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, last week, discusses Tom's problems, which are common to many roadies, and what scientists know about cramps. Part 2, this week, discusses the role of supplements and other ways of preventing cramps.
By John Marsh First off, I just wanted to say Thank You! to those of you who signed up as a new or renewing Premium Member in response to the "summer pledge drive" email last week. And I'm excited to officially launch RBR Radio, our new expert podcast series. We're always looking for ways to keep RBR fresh and useful, and offering this additional resource of in-depth how-to road cycling knowledge fits in perfectly with our mission.
By Jim Langley A couple of weeks back, we provided carbon bicycle-care tips, and the issue of cleaning and polishing matte/satin carbon finishes came up. We received a helping hand on the subject from Daniel Rowe at Finish Line USA, which also owns White Lightning bicycle care products. Dan said that they recently introduced a White Lightning product called Matte Finisher that’s uniquely designed for that application. He said he’d send some for us to try. But he went one better and included a few other handy White Lightning and Finish Line bike care goodies. I thought I’d provide some quick reviews.
By Ricardo Colberg, M.D. It’s not at all uncommon for even the most seasoned rider to experience muscle, joint and nerve fatigue as the summer miles add up. The most common mid- to late-season injuries among riders from recreational to the professional ranks are in the hands, back and knees. The good news is that most of these are just a few tweaks and stretches away from being relieved, keeping you on the road through the rest of the summer and into the fall. I'll provide some practical advice for how to avoid and alleviate the pain we're all prone to suffer from time to time.
By Gabe Mirkin, M.D. Three new studies show that restricting calories, even in non-obese people: reduces inflammation (Aging, July 2016); helps to prevent cancers (Cancer Research, July 14, 2016); and increases autophagy (PLoS Genetics, July 14, 2016). Autophagy, or cellular recycling, extends the lives of many different species. Autophagy means "self-eating." When a cell dies, the body has a quick way to break down the dead cell’s parts (protein-making, power-generating and transport systems) into small molecules that can be reassembled to be used for making new cell parts and supply the energy to power these processes.
Being able to stop suddenly in a short distance can get you out of big trouble. Think about those times on a ride when you are happily pedaling along and need to "stop on a dime." It could be that a car suddenly pulls out in front of you off a side street. Or comes around you and cuts you off. Or a rider in front of you approaches what seems like a clear intersection and then yells out: "Car right." If you're not able to safely stop almost immediately, things can get very bad very fast.