Issue No. 797 - Since 2001! - February 15, 2018    PDF


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A Farewell Message From John

By John Marsh  Today's issue of RBR Newsletter will be my last as owner-editor. Lars Hundley, a passionate roadie and a fellow journalist/website publisher, takes the reins beginning with next week's issue. This is something I’ve been contemplating for a while. The process of pulling together each weekly issue – working all of my editorial chops to produce a well-rounded, informative, entertaining and useful Newsletter about one of my personal passions, road cycling – is indeed a labor of love. But there's no denying that doing so every week for more than 335 issues over these past 7+ years has worn me down.

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A Few Shifting Tips for Beginners

By Jim Langley  After running a recent article on SRAM eTap gearing, I realized that it’s been a while since I’ve offered some beginners’ tips. And perhaps nothing intimidates new riders more than shifting. So this week, let’s go over a few basic tips for changing gears on a bicycle. Experts can turn the page, no need to keep reading. But you might want to share this article with any newbies you know. And if you have some good basic shifting tips of your own, please share them below in the comments.

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My Accident Is An Opportunity to Stay Fit

By Coach John Hughes  As you know from previous columns I recently fell five feet off a ladder, fracturing my right ankle, which is now in a cast. Like most accidents, this wasn’t equipment malfunction — I just did something stupid. I fell straight down on my right ankle and then backwards onto my hip, pelvis and back. Fortunately, I didn’t hit my head. I’m working on an eBook tentatively titled Anti-Aging; 12 Ways That You Can Slow the Aging Process. The book includes contributions from 12 friends. Rather than bemoaning my fate, I’m viewing this time as an opportunity to stay as fit as possible by following their advice.

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Great Winter Training eBooks!

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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 Bicycle is Efficient, Economical and Environmentally Friendly

By John Yoder  During a northern Indiana mid-winter cold snap, when the county roads are salted or slick, when my nose drips outrageously just walking 30 feet to the mailbox, when the cold and snow keep my bike hanging on the wall in the garage more than I’d like, and when my motivation for riding the indoor trainer has headed south, I find that I can tolerate the gloominess of the outside world better if I take time to remember what a fantastic machine the bicycle is. Indeed, it is a machine like no other humankind has invented: super-efficient, environmentally friendly and economical.

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Use a Spare Wheel and Beater Tire on the Trainer

By John Marsh  I bought a new trainer recently. When making the purchase online, I noticed that – like many others – the company offers a "trainer tire" for sale. (Their bread and butter are "old school" back wheel-on trainers.) I did not buy one of the trainer tires. When setting up the trainer for the first time, and getting my bike ready for it, I opted for another approach that added another element to the mix.

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Inactivity Increases Risk for Knee Pain

By Gabe Mirkin, M.D.  Eighty percent of North Americans have X-ray evidence of osteoarthritis by age 65, and 60 percent have significant joint pain. More than 700,000 people in the United States have their knees replaced each year. It now looks like inflammation, lack of exercise and being overweight are the major causes of knee joint pain. The majority of people with knee pain have rarely exercised, never competed in sports and are overweight.

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Question of the Week

This week's Question of the Week is pegged to Coach John Hughes' article today that talks about the importance of year-round fitness – in his case, those benefits showed themselves during and after his recent accident that left him with a broken ankle. Because of his fitness, the accident wasn't worse, and he's better equipped to deal with the aftermath.

Do You Exercise Year-Round?

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