Issue No. 779 - Since 2001! - September 28, 2017    PDF


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Interbike 2017 Report: Our Top 10 Products

As we do each year in our post-show reporting on Interbike, the biggest cycling trade show in North America, we will roll out our coverage over two issues, this week and next. We'll start off today by giving you details on our Top 10 Products from the show – Jim Langley's top 5 favorites, along with mine. Next week, we'll follow up with the Best of the Rest, a slew of other noteworthy products, trends and notes from Interbike. Enjoy! —John Marsh

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How to Cruise Faster: Speed Without Suffering

By Coach John Hughes  RBR reader Joe Cursey wrote us recently, posing three questions that Coach John Hughes is answering in detail. The answers to all three common question can benefit all roadies. 1. How to get and stay motivated, which Coach Hughes answered first: How to Get and Stay Motivated2. How to build endurance, which he answered in our last issue: How Endurance Riding Can Benefit Every Roadie. And 3. How to get faster, which he'll answer today.

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New 80-84 Age Group Hour Record Set; Canyon Enters U.S. Market

Editor's Note: The following was sent to us from Mike Tierney, our erstwhile Wheel Builder columnist who's been sidelined by health issues for a time. Mike, who lives in Ontario, Canada, owns a few Marinonis and has known Guiseppe for years. Also, Canyon Bicycles, the pre-eminent direct-to-consumer brand known for its top-shelf builds and discount pricing, has now entered the U.S. market for the first time. 

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Last 2 Days to be Eligible for Great New Giveaways!

RBR has some great prizes to give away to some lucky Premium Members. It's something we do as often as we can. Here's what we've got for you right now:

• 1 free USA Cycling RIDE PLUS Membership (value: $150; click the link to read about this great new cycling roadside assistance program from USA Cycling) 

• 5 20% Off Coupons for a MELD Body-Customized Road Bike Saddle (value: $50 - $65 each; click the link to read my recent review of the MELD Custom Saddle)

• Bonus "Bigfoot Prize! A brand new pair of gorgeous white Fizik R1B Uomo Road Shoes (value: $400; click the link to read our review)

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Still Pedaling Off The Pounds

By Coach David Ertl  Season 5 of the Des Moines Cycle Club’s (DMCC) Pedal Off the Pounds Program is in the record books. For the past five years, since I wrote the eBook Pedal Off The Pounds for RBR, my local bike club has been conducting a program by the same name to help get people back on their bikes, eating right, and losing weight. Based along the same lines as the "Biggest Loser" TV show (except no one gets voted off the ranch), participants get together weekly for weigh-ins, educational and fun programs, and bike rides together.

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Castelli Free AR 4.1 Jersey and Premio Bibshorts

By Brandon Bilyeu  The Free AR 4.1 jersey and Premio bib shorts are both great-looking pieces with subdued classic styling and have proven to be very durable everyday kit. The jersey is very nice and is a great option for those looking for a more utilitarian jersey that is still aero. The Premio bib shorts are sublime and perfect for events and long rides where performance and comfort are key. If you like a thinner chamois or have trouble with your chamois staying in place, these bibs might be for you.

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Piriformis Syndrome

By Gabe Mirkin, M.D.  If it hurts to touch a point that's in the middle of one side of your buttocks, you probably have piriformis syndrome. This chronic condition is very difficult to diagnose, because other injuries may produce exactly the same symptoms. Similar pain may be the result of an injury to bones, muscles, tendons, bursae (pads between the tendons and bones), the hip joint, or the sciatic nerve, but there are ways to determine from which condition you might be suffering.

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