Issue No. 773 - Since 2001! - August 10, 2017    PDF


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Maintaining Form Despite Time Off the Bike

By Coach John Hughes  Last week I wrote about how Steve Koester could be on form for big events (two centuries two weeks apart in late June and early July). He also asked how to maintain his form for a future event despite a long backpacking trip and even more time off the bike. Many roadies have a similar situation. After training up and completing an event, how you do you maintain form despite a break in cycling for a two-week non-cycling vacation or a week-long business trip? What should any roadie, including Steve, do to be in shape for another event after a break from cycling?

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Bontrager Flare R Tail Light

By Sheri Rosenbaum  I’ve been using the Bontrager Flash R for over 2 years now. With its great visibility day or night, I definitely feel safer since cars see me earlier. I’ve had zero problems with the light even after using in all types of weather conditions. Many riders have stopped me and asked what type of light I’m using because they see how bright it is in daylight. Combine the brightness with the long-lasting battery life and this tail light is a winner in my book.

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Super Clean Your Chainrings

By Jim Langley  It’s important to clean your drivetrain regularly because chain lube picks up dirt and debris from riding. If you keep logging the miles and ignore it, the build-up of grime wears the chain and sprockets more quickly. It’s relatively easy to clean the chain, rear derailleur pulleys and even the cassette cogs on the rear wheel. The component that can be hard to clean is the crankset. But the way it can be done on most double road cranksets is unbolting and removing the chainrings to clean them and the crankarms. Here’s how to go about it.

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USA Cycling Rolls Out New Cyclist Assistance Plan

By John Marsh  Recently, we wrote about AAA's bicycle roadside service. The well-known provider of automobile roadside service has extended its offering to cyclists (in some, but not all, regions and local areas; it's an individual club's decision, and the services offered vary, as well). Now, USA Cycling, the governing body of the sport in the U.S., has rolled out its own version of roadside assistance as part of two levels of membership. Also: Alaska Airlines Drops Bike Carrying Fee to $25

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Essential Self-Defense Techniques For Cyclists

Editor's Note: Thankfully, it's something that doesn't happen often, but we've all read about and even seen videos of cyclists being attacked by drivers (like a recent one from Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, where a 74-year-old cyclist was beaten bloody with a bludgeon by the side of the road). Have you ever considered what you would do if you were confronted in such a way, with perhaps no more than a water bottle with which to defend yourself?

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Save Your Bike From Death By Garage

Today's QT comes to us from long-time RBR product reviewer Paul Smith (with an addendum from Tech Editor Jim Langley). I put out the clarion call last week asking for some fresh Quick Tips from the RBR Crew, and Paul's tip about protecting your bike when carrying it on a roof rack had particular resonance. It turns out that Sheri Rosenbaum is among the cyclists (we all probably know one, right!) who have suffered the fate of driving into the garage, bikes atop car, and doing damage to some combination of their bike, their car, their garage.

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More Good News About Tree Nuts and Peanuts

By Gabe Mirkin, M.D.  Several recent articles show that eating tree nuts or peanuts with a high-fat or high-sugar meal prevents the expected high rise in blood factors that increase risk for the inflammation that can lead to diabetes, heart attacks or strokes.

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