Bicycling January - February 2017

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6 Números

en aquest número

2 min.
the selection

A COUPLE OF SPRINGS AGO, I found out I could get some time with Eddy Merckx during a business trip to Belgium that I was taking with Peter Flax (who was BICYCLING’s editor at the time). I knew exactly what I wanted to do. For about as long as I’d known who Merckx is (by which I mean not just the unprecedented and still unmatched 525 victories that include all three Grand Tours and cycling’s five Monuments, but also the voraciousness and dominance that made him into The Cannibal and bestowed upon him the accolade of being the world’s greatestever bicycle racer), I’d heard of a mysterious guide to cycling called The Eddy Merckx Alphabet Book. There was no Google back then, just wise old cyclists I met who’d reference the…

2 min.
you should know

THINGS THAT GOT US THROUGH LAST WINTER // Apple Cinnamon Skratch in a Nissan Thermos Bottle // Extra Gloves in a Resealable Plastic Bag // Layering Up // Realizing We Were Wearing Too Many Layers // Ear Bands // Taking Breaks on Sidewalk Vents // Pink Snowboarding Mittens Bust Out of a Riding Rut Ride to an abandoned amusement park. Or that new burrito place. Or Dinosaur Land (seriously, Google it). “I’ve found I can ride almost any distance if there are lots of stops,” says staff writer Caitlin Giddings. Associate editor Hannah Weinberger keeps a log of places within 50 miles of her home that she’d like to visit. “When I’m low on motivation, I go to the list,” she says. Or, don’t plan your route at all, says video producer…

1 min.
the one thing that changed it all

I learned to ride when I was 9 so I could join my dad and sister on RAGBRAI, an annual tour across Iowa. But weeks before the event, I crashed and broke my arm, so I rode the tour on a Bike-A-Long trailer bike attached to my dad’s bike. We agreed that we wouldn’t walk any hills. One day during the event Dad’s derailleur broke, leaving him unable to pedal. But I refused to get off the bike—I wasn’t walking! He’d run the bike to the cusp of each climb, then coast down while I sat firmly in the saddle, pedaling as hard as I could. To this day, when the weather gets harsh and the hills become steep, it’s the determination and stubbornness my dad instilled in me that…

12 min.
this is your body on cycling

1 YOU SEE YOUR BIKE Thanks to your brain’s ability to remember pleasure, just catching a glimpse of your bike can make you happy. Recalling how awesome you felt the last time you got out lights up a section of your brain that’s responsible for, among other things, regulating emotions and behavior. Thinking about a great ride stimulates the same brain cells that are activated when you’re pedaling, says John Ratey, MD, associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Of course, not every moment of every ride is bliss (looking at you, 18 percent grade). Luckily, exercise produces mood-boosting, painkilling chemicals called endorphins, which your body learns to crave. An article published in the journal Social Research suggests that it’s possible to desire a reward, such as a ride-induced…

3 min.
the mechanic you want in your corner

I WAS ON THE TRACK TEAM at the University of Montana in Missoula, and I started riding trails for cross-training. Immediately I was like, “Wow, this is way more fun than running.” ▸ When I was 20, my bike was stolen. I didn’t have the money to replace it. I ran into a friend on campus who said, “There’s this fight coming up, and there’s prize money—you should train with me and enter it.” I entered the boxing match and won. The prize was $500, which helped me buy a Gary Fisher Joshua full-suspension mountain bike. ▸ I thought, I have this nice bike—I need to learn how to take care of it. I wandered into a bike shop and asked if they had any sort of clinic. The mechanic said, “If…

1 min.
do’s and don’ts of gluing tubulars

DO Prestretch the tubular prior to applying glue: Put the tire on the rim, inflate to 120 psi, and wait 24 hours. This will make it easier to install. Wear gloves when working with acetone or other rim cleaners, and make sure the area is well ventilated. “Once I was doing it for eight hours and woke up the next morning with a headache,” Smith says. “I thought, I shouldn’t have drunk so much… Wait! I wasn’t drinking—Iwas breathing glue fumes.” Be patient. Let the tubular adhesive cure as long as you can—Smith waits 24 hours—so you get a strong bond. Don’t rush a process that you’re relying on to keep you upright. DON’T Apply too much glue. Use a thin layer on the rim and base tape of the tire. Don’t goop it on or let it ball…