October 21, 2021
Anti-Aging: Nutrition, part 2: Supplements: Vitamins, Minerals and Antioxidants
By Coach John Hughes
In last week’s column Anti-Aging: Nutrition, part 1: Daily Food and Drink I gave you the recommendations on macronutrients (carbs, protein and fats) from the
- Nutrition for Older Adults published by the US National Library of Medicine
- Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025. 9th Edition developed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
That column gave the recommended daily amounts of vegetables, fruits, grains, dairy, protein and oils. These should provide three types of macronutrients. This week’s column discusses micronutrients: vitamins and minerals. Read more.
Paul and Steve’s Fixes for Frustrating Bike Noises
By Jim Langley
Few things ruin a ride faster than annoying ticking, clicking, creaking or squeaking noises. At first you might barely notice. Then it happens again and again, and soon it’s the only thing you can think about.
Noises frustrate cyclists so much that I’ve been on a mission for some time now to compile a list of noise-makers and solutions for them on my personal bike website. I published the story (photo) around 2000 and since then readers have been sending me their noises and fixes. Every time a new one comes in, I update the document. Read more.
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These tights are padded with our All Day Chamois that is 10mm thick at the sit bones. The padding in this chamois uses a combination of technical foams that are different densities. These different densities help absorb shock, add padding, and help reduce abrasions to keep you comfortable the entire ride.
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Electrical Tape Can Be Your Best Friend
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; in Part IV, we prepped you for flats.
Today, we’re singing the virtues of electrical tape and zip ties. Careful readers (I know you don’t want to admit it) of this series will recall that I’ve already praised duct tape and reflective tape. The indispensable third leg of the tape stool is electrical tape. Read more.
Review Round-up: Topeak Computer Mounts, Multi Tools and Bottle Cage
By Sheri Rosenbaum
Topeak is known for its innovative, high quality, and affordably priced products. Over the years, I’ve reviewed several accessories from the company. Recently, Topeak launched some new computer mounts, multi-tools, and bottle cages which we’ve selected a few to highlight here. All items featured were samples provided by the company and are available online or in retail stores. Read more
Painlessly Killing Birds
By Martin Sigrist
Takeaway: “Killing two birds with one stone” is usually a good idea if you have the opportunity. Short home gym workouts lasting only a few minutes provide one. If done metabolically, they will help build or retain muscle and be painful. The latter is good news as it gives a chance to try out mind hacks to see which work best for you in pushing through the pain barrier that you can then take forward and also use on the bike. Read more.
Soomom Jersey, Bibs and Vest Review
By Brandon Bilyeu
Soomom is based out of Australia and offers a full range of bike kit for both men and women. Given Asutralia’s warm summers it’s not surprising to see more options for warm weather kit, but they do have cold weather options (it does snow in Australia!). Their mission statement is spelled out as follows: “At Soomom, we dedicate ourselves to creating the most cutting edge and elegant cycling garments in the world, accessible to all.” I think most brands strive for those first two elements, but certainly “accessible to all” does not apply universally. Read more.
Did You Hit Your Cycling Goals?
By Rick Shultz
Well, 2021 is ending. Summer is over and fall is here, although it is still 90 deg in Southern California. Cyclists are beginning to think about moving back indoors for winter training.
Let’s hear from readers about how the year has gone for you! Read more.
Healthy Nutrition Past 50
Healthy Nutrition Past 50 by Coach John Hughes addresses the vital role that healthy nutrition plays in helping you stay active, energetic, happy and fulfilled into your 50s, 60s, 70s – and beyond. Coach Hughes explains all you need to know in 28 packed pages that include:
- The key role of carbohydrates in providing the energy you need and many of the vitamins and minerals.
- How much protein you really need, and nourishing protein choices.
- The important role of fat in your diet, and healthy choices to get that needed fat.
- The principal vitamins and minerals you need.
Question of the Week
How do you handle bicycle noises?
Other Cool Stuff to Read
Facebook: Are you an 80+ year old cyclist? Royal Academy of Octogenarian Cyclists FB Group.
San Jose State University: 50+ Cycling Survey – Summer 2021 to Spring 2022
VeloNews: Technical FAQ: Tubeless troubles
Cyclist.co.uk: Training: Should I ride longer or ride harder?