April 15, 2021
Anti-Aging: 8 Exercise Mistakes Older Riders Make
By Coach John Hughes
You’re a cyclist in your 50s and older. Your goals are to be a good cyclist, healthy and fit for many years to come. To reach your goals, knowing what not to do is as important as knowing what to do. Read more.
A Fitness Q&A about My Cycling Streak
By Jim Langley
RBR reader, David Stihler, who only lives a few miles away from me (we’ve never met), reached out last week asking about my cycling streak in relation to his riding. I have gotten lots of questions about my obsession over the years and it’s been some time since I’ve talked about it here. Read more.
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How Much Does Bicycle Weight Matter?
By Kevin Kolodziejski
There’s no shame in admitting it. If one day you ascend that local legendary climb in personal-record time, you’ll be as euphoric as when you were four and found that most wished-for gift under the tree on Christmas morn. Read more.
Fizik Terra Powerstrap X4 Gravel Shoe Review
By Sheri Rosenbaum
I’ve reviewed Fizik’s Powerstrap technology on their Tempo road shoe, but this was my first experience with an off-road model. Back in October, the company released a grey version to their Terra Powerstrap X4 gravel line. As with the road shoe, the two Velcro ribbon closures envelop the foot and keep it secure. Working independently, one strap secures the instep and the other strap secures the midfoot for a customized fit. Read more.
“Golf Lessons” for Cyclists
By Martin Sigrist
My other sport is golf. While there may not be an obvious connection to cycling a few do exist. Here are a couple. Read more.
When to Quit (On or Off the Bike)
By Greg Conderacci
“Never give up.” “Quitters never win; winners never quit.” “Pain is temporary. Glory lasts forever.” We’ve all heard that stuff. And, if you’re like me, you hate to quit. But sometimes, I have to remind myself: THIS IS JUST A BIKE RIDE. I try to put aside the machismo (my friends jokingly call it “Conderaccismo”) and pack it in, guilt free. I’m not suggesting that you quit when things become unpleasant or difficult. Quit when the calculus says that an activity is costing you more than the return on the investment – on the bike or off. Read more.
Cycling Past 50, 60 and Beyond Bundle
In this 3-article series, Cycling Past 50, 60 and Beyond Bundle, Coach John Hughes shares his personal insight and the current research into how different physiological systems worsen with age. In Fit for Life, he shows you that by exercising in different ways you can stay fitter than if you just ride your road bike. In Peak Fitness, he provides specific week-by-week workouts designed to make any rider a better, fitter cyclist. And in Training with Intensity, he explains the physiological benefits of riding with intensity; doing some hard riding slows the aging process and delivers an array of benefits at any age.
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