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ELITE FLY Bottle & VICO Carbon Cage

Posted on May 5, 2017

WHAT CAN I SAY? ELITE BOTTLES & CAGES – THEY JUST KEEP GETTING BETTER AND BETTER! ELITE FLY Bottle & VICO Carbon Cage Our previous ELITE bottle & cage review rated the Paragon cage and Corsa bottle a true 5 out of 5. Just about the time you finished reading that review, ELITE upped the ante and introduced a lighter and equally sturdy carbon cage called VICO and the lightest pro-tour bottle called the FLY. Just when you thought you had the best, ELITE has just set a new standard! VICO BOTTLE CAGE DESIGN LIGHT, STRONG and TOUGH. The VICO carbon bottle cage securely held every plastic water bottle I have. Not only tested were the included ELITE FLY racing bottles, but, a dozen more miscellaneous sized bottles from my ‘collection.’ I even tested a plastic (water-bottle-type) tool-carrier. The heaviest water bottle weighed in at 1lb 13oz. (29oz., 822 gm) and I experienced no flexing or stress of the VICO cages. Every bottle I used was held securely. VICO is made from a carbon fiber composite material which provides...

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BERN FL-1 Pavé MIPS helmet

Posted on Apr 26, 2017

  OVERVIEW BERN FL-1 Pavé MIPS helmet BERN is known for their SKATE, SNOW, H2O and BIKE (MTB, BMX, URBAN) helmets. BERN has introduced a top of the line ROAD helmet with MIPS. Called the FL-1 Pavé MIPS, this very comfortable and well-designed MIPS helmet that retails for less than $120! Yes, an actual MIPS helmet with CPSC and EN10787 certifications for under $120. MODEL LINES & COLORS The FL-1 model line includes 4 helmets, 2 MIPS and 2 non-MIPS MIPS: MTB: FL-1 XC $129.99 ROAD: FL-1 Pavé MIPS $119.99 TESTED Non-MIPS MTB: FL-1 Trail $69.99 ROAD: FL-1 Pavé $99.99 The major difference between the MTB and ROAD helmets appear to be an included visor that comes with the MTB helmets. WEIGHT A LARGE FL-1 Pavé MIPS weighed in at only 10.5 oz. (298gm) which is lighter than several other comparable helmets. A light helmet helps reduce neck fatigue, especially on longer rides such as half-centuries, metric centuries, full centuries, Gran Fondos and long charity rides. FIT The FL-1 fit perfectly right out of the box. But, if you...

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ERGON TP1 Pedal Cleat Tool

Posted on Apr 24, 2017

ADJUSTMENT TOOL FOR CLEATS BACKGROUND ERGON TP1 Pedal Cleat Tool I like to stay up on top of what’s new in the market – especially when it comes to bike fitting equipment. So, I got excited when I saw Ergon’s TP1 DIY Cleat-Fitting tool. Having been trained in correct cleat placement and having fit hundreds of cyclists, this review is based on what I have experienced over many years of bike fitting. INSTRUCTIONAL BOOKLET INCLUDED A free 80 page detailed and easy to follow instructional booklet is provided with each TP1. This booklet is divided into multiple sections with each section in a different language. The 23-page English section includes a picture on one page and text instructions on the other. Each text description is an easy to understand set of why’s and how-to’s. The chapters are; Ergonomics for Cyclists Introduction Basic Biometrics Fore/Aft cleat position Q-Factor – width of stance Angle of foot (rotation) Symmetry of the feet Quick installation guide Fine adjustments Glossary Measurement tables Maintenance/Warranty Things missing? Yes, we’ll discuss below. THE GOOD DETAILED INSTRUCTIONAL BOOKLET...

