Just a quick note to let you know that I'll be on vacation for part of June. Before leaving, though, I've put together new issues of RBR Newsletter for all but the week of June 22. We'll NOT be publishing an issue the week of the 22nd. Because of my vacation schedule, please note that I may be delayed in responding to you if you happen to write in about anything. I'll get back to you ASAP upon my return, though. Thanks, and I hope you are enjoying some good weather – and good riding – wherever you may be! —John Marsh
By Coach John Hughes Last week I wrote about the benefits of riding miles at a conversational pace. I also explained that once you’ve built your endurance base in the spring, just riding more miles won’t make you a much better rider. Further, if you’ve been riding for years then just piling on more miles brings little improvement. Every roadie – from health and fitness riders to high performance racers – can benefit from intensity exercise. Intensity exercise doesn’t mean “no pain, no gain." It simply means riding harder than you usually ride.
By Jim Langley This week’s Tech Talk is based on my response to another excellent reader question. It came from an RBR reader named Jay who asked about modern bottom brackets, which employ sealed cartridge bearings. They’re a bit of a mystery to many roadies since there are no obvious adjustments to make. This week I’ll try to unravel the mystery so you know what you’re dealing with and how to care for them.
By Coach Rick Schultz Bern has been making helmets for other sports, and for other cycling disciplines (MTB, BMX and urban) for years. As a first effort in the road market, the FL-1 is a surprisingly high quality, affordable helmet available in both non-MIPS and MIPS versions. As for this helmet's form, fit and function, it merits a 4.5-star rating. All-in-all, I’m very impressed, especially with a sub-$120 price tag for a full-featured MIPS helmet.
Host George Thomas interviews distance cycling expert and regular RBR contributor Coach John Hughes, along with Training Peaks VP Bryce Walsh, in our 3-part series discussing and detailing the factors that will help you become a better cyclist. Part 3 focuses on Equipment Selection and Riding Skills.
In this new eArticle and new 5-article bundle, Coach John Hughes provides a range of targeted advice to make you a better cyclist. From the six success factors to cycling improvement (in How to Become a Better Cyclist) to getting the most out of your training, to maximizing your use of intensity for performance improvement, to optimizing your recovery, to nutritional insights into how the pros eat and hydrate. Each one of these eArticles is terrific on its own merits; together, they make an indispensable set. The new Better Cyclist bundle totals 140 pages and is available at the special price of $15.96; the Premium Member bundle price of only $13.57 is a savings of $11.38 off the full price! Non-Premiums save $8.99 off the cover price vs. purchasing all 5 articles individually.
The following is a response from Coach Rick Schultz to a reader who has suffered through 25 years' of ill-suited saddles, quite possibly related to bad bike fits. Coach Schultz is a fit expert (author of Bike Fit 101) and put together an illustrated 11-page PDF document that touches on the most significant aspects of a proper fit, why a correct fit is a must to ensure saddle comfort, and provides a list of his favorite saddles. The introduction of that piece is below, with the link to the PDF at the end.
By Stan Purdum You may one day head out for a ride only to discover that the bicycle fit that was ideal for you for years may not be so ideal now. This realization may come on suddenly or gradually, but it’s fact of cycling life. And aging is not the only reason. Writing recently in Adventure Cyclist, Nick Legan, that publication’s technical editor, said, “With increased fitness, a bike that was once comfortable can start to feel cramped. Likewise, with more miles under your belt, the more ‘seasoned’ your seated area will be. This may affect your saddle choice.”
Today's QoW is another from our own Coach David Ertl. It follows the theme of the last 2 weeks' questions of upgrading (or not). NOTE: you may find this Question under Past Questions of the Week on the QoW page.