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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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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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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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Posted on Oct 27, 2016

  BH ULTRALIGHT SUMMARY   I will do this review a little differently and give you the summary first. It’s the best place to discuss this bike in a nutshell. This is such a nice handling, nice riding and one FAST road bike. The predictability of the handling makes this a perfect crit bike as well as a classics road bike. It does everything GREAT and is a fantastic bang for the buck!   Today’s ride: Both my riding partners backed out since they had to complete other priorities. Yes, I told them that doing our normal ride should be their priority but they didn’t bite. For those in Orange County, I did Santiago Canyon. Started at Rock n Road in Mission Viejo and averaged 300W to the top of dump hill. 38:50. For me, that’s a great time. The harder you push this bike the faster it goes – no terminal velocity as experienced with others. To prove this, coming back down Jamboree, two motorcycle cops at the bottom of the hill forcing the cars to do 55mph and I was...

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BH Bikes G7 Disc

Posted on Oct 13, 2016

BACKGROUND For the past 6 years, I’ve tested lots of carbon bicycles. I’ve ridden good ones and not-so-good ones. This BH G7 Disc is one of the good ones! Four main things I look at when riding a new bike for the first time; How much Bottom Bracket Flex when putting power to the pedals? How does the frame behave when shifting rear derailleur under load? How are its handling characteristics both high speed and slow speed, uphill, flats, downhill? Overall Price / performance? ALL IN THE NAME OF LIGHTNESS & HANDLING I’ve tested lightweight ‘racing bikes’ that had so much bottom bracket flex that I kept looking at the rear tire to see if it was flat. I’ve tested Di2-equipped bikes that the whole frame would shudder when I shifted the rear derailleur under load. There were other that couldn’t hold a straight line and some that would put of a fight in every turn in a criterium race. Several had handling so bad that I wouldn’t trust going downhill and others that were so heavy that it...

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Rolflex Pre- Post Ride Massage Roller

Posted on Sep 26, 2016

Rolflex Massage Roller I have re-started this article several times. Each time I stopped was due to  discovering yet another exercise and a whole new way of using this very versatile trigger point (TrP) release tool. WHAT IS A TRIGGER POINT (TrP)? According to, “the research is still underway,” but, what is known is that when pressed on, a trigger point feels like a “knot” with some amount of pain. I have included several references at the end of this article for those interested in researching this topic further. For all intents and purposes, let’s refer to a trigger point as a ‘muscle knot’. Quoting as well as including their diagram of trigger points (click for larger photo ->), “The inside of the body is covered with soft tissue called fascia. This tissue covers every structure including organs, muscles, nerves and blood vessels. The fascia that covers your muscles is call myofascia.   When the myofascia is stressed from overuse or trauma, it can tear and adhere together. These adhesions are called “trigger points” and can prevent the...

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BRYTON RIDER 530 – GPS Head Unit & Cycling Computer...

Posted on Aug 25, 2016

    Introducing the BRYTON RIDER 530   In January 2016, I reviewed the latest GPS head units available. Link to Part I Review here, link to Part II Review here.   In the above-mentioned reviews, the Bryton Rider 310 came out on top, the best bang for the buck, numero uno.   Since that review was posted, several manufacturers have introduced new models. Among the most exciting is the Bryton Rider 530. Bryton’s’ latest, the Rider 530 is basically the big brother of the 310. The Rider 530 does everything that the 310 does, only better, including one of my favorite new features, a huge 1-1/2” x 2-1/4” screen. The Rider 530 also includes two new functions that the 310 does not, navigation and tracks. The 530 includes 7 fully customizable screens with a maximum of 12 data fields per page. That’s a total of 84 data fields that can be displayed on the 530. Since the 530 has about 84 different data fields, each data field on the 7 different screens can be unique!   BRYTON APP...

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