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Posted on Aug 13, 2018

OUTBOUND LIGHTING FOCAL SERIES ROAD LIGHT NOW THAT SUMMER IS COMING TO A CLOSE, IT’S TIME TO LOOK INTO GETTING A NEW BIKE LIGHT OUTBOUND LIGHTING LED BIKE LIGHT There are two types of headlights for (road) bicycles; (a) to-be-seen and (b) to-see. Those under the to-be-seen category usually carry their own battery such as a single AA or several AAA’s. Lights under the to-see category are usually powered by an external battery. By drawing power from a larger (external) battery, higher lumen LED’s can be used. The Outbound Lighting Focal Series Road headlight is a to-see light consisting of a headlight, plug-in wall charger and battery pack. UNIQUE CAR-STYLE HEADLIGHT. New to the market, Outbound Lighting has designed a headlight that spreads the beam horizontally instead of shining a circular beam (see photo 1 below). This concept allows a cyclist to see the road better left-to-right. The other main advantage of this ‘ROAD’ light is the ability to aim the light higher than a typical bike head light without blinding oncoming traffic (cars and other bicyclists) thanks to...

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LATEST WORD ON BEST CHAIN LUBES for bicycles and sport bikes...

Posted on Aug 1, 2018

A LONG TERM REVIEW ON BEST CHAIN LUBES A while back, I did a very detailed chain and lube test – see Fast-forward a couple years and let’s see how these lubes are holding up. 11-speed chains and name brand chain oils were tested for almost 5 years. For these conventional/oil-based lubes, I followed 5 rules for all tests; 1) I used a new Ultegra chain. 2) I used only one lube for each new chain, i.e., I used the same lube for the entire life of a chain. 3) I applied lube every 200 miles (322 km) and recorded chain wear at each of these intervals. 4) I cleaned the chain just prior to applying new lube. 5) Rode the chain at a consistent high wattage. All oil-based lubes lasted between 3,200-3,400 miles (5,150 – 5,470 km), and, compared to these oil-based lubes, the wax-based Squirt adds about 1,400 miles (2,253 km) to the life of the chain. SMOOVE adds a phenomenal 124% more life to the chain … that’s about 2.25 X more chain life than...

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Posted on Jul 18, 2018

SHOCKSTOP SUSPENSION STEM Six or so months ago, I built a ‘gravel grinder’ out of my Giant TCT Advanced road bike. During this time, I have ridden it both on-road and off-road, for off-road, mainly hard-pack trails. For those that missed this great series, here is part 3 –, where I put it all together. So far, everything has worked out perfect on this build. Looking back, the Wolftooth components are ROCK-SOLID and the drivetrain selection couldn’t be better. But, the only drawback is that since I converted a road racing bicycle, the largest tires that fit are 700×28. Compared to the 700×40 for other gravel bikes (ex, OPEN), these 28mm tires are not quite wide enough to mitigate vibration, even at lower pressures. So, when REDSHIFT sent me a suspension stem to test, this couldn’t have come at a better time! After opening the box, I laid all of the parts and directions out on the workbench. Included was a +/-6° x 100mm Redshift Sports Shockstop stem. At first glance, the instructions seemed a little daunting, but,...

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Buying Guide: Chain or Belt Drive Bike

Posted on Jul 2, 2018

Image Source: Pexels by Luke Mitchell. Due to the progress of manufacturing technologies, the bicycle industry has progressed tremendously. The newest topic of discussion in this category is that of chain drives versus belt drives. Here is what you need to know about the distinctions between the two, as well as some recommendations on what to buy. Belt drives are present on various two-wheelers nowadays, from commuter bikes that are meant for city use to robust mountain bikes that conquer the trails. Indoor bicycles also make use of this equipment, as it brings many advantages to a home workout. Even motorcycles come with belt drives nowadays, which shows just how pervasive the technology is. Chain Drive vs Belt Drive An article published by Gizmodo back in 2008 boldly stated that chain drive bikes were becoming a thing of the past, while belt drives were taking the forefront. Ten years later, it is safe to say that this indeed happened. Even though many bikes still sport a chain drive, more and more companies have reoriented their lines toward the better...

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Posted on May 30, 2018

KNEE PAIN, KNEE ALIGNMENT & PEDAL STANCE WIDTH BACKGROUND In the last article, we spoke in-depth about crank-arm length and how crankarms that are too-long can cause knee-pain. In this article, we will be concentrating on Pedal Stance Width and why this is important. This article focuses more on road bikes and Tri/TT bikes since they have close to the same bottom bracket shell widths and use similar if not the same cranks with q-factors right around 146mm. MTB’s, on the other hand offer different crank width q-factors such as 168mm, 175mm, 176mm, and even wider. TERMINOLOGY First, let’s define several terms… PEDAL WIDTH vs. (PEDAL) STANCE WIDTH vs. Q-FACTOR. These terms are often used interchangeably but really have different meanings. Following is their correct (cycling) definitions. -PEDAL WIDTH (not shown in Figure 1 to the right) is the distance from the center of the pedal to the outside of the closest crankarm. Standard road pedal width is 53mm. -STANCE WIDTH (or pedal stance width) is the distance between the center of one pedal to the center of the...

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Best gravel bikes for under $500

Posted on May 22, 2018

Best gravel bikes for under $500 I have been getting a lot of requests to do some reviews on gravel bikes, so I recently enlisted help from Danny Donchev at We will be putting a series of 2, maybe 3 articles together on gravel bikes costing $500, $1,000 and $2,000. Here is the first installment. So, you want to get started riding a gravel bike, but not sure what to get? As you already know, gravel bikes are becoming increasingly popular due to their versatility and the ability to ride them just about anywhere. A good gravel bike will be a safe bike to ride both on the road or off-road. They typically have adventure-ready features such as disk brakes, a comfortable geometry which adapts easily to rougher terrains with an additional clearance for wide tires. Gravel bikes are more durable than road bikes and faster than mountain bikes, which makes them the preferred option for cyclists who prefer off-road rides. Riding on rough terrains with a normal road bike can be very uncomfortable and even dangerous, and...

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Posted on May 21, 2018

STORELLI SPEEDGRIP CYCLING SOCKS When the socks arrived, I tried them on right away. Problem is that I could not even get my toes in. I looked at the socks and there was an ‘M’ stamped on the bottom. Too small. I have a friend who is a Cat 1 in the mid-west, so I asked him to test the socks. He said sure! GUEST TESTER & AUTHOR Over the last three weeks I have had the pleasure of testing a brand new, first of its kind, product from Storelli. The product is a “Performance Boosting” Sock Liner. The liner is designed to improve foot traction, providing more explosiveness, speed and control. Made with thin, moisture-wicking compression fabrics that are sewn together – rather than knitted like traditional athletic socks – they also incorporate non-woven high-grip fibers that are seamlessly bonded to the rest of the sock using heat. The result is a lightweight sock that fits like a grip-enhancing second skin. Storelli claims that these SpeedGrip™ Sock Liners will: • deliver up to 135 percent more grip against...

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