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WIND-BLOX wind noise reduction wear

Posted on Feb 16, 2017

WIND-BLOX wind noise reduction wear OVERVIEW Came home after a training ride and there was an email for me asking if I would like to try a pair of Wind-Blox – an inexpensive wind noise reduction product. This sounded intriguing so I said yes! A couple of days later, a small box arrived with a pair of Wind-Blox. I first pulled out the instructions. Yes, for all products I test, I read the directions. There have been several times that manufacturers have gotten parts of the instructions wrong so I always follow them to the letter and this is part of my feedback to the manufacturers as well. Very simple assembly. The only piece that you might initially get wrong is which way the Wind-Blox goes on. The correct installation is when the writing is on the outside and the larger of the two pads is on the inside. WIND TESTED Wind-Blox’s technical researcher used real wind tunnel results to ensure minimal wind-to-ear contact. These latest product optimizations are in this current product. New ideas, models and designs are...

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Absoluteblack Chainring Set

Posted on Feb 11, 2017

Absoluteblack Chainring Set By Jon Draheim (VELOFIX.COM) The Absoluteblack Premium Oval Chainrings were my first experience on an oval chainring. I found the installation on my Quarq Elsa RS crank very easy and after a quick height adjust on my front derailleur, I was all ready to test them out. I’ll be the first one to say that these rings look awesome on the bike and they will definitely turn heads at the coffee stop. Most people that I have spoken to that haven’t ridden an oval ring before weren’t sure what to expect (myself included); will I be able to feel the oval shape and/or will my pedal stroke feel completely different? Both concerns were quickly dismissed as soon as I took the first pedal stroke. The Absoluteblack rings felt identical to your traditional chainring. Unfortunately, I was coming back from a knee injury that had me off the bike for a month, so I was unable to compare power numbers between your traditional ring and the Absoluteblack oval. I can say that I noticed it was easier...

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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 ( 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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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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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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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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