November 12, 2020
More on Numb Hands
By Coach John Hughes
Last week RBR reader David W. asked: After about 30 minutes of riding, my hands get so numb and tingly that I can’t shift gears. My handlebar is level with the saddle. Can you help? — David W. In the reader survey last week tingling and numb fingers and hands were the most common ache or pain while riding. Here are some additional suggestions. Read more.
Fixing Slipping Seatposts
By Jim Langley
You might have noticed from the dates on some of the comments, that last week’s Tech Talk titled Preventing Slipping Seat Posts, was actually a rerun. That’s because I was off camping (close to some nice riding, too). One of the comments to this “old” story was from reader Greg Titus, who asked – not long after the article appeared over a year ago. Read more.
Bike Fitting With Elite’s New ‘Wheel-On’ Interactive Trainer: TUO
By Rick Schultz
My old Computrainer has been through thousands of bike fits and is still running perfectly but, a recent student that took my bike fit education course wanted to buy it to get started in bike fitting. To help her out, I said OK then I proceeded to start looking for a new trainer. Read more.
Why Are My Lab Tests Worse Than My Race Results
Question: I did some physiological testing at a university lab. The results were depressing! According to the physiologist, my wattage at lactate threshold and watts per kilogram of bodyweight were both below average for my racing age group. But racing, I was on the podium many times. Why the discrepancy between test results and race results? — Maria H. Read more.
An Interview with Abi Carver of Yoga 15
By Sheri Rosenbaum
Wahoo has partnered with renowned yoga instructor Abi Carver of Yoga15.com to offer 15-minute yoga practices specifically designed for cyclists. These yoga sessions are part of the SUF Training app and incorporate flexibility, balance, strength, mobility and recovery. Read more.
Exercise Should Be Part of the Treatment for Cancer
A study from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden shows that repeated bouts of exercise slow the growth of, and help to prevent recurrences of, cancers. The authors showed, in both mice and humans, that exercising muscles release into the bloodstream chemicals that increase production of CD8+ cells that an individual’s own immune system uses to kill cancer cells. The authors also showed that they could transfer CD8+ cells from exercising mice with cancer to reduce cancers in mice who did not exercise. Read more.
Best Zwift Settings for Racing with a Smart Trainer
By Lars Hundley
So you’ve gotten into Zwift and now you’re doing some races, but perhaps you’re curious about the best app settings to give you the biggest racing advantage. There are lots of successful Zwift racers using vastly different smart trainer setups and app settings. Read more.
Butt, Hands & Feet: Preventing and Treating Pain in Cycling’s Pressure Points
You know from experience that pain in your butt, hands or feet makes a ride uncomfortable and may even cause a DNF. Coach John Hughes’ eArticle Butt, Hands & Feet will teach you what you can do to prevent pain in these areas. He reviews the general factors that contribute to discomfort on the bike including your choice of a bike, anatomical issues, whether the bike fits you correctly, and how your fitness and technique could contribute to a problem.
Question of the Week
If you indicated that you experience pain or discomfort in last week’s poll, have you ever gotten a professional bike fit?
Other Cool Stuff to Read
Outside: The Specialized Diverge Is a Gravel Bike for All
Outside: Why You’re Tired All the Time
Rene Herse: Myth: Wide Tires Need Wide Rims
Upcoming Zoom Webinar: Sheri Rosenbaum with Ride Illinois teaches how to dress for winter cycling