October 15, 2020
Year-Round Riding for Greater Fitness and Health
By Coach John Hughes
If you want to improve as a cyclist, your #1 resolution should be to exercise consistently. If you want to live a long and healthy life, your #1 resolution should be to exercise consistently. If you want to reduce stress and get more enjoyment out of life, your #1 resolution should be to exercise consistently. Read more.
Help Rick Solve His Clipless Pedals Problem
By Jim Langley
This week, I am soliciting your help for a longtime RoadBikeRider roadie from Lansing, Michigan named Rick Oberle. You’ve probably seen his great comments over the years. I’ve known Rick through emails we’ve traded going back many years when he first reached out about one of my favorite stories on my personal cycling website called Bikeman. Read more.
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Showers Pass Element Jacket Review (men’s & women’s)
By Sheri Rosenbaum
On October 1st Showers Pass launched their Elements jacket just in time for Fall trail riding. This jacket is available in both men’s and women’s versions and is perfect for protecting you from wind and rain. The jacket fabric has a bit of stretch for more mobility and is stylish enough to use off the bike for hiking or running errands. Read more.
How Quiet Should My Upper Body Be?
Question: When I ride outdoors, I concentrate on keeping a quiet and relaxed upper body. I thought I was successful until I started riding on my indoor trainer where I can see my shadow on the wall. I noticed that my upper body moves about an inch or so from side-to-side as I pedal. Is this a form problem, or an artifact of having the bike locked in the trainer? — Jim B. Read more.
Part III: Why is Riding With A Cyclist Mentality Dangerous? (Blind Spots)
By ‘Coach’ Robert Wilhite
In Part 2 of this series, I spotlighted the unique responsibilities of the cyclist in the back of the group. The topic for this post is more of a continuation for that same cyclist; just a different real-life scenario. Read more.
Should Yoga Alter My Riding Position?
QUESTION: After doing yoga for three months, I’m a lot more flexible. Now my handlebar seems too high and too close. Do you think I should change my position to reflect my increased limberness? — Brad D. Read more.
The Off-Season Bundle, by Coach John Hughes, includes the eArticles: Productive Off-Season Training, Year Round Cycling and Gaining a Mental Edge. In these three articles Coach Hughes explains in detail what you can do in the off-season to improve your summer riding, including a 12-week, off-season program for recreational riders to build endurance, power and speed, preparing for base training.
Question of the Week
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VeloNews: Power analysis: Peter Sagan and Brandon McNulty on stage 10 of the Giro d’Italia
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