Issue No. 768 - Since 2001! - July 6, 2017    PDF


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Did Sagan Deserve the Boot for Downing Cav?

By John Marsh  Even if you're not closely following the Tour de France, you probably heard the news that after Tuesday's stage Peter Sagan – the reigning world champion and arguably the most popular pro rider – was tossed from the Tour after race referees ruled that his actions in the final sprint not only had caused the bad crash that ended Mark Cavendish's Tour (fractured scapula) but also “had put several other riders involved in the crash in danger," according to Philippe Marien, the head referee.

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Nature Breaks and Dehydration

By Coach John Hughes  Watching the Tour de France, every so often you'll hear commentator Phil Liggett say that the riders have stopped for a "nature break," and the camera pans to something else. Maybe you've noticed that during a multi-hour race the riders will only stop once or twice. A reader, Andy, emailed me about nature breaks: “I learned how little time one of my friends, Mike, was off the bike during a recent 12-hour race. He reported that he was off the bike just two minutes out of 12 hours! With no scientific data, it seems to me that toxins should to be flushed more frequently.”

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Park Tool Torque Wrenches, Sockets & Drivers

By Jim Langley  Last week, I shared a warning about the dangers of incorrect torque wrench use from Park Tools' John Krawczyk and Calvin Jones. If you work on your bike and use torque wrenches, you don’t want to miss it, so click here to read that first. This week I’m looking at a full range of Park’s Torque tools. To determine which you need requires knowing what bicycle maintenance and repairs you perform. With that knowledge, choose the torque wrench(es) that provides the range of torque settings and also choose the specific torque sockets and drivers you need.

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Northwave Extreme RR Road Shoes

By Sheri Rosenbaum & Mitch Rosset Northwave's new top-of-the-line Extreme RR road shoe hits a home run in my book, being very light, stiff, and comfortable, with a single-dial adjustment system to literally dial in the fit. This lightweight shoe is good for racing, but also is comfortable to wear on an all-day road ride. The low-cut, minimalistic style fits the bill for me, too. The price tag is, admittedly, a lot to pay for a pair of shoes. But these shoes deliver the level of comfort, fit, style and performance features that you would expect from an high-end Italian maker.

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Recent Question of the Week Feedback

By John Marsh  It's that time again. Time to take a look at how readers responded to some of our recent Questions of the Week. Over the past several weeks, we posed a series of questions about various aspects of bike tech: Both what you currently use, and what you might or might not switch to along the way (in terms of more recent innovations like road disc brakes and electronic shifting).

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Red Yeast Rice Pills May Not Deliver Desired Protection

By Gabe Mirkin, M.D.  People who take red yeast rice pills to lower their cholesterol levels may not be getting their expected protection against suffering a heart attack. North Americans spend an estimated $40 million a year on these pills. Harvard professor Pieter Cohen tested 28 brands of red yeast rice supplements purchased at major U.S. retail chains, such as GNCs and Walgreens, for levels of the active ingredient monacolin K, which is identical to the prescription statin cholesterol-lowering drug lovastatin (European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, June 23, 2017). He found that:

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Workout of the Month 4 - Core, Power, Upper & Lower Body Strength

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. This month's workout features the same preparation exercises (Phases 1 & 2) before moving into the new Circuit workouts.

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