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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: 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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Comparing Shimano SH-R260 to SH-R320

Posted on Jan 27, 2014

  SHIMANO SH-R260 Last year, I was asked to test the new SH-R320 – Shimano’s newest flagship road racing shoe. {REVIEW IS HERE} Even before the first ride, I was thoroughly impressed with the quality as well as the fact that someone from Shimano had taken the time to look at the shoe as an entire system. Everything about this shoe is perfect including the best manufacturer supplied insole I have seen. I have high arches which places a lot of the load on the balls of my feet. The remedy for anyone with high arches is to get an insole that is thin enough to fit comfortably inside of a cycling shoe but with an arch support that lifts the arch high enough to take the pressure off of the balls of the feet and onto the middle of the foot where it belongs. Prior to the R320’s, I searched for pain relief in the form of semi-custom insoles and finally found a great little company in Australia with fantastic insoles. Check out http://g8performance.com.au for the best affordable...

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Voler’s new kit – Black Label Bibs and Jersey...

Posted on Dec 12, 2013

  SUMMARY Voler’s new Black Label line uses the highest quality fabrics from mills in Europe. Couple this with their new form, fit, and function, and the Black Label line is now on par with the best the cycling industry has to offer. The new Black Label line  equals the top-end products from the best known cycling clothing companies. OVERVIEW I have been on the same Team Simple Green Masters cycling team for quite a few years now. A great group of people.  We have about 250 members but only a handful race. As far back as I can remember, we have exclusively used Voler for our kits. What’s nice about having this many members ordering clothing is that we can get  everything we need to supply us for the entire year. But, with every team kit, there are/were pros and cons. PROS of TEAM wear clothing Lasts forever. The season will be long over and the team kit will look as good as it did when it was new. Very inexpensive and reasonably priced for high quality. Voler...

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