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SPY OPTIC HAPPY LENS

Posted on Apr 29, 2015

WHAT IS A HAPPY LENS™? Several months ago, before one of our local Saturday rides rolled out, two cyclists were talking about their “Happy Lens™.” This was the first time I had heard about this so I asked them what it was. One of the cyclist said “it’s a SPY thing that has something to do with light to make you Happy.” The other cyclist said “I think it’s the color of the lens.” Well, I thought, it looks like I need to do a little of my own research. My initial thought was that this was just some sort of marketing ploy to differentiate themselves from the competition, so I started my own research by going to the SPY OPTIC website. “HAPPY LENS” is its own mini-site and there is actually a lot of good information all about the Happy Lens™ – what it is, what options are available and, most importantly, how it works. If, by chance, you want even more detail, click on the SCIENCE OF HAPPY link that links to the actual articles SPY used...

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SHIMANO PRO TEAM FLOORPUMP

Posted on Apr 14, 2015

PUMPERS DELIGHT My old pump of 15 years finally bit the dust. Actually, the pump is still good, its the gauge that rusted from the inside. Every time you push the handle down, a pump compresses the surrounding air, including the humidity/moisture in the air and part of this moisture gets forced into the tube(s) and part of it stays in the pump – mainly the gauge. Finally enough rust built up preventing the gauge from moving. it was stuck at 40 psi. So I priced out a replacement gauge – WOW, $50 and that’s through the EP program! For about the same price, I can probably get a brand new pump. Didn’t make it further than my LBS who carries a dozen different pumps. There were red ones, yellow ones, black ones and one white one. The first thing I discussed with my friend who works there was the size and placement of the gauge. Because, as we age, the old eyesight just isn’t what it used to be. Gauges mounted at the bottom of the pump are...

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Mr Tuffy UltraLite Orange – lightweight tire liner flat protection...

Posted on Mar 20, 2015

    OVERVIEW Several weeks ago, a month ago, I completed a review of Clean Motion’s RhinoDillos™, in which the review also included an overview of all current flat prevention technologies currently on the market. Please read that review prior to reading this one since this review will concentrate only on the UltraLite Mr. Tuffy’s. Although the standard Mr. Tuffy’s compares closer to the RhinoDillos™, I wanted to see if a lighter solution makes a difference in road feel as well as flat prevention. Since both of these flat prevention systems utilize a “urethane polymer alloy” material (since the actual material formulas are a secret), I was interested in seeing how one was made  lighter. During my testing of the UltraLites, I had the pleasure in speaking several times with Mr. Ken Hassen, company president, one of the nicest guys you could ever meet. I was able to get an insiders view of his philosophies and the companies products. Here are a few important takeaways from our conversation, (a) Ken conducts continuous R&D, and (b) a tire liners primary...

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Rudy Project RUSH Helmet – One of the Best!

Posted on Mar 13, 2015

    OVERVIEW Known for their sunglasses and helmets, I have always liked Rudy Project. They make top quality products, but, their higher prices have kept their products out of reach for a lot of us. Until now. At $124.99, this is a real bargain. Everything on this helmet is well thought out. Lightweight, great fit, great look and a lot of adjustability. This helmet competes with those at a price half-again as much. 6 TOP FEATURES 1.Fastex™ Buckle Closure System. The Fastex™ system consists of an ergonomically shaped simple and quick snap-lock buckle for securing the under chin strap. Added pads make for a very comfortable fit. 2.Removable & Adjustable Vertical Sizing. The RUSH helmet allows vertical adjustment on the nape of the neck and can be adjusted up to 3 vertical positions. This allows you to adjust the height of the retention system so that the helmet fits snugly and securely. 3.Adjustable RSR7 Retention System. To ensure that your helmet fits totally secure to your head, the Rudy Project RUSH helmet has an easy-to-adjust retention system which...

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Clean Motion RhinoDillos – Flat Prevention at its best!!!...

