By John Marsh This week, I'll give you a quick rundown of my Best of Show individual products, and Sheri Rosenbaum will cover the trends that are shaping new product development. In Tech Talk, Jim Langley will add his own take on some interesting products launched at the show. Next week, Sheri and I will continue our coverage with a rundown of a few more noteworthy products we saw. RBR will be reviewing many of these products over the next year to provide a detailed look at their features and performance.
By Sheri Rosenbaum This was my first Interbike. Prior to the trip everyone warned me it can be overwhelming. Well, they were right! During my 2-1/2 days there I didn't even put a dent into visiting half of the 1,400 booths. Just had to pick and choose, as well as do a bit of aimless wandering. From my perspective there wasn't a "Best In Show" that really knocked my socks off. But I felt there were some key industry trends afoot, so my focus is on sharing those with you today.
By Coach John Hughes I went to the ER at Mercy Medical in Durango, Colorado, less than 1,000 miles into the 1996 Race Across AMerica. They peeled down my shorts, looked at my butt and said, “Your race is over. You have second-degree burns on your buttocks.” A second-degree burn is through the epidermis and into the dermis, the thick layer of tissue that forms the true skin. I didn’t care what second-degree meant, all I knew was that it hurt like hell!
By Jim Langley As luck would have it – bad luck, that is – I wasn’t able to attend Interbike this year. Fortunately, cycling’s grandest show is covered better than ever online and in social media and I was able to find a few interesting products to add to our coverage from Vegas.
Seems like I was a cruncher forever, with a max cadence of 80rpm other than on the occasional downhill. About four years ago I did serious damage to a quad. Still not sure how but the 'diagnosis' by the doctors was overuse caused by my ability to ignore pain and keep pushing. At that time I met a trainer who was big into high cadence riding, using one's cardio system and saving the muscles for special events. I was a bit skeptical when he told me to try to spin at no less than 90rpm as much as possible. It took a while for it to feel natural. But once I got the hang of it, there was no going back!
By John Marsh My article "Bicycles May Use Full Lane"; It's About Time! in our last issue ellicited a lot of comments and feedback expressing a variety of opinion on the safety of riding single-file, two-abreast, taking the entire lane, etc. I also received an email from reader Joe Stafford, who is the executive director of the Bicycle Access Council in Pennsylvania. Joe wrote to provide some additional information and background on the move to Bikes May Use Full Lane (BMUFL) signage in the U.S., and to share some information about specific leglislation he has helped enact in his state.
In this 4-article series Coach John Hughes provides a wealth of well-researched knowledge and vast experience in how to prevent and deal with some of road cycling's typical ailments: the "troika" of pressure points – issues with your butt, hands & feet; the scourge of cramps; nausea, bonking and other fuel-related maladies related to nutrition; and the power of the mental side to help forestall or overcome these and other on-bike issues. This terrific bundle includes all 4 eArticles (click the links to individual articles for detailed descriptions): Butt, Hands & Feet, Preventing and Treating Cramps, Nutrition for 100K and Beyond, Gaining a Mental Edge. PREVENTING CYCLING AILMENTS BUNDLE: Just $15.96 (Save $4 vs. purchasing individually); $13.57 forPremium Members!
By Gabe Mirkin, M.D. No data exists in the scientific literature showing that any type of exercise weakens bones. Bone growth depends on the forces exerted on them by gravity and contracting muscles. So any activity or exercise that causes you to contract your muscles will strengthen bones (Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, November 2009). Previous studies showed that world-class cyclists had reduced bone densities in their spines. However, bone density tests do not measure bones strength.
Today's QoW is based on one of the trends we saw at Interbike this year: the slew of new "smart" helmets that connect to your phone, play music on built-in speakers, allow you to make and receive phone calls and audio directions, have built-in cameras, etc.