By Coach John Hughes Recently I was in Boulder, Colo. for several days and rode each day. The Boulder area is home to literally thousands of riders ranging from pro road, mountain and triathlon racers to pleasure riders out for 15 or 25 miles. Except for the pros, many of the riders exhibited one or more mistakes: 1. Chin strap too loose was the most common. This … [Read more...] about Don’t Make These 15 Common Bicycling Mistakes
QUESTION: How much exercise does an electric bike give you? Is it enough to benefit my health? —George V. RBR’S STAN PURDUM REPLIES: My friend Murray is a long time cyclist who, as he neared 80, switched from his regular bike to an ebike. He’d always kept track of his bike miles, and, because he gained weight easily, he used a standard formula to calculate how many … [Read more...] about How much exercise does an electric bike give you?
Jim’s Tech Talk By Jim Langley The question in the title was asked by RBR regular contributor “Fixie Guy.” If you comment on articles and read them you’ve surely benefited from his tips and insights. The question he asked this time interested me but I didn’t have a very good answer for him. So he went to a higher authority. Read on to follow the entire thread, which … [Read more...] about Does Direction Matter on Directional Road Bike Tires?
QUESTION: What is the 75 rule in cycling? I heard someone telling his buddy to remember that rule on a group ride as the pace started to pick up. What did he mean? —Pete L. RBR’S STAN PURDUM REPLIES: The 75 rule is a training guideline for riders who are seeking to improve their performance and endurance. The “75” is a percentage and the so-called rule is that when training, … [Read more...] about What is the 75 rule in cycling?
By Coach John Hughes Last week my former client June wrote me, “Hi Coach Hughes! I enjoyed so much working with you to train to ride my first century when I turned 60 in 2018. Time flies, doesn't it? Each winter I lose more fitness. As I age, my low point seems lower! I live in Seattle and it’s dark and rainy when I get off work. Although I have a trainer, … [Read more...] about Ask the Coach: Losing Fitness in Your 60s