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2014 Scattante RAZZO road helmet

Posted on Jul 21, 2014

        INITIAL OBSERVATIONS: I crashed several months ago. Hard enough to crush the rear section of my helmet. My old Scattante razzo helmet saved my life. Razzo is the lightest and coolest helmet in the Scattante lineup. It combines all of the looks, features, comfort and protection that the ‘BIG GUYS” offer at about 1/3 of the price. An added benefit is the integrated high-tech carbon reinforcement construction which holds the helmet together during an impact. This greater protection is the same feature as seen on only the most expensive helmets. Twenty-two (22) large vents provide considerable cooling while the foam material allows quick-drying of the pads. The razzo has a ‘wheel-type’ adjustable rear retention system for a custom and comfortable fit. Extremely soft nylon chin straps allow for easy adjustment but tended to slip and loosen a little during each ride. HOW DOES IT FIT? When riding a bicycle, the single most important thing you can do is to wear a helmet. The second most important thing you can do is to wear a helmet that fits you perfectly. Since...

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The Best Tires I Have Ridden To Date

Posted on Jul 20, 2014

WHATS IN THE PACKAGE: Hutchinson categorizes the ATOM COMP as a “narrow profile clincher racing tire that excels on dry roads and pavements.” Hutchinson claims 4*’s (4 out of a total of 5) in efficiency, lightweight, puncture resistance and wear. So, after 1,200 miles, I agree with one exception, Wear & Longevity. The rear tire lasted 1,200 miles vs. 2,000 miles for a Hutchinson Fusion 3 Tubeless vs. 2,800 miles for a low cost Performance Forte Pro+ road tire. This is pretty poor mileage for a tire, so the bottom line is don’t use this as a training tire. This tire is for racing only. INSTALLATION OBSERVATIONS: I recently tested the Essor PACE 32mm Carbon Clincher wheels mounted onto a VeloVie Vitesse 500, and the Hutchinson ATOM COMP tires came included. Being that the wheels are carbon fiber, I mounted the tires by hand. This is because a friend of mine bought a set of Reynolds Attack carbon clincher wheels (pictured to the right) and took them to a bike shop to mount a set of racing tires. The...

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ESSOR PACE 32mm Carbon Clincher Wheelset

Posted on Jul 2, 2014

        PACE 32mm Carbon Clincher Wheelset HOT! NOT! 4.9/5.0 Website: http://www.essorusa.com/collections/carbon-road-wheels Tested: Pace 32mm Carbon Clincher Set Tire size/type: 700c / Clincher Weight: 1400 gram Price: $1,199 Source: Essor website Made in: USA/China Features: High quality performance wheelset Accessories included: Carbon specific blue brake pads, skewers Compatibility: Shimano & SRAM both 10 and 11 speed. For additional $89, can be configured for Campagnolo How obtained: Loaned from Company Summary: High quality name brand wheels, NOT cheapo Chinese open-mold wheels   Lightweight, sturdy, FAST Crash replacement insurance option FREE SHIPPING! $1,199 for the wheelset, but, if purchased along with a VeloVie bicycle, there is an upgrade discount to $688, also if take advantage of Summer Special, can get these wheels for $349! Due to rear wheel radial lacing on the non-drive side, can feel a slight wheel flex when applying the watts. WHO IS Essor USA? Home-based out of Tempe, AZ, ESSOR USA was created by the same founders who started VeloVie Bicycle Company. Essor, like VeloVie, is designed in the USA and manufactured overseas with state-of-the-art...

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TEST – VeloVie Vitesse 500 with SRAM Force

Posted on Jun 23, 2014

    4.9/5.0 RATING   * Frame made in China to VeloVie’s design and carbon fiber specifications, and fabrication processes. VeloVie sources parts from SRM, Reynolds, FSA and others that are made in China / Taiwan / USA. All VeloVie bicycles are built to order in the USA.   WHO IS VELOVIE? VeloVie is one of the largest direct to public bicycle manufacturing companies in the United States. VeloVie’s business model says “We can build a frame just as good if not better than the BIG guys and, by selling direct to consumer, we can offer the consumer a 40% savings from the traditional manufacturer/distributor/dealer route.” VeloVie also os offering Free Shipping – saving the consumer an extra $100. VeloVie offers high-quality frames that are light, stiff, durable, and fit/finish second to none. They work with the finest component companies to ensure that the consumer gets a high-quality product. Companies such as SRAM, Reynolds, FSA, Essor, Michelin, Hutchinson and ROTOR. No off-brand or mixed components are offered. For example, a SRAM Red equipped bike will be full SRAM Red,...

