April 22, 2021
More on 8 Exercise Mistakes Older Riders Make
By Coach John Hughes
Last week I wrote about mistakes many riders in their 50s and beyond make. To reach a rider’s goals, knowing what not to do is as important as knowing what to do. George wrote after reading the column: “I’m 72 and I’m preparing for Colorado’s Ride the Rockies, six straight days of riding Colorado high country roads: 50-100 miles per day with daily climbing of 4-7 thousand feet per day.” Read more.
Helping Seth Solve his Chain Drop Issue & A Grateful Dead Tribute
By Jim Langley
This week’s main topic comes from a Tucson, Arizona roadie named Seth who asked for help with a frustrating chain drop issue. I offer some ideas for diagnosis and repair. After that, since everyone ought to have a custom cruiser for getting around, I’ll show you one – and with matching accessories. Read more.
Endura Women’s Pro SL EGM Bibshort with Drop Seat
By Sheri Rosenbaum
On April 20th Endura launched their Women’s Pro SL EGM Bibshort with new features that provide comfort and performance. To take it to another level, Endura also added a unique style drop seat that works perfectly! Read more.
Maintaining Balance – 60 Seconds That Might Save Your Life
By Martin Sigrist
Accidental falls in the USA, UK and many other countries account for as many premature deaths each year as road traffic accidents (1,2,3,4). Every year millions of falls cause serious injuries which can lead to a sudden and immediate permanent reduction in life quality. In the USA hospitalization rates due to falls are increasing at 4% p.a. (5). Unrecorded millions upon millions suffer pain associated with some of the major causes of falling to a level that severely limits their options in terms of how they can choose to live their lives. Read more.
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Aerobic Decoupling – Heart Rate Drift
By Paul Gascoyne
Aerobic decoupling simply put is when your heart rate drifts away from the power or pace you’ve been maintaining in a workout. When your heart rate is running parallel to these metrics, they are coupled. If your heart rate drifts, they become decoupled. The point at which your heart rate decouples (if it does at all) can tell you if your body is ready to advance to the next stage of training. Read more.
Muc-Off Riders Jersey Quick Review
By Sheri Rosenbaum
The company that is synonymous with quality bike cleaners and lubes now has a line of jerseys. Available in long or short sleeves and in olive green/pink or black, you’re sure to make a statement on or off the bike. Read more.
Quick Tip: Try a Compass in Your Cockpit
By Greg Conderacci
You might think that putting a compass on your bike is bit old-fashioned, considering the miracle of modern GPS devices. But a compass gives you a sense of direction…of the wind.
Cycling Past 50 Bundle
In this 4-article series, Cycling Past 50 Bundle, Coach John Hughes shares what you need to do as you age into your 50s and beyond – using cycling and other exercises – to increase your longevity and improve your enjoyment of life! These articles apply whether you are just taking up cycling and exercise or you’ve been a cyclist for years and intend never to stop.
Question of the Week
Have you had a hard time buying cycling gear this year?
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Tip from Coach Schultz: I have spoken to several of the component manufacturers, and they said they are still way behind on orders and that there will continue to be a parts shortage (derailleurs, cranks, brake sets, etc.) continuing through the year, so if you are looking at something (whole bike, or parts) make sure you pick them up sooner than later. Secondary market prices are going up as components become harder and harder to get.