By Jim Langley One of my favorite things on rides with friends is coming to their rescue, fixing breakdowns and keeping everyone rolling – not standing by the side of the road waiting. If you enjoy solving problems and being the hero for your riding pals, I bet you feel the same way. All it takes to be a hero and repair most common breakdowns is a little bicycle mechanic … [Read more...] about Be A Hero on the Road
By Coach John Hughes Through this series of On the Rivet columns you’ve been learning mental skills: how to focus, to relax so that you don’t choke, build confidence and deal with performance anxiety. These columns have primarily addressed how to manage your emotions so that you perform better. Mental skills also include an important cognitive side, especially … [Read more...] about On the Rivet V: Why You Need a Training Plan … or Don’t You?
Editor's Note: Some time ago, a Premium Member wrote in to ask if we could update an article we ran in 2011 in which a couple of us on the RBR Crew provided a quick rundown of our favorite tires, and why we liked them. It was an excellent idea. So good, in fact, that I immediately decided to make it a regular feature – providing a rundown from RBR Contributors on our … [Read more...] about RBR Favorites: The Pedals We Push
By Stan Purdum Want to bump up your bicycle mechanic skills and do some good at the same time? Volunteer at one of the nonprofits that recycle old bikes. I live in New Jersey and volunteer one afternoon each week as a bike mechanic in Plainfield, a community not far from my own, at a nonprofit bicycle shop called the Bike Exchange (BEX). It’s a program of the Boys & … [Read more...] about Wrenching at the BEX Pays Myriad Dividends
Editor's Note: Every once in a while I get an offer for a contributed article that doesn't have much at all to do with helping make us better road riders. At first blush, that was my inclination toward this article. But the more I thought about it, the more I thought running this piece made sense. Keeping your brain and mind active throughout life are vitally … [Read more...] about 4 Brain-Boosting Games to Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s