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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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2014 Products of the Year

Posted on Jan 14, 2015

For the 2014 Product of the Year Awards, I have added the categories of  HARDWARE, SOFTWARE, CLOTHING and HONORABLE MENTION. This was actually pretty tough to put together since every product I have tested has been top-notch from every manufacturer. Not a dud in the group. Every product I tested lived up to its manufacturers spec-sheet and every product performed extremely well and met/exceeded its intended purpose. For 2014, each manufacturer put a lot of quality back into their products and every manufacturer I have spoken with has up front and honest when answering any and all of my questions. Therefore, this made it extremely difficult to pick the best of the best. What I decided to do is create a THEME for 2014 … ELECTRONICS. Since Di2 has been out for awhile, I looked at what’s next. I decided to look at the ‘accessories’ built to support Di2. So here goes; HARDWARE – In keeping with the 2014 theme, I chose the Shimano d-fly SM-EWWO1 wireless transmitter. This small transmitter adds a whole new dimension to Di2 by transmitting Di2 data such as % battery remaining, current gear...

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PROVIZ 100% Retroreflective Jacket

Posted on Dec 19, 2014

  INTRODUCTION PROVIZ, a company located in Christchurch, Dorset, United Kingdom, started in 2009 with a passion to design and develop affordable visibly bright and reflective cycling clothing and accessories. Due to the lack of light-reflective clothing available for cycling, motorcycling and runners, PROVIZ has developed a number of unique, high visibility products that are at another level altogether. Today, PROVIZ continues to grow their product range in new application specific markets by introducing light reflective jackets and vests, motorcycle jackets, a complete kids line, light emitting accessories and even reflective helmets. This review will concentrate on the REFLECT360 cycling jacket and REFLECT360 backpack cover. WHAT IS REFLECT360? REFLECT360 is a super-reflective technology designed as the super reflective stripes on safety vests for public works agencies and construction workers. 3M™, a US-based company, offers a similar technology called Scotchlite™. I say technology since it can be built into almost any fabric. 3M™ Scotchlite™ 8910 is available in larger sizes such as 1270mm (50”) x 100m (100 yards) sizing. 3M™ builds to a US ANSI/ISEA standard and PROVIZ builds to...

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The GUTR – the Next Generation of Headbands

Posted on Dec 1, 2014

GUTR™ SPORTS HEADBAND ***** Update: 12/6/2014. Does the GUTR™ really work? Before this mornings’ ride, I was running a couple minutes late and had forgotten the GUTR™ which sat on the workbench in the garage. When I got to the bike shop, I thought that I probably wouldn’t need it since the weather was on the cool side. Wasn’t supposed to get over 62F. Boy was I wrong. About 40 minutes into the ride, the foam liner on my helmet had completely saturated, sweat started flowing down my face and into my eyes. You know, that stinging sweat. The group was hammering at 27mph through the campground so I needed to keep both hands on the bars. It wasn’t until the turnaround at 20 miles that I could wipe the sweat from my face and eyes. The return trip was even faster due to a slight tailwind. All the way back sweat in my eyes. So, does the GUTR™ work? You bet it does. That is the last time I forget it at home! ***** There are several sweat...

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Best Location for EWW01 – Shimano D-fly wireless transmitter...

Posted on Nov 25, 2014

I’ve been experimenting with best location for the EWWo1. I have heard several people say that, depending on which GPS head unit you are running, there might not be enough signal strength for the head unit to read. Some cyclists have experienced timeouts with their head units and dropped/missing data when processing the results. Reading through Shimano’s tech docs for the EWW01, they imply that this location is a requirement. They seem very specific that the location needs to be mounted between 110mm and 130mm above the top of the right rear dropout. In actuality, this is only a recommendation for placement. Right rear seat stay mounting: The advantages are (1) easy access, (2) ease of connecting, (3) tucked in and out of the way. The disadvantage being that some GPS head units might not pick up its signal. So, where to mount it? This will work for both the older Ultegra 6770 SM-EW67A-E front junction (shown to the left) and the newer 3-port Shimano SM-EW90-A or the 5-port SM-EW90-B front junction (shown to the right). It’s just that the newer units are easier to work...

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