By Coach Rick Schultz We don't all necessarily want to be faster on the bike. But I think every last one of us roadies would like to maintain the strength we have, or get even stronger, in our core. And we undoubtedly all would like to be pain-free when we ride. A regular stretching and core strengthening routine can help you achieve any or all of those 3 aims. In Stretching & Core Strengthening for the Cyclist, my co-author and I clear up the confusion and take the guesswork out of knowing what to do, and how to do it, to implement a stretching and core strengthening program.
By John Marsh Never have I received an email about a new cycling product launching on Kickstarter, dropped everything and read the entire Kickstarter product page – then started a 2-day email Q&A with the company CEO. Until last week. That's exactly what I did on news of the launch of Ilumaware's new Shield TL. The Shield TL is a reflector/tail light that uses a car's collision avoidance system (CAS) radar to, in effect, gather and amplify the signal that bounces back to the car – making the bike and rider "bigger" and more easily detected at a greater distance.
By Coach John Hughes In this series over the past few weeks, I’ve been discussing various aches and pains that we roadies suffer from, what causes them and what you can do to avoid them. Previous columns have covered: cramping; nausea; saddle discomfort / saddle sores; upper back, shoulder, neck pain / discomfort; and numb / painful hands. Today we'll focus on lower back pain and discomfort – which is caused by muscles tightening up as you ride (unless you have problems with your spine). And, as with the other cycling maladies, we'll devote some time to discussing how you can avoid it.
By Jim Langley It was great receiving so much feedback to our paceline safety (and whose responsibility is it, anyway?) story last week. Thanks! You raised some interesting points and even made us laugh, with a hilarious Seinfeld snippet on YouTube titled "George and the Pigeons." Worth watching if you missed it. High five to David Pybus for posting that! I’ll respond with a few more thoughts on your comments today. Then, next week, I’ll reply with tips for those who brought up additional chain drop and front derailleur issues, since that’s a hot topic, too.
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 Sheri Rosenbaum I’ve become a big fan of compression socks both for on the bike and for recovery. I wore my compression socks on both trail and road rides. To my surprise, they kept my legs feeling fresh and reduced fatigue. My legs never felt “heavy,” nor did I experience any cramps. The socks also worked well when I’d go for long walks/hikes, keeping swelling down and legs feeling fresh, not heavy. After a hard workout at the gym or a long ride, I’d put on the compression socks for a few hours. I truly felt that my legs recovered faster and I was fresher for the next day’s ride.
By Gabe Mirkin, M.D. On September 2, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it will ban triclosan and 18 other antibacterial chemicals in soaps and liquid hand or body wash products because they are ineffective and potentially harmful. The labels "antibacterial," "antiseptic" or "antimicrobial" on products suggest that they probably contain at least one of the 19 banned ingredients. I recommend that you take action now. Read the list of ingredients on every product that touches or enters your body. They should have as few added chemicals as possible.
An interesting article in Reuters Health, "Bike Lanes are a Sound Public Health Investment," based on research into the cost-effectiveness of building bike lanes in NYC, showed that bike lanes deliver a far better return on investment in public health than most "direct health treatments" like dialysis or "medical interventions" like Medicaid.