By John Marsh Oregon has implemented a first-of-its-kind tax on sales of new bikes in the state. The new tax, which took effect January 1, applies to any new bike with 26-inch and larger wheels that sells for at least $200. The tax is a straight $15 surcharge to each bike that meets the criteria. ALSO: I have to admit to being surprised by the volume of comments about my Quick Tip article last week, Soak Your Chain for Extra Smoothness, Life. Among the many comments, one comment stood out to me.
By Jim Langley With the carbon monocoque construction and BOA bidirectional closure system, the Vapor S raise the bar in ergonomics and power transfer. Bont also has built maximum durability into the Vaypors, with fully rubber-wrapped reinforced toes and replaceable thick rubber heel tabs that help protect the carbon soles and white synthetic leather uppers. At $450, this isn’t an inexpensive pair of shoes, but if you’re in the market for an awesome fitting and performing high-end road shoe, I think you’ll love Bont’s Vaypor S.
By Coach John Hughes An interesting new study tested the effects of different training protocols on the cells of younger and older sedentary individuals. The takeaway: High-intensity training produced mitochondrial increases in older participants, but resistance training and lower intensity training did not produce significant changes. Both high-intensity and moderate-intensity training produced similar increases in VO2 max in the older participants. Specificity is important: cycling did not increase leg strength, and resistance training didn’t increase the mitochondrial functioning or VO2 max.
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 forPremium Members, who save 15%!
By Gabe Mirkin, M.D. Recent research shows that we can now add sarcopenia, loss of strength and muscle size with aging, to the list of medical problems associated with inflammation. Between 25 and 50 percent of North Americans over the age of 65 suffer from sarcopenia that is significant enough to limit their daily activities (J. Am. Geriatr. Soc, 2004;52:80–85). We know that a regular exercise program is the best way to slow down this loss of strength and coordination, but even if you exercise regularly, you will still lose muscle as you age (Aging Male, September-December 2005).
By Sheri Rosenbaum Having a 3-in-1 winter hat, facemask and balaclava that is customizable as your body temperature changes during a ride is unique. The Weatherneck System provides all that. Wear just the hat, add a full facemask, or somewhere in between. And as I’ve mentioned in past product reviews, it’s always nice to be able to use gear for other activities in addition to cycling. The Weatherneck System can be used when skiing, snowmobiling, hiking or whatever takes you outside on a cold winter day.
By Sheri Rosenbaum My feet get cold even when I'm wearing purpose-built winter cycling boots. It's an issue, I know, for many riders. Some of us get cold hands, others cold feet. Blood simply does not flow as well to the extremities in cold weather, as our bodies are designed to, in effect, pull blood toward our core to help maintain our core temperature. Thus, the hands and feet suffer – and need extra help staying warm. This year I upgraded to Alpaca socks.