Today's tip comes to us from Brian Becker, an Aussie roadie, who writes: "After finding the easy way to mount tubeless road tires by warming them first, I have now adopted the practice for new tube road tires as well. "I wrap them in a towel and put them in the oven after my wife has prepared a baked dinner or cake. I wait till it is about 100C (212F), about the boiling … [Read more...] about Quick Tip: Warming Tires Makes for Easy Mounting
You should choose road-cycling shorts based on the quality of materials and construction. But also crucial is how well they conform to your unique anatomy. Sometimes a relatively inexpensive pair may work better for you than a high-dollar model. Shorts, like saddles, are tough to recommend because of differences in butts, crotches, seats and riding positions. Every rider has … [Read more...] about How To Choose Cycling Shorts
by Arnie Baker, M.D. You are feeling that you don’t have the power in cycling that you think you should. Or you feel that it takes you longer than usual to get going, if you can get going at all. Or it takes longer to recover from training or racing. This doesn’t seem to be a temporary set-back. It’s been going on for more than two weeks. This article will present an … [Read more...] about Riding Poorly: Is It Medical?
By Stan Purdum Soigneur (approximate French pronunciation: SWAN-yea) is one of the many French words relating to cycling. With the Tour de France being the world’s premier cycling event, French words connected to the sport have been picked up by cyclists around the globe. In short, a soigneur is an assistant who is responsible for feeding, clothing, massaging, and … [Read more...] about What is a Soigneur in Cycling?
By Coach Rick Schultz One question that the recreational roadies and racers I coach have in common – and something I hear very often from riders of all ages and abilities – is some variation of: “My lower back is always sore during and/or after a ride. What can I do about it?” In short, there's no magic bullet to address this common problem. Lower back pain is typically the … [Read more...] about Lower Back Pain for Cyclists: Tips for Prevention and Fixes