Issue No. 786 - Since 2001! - November 16, 2017    PDF


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Happy Thanksgiving Next Thursday!

Next Thursday, the 23rd, is Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. and, as always, all of us at RBR will be spending some time relaxing with our families, eating too much, watching some football and, perhaps, squeezing in a ride or two. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you, from all of us at RBR! We'll see you again on the 30th with another new issue of RBR Newsletter.

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More Modern Wheel Tools

By Jim Langley  Back in January, I reviewed Wheel Fanatyk's Tensiometer, a consistently accurate, easy-to-use and beautifully crafted digital spoke tension gauge. Just click the link to read all about it. At the time of that review, I was building wheels part-time for Praxis Works Bicycle Components. Today, I'm a full-time engineer at Praxis and in charge of our wheel department. As the company wheelmeister, I’m learning lots about modern wheel production and trying more new tools that improve wheel building and wheel quality. I'm sharing some of this knowledge today, and I'll finish up in our first issue after the Thanksgiving break.

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My Favorite Strengthening and Stabilization Exercises, Part 2

By Coach Rick Schultz  Two weeks ago, we launched Strengthening and Stabilization Training for the Cyclist, our new 44-page eBook in which my co-author and I clear up the confusion and take the guesswork out of knowing what to do, and how to do it, to implement a strengthening program that will ultimately make you a better cyclist. One of the great things about the eBook is that you can and should choose your favorite exercises for your personal routine(s). I thought I would share my own personal favorites last week and this week. Last week, I talked about my favorite glutes & lower body exercise, and this week, I'll talk about my favorite upper body exercise.

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Is It Necessary to Build an Aerobic Base?

By Coach John Hughes  Question: When I started cycling in the late '70s, coaches were of the view that building an aerobic base was very important – and specific. Training outside of the aerobic zone interfered with aerobic development and should be avoided at all costs. It seems to have fallen away in the general fitness arena, with HIIT being the latest craze in gyms, boot camps, etc. Given that we now know that all three energy systems work more or less concurrently, is it necessary to "build an aerobic base" from a fitness development point of view? 

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SealSkinz Windproof Skull Cap, Highland Gloves

By Sheri Rosenbaum  The SealSkinz skull cap and Highland gloves did not disappoint. I enjoyed a number of chilly, windy winter rides thanks to these fine products. The windproof, waterproof and breathable materials made for more comfortable rides. I’ve even found myself using the gloves for hikes and errands. I’d recommend checking out the full line of SealSkinz products. Their attention to detail and unique durable fabrics definitely help you endure cold, wet, windy weather.

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New Study Points to Best Use of Stents

By Gabe Mirkin, M.D.  A recently published study suggests that stents placed in arteries leading to the heart have not been shown to cure chest pain (Lancet, Nov 2, 2017). Placing stents in people who have heart pain from narrowed arteries and giving them medication is not more effective in relieving pain than just giving them medication and no stents. Stents do help to prevent the heart muscle from dying when put in place within the first few hours after the start of a heart attack. If stents are placed in the heart arteries several hours after the heart attack starts, it can be too late to offer benefits.

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Good Vibes Keep a Ride Positive

Today's QT comes to us from Premium Member Russ Starke, who offers a suggestion for how to not let idiot drivers drag you down during – or after – a ride. It's about shifting your focus from the negative side to the positive side. Here's what Russ writes:

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