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REMOTE BIKE FIT

Posted on Feb 5, 2017

REMOTE BIKE FIT by ALAN LOTT I consider this an overall equipment review since we used all of the tools in the shed! Over the past few weeks I had the pleasure of working with Coach Rick Schultz (bikefitnesscoaching.com) on an online bike fit. I am in Virginia and Coach Rick is in California. As part of the initial assessment, Rick asked me if I had done any Physical Therapy work. I told him yes and that I continue to work with a local PT. The whole process started when I called him about the Icebug insole that he carries and asked him if he would do a mini-fit with me to help resolve a ball of foot metatarsal problem. To start, he asked for two videos, one from the front and one from the side of me on the bike. He said it was important to have ample light and to make sure that I got all pivot points into the video. He walked me through what he wanted in the video. I used a small tripod I...

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WHAT IS AN ELITE POSÀ & WHY YOU NEED ONE

Posted on Feb 2, 2017

WHAT IS A POSÀ & WHY YOU NEED ONE ELITE Posà Workstand is a rubber insulated steel work station that can easily hold a full-sized laptop, a tablet, notebook or smartphone and has got to be one of the best ideas since sliced bread! ELITE POSA WORKSTAND FEATURES A rubber pad on top protects your device from scratches and also doubles as a non-slip surface. The rubber piece covering the base helps keep the Posà from slipping and sliding. With its steel construction, the Elite Posà Workstand is very stable and very sturdy. Even my old 6-pound (2.72kg) laptop couldn’t deflect the Posà. The Posà weighs about 9.5 lbs. (4.31kg) with a standing height of about 40” (101.6cm). Most of the weight is at the base. In fact, the balance point is only 14” (35.56cm) from the base, which is 13” (33.02cm) square and the top is 10” x 12” (25.4cm x 30.48cm). Two fully rotatable injection molded pieces secure to each end of the main support pole allowing the stand to be placed in virtually any position. When...

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RUDY PROJECT WINDMAX HELMET

Posted on Jan 31, 2017

*Note: The only colors available in the US and Canada are: White/Silver Shiny Black/Yellow Fluo Matt Yellow Fluo/Black Shiny White/Red Fluo Shiny OVERVIEW Several years ago, Running and Cycling Enterprises (RACE) sent me a helmet to test. Click here for review and results. Known for their sunglasses and helmets, I have always liked Rudy Project. For 2017, they make 12 different categories of SUNGLASSES for 16 different sports, 9 different HELMETS, GOGGLES and GEAR & APPAREL. Lots of high quality gear. Fast forward to 11/2016. Even though the RUSH helmet performed flawlessly, it was 2 years old and had close to 20,000 miles of use. The padding had turned from an almost white to a dark gray, the cheek/chin straps had permanent white sweat stains and even though I had washed it out several times, as you can see in the picture to the right, it’s pretty grungy and stunk pretty bad. So, after 2 years, I stopped by RACE in San Clemente and returned the helmet, giving them a quick review of the product. They said that they...

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2017 Trek Bontrager Montrose Elite Saddle

Posted on Jan 31, 2017

Now that Trek will no longer be making the Paradigm saddle, how does the Trek Bontrager Montrose Elite Saddle compare to Specialized Romin, Power and Toupe? I also identify my only recommended saddles for the road (and MTB).

