Issue No. 783 - Since 2001! - October 26, 2017    PDF


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LAB Releases 2017 Bicycle Friendly State Ranking

The League of American Bicyclists has released its latest ranking of states according to how "bicycle-friendly" they are. According to the League, the Bicycle Friendly State ranking provides a ranking for all 50 states based on four public data sources and a Bicycle Friendly State survey that is answered by each state's Department of Transportation and/or a statewide bicycle advocacy organization.

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Prestacycle Prestaratchet Kits

By Jim Langley  In case you didn’t notice the 5-star rating above, I really like these mini ratchet toolkits from Prestacycle (I have both tools; see the other photo, below). In fact, they’ve become among my most-used tools because of their convenient size, nice action and wide assortment of bits. I even use them at work. You might think that ratchets have to be full size to work well and hold up. And there are plenty of high quality standard-size ratchets to choose from. But for bike work, Prestacycle’s mini models outperform the bigger ratchets in several ways.

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Why Setting Training Zones on Max HR Is Not the Best Approach

By Coach John Hughes  Many riders use max heart rate to set training zones, because that’s the default method used by heart rate monitors. Both Polar and Garmin heart rate monitors set the training zones based on max heart rate, which the HRM calculates. You have the option of putting in a more refined estimate of your max HR by suffering through a max HR test. However, setting your training zones based on max heart rate isn’t the best way. Training based on your by max HR only takes into account one of the six factors that determine cycling fitness.

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Castelli Climber’s 2.0 Jersey and Inferno Bibs

By Sheri Rosenbaum & Mitch Rosset  Castelli is known for high-quality, pro-level gear. I’ve never been disappointed with Castelli apparel, and the Climber’s 2.0 jersey and Inferno bib shorts continue that run. Both get high marks in performance, comfort and style. You may or may not feel like a Team Sky member as you cut through the air in this aero kit. But best of all, you'll stay comfortable and dry even on the hottest of days.

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Exercise May Help to Prevent Dementia

By Gabe Mirkin, M.D.  An outstanding review of hundreds of articles in the world's scientific literature showed that exercising older people have far less loss of brain function with aging, less brain blood vessel damage, larger hippocampal brain size for better memory, less loss of brain tissue with aging, better spatial memory, better communication between brain nerves and improved ability to learn new facts (Mayo Clin Proc, 2011 Sep; 86(9): 876–884).

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Take Fit Specs, Do Pre-Ride Check when Renting or Traveling with Your Bike

Editor's Note: We continue our recent series of QTs from the RBR Crew this this week's submission from Coach Rick Schultz. Rick offers some solid advice on those times when you're traveling with your bike, or when you rent a bike on vacation. Here's what Rick writes: When traveling with your bicycle or when renting a bike via a bike shop or tour group, make sure to bring along your fit specs, and before riding give it a quick "once-over."

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How I Became a Cycling Mentor

By John Yoder  The summer I retired, our office hired a young intern named Roseabeth who was interested in cycling and, like me, lived in the same town 15 miles from our work. When she heard that I commuted to work by bike, she asked if she could ride with me some morning and learn the route I used. I said that I'd be happy to show her the route – and so, my mentoring began. This experience was a lot of fun, and it taught me how important being a cycling mentor can be for less-experienced riders.

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