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Rolling Resistance

Road tire size and other contributors to rolling resistance Thirty years ago in Illinois, we raced many individual, 2-man, and 4-man time trials. Not only did we get techy about our training, we were “very scientific” about our gear. And now, more than thirty years later, I realize that what we believed about tire width, wheel diameter, inflation, and rolling…

A Roadie’s Guide to Getting through the Winter

A Roadie’s Guide to Getting through Winter Through the month of January 2018, we have experienced the best winter cycling weather I’ve seen in my twenty years here as “A Stranger in a Strange Land.” While the almost-60-degree days with no wind for the entire time were wonderful, winter, as we call it, has set in. This threatens to have…

Preparing for the Hunstman World Senior Games

Huntsman World Senior Games Road Cycling Taking the Proper Approach  Have a plan in your preparation, have a plan for each race day, have a plan for each race As I write this, we’re five weeks out from the Huntsman World Senior Games, the event that precipitated my move to Southern Utah nineteen years ago. I raced in the Licensed…

Strava

Frivolous Distraction, or Useful Social Platform and Training Tool? Road cycling has always been fraught with technical controversy, for as long as I can remember. Back when we all rode 5-speed freewheels (not cassettes, mind you), the newfangled 6-speeds came out. Riders were divided and highly opinionated as to the efficacy of this new “gimmick.” Soon after, some of us…

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…

The Dreaded High Speed Wobble

A Few Thoughts on “The Dreaded High-Speed Wobble” Most of us have experienced this terrifying phenomenon at least once while descending. Today we’ll take a look at what likely causes it, what probably doesn’t cause it, how to avoid it, and how to survive it when it happens. You’re at the top of Snow Canyon just passing the north ranger…