Posted on Mar 9, 2015

  OVERVIEW I would imagine most cyclists dream about bicycling in Southern California. Sometimes, us locals hate it. Why? The roads are so poorly maintained, potholes deep enough to break a wheel, cracks large enough to swallow both wheels, broken chunks of asphalt large enough to take out a whole peloton, enough broken glass per ride to build windows for a 3,000 sq. Ft. custom house and the latest – small wires that come from cars with blown out steel belted tires. In fact, a friend of mine who is a head mechanic for a local bicycle shop told me that he fixes a lot, he said A LOT of flat tires and 85% of flats he now sees are caused by these small wires which easily penetrate both tire and tube. For my training, I use the most inexpensive tires I can find. On the roads out here, tires get sliced up so quickly, that they need to be replaced long before they actually wear out. My tire of choice is the Performance Forte Pro brand. Fairly inexpensive ($40...

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Clean Motion Bike Pelikan SMS Saddle Bag

Posted on Feb 23, 2015

The new gold standard for Saddle Bags     OVERVIEW Last month I reviewed a new concept hard shelled saddle bag from Cyckit. See review here. This bag is truly unique in that it does away with BOTH Velcro™ AND zippers. Its only drawback was that it was a tad too small. So when I came across Clean Motion Bike’s Pelikan SMS saddle bag, I was intrigued as to how it compares to (a) Cyckit’s Aeroclam and (b) a top quality ‘regular’ bag from Shimano PRO line. PELIKAN SKS FEATURES: Two great features make this saddlebag worth a serious look. See photo to the right –> Easy-on / easy-off silicone straps hold the bag firm and secure – most other bags that I have owned use Velcro™ which quickly wears out then the bag falls off.  In fact, just yesterday I saw a  cyclists bag drop from his saddle rails due to worn out Velcro™. Silicone straps will never wear out nor stretch and they WON’T rip through your Lycra shorts…but, this bag still uses zippers which can get clogged...

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De Soto Clothing Company – Cycling Jersey and Bibs...

Posted on Feb 23, 2015

Local San Diego clothing company that does it right! DE SOTO SPORT was founded in 1990 by two San Diego triathletes Emilio De Soto and Dan Neyenhuis.  With their combined 30 years of triathlon experience, they created many of the original concepts that are the basis for many  clothing designs used in the industry today. From the transition pack, to the trisuit, tri shorts made with thin cycling pads, tri jerseys with zippers, running shorts with pockets, even the mesh running cap, all were developed first by De Soto. And, what’s even better is that 95%+ of De Soto products are made here in the USA. The De Soto product line is now comprised of approximately 75 different clothing items all designed with original and unique features including innovative fit, functionality, fabric, colors, and manufacturing technology. These include both mens and womens tri suits, tri bibs, tri shorts, tri jerseys, cycling bibs, shorts, jerseys, running apparel, compression wear, warmers, hats, socks, vests, fleece wear, and more. “De Soto goes out of their way to ensure their apparel uses only...

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The All-New Shimano SH-R321 Road Shoe

Posted on Feb 3, 2015

  THE STORY OF THE 3 BEARS: Introducing the all-new 2015 Shimano SH-R321. So what makes this shoe better than the SH-R320? Don’t get me wrong, the SH-R320 is a fantastic shoe and was the best shoe that Shimano had designed and (essentially all) hand- built. Now, to answer the question “what makes this shoe better”, we need to go all the way back to the SH-R315. After many interviews with Pro Peloton riders, their feedback reminded me of the story of the 3 Bears … “The SH-R315 was TOO stiff, the SH-R320 was TOO flexible, the SH-R321 is JUST RIGHT. Since Shimano has always targeted the Pro-Tour riders for their high-end 3xx shoes, continuous rider feedback is required in order to make a better and better product. My experience with the SH-R315 was that even though it was a heat moldable shoe, it was designed without any extra room built in. After going through the Custom-Fit process, the 315’s were way too tight for me. Heating them back up really didn’t relax them that much. I am guessing...

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