What's Cool In Road Cycling

Athletes As Artists: Using Creativity

Being creative is synonymous with thinking & doing "outside the box". Never one to penned him himself, John Howard explores how exploring, expressing, and nurturing our creativity can also make us better cyclists.

PEZ Bookshelf: Major Taylor

Our Toolbox training expert, John Howard, has turned his hand to a bit of book reviewing and takes a look at one of the greatest and fastest men who ever raced. Major Taylor was a champion on the track, but as an African-American he was up…

Toolbox: The Coach-Athlete Connection

As a career competitor, coach, and idea-seeking sponge for over half a century, I’m reflecting on the performance evolution as a fact of untenable certainty. Being and developing a champion athlete has become more complex in the 21st…

Toolbox: Motorpacing Survival Guide

Attorney and former professional cyclist Bob Mionske says, “Don’t do it!” Traffic codes universally discourage it, and most rational individuals would consider it ill-advised. If that’s the case, what is the appeal of motor pacing?

Toolbox: Reflections on Race Across America

There is a growing world-wide calendar of endurance rides called Randeonneurs or brevets, and New England drivers can thank campaigning distance cyclists for their efforts in getting roads paved in the 1890s. The roots of American ultra…

Toolbox: Love Your Skin and Keep It

The word “safety” when applied to the word “cycling” is a combination that draws a mix of general disdain from most serious cyclists. Boredom, and outright unconcern can be the typical responses. However, crashes are the dark side of…

Toolbox: The Aging Cyclists Old and Young

Aging ‘warriors’ have been around since the beginning of time (see Noah…). Older athletes have been performing and competing just about as long; however, our current generation is the first to be involved in such large numbers. What are we…

Toolbox: Address the Athlete – Adjust the Bike

In my almost 50-year cycling career as a competitor, coach and bike fitter, I have been able to observe cyclists of every level, style and ability. I have boiled all of this experience down to one basic fact: cyclists are athletes in every…

Toolbox: What’s a Successful Bike Fit?

Lots of new technologies have emerged in the world of bike fitting that has the potential to alter the language that we use when we are discussing bike fitting. However, the ultimate aim remains the same no matter what tools are or are not…