Question: I would like to do a century ride in about two weeks and have done some moderate base training but not as much as I'd like. I did a 77-mile ride three weeks ago and felt pretty good (average speed 14.5 mph). Did just a few rides in the meantime and rode 70 miles two days ago and did not feel very good (sore butt, wrists, tired quads). My average speed was 14 mph, with … [Read more...] about How to be “On Form” for a Big Event
The Kindness of Strangers
Editor's Note: In last week's RBR Newsletter, we ran an article by Stan Purdum titled Days of Adventure on the Bike, in which Stan detailed a self-guided tour where he had some particularly memorable "mis-adventures" – bad days on the bike. He rightly pointed out that good days on the bike far outweigh any bad days, and fellow reader and RBR Premium Member John Yoder wrote … [Read more...] about The Kindness of Strangers
Best Bicycle Headlights and Taillights: RBR Editor Picks
Editor's Note: We continue our regular feature – providing a rundown from RBR Contributors on our favorites across the spectrum of components, nutrition, clothing, accessories, you name it. Today we discuss our lights. (Here's a link to the gamut of RBR Favorites.) Also, in next week's RBR Newsletter, we'll have a review of the Bontrager Flare R tail light (the favorite of a … [Read more...] about Best Bicycle Headlights and Taillights: RBR Editor Picks
Bike Maintenance 101, Part 2
By Jim Langley In Part 1 last week, I told you to round up the few basic tools and supplies needed to maintain your (new, if you’re new to the sport) road bike. But this advice serves as a good reminder to all of us, no matter how old our bikes or how much experience we have. Before we get started on the routine steps to take to keep it running like … [Read more...] about Bike Maintenance 101, Part 2
Do Training Rides Need to Be As Long as Events?
Question: I'm 48 and in the past rode 12-15 hours per week but was usually overtrained. This season I'm trying to recover better by doing 10-hour weeks including weekend rides of about 100 miles and building up only for major events. I'm planning to ride one of Australia's toughest "classics," Grafton-Inverell. It's 140 miles, starting at sea level and ascending to about 4,000 … [Read more...] about Do Training Rides Need to Be As Long as Events?