Issue No. 732 - Since 2001! - October 6, 2016    PDF


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Commenting Again Open to All - No Facebook Needed

Editor's Notes: We've changed to an open Commenting app that allows anyone to comment. In short, I believe I made a mistake last year when launching the new site in going with the de facto industry standard Facebook commenting app. Some of you complained; I listened. Any comments? Also, Week 2 of our Interbike coverage continues with three more articles today. And both today and next week, we'll feature two new columns from Coach Fred Matheny. Finally, just a note that we'll soon be launching a new eBook on stretching and core for cyclists – just in time for the off-season.

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2016 Interbike Report, Part 2: John's Best of the Rest

By John Marsh  As we do each year, Week 2 of our post-Interbike coverage features a rundown of many of the other noteworthy products we saw at the show. I'll give you a taste of my "Best of the Rest," and Sheri Rosenbaum does the same in her article, below. Sheri also follows up on the technology behind one of the trends she discussed last week. 

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2016 Interbike Report, Part 2: Sheri's Best of the Rest

By Sheri Rosenbaum  We continue our coverage this week with brief capsules of some of the new products that we saw at Interbike – some by popular brands you know and may use, others by new brands just coming to market (or soon to be on the market). As always, we will plan reviews over the next year of many of these, and other, products. 

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2016 Interbike Report, Part 2: Bone-Conduction Audio

By Sheri Rosenbaum  In last week’s Interbike Report, Part 1: The Trends, I hit on a number of trends we saw at Interbike. Today, I’d like to expand on the technology behind one of those trends. It's also being employed as a stand-alone product. The surge of so-called smart helmets hitting the market has led some manufacturers to leverage technology so that riders can hear audio without inserting earbuds, wearing traditional headphones or acquiring the audio in the traditional way. The tech is called bone-conduction audio.

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Aches and Pains II: Upper Back, Shoulder, Neck Pain / Discomfort

By Coach John Hughes  In 1986 Pete Penseyres set the solo transcontinental speed record of 3,107 miles (5,000 km) in 8 days, 9 hours and 47 minutes! He averaged 15.40 mph (24.8 km/h). That record stood for 27 years. Perhaps even more amazing than the record itself, Pete told me he was able to set the record because nothing hurt! (That's unheard of!) Last week I wrote about saddle pain / discomfort, which is the most common problem affecting RBR readers. This week’s column covers the second most common complaint – shoulder and neck pain / discomfort.

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Diagnosing a Chain that Falls Off the Chainring

By Jim Langley  We’re always on the lookout for interesting problems to share with you in the hopes we can head off trouble before it happens – and/or provide tips for diagnosing and dealing with glitches. The issue for you this week is a drivetrain miscue that came up on my club’s last Saturday ride. We had returned to town and stopped to say our goodbyes, and while still standing over his Trek, one of the guys backpedaled and his chain promptly came off the chainring and jammed in the front derailleur. He said something like, “that always happens and it drives me nuts.”

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New eArticle Bundle: Preventing Cycling Ailments!

Preventing Cycling Ailments BundleIn 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 BeyondGaining a Mental Edge. PREVENTING CYCLING AILMENTS BUNDLEJust $15.96 (Save $4 vs. purchasing individually); $13.57 for Premium Members!

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EXTENDED 1 WEEK! LAST CHANCE to Win a Cycliq Fly12 or Fly6 HD Camera/Light!

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