Issue No. 788 - Since 2001! - December 7, 2017    PDF


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Year-Round Riding for Greater Fitness and Health

By Coach John Hughes I’m starting an eBook on how to slow down the inevitable aging process and to stay fit as long as possible. I’ve interviewed 10 masters riders ranging in age from 66 to 82. They all share one characteristic – they exercise year-round, primarily riding. No, they don’t live in areas with warm winters! If you want to improve as a cyclist, your #1 resolution should be to exercise consistently. If you want to live a long and healthy life, your #1 resolution should be to exercise consistently. If you want to reduce stress and enjoy life more, your #1 resolution should be to exercise consistently.

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UCI And Peter Sagan End Legal Dispute

You probably remember Peter Sagan being expelled from the Tour de France in July for allegedly causing Mark Cavendish to crash out. Sagan and his team immediately appealed, to no avail, in an attempt for him to stay in the Tour, and then continued the case with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after the Tour. A press release issued Tuesday reveals that Sagan was completely exonerated in advance of the scheduled hearing on the matter. The release also noted an important upcoming addition to race juries starting next season. ALSO: Don't miss the great comments to last week's article What We Think About e-Bikes.

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Silca Tattico Bluetooth Mini-Pump and Premio Tire Levers

By Jim Langley  If you’re looking for a couple of high-tech stocking stuffers sure to please cyclists on your list, consider Silca’s Tattico Bluetooth Mini-Pump and Premio Tire Levers. Besides providing them with the latest and greatest in on-the-road flat tire repair tools, you’ll also be giving them a geek-worthy bike toy. Because the Tattico includes the free iGauge smartphone app and works in concert with it.

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Great Winter Training eBooks!

StretchingCoreStrengtheningForTheCyclist.WEBStrengthening and Stabilization Training for the Cyclist.WEB

In Strengthening & Stabilization Training for the Cyclist, our new 44-page eBook, Coach Rick Schultz and Amy Schultz show you how to implement a strength & stability program specifically geared toward cyclists, but which delivers myriad valuable benefits, not just for cycling but for everyday life. (Their 57-page companion eBook, Stretching & Core Strengthening for the Cyclist, targets effective core-strengthening and stretching exercises specifically geared toward cyclists.). Amy Schultz is completing her Doctorate in Physical Therapy, is an accomplished cyclist and has done extensive research on athletes and injury prevention. Amy demonstrates the proper form for all the exercises in both eBooks. Each is just $14.95; $12.71 for Premium Members, who save 15%!

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The New Blood Pressure Guidelines

By Gabe Mirkin, M.D.  The American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and nine other heart health groups now agree that you have high blood pressure if your blood pressure is above 130/80, not 140/90 as the previous guidelines recommended (American Heart Association's annual meeting, November 13, 2017). This means that 46 percent of North American adults now have high blood pressure, which means that they are at increased risk for heart attacks, strokes, diabetes and premature death.

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Rollga Foam Roller

By Sheri Rosenbaum  Recently, I was introduced to Rollga. These 18-inch rollers are uniquely designed with contours to avoid bone structure, thus providing protection to your spin, hip, shins and shoulders when rolling. I’ve been using this foam roller daily since receiving it and have to say that Rollga foam rollers are positively a better mouse trap. The unique contour design helped me to target areas I wasn’t able to reach with a standard foam roller, or that I was using a lacrosse ball to reach. Using this roller daily for three weeks, I definitely felt trigger points release and my muscles recover faster. It hurts so good!

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Use the Force to Pair a Rotor Power Meter and Head Unit

Today's QT comes from Coach Rick Schultz. Here's what he writes: I have seen a lot more ROTOR Power Meters lately. From my experience, the new INPOWER and 2INPOWER work flawlessly. But I have heard from many cyclists that they can’t get them paired to their head unit. Why is it so hard to get the ROTOR power meter paired to a computer? It’s actually very simple - if you know the trick.

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