October 14, 2021
Anti-Aging: Nutrition, Part 1: Daily Food and Drink
By Coach John Hughes
I write many columns about the effects of aging on our bodies and the different types of physical activities that will help slow — and in some cases reverse — the aging process. Physical activities are one very important component of aging well but only one component. I recently wrote two broader columns on different ways to deal with getting older. Read more.
Hiplok’s Bicycle Security Breakthrough
By Jim Langley
Even though last week saw the return of the Sea Otter Classic, probably the largest bicycle show of 2021 so far, in my opinion, the biggest news came out a week before in a press release from Hiplok. Read more.
Build Belief, Tap Into It: ‘Examine’ Each Ride
By Kevin Kolodziejski
Of Socrates and Cyclists
What do you sometimes share in common with that esteemed Greek philosopher, not when you are discussing virtue, justice, and piety with fellow citizens but when you are pedaling Treks, Giants, and Cervelos with fellow cyclists? You generate outrage in . . . shall we say? . . . less-than-enlightened individuals. Read more.
Flat Protection – Belts and Suspenders
By Greg Conderacci
Recently, RBR launched this new series to enlighten our ultra-cool readers about the benefits of dorkiness. In Part I, we explored screening your helmet; in Part II, we messed with your handlebars; in Part III, we reflectorized your machine.
Today, we’re touching on the delicate subject of flats. Those of you with tubeless tires are probably asking, “What’s a flat?” That’s cool. But, just in case… Read more.
Deep Vein Thrombosis
By Rick Schultz
A DVT is a condition in which blood clots form in veins located deep inside the body, usually in the thigh or lower legs. This usually causes pain and swelling in and around the affected area. If the DVT appears above the hip, then it is considered a more serious problem that needs to be addressed immediately with a medical provider. Read more.
100% Altis Gravel Helmet
By Sheri Rosenbaum
Last month, 100% (this is the brand name) released Altis, an entry-level gravel helmet. At a $100 price point and Smartshock Rotational System suspension for added safety, this is a good choice for someone getting into gravel riding. Read more.
Know Your Enemy
By Martin Sigrist
Takeaway: Cycling is a test of endurance, the challenges you face are not just other riders. To be successful requires overcoming personal trials. These are your real enemies even if they exist only in your imagination. They have names: pain, fatigue, monotony, discomfort, malnutrition, fear, bad luck and hopelessness. Training must therefore aim to do more than just increase fitness. It must also build the mental strengths and skillsets to know these enemies, to prepare for them and overcome them. Read more.
Best Cargo Ebikes Under $3,000
By Stan Purdum
Cargo-carrying ebikes are hot items these days. Even before electrification, cargo bikes were a good idea, especially for people living in urban areas where the bikes could replace cars for many errands. But the addition of electric motors to these two-wheeled beasts of burden have made them the vehicle of choice for many more people. Read more.
Eating & Drinking Like the Pros
In Eating and Drinking Like the Pros, Coach John Hughes researched what riders in the pro peloton eat before, during and after a race. The answers may surprise you in terms of the variety and seemingly unusual nature of some of their food and drink. But the findings hold lessons and benefits for cyclists at all levels. We all require energy and replenishment of lost minerals and nutrients when we ride. Eating and drinking like the pros offers us the same nutritional benefits, which we can customize to our own needs – typically at a fraction of the cost of commercial sports food and drink, if we choose to make our own.
Question of the Week
Have you ever had a DVT (deep vein thrombosis)?