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NORTHWAVE MULTI-APP SPIN/MTB CYCLING SHOE

Posted on Apr 16, 2017

NORTHWAVE MULTI-APP SPIN / MTB CYCLING SHOE BACKGROUND I’ve been asked to host a spin class at a local gym. The first time I taught the class, I used my New Balance running shoes. Boy, was that a mistake. One side of the pedals was fit with an SPD cleat, the other was a standard cage with an old toe strap. Forced to use the standard cage side, those pedals felt like they were cutting into the bottom of my feet for the whole hour…painful! Immediately after the spin class, I started looking for a new pair of high quality spin shoes. Noticing that all of the spin bikes had SPD pedals, my shoe selection was somewhat limited. My requirements were (a) SPD-compatible, (b) comfortable, (c) an abundance of mesh to keep cool, (d) non-slip sole, (e) affordable, (f) not the typical standard clunky looking brown MTB shoe. In my search, I found two that met these requirements. HIGH VISIBILITY SHOES The color of these shoes is bright. They are a mixture of Hi-Viz yellow and neon green. Being...

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ERGON SOLESTAR IP3 CYCLING INSOLES

Posted on Apr 2, 2017

BACKGROUND – Ergon IP3 Insoles The ERGON IP3 insoles are made in Germany and co-developed with Solestar – one of the ‘real’ cycling insole specialist. More info can be found here. Several years ago, I completed an exhaustive review of insoles. Part II can be found here http://biketestreviews.com/the-best-cycling-specific-insole-part-ii/ . One of the important items noted in that review was that virtually every insole manufacturer claims to make a ‘cycling specific’ insole, but, the fact of the matter is that very few do. It is my intention that as new cycling specific insoles become available, I will add them to this now growing list. Solestar/Ergon are one of the few insole manufacturers that actually do make cycling specific insoles. One of the insoles previously tested was the Solestar Kontrol BLK (now called the Solestar BLK). The BLK is their top-of-the-line insole. All Solestar’s insoles appear to have a very similar shape and high quality including the new IP3. The major differences are the BLK has a carbon fiber bottom layer, the IP3 has stiff plastic. But, the IP3 is also...

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TRX HOME SUSPENSION WORKOUT SYSTEM

Posted on Mar 20, 2017

3/2017 TRX HOME SUSPENSION WORKOUT SYSTEMS BACKGROUND My quest for the perfect workout system and I found it in the TRX HOME SUSPENSION WORKOUT SYSTEM. I am a USAC Level 2 coach, bike fitter and certified personal trainer. I am also certified in power-based training as well as a bicycle skills instructor. I coach numerous cyclists including those that race to win and those that just want to have fun staying up on their group ride. Through my coaching and bike fittings, I have been assembling a list of common cycling issues. The main cycling related issued I see include wrong size bicycle frame (ex., usually way too large), wrong size equipment (ex., usually saddle too narrow, stem too long, cranks too long), bad bike fit (ex., usually knees and feet in the wrong position on the bike, saddle too high, bad cleat fit), bad posture on the bike (ex., hips not rotated forward, arched/curved back, slumped shoulders), pedaling incorrectly (ex., usually stabbing at the pedals), lack of good bike handling skills (ex., can’t ride/maneuver the bike slowly, can’t...

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RUMBLE ROLLER – 3 NEW MODELS

Posted on Mar 13, 2017

RUMBLEROLLER TEST BACKGROUND All tests were conducted with the rollers held in the Transverse plane or, perpendicular to the spine. There are other rolling techniques that can be used with the rollers held in the Sagittal plane or, parallel to the spine, but, for these, a longer roller (31”-32”) is required. To test the rollers, I used each one on the following; feet, calves, hamstraings, glutes/piriformis, mid back/upper back, neck & trapezius (traps), latissimus dorsi (lats) and quadriceps. No IT band rolling nor lower back rolling Note 1: At 31”, each roller was wide enough to be able to accommodate rolling both hamstrings at once, both glutes at the same time, both quadricepts simultaneously. I would not really opt for the shorter models except if you were going to take them along with you on vacation or business travel. Note 2: I went into a local 24-hour fitness studio and noticed they had several LONG 4’ and 5’ very hard foam rollers. With 100% exposed foam (no covering), they were already showing signs of hard use. Small pieces of...

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