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LAKE SHOES & NITE IZE mini-reviews

Posted on Feb 8, 2018

A) LAKE CYCLING SHOES Pictured above are the NEW LAKE CX 241 in WIDE (MSRP $349.99) LAKE CX 332 in EXTRA Wide (MSRP $429.99) Both shoes now include the following sizes CX 241 – Built on the COMPETITION last, this shoe is designed for any competitive event.  This is seen by its increased toe pitch and heel lift and a slightly tighter (and heat moldable) heel cup plus wider forefoot (ball of the foot area) which allows the foot to expand from high pedaling pressures. The outsole is the industry’s widest full 100% carbon fiber. The upper is made from abrasion resistant full grain leather. The new closure system is dual push/pull IP1 BOA lacing. CX 332 – Built on a narrow RACE last, but, be warned that even though this shoe is called “Extra-Wide,” it is actually narrower than the CX 241 Wide. This shoe is designed for cyclists with an average E-width foot where the CX 241 is for those up to EE width. The CX 332’s last is full 100% carbon fiber while the upper is...

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Posted on Jan 29, 2018

EXTENDED GEARING FOR THE ROAD BIKE EXTENDED GEARING FOR THE ROAD BIKE PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER In Part II, we had just about convinced ourselves to build a 1X. We analyzed different gearing options and evaluated the pros & cons of each. We looked at different gearing solutions from both Shimano and SRAM. We also looked at potential rear derailleurs. Lots of data, lots of analysis, lots of decisions to be made. Since posting Part II, I had several long discussions with Brendan at WolfTooth. A very knowledgeable person when it comes to anything MTB, Cross, Gravel and especially running cross-platforms on a single bike. I also want to give a shout out to my mechanic Mark Strohman of R5ciclismo. Summarizing our conversations, WolfTooth Components manufactures numerous rear derailleur optimizations so that it is possible to efficiently run the following; a) Shimano 11-speed MTB shifters & derailleurs with a SRAM 11-speed 10-42T cassette (GoatLink11), b) Larger cassette MTB gearing using a road ‘GS’ Rear Derailleur (RoadLink), c) 11-49T (and larger) cassettes using an extended rear derailleur cage (WolfCage Derailleur...

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Posted on Dec 31, 2017

WOLFTOOTH Extended Gearing for the Road Bike In Part I, we discussed bigger gearing, why use it and how to achieve it. We also discussed the derailleurs total (or maximum) capacity. For those that haven’t read the article, please click here first before reading this one. After publishing the article, I had quite a few emails that said either “Great job, I had been wanting to do this but thought my only option was a triple [3-chainrings in front]” or, I have a question revolving around capacity. So, I went back to the drawing board and mapped out several more gear combinations and my first thought was “Maybe Gerard Vroomen is onto something.” That something is 1X for road bikes…in other words, no front derailleur. In fact, for 2018, the Aqua Blue Professional Cycling Team will be riding this 1×12 bike on the World Pro Tour. What?  1×12?  On the World Pro Tour?  But really, is this so farfetched? Gerard mentioned that the pros are either doing mountain stages or flatter sprint stages. On mountain stages they are either...

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Posted on Oct 28, 2017

WOLFTOOTH COMPONENTS ROADLINK REAR DERAILLEUR HANGER EXTENSION aka how to run a wider-range of mountain bike gearing on a road bike. SPINNING IS WINNING How to spin more efficiently is a function of (a) smaller gear inches and (b) high cadence workouts. I recently heard one of Lance Armstrong’s Stages podcasts ( where Lance said “Chris Froome’s gearing up le Mont du Chat [9.2% average grade for 13.5km or 8.4 miles] was 38T in front and 32T in the back. That’s like mountain bike gearing. If you would have rolled up with 38/32 in 1974, the last time they did this in the Tour de France, they would have laughed you right out of the peloton.” To prove this, look at the following video ( which shows what happens if you spin even faster than Lance Armstrong up Mont Ventoux. This video pits Lance vs Pantani at the 2000 Tour de France and Chris Froome against Quintana at the 2013 Tour de France. Ultimately it was Lance & Pantani against Chris Froome. Chris Froome beat Lance and Pantani by...