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2017 TREK EMONDA SLR 6

Posted on Jan 6, 2017

TREK ÉMONDA SLR 6 BACKGROUND For 2017, Trek’s performance road bike lineup consists of 4 bikes; Madone – Trek’s Aero road bike Émonda – Lightweight Climbing bike Domane – Endurance bike with front and rear de-couplers Speed Concept – TT bike For this review, I chose an Émonda SLR specifically the Émonda SLR 6. Following is a summary of the Émonda lineup; Émonda SLR – includes the lightest production bike currently made at just over 10 pounds. All incorporate 700-series OCLV carbon and are handmade in the USA. All SLR’s include Trek’s ride tuned seatmast/cap, direct mount brakes and internally routed cables. SLR 6 (Ultegra), SLR 8 (Dura-Ace), SLR 9 (Dura-Ace), SLR 10 (Red eTap) Émonda SL – 500 series OCLV, ride tuned seatmast/cap, standard caliper brakes, internally routed cables. SL 5 (105), SL 6 (Ultegra), SL 7 (Ultegra) Émonda S – 300 series OCLV, 27.2 seatpost, standard caliper brakes, externally routed cables. S 4 (Tiagra), S 5 (105) MEASURING THE BIKE After JAX Bicycles called telling me that I can have a long-term test bike, they asked what...

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injinji – The Original Toesock

Posted on Dec 28, 2016

  injinji – FIRST THOUGHTS I first heard about injinji toesocks from a friend. When I visited their website, I felt a little overwhelmed. I clicked on “SHOP” and 104 different pairs of socks popped onto the screen. Thank goodness you can down select via a well thought out CATEGORY filter. I clicked on BIKE and 2 pair of socks were displayed. I contacted injinji and was told that for 2017, they are changing around their socks a little bit. They asked what I was looking for so I told them my requirements; thin, moisture absorbing and lightweight socks for low-volume cycling shoes. They said that they would send me several pair to try. These would all be made with COOLMAX and be either thin or ultra-thin cushioning. SOCKS ARRIVED The socks arrived in a medium sized mailer. I was surprised, 4 pair, each a little different. Three of the four were Mini-Crew and one Full Crew length in a fancy “American Southwest” pattern with turquoise, black and peach. All socks contain COOLMAX, NYLON & LYCRA in varying percentages...

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NEW INSOLES OFFER UNIQUE DESIGN – TREAD-LABS

Posted on Dec 28, 2016

NEW CYCLING INSOLES OFFER UNIQUE DESIGN Tread Labs contacted me to ask if I would test and review their cycling insoles. They had read my previous review of cycling-specific insoles and said they have a solution as well. Tread Labs offers two different insoles, both use the same plastic arch support. TOP COVERS: polyurethane foam + polyester fabric • The RED version is a 4mm thick top cover best suited for running shoes, hiking, or ski boots. • The BLUE version is a 2mm thick top cover best suited for low volume cycling shoes. DETERMINING SIZE For this decision, you will need to determine (a) arch height and (b) shoe size. Tread Labs uses the standard “wet the bottom of your feet and stand on some dry cement” approach. Very simple and effective. Match the impression with this diagram to determine your arch height. This is a critical step since every insole company measures their arch heights differently. For example, Icebug’s Medium is between Tread Lab’s High and Extra High. Once these two measurements are determined, you can choose...

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A NEW BREED CHAIN LUBES ARE NOW AVAILABLE

Posted on Oct 28, 2016

THE NEXT GENERATION OF ‘WAX-BASED’ CHAIN LUBES ARE NOW AVAILABLE … and WOW, do they work much better!   CHAIN LUBE SUMMARY The next generation chain lubes are significantly better than the current petroleum-based chain lubes. The lubes are slightly more expensive but the chains last much longer so the cost of operation is less. WAX-BASED BACKGROUND Back in the day of 10-speed chains, consistent quality was lacking. After installing a brand new chain 10-speed chain, I would take a % wear reading using a Park Tool CC-2. The quality issue was that some chains would measure 25% while others would measure almost 75% worn. None measured were less than 25%. Again, those are right out of the box measurements. Due to this large discrepancy, tracking accurate chain mileage was next too impossible. What I did get was chain mileage in the neighborhood of 1,800 – 2,500 miles (2,900 – 4,250 km) for a 10-speed chain. For the past 4+ years, I have been testing chains and lubes. Mainly 11-speed chains and name brand chain oils. For these conventional/oil-based...

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