March 11, 2021
Anti-Aging: 7 Myths about Training for Cyclists Over 50
By Coach John Hughes
Riders 50 years and older are the fastest growing segment of the cycling community. However, perceptions, preconceptions and myths about aging and exercise that might be holding you back abound. Good news! Most of them aren’t true! Read more.
Park Tool’s Tour-de-Force DAG-3 All-New Derailleur Hanger Alignment Gauge
By Jim Langley
I couldn’t have been more surprised when I opened the box Park’s new derailleur hanger alignment tool arrived in. They had told me a new version of their DAG (Derailleur Hanger Alignment Gauge) was on its way for me to take a look. I assumed it would be a new take on their sturdy, reliable welded-steel chrome plated hanger measurer and fixer. The DAG has been a staple in shops and with home mechanics for decades. Read more.
Bicycle Carbon Steerer Tubes & Safety
By Rick Schultz
I see so much damage to carbon forks during bike fittings that has almost become a requirement to remove the stem, drop the fork and inspect for damage and/or cracks. In my 10 year career as a pro level bike fitter, I see at least two forks per year that are ready to fail catastrophically. I mean specifically that these forks are cracked to the point that I am not sure how the stem is still attached. You can see that it has been covered elsewhere, like these two articles about catastrophic failures of the steerer tube. Read more.
Endura Hummvee Waterproof Sock II (Unisex) – Quick Review
By Sheri Rosenbaum
Spring is coming and that means rainy road and gravel rides. Keeping your feet dry is crucial to staying comfortable and warm. Endura recently launched their line of Hummvee Waterproof Socks II. These socks are a great alternative to shoe covers or heavy boots and are thin enough to fit inside your road shoes. Read more.
Getting UP! Supercharging Your Energy
By Greg Conderacci
Maybe you’ve bought all the hottest new gear, spent the winter on Zwift, kicked in your high intensity interval training program, and registered for all the big rides and races. Or maybe not. How about trying something a little different this year? How about something that won’t cost much, will help some folks who could use it, and might get you a lot more energy – on and off the bike? Read more.
Don’t Crash! How to Approach the Most Common Road Hazards on a Bicycle
By Coach Fred Matheny
Cycling is a unique sport because its arena is the open road. That’s the same place frequented by traffic, potholes, snarling dogs and absent-minded pedestrians.
But sometimes we’re our own worst enemy. Inattention and poor technique can put us on the pavement as fast as any hazard. Use these tips and you’ll be less likely to take a tumble. 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 explains why intensity training is important and the pros and cons of gauging intensity using rate of perceived exertion, heart rate and power. It includes how to do intensity exercise and different intensity workouts. The book explains how to get the most benefit from your endurance rides. It has sample training plans to increase your annual riding miles and to build up to 25-, 50-, 100- and 200-mile rides. It integrates endurance and intensity training into an annual plan for optimal results. Anti-Aging: 12 Ways You Can Slow the Aging Process incorporates the latest research and is your comprehensive guide to continuing to ride well into your 80s and even your 90s.
Question of the Week
Have you had any bike crashes in the last year?
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