Issue No. 748 - Since 2001! - February 9, 2017    PDF


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Fit for Life IX: The Four Pillars - No. 4 is Enjoyment

By Coach John Hughes  Let’s review. Your goal is to stay as fit and healthy as possible for the rest of your life, what the gerontologists call "squaring the geriatric curve." You can control the rates of decline of your different physiological systems. How? By following the Four Pillars, which I've been detailing in a series of columns over that past month. (Each of the numbers below is a link to that specific article in the series.) So far I've covered the first three pillars, Consistency, Intensity and Recovery. Today, I'll finish the series with a focus on the fourth Pillar, Enjoyment.

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Checking the Condition of Wheel Bearings

By Jim Langley  This week’s subject was suggested by a reader with the handle “SJ,” who asked, “How often should wheel hub bearings be degreased and re-greased?” It’s a great question because it’s tricky to evaluate the condition of wheel bearings and to know what to do about issues, too. Wheels can still seem to roll and spin perfectly fine even when there’s no grease in the bearings – or worse, the bearings are dry and binding so bad that you can barely turn the axle by hand when the wheel is off the bike.

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Workout of the Month - The Anytime, Anywhere Workout

Editor's Note: Coach Dan Kehlenbach, a long-time coach of cyclists and other endurance athletes, and a certified strength and conditioning specialist, has graciously agreed to put together a monthly series of workouts for RBR readers. He kicks off the series with an anytime, anywhere workout that requires little, if any, equipment.

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Quick Follow-Up re: 'Cheating' at Intersections

By John Marsh  First off, thanks to all who took the time to comment last week on several of our articles, in addition to my piece on intersectionsJim Langley's Tech Talk looking at rim brakes vs. disc brakes, and the Question of the Week about rear flashers. (Click the links to see those articles again, and to read the many comments.) Your comments, as always, were insightful, based on your in-depth real world experience, and added to the conversation. Which brings up a couple of quick points I want to make:

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Aspirin's Benefits from Plants

By Gabe Mirkin, M.D.  A few weeks ago I reviewed data explaining why most doctors now recommend that heart attack-susceptible men and women, aged 50 to 69, take a baby aspirin daily or every other day to help prevent heart attacks and colon cancer, prompting more than 50 million Americans to take aspirin regularly. However, people who take low-dose aspirin regularly are at 58 percent increased risk for gastrointestinal bleeding and 27 percent increased risk for hemorrhagic stroke, and these risks increase with aging (Ann Intern Med, June 21, 2016;164(12):826-35).

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Pearl Izumi Women’s P.R.O. Escape Bib Shorts

By Sheri Rosenbaum  I’ve worn Pearl Izumi products for many years, but never tried their P.R.O. level of apparel (except gloves), Pearl's top of the line. I’m very particular when it comes to chamois comfort, and my first impression of the P.R.O. Escape women’s bibs was very favorable regarding the chamois, as well as the bibs overall. I found the chamois to provide lasting comfort on rides of any length, and the bibs to be sleek and stylish, with nice touches and an overall comfortable fit.

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Used Power Meters an Excellent Low-Cost Option

Coach Rick Schultz, who, as an accomplished bike fitter, coach and product reviewer, keeps tabs on the various power meters on the market. Here's what he writes: Lots of sub-$300 Stages power meters are showing up in many different 'For Sale' classifieds. They make an excellent low-cost option for anyone seeking a power meter. (We really need to replenish our stock of Quick Tips for future issues: Please consider sharing yours by clicking the Quick Tips Ideas link. Thanks!)

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