooks Review
By Sheri Rosenbaum
I’ve never heard anyone say they have plenty of room in their garage. You are always looking for more space and as cyclists we need to find a way to store our bike collection. When Fleximount approached me to review their GR48 overhead storage rack with optional accessory hooks, I knew just the person to test it out, my nephew Adam. I remember him complaining about tripping over their two bikes in the garage and figured this might be the answer. Read more.
How Can I Protect My Hips in a Bike Crash?
QUESTION: I’ve met several cyclists who’ve fallen and sustained injuries to the hip joint, pelvis or femur. We all wear helmets for obvious reasons, but is there any protection available for the hip? I’m particularly worried about going down on my gravel bike in a turn. — Al D. Read more.
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, including many ways to adapt positively to the aging process. Anti-Aging provides programs to meet all of the ACSM recommendations on cardio, intensity, muscle strength, strong bones, balance and flexibility.It’s your comprehensive guide to continuing to ride well into your 80s and even your 90s.
Question of the Week
Do you suffer from back or hip pain related to cycling?
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