Issue No. 729 - Since 2001! - September 8, 2016    PDF


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Nausea: Don’t Let It Be A Showstopper, Part 1

By Coach John Hughes  Coach Hughes is doing something a little different this week – offering RBR readers a chance to help diagnose the issues leading to one reader's problems with nausea on rides. The coach presents the dialogue he had with Andy, an accomplished rider, about the various factors that could contribute to the problem (including the weather conditions he rides in, his level of fatigue, his hydration and nutrition, how hard he pushes himself, etc.). Afterward, you can make your own diagnosis, and Coach Hughes will weigh in next week with his own. Let's test your knowledge!

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Interbike-Eve Musings, 2016

By Jim Langley  Interbike is one of the two most important international trade bicycle shows every year. The two-wheel extravaganza returns to the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas September 21-23. As we do every fall before the show, John Marsh and I have been discussing and predicting what we might see, and a funny thing happened. We both expressed concern that it might be an uninspiring show, like the last couple we’ve attended.

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A Map, A Trans-Con Trail, and 'Bike Batman'

My California riding buddy Scott Carpenter and RBR contributor Stan Purdum passed along some articles of interest for me to share with RBR readers. Scott and Stan have a keen eye, as the three articles they sent – one about a worldwide open-source map of cycling routes, one about a 24,000-km trans-Canada trail, and one about a stolen bike recovery vigilante – are all quite interesting in their own right. —John Marsh 

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How to Find Your Balance Point on Standing Climbs

When you stand on a climb, do you have the tendency to lean way over the front of the handlebar, much more than necessary for the grade you're on? It's something we often see riders do, but it's a technique flaw that is easily fixed. Here's why you want to fix it: Leaning so far forward puts too much weight on the front wheel, which grinds the tire into the pavement and scuffs off speed. This actually makes the hill harder.

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The Latest on Irregular Heartbeats in Lifelong Exercisers

By Gabe Mirkin, M.D.  Many studies show that a lifetime of vigorous exercise makes the heart stronger and healthier and does not harm it. However, as I reported last year, a few studies that got a lot of media attention suggested that chronic intense exercise can damage the heart to cause irregular heartbeats. Now, a new study of elite lifetime endurance athletes has found no evidence of irregular heartbeats from damage to the right ventricular heart chamber (Circulation, May 17, 2016;133(20):1927-35).

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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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Keep Your Sweaty Gear Smelling Fresh

By John Marsh  RBR product reviewer Paul Smith, who, like me, lives in the "heat and humidity belt" of the South wrote to complain about what a sweaty and stinky mess his riding gear was becoming this summer. When you're literally dripping and sometimes nearly pouring sweat during a ride, you come home with soaked gear that can get really funky and nasty if you don't stay on the top of the problem. I immediately wrote Paul back and told him I had a solution for his helmet – and for his shoes – that would keep them smelling fresh ride after sweaty ride: Stuffitts (click to read my product review).

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