July 22, 2021
Effective Cooling for Cyclists
By Coach John Hughes
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration called the hottest June on record for the United States. More 100F+ days are making riding more challenging. Hydrating properly is one of the keys to riding in relative comfort. And it’s not as simple as “drink before you’re thirsty” and “drink early and drink often.” Here’s why. Read more.
Schwalbe Luganos – Cheap Road Tires I Like
By Jim Langley
Earlier this year I spent nearly $100 (including tax) for a single Continental Grand Prix 5000 Tubeless road tire. That’s so much money, it makes me not want to even ride on it for fear of hitting a piece of glass I don’t see and potentially ruining the tire – maybe on the first ride (because, it has happened to me before). Read more.
Create Heat to Beat It on the Bicycle
By Kevin Kolodziejski
In my initial column, I claimed you and I are alike. That we cycle for the same reasons: comradeship, competitiveness, calorie burn, and most importantly, to magnify feeling. In essence, to experience three months’ worth of highs and lows in a three-hour ride. Read more.
Quick Tip: How to Set Up Your Bike Computer Screen Layout
By Rick Schultz
Many clients who come in for a bike fit have also recently purchased a power meter and head unit.
Many don’t know where to start, nor what data fields to use, so, part of my services include setting up their system and explaining what training with power is all about. Read more.
“Old” Age Fitness Revolution
By Martin Sigrist
We are in entirely uncharted territory regarding the understanding of how age affects the body, specifically challenging the notion that “older” = “slower / weaker”.
Until relatively recently, the mid 1950s in most countries, most people would live relatively active lives just by being alive. Read more.
Craft Cadence Essentials Jersey Cycling Tool Wallet Review
By Rick Schultz
The folks from Craft Cadence reached out to me to take a look at their new 3-in-1 case. He said “this is our answer to the now popular form factor that fits in jersey pockets. We think that the gap in the market is for something a little larger to fit the bigger phones people have these days, and to combine it with a tools organizer making it a 3-in-1 for a phone, wallet, and tools. Check out the dedicated pockets for each.” Read more.
Fizik Vento Stabilita Carbon Road Shoes Review
By Brandon Bilyeu
BOA provided me the new Fizik Vento Stabilita Carbon shoes to test out their new Li2 dials. You can find the full BOA review here, but the short version is that the changes are subtle and they perform great. It turns out that the Stabilita is a very interesting shoe with new technologies and some Fizik tradition thrown out the window. Designed as racing shoes they certainly check all the performance boxes and come with the requisite high price. Read more.
Maloja Cycling Gear Round-up
By Sheri Rosenbaum
Recently, I discovered a new brand of active gear called Maloja. Founded in 2004, this German-based company’s sportswear and streetwear clothing aims to link function with style. Maloja sells clothing for women and men, guaranteeing you’ll find something to add to your outdoor wardrobe. Their rep recently sent me three cycling items to test: a jersey and two pairs of shorts. Due to a similar color palette, I could mix and match the three pieces depending on if I was riding road, gravel, or MTB. Read more.
How Do Cyclists Deal with Dogs?
QUESTION: How do cyclists deal with dogs? I live in a rural area where some people let their dogs run loose. Some dogs have charged me when I’ve ridden past their houses. I already avoid certain routes because of aggressive dogs. Got any advice?
RBR’S STAN PURDUM REPLIES: That’s a good question. You’re not the only rider who avoids routes with troublesome dogs. Read more.
Cycling in the Heat Bundle
Learn more about the science of riding in the heat, and managing your fluids and electrolytes, in the two-part eArticle series, Cycling in the Heat, by Coach John Hughes:
- Cycling in the Heat, Part 1: Ride Management is 19 pages and covers how to acclimatize to hot conditions, how to train in hot months, what to wear, eat and drink, how to cool down if you overheat, and how to deal with heat-related problems.
- Cycling in the Heat, Part 2: Hydration Management is 21 pages and covers how to determine how much you should drink depending on your physiology and sweat rate, how best to replace your fluids and electrolytes, the contents of different sports drinks, how to make your own electrolyte replacement drinks, how to rehydrate after a ride, and how to deal with hydration-related problems.
Question of the Week
How many bottles do you carry in the summer?
Other Cool Stuff to Read
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CyclingTips: A photographer’s love letter to the Tour de France
CyclingNews: Mark Cavendish: My fairytale Tour de France shows you should never give up
YouTube: GCN – Can An E-Bike Make You Fast Enough To Train With A Pro Cyclist?