Issue No. 766 - Since 2001! - June 15, 2017    PDF


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Notes on June Publishing Schedule

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

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Mike's (Noisy) Bike

By Jim Langley  Almost with the dawn of the Internet, in 1998, I started a cycling website. I don’t get to work on it anywhere near as much as I should or would like to. Yet, it has still swelled to more than 200 pages of what I like to think is helpful and fun bike stuff. One of the most popular pages on my site is my Keep It Quiet resource, literally thousands upon thousands of words on finding and silencing the clicks, creaks, clunks and things that go bump on your rides from your bicycle – and drive you bonkers.

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What a Cyclist Should Do if In an Accident

By Fred Goss  I have been representing injured cyclists for over 20 years. In my experience, cyclists tend to minimize their injuries and handle claims to the insurance company on their own. While I find most cyclists to be educated and accomplished, these qualities can blind them to the realities of personal injury claims. You may be the president of a Silicon Valley start-up, a medical doctor or college professor (all former clients of mine), but the insurance industry knows how the personal injury game is played – and you do not. Representing yourself is a big mistake. Doing things correctly starts immediately after any accident.

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Blade 45mm 2G Carbon Wheels

By Brandon Bilyeu  In terms of quality and performance, the Blade 2G wheels are great. On the road they roll fast and ride nicely. The ability to customize the look of the wheels is a differentiating feature that you won’t find with most other wheels. Wheel weight is always a concern with deeper section rims, and the Blade wheels' CNC filament-wound rims help keep these wheels light enough to be used in the hills. And for high quality carbon hoops, they're reasonably priced, as well.

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How Can I Overcome My Fears of Riding?

By Coach John Hughes  I have been reading your Newsletter for a while. I am a novice at biking and want to get better but am having a hard time. My problem is that I learned to ride a bike as an adult and somehow I struggle getting comfortable on the bike. I forced myself to ride on roads (prefer trails), I have done a couple of short triathlons and I have taken a couple of biking trips in Europe (one trail and one road). This year I have another trip planned but I find myself still a nervous wreck even though I find biking fun.

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New eArticle, Bundle from Coach John Hughes

The Best of Coach Hughes: 5 eArticles to Make You a Better CyclistHow to Become a Better Cyclist: The Six Success Factors

In this new eArticle and new 5-article bundleCoach 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.

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Competitive Athletes and Doping

By Gabe Mirkin, M.D.  An important article in the May 19, 2017 New York Times discusses the latest accusations that some of America's top athletes are using supplements, both legal and illegal, in the hope that they will improve athletic performance. I will present a brief review of some of the supplements that the accused U.S. athletes are taking and comment on their effectiveness or worthlessness, side effects and potential dangers to their health.

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How to Quickly Find a Saddle Tilt Starting Point

Today's QT comes to us from Coach Rick Schultz, whose answer to a client's question comprises the tip. Here's the conversation between the two. Manuel S. wrote: Hi, Any specific comments or review about the Specialized Power saddle? I read recently that you really like it, and I have one here but I can't find the correct way to install it. I love the design, but it is always a painful experience! Thank you in advance for your help.

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