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THE LAST WORD ON CHAIN LUBRICATION

Posted on Jun 22, 2014

THE LAST WORD ON CHAIN LUBRICATION I have been testing chains, lots of chains, lots of different companies chains to failure in real world conditions. Mostly, I have been testing how 11-speed chains work on 10-speed drive trains. Also, I started looking closely at lubes and the role they play in overall chain functionality. I have read numerous lubrication testing articles, what works, what doesn’t and why. This includes the infamous Velo News/Friction-Facts testing articles during 2013 where they concluded that a wax-based PTFE lube is best. Since PTFE will not stick to anything and nothing will stick to PTFE, Friction-Facts solves this by suspending the PTFE inside their wax (and Finish Line suspends PTFE inside their Dry Teflon® lube). In theory, Friction-Facts wax with PTFE makes for a great chain friction inhibitor … as long as the wax stays between the plates, pins and rollers. In real world conditions, this does not work as well as in the laboratory. In real world cycling, you are shifting the rear derailleur up and down the gears dozens and dozens of...

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No More Junk Miles

Posted on Jun 6, 2014

Dr. Mirkin, Fitness, Health and Nutrition expert wrote an interesting article on thoughts about training. What works, what doesn’t, why he and his wife were getting slower using the accepted training paradigm. Dr. Mirkin always publishes news and views for the cyclist, runner and triathlete. A great source of information. I have reprinted it below, but link to article is attached to title below. Its short but informative. Have a read! No More Junk Miles June 01, 2014 by Gabe Mirkin, MD You can always continue to learn, no matter how old you are. I am 79 and Diana is 72. We like to ride a bike as fast as we can. I thought that I understood training, and we followed the rules we believed in, but our race times kept getting slower and slower. We know that to make muscles stronger, you have to damage them by exercising them against great force. That means your muscles have to burn at some point when you train. We know that to improve your ability to take in and use oxygen, you...

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CRANK LENGTH – 2 Discussions

Posted on May 1, 2014

CRANK LENGTH DISCUSSION #1 – Damon Rinard, Cervelo Engineer Link to article I’ve heard many triathletes and time trialists are switching to shorter cranks: 170, 165, even 160mm. What do you recommend? CRANK LENGTH Great question. It is true that many top athletes are switching to shorter cranks for timed racing such as triathlon and TT. This is relatively new, because traditionally longer cranks were thought to be better since they give more leverage. However, crank length is just one lever in a drive train composed of a system of levers that transmit your foot’s force on the pedal to your tire’s thrust on the ground. The other levers in this system are the chain ring radius, cog radius and wheel radius. We vary two of these (chain ring and cog) at will whenever we shift gears. So we don’t need a small difference in crank length to change the leverage available to us. What does Dr. Martin say?   For many athletes, the idea “longer is better” has changed in part because of Dr. Jim Martin’s 2001 study...

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Staying safe riding road tubeless wheels/tires

Posted on Mar 27, 2014

I was in the process of putting this exact article together, but my friend Jim Langley (http://www.jimlangley.net) beat me to it. Jim published this to Road Bike Rider’s Current Newsletter Issue 616 (http://www.roadbikerider.com). Road Bike Rider is a great little newsletter that is free to subscribe to. This article describes current compatibility issues that might/will cause road tubeless tires to roll off the rims. Anyway, here’s the article by Jim Langley…   Staying safe riding road tubeless wheels/tires A couple of emails came in recently from roadies who were running road tubeless wheels and tires and had them come off the wheel in corners. One of them managed to stay upright and stop safely, but the other suffered road rash and a broken hand. I’m not going to name any names or point any fingers at companies or manufacturers. However, I would like to help you stay safe. And, unfortunately, right now it’s very easy to end up on an unsafe tubeless tire setup. Here’s some background and what I recommend. Road tubeless: tested, proven and safe First, in...

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