By John Marsh A little less than a year ago, I wrote about a study by two bike-commuting professors at North Carolina State University who found that a simple change in the wording of bicycle-related roadside signage can help clarify the rules of the road for motorists and cyclists, and potentially make cycling safer. Just the other day, as my wife and I drove through Decatur, an Atlanta suburb, I saw a Bikes May Use Full Lane sign for the first time. Two days later, a reader sent me an article showing that this movement may be gaining steam.
By Coach John Hughes We're 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. Last week, the coach presented 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, he challenged you to make your own diagnosis. This week, he's checking your work, weighing in with his own diagnosis.
By Jim Langley With all due respect to Roman Polanski’s classic 1967 spoof "The Fearless Vampire Killers," I want you to get in the habit of hunting for, finding and terminating your bicycle vampires. These two-wheel ghouls constantly suck your energy by making your bicycle harder to pedal. And, like the fanged variety, they’re apt to appear at any time and can be hard to find. In fact, it’s rare that you’d ever notice a vampire while riding or even rolling your bike.
By John Marsh As Jim Langley mentioned in his pre-Interbike Tech Talk column last week, next week is the annual cycling-industry extravaganza where all manner of companies display their wares. We'll be taking the week off from publishing RBR Newsletter to pound the show floor, looking at new (and we hope, innovative) gear, bikes, apparel, and such so that we can report on the latest, and best of it after the show and throughout the next year as we do product reviews and monitor the trends we spot. Also, don't miss how you voted on your everyday road bike's value and age. You might be surprised!
Last week we asked for reader solutions to the problem of bar tape getting mucked up with sweat and grime during the hot summer months. We also mentioned helmet padding and straps getting funky, and shoes getting a bit ripe, too. RBR Review Crew member Paul Smith – who was the source of the question – mentioned that one of his riding buddies swears by using Windex to spray down and clean his bar tape. We got a few other suggestions as well, about the entire range of gear:
Today's QoW springs forth from the series of articles Coach John Hughes is writing about different ailments or discomforts that affect roadies on rides, such as cramps and nausea. We want to gauge readers to see what your most common physical issues are on rides. Coach Hughes will address them in the ongoing series.
By Coach Fred Matheny How do you keep motivated to ride? When I have a goal, like a century, I do fine. But after the ride, I lose the motivation to continue. I let a day or two slide by, and soon it has stretched into weeks and months. What's the secret to consistent riding?
By Gabe Mirkin, M.D. Knee osteoarthritis means that your knee hurts and your doctor does not know the cause. With aging, a person wears away the shock-absorbing cartilage in the knees, which increases risk for pain and swelling. Often people with knee osteoarthritis have perfectly normal MRIs of their knee cartilage, and people with MRI evidence of torn cartilage often have no pain or swelling. Many studies present overwhelming evidence that surgery for torn knee cartilage (torn meniscus) does not reduce knee pain or swelling in the long run.