November 18, 2021
On the Bike Stability Drills
By Coach John Hughes
Several weeks ago I wrote a column on Anti-Aging: Why Practicing Balance is Important. Balancing your body is a learned skill and balancing on feet isn’t the same as balancing on your bike. Falls are the number-one cause of injuries and death from injuries among older Americans. Every 19 minutes in this country, an older person dies from a fall. Most bike accidents don’t involve a vehicle or another person — the rider just loses control. Read more.
Q&A: How Do I Remove My Bottom Bracket?
By Jim Langley
Sometimes questions come in that are so open-ended, I don’t know how to reply. Like Rubin’s query in the title of this Tech Talk. The thing is that there are so many different types of bottom brackets that more information is needed to be able to provide the best answer. Read more.
Swapping Out A 172.5mm Ultegra Crankset For A 170mm Rotor Crankset
By Rick Schultz
This is part 1 of a 2-part article on removing a crankset and installing a new crankset. The bottom bracket and bearings are in perfect condition so these will not be changed. Depending on the condition of your bottom bracket, you might consider replacing bottom bracket as well. Read more.
Quick Tip: Run a Flashing Headlight During the Day
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; in Part V, we praised electrical tape; and in Part VI, we recommended kinesiology tape for sore knees; and in Part VII, we raised your aerobars; and in Part VIII, we swore off black jerseys.
Today, continuing on the theme of being seen and being safe, we’re pushing for flashing headlights during the day. Read more.
Roll Recover R8 Plus Deep Tissue Massager Review
By Sheri Rosenbaum
Every cyclist has found themselves with a tight IT band, quad, or hamstring muscle at one time or another. A regular go-to device to relieve the tightness is the dreaded foam roller. I hear you groaning in discomfort already. I remember my first encounter with a foam roller many years ago. After a personal training session, the trainer handed me this long foam tube and instructed me to “rollout” my legs, back, and glutes. Yes, there was screaming, and a few swear words thrown her way, but as the muscles started to release, it actually felt good. Read more.
Stacking Template: A Paradigm Shift in Training Approach
By Martin Sigrist
Takeaway: Stacking is the first new universal approach towards bike training since power based training and endurance training since the advent of HR monitors. Its principles apply also to other sports. This article presents an example of a Stacking Template — a practical example of how to apply it in practice to cycling. Stacking is a structured way to accomplish a paradigm shift in terms of the purpose of a training session or workout. Improving physiology remains at a workout’s heart but extra elements are stacked on top of it so that intent changes from just one primary focus to a 360 degree complete approach aiming to improve all aspects related to end goal performance. Read more.
How Much Should You Exercise?
Exercise helps to prevent disease and prolong life. The Copenhagen City Heart Study found that those who exercised 2.6 to 4.5 hours per week were 40 percent less likely to die over the next 25 years than the less active people. Participants were 8697 healthy adults who recorded their time in leisure-time sports activities such as tennis, cycling, swimming, jogging, calisthenics, health club activities and weightlifting. Read more.
Roka Mayfield Prescription Glasses Review
By Lars Hundley
If you pay attention to high end cycling sunglasses, you’re probably already familiar with the Roka brand. Maybe you’ve seen retiring pro cyclist Dan Martin wearing them. Roka sunglasses are known for great looks, but also for designs that fit very well and stay put on your face. The lightweight materials and the patented Geko arm design that mimics the feet of a gecko and keeps your glasses planted make them outstanding for wearing during outdoor activities. Roka also makes prescription eyewear, and I tried out the Mayfield model recently. Read more.
Schwinn Coston DX Ebike Review
By Stan Purdum
Schwinn just introduced an all-new line of electric bikes, at three different pricing levels: the Marshall ($1499.99), the Coston CE ($1699.99) and the Coston DX ($1999.99). All three models are built on the same aluminum frame — or rather, your choice of two frames: one a standard step-over and one a step-thru that are otherwise identical. In both cases, Schwinn describes the frames as hybrids. The lineup provides a good, better, best assortment that is differentiated by battery, range and product features. All three ebikes come in size options of S/M and L/XL. Read more.
Anti-Aging E-Book 12 Ways You Can Slow the Aging Process
Anti-Aging: 12 Ways You Can Slow the Aging Process, by Coach John Hughes, explains the physiology of aging and how to assess your current fitness. It includes exercise programs for cardiovascular health and endurance, training with intensity, resistance training, getting more flexible, improving your balance and slowing bone loss. It includes a dozen stories about their personal experiences by riders ages 54 to 82.
Question of the Week
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