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Posted on Nov 12, 2014

  Featuring the new Shimano D-Fly Data Management system, the new SM-EWW01 wireless component adds another dimension to the Di2 experience by wirelessly connecting riders to their real-time Di2 data – displayed through their GPS/cycling computer. INTRODUCTION First, let me answer the #1 question that I get asked all of the time, “Will the EWW01 allow me to shift wirelessly?” Currently, the answer is No. This often leads to the second question. “Why not?” Well, in order for Shimano to change the gears wirelessly, each side of the wireless communications system (Front Derailleur, Rear Derailleur, Shifters) requires a separate battery, so if any 1 battery goes down, the entire system will probably go down. Also, that’s a lot of batteries to keep track of, not to mention all of the unplugging plugging back in each battery after a recharge, etc. The second issue is interference. Current wireless technology has come a long way, but still needs to go further to solve this issue. For example, I run a small wireless CAT EYE cycle-computer. Its transmitter is mounted on the...

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Shimano Pro Deluxe Water Bottle Cage

Posted on Oct 14, 2014

SHIMANO PRO DELUXE BOTTLE CAGE Rating: 5/5 Price MSRP: $19.99 each Weight: 32g each Source: Bike Shops, Websites Features: Lightweight Fiberglass Construction How obtained: Purchased at LBS Summary: High quality ‘glass-filled nylon’ construction makes it lightweight, strong and a great value for your money HOT! Fits all diameter bottles Great value for the money Comes in Matt Black or Glossy White NOT! Haven’t found any issues     INITIAL OBSERVATIONS: I actually needed to pick up a couple of new bottle cages. I started looking around and the most common choices were aluminum, steel, plastic and carbon. This means that I could choose either a flimsy aluminum one for around $8 (yuck), a heavy steel cage for around $10 (uh-no), a flimsy plastic cage also around $10 (another no), or a carbon one starting at $50 (and I needed 2)  …..  Some choices  🙁 So, I started looking around and found one that looked promising – good on price and it was made of something different than the rest – (fiber)glass filled nylon. A very lightweight, sturdy and durable...

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Polar Insulated Sports Bottle

Posted on Oct 13, 2014

  WATER BOTTLE: POLAR SPORT INSULATED – 24oz. Rating: 4.8/5 Price MSRP: $11.99 : 24 oz $10.99 : 20 oz $9.99 : 12 oz Source: Bike shops, Websites Features: Insulation to keep the heat out and cold in How obtained: Sample from company Summary: High quality materials and well thought out features! HOT (or COLD)!! Fits all standard water bottle cages. Double-wall insulation keeps heat out and cold in. Inner foil liner adds extra thermal protection. Can customize bottles with logos BPA-free and Phthalate-free Low density polyethlene (LDPE #4) which is FDA food-grade approved Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA) compliant California Prop 65 compliant And, proudly   NOT! Due to double-wall insulation and requirement to use existing water bottle cages, this 24oz bottle grows in height from 9-1/4” (for a typical 24 oz bottle) to 10-3/5” (for the Polar Sport Bottle with standard cap). The issue is that this bottle is now too tall for small frames (52cm and under), BUT, there is a solution which is discussed in the review below.      ...

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NALINI 2014 Summer Collection – SETTANTA Bib Shorts and STORICA TI Jersey...

Posted on Aug 17, 2014

OVERVIEW You can’t go wrong with the same clothing company (MOA SPORT) that supplied Vincenzo Nibali and his Pro Team Astana their clothing for the 2014 Tour de France. MOA is better known as NALINI, and have been manufacturing cycling sportswear for over 40 years from fabric development to finished garment. Nalini was initially a revolutionary new chamois material and design, and continues to this day, to be known for high quality cycling clothing. MOA SPORT develops different NALINI COLLECTIONS, highly technical and at the same time good-looking, resulting from constant research and study on fabrics and details. JERSEY: STORICA TI SHORT SLEEVE JERSEY: If you are like most cyclists, a little too large for race cut, but too small for the ‘tourist’ cut, then Nalini’s Storica/Settanta product line is just for you. This line features a snug fit without severely constricting the body. Snug enough so that the material does NOT flap around in the wind, but loose enough for extreme comfort. The Storica Ti jersey is classified as a Regular-Fit meaning it is has more of a...

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2014 LIMAR 777 Road Helmet

Posted on Jul 25, 2014

    INITIAL OBSERVATIONS & FEATURES: Unpacking the helmet from the box, the first thing I noticed was the bug/bee net in all of the front facing vents. This is a fantastic idea. Here in Southern California, there are bees flying into cyclists helmets all of the time. In fact, last month, I had to assist a cyclist who had a bee sting him in the middle of his forehead and he couldn’t get the stinger out. The bee net is perfect to keep the bees out – course enough to not hinder air flow, but tight enough to stop most bugs from flying into the helmet. Looking at the helmet more closely, I noticed the rear adjustable fit system called ULTRAFIT+ , and the tension system is called COMPETITION+. What’s nice about this system is three-fold, (a) ULTRAFIT+ has 3 settings that allows the helmet to be adjusted up to 4cm larger or smaller. (b) Next, to fine tune the sizing, use the COMPETITION+ thumb adjuster. (c) 4 settings that allow the vertical sizing of the head and...

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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: 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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