Editor's Note: Just a note to let you know that because of the very real chance of losing power here in Atlanta as Tropical Storm Irma rolls through Monday and Tuesday, I decided to preemptively publish, and set up the email for this week's issue, on Monday. Because of that, Jim Langley's Tech Talk column is absent. (I added a 2-pack of Jim's advice, though, in this week's Quick Tips!) Enjoy this "special issue," which is chock full of new product reviews! Also note that we will not publish an issue next week, as Jim and I will be at Interbike. We'll be back to normal next time out, on the 28th.—John Marsh
By John Marsh Silca's Seat Roll Premio is a stylish alternative to any seat bag. It's a 3-pocket tool apron made from high-quality, good-looking materials: waxed canvas with cross-stitch quilting, with the industry-standard Boa Closure System uniquely employed to fasten the packed roll to your saddle rails – snugly and securely. It's not a perfect solution for every roadie, but for any rider who carries not much more than a basic repair kit, it's as close to ideal as any product I'm aware of.
By Coach John Hughes RBR reader Joe Cursey wrote us recently, posing three questions that Coach John Hughes is answering in detail. The answers to all three common question can benefit all roadies. 1. How to get and stay motivated, which Coach Hughes answered last week: How to Get and Stay Motivated. 2. How to build endurance, which he answers today. And 3. How to get faster, which he'll answer in our next issue of RBR Newsletter.
By Sheri Rosenbaum The number one reason many female riders have not embraced wearing bibs is the inconvenience of nature breaks. If you are an avid reader of my product reviews, you know I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect design. Leave it to two women-run companies to develop two innovative designs: Coeur Sports and Terry. While the two designs are vastly different in the way they approached the bathroom break dilemma, they both work quite well. If you’ve been wanting to try bibs for the first time, either of these designs are priced right and provide easy on/off features.
Today's QT is a 2-pack of advice from Tech Editor Jim Langley. First off, when lubricating your drivetrain, be sure to inspect your rear derailleur pulleys to make sure they're still happy. It's amazing how much crud your smallest sprockets pick up. Second, there's a pretty easy way to fix brakes that have gotten off center and now are too close to the rim or disc rotor on one side.
By Sheri Rosenbaum Women-owned and run GRACEDBYGRIT’s first venture into cycling apparel hits a high mark. The incredibly soft fabric, good fit and high performance were spot-on. And you can’t beat getting compliments when you wear it. I think one of the key statements on the company’s website sums up their type of customer. “Every woman has experienced that difficult moment that she thinks might just break her. How we make it through those moments defines us. We have realized that our grittiest moments give us our grace. Every woman has been GRACEDBYGRIT."
By Brandon Bilyeu The Adidas Zonyk Aero Pro sunglasses offer high quality optics and a solid build designed to last. Highlights include a customizable fit, clear optics, and compatibility with prescription lenses. These sunglasses are super comfortable and light, which makes them disappear on your head so you can focus on the road. However, I would like to see the photochromic lens get darker in extremely bright situations, and a change to closed-cell foam for the sweat bar to direct sweat away instead of absorbing it.
By Gabe Mirkin, M.D. We have known for many years that having a big belly is associated with increased risk for heart attacks, diabetes, certain cancers, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, disability and premature death. We now also have data that links having a large belly to increased risk for dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, a debilitating way to spend your last years. According to World Health Organization (WHO), more than 24 million people in the world live with dementia, with 4.6 million new cases each year.
Today's QoW is a make-good on my off-the-mark Question from last week that was based on the article titled Calculate Your Fitness Age. It's a quick, easy and fun thing to do. You will likely be pleasantly surprised! If you didn't do it last week, go back, calculate your fitness age, then come back and vote. If you did calculate your fitness age last week, then just move on to today's Question. (My thanks to all of you who pointed out what was also clear to me in hindsight: I should have asked this question instead!)