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Just Ask Rocco, Volume III

An Informal Question and Answer Feature with Retired World-Class Italian Bike-God, Art Critic, Philosopher, Musician, Epicurean, and Narcissist, Rocco Vaselino Greetings, my American friends, and, especially, you road biking enthusiasts.  Since moving to Southern Utah a few years ago, I must say I have enjoyed riding in the fine weather, exploring the many interesting chip sealed roads, gasping through thick…

Road Bike Maintenance that you ALWAYS Forget About

You can avoid many inopportune mechanical failures and make your road bicycle function much better if you’d only remember to do some simple, routine maintenance. But…you don’t. Most of us would rather ride than wrench.   The modern road bicycle is a wonderful, efficient machine that needs minimal upkeep to be reliable and enjoyable to ride. But just because road bikes…

Road Wheel Stiffness

You picked a fine time to leave me, loose wheel… It seems as if most road bicycles these days feature carbon frames, and stiffness is consistently high and no longer an issue. Steel bikes were suppler and typically not quite as stiff, aluminum was rigid and could be somewhat harsh, and titanium frames (I have owned five) were quite often…

Power Meters vs. Heart Rate Monitors

Should you train using a power meter or a heart rate monitor? The discussion has gone on for decades, and both technologies have improved and become more accessible. So which of these training tools should you use? The short answer is “both.” Okay, let’s end the article here and go for a ride, m-kay? Ah, if it were that easy….

Encountering Other Cyclists on the Road

Cordiality, camaraderie, posturing, and humiliation… There is a tradition among Corvette owners called “The Wave.” If you’re driving a Corvette and you see another Corvette approaching, you wave to the driver. That’s just how it is. On occasion a driver will not reciprocate, for whatever reason, (they’re zoning out, they didn’t see you, they’re texting, they’re too cool, etc.), but…

Basic Road Bike Safety

Stay out of harm’s way and reduce your safety risks through common sense and vigilance… Riding a bicycle in Southern Utah is generally a safe activity because of mostly good roads, nice weather, and a moderate population density. And there are actions we can take to make our cycling even safer.  The most astute thing you can do is to…

How to Ride a Time Trial

How to Ride a Time Trial… “The Race of Truth” Being well-trained and strong is essential to riding a fast time trial, but there’s a lot more to it than just fitness…  Solo road events such as the individual time trial leave you no place to hide. It’s you, your bike, the road, and the clock; no cat-and-mouse with other…

Blood, Sweat & Gears

Are you using the appropriate gears for your riding ability and terrain? Do you know what the gears are on your bike? Are they the ones that came with the bike? Proper gearing can make a big difference in your riding… When I acquired my first racing bike in 1971, a white Peugeot, it had a gear set common for…