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Posted on Mar 28, 2018

TOPEAK TURBO MORPH DIGITAL PUMP The Topeak Turbo Morph digital pump includes some great features including a digital readout, high volume pumping in a small-sized pump. Basically, a compact floor pump you can easily carry with you on your bicycle. I helped host a cycling camp several weeks ago and thought that the camp would be a great opportunity for a dozen cyclists to use and test out this pump. A couple things quickly became apparent. This pump is optimized and target for the Mountain Biker which includes cyclocross and gravel. This pump is a little large to fit on a road bike, but, for those weekenders who ride endurance-type road bikes, this makes a great pump. It is easy to use and pumps up a tire quickly. Although I have not had a chance to test on a MTB tube, the road tubes (700x25c) too 105 pump strokes to fill from 0-105 psi. Understanding that this is primarily a MTB pump, I have two ‘nit-picks’ that if remedied, would make for a better all-around pump. 1) The foot...

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Posted on Mar 9, 2018

ICEBUG SLIM INSOLES – HOW GOOD ARE THEY? ICEBUG INSOLES – 2-1/2 YEAR – LONG TERM TEST REPORT ICEBUG SLIM FOR CYCLING Back in June 2016, I had been wearing and testing the Icebug Slim’s for 10 months. Click here for link to that article. Now its March 2018 and I have recently had several clients ask me how are the Icebug’s holding up? As of today (3/9/2018), I have had these insoles in my Shimano SH-321’s for 31 months! That’s turns out to be OVER 2-1/2 years and 25,000 miles (40,235 km)! So, how have they held up? What do they look like? Do I still recommend them? GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS Bad news first. They are finally worn out. Need to get a new pair. That’s it, that’s all the bad news. Good news. These have been the BEST insoles I have even used. I’ve sold almost 200 pair of Icebug’s and there was only 1 person that returned them. Everyone has been very happy with these insoles. WORN OUT If you compare the current condition of...

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Posted on Mar 2, 2018

ELITE FLY BOTTLE: LONG TERM REVIEW & NEW COLORS Last May 2017, I did a review of Elite FLY bottles and the VICO carbon cages. Elite is known for their high-quality bottles, cages and trainers – and used by most top racing teams around the world, but, how do these hold up long term. Since the review, I returned the loaner 2017 Trek Émonda SLR 6 (pictured in the article) and picked up a lightly used 2017 Trek Madone 9.2. The VICO carbon cages were mounted on the down tube along with the FLY bottles. In use 5 days a week, Thorpe Marketing recently called and asked how they have held up over these past 11 months. Other than normal wear and tear scuffing, there are no cracks, breaks nor chips in the carbon and the bottles are still going strong. In my experience, the one thing that ‘kills’ a bottle is using a drink mix. Ride after ride, you can never seem to get the inside of the spout clean of drink mixings nor get the inside of...

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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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