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Posted on Oct 6, 2017

ELITE KURA SMART TRAINER BACKGROUND With the news that Computrainer is shutting down their business, the KURA couldn’t have come at a better time. I recently started searching for a new trainer to eventually replace the CompuTrainer for doing bike fits and on-the-bike coaching. Several makes and models showed promise, but Elite seemed to have ALL the bases covered, so they were my first go-to choice. WHAT’S IN THE BOX? The box contains the KURA indoor trainer body, Cassette spacer, Chainstay Spacers, Right & Left Quick-Release Adapters, Right & Left Thru-Axle Adapters, 2 Adjustable Feet (29” MTB, 27/5” MTB and 700C Road). SPECIFICATIONS: • Total height: 52cm (20.5”) • Contact Surface: Very Stable 56cm x 57cm (22” x 22.5”) 5-EASY ASSEMBLY STEPS Assembly was easy! 1. Open Box 2. Pull out KURA trainer 3. Spread the base legs 4. Insert plastic feet – use positioning based on wheel size 5. Attach cassette – 9, 10 or 11 6. Attach correct wheel adapter & spacer – quick release or thru axle 7. Done! INSTALLING BICYCLE 1. Rotate KURA’s feet based...

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Posted on Sep 28, 2017

TOPEAK TRI BACKUP PRO 1 REAR HYDRATION MULTI MOUNT SYSTEM Here is a great set of stocking stuffers! The main unit that holds all of the pieces is called the Tri-Backup Pro 1 Rear Hydration Multi Mount System. From here, you can attach water bottle(s), a mini-pump, CO2 pump head and CO2 cartridges and a tube or tire bag. Lots of different configurations to allow for your custom application. I have also included links below to Amazon is you are interested in picking up any of these modules. The design and build quality is A+ ! I highly recommend this platform for any Triathlete, TT bike and even Aero Road bike. This system has it all! TRI-BACKUP PRO 1 REAR HYDRATION MULTI MOUNT SYSTEM DESCRIPTION: Can be setup and used in many different configurations. See specific products below. • Single Bottle or Dual Bottle carry • Single CO2 pump head with single or dual CO2 cartridges • Single CO2 pump head with single or dual CO2 cartridges AND mini pump (NINJA P) • Single CO2 pump head with single...

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Posted on Sep 26, 2017

TOPEAK NINJA-C Chain Tool Several times in the past, I have seen cyclists stuck sitting on a curb pounding their chain with a rock, an emergency fix that may or may not get you home. So, what about using a fully thought out chain tool that hides away inside the handlebars? The NINJA C is a really cool idea for a mini-sized but complete chain tool kit! As the box states, The Ninja C chain tool stores inside your handlebar to keep the uncluttered lines of your bike, yet can be easily accessed when you need it. This 11-speed compatible chain tool includes a chain pin compartment, chain hook, and 4mm Allen wrench for easy operation. Ultra-Compact design and implementation. CHAIN TOOL part = 3.4” x 0.9“ x 0.9” (8.6 x 2.3 x 2.3 cm) CHAIN HOOK part = 3.3” x 0.9“ x 0.9”s (8.5 x 2.3 x 2.3 cm) First off, this is a very well thought out tool. When working on a chain, you need a tool to hold the chain and a separate tool to repair...

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Posted on Sep 14, 2017

LOOK NEW LOOK KÉO2MAX CARBON PEDALS LOOK KÉO BLADE CARBON UPDATE But first, an update on the LOOK KEO BLADE CARBON PEDALS that I reviewed back on June 1, 2017, and, as you can see, since June, I have put in a lot of miles on these pedals. That would be around 2,500 miles. So, what’s been my experience with these so far? THE GOOD When they are oriented in the right direction, they are the easiest pedals I have used to clip in. 90% of the time, I have experienced a secure snap when clicking into these pedals. Blades perfectly secure the cleats to the pedals. Three tension release levels are offered: 12Nm, 16Nm and 20Nm. These pedals have the 12Nm blades installed. The “12’s” work OK, but my foot does slip around when compared to a Shimano Blue Cleat on an Ultegra or Dura-Ace pedal. If I knew then what I know now, I would have chosen the 16’s and more than likely the 20’s. With 2,500 miles on the pedals, the carbon bodies are still solid...

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