Issue No. 727 - Since 2001! - August 25, 2016    PDF


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Is a Custom or “Brand” Wheelset Right for You?

By Jim Langley  When wheel shopping, a question that often comes up is whether to get a brand or a custom wheelset? By "brand" I mean a wheelset designed and built by a bicycle company. By custom, I mean hoops built by an experienced professional wheel builder at a bicycle shop or an independent builder. Since this is often one of the most difficult decisions when buying a new wheelset, I’d like to help by looking at some of the key pros and cons of both approaches.

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Oh, The Mistakes We Make

By John Marsh  "Rooke Mistakes" aren't just for rookies. I don't care how experienced a roadie is, he or she is quite capable of making dumb mistakes seemingly forever. I should know. I still make them. And the stupid stuff we've done recently – and over the years of riding together – is a fairly regular topic of conversation on group rides with my buddies. In fact, there are more than enough "rookie mistakes" we've made to fill this article. Some actually were made early in our respective riding days, but others as we were much more "seasoned," shall we say.

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Industry Veterans Launch HIA Velo from Guru's Remains

Word came out this week that a group of cycling industry veterans has purchased the manufacturing equipment of the defunct Montreal-based Guru Cycles, which went bankrupt in 2015, and will manufacture carbon bikes in a factory they've opened in Little Rock, Arkansas. The group, led by Tony Karklins, who founded Orbea USA, also purchased the well-known Cyclart bike painting business, which is moving to Arkansas. HIA Velo (HIA stands for "Handmade in America") will launch its first brand, Allied Cycle Works, by spring of 2017 and expects to manufacture for other brands as well.

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Cramping: A Case Study - The Perfect Storm, Part 1

By Coach John Hughes  RBR Premium Member Tom D. recently e-mailed us an excellent set of questions on cramping based on his own ongoing issues with cramps. His experience and the myriad issues surrounding the prevention and treatment of cramps led me to write a 2-part series of articles in response. Part 1 discusses Tom's problems, which are common to many roadies, and what scientists know about cramps. Part 2, next week, will discuss the role of supplements and other ways of preventing cramps.

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A Primer on Saddle Sores

By Coach Rick Schultz  A saddle sore is a skin irritation in an area that comes into contact with the bicycle saddle, usually caused by chafing, inflammation or infection. A saddle sore is one of the most common and most painful things you will ever experience on a bicycle. However, these sores can be prevented by follow a few straightforward tips, and they can be treated to keep you rolling if you do happen to suffer from one once in a while. If you have chronic saddle sores, you should seek medical help to remedy the situation.

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Summer Riding eArticle Bundle Now Available!

Summer Riding BundleIn this 4-article series Coach John Hughes provides a wealth of science-based knowledge on dealing with the heat, preventing and treating cramps, and eating & drinking like the pros – including easy-to-prepare recipes for both sports drink and food. Each one of these eArticles is terrific on its own merits; together, they make an indispensable set. In short, it’s a thoroughly researched, imminently useful and beneficial knowledge base that includes all 4 eArticles (click the links to individual articles for detailed descriptions): Cycling in the Heat, Part 1 - Ride Management, Cycling in the Heat, Part 2, Hydration Management, Preventing and Treating Cramps, Eating & Drinking Like the Pros. SUMMER RIDING BUNDLEJust $15.96; $13.57 for Premium Members!

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Drug Cheating in Sport Unlikely to Change

By Gabe Mirkin, M.D.  Every new Olympics seems to yield new drug cheating controversies. Taking performance-enhancing drugs, which can have serious side effects, gives athletes a major unfair advantage over other athletes who do not take drugs. Many athletes at the highest level of sports are taking drugs that can harm them, and this practice is extremely unlikely to diminish in the future. It is not possible to catch all of the anabolic steroids that athletes use to make themselves better athletes. As new derivatives are concocted, it takes time to devise tests that will identify them. Testers can never keep up.

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Hydration Tips from Readers

Coach John Hughes' article a couple weeks ago, What Electrolytes Do You Really Need?, which focused on hydration management during this long, hot summer we're having in North America, reminded me of two things: 1) A recent suggestion for a Quick Tips item on keeping drinks cold , and 2) a slew of reader tips on the topic from another long, hot summer a couple years back. All the tips still (sorry) hold water, so as the summer broils on, maybe these can help you.

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